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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

 

Rick Beyer. Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr New York, NY: Hachette Book Group, February 21st 2017. 224.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Reading this book made me realize that the current heated American political scene during election is nothing new, that it has had its crazy moments and its up and downs.  This book is about the animosity and competition between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr which most American remember with the duel between these two men that were involved with American politics that result in the death of one after the duel.  But rather than focus only on the duel the book looks at both men’s lives and the comparison and contrast between the two of them and how their lives culminated to that unfortunate duel.

I thought the author did a good job comparing and contrasting Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.  This book is a look at not only the biographical details of both men but also how their paths cross pathed or orbited near one another over the decades. I really enjoyed learning about both men’s upbringing and also their military career during the War of Independence.  I thought it was interesting to see how both men were similar in how they were driven, talented and energetic both as officers in the Contintental Army and later in their New York law practice.  Yet there were differences between them including their deposition and also how people perceived them.

Overall in my opinion the author did an excellent job in giving us facts and attempted to be fair.  There was a sense that later in their politics the book gives you the details of both men’s concerns with the political direction of the country.  Yet their concern seem to be the reaction of coming to the opposite conclusion of their upbringing: Alexander Hamilton who grew up poor was concerned about the tyranny of the masses while Aaron Burr who grew up in an affluent household was suspicious of the few rich elites in the political process.  The book goes over the scandals of both men while also putting the over the top rhetoric of the political discourse in the context of that being how it was during their time.  Sadly with many factors being set it led us to an event where because of honor Hamilton and Burr faced each other in a duel and one would be killed.  In one of history’s dispute of what happened that day with the duel which debate linger to today, Hamilton was killed and Burr ended up being quite hated.

Fascinating read and it lead me to put current American politics in perspective and to also pray that our country’s election process would not undermine the republic.

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Mike Barr.  Batman: Year Two 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, November 28th 2017. 176 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read some fun old school (late 80s/early 90s) Batman adventures?  This title volume might be for you!  Having read some of the recent volumes of Batman from the new Rebirth series I felt I needed a break from things “new” and maybe explore some just good old fashion Batman fight against crime and villain.  I’m happy to say this work delivered!

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Thomas Sowell.  The Quest for Cosmic Justice.  New York, NY: Free Press, February 5, 2002. 224 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Have you notice a redefinition of “justice” today among those who are advocates of Social Justice?  Even if you think this doesn’t interests you it is definitely affecting you and costing you directly and indirectly today by the actions of its advocate.  These ideas though are nothing new and over the decades of ministry in college campuses I see these ideas discussed in Academia is now being yelled out aloud literally and the consequences being reaped on the streets of America in 2020.  This book was originally published in 1999 but reading this in 2020 I was blown away how relevant it is twenty one years later.  The observations that the author made and also his refutations is very powerful and I love how factual and data driven the author is.  This is probably the most important book I read in 2020 and I’m surprised why more people don’t know about this book.  Out of the six books I have read from author Thomas Sowell this to me is one of the best book I have read from him and it is not only compelling but reading this book is a training session of how to think soundly in the realm of social sciences, economics and discussions about what is justice.

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  Finally a Batman review for some of you fans!

I’m going to review volume 11 first before volume 10 since volume 11 is way better than volume 10.

(EDITED: If you want to read some old school Batman fun check out our recent review “Review: Batman: Year Two 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.”

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 11: The Fall and the Fallen. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, January 14th 2020. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Here’s some more Batman adventures!  As I mentioned in my review of volume 10 the last volume felt like a dreamy filler but here in this volume it picks up from volume 8 after Batman was knocked out in a plot by Bane.  This volume collects Batman issues number 70-74 and Secret Files #2.

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A lighter post today!  Review of a nonfiction Children’s book!

 

Vanita Oelschlager. The Pullman Porter.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 1st 2014. 44 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Have you heard of the Pullman Porters?  If so have you realized how important they were for things in our society such as civil rights?  In this fascinating illustrated children’s book author Vanita Oelschlager tells us about this occupation and also how they were significant to the civil rights movement.  I thought the book was beautifully illustrated and fact based.  Fascinating!

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Peter Sammons. Reprobation: from Augustine to the Synod of Dort: The Historical Development of the Reformed Doctrine of Reprobation.  Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, January 20, 2020. 154 pp.

3 out of 5

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Do you know what the doctrine of reprobation is?  This doctrine is often misunderstood and/or not always articulated well; furthermore at times people might not understand how the church have understood and worked through this issue in church history.  Concerning the historical theology of the doctrine of reprobation author Peter Sammons makes a contribution with his survey of this doctrine from the early church age through the Middle Ages and into the Reformation era.

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Philip G Monroe.  When You Love an Addict.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, November 1st 2014. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon and WTS Book

If you have a loved one who is an addict you might know there are some resources out there for the struggling addict; yet you might wonder if there are any biblical resources to help you, the loved one concern about an addict.  This book titled “When You Love an Addict” turned out to be quite a helpful and edifying read concerning this difficult subject.  It is a booklet that is part of the “Resources for Personal Change” series published by New Growth Press and personally this is one of their top booklets that I have read from this series.

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R.C. Sproul. Does Prayer Change Things?  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, March 14, 2019. 97 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Have you ever wondered: Does Prayer Change Things?  Or have anyone ever asked you this question before and you don’t know how to answer it?  This book answers this question rather wonderfully.  It is not only biblical in the answer but also practical while also written in a vocabulary and style friendly for a general audience.

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You ever pick up perhaps too many books at once that its kind of hard to finish them all–and also to write reviews?

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A lighter post today!  Review of a Christian Children’s book!

 

You See Me, God

Jan Spivey Gilchrist. You See Me, God. Grand Rapids, MI: Our Daily Bread Publishing, August 4th 2020. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Would you like a children’s book that touches on God’s omniscience?  This book then might be worth your while.  Author and artist Jan Sprivey Gilchrist presents us a book on how God is all knowing, and how that is relevant for young children.  Gilchrist largely does that by drawing from our own childhood.  I love that.

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Haven’t done a comic review in a while!  A weekend light reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Greg Rucka.  Gotham Central, Book 4: Corrigan. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, March 15th 2011. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you into Batman enough that you are interested in the world of Batman and also its peripheral characters?  Batman of course lives in Gotham City, a city that resembles a lot to New York City.  In this graphic novel (comic) volume Batman moves away from center stage so Gotham City’s police department’s Major Crimes Unit can take the limelight and focus for the readers.  DC Comics got a good team of artists and writers for this Gotham Central series and book four is no different.

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John Blanchard.  Ultimate Questions.  Webster, NY: Evangelical Press, June 1st 1992. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Looking for an evangelistic booklet that is simple for unbelievers to understand but also something more than a brief track?  You might consider this booklet written by British Christian preacher, teacher, apologist and author name John Blanchard.

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. Effective Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 24th 2015. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

How can you pray more biblically and powerfully?  This booklet is Spurgeon’s sermon on Job 23:3-4 on the topic of praying effectively.  Since 2016 I started reading a number of sermons by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and have desired to read more of his writings so here I am in 2020 still being edified by the content of his preaching.

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Finally after a long delay, a Weekend reading review: Because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Matt Richtel.  An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives. New York, NY: William Morrow, March 12th 2019. 324 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

How much do you know about our human immune system, the system in your body involved with defending the body from germs, virus and bacteria?  This book written by a journalist attempts to educate the general reader.  The author Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times best selling author.  Weaving in science and also the personal life story of four different individuals add a human interests angle to carry the readers through what is a complicated and hard subject.  While preparing to write this review I found out that currently it is the number one rated book in Immunology.  I thought in the time I read it during the ongoing Corona virus this would be educational for me.

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Don’t Waste Your Corona Virus Summer.  Read Good Christian Books!

It would be a great opportunity to grow deeper in the things of God.  But you might say you are too busy.  Check out our How to Read More Books When Life Gets Busy (Improved).

Below are two books for each category I recommend.  Reviews are also linked for those who are interested to find out more!

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