Ron’s #4: Enon by Paul Harding

February 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Just over two years ago, I read Tinkers, the first novel from Paul Harding that happened to win the Pulitzer Prize. It was so good. (Read the review of that here). I loved that book, and I was eager to read anything else from Harding. As soon as Enon was published, I purchased a copy. After reading the first chapter or so a year ago, I put it down, as I was not inclined to read the subject matter. I decided to give it another try now, and, unfortunately, I was disappointed. First, the likes. I really like that this book exists in the same world as Tinkers. Our main character Charlie is the grandson of George in Tinkers. It’s a clever conceit without being cheesy or sequel-y. I like how this is a slow-paced novel; no real fast-cuts or explosions. Slow. Thoughtful. Reflective. Real. I also like this writer’s style. Harding has a distinct writing style of long sentences, longer paragraphs, and pensive writing. These types of books slow me down and force me to reflect and think. The dislikes. The first is the main reason why I put this down a year ago: Charlie’s middle-school daughter is […]

Ron’s #3: Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis

February 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

This is the second book I’ve read about how fathers can raise boys into godly men. After watching Courageous, I had a new resolve to be a father who loves, guides, and leads my son into manhood. This book helped me think about how this looks. Too often, fathers are the buffoons of the family. At best, indifferent; at worst, abusive. Our culture seems to broadcast the message that men are not important, and that manliness is synonymous with arrogance, homophobia, and chauvinism.  We are afraid to say these five little, reveling words: Men and women are different. Children need both parents to develop fully to their potential. More specifically for this book review, boys need a father to have a healthy concept of manhood. A real man is one who: • rejects passivity • accepts responsibility • leads courageously • expects the greater reward … God’s reward. Sadly, many of our youth know little or nothing about any cause other than themselves. Parents have failed—and are failing—to impart a vision that is truly heroic, timeless, and supremely meaningful. The consequences of this omission cannot be understated. Dad, if you are going to raise a Modern-Day Knight, there is no […]

Ron’s #43: Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

November 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

Wanting to read a book that explicitly discusses the need for raising boys, I first thought of this volume. I know that raising a boy has specific challenges than raising girls because—gasp!—boys and girls are different. Contrary to what society has to say on the matter, there are differences in gender. Along with these differences come the different needs for these children. James Dobson addresses some of them well. The part of the book I enjoyed the most is the need for boys to have a father. On many television shows and movies, the father is the dork or imbecile compared to the wise, all-knowing mother. This picture damages what the role of a man is in boys’ eyes. Dobson points out that a boy needs a father in order to grow up as a healthy man in society. With the many fatherless families in America, this results in a problem for all of society, but especially for that boy. This book reminded me not only what my son needs, but also of what I need to give. He watches me and will become the man that I am. He will treat his wife the way I treat mine, he […]

Ron’s #13: A Passion for God by Lyle Dorsett

May 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you are like me, A. W. Tozer is an important writer in your Christian journey. The Pursuit of God and Knowledge of the Holy are still two of my favorite books, ones I reread regularly. Tozer is one of those writers that has a special place on my bookshelf because he painted a picture of what it means to hunger after Jesus Christ. Reading his books made me want to be a better Christian, closer to God and eager to learn and experience more of Him. If this describes your view of Tozer, don’t read this book. Lyle Dorsett’s A Passion for God highlights two aspects of A. W. Tozer: it shows that he is a godly man who lived a life listening to God and spending hours in prayer; it also displays a man who was a hard, cold man to his family. In short, A. W. Tozer was a real jerk! This book is filled with juxtapositions. One on hand, Tozer is a backwoods, uneducated hillbilly, and on the other he is a self-educated Renaissance man in later life. He was humble and quiet, yet bold and passionate in his preaching. He loved people and served all […]

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