#53 – Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn (My 100 Favorite Books)

Johnny Cash was a brilliant musician, from Walk the Line and Folsom Prison Blues to When the Man Comes Around and Hurt.  But he wasn't just a brilliant singer and songwriter, he was a fascinating individual.  A man of faith who wrestled with demons his entire life.  I always appreciated Johnny, but it was this…

#69 – Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was a fascinating biography of the founder of our country.  Beyond being one of the founding fathers, he was also a pretty great man.  What I appreciated most in this detailed biography though, was that Chernow does not seek to ignore Washington's flaws.  Washington was a slave owner who was both uncomfortable with slave…

Feeding My Tolkien Obsession with Two Books

One night my wife looked over at me sitting on the couch and asked, "are you seriously reading that book?"  The book was the Letters of JRR Tolkien.  She could not understand why anyone would want to read hundreds of pages of someone's personal letters.  Admittedly, it is rather odd.  This book is certainly not…

CS Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath (Review) And Top Ten Lewis Books

I've read a lot of CS Lewis books in my life, perhaps more than any other author.  But I had never read a biography, so all I knew of his life was the bits and pieces I picked up elsewhere.  I decided to remedy this recently by reading the new biography on Lewis by British…