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Holiday Reading

At this time of year, among other things I’m often thinking of what I might read over the holidays, and I typically have in mind more books than I can possibly get to. So I thought I’d share the books recently purchased or received (often due to the generosity of my colleague, Ben Mitchell) which I have before me hoping to get to them- at least some of them- over the break.

I’ve been waiting to read Brian Godawa’s Enoch Primordial: Chronicles of the Nephilim, The Lost Book Two. My enjoyment of the first book in this series (commented on here) has made me anticipate this prequel. And, actually, since starting work on this piece I’ve finished this one! It’s a great story in line with the previous volume of Godawa’s series.

For Christmas I’m reading Douglas Wilson’s God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything and just starting Adam English’s The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra. Wilson is a great writer with good insight on culture and biblical theology which is great for a book on Christmas. I’ve long been interested in Adam English’s topic so this is another book I’ve had my eye on.


I still haven’t read Hunter Baker’s The End of Secularism, and he kindly gave me a copy. His thesis only becomes more and more relevant. I’ve been wanting to read some more A. J. Conyers, and recently picked up The Listening Heart: Vocation and the Crisis of Modern Culture & The Long Truce: How Toleration Made the World Safe for Power and Profit.

In November I saw Paul R. Kolbet’s Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal, and it caught my interest. I don’t know the author, but the early church’s leading theologian on a topic dear to my heart- oh yeah!  Harold Bloom’s The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible is a continuation of my interest in the KJV. I’ve been very interested in Tim Grass’s F. F. Bruce: A Life especially after Ben Mitchell’s strong commendation. Ben also pointed me to Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies which looks very compelling.  Lastly, I picked up Daniel Grotta’s J. R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth due to Louis Markos’s recommendation in his book On the Shoulders of Hobbits which I enjoyed last month.

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