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On the Bookshelf XVII


Anathem by Neal Stephenson
I’ve never read anything by Stephenson before, but I picked Anathem up for $1.99 in the Kindle store – which is a pretty good deal, considering the length of the book is well over 900 pages. I’ve barely started, but a family vacation is on the horizon, and you know what that means: lots of time in the car with nothing to do but read. Cool.
Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmont
Looking forward to this one: “You may be aware that G.K. Chesterton authored influential Christian biographies and apologetics. But you may not know the larger-than-life Gilbert Keith Chesterton himself – not yet.”
The Hole In Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
Rev Kev for the win. That is all.
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
“A breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space.” My first encounter with Mr. Wolfe’s writing, and possibly one of the best non-fiction books I’ll read this year.
Metamorphoses by Ovid
If I’ve learned anything from this book – and I’ve learned quite a bit – it is that the pagan deities truly were a sorry bunch. (I’m reading the translation by Charles Martin.)
A Shot of Faith (To the Head) by Mitch Stokes
I’d anticipated reading this one ever since Douglas Wilson named it “Book of the Month” for May 2012. So far, it hasn’t disappointed. Stokes is a sharp and tremendously readable writer – he defends Christian belief, takes the offensive against atheism, and helps the reader build his own “arsenal” with which to confront the skeptics. Highly recommended.
The Little Black Book of Violence by Lawrence A. Kane and Chris Wilder
“A very cool yet frightening perspective on violence; a book where the dreams of heroism and adventure are acted upon with proper forethought and intellect.” Gotta love the title. Right? Right? Okay, maybe it’s a guy thing.

What’s on your bookshelf right now?

Fuggedabout Apollo

‘In Libya the Giants told the gods to scram
The boss god they worship there has horns like a ram
‘Cuz Jupiter laid low as the leader of a flock
And Delius his homey really got a shock
When the Giants left him with no place to go:
“Fuggedabout Apollo – make me a crow!”
And if you believe that Phoebus was a wuss
His sister Phoebus turned into a puss
Bacchus takes refuge in the skin of a goat
And Juno as a cow with a snow-white coat
Venus the queen of the downtown scene, yuh know what her wish is?
“Gimme a body just like a fish’s”
Mercury takes on an ibis’s shape
And that’s how the mighty (cheep cheep) gods escape’

If you’re thinking “rap song lyrics”, think again: this passage is actually taken from Book V of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (translated by Charles Martin). I kid thee not. You’re a better man than I if you can read it with a straight face.