Book Reviews

Reading List for March, 2020: Reason, Faith, Churchill, and more…

Slim pickings this month…still, some quality books.

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Another Narnia book read with the boys at the lunch table. This one has a fair amount of backstory, lots of adventure, and of course, Reepicheep.

On another note, my second-born (age 12) is really getting into this series.

Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization
by Samuel Gregg

I’ve read other books that deal with the relationship/tension between Athens and Jerusalem – including, most recently The Right Side of History by Ben Shapiro. However, I must say that Faith, Reason, and the Struggle for Western Civilization is without a doubt the best treatment of the subject I have read to date. Author Samuel Gregg analyzes the founding principles of what we call “the West”, going back to both Old Testament and Ancient Greek roots. Continuing through history, he shows faith and reason at their best and at their worst.

I found his treatment of the enlightenment to be especially…well…enlightening.

This is not an overly long book, but it is packed with good information – well worth your time.

Post script: Gregg spends some time differentiating between the French and English versions of the enlightenment. I would really like to explore this further. Has anybody out there come across an author who deals with this subject in depth?

A Little Book for New Philosophers by Paul Copan

Having enrolled in a Philosophy course at the local university, I’ve dedicated more reading time to the subject of philosophy in general. A work entitled “A Little Book for New Philosophers” seemed like a good place to start.

And it was. Writing to Christians just getting started in philosophical studies, author Paul Copan provides needed information, foundations, and warnings that are essential to navigating the treacherous waters of academia. I would go so far as to say that students of other disciplines might find this book helpful as well.

Were this book available in Portuguese, I would buy a copy for each of my Christian classmates.

The Last Lion: Visions of Glory by William Manchester

I remember perusing my Dad’s copy of William Manchester’s “Last Lion” series as a teenager. Ever since then, Manchester (now unfortunately deceased) has been one of my favorite authors. His biography of General Douglas MacArthur is one of the best I have read.

Though I picked up “The Last Lion, Visions of Glory” again pre-corona, the lessons from the life of Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest crisis leader in modern history, have been profound.

I you want some inspiring reading while in quarantine this should be high on your list.

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