Category: Book Reviews

  • Victor Hugo and the French Worldview

    Victor Hugo and the French Worldview

    Victor Hugo is best known outside France for two novels he wrote, Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I recently tried to read an unabridged version of the former and I may have read abridged versions of the latter as a child. The latest film version/ musical of Les Miserables is a powerful […]

  • The Word of God

    The Word of God

    I don’t know about you but I’ve been a long time around Christians and I’ve often found that the Word of God is used without distinction between the bible and Jesus Christ.  “In the beginning was the Word” according to John’s Gospel which confounds the two even further. So what exactly is the Word of […]

  • Biblical Psychology

    Biblical Psychology

    I’m reading Oswald Chamber’s “Biblical Psychology”, a book I read perhaps 25 years ago with little understanding then. It is a compilation of his lectures and is not an easy book to read. However I have found it easier this time around – so much of what he says rings true in my experience. Here […]

  • F. F. Bruce, a Blue Parakeet and women teaching men

    F. F. Bruce, a Blue Parakeet and women teaching men

    I’ve just finished reading Scot McKnight‘s book “the Blue Parakeet” (sub titled: “Rethinking How You Read the Bible”).  It was a timely read for me.  It addresses several topics but two were of particular interest to me – what is our relationship with the Bible and what about those difficult passages that don’t seem to […]

  • John’s Wonderful Gospel

    John’s Wonderful Gospel

    “In the beginning was the Word….” So starts the sublimest of the Scriptures.  For me there is no greater writing than the Apostle John’s in all of the Scriptures.  In this Gospel he explains the deepest of truths in the simplest of terms. The first 12 chapters of John’s gospel consists of a series of […]

  • Books and the Bible: The Shack

    Books and the Bible: The Shack

    I’ve spent the last many years not reading books except the Bible and those connected to work with few exceptions (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbons being one notable one).  However this year instead of my normal reading of the bible in a year (like for the […]