Books

I have read recently….

September, 2014
– Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology / Letham / spectacular
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself / Corbett / eye-opening and excellent!
Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge / Audi / I have no idea why this is such a popular intro, I found it worthless
1984 / Orwell / frighteningly prophetic
Libertad el Evangelio de Dios / Adams / my first book in Spanish!

August 2014
Brother Odd / Koontz / I didn’t like it much

July 2014
Essentials of Spiritual Warfare / Moreau / excellent, the best book on the subject
Odd Thomas / Koontz / entertaining and the best in this series
Induction and the Justification of Belief: Hume’s Problem / Howson / not impressive
Forever Odd / Koontz / slightly less entertaining than the first
Innovative Approaches to Counseling / Collins / very little of value

June 2014
Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection / Sarno / not as good as the last, but same good stuff
Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive / Chantry / somewhat insightful, but misguidedResurrection and Redemption, A Study in Paul’s Soteriology / Gaffin / worth reading

May 2014
Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation / Gentry / very insightful
John / Sproul / excellent commentary
The Structure of Biblical Authority / Kline / an authoritative work on the topic of covenant, especially as related to canon
The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain / Sarno / life changing, resolved my shoulder problem of 15 years
– Philippi 42BC: The Death of the Roman Republic / Sheppard / ugh, absolutely horrible

March 2014
Connecting / Crabb / one of my favorite books by Crabb
The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government / Trewhella / interesting and new ideas, but not entirely persuasive
The Circle / Eggers / Extremely good. This is the near future. It’s ugly.
Shadow of Eden / Kirby / ok. I wouldn’t recommend it.

February 2014
Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny / Dash / The first half was really good, the second half was horribly boring.
Christian Theistic Ethics / Van Til / destroys naturalist ethics, but belabors certain systems that are no longer relevant

January 2014
The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship / Letham / This is the best book I’ve read on the Trinity and quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read ever.
Slavery in Early Christianity / Glancy / Raises some very serious issues and was helpful in generating interest in a neglected area.
Saving Gideon / May / I generally like most books I read to some degree. I did not like this book. Not well researched.

December 2013
The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts / Green and Mcdonald / shallow and liberal
Becoming God / Iiams / My friend from Tucson wrote this book. It’s his second and it’s not too bad.
Eternal Covenant: How the Trinity Reshapes Covenant Theology / Smith / a unique perspective to the doctrine of the Trinity.
What is the Trinity? / Sproul / This was a little helpful, but nothing new here. Far too short.
Experiencing the Trinity / Johnson / This was more like Reeves’ book. I liked it, but I liked Reeves’ more.
Doctrine of Scripture / Van Til / This was a great book. I haven’t read VT in years and that was a mistake.

October 2013
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Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith / Reeves / This was a great place to start for a study of the trinity.

September 2013
I, the Sun / Morris / If you are interested in the history of the Hittites, this is the best book you could read. It was pretty long, but well worth it.

August 2013
Pontius Pilate: A Novel / Maier / I love historical fiction and this book of Maier’s was no disappointment. Highly recommended.
Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome / Larkin / Pretty entertaining, but not necessarily recommended. Felt a bit cookie-cutter. No serious attempt to reconcile with historical events.

July 2013
Sex & Money / Tripp / This was a great book, profound and indicting.

June 2013
– A Brief History of Mexico / Foster / a helpful summary with a strong emphasis on political history

May 2013
– A Son to Me: An Exposition of  1 and 2 Samuel / Leithart / Recommended as a solid commentary of Samuel

April 2013
Moving Through Your Problems Toward Finding God / Crabb / One of Crabb’s best books. Highly recommended.
– Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life / Allender and Longman / so great. so relevant. so indicting.
– Mutiny on the Bounty / Nordhoff / an awesome tale based upon true events.
– The Doctrine of Repentance / Watson / shallow and simplistic. disappointedly not recommended.

March 2013
Earliest History of the Christian Gathering / Alikin / Very insightful. I was interested in the worship practices of the first two centuries. Good review.
What would Jesus Drink?: What the Bible Really Says about Alcohol / Whittington / Concise, but persuasively sound reasoning.
The Poisoned Chalice: Eucharistic Grape Juice and Common-Sense Realism in Victorian Methodism / Woodruff / A history of the move from wine to grape juice in the 19th century. Helpful in understanding the change.

July 2012
– Confessions of an Economic Hitman / Perkins / Interesting. No longer shocking.

June 2012
Becoming a True Spiritual Community / Crabb / highly recommended. helpful redirection.
Paul in Fresh Perspective / Wright / some helpful insight, overall probably not worth the read
God’s Warrior / Slaughter / Really enjoyable. Excellent.

May 2012
Fish:  Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results / Lundin / surprisingly great and practical
One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine / Key / not helpful for me
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy / Mataxes / Really awesome. Fascinating story. Highly recommended.

April 2012
– The Fourth Branch: The Federal Reserve’s Unlikely Rise to Power and Influence / Shull / historically insightful, but naively pro-fed

March 2012
America’s Money Machine: The Story of the Federal Reserve / Groseclose / Probably the best piece on the Fed I’ve read yet…

February 2012
The Silence of Adam / Crabb / Indicting. Helpful. An important read.

December 2011
The Secrets of the Federal Reserve / Mullins / excellent historical overview. disturbing.

November 2011
The History of Money / Weatherford / this was a great overview, very thorough

October 2011
Ludwig von Mises on Money and Inflation: A Synthesis of Several Lectures / Greaves / somewhat helpful

September 2011
The Case Against the Fed / Rothbard / a good history, more so than a ‘case’ against the Fed
The Origins of Money / Menger / not really a historical piece, more of an explanation as to why money is chosen as a medium of exchange
Made to Stick : Why Some ideas Survive and Others Die / Heath and Heath / insightful and practical

August 2011
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World / Hunter / I appreciate and agree with the premise of this book.
Jonathan Edwards / Marty and Crompton / shallow and brief, how this got published is beyond me

July 2011
The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists / Zacharias / response to Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation, not very good in my opinion. Simple and unlikely to persuade anyone outside of Ravi’s camp.

June 2011
Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success / Syed / Interesting. Good work application.
Letter to a Christian Nation / Harris / short argument against Christianity, not persuasive, but helpful to appreciate atheistic concerns

May 2011
Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches / Moore / Radical effect on my thoughts on adoption, highly recommended
The Case for Discrimination / Block / excellent, but dry in places, thick, but worth reading
Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace / Conn / really quite excellent…inspiring
Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law / Hiers / Some good insight, but overall not recommended

April 2011
The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief / Marsden / thick. interesting mostly, but quite dry at times. North’s book Crossed Fingers, though twice the size, was a better read on the topic
The Red Tent / Diamant / interesting story

March 2011
The Saints’ Everlasting Rest / Baxter / as impressive as ‘The Reformed Pastor’. This is a must read!
The Justice of God: A Fresh Look at the Old Doctrine of Justification by Faith / Dunn and Suggate / The first half was interesting. The second half was all down hill. This was my first book on New Pauline Perspectivism.
The Greatness of the Great Commission / Gentry / theonomic and posmillennial, I enjoyed it.

February 2011
Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church / North / wow. huge (over 1000 pages). very thorough history of presbyterianism. I love North and I loved this book.

December 2010
The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness / Bridges / a very good read, highly, highly recommended

November 2010
Paradigms in Polity: Classic Readings in Reformed and Presbyterian Church Government / Hall and Hall / This is an excellent compilation of some of the best writings on polity. Highly recommended for working through the 2 office v. 3 office debate.

October 2010
Desiring the Kingdom / Smith / wow, awesome!

September 2010
First Apology / Justin Martyr / interesting piece of history, weak intellectually

August 2010
The Trellis and the Vine / Marshall and Payne / pretty good, the 200+ pages could have been summarized in 10
A Life of Obedience / Murray / I didn’t find this book particularly helpful and would not recommend it

July 2010
The Rest of God / Buchanan / one of the best books I’ve read on the Sabbath issue

June 2010
No Other God / Frame / nice compliment to Ganssle’s book, but much more simplistic
Alexander the Great / Abbot / Alexander was not great, but this book was

May 2010
God and Time: Four Views / Ganssle / a decent primer, fairly complex in some parts

March 2010
Surprised by Hope/ Wright / inspiring! some questionable content, but overall great.

February 2010
Understanding People / Crabb / very very helpful

January 2010
Champion of Truth: The Life of St. Athanasius / Molloy / helpful primer
Bo’s Cafe / Lynch / great stuff
Why American History is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism / Riggebach /rough start, great finish

December 2009
– Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology / Leahy / interesting and insightful
– American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House / Meacham / great historical work
– Judges: Such a Great Salvation / Davis / best commentary on the book of Judges that I’ve read!

November 2009
– The Market Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England 1532-1700 / Dennison / best work on this topic thus far – highly recommended!
End the Fed / Paul / pure awesome

October 2009
– Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business / Postman / dated, but interesting
– Encouragement: The Key to Caring / Crabb and Allender / a great book

September 2009
– The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Twain / fascinating story
– Calvin and the Sabbath: The Controversy of Applying the Fourth Commandment / Gaffin / excellent!

August 2009
– First to Die / Patterson / not impressed, I wouldn’t recommend it
– Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980 / Murray / this is helpful

July 2009
– Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds / Ludwig / insightful and practical
– Teach Yourself Beekeeping /Waring / a decent intro

June 2009
– The Bastiat Collection: Volume 1 / Bastiat / superb French economist

April 2009
The Libertarian Theology of Freedom / Opitz / excellent! very Nockian
Who Killed the Constitution? / Woods / Woods is brilliant and this work is no exception

March 2009
Our Enemy the State / Nock / superbly anti-Statist
Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope / Mathison / fairly popular level

February 2009
The Art of Manfishing: A Puritan’s View of Evangelism / Boston / ranks up with Baxter
Memoirs of a Superfluous Man / Nock / an indirect apologetic for classical education!

January 2009
Siberian Huskies: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual / Kern / very helpful
Calvin’s Doctrine of the Word and Sacrament / Wallace / very good work

December 2008
Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of the Conservative Protestantism in Modern America / Hart / excellent!
The Escape / Edwards / ok

November 2008
St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy / McGuckin / excellent summary of the events leading up to the Council of Ephesus in 341, highly recommended!
Charcoal Sketches and Other Tales / Sienkiewicz / very very different for Sienkiewicz!

October 2008
– Ancient Turkey: A Traveler’s History /Lloyd / very helpful overview

September 2008
– The Memoirs of Alcherengia / Drew / entertaining
– God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah / Williamson / interesting

August 2008
– The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents / Hayek / this should be read by anyway that cares about our economy
– Medusa / Chalker / good stuff!

July 2008
– Economic Science and the Austrian Method / Hoppe / helpful treatise on the epistemological foundation of Austrian economics
– The Bronze Bow / Speare /fun

June 2008
– Charon: A Dragon at the Gate / Chalker / goofy but fun
– The Revolution / Paul / EXCELLENT! everyone should read this book

May 2008
– Hittite Warrior / Williamson / entertaining

April 2008
– The Magician’s Nephew / Lewis / pretty neat!
– Theonomy: An Informed Response / North / destroys Westminster’s antinomianism
– Faith of My Fathers / Austin / loved it
– Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold / Chalker / enjoyable

March 2008
– Lilith: A Snake in the Grass / Chalker / surprisingly entertaining – early 80s science fiction!
– Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World / Wells / chapter 7 on megachurches makes this book worth the read

February 2008
– Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel / Goldstein / very interesting read, the incompleteness theorem is a bit to wrap one’s mind around

January 2008
– From Silence to Song: The Davidic Liturgical Revolution / Leithart / great work on worship and uniquely exegetical

December 2007
– The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind / Noll / some good points
– East of Eden / Steinbeck / it came highly recommended – I enjoyed it, but wouldnt recommend it myself

November 2007
– Monlogion and Proslogion with the Replies of Gaunilo and Anselm / Anselm / source text for the ontological argument
– The Irish Puritans: James Ussher and the Reformation of the Church / Gribben / excellent! I read it on the way to Dublin
– The English Puritans: The Rise and Fall of the Puritan Movement / Brown / well worth reading

October 2007
– Minister of Mercy: The New Testament Deacon / Strauch / helpful
– The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of Culture / Mangalwadi / insightful and well written

September 2007
– The Ministry We Need / Baxter / SUPERB! includes a great biography of Baxter’s life
– Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment / Burroughs / EXCELLENT, I will read many times throughout life
– The Saint’s and Angel’s Song / Fischer / also good
– Saint Ben / Fischer / I liked it

August 2007
– Sing the Lord’s Song: Biblical Psalms in Worship / Keddie / some good points, overall not thoroughly pursuasive
– The Psalms in Christian Worship: A Doctrinal, Historical, and Expository Guide / Ward / ok, but argumentation is weak

July 2007
– The Atonement / Clark / helpful, but not as focused as I would have liked
– God Incarnate: Meeting the Contemporary Challenges to a Classic Christian Doctrine / Carey / worthless
– On God and Political Duty / Calvin / enjoyable and helpful

June 2007
– Holiness / Ryle / excellent!

May 2007
– Perspectives on Church Government: Five Views of Church Polity / Brand & Norman / actually 3 views – not too bad

March 2007
– The Informed Investor: A Hype-Free Guide to Constructing a Sound Financial Portfolio / Armstrong III / somewhat helpful

February 2007
– The Hittites: And Their Contemporaries in Asia Minor / Macqueen / a really great overview of Hittite history

January 2007
– The Cell Church: A Paradigm for Church Planting in Bangkok / Kim / how to mega-church in 3rd world countries, yuck

December 2006
– A Brother’s Journey: Surviving Childhood Abuse / Pelzer / David’s brother Richard’s story – very sad

November 2006
– The Catcher in the Rye / Salinger / ok

October 2006
– God of Promise: Introducting Covenant Theology / Horton / excellent, the work on suzereign treaties is helpful
– Genesis / Calvin / insightful and worth reading

September 2006
– Till Shiloh Comes / Morris / not bad
– Directed Verdict / Singer / slightly entertaining

August 2006
– The Strength of His Hands / Austin / enjoyable
– The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel / Wangerin / interesting

July 2006
– Sola Scriptura: Problems and Principles in Preaching Historical Texts / Greidanus / superb in the Vosian tradition

June 2006
– Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning / Wilson / written in the 80s, still excellent and relavent
– Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments / Vos / interesting, probably under appreciated

May 2006
– O Come Let Us Worship / Rayburn / fails to argue the necessity of his preferred mode of worship
– Apostasy from the Gospel / Owen / excellent exegesis of Hebrews 6

April 2006
– The Slave / Bashevis-Singer / great, reminds me of Sienkiewicz a bit
– With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship / Hart and Muether / pretty shallow

March 2006
– The Ten Commandments / Watson / excellent, though not as precise as I hoped
– Worship in Spirit and Truth / Frame / fairly pop level, but some interesting points

February 2006
– On the Eve / Turgenev / pretty interesting
– The Lord’s Supper / Watson / ok
– Man in the Old Testament / Eichrodt / not worth reading
– The Baptist Faith and Message / Hobbs / fairly brief, somewhat insightful

January 2006
– A Layman’s Guide to the Sabbath Question / Belcher / fair treatment of 3 common positions
– Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public Schools? / Wilson / highly recommended
– Song of Redemption / Austin / very enjoyable
– Gods and Kings / Austin / excellent, highly recommended
– Out of Order: Arrogance, Corruption, and Incompetence on the Bench / Boot / disturbing

December 2005
– The Birth of the United States / Bishop / not bad

November 2005
– The Holy Spirit / Owen / superb and should be read

September 2005
– The Reformed Pastor / Baxter / truly excellent and should be read by all pastors

August 2005
– The Absurdity and Perfidy of all Authoritative Toleration / Brown / excellent
– The Bourne Ultimatum / Ludlum / not too bad, the movies are better
– A Simple Overview of Covenant Theology / McMahon / pretty decent (though pricey)

July 2005
– The Story of England / Hibbert / very interesting and great introductory
– Christian Faith versus Unbelief / Amen / pretty lame, though the author meant well

June 2005
– The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? / Bruce / introductory and fairly shallow
– Our Beckoning Borders: Illegal Immigration to America / Ashabranner / informative
– The Majority Text: Essays and Reviews in the Continuing Debate / Letis / challenging and quite interesting

May 2005
– Saving your Marriage before it Starts / Parrott / secular and shallow
– Liars and Thieves / Coonts / fairly entertaining

April 2005
– Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Puritan Regulative Principle / Gore / some challenging points made
– Infant Baptism: Scriptural and Reasonable / Samuel Miller / excellent

March 2005
– In Vain / Sienkiewicz / superb
– A Hero for Our Time / Lermontov / not too bad
– The Acts of the Apostles / Haenchen / absolutely horrid

February 2005
– Henryk Sienkiewicz: A Biography / Giergielewicz / pretty interesting
– Believers and Their Seed / Hoeksema / strong start, weak finish

January 2005
– On the Divine Images / St. John of Damascus / informative, but painfully erroneous
– The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face / Morley / somewhat insightful
– The Orthodox Veneration of Mary / St. John Maximovitch / interesting
– Ethics / Bonhoeffer / horrible
– Where Worlds Meet / Sienkiewicz / entertaining, well worth reading
– Peter, Stephen, James and John: Studies in Early Non-Pauline Christianity / Bruce / interesting and informative
– Through the Desert / Sienkiewicz / another classic

December 2004
– For the Life of the Word: Sacraments and Orthodoxy / Scmemann / hardly orthodox, save your money
– Wittgenstein: On Rules and Private Language / Saul Kripke / fascinating

November 2004
– Comparative Philosophy / Bahn / somewhat interesting
– Your God is too Small / Phillips / not so good

October 2004
– Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Question / Herda / simple introductory
– Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith / Gillquist / from ignorance to ignorance
– The Sinai Strategy: Economics and the Ten Commandments / North / I love North
– I Aint Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up / Ventura / somewhat interesting

September 2004
– Aquinas / Copleston / not very good

August 2004
– The Holy Sinner / Mann / yuck

July 2004
– The Robe / Douglas / highly recommend

June 2004
– God, Freedom, and Evil / Plantinga / excellent: read slowly
– Orthodoxy / Chesterton / horrible

May 2004
– The Russian Revolution / Goldston / very good introduction

April 2004
– The Cold War and the Income Tax / Wilson / ugh

March 2004
– Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the US-Mexican Border / Davidson / sobering

February 2004
– Christian Baptism / Murray / great read
– The Victory of the Lamb: Christ’s Triumph over Sin, Death, and Satan / Leahy / ok

January 2004
– Angels and Demons / Brown / pretty entertaining
– Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail / Martinez / depressing
– The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop / Morgan / fantastic
– The Supreme Court / Rehnquist / excellent introduction
– The Dream Master / Zelazny / surprisingly entertaining
– Does God have a Nature? / Plantinga / not bad

December 2003
– Christianity and the Constitution / Eidsmoe / pretty good

November 2003
– Elijah / Pink / good read

October 2003
– God’s Covenant and Our Time / Duty / not bad
– Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism / North / I love North
– Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible / Adams / excellent
– The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image / Adams / mind altering

September 2003
– Jeremiah / Huey / pretty ok
– Prophets of Psychoheresy I / Bobgan / not bad
– Jonah: A Study in Compassion / Robertson / very nice
– How to Help People Change / Adams / informative
– Puritan Economic Experiments / North / challenging
– Solving Marriage Problems / Adams / should come in handy
– The Biblical Doctrine of Infant Baptism / Marcel / helpful
– Psychobabble: The Failture of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative / Ganz / extremely good intro
– Children of the Promise: The Biblical Case for Infant Baptism / Booth / not bad

August 2003
– What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East / Lewis / answers an intriguing question

July 2003
– In the Presence of My Enemies / Burnham / sad
– Emotional Intelligence / Goleman / surpisingly good, interesting intro on neural physiology
– The Rise of Christianity / Fend / heavy and informative
– Saint Augustine / Willis / ok overview

June 2003
– Westminster’s Confession: The Abandonmen of Van Til’s Legacy / North / typically good
– Ann Frank: Diary of a Young Girl / Frank / pretty interesting
– The Case for Christ / Strobel / pretty weak
– Protestantism / Dunstan / clueless

May 2003
– Our Idea of God / Morris / not his best, but good
– Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth / Pratt / simple yet good

April 2003
– The Meaning of BRK “to bless” in the Old Testament / Mitchell / focused and informative
– Many Mexicos / Simpson / excellent overview of Mexico’s history

March 2003
– Spanish: Verbs and Essentials of Grammar / Ramboz / pretty helpful
– Spanish without the Fuss / Munday / ok
– The Logic of the God Incarnate / Morris / very good

December 2002
– A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising / Bialoszewski / horrible
– The Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler / Shirer/ simple
– The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories / Gogol / fun

November 2002
– And Quiet Flows the Don / Sholokhov / pretty good Cossack story
– The Teutonic Knights / Sienkiewicz / excellent, one of his best outside the Trilogy

October 2002
– Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings and Analysis / Bahnsen / probably the best survey of Van Til’s apologetic
– The Great Tribulation: Past or Present / Gentry and Ice / insightful
– Our English Bible in the Making / May / good overview
– True Spirituality / Schaeffer / ok
– Sarah / Scott-Card / surprisingly entertaining
– A Clockwork Orange / Burgess / dark and entertaining
– The God who is There / Schaeffer / not bad

September 2002
– The Complete Guide to Choosing a Cruising Sailboat / Marshall / inspiring
– So What’s the Difference / Ridenour / pretty weak
– Return to Reason / Clark / excellent intro to Reformed Epistemology
– Language, Truth, and Logic / Ayer / blah
– The Story of D-Day: June 6, 1944 / Bliven / general
– One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich / Solzhenitsyn / extremely good

August 2002
– Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth / McGinn / informative
– Factotum / Bukowski / not bad, pretty dark
– How Should we Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture / Schaeffer / great in parts
– By this Standard: The Authority of God’s Law Today / Bahnsen / extremely good

July 2002
– The Book of Confessions: Study Edition / various / should be read regularly
– Absolute Predestination / Zanchius / pretty good

June 2002
– The Bondage of the Will / Luther / really good
– The Return of the King / Tolkien / awesome
– Being There / Kosinski / pretty unusual for the author, though not bad
– Steps / Kosinski / this author is very dark, not a bad book though

May 2002
– Blind Date / Kosinski / not so good
– Ham on Rye / Bukowski / strange, yet entertaining
– The Painted Bird / Kosinski / disturbing

April 2002
– The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination / Boettner / pretty solid
– Philosophy of Logics / Haack / really good

March 2002
– Robinson Crusoe / Defoe / excellent
– By What Standard? An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til / Rushdoony / ok
– All Quiet on the Western Front / Remarque / worth reading
– Why I am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects / Russell / pretty goofy

February 2002
– The Two Towers / Tolkien / excellent
– Warrant and Proper Function / Plantinga / superb
– Power Through Prayer / Bounds / ok

January 2002
– Catch 22 / Heller / horribly boring
– Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith / King / pretty good
– Some Problems of Philosophy / James / not very good
– The Fellowship of the Ring / Tolkien / better than the movie
– End Times Fiction: A Biblical Consideration of the Left Behind Series / Demar / awesome
– The Hobbit / Tolkien / not as good as the other 3, but excellent nonetheless
– If I were an Atheist / Nelson / no idea how this got published

December 2001
– Into the Wild / Krakauer / entertaining

November 2001
– Competent to Counsel / Adams / exellent

September 2001
– Kant / Scruton / ok
– First Language Acquisition: Method, Description, and Explanation / Ingram / informative
– Historical Linguistics / Trask / not bad
– A Little Book on PERL / Sebesta / good for beginners

August 2001
– Count of Monte Cristo / Dumas / superb, none of the movies do it justice
– Perelandra / Lewis / not as good as the first in the trilogy

July 2001
– Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist / Piper / uncomparable, should be read regularly
– Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals / Kant / ok
– Pursuasions: A Dream of Reason Meeting Unbelief / Wilson / entertaining and evangelistic

June 2001
– Survival in Auschwitz / Levi / depressing
– The Hand: Or, The Confession of an Executioner / Aleshkovsky / wretched – a couple hundred page monologue
– The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology / Skinner / ok
– Holocaust: Problem and Perspective of Interpretation / Niewyk / disturbing
– The Holocaust in History / Marrus / informative yet sad
– Images from the Holocaust: A Literature Anthology / Brown / informative and thick
– Holocaust Reader, From Ideology to Annihilation / Botwinick / pretty good
– History of the Holocaust / Botwinick / pretty good

May 2001
– Incarnation: Myth or Fact? / Skarsaune / ok

April 2001
– Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous / Wood / somewhat insightful

March 2001
– The Source / Michener / interesting and entertaining
– Fire in the Steppe / Sienkiewicz / extremely good
– The Theory of Knowledge / Hamlyn / not so good

February 2001
– A Course in Phonology / Roca and Johnson / informative
– African Languages: An Introduction / Heine and Nurse / fascinating

January 2001
– Through a Boy’s Eyes: The Turbulent Years 1926-1945 / Posner / very good
– A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness / Pelzer / emotionally disturbing
– The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family / Pelzer / extremely sad
– A Child Called ‘It’: One Child’s Courage to Survive / Pelzer / powerful, yet probably the saddest book I’ve read
– Doctrine of the Knowledge of God / Frame / awesome
– Ashes and Diamonds / Andrzejewski / pretty good
– The Stranger / Camus / enjoyable

November 2000
– The Deluge / Sienkiewicz / extremely good

October 2000
– Elements of Acoustic Phonetics / Ladefoged / pretty good

September 2000
– A Course in Phonetics / Ladefoged / interesting
– The Sovereignty of God / Pink / very good
– Amazing Grace / Kozol / pretty good

August 2000
– C.S. Lewis / Swift / informative

July 2000
– Who Owns the Land: The Arab-Israeli Conflict / Ellisen / very informative
– With Fire and Sword / Sienkiewicz / probably my favorite work of Sienkiewicz
– The Little Trilogy / Sienkiewicz / great
– The Trilogy Companion: A Reader’s Guide to the Trilogy of Henryk Sienkiewicz / should probably be read after the Trilogy
– A Practical Introduction to Phonetics / Catford / helpful
– Tractates on the Gospel of John 1-10 / Augustine / fascinating

June 2000
– Contra Julianum / Augustine / awesome
– Meir Ezofowich / Orzeszkowa / really really good
– The Problems of Philosophy / Russell / very informative
– Poststructuralism and the New Testament: Derrida and Foucault at the Foot of the Cross / Moore / terrible

May 2000
– Five Views on Apologetics / Cowan / great overview
– The Teacher, The Free Choice of the Will, Grace and Freewill / Augustine / awesome
– Rat / Zaniewski / really odd, but I enjoyed it a lot

April 2000
– The Abolition of Man / Lewis / not his best, but good nonetheless

March 2000
– The Silver Chair / Lewis / excellent
– The Death of Ivan Ilyich / Tolstoy / pretty good
– A Short History of the Early Church / Boer / fairly brief, but not bad
– C.S. Lewis / Wellman / great
– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / Lewis / very good

February 2000
– John Calvin / Lidner / pretty brief
– French Lessons: A Memoir / Kaplan / not bad
– The Great Divorce / Lewis / my favorite work of Lewis
– Language and Thought / Chomsky / ok

January 2000
– The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses / Lewis / not bad
– Scuba Diving / Graver / inspirational
– How Languages are Learned / Lightbown and Spada / excellent
– Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language / Hoffman / really interesting
– Out of a Silent Planet / Lewis / excellent and unusual
– Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Century / MacMullen
– Hume in 90 Minutes / Strathern / 90 minutes didn’t cover much

December 1999
– Mark’s Story of Jesus / Kelber / surprisingly good
– The Gospel in Brief / Tolstoy / it’s fair to say Tolstoy never knew the Gospel
– Metaphysics / Taylor / pretty good
– The Reality of God / Cassels / not good
– The Elders of the Church / Eyres / excellent

November 1999
– A Thousand Years of Jewish History / Harris / surprisingly great

October 1999
– In Defense of the Faith: A Survey of Christian Epistemology / Van Til / superb

September 1999
– Religion and the Romans / Dowden / not that great

August 1999
– Introduction to Transformational Grammar: From Principles and Parameters to Minimalism / Ouhalla / superb

July 1999
– The Apologia Pro Vita Sua of John Henry Newman / Newman / blah

June 1999
– Chomsky’s Universal Grammar: An Introduction / Cook / pretty helpful
– Chomsky / Lyons / not bad
– Language: It’s Structure and Use / Finegan / great
– The Defense of the Faith / Van Til / awesome

April 1999
– The Brothers Karamazov / Dostoevsky / pretty good

March 1999
– Demons / Dostoevsky / great depth

February 1999
– The Idiot / Dostoevsky / really good
– Patterns in the Mind: Language and Human Nature / Jackendoff / insightful

January 1999
– Language, Culture, and Communication: The Meaning of Messages / Bonvillain / helpful
– Crime and Punishment / Dostevsky / probably my favorite Dostoevsky
– Notes from the Underground / Dostoevsky / entertaining
– White Nights / Dostoevsky / my favorite novella
– The Dream of a Ridiculous Man and selections from The House of the Dead / Dostoevsky / not bad
– The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language / Pinker / intriguing