As I was on holiday this past week (and I will soon post an article sharing about the great time, as well as pictures and videos), I was able to enjoy quite a bit of reading. I actually finished three books that I was in the midst of reading and was able to begin two other books.
So, over the next couple of weeks, I will play some catch up with five book reviews (I had two other books I finished a while back as well). The reviews are as follows, but may not be posted in this order:
1) Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns. Some will be aware of the more recent popular discussions revolving around the doctrine of inerrancy in regards to Scripture. Though this book never specifically addresses the particular word, it has a lot to contribute to evangelical scholarship in the area of our doctrine of Scripture. Enns is a solid evangelical who deals graciously and delicately with some of the specific ‘problems’ of OT Scripture. I might post a 3-part series, since his book has three major sections, as well as to give some sufficient input into the issues surrounding Enns’ book.
2) Putting Away Childish Things by Marcus Borg. I recently shared how HarperOne had contacted me about sending a free copy of Marcus Borg’s newest release, his first fiction novel, of which they were also hoping to receive a review here. So that is my plan. This novel is a didactic novel (is there any that isn’t?), in that Borg takes the time, via fiction, to teach what a more progressive (‘liberal’) Christian would believe in regards to things like how to understand the Bible, what can we truly know about Jesus, the issue of homosexuality, etc. I look forward to posting my thoughts on this novel very soon.
3) A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. This was Miller’s fifth book, released about a year ago. In this book, he creatively shares how writing a story, or re-writing his own story (they have produced a movie along the lines of Blue Like Jazz), can help us understand our walk in life with God.
4) The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson. This is the first of Larsson’s fiction triology. Because I had mentioned that I loved suspense novels, someone suggested this series to me. It is intense, to say the least. I’ll share some brief thoughts soon on this first of three in the trilogy.
5) Theodore Boone by John Grisham. I’m a Grisham fan. His two latest releases (the other being Ford County) have been somewhat shorter than normal. He does this every once in a while – Skipping Christmas, Bleachers, Playing for Pizza. This particular novel has a young teenager, Theodore Boone, as its main character. Boone looks forward to being a crime-solving lawyer one day, but he gets his opportunity earlier than expected.
Here are two books that I am currently reading:
2) Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster. I read this classic 6 or 7 years ago, but was drawn to it again, as I am being drawn spend more time in devotional and reflective books. I will be sharing some quotes on somewhat of a regular basis as I read through the book.