2019 Reading

            cover  Title and review Author
Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture
Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture
5/5 A tad nostalgic, but otherwise superb.
Esolen, Anthony
The Fall of Arthur
The Fall of Arthur
3/5. Pity he never finished it.
Tolkien, J.R.R.
A Sacrifice of Praise: An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century
A Sacrifice of Praise: An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century
4/5 A great collection.
Trott, James H.
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
4/5 Apart from the big tent approach, excellent. And he mentions famous people like Ryan Martin and Scott Aniol, and I’ve been in their presence.
Dreher, Rod
Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation
Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation
3/5 Sound, but too Kuyperian.
Doriani, Daniel M.
The Children of Húrin
The Children of Húrin
5/5 Wonderful and tragic.
Tolkien, J.R.R.
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
4/5 Faithful presence is an excellent view of Christianity and culture.
Hunter, James Davison
What I Learned in Narnia
What I Learned in Narnia
4/5. One of the better summaries.
Wilson, Douglas
The Forgotten Heavens: Six Essays on Cosmology
The Forgotten Heavens: Six Essays on Cosmology
3/5. Uneven qualities of essays, but refreshingly supernaturalistic.
Wilson, Douglas
The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
The Silmarillion
5/5 Christian mythos at its best.
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Being Consumed
Being Consumed
3/5. Great on diagnosis, shorter on cure. 
Cavanaugh, William T.
The Pilgrim Church
The Pilgrim Church
3/5 Great in places, careless in others. Wish it were all true.
Broadbent, Edmund Hamer
C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction
C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction
4/5 Amazingly concise.
Como, James
Religion and the Rise of Western Culture
Religion and the Rise of Western Culture
5/5 Peerless combination of detail, clarity and insight.
Dawson, Christopher Henry
Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
5/5 Soaring.
Milton, John
Theology of Jonathan Edwards
Theology of Jonathan Edwards
4/5 Excellent topical summaries.
McClymond, Michael James
The Practice Of Piety
The Practice Of Piety
3/5 Dense and scrupulous.
Bayly, Lewis
How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy
How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy
4/5 For us barbarians.
Bridges, John
Mere Fundamentalism: The Apostles' Creed and the Romance of Orthodoxy
Mere Fundamentalism: The Apostles’ Creed and the Romance of Orthodoxy
4/5 Insightful treatment.
Wilson, Douglas
A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness
A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness
4/5 The middle section on illumination is simply superb.
Piper, John
Live Like A Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis's Chronicles
Live Like A Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles
3/5 Great chapter or two surrounded by others.
Rigney, Joe
The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer
The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer
3/5 Fantastic approach, marred by vacuous mysticism.
Eastman, Dick
Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God
Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God
5/5 Simply brilliant description and summary. Delightful.
Rigney, Joe
The Stranger in Your House
The Stranger in Your House
3/5 Some helpful insights on teenagers, with some psychobabble.
Jantz, Gregory L.
Man, The Dwelling Place Of God
Man, The Dwelling Place Of God
4/5 Tozer rarely disappoints.
Tozer, A.W.
Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith
Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith
3/5 Foster’s taxonomy of spirituality would be brilliant but for his unnecessary inclusion of the ‘social justice’ tradition.
Foster, Richard J.
Madame Guyon: A Short and Easy Method of Prayer
Madame Guyon: A Short and Easy Method of Prayer
3/5 I don’t find it short and easy to be a quietist.
Motte Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvi
Worship and the reality of God: an Evangelical Theology of Real Presence
Worship and the reality of God: an Evangelical Theology of Real Presence
3/5 Marred by silly remarks on music and continuationism. The arguments for more frequent Lord’s Supper are strong.
Davis, John Jefferson
A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)
A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church
4/5 The early church did not borrow its music from the world.
Stapert, Calvin R.
Select Sermons of George Whitefield With An Account Of His Life By J.C. Ryle
Select Sermons of George Whitefield With An Account Of His Life By J.C. Ryle
5/5 Surprisingly readable and warm.
Whitefield, George
Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship
Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship
4/5 Good, but not new for Piper.
Piper, John
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4)
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4)
3/5 A rather odd treatment of the tale, in my opinion.
White, T.H.
Fidelity: What It Means to Be a One-Woman Man
Fidelity: What It Means to Be a One-Woman Man
4/5 Great insights on purity.
Wilson, Douglas
Imitation Of Christ
Imitation Of Christ
3/5 Warm and severe at the same time. Unfortunate sacerdotalism.
Kempis, Thomas à

  2 comments for “2019 Reading

  1. Jay Sax
    December 13, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you, David. What is the meaning of the asterisks?

  2. David
    December 13, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, nothing. They were a carryover from the Goodreads account. I deleted them now.

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