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Book 23 – The Scarlet and the Black by J.P.Gallagher

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True story of heroism and derring-do in wartime Rome, about an Irish priest who used the peculiar diplomatic status of the Vatican to create an underground railroad for escaped Allied servicemen.

(The actual Father O’Flaherty looked nothing like Gregory Peck.)

 

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Book 22 – Deep by Frog and Amy Orr-Ewing

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Interesting book, if a tad rambly in places, this is a personal exploration of what it means to pursue “Deep Church”. In this context I think that means being serious about mission, engagement and evangelism.

I found all the anecdotes and globetrotting stories a bit irritating, but was very taken with their concept of Total Saturation. I.also thought the Bible study in the appendix on the Parable of the Sower was quite helpful.

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Book 18 – The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller. 

Nice little Christian self help book, speaking against the modern obsession with self esteem (it’s not a question of thinking more of oneself or less of oneself, but of thinking of oneself, less).

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Book 7 – Home by Marilynne Robinson 

I found this companion novel to Gilead quite hard to read, very emotionally demanding. It’s beautifully written, and almost unbearably sad. But I found the central characters frustratingly reserved with one another and I don’t have much patience for people who seem to generate great offense from one slightly misplaced word.

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Book 6 -Prayer by Timothy Keller

I think I need to read this book a few times and make copious notes to do it justice. Keller states in his introduction that he isn’t setting out to say anything new about prayer (in fact he draws heavily on the writings of the sixteenth and seventeenth Reformers in particular) but aims to bring existing material to modern readers in a book that covers the theological, the devotional and the experiential aspects of prayer.

The main point of course is; just pray and trust that God will lead you to Him.

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Book 3 – How to Survive the Apocalypse (Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World) by Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson 

This was not the book I was expecting,  it turned out to be much better than that.

If you would like to read a book that unpacks the philosopher Charles Taylor’s theories of what ails modern society (in brief; individualism, subjectivism and the double loss of freedom) within the context of your favourite dystopian TV shows, and finishes it off with an optimistic, Christian look forward, then this is the book for you.

But it’s not a light read. It helps if you’ve seen the shows referenced. I got a lot more from the chapters on Battlestar Galactica, House of Cards and The Hunger Games than I did from the sections covering Breaking Bad, Her and Scandal. And it also helped that I was on reasonably familiar ground with the philosophy.

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Book 29 – The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis 

A re-read inspired by the boys over at Mere Fidelity

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It’s excellent, do read it.

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