Category Archives: Book reviews

Is The End Nigh?

Attleboro’s Big Read* novel this fall, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, describes a world where 99% of the population has been killed by a virulent flu virus.  The story certainly speaks to our time of hurricanes, famines, droughts … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings

In my beginning is my end… In my end is my beginning (East Coker I:1, V:36). What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we … Continue reading

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Fools Rush In…

I have nearly finished reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy for the even more enjoyable second time around.   It is an awe-inspiring commentary on the human condition and great storytelling as well.  I think that Volume 4, Part 3 … Continue reading

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Saved From Sacrifice

Book Review: Saved From Sacrifice (Eerdmans, 2006) by S. Mark Heim. The Cross on which Jesus died is central to Christian faith, but what does it mean?  A longstanding and popular view has been called substitutionary penal atonement –the idea … Continue reading

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William Blake’s Epic Poems: Milton and Jerusalem

Most people’s acquaintance with the poet William Blake is limited to a few poems like “Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night…” (Songs of Experience) and “Little lamb who made thee?” (Songs of Innocence). If you have … Continue reading

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The Forsaken Garden

Nancy Ryley has written a challenging book, The Forsaken Garden (Quest Books, 1998), which arose from her own experience with what she calls “environmental illness” ( like allergies and cancer which are linked to environmental factors). Ryley developed so many … Continue reading

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The Big Read: When the Emperor Was Divine

The City of Attleboro, Massachusetts, where I have lived for 24 years, participates in the annual Big Read, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (www.neabigread.org). It is a community wide program of reading and discussing together a book … Continue reading

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