An Introduction to Aesop’s Fables

Most of you have probably heard the classic tale of "The Tortoise and the Hare" but do you know where the story came from and that there are more pithy anecdotes where that came from? The Tortoise and the Hare is actually one of more than three hundred short stories compiled under the title "Aesop's … Continue reading An Introduction to Aesop’s Fables

Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis 
Read October 28th

 (Afterward by Chad Walsh read on the 29th) 4 Stars I was pleased with myself for finishing the entire book in one sitting--but then again, I couldn't very well go to bed in the middle anyway. It frightened me to see the questions, the doubts, the … Continue reading Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

It’s Ok to Ask For Directions (Reflections on The Scarlet Letter and Reading Classics in General)

Are you ready to hear something possibly surprising about this book reviewer? Here goes: sometimes, I read a book and I weigh every word, I analyze the themes and motifs, let the plot sink in, evaluate the characters, then I close the book and...have no idea what I just read means. Sometimes the scenes of … Continue reading It’s Ok to Ask For Directions (Reflections on The Scarlet Letter and Reading Classics in General)

Four Reasons The Great Gatsby is a Great Read

The green light beckons on the horizon, the arms of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby outstretched towards it, reaching, reaching, until it fades away like the last warm kiss of summer. *contains basic spoilers common to most other reviews of the book* I understand why so many love The Great Gatsby: the writing's vitality, vividness and … Continue reading Four Reasons The Great Gatsby is a Great Read

Songs of Asaph: So Long Moses (Andrew Peterson)

As Americans we are raised to believe Kings are evil, to be cynical of all monarchies and most of all to despise hereditary succession. This is not without good cause. The best of men are still human and power draws out pride like blood in the water to a shark. And yet this is not … Continue reading Songs of Asaph: So Long Moses (Andrew Peterson)

Seabird

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (A 300-words-or-less review) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0395266815/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0395266815&linkCode=as2&tag=livinheassha-20 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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1613822847/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1613822847&linkCode=as2&tag=livinheassha-20 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

⭐️⭐️⭐️ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060799048/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0060799048&linkCode=as2&tag=livinheassha-20 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

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