September 2009

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Quote of the Day: Book Blogging’s Golden Age

Be sure to read Mark Athitakis: The Way of the Litblog.  This quote is worth the price of admission: I suspect that when somebody says that blogging had a “golden age,” the person means that there was a time (circa 2002) when it felt new and exciting, and the media wanted to do stories about it, and some people got a lot of attention really quickly (book deals! movie options!), and everybody got to have Read More →

If God Is Good by Randy Alcorn

I think Christians under-estimate the challenge the “problem of evil” argument presents to many non-believers and how it can sap the faith of believers as well.  For those not familiar, the basic argument is that if God is perfectly good and all-powerful then how can there be evil in the world. It isn’t that Christians haven’t thought intelligently about the subject, because a great many have.  But there is a certain segment of Christianity that Read More →

Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan

Yet another casualty of my late summer/fall blog hiatus, was the August release of Timothy Hallinan‘s Breathing Water.  I actually had a ARC and read it so that I could write my sparkling review on or near the release date.  Unfortunately, time has slipped well past that date and here we are over a month later. The good news, however, is that this will have no impact whatsoever on your ability to go out and Read More →

In the Mail: Religious controversy edition

–> The Masonic Myth by Jay Kinney Description Freemasons have been connected to the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill, the French Revolution, the Knights Templar, and the pyramids of Egypt. They have been rumored to be everything from a cabal of elite power brokers ruling the world to a covert network of occultists and pagans intent on creating a new world order, to a millennia-old brotherhood perpetuating ancient wisdom through esoteric teachings. Their secret Read More →

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Never one to pass up free books, I downloaded a Kindle version of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel for free.  But it was far down the TBR list.  My wife, however, read it and enjoyed it.  This piqued my interest and one night I started reading it to “see what it was all about.” It turned out to be a grand adventure.  Not the most believable story, for sure, but imaginative Read More →

In the Mail: Out in Paperback

I hope to actually start to digging my way out of my read-but-not-reviewed hole this week.  In the meantime, checkout these well reviewed works coming out in paperback (or will soon). –> The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant Publishers Weekly What could be more intriguing than the young writer Roald Dahl—destined to create such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—assigned by His Majesty’s Government to Read More →

You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson

One of the many casualties of my unintentional semi-blog hiatus is  the WaterBrook Multnomah Blogging for Books tour selection for this week You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson: Anyone can do a good deed, but some good works can only happen by a direct intervention from God. Around the world these acts are called miracles—not that even religious people expect to see one any time soon. But what would happen if millions of Read More →

Miscellany via Twitter (2009-09-18)

"If you have industry, a desire to see your name in print, and no other literary qualities, biography is your field." – @ahaspel # Powered by Twitter Tools