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On the Bookshelf XXXIII


Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
Not just one of the best war novels I’ve ever read, but one of the best novels I’ve ever read, period. Tender, cruel, horrifying, tragic, and beautiful by turns. A must-read. This is my second time through.

What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
Another Marlantes gem. Listening to the audiobook as time allows. The New Yorker: “Marlantes brings candor and wrenching self-analysis to bear on his combat experiences in Vietnam, in a memoir-based meditation whose intentions are three-fold: to help soldiers-to-be understand what they’re in for; to help veterans come to terms with what they’ve seen and done; and to help policymakers know what they’re asking of the men they send into combat.”

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
“… you can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them.” Violent and chilling, yet smart and unexpectedly warm. Well worth a read, particularly if you like your post-apocalypse with a Matheson-esque flair.

Against Heresies by Irenaeus
Contemporary Christian writers could learn a thing or twelve from Irenaeus’ utter unwillingness to ‘play nice’ with heretics.

A Humane Economy by Wilhelm Röpke
Joel Miller explains why you should dump Ayn Rand and give this chap a shot instead: “… unlike Rand, Röpke grounded his critique of socialism and his defense of free markets in a thoroughly Christian understanding of man and his world.” Free PDF version here.

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On the Bookshelf XXXII


The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
Ostensibly like Flannery O’Connor with zombies. That’s all I needed to know before buying a copy, and it’s pretty ruddy great so far.

To A Thousand Generations by Douglas Wilson
“In arguing for biblical infant baptism, it is not sufficient for us to say that infant baptism is merely consistent with the Scriptures, or that a biblical case can be made for it… we must be content with nothing less than a clear biblical case requiring infant baptism.” Read it once already. Time for another go.

Macbeth by Shakespeare
To read or not to read: there is no question.

The Case for Covenant Communion edited by Greg Strawbridge
A sterling collection of essays from the likes of Tim Gallant, Jeffrey Meyers, and R.C. Sproul, Jr. (Hardcopies are pricey, but a PDF version is available here.)

Men and Marriage by George Gilder
According to a less than favorable Amazon review, Mr. Gilder is something of a chauvinist pig. Eager to see just how sexist this proponent of family/marriage/traditional gender roles really is.

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On the Bookshelf XXXI


Othello by Shakespeare
Whenever I read Shakespeare, I kick myself for not doing it more often. So I’m trying to read at least one of his plays every month of 2015. Very doable, I think. Othello is terrific so far.

Mort by Terry Pratchett
Of all the fantasy worlds you can visit, Discworld is perhaps the funnest, and certainly the most hysterical. In Mort, Death takes an apprentice. It’s a great position – unless you have anything faintly resembling a love life. I haven’t laughed so hard at a book in ages.

How to be Free from Bitterness by Jim Wilson
“The world has two solutions. Keep the bitterness in and make yourself sick, or let it out and spread the sickness around. God’s solution is to dig up the root. Get rid of it.” A wise and helpful little read. I’ll return to it often.

A Passion for Books edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan
A bibliophile’s smorgasbord. Essays, poetry, quotes – all spread out like jam on a supersized piece of toast. If you like books, and you like reading about books (and about other people who like books), then this one is a must.

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On the Bookshelf XXX


The Terror: A Novel by Dan Simmons
Based on historical events, Simmons’ tale follows the crewman of the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror as they try to survive the Arctic Circle. Tragedy ensues: disease, starvation, and brutal temperatures ravage the men, while an unknown monstrosity stalks them on the ice. At nearly a thousand pages, this is one of those stories tailored made for getting lost in. I’m already having serious trouble putting it down.

Everything I Want to Do is Illegal by Joel Salatin
“Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat.” I’ve only ever read snippets of his work, so finding myself in the immediate vicinity of these essays was a real treat.

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
The famous retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. It’s phenomenal. I only regret not reading it before now.

Putting Jesus in His Place by Robert Bowman, J. Ed Komoszewski
I picked this up when it was on sale awhile back: “Putting Jesus in His Place engages objections to the divine identity of Jesus Christ from Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Muslims, Unitarians, and other religious perspectives. Its emphasis throughout, however, is on the positive case for the deity of Christ. The book introduces the reader to cutting-edge scholarship on New Testament Christology and makes the information accessible and usable for those who are not biblical scholars or theologians.”

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On the Bookshelf XXIX


Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Conspiracy theories. Templars. A map. And a literary joke gone very, very wrong. If an uber-bizarre, intellectually sophisticated version of National Treasure sounds like your thing, you may want to give Eco’s book a try.

The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
A beautiful, Word-saturated collection of Puritan prayers that should be on every Christian’s shelf. “​Oh God, it is amazing that men can talk so much about man’s creaturely power and goodness, when, if thou didst not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incar​​nate.”

My Life for Yours by Douglas Wilson
A walk through the Christian home.  Allie and I are reading through this together and appreciating it immensely.

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