You Should Read Some Dostoyevsky…Here Are Some Tips!

When I talk with people about books I am reading or favorite books I have read, I always mention Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  Often the person looks at me like I have three eyes. Having read a bunch of his books, I want to offer some tips and encouragement.  They are certainly challenging, a far cry from many […]

Two Types of People – Those Who Think they Know Something and Those who Know they Know Nothing

Near the end of his novel The Idiot, Russian novelist Dostoyevsky reflects on two sorts of common people.  First there are common people who possess limited intellect:  To a commonplace man of limited intellect, for instance, nothing is simpler than to imagine himself an original character, and to revel in that belief without the slightest […]

Favorite Books Read in 2014

Its a few days late, but better late then never. 1. After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre 2. The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending the Bible Has Made us Unable to Read it by Peter Enns 3. How (Not) to be Secular by James K.A. Smith 4. Paul and the Faithfulness of God by NT […]

House of the Dead and Poor Folk by Dostoyevsky

Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky will go down as the book I read on my Kindle while I tried to rock my newborn baby to sleep. Perhaps a weird choice. I recall reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales while holding my first child, though I think I read some of those out loud, perhaps scarring her for life. […]

Dostoyevsky’s Demons

I am a huge fan of Dostoyevsky’s two great novels – The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment.  Though it is always tempting to reread such books, I decided it was time to move on to some of Dostoyevsky’s lesser-known work.  It seems his “tier-two” works are Demons (also known as The Possessed) and The […]

Classics, Kindles and Tolstoy in 2012!

One of the things that makes me most happy is when my students read a book I suggested.  Upon returning from break a student told me he had finished The Hunger Games (okay, not necessarily the most spiritual books for a campus pastor to suggest).  This same student was reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the […]

Favorite Books I Read This Year – Fiction

I am going to reflect on a few of my favorite books from 2011.  But note that these are books I read in 2011, not necessarily ones that were new in 2011 . Katniss Everdeen and Lisbeth Salander Both of these powerful female characters star in extremely popular trilogies:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and […]

Listening to the Saints – Classic Fiction (and Vocation)

I spent a large portion of this summer reading a few of the works by one of the greatest novelists of all time: Fyodor Dostoyevsky. For the first time I read Crime and Punishment, then I reread The Brothers Karamazov. I also read Notes from the Underground, one of his less well-known works.  Dostoyevsky’s books […]