Books

Review: Write Better, by Andrew T. Le Peau

Review: Write Better, by Andrew T. Le Peau

Andrew Le Peau is surely qualified to write a book on writing better: he has been an editor at IVP for forty years. But I hope I’m qualified to say that (most of) the book, though fine, didn’t scratch where I personally itch. His advice for the first two thirds of the...

An Example of What You Can Get out of a Self-Helpy Book When You Must

An Example of What You Can Get out of a Self-Helpy Book When You Must

My company offers incentives to employees every year to read business books. By this means I have gotten through some self-helpy stuff I admit I would have disdained otherwise. To be honest, I feel icky when I read books that purport to lead you to a successful life...

A Nerdy Post about Writing: An Excerpt from My Sent Folder

A Nerdy Post about Writing: An Excerpt from My Sent Folder

A non-Christian friend I talked to many times on the bus asked me a question about whether or not he should take an online fiction-writing opportunity he'd been handed. I appreciated being asked. He's a neat guy with real talent. I replied, and it gave me an...

Review: Ember Rising

Ember Rising by S.D. Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it. So did the kids. (And the illustrations, by my respected friend Zach Franzen, were also excellent.) For a good while I was thinking that this book is The Benedict Option for kids—and for adults who dutifully...

Review: Educated, by Tara Westover

My heart goes out to Tara Westover. I rooted for her and felt defensive for her during 100% of the story. Other people’s epistemological sins harmed her. Precisely because of her love for her parents, those sins maintained a hold on her far, far into a life that, on...

An Authorized Milestone

An Authorized Milestone

I've just achieved a milestone with Amazon reviews of Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. I now have every important kind of review there is. I have five-star reviews, I have one-star reviews, and I have just gotten the coveted "my book showed up...

Interview Questions for Iain Provan of Regent College

Interview Questions for Iain Provan of Regent College

In your book, The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture, you pointed out that the early church father Irenaeus did not argue based on his episcopal authority but on the basis of what Scripture said. You drew a contrast here with Martin Luther’s theological...

Review: It’s Dangerous to Believe, by Mary Eberstadt

Review: It’s Dangerous to Believe, by Mary Eberstadt

It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies by Mary Eberstadt My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is a diligent concatenation of stories of anti-Christian liberal prejudice in the modern West. Not one was new to me. Every one was alarming, but not (to...

A Book Review, Or, What Bothers Me About Self-Help Books

A Book Review, Or, What Bothers Me About Self-Help Books

By page 3 of most self-help books, I start hearing a cheery person intoning in the background, I'm good enough, I'm smart enough. By page 10: And, doggone it, people like me! Without denying that I should Win Friends and Influence People, go from Good to Great, and...

Two Recent Radio Appearances to Promote Authorized

I recently talked about Authorized with Janet Mefferd on Janet Mefferd Today. I recently talked about Authorized with Carmen Laberge of Reconnecting Faith. Laberge recently won show of the year at National Religious Broadcasters.

Great Books for Sale!

I love Narnia—my whole family does—and my favorite little book on that wonderful land is a meditation on Narnia by an author who learned a few things there. It's now $2.99 on Kindle—for a brief time. Get it! There is a veritable ton of great ebooks for sale to...