Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Insanity of God

by Nik Ripken

This one's a combo coming of age tale and compilation of Christian war stories. Mr. Ripken tells how he became a missionary and served the people devastated by war in Somalia in the early 1990s. He was overwhelmed by the suffering of the people there and was at a loss as to how to minister to persecuted Christians. This sent him on a quest to research the experiences of Christians in other parts of the world who had gone through persecution. The stories he brought back were powerful. His own story, not so much. His experiences in Somalia are compelling in their own right, as important as the tales he shares second hand. But once he starts telling those stories, I found his account of his own reactions somewhat annoying. I was quite capable of feeling amazed, humbled and thankful by myself, thank you very much. Despite that, it is a book worth checking out.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dangerous Days

by Pete Abrams

I've got four other books sitting around with bookmarks in them, yet for some reason I picked up this one and finished it instead of the rest. Okay, I suppose it is the shortest of the lot. That would account for a lot of it. And it's a Sluggy Freelance collection--book 9 of the series--which would account for the rest of it. In this volume Mr. Abrams finishes up the Ayleeorgnet storyline, Torg attends the Hoggelrynth School of Magic, Zoƫ moves back in town, Lord Horribus makes the annual attempt to capture Torg for the Dimension of Pain, and the Kittens return. Be afraid.

This is where I started reading the webcomic, so I've just got to keep it on my shelf.
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

In My Father's Court

by Isaac Bashevis Singer

I grabbed this tome at the Friends of the Library sale because I had read and enjoyed Mr. Singer's Stories for Children years ago. I was once again treated to a well-written and entertaining book. This one's a memoir of Mr. Singer's childhood in early 20th Century Poland. His father was a pious, conservative rabbi, which meant a conservative and somewhat impoverished upbringing. But such a life resulted in a wealth of anecdotes from his family, community and his father's Beth din or rabbinic court.

Putting it on my shelf
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