Jim’s #26: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

July 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

What a classic!  I don’t really have a ton to say about the book since I’m sure everyone that’s reading this has already seen the movie and most have probably read the book.  It was great.  A great story line, wonderful character development, and altogether fun and engaging.  After reading the Magician’s Nephew first, it is clear through some references in this one, that this was meant to be read first.  Jon Freiburg’s comment on my last post points to a neat article in Christianity Today on the chronology of the anthology. Again, the depiction of Aslan as the Christ figure was great to read.  There were other biblical features that Lewis through in that I thought were particularly neat.  The deep magic of course referred to the law and the broken stone table simulating the torn veil.  Aslan’s words to Lucy and Susan on the night of his death were neat as well, instructing them to keep him company, but only to a certain moment, after which he would need to proceed on his own like the Garden of Gethsemane.  After his resurrection, it was the girls who were the first to see him as well and then he […]

Jim’s #24: A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada

July 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you aren’t familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada’s life story, you should remedy that.  Talk about someone making the most out of her disability to the glory of God and the good of millions of people worldwide.  A diving accident in 1967 left Joni paralyzed from the neck down for the past 43 years.  Since then she has become an internationally known mouth artist, accomplished vocalist, hosts her own radio show, and started Joni & Friends, an organization which provides wheelchairs to handicapped persons in third world countries. Joni has grown to appreciate her disability over the years and see God work in miraculous ways through it.  Because of this, she is able to whole-heartedly thank God for making her a quadriplegic, an incredible healing in itself.  As she writes this book, however, Joni is faced with arguably an even more ominous foe: chronic, debilitating, unrelenting pain.  The pain relievers she is on barely dull it and her husband is forced to come in numerous times a night to help her roll over, providing a fleeting moment of comfort. Every once in a while I like to listen to an audio book on my commute to and from work, and […]

Jim’s #23: Tactics by Greg Koukl

July 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while.  I first heard about it on the White Horse Inn podcast and was intrigued.  Unfortunately, I was deployed when the rest of the Harbor went through it during Apologia.  I finally got around to it again and am thrilled that I did. Greg Koukl is the founder of a site called Stand to Reason (www.str.org) whose mission statement is to train Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.  This book follows this mission closely and effectively. In Tactics, Koukl walks us through a few approaches he takes in conversations with non-believers.  The first part of his book is focused on the Columbo tactic.  The premise is that Christians all too often are forced to defend their beliefs, but never hold others to that same standard.  The Columbo tactic involves asking clarifying and directing questions in a way that forces the other side to explain their reasons for their beliefs.  In so doing, Greg has found that many people simply don’t know why they believe what they believe […]

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 […]

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