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”

Book Review: Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods”

I remember the first time I read Little House in the Big Woods. I was maybe 8 years old, and I would curl up in the bright pink bean bag chair in the storage room of my family's espresso shop. My parents had bought me the Little House boxed set from a local lady who… Continue reading Book Review: Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods”

Book Review: Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect”

“Stop. Right now. Remake your life from the inside out.” (17) The line was advice a friend had given Shauna Niequist, advice she turns into an invitation, offered over and over throughout the pages of Present Over Perfect. And for my part, I accepted, again and again as I made my way slowly through the… Continue reading Book Review: Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect”