Category Archives: Classic Books

The Book of Kells (Book Review)

Last summer my family visited Ireland.  We stayed in two castles, ate a lot of great food, soaked of the local culture, and did some typical touristy things.  On our last day in Dublin we had tickets to see the … Continue reading

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The Fellowship of the Ring (Book Review)

Try this thought experiment.  Imagine you are once again your 12th grade self.  Can you remember what you thought of your high school summer reading list?  Books like The Catcher in the Rye, Ulysses, and Frankenstein come to mind.  My … Continue reading

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A Canticle for Leibowitz (Book Review)

I literally can’t stop thinking about it.  When life’s big questions are addressed in a compelling story, you have the trappings of great fiction.  And when you can’t stop thinking about those questions—particularly in the way the story presents them—then … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy (Book Review)

Honestly I don’t know how to begin reflecting on G.K. Chesterton’s classic apologetic book Orthodoxy.  Reading it was a dense and delightful experience.  Simultaneously unusual and common-sensical in perspective, Chesterton’s account of how he came to believe the Christian religion … Continue reading

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Fahrenheit 451 (Book Review)

My oldest kid is in high school now.  (Sometimes I can’t believe it!)  She is excited about growing up, and I’m excited (and to be honest a little fearful) of the ride she taking us on.  Since I like to … Continue reading

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Gilead (Book Review)

Fiction is a wonderful medium.  It can get at things by way of imagination that an essay or sustained argument is just not designed to do.  That is why, after so many years, I decided to incorporate more fiction into … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Progress (Book Review)

What else can one add to all the praise heaped upon John Bunyan’s classic The Pilgrim’s Progress?  It’s the most read and influential book ever written in the English language, save the King James Bible.  And for good reason.  Bunyan, … Continue reading

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