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Surprised by Joy

C. S. Lewis’s Surprised By Joy is subtitled “The Shape of My Early Life,” and is mainly about his childhood and young adulthood. In this spiritual autobiography Lewis traces the slow hand of God moving in the events and influences of his young life, through his atheism… Continue Reading …

The Abolition of Man

In this slim volume of three essays, C. S. Lewis makes the argument for what he calls the Tao, “the doctrine of objective value, the belief that certain attitudes are really true, and others really false, to the kind of thing the universe is and the… Continue Reading …

Desiring God

Desiring God, John Piper’s best-loved work on the joy to be found in God, is one of those rare theological works that actually live up to the hype. As a good Calvinist and a member of what has been termed the “young, restless, and reformed”… Continue Reading …

Can God Bless America?

John MacArthur’s Can God Bless America? is a short book you can breeze through in about an hour, but it asks an incredibly important question: is God able to bless America — and should He? In a time when the phrase “God bless America” has become a clichéd… Continue Reading …

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat: Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits

In this insightful book, biblical counselor Elyse Fitzpatrick examines the heart idols that lead to anorexia, bulimia, and overeating. She starts by exploring the different worldly explanations for eating disorders, pointing out the problems and inconsistencies of each. I’ve read this book spread out over… Continue Reading …

OCD: Freedom for the Obsessive-Compulsive

What causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Why can’t the sufferer just summon enough willpower to shake off the entangling obsessions? Are there spiritual issues involved or is OCD a purely physical problem in the brain? To someone who has never struggled with this disorder, these questions are… Continue Reading …

Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?

I started Philip Yancey’s Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? with high expectations. Several years ago I read his book The Jesus I Never Knew, and liked it tolerably. And Prayer had been recommended by a friend. Well, I didn’t even get halfway through. Yancey’s theology is very, very… Continue Reading …

The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God

Is the Christian God happy? This is the question John Piper poses in The Pleasures of God, and I found it a fascinating one with rich theological implications. We are used to the idea of God as the angry Judge, the distant Creator, or the weeping,… Continue Reading …

Knowing God

Knowing God is considered a classic work of practical theology, and deservedly so. I have been slowly reading it for the past several months and have thoroughly enjoyed Packer’s insights on the character of God and the nature of our relationship with Him. Packer is not… Continue Reading …

The Valley of Vision

The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers that celebrate, mourn, beg, rejoice, teach, confess, inspire, confirm, question, hope, implore, grieve, sing, and plead. They give voice to the complex experience of Christians through the centuries, living as foreigners and pilgrims in the world.… Continue Reading …