Category: Reviews (Books)

Reading Emily Dickinson with Job

A few months ago, a Mynah hatchling fell out of its nest in one of our carport rafters. When we found it, it was lying awkwardly on the ground, clearly hurt beyond our capacity to heal. Nonetheless, my kids insisted...

/ October 13, 2020

An Interview with Andrew Peterson About “The Wingfeather Saga”

One of the few highlights of 2020 for me has been getting to read the Wingfeather Saga to my kids. It gave us a bedtime routine and something to look forward to every night for several months as we made...

/ October 12, 2020

Book Review: Remembrance, Communion, and Hope by J. Todd Billings

J. Todd Billings. Remembrance, Communion, and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord’s Table. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018. 217 pp. $20, hardcover. Like the ghost of a dear friend dead Is Time long past. A tone which is now...

/ October 7, 2020

Book Review: Strange Rites by Tara Isabella Burton

Matthew Arnold mourned the long withdrawing roar of faith in the 19th century. Fin de siècle European culture moved to the rhythm of Nietzsche’s poetry-by-jackhammer that proclaimed the death of God and the rule of the value-less Last Man. The...

/ September 24, 2020

Book Review: White Too Long by Robert P. Jones

It is no secret (and impossible, frankly, to say otherwise) that American Christianity has broadly taken the shape that it has because of race. This is not a monocausal argument for American church history which would undermine other factors such...

/ September 16, 2020

The Wind in the Willows: A Tribute to Home and Friendship

On April 6, 2016, 50-year-old separated father-of-two Michael Danaher broke into the Oxford home of Adrian Greenwood, a historian and art-dealer best known for a well-reviewed biography of nineteenth-century British officer Sir Colin Campbell. Danaher tortured and stabbed Greenwood more...

/ September 16, 2020
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Book Review: The Ascension of Christ by Patrick Schreiner

It is de rigeur to begin any work on the ascension with the contemporary church’s neglect of the doctrine. Despite numerous books published on the ascension in the past generation and the prominence of the doctrine in the creeds this...

/ September 11, 2020

Book Review: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Racial injustice has become an unavoidable topic for American Christianity. It challenges all levels of relational unity, from large ecclesial networks to personal friendships. When relational unity is challenged and fractured, we naturally search for the source of the problem,...

/ August 25, 2020

D. B. Hart’s Inquisitor

“It is hard to understand the psychology of pious Christians who calmly accept the fact that their neighbors, friends, and relatives will perhaps be damned. I cannot resign myself to the fact that the man with whom I am drinking...

/ July 1, 2020

Political Modesty, for Better and Worse

Confessional Reformed Protestants are a tiny sliver of the broader Christian community. Still, when it comes to intellectual heft we like to think we punch above our weight. While this may not always be true, David VanDrunen’s decade-long effort to...

/ June 16, 2020