A Literary Life

Long before the bane of cable television and the internet invaded our every waking moment C.S. Lewis commented that while most people inmodern industrial cultures are at least marginally able to read, they just don’t.  In his wise and wonderful bo…

St. Crispin’s Day

Two legendary battles, both immortalized in English literature, took place on this day, the Feast of St. Crispin.  The first, in 1415, was the greatBattle of Agincourt.  England’sKing Henry V and his long bow archers defeated the overw…

Tool Box

“My books are mytools.  They also serve as mycounsel, my consolation, and my comfort. They are my source of wisdom and the font of my education.  They are my friends and mydelights.  They are my surety, whenall else is awry, that I …

Boring Is Good

In his masterful novel The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane traced the effects of war on a single Union soldier, Henry Fleming, from his dreams of soldiering, to his actual enlistment, and through several battles of the all too uncivil War between t…

Summer Reading, So Far

1. “The Greater Journey,” David McCollough2. “The Righteous Shall Live by Faith: Romans,” R.C. Sproul3. “Magic,” G.K. Chesterton4. “The Mighty Weakness of John Knox,” Douglas Bond5. “Portrait of a Spy,” Daniel Silva5. “Poke the Bo…

New Book Favs: 2010

1. The Chestnut King, N.D. Wilson2. Herman Bavinck, Ron Gleason3. Defending Constantine, Peter Leithart4. Generous Justice, Tim Keller5. What I Learned in Narnia, Douglas Wilson6. The Fort, Bernard Cornwell7. Colonel Roosevelt, Edmund Morris8. Loving …