The book of Deer

This illustration of the four gospel writers comes from the Book of Deer, the earliest surviving example of Gaelic literature from Scotland. The Book of Deer is an illuminated Christian text, similar to the Book of Kells. It is named after the monastery of Deer and contains portions of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark andContinue reading “The book of Deer”

Unimpressed by the Dhammapada

Not overly impressed by the Dhammapada … which I finally got around to finishing this evening. Very repetitive. Lots of do bad and you’ll be damned, do good and you’ll be blessed kind of stuff. Like the book of Proverbs without the essential grace aspect. Not nearly as interesting as the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā by Nagarjuna. I supposeContinue reading “Unimpressed by the Dhammapada”

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience

When ranking a book I look for three things. Was it thoughtful? Was it readable? Did it leave me different afterwards? Having just devoured “ReBorn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience” by Logan Mehl-Laituri, I’m giving it 5 stars. I just couldn’t put it down and even now I’mContinue reading “Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience”

Books, Books, Books

I been buying books! Here’s my latest Kindle acquisitions: Prodigal God by Timothy Keller ($8.66) Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Your Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well by Randy Newman ($9.00) Virtue Reborn by Tom Wright ($9.99) Jesus@Work by Graham Beynon ($1.00) A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive byContinue reading “Books, Books, Books”

More significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls?

“They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born.” – BBC That’s a lot of “if’s” for such a short statement. Some are claiming these books are more significantContinue reading “More significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls?”

What covers CAN tell you about books

The other week I drew attention to some esoteric difference between Dispensational Theology, Covenant Theology and Christocentric Theology. Now, given the launch of Jesus Manifesto this week, I thought it might be timely to draw attention to how theological themes can practically manifest in book titles. Here’s some examples: Reformed Influenced / Covenant Theology DesiringContinue reading “What covers CAN tell you about books”

Trends in Christian Publishing

Need therapy? This evening I spent some time looking for trends in Christian publishing, guessing book sales could serve as a good litmus test for shifts in Christian focus amongst the Christian community. So I located a current list of best sellers according to the Christian Booksellers Association and ran it through a text analyser. The results? The top keywords wereContinue reading “Trends in Christian Publishing”