June 2011

Jim’s #22: Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die by David Crowder and Mike Hogan

June 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

A few very interesting events led up to the reading of this book.  First of all, I bought it at a David Crowder Band concert last week because 1. I love their music and 2. they’re hilarious, so naturally the book would be as well.  More on that in a second.  Then, last Friday, as I was getting my oil changed, I read the prologue of the book and then forgot it at the register.  I finally came back yesterday to pick up the book only to notice that one of the employees of Jiffy Lube was already a good chunk into it and wants to borrow it when I’m done.  Well, I’m done… 24 hours later and 257 pages.  Just an idea of how captivating this book is. Yet surprisingly, it is not primarily funny.  I was sure it would be (and the footnotes are still), especially after reading the hilarious prologue, but the book took a turn for the worse?/better?… both I suppose.  The tone became a mix of melancholy and hope, of pain and healing. It’s a book about death, bluegrass, and the soul.  It’s part academic in their analysis of the history of the soul and […]

Mark’s #28 – In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

June 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

In 1933, America and the world was gripped in economic crisis known later as “The Great Depression”.  Fresh off his campaign promises of “change” (he may have used the term “hope” as well), newly elected President Roosevelt now faced the difficult task of making good on such promises.  Americans were eager to restore the economy, and even more eager to avoid any military involvement around the world. – Meanwhile, in Germany, a charismatic leader was rallying the German people and infusing a level of nationalistic pride rarely seen in history.   Of course, we now know how the story of Hitler and the Nazis progressed and ended, but in 1933 the fate of world history was still very much “up in the air”. – In the Garden of Beasts gives the readers a vivid and unique insiders look at 1933-34 Berlin through the stories of two principle characters; newly appointed Ambassador to Germany William Dodd and his young adult daughter Martha. – Knowing how the story ends so tragically, as I read this book, it was hard not to cringe whenever the Ambassador, other members of the State Department, the president, or the American people would somehow think the best […]

Jim’s #21: Cowpens: “Downright Fighting” by Thomas J. Fleming

June 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Part of my coursework for the Captain’s Career Course is to help conduct a battle analysis of the Battle of Cowpens from the Revolutionary War.  It’s an interesting battle in its own right, but frankly, I really was not that interested in it.  Maybe that comes from the fact that it’s basically required reading.  Nonetheless, it still counts as a book, so here it is.  If you’re interested in a book on the Battle of Cowpens for any reason, I would suggest A Devil of a Whipping instead.  If you want the short, reader’s digest version to get a basic feel for what happened (which is exactly what I was looking f0r) then this one, at barely 100 pages, might be your best bet. Share on Facebook

Jim’s #20: The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

June 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

I first read this book a couple years ago and remember being so struck by it I thought I should take another look at it.  I truly believe that this is one of the most important pieces of literature in Christendom.  I know that’s a huge statement, but it certainly is when compared with all the other Christian literature I’ve read (which is an admittedly small sample size).  Part of what makes this book so profound and useful is the importance of the topic discussed and the lack of understanding of God’s holiness in the church; this is reflected in the disparity of books on God’s holiness verses His love or His grace or His peace (and the disparity in results found on a google search). If you’re like me, you’ve read the old testament and have found yourself wondering why God did certain things.  There are just some things that seem out of place to a loving and merciful God.  Why did God kill Uzzah for steadying the ark of God when it was going to fall into the mud?  Why did He strike down Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu for offering additional sacrifices to Him.  Why does God […]

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