I’m running out of time trying to get these books read and reviewed, so I’ll be brief with this one. Biographer Walter Isaacson opens the door on one of the most significant lives of the 20th century. While there was plenty of scientific lingo that went above my head in the book, the majority of the book explored the person and unique personality of Einstein. He was a man who challenged conventional thinking, cherished creativity, and loved individuality and personal freedom. He was also a deeply flawed man (as we all are). He was not a good husband or father, often absent and consumed with his work. He also was an advocate of world peace, yet his solution of a one world government seems misguided to me.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s story is often told in bits of quotes or sermon illustrations. Many with differing agendas have claimed Bonhoeffer as their own, for their own purposes. In this book, Eric Metaxas masterfully puts forth the whole scope of this man’s remarkable life, his passion for God and the church, and the tragic historical conditions that came about in his generation. This is one of the best biographies I’ve read. This is a must read for Christ followers and anyone who desires to see what it looks like for a man to stand up in the face of unspeakable evil. The main takeaway for me as I read this book was this: For Bonhoeffer, his sound doctrine drove his strong convictions. His understanding of the Bible, truth, theology and our human responsibility all shaped his conviction to stand up for the powerless and stand against the powerful Nazi regime. Looking back on history, many have asked, “Why weren’t there more men and women following Bonhoeffer’s example?” Where were the Christians with convictions to stand up against such tyranny? Well, as Metaxas demonstrates, the watering down of theology through theological liberalism had begun long before Bonhoeffer or Hitler had arrived on the […]
I had to read this book for my US History class this semester. The book is compiled of quotes from George Browne as he wrote letters back to his bride-to-be in the United States. David Snead then fills in the gaps by adding commentary about the situation and history behind what Browne wrote. I had to write a book review about this book as part of my class, so I thought I would just post what I submitted to my professor for a grade. Understanding that this is an online class and others might stumble upon it, please don’t steal my review. Enjoy! George Browne (“Brownie) was an American soldier (commonly referred to as a “doughboy”) during World War I. During his time before, in, and after theater, he wrote a plethora of letters to the love of his life he had left behind, Martha. These letters represent an intriguing first person look at the life of an American soldier during World War I. David L. Snead compiled and edited these letters and strung them between commentary on the overarching situation to place them in their proper context. He argues that this method is superior to the studies of […]
Being at a Marine base, I see a lot of cars with the license plate of North Carolina (due to the large Marine Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Camp Lejeune). On the plate, there is a faint blue picture of a Wright Flyer with the license number superimposed on top. At the top, it says “First in Flight.” Unless you live in a closet, you know that the Wright Brothers were the first humans that achieved flight on the outer banks at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina around the turn of the 20th century. What is interesting is we get on planes perhaps every year (or nearly every year) and it has become normal in our lives. It was not always this way: in fact, humans have spent the greater half of 2000+ years trying to reach the sky. I’m reviewing my second book on Dr. Al Mohler’s Summer Reading List that is about the Wright Brothers written by Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough. This book reminds me of one I read last year called “The Aviators” which was about the formation of early advances in flight by Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle (which I did not write a […]