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Anna Karenina
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The Roman Way by Edith Hamilton
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A fun read actually, and also a (pardon the pun) classic work on the subject, I'm told, though I did not know that when I picked it up. I love read
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Skyfaring by Mark Vanhoenacker
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A very pleasant and poetic read from a 747 pilot who has not lost his sense of wonder at what it is to fly. For aircraft passengers, it is also a stupendous glance into what life is like on the "other side" of the operation - other reviewers have men ...more
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The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
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I read Rod's blog all the time, so not a lot in this book that was new to me, but a good summary of his thinking, and lots of very practical tips on what an intentionally Christian "counter-culture", or maybe we should just say "culture", would look ...more
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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Out of the Ashes by Anthony M. Esolen
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If you wanted to summarize this book in one sentence, that sentence might be something like "we have forgotten what life is supposed to be about, and that has messed everything up" - in a personal way, yes, but especially in this book in a social and ...more
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Knowledge and Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga
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Don't pick this up if you're expecting a traditional Christian apologetic - it is very much a book of philosophy, but it is good to read philosophy from time to time. Plantinga essentially argues, especially pulling from Aquinas and Calvin, that Chri ...more
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Arkwright by Allen Steele
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Picked it up by sight at a local bookstore - didn't even finish reading it actually. Book starts very slow, nothing even really sci-fi for the first third. Flat characters, a lot of implausible stuff happening for a book that is supposedly "hard" sci ...more
Lycée out by Claire Loup
"I greatly enjoyed this book that is listed as "Dès 12 ans". I learned lots of splendidly aggressive french teenager slang. And I'm super excited to note that the french have an adverb that translates directly as "cowly," or, "in a cow manner." I'l..." Read more of this review »
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The Portent by Michael S. Heiser
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Fun read - not as gripping as the first, especially in the first third or so, but hang with it. Rather dark ending, I thought. Like the first, contains extended sections that really discuss the author's research and ideas about various "non-fiction" ...more
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The Façade by Michael S. Heiser
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Probably not too many books that get categorized as both "science fiction" and "alien contact", and get recommended as a primer on the subject by a bunch of serious proponents of the "UFO phenomena". Also probably not too many science fiction books w ...more
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“It was the merit of Gestalt psychology to make us aware of the remarkable performance involved in perceiving shapes. Take, for example, a ball or an egg: we can see their shapes at a glance. Yet suppose that instead of the impression made on our eye by an aggregate of white points forming the surface of an egg, we were presented with another, logically equivalent, presentation of these points as given by a list of their spatial co-ordinate values. It would take years of labour to discover the shape inherent in this aggregate of figures - provided it could be guessed at all. The perception of the egg from the list of co-ordinate values would, in fact, be a feat rather similar in nature and measure of intellectual achievement to the discovery of the Copernican system.”
Michael Polanyi

Francis A. Schaeffer
“In a fallen world, we must be willing to face the fact that however lovingly we preach the gospel, if a man rejects it he will be miserable. It is dark out there.”
Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

C.S. Lewis
“Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see. ”
C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

Kevin DeYoung
“The only thing worse than failing to realize any of your dreams, is seeing them all come true. You were meant for something more. Even if you could be known the world over, what does it matter if you have no time to be known by God?”
Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

G.K. Chesterton
“But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun.; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic monotony that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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