An evangelical critiques the Evangelical Church (book review)

A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church by Warren Cole Smith; Authentic: Colorado Springs, CO, 265 pp. A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church demonstrates Warren Cole Smith’s writing excellence and experience. Accurate facts complement the book’s literary quality. An introduction titled “My Name  is Warren, and I’m a Recovering Evangelical” intrigues readers and pulls … Continue reading An evangelical critiques the Evangelical Church (book review)

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Written in the Stars, Book review

Book Review: The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson Risen Books, paperback; 281 pages; © 2011 Reviewed by Glenda Mathes   Yvonne Anderson treads new ground, or better, flies through uncharted space in The Story in the Stars, the first novel of her “Gateway to Gannah” series. Labeled speculative fiction for its fantasy elements … Continue reading Written in the Stars, Book review

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, book review

Prodigious Love (a book review by Glenda Mathes) The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller; © 2008 by Timothy Keller; Dutton: New York, NY, 139 pp.   Every Christian should read this book. Beginning a book review like that may be bad form, but every Christian—backslidden or backboned, infant … Continue reading The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, book review

The Help, book review

BOOK REVIEW by Glenda Mathes  The Help by Kathryn Stockett © 2009 by Kathryn Stockett Berkley Books: New York, NY, 534 pp.   While The Help tells about black domestics working for white housewives in Jackson, MS, during the 1960s, it also shows how a young woman loses her naiveté and her place in Southern society, … Continue reading The Help, book review

Secret of Chimneys

Mysteries were my standard reading fare during the long summer breaks between my highschool years. Ever since I've equated summer reading with mysteries. And although I now have several favorite authors, my first favorite mystery writer--and one who remains a favorite despite some criticisms--is Agatha Christie. Last night I read The Secret of Chimneys, one of her … Continue reading Secret of Chimneys

Book Review: Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer

Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer with Todd Hillard © 2009 by Ken Ham Master Books: Green Forest, AR, 190 pp. “I dare you. I dare you to try it this Sunday. Look to the right, and look to … Continue reading Book Review: Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer

“Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts” by Ian Cron (book review)

Whose interest would not be piqued by Ian Morgan Cron 's uniquely titled Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts? Once you’ve read this gritty literary work, you realize how aptly that title captures content. Jesus is the primary mover in a memoir that describes the author’s lack of a relationship with … Continue reading “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts” by Ian Cron (book review)

>"Fathfulness Under Fire": The Story of Guido de Bres (Interview & Book Review)

> Just in time for Reformation Day, Reformed Heritage Books presented Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres, a children’s book written by William Boekestein and illustrated by Evan Hughes (see review below).In 1561 Guido de Bres wrote the Belgic Confession. The name was derived from the document’s origin in the southern part … Continue reading >"Fathfulness Under Fire": The Story of Guido de Bres (Interview & Book Review)

>Book review: "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin

>Last evening I read an excellent book: When Crickets Cry, A Novel of the Heart by Charles Martin.Charles Martin is an extraordinary storyteller and When Crickets Cry is an extraordinary story about Reese, a heart-mending man struggling with heart-rending loss. Martin’s subtle revelation peels away layers of Reese’s past to explain his pain and stitches … Continue reading >Book review: "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin

>Book Review: Betrayed by J.M. Windle

>Book Review: Betrayed by J. M. WindleTyndale, paperback; 365 pages; © 2008Reviewed by Glenda MathesJeanette Windle is one of the authors who has left traditional “safe” Christian fiction in her wake to sail into the relatively uncharted waters of contemporary suspense, and she cruises the genre extremely well.Windle is a master storyteller whose imaginative and … Continue reading >Book Review: Betrayed by J.M. Windle