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Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
His argument is that humans are desiring creatures, not simply rational creatures. This involves embodied existence that is most powerfully shaped by ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
Read this book as if you are having an evening chat with your English professor. If you do, you'll enjoy it. Besides, to read at Whim is the argument ...more
May 14, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice
In the preface Dunnington asserts, "The power of addiction cannot be adequately appraised until addiction is understood as a misguided enactment of ou ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan
The last paragraphs:
"The radical break with the western historical past would be that of ephemerality. It would entail the deliberate acceptance of t
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
Wuthering Heights
1) I enjoyed the narrative style, though I did for some time expect Lockwood to enter into the story. I really enjoyed his introduction Heathcliff in ...more
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Jul 28, 2013
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One wonders how much of himself Wilde invested into the character Dorian Gray. Perhaps his biographers--whom I have not read--could say better. But ce ...more
Jun 2012
May 21, 2012
The Eagle of the Ninth (The Roman Britain Trilogy, #1)
Rosemary Sutcliff is known for her detail when it comes to historical fiction. This book does not disappoint in this area. But, does the book succeed ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies
This is on the short list of books that I recommend for all Christians, a fantastic book.
Dec 15, 2014
Jul 30, 2013
The Dead Key
**spoiler alert** There are some nice bits and pieces in here, but overall the characters are irrelevant to this book. I'm not sure why I should care ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
The Screwtape Letters
Concerning The Screwtape Letters, Lewis said, "Though I had never written anything more easily, I never wrote anything with less enjoyment." In all re ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors
The book is an excellent tool for understanding the process of mining the original text. I do want to be careful not to criticize the book for somethi ...more
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Mar 08, 2012
The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture
This book is replete with instances of "yeah, but". The book is intended to be a bit controversial (see the title). And in this regard, it doesn't fai ...more
May 20, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
Carpenter does an admirable job with this. Truth be told, Tolkien's life is not that interesting. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings or Tolkien's o ...more
Jul 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Unaborted Socrates
This book, and The Best Things in Life, are fantastic books to introduce high schoolers to the word of logic and philosophy. But more importantly, the ...more
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Mar 07, 2012
Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy
This is a fantastic alternative account of epistemology from the objectivizing non-personal accounts which the enlightenment has brought us. Polanyi i ...more
Oct 2011
Mar 06, 2012
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
It's absurd to be forced to "rate" this book as if Wiesel's style mattered. One must simply listen silently, then demonstrate understanding. Moreover, ...more
Nov 19, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
Reason Within the Bounds of Religion
This book is just fantastic as an introduction to how Christian commitments (and theological formulations) ought to interact with other disciplines. I ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales
"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines..."

Old Children's lit at its best. Fantastic.
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Oct 07, 2013
Anna Karenina
The book has flashes of insight, especially about the nature of people and their complex relationships. Yet, I wonder if Tolstoy has anything like a c ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
Till We Have Faces
This is my favorite Lewis book. He thought this was his best. This is a very under-appreciated book.
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Mar 08, 2012
The Imputation of Adam's Sin
very clear and helpful, a bit prejudiced in his descriptions at points; cf. with Blocher
Apr 04, 2015
Apr 04, 2015
A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens is fantastic, if not a bit overblown in his urge for the dramatic. This is a classic, a very good book.
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
The Family Bedtime Treasury with CD: Tales for Sleepy Times and Sweet Dreams
Fantastic! Very impressive collection!
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination
I <3 Brueggemann
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament
The book isn't a tour de force, but it is important. I was shocked by the sheer volume of biblical scholars cited saying foolish things about emotion. ...more
Oct 17, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Political Worship
(caveat for ethos)
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
The Aeneid
Virgil does a masterful job writing an apology for the Roman empire. The book is high drama from start to finish. The central message is that Rome was ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works
really helpful at points, but there's more to be said and crucial aspects ignored
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis
I'm enthusiastic about this book because it is very personal and does well to present a balanced picture of Lewis. I very much enjoyed it.
Jan 21, 2014
Dec 25, 2013
Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition
I am a bit conflicted on the rating because the volume is a bit uneven. Overall, the book is helpful because it moves beyond the traditional evidentia ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
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