2015 Books: 4Q

Books read from October through December. Final yearly count: 32.

Christian Pipe-Smoking: An Introduction to Holy Incense – Uri Brito & Joffre Swait (2014); Electronic // Entertaining, mostly serious, great short read.

The Crossing – Cormac McCarthy (1994); Library // Sequel to All the Pretty Horses, and nearly as excellent. Vintage McCarthy (though not as violent as most of his books). The Spanish in it threw me for a loop, but I somehow kept up.

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (1899); Print // Difficult read, which I found out afterward was deliberate: Conrad wanted the reader’s experience to be akin to an explorer’s in hacking through a jungle.

On Keeping the Heart – John Flavel (1670ish); Electronic // Clear and practical, which is saying something for a Puritan writer.

The Prayer of the Lord – R.C. Sproul (2009); Electronic // Vintage Sproul: expository, relatable, and practical.

The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence (~1665); Electronic // Apparently a classic, and about what I was expecting: helpful at times, overly introspective at others. Very little scriptural allusions or quotations.

Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness – Eric Metaxas (2013); Library // Given Metaxas’ reputation and excellent research on his full-length biographies, I was very disappointed by this. It’s seven disparate chapters, each of which reads more like high school book reports.

Silence – Shusaku Endo (1980); Print // Moving and provocative historical fiction about missionary priests infiltrating 16th century Japan and their subsequent capture. A Scorsese-directed film adaptation starring Liam Neeson is being released in 2016.

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut (1969); Library // Vonnegut’s anti-war, time traveling masterpiece didn’t disappoint.

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (1927); Library // A classic, archetypal  stream of consciousness, modern fiction. Not my cup of tea

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