On reading

The fellowship of the dead

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I wonder if any genre has so much to offer the believer as biography. There is wonderful fellowship to be had among those whose lives ended even before ours began. Muster of the dead Hundreds of lives have been recorded. People whose faith and joy in God changed our nation and our world. Key figures in Australian history include F. W. Boreham, Lionel B. Fletcher, John G. Ridley (though I've yet to find a full

My approach to reading

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I've been meaning to get in the habit of reviewing books after I've read them. Problem is, I don't read the sorts of books most people review. So I wanted to explain my approach to reading. Cutting edge is good? My approach to reading is based on the premise that newer does not equal better. In fact, I assume the opposite. I assume that of the thousands of books that are published in 2012, hundreds

Reading through The Ninety-Five Theses

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There is no doubt that the posting of the 95 theses on the church door is one of the iconic moments of the Reformation. However, a contemporary reading these words would have trouble predicting the role that Luther would play in the years ahead. Two lesson here: 1) Understanding takes time. A flash of lightning convinced Luther that he should enter the laity. Over five years of Bible study brought him to the revelation that

Reading the sources

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I was listening to a Yale lecture on American history this afternoon and the professor referenced Jonathan Edwards and his most famous sermon "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God." She took time to read a section from the text so that everyone could get an audible "Jonathan Edwards moment." I enjoyed the reading and I found myself asking the question have I read the sermon? I'm sure at some point in the past

Where can I find books by F. W. Boreham?

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I recently completed a series of posts on the life of the top selling Australian author of all time—F. W. Boreham. I wanted to help you get a feel for this guy and get hooked on his writing! If you did, you might be interested in getting a copy of some of his books. In this post, I've compiled a list of resources on the life of F.W. Boreham. It is by no means exhaustive.

Eleven reasons I love reading Christian biographies

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1) I find biographies easy to read when I'm too worn out to read heavier genres like theology, philosophy, history, etc. 2) I get to "hang out" with and learn from men and women who lived exceptional lives. 3) I get to experience places and cultures and events through the written page that I will never experience personally. 4) I learn about history, not from mere factual statements about geopolitical events, but by immersing myself

On reading ancient books

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Ligon Duncan, in his excellent session at T4G 2010, read out this selection from C. S. Lewis. The quotation is taken from his introduction to Athanasius' work On the Incarnation. I copy it here for your edification and discussion. There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as

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I often disagree with Chesterton's views, but I always value his sharp clarity and crisp expression. He has an ability to cut through the fog and reframe a matter in the simplest, albeit often paradoxical, terms. And I find his convictio...
The Mighty Weakness of John Knox
really liked it
It's hard to call this a biography since it spends only about 25 pages outlining the life of Knox. I'm not sure whether this is all the information that history has passed to us or whether the author has just chosen to be succinct. The r...