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King’s Arrow & Rebel’s Keep

King’s Arrowand Rebel’s Keep, Douglas Bond Vol. 2 & 3 in the Crown and Covenant Series (P&R, 2003/2004), pb., 215 pp./ 275pp. I have been meaning to write separate reviews of these books but time is passing so I decided to address them together. We completed vol 3 just before Christmas, and I must say […]

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

A couple of years back I finally actually read A Christmas Carol. A good friend of mine reads it each year at Christmas. I was struck by how good it was and how much superior the actual book was to the various stage versions I have seen- and how much more explicitly Christian. If you, […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to you. Enjoy some extra time for reading together!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to you!

A Faithful retelling of the Christmas story for younger children

Long, Long Ago in Bethlehem: The Birth of Jesus, Carine McKenzie (Christian Focus, 1999), hb. This is a great illustrated story book for younger kids about the birth of Jesus. Carine McKenzie is our favorite bible story author. She is always faithful to the text and often points you to larger theological truths. The book […]

Christmas Poem, Robert Southwell

As Christmas draws near, I wanted to share a favorite Christmas poem. This is actually only a portion of the poem, but it is the most relevant and best part. I appreciate how the poet moves appropriately from the “baby” imagery to the purpose of the incarnation- “to rifle Satan’s fold” (“The Son of God […]

Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration

Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration By James Dobson, Charles Swindoll, James Montgomery Boice, R. Sproul (NavPress, 1989), pb. This has been our favorite and most used advent book since we have had children (and perhaps before). The book is arranged in four parts, one for each of the weeks of advent. Each week […]

Christmas/Advent Books

A reader has written asking me about posting on some books on Advent or Christmas. Great question! I have meant to post on some but have been behind. I previously commented on Gabriel’s Magic Ornament, written by one of my colleagues. It is a really good book. I will be posting on some other books […]

Regarding Thomas Goodwin

When I was a student at Trinity Evangelical School I was blessed to have Dr. Ray Ortlund, Jr. as a professor and in one of our Hebrew classes he handed out a sheet with the following quote. Goodwin’s example is a helpful one for us as we seek to shepherd the people of God. Dr. […]

Divine and Human and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy

Divine and Human and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy New Translations by Peter Sekirin (Zondervan, 2000), hb., 211 pp. I came across this book second hand and was really excited about it. According to the introduction the book contains some of the stories that Tolstoy thought were the most important he had written but they […]