Category Archives: Book reviews

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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The Search for the Sacred in Modern Art

Vasily Kandinsky said, “Art has much in common with religion”, expressing the search by artists for the sacred in the modern secular world. In the early nineteenth century artists turned almost completely away from traditional religious subjects and took their … Continue reading

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God In the Quiet

Paul Simon tells us that some of his most creative moments come during the night and the silence: Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I … Continue reading

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