Kenogaia (A Gnostic Tale) by David Bentley Hart (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers who enjoy a good story, readers who enjoy books that make them think and especially readers who appreciate a combination of those two things. What is the Big Takeaway - The best theologians write good fiction. And a quote - “Orthodoxy is a humble half-truth exalted to the…

Top Ten 2021 Reads: #3-1 – A Bit of Theology

Time to wrap up this top ten list. #3 - The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr Barr argues that Biblical womanhood is Christian patriarchy. As a medieval historians, she brings in all sorts of insights a different writer would not. That said, she does get into the usual scriptures to support patriarchy.…

How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Everyone. I can’t think of anyone, at least Americans and people I interact with, who would not benefit from reading this book. What is the Big Takeaway - How we tell the story of our history matters, and we in America have largely done a poor job of telling…

2021 Top Ten Reads: #4 – It by Stephen King

I got into Stephen King late in life, which was mostly due to me not being a fan of horror. The only two King books I read as a teen were Eyes of the Dragon and Misery. The former is a fantasy story while the latter actually is horror, though the villain is a psycho…

2021 Top Ten Reads: $5 – Sergius Bulgakov

We go from fantasy novels to Russian orthodox theology. What can I say, I have a wide variety of tastes and interests. As I think on reading Bulgakov’s BIG trilogy this year - The Lamb of God, The Comforter, The Bride of the Lamb - I am reminded that I read too fast. I love…

2021 Top Ten Reads: #6 – Malazan Book of the Fallen

Okay, so I am cheating here. This is actually five books. But hey, its my list and I can do what I want. This year I began reading Malazan Book of the Fallen, a ten-book series by Steve Erikson. I was wanting to dig into a long fantasy series, and bonus points for one that…

My 2021 Top Ten Reads: #8 and #7 – Children’s Book and Justice Book

#8 - What is God Like by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner I’ve read hundreds of picture books in my years of being a parent, but rarely does a children’s picture book make my top ten list. Yet this one is beautifully illustrated and presents a wonderful image of who God is and…

My 2021 Top Ten Reads: #10 and #9: Church History and Spiritual Practice

#10 - The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider This was a brilliant work on the mission, methods and mindset of the early church. There is so much we could and should learn today. Here is the big takeaway I got from the book: “The earliest church (100-300 AD) rather than having…

The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbot (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers interested in theology, specifically wrestling with questions of God, hell, love and eternity. What is the Big Takeaway - God is Love and through this Love desires all persons to be saved and will never give up until all are saved. And a Quote - “If supreme power…

The Bride of the Lamb by Sergius Bulgakov (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers who are into theology and are desiring a deep dive into the work of one of the greats, perhaps the greatest, Russian theologian of the 20th century. What’s the Big Takeaway - Bulgakov presents a beautiful story, an image of one humanity and all creation (the creaturely Sophia),…