Category: Reviews (Books)

Marilynne Robinson Imagines the Soul of America

Living there, you’ll be free, if you truly wish to be.” ~Gene Wilder, Pure Imagination The frigid breeze gusting through downtown Des Moines, Iowa, did little to help the Democratic Nominee for President, Joe Biden, as he struggled to project...

/ May 3, 2022

Divine Presence in Dark Nights of the Soul

My argument begins in the most cliché of fashion, I grew up a Christian home-schooler reading the Chronicles of Narnia for the first time at a pretty young age. It was a rainy November day and my mom had built...

/ April 29, 2022

A Better Man

Confession: The Magician’s Nephew freaked me out the first time I read it. I was eight, in the back of my family’s van, road tripping across the southeast, and my parents popped in the audiobook in an attempt to keep...

/ April 29, 2022

The Answer is to Remember

The Silver Chair is the finest of the Chronicles of Narnia books. In certain ways, the storyline bears the fruit of all the others, and therefore it can take us most deeply into the world Lewis has created for us....

/ April 28, 2022

Closest to the Sun

Surely Michael Ward’s mind boiled and brightened in 2003 when he discovered that each of the seven books in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia echo one of the seven spheres of the medieval solar system. The Lion, the...

/ April 26, 2022

Reepicheep’s Purity of Heart

Clearly, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the best of the Narnia novels, and a big part of that is due to a talking mouse. Yes. I’m talking about Reepicheep, the brave, swashbuckling Narnian mouse who is on a quest...

/ April 22, 2022

Headaches and Housekeeping, Somebody Likes Prince Caspian?

When I say that Prince Caspian is the best of the Chronicles of Narnia, I say it in the same way that I say I’d rather eat a chopped salad than anything else, or that my favorite pastime is going...

/ April 21, 2022

The Place for Meeting Aslan is the Stone Table

We are finally publishing the winners of our much delayed essay contest challenging readers to make their case for which book is the best in C. S. Lewis’s beloved series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Our series kicks off today with...

/ April 20, 2022

A Surprisingly Therapeutic Reading of Cormac McCarthy

A global pandemic claiming millions of lives. An invasion of the largest European nation besides the one invading it resulting in the deaths of hundreds and hundreds of civilians including children. The countless “micro” and mundane atrocities we ourselves experience...

/ April 14, 2022
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Book Review: Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church by James Beitler

James Beitler III, Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press Academic, 2019, 243 pp., $25.00 pb. Christians can be forgiven when they cringe upon hearing the word “rhetoric.” Rhetoric is all too easily...

/ April 5, 2022