March 2012

Mark’s #13 – The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

March 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

New York City pastor and founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Tim Keller, has regularly engaged skeptics of faith in general and Christianity in particular.  In The Reason for God, Keller compiles decades worth of intellectual engagement with these skeptics to put forth a great introduction and defense for the Christian faith.  What C.S. Lewis did for the people of the 1940’s through Mere Christianity, Keller does for the modern mind and modern objections to Christianity. Recently at The Harbor, we read and discussed this book in our monthly Apologia meeting.  Though this was the second time we’ve read this group, I once again benefitted from the read.  In part one, Keller addresses the most common and difficult objections people have, such as; There can’t be just one true religion. How could a good God allow suffering? Christianity is a straitjacket The church is responsible for so much injustice How can a loving God send people to Hell? Science has disproved Christianity You can’t take the Bible literally After dealing with these objections, in part two Keller goes from the defensive to the offensive, in presenting the evidence he sees as compelling ‘clues of God’.  These include points such as design, […]

Buddy’s # 13 Kisses from Katie

March 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Kisses from Katie is the kind of book I would never purchase. Someone purchased it for us as a gift and I am glad they did because I loved it. I loved the stories of her struggle and the joy that comes from serving the least and the last. There are times when I feel like the life I live here is a bit of a struggle. I have spent 4 of the last 13 months sick. I got home at 1:10 am this morning after going around our city on a moped looking for kids who may have been trafficked. Some days I just want to have a normal job and not deal with the heartache and injustice, the fundraising, the multiple ministries, and the multiple projects in multiple countries. Katie Davis’s account of her first three years in Uganda was convicting, inspiring and challenging. Convicting because the life she lives and the sacrifices she has made are 10 X’s more difficult than my own. Inspiring because she makes it clear that there is no better path to be on than the one that God has called you to. Challenging because she chose to despise the things of this […]

Ally’s #16: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson

March 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

It’s hard to keep momentum going for three books straight, and this was unfortunately my least favorite of the Larsson trilogy. If I had to point to one thing to blame, it would be the focus on unearthing the extremely secret conspiracy going on behind the scenes in the Swedish equivalent of the CIA. It grew tiresome watching secret service agents, the journalists at Millenium, and the police talk themselves in circles speculating on the group behind the Zalachenko cover up. It may be interesting to watch on the big screen, but reading it is slow going for 500+ pages. The final book in Larsson’s trilogy opens with Lisbeth Salander receiving medical care for the life-threatening wounds she received at the end of book two. Amazingly, her brilliant mind is unaffected by the bullet and bone fragments that burrowed into her brain. Her father, the infamous Zalachenko manages to survive an axe to the face and is recovering in the hospital room two doors from the daughter he tried to murder. An overzealous prosecutor is determined to burn Salander for aggravated assault and attempted murder and she is confined to prison after several weeks of recovery in the hospital. For […]

Ally’s #15: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

March 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Oh man, I’m hooked. My dream came true in the second book of this series–the secrets of Lisbeth Salander’s past have unfolded. I don’t want to give too much a way for those who haven’t read it yet, so I’ll stick to generalizations and thematic observances in this review. If your a fan of “Law & Order SVU,” you’d love this book, but let me warn you that it’s significantly more graphic in terms of (homo)sexual encounters, vulgar language, and the like. Sometimes I have to turn that show off because the subject matter kills a little bit of my soul, yet, I also want to cheer at the end when all the searching is done and the bad guy is caught. That’s what I love about Larsson’s series. He’s written up the strangest heroin I’ve ever heard of, and yet I find myself cheering for this 90 pound wildcat every step of the way. This is perhaps the most succinct and accurate description of Lisbeth Salander: Salandar was the woman who hated men who hate women. It truly sums up her mission in life, which we learn is born out of a history of being a victim and observer of […]

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