America America

My favorite English teacher gave me a copy of Ethan Canin’s Emperor of the Air when it first came out. Certain details from those short stories have stayed in my mind for years: the golfing fanatic who makes little putting motions with his hands during pauses in conversation; the daughter whose mother is caught shoplifting; the

Celebrate the Author: Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor is an author and illustrator I’ve become more aware of as an adult. Her birthday is August 28, 1915, and I chose her for my author this month in the Celebrate the Author Challenge because my daughters and I have checked her books out of the library and thoroughly enjoyed them. Often compared to Beatrix Potter

The Doors of the Sea

David Bentley Hart’s The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? is a short (104 pages), challenging, in many ways satisfying theological discussion of the problem of evil. Recently I’ve read reviews by some bloggers I respect, and I was intrigued enough to buy a copy and read it this week. The argument

The Shaping of a Christian Family

Few books make me weep, but this one by Elisabeth Elliot brought me to tears more than once. This level of emotion was highly impractical, as I read most of it wedged tightly between other mothers on the bench at my daughters’ swimming lessons last week. Elliot, writer of Through Gates of Splendor, describes in this book the home she

4 rivers and a lake

I’ve found this overview by Scot McKnight very helpful in getting a sense of what the emerging movement is about. McKnight argues that it’s not “a theological confession nor an epistemological movement but an ecclesiological movement. It’s about how to ‘do church’ in our age.” He starts by critiquing some misconceptions in D.A. Carson’s book Becoming Conversant with the Emerging

Blue Like Jazz

This book is a bestseller, and was recommended to me awhile back. Then more recently I read a few reviews that piqued my interest further. I wanted to know what the controversy was about. It was an effort to make myself finish it. The word that kept running through my mind was, “callow.” Once when I

To Stay Alive: Pondering War

I’ve gotten a little off track in this blog lately. When I started blogging, it was partly to wrestle with things — books, ideas, life. The “books” category has turned into me writing a review of everything I read. Nothing wrong with that, except that it becomes kind of formulaic. This book doesn’t really permit

The Passionate Eye

The Passionate Eye: The Collected Writing of Suzanne Vega compiles poems, song lyrics, essays and stories written by this musician who’s been called “The minimalist poet of popular music.” There’s also a lengthy transcription of an interview with Leonard Cohen. I really liked Vega’s first album (as Ruth recently reminded me), but I didn’t know much

Celebrate the Author: Beatrix Potter

I didn’t remember that I had chosen Beatrix Potter as my July author for the Celebrate the Author Challenge when I checked out three of her books for my daughters last weekend. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been an absolute fanatic about her stories either. But as I’ve been reading them to my daughters over

Never Let Me Go

I’m a big fan of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. I saw the movie first, then read the book. When I found Never Let Me Go on the library shelf, I decided to try another book by this masterful author. I’ll give a brief overview that sidesteps spoilers. But then, since part of