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…

The Verge by Patrick Wyman (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers interested in history, especially the history of the transition from the medieval to the modern world. What’s the Big Takeaway - The years from 1490-1530 were a huge confluence of factors, some due to gifted people and others due to luck, that changed the entire world. And a…

What is God Like? by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Parents who desire for their young children to develop a healthy understanding of what God is like. What is the Big Takeaway - Questions don’t get any bigger than ones about God and while we’ll never fully understand God we can know that God is better, safer, more wonderful…

Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity by Charles Taylor (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers who desire to deepen their understanding of how the identify of modern people formed through the shifts in philosophy over the last few centuries. What is the Big Takeaway - The ancient world bequeathed to the West the idea of the good as objectively out there beyond us.…

The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Anyone who wants to better understand why our contemporary culture has come to so highly value authenticity (be true to yourself). The Big Takeaway - The modern age of authenticity is not merely to be unequivocally celebrated (“boosters”) nor unflinchingly opposed (“knockers”) but instead to be critically examined so…

Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1964 by Taylor Branch (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - People who are REALLY into American history and want a DEEP DIVE into the story of the Civil Rights movement. What’s the Big Takeaway - Branch stays focused on the story and avoids drawing lessons for today, so any take-always are up to the reader. That said, I’d say…

The Bill Hodges Trilogy – Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Stephen King fans (obviously) but especially readers of fiction who might not like horror but want to read some King. This whole series (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and this one) would be a fine entry into the non-horror side of King. What’s the Big Takeaway - King is known…

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Christian men and women who were taught that women should be submissive to men . What is the Big Take Away from this book - Rather than being rooted in any sort of counter-cultural narrative of scripture, Biblical womanhood (complementarianism) is a recent invention more in line with the…