Tag: book review

CFP Episode 135: Modern Female Friendships

Episode 135: Modern Female Friendships Ilia Danner Grubbs, Christina Bieber Lake, and Sara Klooster discuss Kayleen Schaefer’s book Text Me When You Get Home WELCOME INTRODUCTIONS SEGMENT 1: KNOWING We discuss our own friendships growing up and as adults SEGMENT 2: READING Reactions to the book in general The Myth of the Mean Girl  Why…

The Christian Feminist Podcast Episode 111: Gender Equality in Parenting and Domestic Labor

Episode 111: Gender Equality in Parenting and Domestic Labor Stream or download this episode. Ilia Danner Grubbs, Victoria Reynolds Farmer, and Katie Norman Grubbs discuss Darcy Lockman’s book All the Rage, and issues of gender equality in parenting and domestic labor.     WELCOME SEGMENT 1: KNOWING Introduction and personal background SEGMENT 2: READING   Term…

Book Review: “Politicians” By Bruce Chapman

There may be one or two Americans left in the country who don’t know that we are currently living in an anti-Establishment, anti-professional, anti-politician era. Nationally we have voted someone into the Presidency whose primary claim to high office is that he has never held office. (In my own state, we have had a smaller…

Book Review: “Last Call for Liberty” by Os Guinness

Os Guinness argues—rightly, I think—that America today is really two nations with incompatible views of fundamental ideas. And while until now these two views have lived in a sort-of uneasy (or even a friendly) peace, our cultural has hit a critical point where open collision between these two views is inevitable, if not already underway.…

Book Review: “How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt

There are a number of things that could be said about the nuts and bolts of Steven Levitsky’s and Daniel Ziblatt’s book How Democracies Die (Crown: 2018). For example, one could push back at their claim that a vote for Donald Trump was de facto a vote against democracy: “An essential test for democracies is not whether such…

Book Review: “Rethinking Incarceration” by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

I wish that Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard were a better book—theologically and politically—because Gilliard has some important things to say. What’s more, he is generally a competent writer. Rethinking Incarceration is by no means a slog and if its readability were all that mattered I’d cheerfully endorse the book. Unfortunately, despite having things worth saying and…

Review of “A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards” by Nathan A. Finn and Jeremy M. Kimble (eds)

“I resonate with the lament of Os Guinness and David Wells that evangelicalism today is basking briefly in the sunlight of hollow success. Evangelical industries of television and radio and publishing and music recordings, as well as hundreds of growing megachurches and some highly visible public figures and political movements, give outward impressions of vitality…

Review of “The Vanishing American Adult” by Senator Ben Sasse

That the American people are increasingly petulant and immature is so common an observation that it is very nearly a tired one at this point. Fortunately, Senator Ben Sasse has written the book The Vanishing American Adult which not only makes this observation (and makes it very well), but also provides a few suggestions for how we…

Stories Still Matter: A Review of Ask the Question for Baker Book Bloggers

Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from our Presidential Candidates by Stephen Mansfield 251 pp. Baker Books. $19.99 The book’s title poses a riddle that Ask the Question takes its time to answer: what question should we, the American public, be asking?  And what does “religious clarity” mean in the first place? …

Mind the Drama: A Review of Plato and the Elements of Dialogue by John H. Fritz

Plato and the Elements of Dialogue by John H. Fritz 186 pp. Lexington Books. $85.00 Every time any writer does philosophy, John H. Fritz reminds us, we’re dealing with an action and thus with setting.  Dialogues differ from treatises and essays and meditations not because they take place at a certain time and place and…

Book Review: After the New Atheist Debate

After the New Atheist Debate By Phil Ryan 196 pp. University of Toronto Press $22.95. Of all the books written regarding the “New Atheist” (hereafter, NA) phenomenon, this the first that I’ve seen that has attempted to analyze it from a philosophical, sociological, and ethical perspective, while simultaneously refusing to take sides in what has often been…

Book Review: “The Third Covenant: The Transmission of Consciousness in the work of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert J. LaChance”

The Third Covenant: The Transmission of Consciousness in the work of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert J. LaChance By Albert J. LaChance and Rebecca LaChance Goodwin 192 pp. North Atlantic Books. $14.95. I found this book very difficult to review mainly because it doesn’t lend itself to easy digestion. The book, written…

My Colleague J.R.R. Tolkien: A Review of Tolkien’s Beowulf Translation

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien 425 pp. Houghton MIfflin Harcourt. $28.00 There’s a special kind of joy that fills the air when a group of people, who share a certain sort of niche interest, get exciting news about their common niche.  Such are the moments that make me…