Books

10 of the Books I Plan to Read in 2021

1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque I actually already read this book this year. It’s hard to say it was good because it was tragic and heavy. But I’d say I’d give it four and half stars out of five.   2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and […]

C. S. Lewis on Longing

Introduction You can trace the theme of longing through most of Lewis’ writings. In some places, it is explicit in other places it is implicit. For example, Perelandra does not so much make an argument as much as make you desire and long to experience something of what Lewis wrote. When reading some of Lewis, […]

Esther and the Purim Party

I read the book of Esther last week and was struck again by what an amazing book it is. What a true work of literature. There is a heroine, suspense, irony, reversal, and surprising coincidences.   Chapters 1-2 Israel is in exile, under the reign of King Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus, as the King of Persia, has […]

Why should I believe the Bible? (pt 1)

“Why should I believe the Bible?” That is a very important question. In the next couple of posts, we will briefly consider various aspects of the Bible so that we are in a better position to answer that question.[1] First, the Bible is… Literature The Bible is a very distinct piece of literature; it is […]

Ecclesiastes: Necessary Destruction

A treatise on vanity. That is basically the book of Ecclesiastes. What a depressing book. How is a book like that ever to be read and enjoyed, especially with our modern sensibilities? We need stuff that will make us feel good even if it is not the truth, right? Isn’t that what we need? That, […]

C.S. Lewis on the Importance of Reading Old Books

As part of our book diet, C.S. Lewis reminds us to not leave out old books. “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one […]

What is Art?

So, what is art? That is a difficult question. Let’s look at some examples I’ve gathered. Art is… …according to a dictionary: The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance ~dictionary.com  …indefinable You cannot define electricity. The same can be said of […]

Quotes on Literature

“When we are at play, or looking at a painting or a stature, or reading a story, the imaginary work must have such an effect on us that it enlarges our own sense of reality.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water “Students value literature as a means of enlarging their knowledge of the world, because through […]

The Storyline of Scripture

Spoiler alert. If you don’t want to know the resolution to all the twists and turns of the plot line of the Bible do not read on! Jesus is the hero of the story. He saves the day. As Michael Emlet says, “If you read the Bible from cover to cover you realize that it narrates […]

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