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A weekend nonfiction review!  Cause even ministers need breaks from heavy theological reading!

Tom Standage.  Writing on the Wall.  New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, October 15th 2013. 288 pp.

5 out of 5

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This was a fascinating book on social media.  As the subtitle states this book is on the first two thousand years of social media.  You might be scratching your head like I did at first with the idea of social media having been around for the last two millennium but I think the author Tom Standage made a good point that social media has been around for some time though it might not look like the social media we have today. We must not confuse our idea of social media that is based upon technologies such as the internet, websites and high speed connection with the social media that has been existent in the past.

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What a long week last week has been for me!  It was busy both on our blog and offline with ministry in light of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.  As readers will notice this past week we dealt with various attacks by skeptics concerning the final week of Jesus.

As a bit of a break this Sunday evening I read and reviewed a Christian children story that’s appropriate for this Resurrection Sunday which I imagine some of you would appreciate.

R.C. Sproul. The Donkey Who Carried a King.  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, February 17th, 2012. 48 pp.

4 out of 5

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I have previously enjoyed the author’s Christian children’s book titled The Priest with Dirty Clothes.  Written by Christian theologian R.C. Sproul, I appreciated that this book was biblically solid and yet enjoyable for young ones.  My three little girls who are all pre-school age also enjoyed this book when I read it aloud to them.

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Another Weekend Light reading review.

Jai Nitz.  Kato Origins: Way of the Ninja.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, December 7th 2010.  140 pp.

4 out of 5

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The character Kato is the sidekick of the Green Hornet and while the title of this graphic novel is Kato Origins: Way of the Ninja it really is not an origin story per se but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the story.  While it did not cover Kato’s origin in the traditional sense of how most comics would approach it, this work though was definitely a story about the identity and identity crisis of Kato, among other things.

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Graeme Wood. The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State.  New York, NY: Random House, December 20th, 2016. 352 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is a book that tries to give readers the look of what supporters of the Islamic State looks like written by a journalist for the publication called The Atlantic.  The author Graeme Wood interviews various Islamic State supporters and goes all around the world in his pursuit of interviews.  This book is the result of Wood’s investigative journalism.  Since there is not a lot of book out there that describes the people who support the Islamic State in their own words or their perspective (even though the book injects his critique and his thought) this makes this work all the more fascinating.

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Here’s a light weekend reading that serves as a break from heavy theological reading.

Garth Ennis.  The Shadow, Volume 1: The Fire of Creation.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, November 20th, 2012.  176 pp.

4 out of 5

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Last week I read and reviewed The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights and I found the character “The Shadow” facinating.  Apparently in the 1930s the Shadow and Green Hornet were popular pulp heroes and have their own radio shows which I have only learned about recently.  The publisher has brought back these pulp heroes and have done a good job getting writers and illustrators to deliver to readers these wonderful graphic novels about them.  This work which is volume one on “The Shadow” was a fun and delightful read.

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A light weekend reading review.

Michael Uslan.  The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, March 18th, 2014.  128 pp.

5 out of 5

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I discovered from reading comics on the Green Hornet that I like stories with historical references (of course the main character is fictional).  I read the writer’s work on the Green Hornet and the Lone Ranger and I enjoyed the historical references and even actual historical characters plus the great storyline so much that I looked up more works by Michael Uslan.  So I picked up The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights and found that the same thing I liked in my previous reading can also be found in this graphic novel.

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A weekend nonfiction book review! ‘Cause Pastors need a mental break too.

Val McDermid. Forensics.  New York, NY: Grove Press, July 7th 2015.  310 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a fascinating book on criminal investigations by a British author of crime novels and thriller.  In this work of nonfiction she explores the various specialization and sciences behind criminal investigation.  In the beginning of the book she notes that there is a lot of misconception that the public has for those involved with criminal investigations in light of TV shows like CSI.  Intrigued with the topic she gives us a journalistic account of those involved with investigating crime and how the men and women go about with the art and science of finding and proving the suspects.

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