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‘The Earthiest Kind of Theologian’

M.G. Bianco has performed a great service to Christian fathers, as many as will read it, by sharing these letters with the world. He is the earthiest kind of theologian, by which I mean the best kind of theologian. He is the kind of theologian that matters. In fact, I only use that word, theologian, because I know that he cannot know man like he does except that he’s known God truly. This work, to me, is a great piece of Christian anthropology and sociology, meaning the kind of work that needs to be written in our day. I have been DEEPLY moved by the book. I have been wondering how to approach these important conversations with my future teenage sons for years, and now I know how to prepare them to properly understand human sexuality, meaning how to love their neighbor, by teaching them the principles of loving their neighbor now. I can’t wait to read the next one.


What do you say to a review like this? The only thing I can, “Thank you.”


Review: The Life and Legacy of Pope John Paul II

The Life and Legacy of Pope John Paul IIThe Life and Legacy of Pope John Paul II by Wyatt North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a nice read, a quick one too, on my Kindle. I picked it up in one of those Amazon sales, and I’m glad for it (a sale still available as of the time of this writing). It was a brief but informative look at the life of Pope John Paul II. I enjoy biographies in general, so it was nice to learn so many things about this man that I hadn’t known. Much of this information may not be new to my Roman Catholic friends and family, but it was new to me. Like, I didn’t know that Karol Wojtyla attended the same university as Nicholas Copernicus–not at the same time, of course!

For the time commitment this book would require, I’m not sure there is any reason someone shouldn’t read it.

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Review: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of HomecomingThe Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J.M. Nouwen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as a gift from a dear friend. And it may be one of the more important books I’ve read year to date. There are some books that a person reads, and it is just the book that person needs to read at that moment. This was one of those books for me. It may not be the book someone else needs to read today, but it will probably be a book you will need to read someday.

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Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good short story by James Thurber, recently made into a movie with Ben Stiller. I listened to an audio version read by Stiller.

The story is rather engaging, I found myself imagining and seeing the real life around him as well as the imaginary worlds he was lost in. The story is a great short story to read and discuss, especially with students, I imagine.

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Review: A Student’s Guide to Natural Science

A Student's Guide to Natural ScienceA Student’s Guide to Natural Science by Stephen M. Barr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good little book discussing the history and development of science from the Greeks to today’s ‘superstring theory.’ Most of it is very accessible, probably all of it if you are already relatively familiar with the history of science and scientists as well as some of the theories and ideas connected to physics.

The book also has lots of good little quips and ideas to pull and share with others. Here are a few I marked:

Physics can be regarded as the most fundamental branch of natural sciences, since the laws of physics govern the processes studied in all the other branches… [D]evelopments in physics and astronomy have had the most profound impact on philosophical thought.

The fact is that the glory days of ancient science were long gone by the time Christians became a significant demographic or intellectual force.

This, he says, in order to contrast the idea that Christians prevented or halted continued significant scientific advances.

Contrary to what many imagine, religious skepticism does not appear to have been a generative factor in the Scientific Revolution.

Galileo said that the great Book of Nature is written in the language of mathematics.

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Review: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an incredible book about life and death, medical ethics, and the human soul. The author writes in a way that you feel the same way the characters do as the truth about the world outside of Hailsham. When the characters are ignorant, you are ignorant; when the characters learn things they can’t understand, so do you; when the characters fully realize what kind of world they live, only then do you.

That may sound like something that is obvious about books, but it is neither common nor done well. Ishiguro does it very well. And the story gives humanity to people who may not be thought of as human in a technology-driven and focused society.

I now need to see the movie.

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