Book Review: Pitre’s “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary”

A collage of images from pop culture made up my earliest understanding of St. Mary – pictures picked up in the childish ways we begin to learn anything. There was the illustrated Mary in my Golden Book. There was the pink-robed Mary in the tiny children’s nativity my mom ordered from Avon. The image that… Continue reading Book Review: Pitre’s “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary”

Book Review: Sutton’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

I still remember the first time someone explained the Anglican view of Baptism to me. It was 12 years ago, and I was an Evangelical college student, listening to a lecture on the Reformation. Our instructor was Anglican, and as a part of his discussion, he explained the early Reformed view of Baptism. I don’t… Continue reading Book Review: Sutton’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

Book Review: Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes”

I finished listening to Anthony Esolen's Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture this week. I discovered Esolen reading Touchstone magazine, and I found his lecture at their Fight or Flight conference to be particularly compelling. When I heard he had a book out on a similar topic, I used an Audible credit to download… Continue reading Book Review: Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes”

Book Review: Elliot’s “Suffering is Never for Nothing”

Autumn finally arrived this week in the Ozarks. The record-breaking, sweltering September finally gave way to October, and today it is cool with steadily falling rain. I curled up this morning and finished Elisabeth Elliot's Suffering is Never for Nothing, a posthumous transcription of some conference talks she gave years ago. While the writing isn't… Continue reading Book Review: Elliot’s “Suffering is Never for Nothing”

Book Review: Wilder’s “Farmer Boy”

We think of Laura Ingalls Wilder as a children's author, an historical autobiographer, a story-teller. We don't think of her as a leader in the self-sufficiency movement. And yet, wasn't she? Consider the advice Father gives Almanzo in the closing pages of Farmer Boy. [Being a wheelwright], you'd have an easy life, in some ways.… Continue reading Book Review: Wilder’s “Farmer Boy”