Category: Books

BooksJournalism

Big Little Lies

David Frum stays very concerned about the Trump administration's habit of lying. We know this, because he regularly tweets and writes about it. Frum's not joking around, here. Presidents and their partisans shouldn't lie, and when they do lie, as Frum frequently notes, the public trust is harmed. I wish Frum could apply this love…

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Undone In a Minute

If you still don't think adultery can utterly destroy a man's life work, you would do well to contemplate the recent resignation and confession of Larry Taunton. I've never met him, but I greatly admired his 2016 book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. Since that book was published, Taunton has spent a lot of time…

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BooksLifeMusing

Profane Public Squares

The Amazon Top 20 nonfiction lists includes two bestsellers, both from HarperOne, that include the f-word in their title and on their covers. A single asterisk keeps both titles from their honest spellings. My memory will not win any awards, but I simply do not recall ever seeing a trade book in Barnes and Noble…

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A Brief Word to Book Reviewers

-Sneering dismissal of an author is acceptable to the degree that his book likewise is sneering and dismissive. What works marvelously well in a review of Richard Dawkins doesn't in a review of Mitch Albom. You might have the same opinion of both writers, and that's fine! But responding to Mitch Albom as if he's…

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BooksCultureTheology

Hatmakers and Hot Takers

One thing that concerns me about conservative evangelicalism right now is the inability we often demonstrate to let those who exist and teach outside the boundaries of historic Christianity...just stay there. I often feel like there's a compulsion in evangelical culture to always be writing and tweeting against "false teachers," and here I include air-quotes…

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BooksLife

My Year in Books

Let's get this out of the way: Year-end reading lists are usually more helpful for making us feel guilty about what we didn't read than making us thankful for what we did. My own year of reading was certainly no exception; the pile of books that I read this year seems so small compared to…

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Something Better Than Friendship

Rereading my way through C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves, I was struck by Lewis's blunt words about "wanting friends" and the essence of genuine friendship: That is why those pathetic people who simply "want friends" can never make any. The very condition of having Friends is that we should want something else besides Friends. Where…

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Eluding E-Books

Mark Bauerlein's observations about the decline of e-reading and the "Persistence of Print" ring very true to my own experience. I have now tried on two separate occasions, and with two separate e-readers, to invest in digital books. Both times I just couldn't do it. My Kindle Paperwhite is a fine device, elegantly crafted and…

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How to Think

My review of Alan Jacobs's forthcoming book How to Think: A Survival Guide For a World at Odds, is up at the Mere Orthodoxy main page. Here's a snippet: Happily, How To Think is not a Trump-directed polemic or a guidebook for navigating Twitter. Readers familiar with both topics will probably get the maximum satisfaction from Jacobs’s…

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