Rachel Held Evans’ “A Year of Biblical Womanhood”

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Lifeway won’t carry it. The Gospel Coalition hosted a severely critical review written by the wife of one of Reformed Evangelicalism’s big-name pastors. Since its release, reviews have been popping up across the internet ranging from gushing to highly critical. It seems that author Rachel Held Evans has become a polarizing figure amongst the evangelical […]

Book Review: The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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Growing up in evangelical churches, the most I knew about the liturgical year was the weird dates that were printed in the bulletin at my grandparents’ Lutheran church: “Third Sunday of Pentecost” and things like that. I’ve learned more as time has gone along, but when the opportunity arose to review this book, I figured […]

Nick Flora & Film At Eleven – Great Escape

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I met Nick Flora a few years back when he came along to play guitars with Andy Osenga at a little show in Omaha. They played Andy’s “When Will I Run” and every time Nick sang the line that Derek Webb sings on the CD, he held in front of his face a copy of […]

Book Review: The Echo Within by Robert Benson

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There is a particular class of inspirational book these days that you can identify on the shelf without even looking at the content. First is the book’s size – usually no larger than 5 by 8 inches. Second is the cover art – typically a scenic vista or natural landscape, meant to soothe and inspire. […]

Book I Read: The Weapon by David Poyer

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Normally I’d write up a whole 250-word review for a book I finished, but The Weapon by David Poyer just doesn’t inspire that sort of review. I’ve enjoyed Poyer’s other Dan Lenson novels but this one was really just okay. A middling, disjointed story at best. As big a fan as I was of Tom […]

Book Review: The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music by Ben Ratliff

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Normally when we think about musicians and “their music”, we think about the music that they write, perform, and record. But author Ben Ratliff (jazz critic for the New York Times) decided to ask a different question. What do these musicians listen to and find influential? What are they thinking and hearing as they listen […]

Book Review: Ender In Exile by Orson Scott Card

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I’ve been a big fan of Orson Scott Card’s Ender series since I read it a few years ago. Ender’s Game is just brilliant storytelling, and Speaker for the Dead is equally good, perhaps even better themes and story woven through it. So when I saw Ender In Exile on the library shelf, it was […]

Book Review: The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyall

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Every culture has its quirks, but to really notice them and appreciate them you need to be able to look from the perspective of an outsider. When you can then write about those quirks with wit, humor, and insight, then you’re approaching what author Sarah Lyall has achieved with The Anglo Files. Lyall, a correspondent […]

Book Review: Jesus and the Victory of God by N. T. Wright

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I should say this up front: the idea that I’m going to be able to intelligently “review” Wright’s massive Jesus and the Victory of God in a 250-word blog post is ridiculous at best, and insane at worst. But I’m posting individual reviews for each book I finish this year, so here goes. I first […]

Book Review: The Philosopher’s Apprentice by James Morrow

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I picked up The Philosopher’s Apprentice on a whim from the library. And what a whim. The flyleaf gave a thumbnail description of a philosophy doctoral student who takes a job becoming the tutor for a teenage girl who was in an accident and lost her sense of morality. OK, sounds interesting as far as […]