Monthly Archives: April 2022
WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS FOR?
Jake Meador’s What Are Christians For? was published a few months ago. Instead of the standard book review, I am going to mention five things I appreciated about Meador’s book:
*Meador is an elegant and lucid writer.
*The author is compassionate and courageous in telling us some harder truths.
*There is a winsome and compelling treatment of how to steward the material world.
* There are beautiful reminders that place and people matter.
*Last, and certainly not least, Meador shows how the Christian faith makes sense of life and is in fact the best way to order one’s life.
AN HONEST, CLEAR, AND COURAGAEOUS THINKER
THE TRUTH AND BEAUTY
Andrew Klavan has written a terrific book (Amazon link and two videos are below). His keen insights and marvelous writing are on full display.
Instead of a typical book review, I am going to list six things that I appreciated about The Truth and Beauty:
*Klavan is an honest, but not cynical writer. It’s not easy to write truthfully while still holding to a compelling hope, but Klavan does.
*There is a winsome and penetrating critique of materialism.
*Good sketches of key individuals and historic movements like the French Revolution provide helpful context.
*Klavan’s book contains a convincing account of how the Romantic poets (even the godless ones) have much to offer Christians.
*The author clearly did his homework by familiarizing himself with solid scholarship, but he does not write about pedantic details that most people do not care about.
* Last, and hardly least: there is a joyful confidence in the Bible. Klavan is an adult convert to Christianity, so he takes nothing for granted. His thoughtfulness and child-like faith in God are edifying.