Flotsam & Jetsam (2/2)

Sex-Trafficking at the Super Bowl [Caution: Mature] – “On February 5, 2012, over 100 million people will watch Super Bowl XLVI. Few of them will know about the horrific crimes that will be committed during and around the event in Indianapolis.”

Refuge In the Justice of God (Pt. 5) – Good thoughts, as usual, from Michael Wright. Here’s an excerpt from the post: “God is not limited by anything, nothing escapes His permission for action and ordaining decree.”

5 Ways Blogging Has Made Me a Better Writer – Marc Cortez writes, “I’ve begun reflecting on what I’ve gained from blogging. And some of the most important lessons so far have been about writing. To be honest, I’ve learned more in the last two years about how to write well than I learned in any of my college or seminary classes.”

Free Audiobook – Jerry Bridges’ Trusting God is free for the month of February.

Book Review: The Night Circus – I have this on my prospective reading list for 2012, so I enjoyed reading my friend’s take on it: “The plot itself, however, while at first appearing complex and original, is really very basic. It’s just wrapped up in a way to convince us otherwise.”

Reel Quick – Click here to read my thoughts on John Hillcoat’s The Proposition (2005).

“My God, spiritualise my affection! Give me to know what it is to have the intense and passionate love of Christ.” ~ Thomas Chalmers

On the Bookshelf III

Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
A vivid account of the first sustained firefight involving U.S. troops since Vietnam. I’m almost finished with this one, and I think I can safely say it’s going to be a favorite. Certainly one of best war books I’ve ever read: beautiful in it’s portrayal of camaraderie, sacrifice, and raw courage; and ugly in it’s accurate, blood-soaked depiction of modern warfare.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
My first sampling of Crichton (Terminal Man) left a bad taste in my mouth. Now I’m giving him a chance to “redeem” himself with his most famous novel, Jurassic Park – and so far, he’s doing just that. The story is smart, suspenseful, and disturbingly plausible.
Christian Love by Hugh Binning
I haven’t actually started this Puritan Paperback yet, but it’s my next intended read. A reviewer on Amazon said it was “reminiscent of Jonathan Edwards in its balance of rationalism, attention to scripture, and harmonious structure.” Sounds plenty good to me.
The Deadliest Monster by Jeff Baldwin
A terrific examination of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Can you guess which one has the more scriptural view of man’s nature? If you’ve read either of the aforementioned classics, this book is a must. The humanism I mentioned in my Frankenstein review gets a full and detailed treatment by Baldwin, who then contrasts it with the Christian worldview of Stevenson’s book.
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
“Join the army and see the universe.” I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this one for some time, and yesterday, I finally succeeded. It’s considered a classic of science fiction. Being a fan of the genre, how could I pass it up? Now I’m itching to get started.

What’s on your bookshelf?