Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Real Stories from Central Canada
October 18, 2018

If you want to learn what it was like to live in the rural areas of central Canada in the nineteenth century, and what it was like to take the message of the gospel to the indigenous peoples, you would do well to consider reading By Canoe and Dog Train by Egerton R. Young.

Young, who lived from 1840 to 1909, was a teacher, Methodist missionary, lecturer and author. His missionary work followed the circuit-preacher approach as he worked among the Cree and Salteaux Indians north of Lake Winnipeg.

At a time when many Caucasian North Americans considered the indigenous people to be inferior, Young respected and loved them and encouraged them to develop fulfill their full potential as human beings and leaders in the church.

The book tells of the adventures, tragedy and joy that Young and his family experienced, and describes in interesting detail the nature of travel in the rural areas in those days – that is, by birch bark canoe and dog sled. I found this book hard to put down.

The stories of native Americans who came to faith in Christ and lived transformed lives are a blessing to read.

Egerton R. Young wrote a dozen other books and traveled throughout the United States, England and Australia, urging more people to come as Christian missionaries to the indigenous peoples of Canada.

Kansas Trip Journal 7
July 18, 2009

In the past two days I read Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D.A. Carson, who is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Look It Up
June 8, 2009

Evidently the story about a panda has been around for quite some time, but it came to me only recently.

From Moliere to Bill Bryson
March 12, 2009

Recently I finished reading two completely different works.

One was a collection of plays by Moliere. Somewhere I had noted a reference to the fact that Moliere, the French playwright and actor, is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature, so I decided that if he’s so good, it’s about time I read some of his work.

So I bought a used paperback of his plays online for one cent plus shipping! I read The School for Wives (his first great comedy and one of his best-loved), Tartuffe or The Hypocrite, Don Juan, and a few others. His characters are exaggerated, but what else would you expect in comedy?

The other book I read was A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Here Bryson covers the broad range of science, physics, space, astronomy, paleontology and nearly everything else. He does so in an engaging way, with humor. His section on subatomic physics, where things operate on rules radically different from the observable world we live in every day, is mind-boggling.

His worldview is naturalistic and atheistic, so I take exception to some of his conclusions, but I learned so much about…nearly everything!

Have you read Moliere or Bryson? What comments do you have?

Dark and Disturbing
January 21, 2009

I have just finished reading That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis – a novel about dark powers taking over society.

The book is the last in a space trilogy, but it is not space fiction in the way we usually think about that term. Instead, these absorbing and mind-expanding books are about God and good and evil, and the nature of us humans and of God’s purposes and power.

So this book is filled with confusion, deceit, fear, treachery, science, technology, nature, and a campaign for the abolition not only of religion but also of emotion and the inidvidual.

But it is also about God and his mysterious ways of working in this fallen world. The Director and the other good people in this story do not talk about religion in the vague sense of “some mist steaming upward.” They talk about God, and their picture of him is of “strong, skilful hands thrust down to make, and mend, perhaps even to destroy.”

If you have read this book (or the trilogy), what are your thoughts? Send me a reply.

Thinking about Life, the Universe and Everything
December 4, 2008

I am reading through five novels and one story by Douglas Adams, laughing out loud and alternately shaking, nodding and scratching my head.

The first book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the rest follow the same theme, if there is one.

I think I will eventually post some observations about this series, but first I want to check with my readers and friends, which, with any luck, just might turn out to be the same people.

Have you read the first novel, or the series?
What did you think?
How would you describe these novels?
What kind of mind would it take to produce such zany thoughts and plots?

Is anyone out there, or am I talking to empty cyberspace? Actually, whether cyberspace is empy or overcrowded is a point on which I understand experts from the planet Rupert diasgree vociferously.
The planet Rupert?! You have to read the book…

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