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Shepherding a Child’s Heart

In Shepherding a Child’s Heart, counselor Tedd Tripp clearly and biblically outlines the goals and methods of one of the most challenging roles I’ll ever fill: that of a Christian parent. Oh my, what a book. I think I’ll be rereading it for the rest… Continue Reading …

The Gospel-Centered Mom

The Gospel-Centered Mom by Sara Wallace is simply the best parenting resource I have read since becoming a mother. It’s short and practical (and comes with a pen, but not for writing out more checklists to accomplish!). This is so much more than a list… Continue Reading …

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Book 5 of the HP series is a WILD ride. I was reading at a breakneck pace toward the end — it was exhilarating. And Dolores Umbridge has got to be one of the most annoying and dislikeable villains I have ever read. Hem, hem.… Continue Reading …

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I had a feeling that HP 6 was going to be something of a letdown after the wild ride of number 5, and my instincts did not fail me. This is probably the weakest book of the series by far. In this chapter of the… Continue Reading …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

So I finished the last book of the HP saga. I am still digesting, but overall I am pretty happy with how it ended. I would never have pictured Harry as a Christ-figure, but that role becomes more and more prominent as the book goes… Continue Reading …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I can’t believe I didn’t review this the first time I read it! Of course, I was swallowing the entire series whole at that point, and probably thought that writing a review was a waste of time that could be spent reading the next book.… Continue Reading …

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I’m on my second read of the HP series, and I was looking forward to revisiting this one! It’s Harry’s third year at Hogwarts, and the outside world starts to creep in a bit. Sirius Black, the wizard believed to have led Voldemort to the… Continue Reading …

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This is the fourth Harry Potter book, and it really takes off from the darker, outside elements of the third book. The first three books are pretty lighthearted and fun, despite their hints of darkness and fear. But in Goblet of Fire, the outside world… Continue Reading …

The Intolerance of Tolerance

In this persuasive book, D. A. Carson argues that Western culture as a whole has come to define tolerance quite differently from its original meaning. In the original definition of tolerance, people believed that there was absolute truth that could be known. You would tolerate… Continue Reading …

City of God

Augustine’s City of God (in Latin, Civitas Dei) is a foundational treatise on basic Christian doctrine, and is an important work in the development of Western Christianity. I’m not a scholar and don’t plan to trace the work’s theological, rhetorical, and historical importance; I read it for pleasure… Continue Reading …