Winter books

The chestnut king – N. Wilson // Book three of the 100 Cupboards trilogy, and best of the three. Lots of fun.

The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest – S. Larsson // Book two of the Millennium trilogy; more of a place saver between the fast-paced first book and the finale.

The girl who played with fire – S. Larsson // A good finish to the tense Millennium trilogy. Not as graphic as the previous two [thankfully], but the poor editing in this installment was a frequent distraction.

The gospel and the mind: recovering and shaping the intellectual life – B. Green // Stimulating book on the intersection of the Christian faith and intellectual life. Full review here.

The lotus and the cross: Jesus talks with Buddha – R. Zacharias // A review is on my LibraryThing page (for their Early Reviewer program). An engaging and interesting – but sometimes patronizing and not exhaustive – fictional conversation between Jesus and Gautama Buddha about their surface similarities but deep differences.

The person and work of Christ – B.B. Warfield // I read several chapters from the Complete works of B.B. Warfield on the person and work of Christ, which is probably close to this monograph of his.Warfield is brilliant and precise, proving himself to be a giant of theology and philosophy. Each sentence is utterly packed with meaning, and I found him pretty difficult but rewarding to read.

The prohibition hangover: alcohol in America from demon rum to cult cabernet – G. Peck // This thoroughly researched and accessible work chronicles economic, historical, social, religious, and political aspects of how America is still recovering from the 14 years of lunacy called Prohibition. Informative and interesting, but lacks transitions between paragraphs, sections, and chapters, so it is unfortunately choppy.

Republocrat: confessions of a liberal conservative – C. Trueman // Best book I read this winter. Pithy, provocative work on Christians and politics that takes shots at the Right and Left. Though guilty of occasional overstatement, inconsistency, and the straw man, it stimulates much thought, especially on topics of capitalism, news media, and political rhetoric.

The search for God and Guinness: a biography of the beer that changed the world – S. Mansfield // Contains interesting facts about the most famous beer in the world and the family behind it, but didn’t live up to my expectations. Lacks a central thesis, engaging writing, or a coherent message, and it could have been at least 50 pages shorter.

Slave: the hidden truth about your identity in Christ – J. MacArthur // Once you move past the sensationalism of the first couple chapters and ignore the dispensational leanings later, it’s a half-decent book on what it means to be a slave of Christ. Full review here.

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