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Book Reviews

by Laura Hildenbrand
“The book is always better than the movie, right? It seems that way to me, even with movies as good as the Lord of the Rings series. The movies were amazing, but the books were still better. It seems inevitable that Unbroken will appear on the silver screen before long (and, if the rumors are to be believed, it will star Nicholas Cage). Before it does, make sure you... Read Full Review
by Edward T. Welch
“I do not generally consider myself a worrier. I am more the easy-going type—the kind who is generally carefree and and does not succumb to fear. Or so I like to think. But even then I have to admit that I can be fearful—I can give in to the temptation to worry. Even if I worry about the things I consider “big,” I prove to myself that I am still a worrier at heart.... Read Full Review
“I always feel like a bit of a poser when I say this, but I absolutely love Handel's Messiah. Though I appreciate small amounts of classical music (to use the term in a broad sense) I am largely a rock 'n' roll type. Yet there is something about Messiah that grips me. I find myself listening to it throughout the year, again and again, year after year. I've listened... Read Full Review
“The issue of homosexuality is one in which the church has not done so well over the years. The majority of Christians have long held fast to the clear teaching of Scripture--that homosexuality is against God's plan for the people he created and that homosexuality is a serious sin, one that manifests a particular hardness of heart. In all of this Christians have... Read Full Review
by James K. A. Smith
“There are many books out there that describe Reformed theology and that invite people to become part of the Reformed tradition. However, most of these books are a product of the years before the advent of this young, restless, Reformed reality that is all the rage today. Most such books predate the New Calvinism. New to the field, and largely distinct from the... Read Full Review
“Home. I love home. I love my home and I love the very idea, the concept, of home. God is good to give us home, to give us a place where we can just be, a place where we can center our lives. Think about your home, think about how good it is to have a place of your own, a place where you have your stuff and your people and where you live your life, and you'll... Read Full Review
by Stephen Hawkings
“Stephen Hawkings' The Grand Design has shot straight to the top of the New York Times list of bestsellers. The book is his atheistic answer to questions like these ones: Why is there a universe--why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why are the laws of nature what they are? Did the universe need a designer and creator? Edgar Andrews was kind... Read Full Review
by Elizabeth Strout
“Last week I came to the point (and it happens at least once every year) that I just couldn't face reading another book. At least I couldn't face reading another non-fiction book. Usually this means that I take a break from reading for a while--I just find something else to do to bide my time. But this year, to my surprise, I kind of felt like reading a novel. I... Read Full Review
by Rhonda Byrne
“Let's start with a trick question. If I were to ask you what connects Lance Armstrong to Arnold Schwarzenegger, how would you respond? If you mumbled something witty about steroids," I'm afraid you'd be wrong. According to Rhonda Byrne, what connects these two men is that they both harnessed the law of attraction in order to bring about their wildest dreams. They... Read Full Review

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