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The Ethics of Freedom
This was one of the most challenging books I’ve ever read. It is difficult to summarize a book so full of ideas, particularly ideas that are not discu ...more
Jan 26, 2010
Dec 21, 2009
Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope
This is a collection of essays concerning the state of the American empire. Johnson demonstrates that the military-industrial complex not only exists, ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
The Chestnut King (100 Cupboards, #3)
This is the final book of the 100 Cupboards trilogy. It is probably the best of the three. Great reading for all ages.
Jun 26, 2013
Mar 13, 2010
Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy, #3)
The conclusion to the "Border Trilogy" is a different sort of novel than the previous two. It is more narrative and less of the philosophical dialog, ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
Joel Salatin is a small farmer who has found a niche providing a unique product--meat uninfected by the industrial food system. In this book he compil ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
Alive to Wonder: Celebrating the Influence of C.S. Lewis
This is basically a collection of Piper's writings on C.S. Lewis--all taken from other books, essays, or lectures.
Nov 24, 2014
May 29, 2013
Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World
This is a fascinating book. It raised new questions about how God has worked in history apart from Israel to save sinners. Richardson doesn't really a ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 04, 2009
The Duties Of Parents
This is a short, insightful work on parenting. Ryle gives a list of duties for parents. These duties include things like teaching obedience, prayer, f ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two (The History of Middle-Earth, #2)
The strength of the second volume of "Lost Tales" are the Tale of Tinuviel, Turambar, the Fall of Gondolin, and The Nauglafring. The Fall of Gondolin ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
This is a classic McCarthy novel--full of simple, yet mysterious, deep characters punctuated with horrible violence, terror, despair, and existential ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
Perelandra (Space Trilogy, #2)
This book makes mythology to life as I've never experienced before. Lewis has created a marvelous story integrating a science-fiction cosmology into t ...more
May 16, 2011
May 12, 2011
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
This is a wonderful, subversive book on culture, technology, and agriculture. Berry has in view the modern technological and industrial methods of far ...more
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Believer's Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ
Baptism is perhaps the most divisive issue of faith and practice in the Christian church, so a book, such as Believer’s Baptism is sure to be received ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Christianity and Culture: The Idea of a Christian Society and Notes Towards the Definition of Culture
This is really two books in one--the first focuses on the Church and State relationship, the second on defining and discussing a Christian culture.

Mar 31, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers "is a book about outliers, about men and women who do things that are out of the ordinary." Gladwell argues, "that there is something profoun ...more
May 20, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present
500 years in 800 pages. That's obviously a difficult task. Barzun is perhaps one of the most widely read authors I've ever read. He's written scholarl ...more
Sep 03, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
This is probably the best of the books thus far, going in the published order.
Feb 26, 2015
Nov 08, 2013
Dominion & Common Grace
This is the first book I've read by North, though I read him online occasionally. He makes a convincing case for postmillenialism in this book, though ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
The Sound and the Fury
This was perhaps the most challenging, and most incomprehensible book I've ever read, rivaled only by Virginia Woolf. There are three primary narrator ...more
Oct 15, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life
Nicholi does a very good job of comparing the worldviews of Freud and Lewis. He shows how both were influenced by traumas in life, how they responded ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
The Rise of Christianity : A Sociologist Reconsiders History
This is an excellent review of the history of the rise of Christianity in the first few centuries. Stark argues that the Jews continued to convert to ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
The Left, The Right and The State
This is a great work on Libertarian thought. It is a collection of essays over the course of about fifteen years, largely dealing with issues contempo ...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws
Napolitano, a former judge, demonstrates that the government is not in the business of justice, but of power. Our government has lost all restraint an ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy
Those interested in foreign policy will likely get much from this, but those not interested in foreign policy should avoid it. Bacevich makes the case ...more
Mar 26, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
The Soul of Science
This is a difficult read for someone who hasn't taken a science or philosophy course in more than a decade. But it is a very good survey of the main a ...more
May 12, 2011
May 06, 2011
The Turn of the Screw & The Aspern Papers
As many other reviewers have noted, James has a way of saying very little with an abundance of words. This is especially true in "The Turn of the Scre ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Beauty and the Beast
This is THE BEST Beauty and the Beast story I've read. Every other edition that I've encountered is too short, too pat, and just doesn't have the thor ...more
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Feb 25, 2014
Ivanhoe is a forgotten classic. It took me a while to pick it up, being unfamiliar with Scott as a novelist. But this is really a great work and is no ...more
Nov 11, 2014
Aug 04, 2011
The Messianic Character of American Education
This is a difficult book to rate, as it is spot on and I agree whole-heartedly. The trouble with the book, is that the bulk of it is spent reviewing a ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
Esolen is known as a translator of The Divine Comedy, and his classical pedigree shines through in this book that is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' Screwt ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Jun 22, 2011