5 of 5 stars to Death by Living by N.D. Wilson
Provokes your eyes to see. And to cry. My eyes were busy with both blessings. (2013)
Finished again in July 2015. I was not less blessed by the second reading, though more excited for non-dualism and daily deaths.
Finished again in May 2018 with the L2L leaders at our church. Also reread Empire of Bones at the same time. Glorious.
5 of 5 stars to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Read in 2018 with the ECS board. This must have been my third, maybe fourth, time through. It was also my first time through after having read Planet Narnia a couple times. It was better than ever. Apparently I am “old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
5 of 5 starts to Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson
2018: What Lewis’ That Hideous Strength is to The Abolition of Man, so N.D.’s Empire of Bones is to Death by Living. I reread this along with the Capstone class at our school for sake of leadership training. Great truths enfleshed in great characters. Makes you want to sing while they cut your heart out. You have a life. The time to spend it is now.
And I forgot how much I really am interested in the fourth volume hopefully coming soon.
2013: If you’re looking for a stout, fictional story to complement the philosophy and autobiography in Death by Living, then look here. In other words, this book will fire up your laughing and life-spending cylinders.
5 of 5 stars to The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
Reread this again with the ECS Board. Fantastic all the way through.
This book is fantastic in almost every way. If the Senator would have used BC and AD instead of BCE and CE, and not capitulated on the age of the earth, then it would have been amazing. As it is, I still give it five stars, will be giving copies of it away as gifts, and encouraging everyone I know to read it. Really, really, good all the way to the end.
3 of 5 stars to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Huxley portrays how brutishly selfish mankind is, and it is shameful. As Lewis would later say, we are far too easily pleased. While Orwell shows in 1984 how capably the State can control it’s subjects through power, punishment, and fear, Huxley demonstrates how the State can enslave us by our own passions.
4 of 5 stars to I Have a Dream and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
Brief, not perfect, nor written by a perfect man, but powerful. Makes a man want to Matthew 22:39.
1 of 5 stars to The Stranger by Albert Camus
Nihilism into absurdism is not fun, and Camus clearly knew enough about the gospel to be awfully accountable for hating God.
“It was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.”
5 of 5 stars to Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb
“You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.”
5 of 5 stars to Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson