Category: Reviews (Books)

Neocons in their Own Words

To speak of the “birth and death of the neoconservative movement” would be a misnomer. After all, there was no such movement. Rather, as Irving Kristol argues, neoconservatism is a ‘persuasion,’ a persuasion that happened to find its intellectual attitudes...

/ June 27, 2007

God’s Secretaries

I have sometimes thought that the best way to learn history is not to read a textbook or historical synthesis, but to read about one event, one person, or one cultural artifact. In order to understand the significance of any...

/ June 26, 2007

Book Review: Blink

“I didn’t like his face.” It’s an apocraphal story of Abraham Lincoln and a favorite for preachers everywhere. As a young lawyer, Lincoln allegedly once rejected a prospective employee on the grounds that he didn’t like the man’s face. When...

/ June 22, 2007

Death and Life: An American Theology

Arthur McGill is a relative unknown in American theology. His works have mostly been consigned to the “out-of-print” stacks. A quick Google search for “Arthur McGill” turns up only 1700 results, while Google Scholar weighs in at a whopping 47...

/ June 21, 2007

Book Review: Bringing Down the House

How did six MIT students beat Vegas (and a number of other casinos) at Blackjack? Bringing Down the House, the bestseller from Ben Mezrich, provides the fascinating details about a group of MIT students (lead by a former professor) who...

/ June 18, 2007

The Kingdom Triangle: The Decade’s Most Important Book

We’re seven years into the decade. It’s possible to make that sort of claim. While Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth was leading the pack for the distinction of most important book published in the 00s, after reading Dr. Moreland’s masterful new...

/ May 17, 2007

Active Christian Media Review: The Train-of-Thought Writing Method

In writing, “The real question is: How do you effectively take [your] ideas and convert them to saleable manuscripts?” (xiii) Kathi Macias, journalist, essayist, editor, poet, and author, delivers a simple and practical how-to book all about transforming ideas into...

/ December 22, 2006

Why Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey Series is so Wonderful

The folks over at Bourgeois Burglars have written a great post on Mirth in Patrick O’Brian’s series on Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Though it was an excellent film with one of the best soundtracks in history, it is a...

/ December 4, 2006

Active Christian Media Review: How the Left Was Won

Unfortunately, one of the most frustrating experiences any rational person could ever have is to listen to liberals try to justify their position on any sort of political or social issue” (x). So begins Richard Mgrdechian’s book How the Left...

/ September 28, 2006

Saints Behaving Badly: A Book Review

The Christian Church is often accused of glossing over its own sins while condemning those of others, especially the Catholic Church, as it has a long history of sins to cover over. Whatever its merits, the criticism doesn’t hold against...

/ September 6, 2006