This past weekend, I completed John Grisham’s most recent novel, Sycamore Row. I’ve read all his books (except for a couple of the children’s novels). This was truly an enjoyable read, mainly for 3 reasons:
1) I hadn’t read a fiction novel in a few month’s time, with my head mainly stuck in theology.
2) The book takes you back to where Grisham’s novels all began: the 1980’s in Clanton, Mississippi. Specifically it connects back to his first published novel, A Time to Kill.
3) For me, the book had a good, emotion-evoking end.
Here’s the Amazon blurb: Continue reading
JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis went on a walk one September day in 1931. The conversation enacted below captures some of the issues that came up.
This is why I might argue that God is first and foremost a story-teller, rather than a theologian. Continue reading
Well, it’s time again to read what might be the best trilogy ever.
Yes, it’s time to read The Lord of the Rings.
Last autumn, in preparation for the release of The Hobbit film, I re-read the book. So I thought it time to pick up the well-loved trilogy now.
Do you remember how the first novel begins, The Fellowship of the Ring? Continue reading
Yesterday, the trailer for the second Hobbit film went live. The subtitle is The Desolation of Smaug. The move hits cinemas on 13th December 2013.
Recently, now that it’s been a few years following the great debates over the controversial fiction work, The Shack, I decided to re-read the book once again. Doing such can give fresh perspective, especially knowing the emotional charge has moved on.
I appreciated the opportunity to read it once again. A few years back, after reading it the first time, I gave The Shack a positive review overall (my reviews: article 1, article 2, article 3). Going back, I can see some of the theological challenges that some felt were unhelpful. Still, I think more than anything, the book accomplished 2 major points: a) to break down some of the boxes and barriers of our theology concerning our infinite God and b) laid out a beautiful picture of the relational nature of the Trinity amongst themselves and their desire for such relationship with humanity.
Now, some 5 years after the release of The Shack, William Paul Young has come out with a second title: Cross Roads. Continue reading