Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

Loving Your Enemies in Ender’s Game

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. How can we love them if we don’t understand them, if we don’t take the time to know them? In the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender Wiggin unintentionally learns the best way to love one’s enemies, and he never forgets it. Though just a child...
November 1st, 2013 | Book Reviews, Culture | Read More

A Review of Brett McCracken’s “Gray Matters”

Brett McCracken, probably best known for his previous book Hipster Christianity, has penned a careful, nuanced, deliberative text with Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty. I’ll confess that I haven’t read his previous book, but I’ve kept abreast of his...
August 15th, 2013 | Book Reviews | Read More

Very Christian Questions from Tragedy: Job and Tennyson

Editor’s note: This week, we’re running a series on questions, inspired by Matthew Lee Anderson’s book, The End of Our Exploring. We reviewed his book here. There’s a great deal going on this week: buy one copy of Matt’s book, and you can give one away for free. Check out the details here. The...
July 10th, 2013 | Book Reviews | Read More

Review: “The End of Our Exploring” by Matthew Lee Anderson

Full disclosure: I had a hand in this book. Well, a few fingertips. Matt is a friend, and I helped with this project some six months ago. Matthew Lee Anderson’s second book, The End of Our Exploring: A Book About Questioning and the Confidence of Faith, is a book that is all at once pensive and...
July 8th, 2013 | Book Reviews | Read More

Of Games and God: An Interview with Kevin Schut

What follows is an interview with Kevin Schut. He’s a delightful fellow, and he happens to have written a book about video games. It’s called Of Games and God, and you should probably read it. There’s a lot to digest in the book, and the interview below is no different. Enjoy. Much...
May 10th, 2013 | Book Reviews, Gaming | Read More

“Of Games and God”: A Review

Note: Tomorrow, we’ll be posting an interview with the author of Of Games and God, Kevin Schut. Don’t miss it. In the meantime, here’s the review. It’s no secret around here that I’m a fan of playing video games. I heard there was a book out there that was attempting to...
May 9th, 2013 | Book Reviews, Gaming | Read More

An Interview With Lars Walker

Editor’s note: See our review of  Troll Valley by Lars Walker here. EO: Hi Lars, thanks for taking the time to do this interview for us.  I’d like to ask a couple questions about Troll Valley first, then about Christian Fantasy in general.   First, is Troll Valley based on a true story? LW:...
March 22nd, 2013 | Book Reviews, Media | Read More

Troll Valley: The Fairy Tale Grandma Never Told You

Editor’s note: See our interview with Lars Walker here. Troll Valley is not your grandmother’s fairy tale, though it might be your great-great-great-grandmother’s fairy tale.  From the official synopsis: Chris Anderson has everything. He’s the son of the richest family in town. He...
March 21st, 2013 | Book Reviews, Media | Read More

A Review of “Cold Case Christianity”

Upon finishing Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace, my thoughts traveled back through the literary journey I had just taken and I was surprised at what a wonderful feeling that re-tracing left in my mind. But let me back up. When I was given a copy of Cold-Case Christianity, it came highly recommended....
February 6th, 2013 | Book Reviews | Read More

The Up-to-Date Ancient Truth Behind Your Actions

Research into human motivation shows something surprising, yet intuitive. Cutting-edge, yet ancient. This week, I’ve been reading Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us which states that artificial reward and punishment structures are ineffective human motivators; autonomy, mastery,...
January 28th, 2013 | Book Reviews | Read More