Unintended Christmas Vacation Hiatus

Sorry, I didn’t really mean to take an extended vacation from the site.  But preparing for, and then driving to Florida for vacation ended up meaning no posts for well over a week. I didn’t read a lot over the break (to much time on the beach and with family) but I still have plenty of books to review (November as theology month ended with a whimper not a bang).  Hopefully we can enter 2014 strong and build some momentum. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a...

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Unintended Christmas Vacation Hiatus

Sorry, I didn’t really mean to take an extended vacation from the site.  But preparing for, and then driving to Florida for vacation ended up meaning no posts for well over a week. I didn’t read a lot over the break (to much time on the beach and with family) but I still have plenty of books to review (November as theology month ended with a whimper not a bang).  Hopefully we can enter 2014 strong and build some momentum. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a...

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Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War by Stanley Weintraub

Weintraub intricately weaves the avalanche of devastating news of Allied setbacks throughout the world, especially in Asia due to Japanese attacks, with the actions of Roosevelt and Churchill. They not only shared intimate moments in attending Christmas services and eating Christmas dinner together, but also in conducting official business, including one that led to the declaration initiating the United Nations.

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Quick Take: Wise Guy: A Christmas Tale by Joseph Bottum

I am a fan of Kindle Singles. Short unique works at a great price: 99 cents.  And having enjoyed Joseph Bottum’s previous Kindle Single I grabbed Wise Guy  to see how he handled fiction.  Plus, what better time to read a Christmas Tale then during a Christmas vacation? Blurb: The twelve crimes of Christmas: Bart Sagan is a thief, yes, but more or less a good guy—at least, he wouldn’t rob an orphanage if he didn’t have to. Not at Christmastime, anyway. But then the local crime...

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