Category: Biography

Reminiscences of the Book Business: A Review

Since I work in the publishing industry, I'm always on the lookout for books about it. Surprisingly, considering that the publishing industry's main purpose is to put out books, there don't seem to be that many. Sure, there are hundreds of books about how to get your book published and how to find an agent, … Continue reading Reminiscences of the Book Business: A Review


Religion and Politics Are Inseparable: A Review

I first encountered the writing of Richard John Neuhaus when I took a class on Christianity and culture in seminary and I had to choose a book to review from a list. The title of Neuhaus's The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America stood out to me. He had written it in 1984, twenty … Continue reading Religion and Politics Are Inseparable: A Review

Unbroken: A Review

Louis Zamperini is an incredible man with an incredible story: one of the world's best mile runners in the 1930s, he competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics while still a teenager. When World War II began, he went to the Pacific as a bombardier. In May 1943, his plane crashed. He floated on a life … Continue reading Unbroken: A Review

The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

I have been a big fan of G.K. Chesterton since college. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Rich Mullins' music, and I read somewhere that Chesterton's Orthodoxy was Mullins' favorite book. I picked it up and devoured it. I had heard of Chesterton before, but my limited exposure had only informed … Continue reading The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

Book Review: Basic Christian

John Stott had gradually slipped off the world stage over the last few years. But when he died at the age of 90 this past July, suddenly he became an object of conversation. He was without peer as an evangelical Christian leader in Britain and the world. It is a testament to his talents as … Continue reading Book Review: Basic Christian

Book Review: The Floor of Heaven

Most people who know me know that I spent three summers in Skagway, AK, driving tour buses. During that time, I gained a lot of knowledge about the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, during which Skagway became a boomtown. Even now, many signs in Skagway contain the word "Klondike," even though the actual Klondike is another … Continue reading Book Review: The Floor of Heaven

Book Review: Hitchhiker

Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams by M.J. Simpson I've enjoyed Douglas Adams's books for a long time. When I was young, my parents put into my hands all four (at the time) volumes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and even Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and I devoured them. I have always … Continue reading Book Review: Hitchhiker

Book Review: Defiant Joy

I have been a fan of G.K. Chesterton ever since I picked up a copy of Orthodoxy while I was in college. Since then, I've read several books by or about him, including The Man Who Was Thursday, The Everlasting Man, St. Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Joseph Pearce's biography … Continue reading Book Review: Defiant Joy

November 2010: Books Read

1. Mohandas Gandhi - Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth. Gandhi, I believe, needs no introduction. This book is Gandhi's autobiography, covering the time from his birth (1869) to the early 1920s. This isn't the first account of his life I have read; I saw Louis Fischer's biography of him in a used … Continue reading November 2010: Books Read

August 2010: Books Read

1. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Reviewed earlier here. 2. Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir by Stanley Hauerwas. Theologian Stanley Hauerwas's memoir is called Hannah's Child, but it could easily have been called Things that Didn't Occur to Me At the Time. Out of the long list of … Continue reading August 2010: Books Read