Fall books

A sweet flame: piety in the life of Jonathan Edwards – M. Haykin (ed.) // The biographical introduction of Edwards was enjoyable. Some nuggets of insight in the letters, but the main thing I learned was that I’m not a fan of reading collections of letters.

Counterfeit gods: the empty promises of money, sex, and power, and the only hope that matters – T. Keller // Men’s fall group reading. Good book which stimulated good discussion. I don’t agree with much of Keller’s interpretive license with Scripture (he reads into narrative texts an awful lot), but still a solid read.

Dandelion fire – N. Wilson // Book two of the 100 Cupboards trilogy. Better than the first thanks to it taking place almost entirely in the “cupboards.” Can’t wait to read the third!

For a glory and a covering: a practical theology of marriage – D. Wilson // Excellent, excellent book on marriage. Wilson relates marriage to the Trinity and other biblical truths and lays out theoretical foundations and practical applications. Highly recommended.

The girl with the dragon tattoo – S. Larsson // Book one of the international best-selling Millennium trilogy. Engaging, and I enjoyed Larsson’s journalistic style. Graphic, so I recommend it hesitantly, though I understand Larsson’s goal of exposing the sex trafficking trade and abuse of women.

Letters to a diminished church: passionate arguments for the relevance of Christian doctrine – D. Sayers // Excellent collection of essays on the importance of retaining doctrine. Eminently quotable and provocatively insightful.

Planet Narnia: the seven heavens in the imagination of C.S. Lewis – M. Ward // Fascinating, brilliant, and convincing read on the archetypal key to the Narniad: medieval cosmology. More scholarly anticipated, but Ward rewarded my reading with a new-found appreciation and wonder for the genius of the Narniad.

The pursuit of holiness – J. Bridges // Family worship read. Encouraging, challenging, and sanctifying.

Putting amazing back into grace: embracing the heart of the gospel – M. Horton // A fantastic introduction (and reminder!) to the biblical view of salvation and the gospel of grace. Also serves as the best introduction to Calvinism I’ve read, without overtly being such.

The taste of sabbath: how to delight in God’s rest – S. Bryan // Short introduction to the biblical concept of Sabbath. Focuses (rightly) on the Sabbath as feast and celebration rather than fast and drudgery.

Vanity and meaning: discovering purpose in life – R.C. Sproul, Jr. (ed.) // Collection of Table Talk articles on Ecclesiastes. Provided good wisdom into that book and application of it.

What are people for?: essays – W. Berry // Berry is now one of my favorite authors. First half is slow, with book reviews and essay-poems; but the second half, with essays on technological progress, local culture, and pleasure, is where Berry shines.


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