Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

In the realm of Christian literature, Japan does not loom large. Yet for years, I've seen Silence listed amongst the classics. Having finally read it, I find myself both wishing I'd read it years ago and glad that I read it now, in my thirties, with a few years of experience behind me. The novel… Continue reading Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

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Book Review: Such is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan

Father Dowling is a young Catholic priest in a city parish. One day he happens to meet two young women, prostitutes, and begins a sort of friendship with them. His love for them is strong - perhaps even Christ-like - but shockingly naive and his increasing single-mindedness and involvement in their lives becomes distorting and… Continue reading Book Review: Such is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan

Book Review: Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

I started (an attempt at least) to read a Psalm before bed every night in the fall. So it seemed like the perfect time to read this lesser known work of C.S. Lewis. In typical, self-deprecating Lewis fashion, he begins by explaining why he's not really qualified but here are some of his thoughts anyway.… Continue reading Book Review: Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

Book Review: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

I read a review of A Grief Observed recently that suggested this is a book read primarily by the bereaved and I think that's a pretty fair assessment. This is a book read by those who have experienced loss and who are struggling. I've read it once before, more than a decade ago, but it… Continue reading Book Review: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Book Review: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

The convergence of literature and religion is something that has long interested me as a reader, a writer, and a Christian. It's rare that I'm quite satisfied with the way Christianity and the Christian life and walk is portrayed in art (this was one of my primary complaints with such books as Good to a… Continue reading Book Review: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Book Review: A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

This is a unique little book in that it isn't quite a Biblical lesson, it isn't quite a story. It's a retelling, of sorts, of the stories of Saul, David, and Absalom, particularly as relates to David's connections with each. Saul was the first king of Israel, chosen by God when the people demanded they… Continue reading Book Review: A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

Book Review: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

There are two ways I have to approach a book like this. 1) As a reader and 2) as a Christian. In the first instance, I didn't love this book. I really wanted to. I've heard great things about Chan as a speaker but it unfortunately seems to be the case that, though he may… Continue reading Book Review: Crazy Love by Francis Chan