Lord of the World, Robert Hugh Benson

Contains spoilers This novel is set in a futuristic world which has been divided between America, Europe and the East. The UK, and rest of the World, is governed by … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

This short book is a collection of ten letters Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to a young poet, Mr Kappus, between 1903 and 1908, but this book only includes Rilke’s letters … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Home, Marilynne Robinson

I enjoyed this book which is set in the same time and place as one of Marilynne Robinson’s other novels, Gilead, but within a different family. In Gilead we saw … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Micah 3-5

This post follows on from my post on Micah 1-2, looking at chapters 3-5, on the theme of kingship. In Chapter 3 we see the failure of the leaders of Israel, … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Indignation, Philip Roth

Having greatly enjoyed Nemesis, I picked up Indignation, also by Philip Roth. This book is about a teenage boy, Marcus Messner going to university, and struggling to settle in, while … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Business Adventures, John Brooks

I had heard this book is a favourite of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet amongst others, so thought it would be good to see why it’s so popular. It’s a … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Micah 1-2

Micah is a book about God’s judgement and God’s plan to put His King to rule over His people. The name Micah means “Who is like Yahweh?”, which is also … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

No One Writes to the Colonel, Marquez

This is a short novel about a retired Colonel and his wife living in poverty, who have been waiting to receive his pension for 15 years. Every Friday the Colonel … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Quiet, Susan Cain

This book, “Quiet” by Susan Cain, sub-titled “The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking” is a very interesting read on the subject of introverts. It uses … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

This is the first book by Ayn Rand book that I’ve read, and despite being initially put-off by the length, this is very interesting and enjoyable novel to read. It … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism

This post is based on the book, “The Anglican Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism”, which is a set of two essays on baptism, the first by John Stott and the … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Red and the Black, Stendhal

This novel is set in France in the 1820s. The hero is Julien Sorel, who starts the novel as a 19 year old peasant, who has a remarkable intelligence and … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · 3 Comments


While being the shortest book in the Old Testament I still find Obadiah has a lot to teach us, and the short length means we get to cover a lot of … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Great Crash, J K Galbraith

I chanced across this book in the library, and given its modest length and my current concerns around the stock market I thought it might be of interest as a topical read. Upon … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

While Mortals Sleep, Kurt Vonnegut

This is a collection of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, written early in his career. They cover a broad range ideas, and all ending with the main character learning some lesson right at … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nemesis, Philip Roth

I highly recommend this short book by Philip Roth. It is a moving story about polio, in particular the fear and emotion of those around the disease, rather than about those with … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Invisible Collection, Stefan Zweig

“The Invisible Collection” is a set of short stories, each one about someone with a great passion. This passion ranges across subjects, including art, children, women, their master and themself. … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

St Augustine, On Christian Teaching

I would recommend this book if you are interested in how to study the bible. I did not find it easy going, as it is written in a dense and inter-linked … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christianity: James 5

In my previous post on James I only briefly touched upon James 4v13 to 5v20. Having spent more time reading this section, I wanted to share my thoughts on it. … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book review: Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov

I don’t read much sci-fi but from time-to-time I enjoy reading some, especially if it is by Isaac Asimov. I have just finished his Foundation Trilogy which I enjoyed and … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment
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