Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This was a book that had been languishing on my shelf and my TBR for quite some time, forgotten by me. When I recently re-organized a bookshelf, I came across it and it struck me as perhaps a good book for me to read at this time. Over the past couple of years, our family… Continue reading Book Review: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Book Review: Hope in Times of Fear by Timothy Keller

Hope in Times of Fear - Timothy Keller (Viking, 2021) Timothy Keller's latest book bears a subtitle suggesting it has a focus on Easter but I found it to be a book about so much more. Or, perhaps more accurately, it is about the very central tenets of the Christian faith which is, after all,… Continue reading Book Review: Hope in Times of Fear by Timothy Keller

Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Jesus and John Wayne - Kristin Kobes Du Mez (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020) The word "evangelize" means, simply, to preach the gospel. To preach what Christians refer to as "the good news". This is something Christians are instructed to do, by Jesus Christ, in a Biblical passage commonly referred to as The Great Commission. (Matthew… Continue reading Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Book Review: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

The Samurai - Shusaku Endo (New Directions, 2018) (translated from the Japanese by Van C. Gessel) Like Endo's other famous book, Silence, this is a slow moving and contemplative book, dealing with Christianity in 17th century Japan. Which isn't to say it's a boring book or one without much happening; it's simply a deeply thoughtful… Continue reading Book Review: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

Book Review: Prayer by Philip Yancey

Prayer - Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2007) I’ve read several books by Philip Yancey now and I keep coming back to his work because I truly appreciate his honesty, humility, and willingness to admit what he doesn’t know. In this book Yancey tackles the subject of prayer. (Probably could have guessed that.) What is prayer? Why… Continue reading Book Review: Prayer by Philip Yancey

Book Review: God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu

God In My Everything - Ken Shigematsu (Zondervan, 2013) A friend recommended this book to Peter last fall when he was finding it difficult to balance prayer and devotion during his busy workday. I picked it up as a COVID read when I was struggling to find a rhythm in a world where time felt… Continue reading Book Review: God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu

Book Review: Uncommon Ground ed. by Timothy Keller & John Inazu

Uncommon Ground - Timothy Keller & John Inazu (Thomas Nelson, 2020) Timothy Keller is probably my favourite living Christian theologian. I greatly appreciate his balanced and Biblical perspective on life in North America in the 21st century. So I was intrigued to learn about this latest book Uncommon Ground, a collection of essays he edited… Continue reading Book Review: Uncommon Ground ed. by Timothy Keller & John Inazu

Book Review: Jesus the King by Timothy Keller

Jesus the King - Timothy Keller (Penguin Books, 2016) Timothy Keller is my favourite contemporary Christian writer. His exploration of the life of Jesus doesn't disappoint and even though it seems simple, Keller does an excellent job of looking at the story from multiple angles. Taking the Gospel of Mark, Keller examines who Jesus was.… Continue reading Book Review: Jesus the King by Timothy Keller

Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

In the realm of Christian literature, Japan does not loom large. Yet for years, I've seen Silence listed amongst the classics. Having finally read it, I find myself both wishing I'd read it years ago and glad that I read it now, in my thirties, with a few years of experience behind me. The novel… Continue reading Book Review: Silence by Shusaku Endo

Book Review: Such is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan

Father Dowling is a young Catholic priest in a city parish. One day he happens to meet two young women, prostitutes, and begins a sort of friendship with them. His love for them is strong - perhaps even Christ-like - but shockingly naive and his increasing single-mindedness and involvement in their lives becomes distorting and… Continue reading Book Review: Such is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan