Fall Book Briefs

To continue the format of my book briefs, here are my thoughts on what I read this fall in 140 characters or fewer (plus or minus), Twitter style. Stay tuned to the top navigation bar for my winter reading list.

 

Clouds of Witness – Dorothy Sayers (1926) // My first Sayers fiction didn’t disappoint. Lots of fun and brilliantly written, with some uncanny insight to human nature mixed in. Kindle edition is not recommended due to poor formatting.

The Drowned Vault – N.D. Wilson (2012) // Book two of the Ashtown Burials. Fast-paced, exciting, and very original. Ending was a little below the quality of the rest of the book, but still good overall.

Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families – Doug Wilson (2012) // Full review here. Helpful, but more disjointed than Wilson’s other writings on family.

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners – John Bunyan (1666) // Bunyan’s spiritual autobiography. I recommend reading Pilgrim’s Progress instead. Overly introspective and repetitive: the only thing missing was an anxious bench.

Hired ‘Right’ Out of College: From Classes to Career – Garrett Miller (2012) // Practical and concrete. Recommended for high schoolers, college students, recent grads, and their parents. Quite helpful.

Mystery of the Lord’s Supper – Robert Bruce (1589) // Excellent treatment on the benefits of the Lord’s Supper as a sign and a seal. Poignant and sincere, though too introspective at times.

On the Incarnation of the Word – Saint Athanasius (~350) // My spontaneous Advent season reading. Concise, deep, encouraging, and full of penetrating truth.

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement – Jean Twenge & Keith Campbell (2009) // Eye opening, comprehensive treatment of the narcissistic explosion, including relationships, consumerism, politics, parenting, and more. Convicting.

Paradise Lost – John Milton (1667) // Beautiful epic poem. Impossible to describe in a way that matches its beauty, profundity, and sublimeness.

Poems by Emily Dickinson, Series One – Emily Dickinson (1896) // Amazing that a recluse could have such powerful insight into the human condition, love, and the world. Top two poetry collections I’ve read this year.

The Three Forms of Unity: Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort, Heidelberg Catechism // Filled with passion, Scripture, earnestness, and purity. Hard to pick a favorite, which is probably why there are three forms and not one.

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