Busy, frustration, just venting…

Excuses …

I know it’s been a long time since I wrote. And yes, it’s because of procrastination pure and simple. I keep a list of the entries I need to get to and as it grows, my reluctance to catch up on them grows right along with it. I doubt this is surprising to anyone … but I thought it best to just get that said first. I’m tempted to leap ahead, but I [...]

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Some Nathaniel Philbrick…

I had the pleasure of listening to a lecture by Mr. Philbrick in the winter of 2011 at the Mary Washington Great Lives lecture series I so often refer to in these pages. He presented on Custer and Sitting Bull and I remember being captured by the depth of the subject matter and the ease and accessibility with which it was presented to the assembly. Since then I added some of his other books to [...]

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Safe Haven…

Title: Safe Haven. Nicolas Sparks. Format: Audiobook (Unabridged). Thanks to Audible. Rating: 3.1

I like Sparks. I probably shouldn’t and I am sure that some of you out there are going to insist that I can’t possibly appreciate him but I do. I don’t mind formulaic writing if it has an agenda and does a great job of getting you there. Sparks is like that. Of course I expect the themes to be there, but [...]

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Several backdated reviews

Author/Title: Anthony Powell. A Dance to the Music of Time (Part 1). Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 2.7

I’m trying hard to enjoy these as they come so highly recommended, and I admit there are times when the story engrosses me. But 40 pages illustrating the mechanics of greetings at a party demonstrate not only omniscience in a character which would be difficult to portray in real life without having everyone about you worried [...]

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Review: The Dalai Lama’s “Beyond Religion”

Author/Title: The Dalai Lama. Beyond Religion. Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 2.7

Honestly, I think the idea behind the book has some merit: reach out to those folks to whom the very notion of religion is a turnoff and begin talking to them about behaving ethically and considering “deeper” matters when going about the world around them. The problem though is that groundless ethics are, well, groundless. I personally floundered for quite some time [...]

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Review: A Canticle for Liebowitz

Author/Title: Walter Miller. A Canticle for Liebowitz. Format: Paperback. Rating (of 5): 2.8

I think I’ve outgrown the dystopia books to some extent and so it took me a while before I really cottoned on to this one. It shaped up though as a real struggle between moral relativism and grounded, religion-based (in this case a modified Catholic Christian) ethical systems. Played on a repeating stage of holocaust and redemption with an interleaving plot through [...]

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There and Back Again

Title: The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien Format: Audiobook (Unabridged). Rob Inglis, narrator. Rating: 3.9

As always, revisiting the classics brings a little something new to the table and this work with Tolkien’s precursor to the Lord of the Rings is no different. This go round I was especially stuck by the idyllic ideals to which the Hobbits are meant to fasten. Admittedly, Bilbo’s Tookish side drives much of his adventure, but I think the push to [...]

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Folding Time Along the Path

Review: Pathfinder. Orson Scott Card. Format: Audio (Unabridged). Props to Audible Rating (of 5): 3.4

On the book:

Card’s got another interesting series brewing in Pathfinder. His departure from the normal take on time travel creates a baffling, but enrapturing tale. It’s hard to say just what the toughest piece of the puzzle is to sort out, but suffice it to say that you’ll find yourself thinking and rethinking passages to get it all sorted [...]

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Eustace and the Dragon

Review: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. C.S. Lewis Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 4.5

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite Narnia stories. The redemptive power of the Savior as seen through the changes of Eustace Scrubb (so named because he “almost deserved it”) is perhaps the best illustration of how we change for the better through the power of the Atonement I can think of. The book is too perfectly [...]

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Meet Reepicheep!

Review: Prince Caspian. C. S. Lewis Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (out of 5): 3.5

I like Prince Caspian of course, but for me it really sets up the more advanced understanding of the Gospel: repentance, salvation, and faith in cooperation with the works your faith drives you to. I think it teaches a lot about tolerance, and quite frankly I am baffled as to why loads of folks see Lewis as a marginalizer and biggot, [...]

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