“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” AW Tozer said this, and he lived it. A voracious reader, a powerful preacher, and a man who truly knew God, AW Tozer had an incredible impact on the United States and the world. This biography by Lyle Dorsett was fair to Tozer by providing an accurate picture of a godly man with human imperfections.
Jeff Shaara’s story telling ability and attention to detail combine for a fantastic read in Gone for Soldiers. Shaara has spent most of his life reconstructing history bringing many of America’s greatest sons to life. In Gone for Soldiers, we follow the story line of the Mexican War from the battle of Vera Cruz to the occupation of Mexico City. Teachers and historians often overlook the war for the border of Texas, but Shaara shows that it had more of an impact on American history than many realize. In fact, three presidents of the United States were veterans of the Mexican War, and countless generals and commanders of the Civil War, including Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Jackson, and Pierre G.T. Beauregard, to name a few, gained notoriety while fighting side by side against Santa Anna and the rebel Mexican forces. Only God knows if the Union would have finally rallied to victory under Grant and defeated the Confederacy if he had not first made his mark at the battle for Molina del Rey in 1847.
For Christians, Stegner’s written rage is a gift. We have spent too much time reading sanitized Christian fiction, cheering for Kirk Cameron and hanging old Thomas Kincaid’s in our kitchens. Stegner might not have had all the answers, but at least he hated the enemy.
If I had written Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me, I would have included Defense of Poetry by Philip Sidney. This short book reshaped what I knew about truth and, incidentally, also gave me the key to understanding Professor Prior’s wonderful meditations in Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me. Sidney, in Defense of […]
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