Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for this fictional story of an aging and dying pastor who wants to leave for his young son a written legacy of his life.  John Ames is a third generation pastor in the little town of Gilead, Iowa.  He has spent virtually his whole life in Gilead, and most of […]

Tribulation Force by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins

The second book in this trilogy is Tribulation Force, which picks up the story exactly where Left Behind “left” it. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed with this second volume. I was expecting the book to progress well into the Tribulation, but instead it digressed into a Jerry Jenkins’ love story (which my secretary says sounds […]

Time Changer by Rich Christiano and Greg Mitchell

Ever since I read The Time Machine by H. G. Wells as a teenager, I have been fascinated with the ideal of traveling through time. I suppose I am not alone. But until now I had never ran into any literature dealing with time travel from a Christian bias. What would it be like for […]

The Shack by William P. Young

One of the most popular and controversial Christian books of recent years is the fictional work by first time author William Young. Evangelical recording artist Michael W. Smith states, “The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God.” Author Eugene Peterson believes “this book has the potential to do for our generation what […]

The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

Now here is what we have all been longing for – the perfect blend between golf and Eastern mysticism. In The Legend of Bagger Vance the East meets the West, and that on the 18th green. Here is how it works. The ultimate goal of Eastern mysticism is oneness with the universe. The ultimate goal […]

The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill

This early 20th Century novel by the American Churchill, tells the story of an up-and-coming minister who almost loses his faith, only to be rescued by a new understanding of the gospel and the church. Sound good? It’s not, because the new gospel embraced was that of liberalism bordering on socialism. Churchill wrote The Inside […]

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

This lengthy historical novel by a Pulitzer Prize winning author is both interesting and different. The action is centered around one family living in Greenland during the fourteenth century. For those who enjoy learning about past cultures and how life was lived by its inhabitants, this will be an absorbing book. For those who don’t, […]

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Considered the defining novel of the 1920s, The Great Gatsby is determined a masterpiece by the literary world. It has even been referred to as “the great American novel,” with Twain’s Huckleberry Finn being the only rival. I DON’T THINK SO!! Fitzgerald is not in the same league as Twain, and The Great Gatsby shouldn’t […]

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Albom’s book has been on top of all the bestseller lists for months, and since it seemed to encroach into the Christian arena, I thought I would give it a read. Right up front it must be understood that The Five People You Meet in Heaven is not a Christian book—it is fiction. And viewed […]

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