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Book Reviews

by Michael Kelley
“Some of the best writing, the writing that is most heartfelt and true, finds it source in life's deepest valleys. This is exactly the case with Michael Kelley's Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal. Wednesdays were normal days for the Kelley family until they received the shocking news that their son Joshua, just two years old, had been diagnosed with leukemia. The... Read Full Review
by R.A. Dickey
“I guess I've made my love of baseball well-known around these parts. Just as a sampler, I've reviewed a biography of Albert Pujols, I've interviewed Ben Zobrist, and a long time ago, back when the site was in its infancy, I gave a short example of why I love the game. Baseball remains the best sport around and watching it is one of my favorite pasttimes.... Read Full Review
by Marilynne Robinson
“I had tried reading Marilynne Robinson's Gilead at least three or four times, but without success, which is to say, without completing it. I would read twenty pages, or even eighty, and eventually put the book aside and forget to return to it. Gilead is wonderfully written, so it is not that I was trying to slog through dense or poorly-written text. Far from it! It... Read Full Review
by Steve DeWitt
“You may have noticed that over the past few weeks I have been reviewing books that come from a little bit off the beaten path, so to speak. I have been reading, enjoying and reviewing books that have come our way from lesser-known Christian publishers. It turns out there are some fresh, excellent titles coming from some of these smaller publishers. From Credo... Read Full Review
by David Sitton
“If books dealing with death are to be a regular part of my reading diet, so too are books on missions. I don't mean missional living or the mere theory of mission work, but books describing real work on the real mission field. In Reckless Abandon, David Sitton of To Every Tribe Ministries has given us a good one as he recounts a lifetime of experiences among the... Read Full Review
by Michael E. Wittmer
“When he was still just a young man, Jonathan Edwards wrote out a series of resolutions and among them he included these words: "Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death." Edwards saw value in thinking about death, and not just death in the abstract, but his own death and the circumstances which... Read Full Review
by Douglas Wilson
“Is it satire or is it parody? Whatever it is, Douglas Wilson’s Evangellyfish must be unique in the Christian market. This is a book, a novel, first serialized online but now re-edited and formally published, that provides a scathing indictment of evangelicalism. It does it well. Of course if you know evangelicalism you know that it isn’t all that difficult to... Read Full Review
by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter
“Right there are the top of the New York Times list of nonfiction bestsellers is The Vow by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. This book was published by B&H Books (a Christian publisher) twelve years ago, so what is it doing at the top of this week's list? Well, 4 years before that the authors signed a deal for the movie rights to this story and after all these... Read Full Review
“Byron Yawn has the ignominious distinction of being the first person to ever invite me to be a keynote speaker at a conference. That was a long time ago, and it seems like an even longer time, but he and I have stayed in touch since then and I was excited to hear of his work on a book titled What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him. I had anticipated that... Read Full Review

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