You Are What You Read

"You are what you read." Do I hold the values I do today because I read these books as a child or did I love these books because they share the values I hold? I suppose it's a little of both. This article lists several popular book series and the values those who love them … Continue reading You Are What You Read

The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review below written in 2012, when I was 17 Reading Francis Schaeffer is like falling out of a fishing boat into the ocean. Both the depth and vastness is overwhelming. It takes but a few pages before you begin floundering and coughing up sea water. And Mr. Schaeffer's subject matter, philosophy, is like … Continue reading The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (A 300-words-or-less review) Something between a picture book and a novel, Seabird makes for a pleasant summer afternoon's reading or a periodic before-bed-time story with something there to spark the imagination of both the adult and the child too young to read it on his own. I loved the imagery and word pictures. … Continue reading Seabird

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Summary & Analysis (contains spoilers) Gulliver's Travels, before it is anything else, is a satire--both on human nature and travellers' journals such as Robinson Crusoe--which means there is far more to it than meets the eye and nothing is as it seems. The novel is divided into four "books" or four distinct adventures. … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Walking the Bible: a Photographic Journey

⭐️⭐️⭐️ The next best thing to walking where the saints of Ancient Israel walked is walking it through the eyes of a skilled photographer, recalling to life the very air they breathed. History is tied not only to real people but real places--places you can revisit, relive, places retaining insights even in its soil … Continue reading Walking the Bible: a Photographic Journey

A Balanced Look at “One Thousand Gifts” Even after over two years, I still don't know how to rate this book. There were things I loved about the book and there were things that really disturbed me about the book. Even the writing style has a love/hate relationship with me. Her quasi-poetic style is unique, fresh, contemplative and often leaves you … Continue reading A Balanced Look at “One Thousand Gifts”

Prodigal God by Tim Keller

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! There are hordes of good theological books, there are many great theological books but there are only a few that knock the breath clean out of you, that enter into the dark corners of your soul and light a flame, that drop your jaw then fill it with awe-struck praise. Pastor Tim Keller's book … Continue reading Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Spiritual Warfare

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Brian Borgman walks through first a balanced perspective on spiritual warfare and the dangers of leaning "too far to one side or another" (denying all demonic influence or attributing everything to Satan) then he walks through each piece of the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20 and walks you through the possible … Continue reading Spiritual Warfare

America and the Ambiguity of History

In which I comment on three books on the Founders of America, two of them secular, one, Christian, and meditate on the perplexity and relative ambiguity of history, its difficulty in interpretation, the dangers of writers with an agenda--albeit Christian or secular--and pass on a little homeschool-gleaned advice. Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 … Continue reading America and the Ambiguity of History

The Problem of Pain –review   Written in September 2012 when I was 17 As is often the case with C. S. Lewis, some chapters deserve a five star rating, while others a perplexing "1". In "The Problem of Pain" C.S. Lewis addresses primarily the purpose of pain and suffering and identifies it as God's means of getting our … Continue reading The Problem of Pain –review