Saturday, July 30, 2016

Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 2

Edward A. Engelbrecht, General Editor

As you might guess, since volume 1 of the Companion covered the Old Testament, this volume is a guide to the New Testament. It also covers the Apocrypha, and adds a few general articles and a Bible Dictionary. 'Tis another nice reference book to have on my shelf.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Small Favor

by Jim Butcher

This time out, Harry Dresden has ticked off Titania, the fae Queen of Summer. She's sent out her agents to kill him. In the meantime, Harry has to find the missing mob boss Marcone and unravel a plot by the Denarians, a group of fallen angels. It's all told in Mr. Butcher's amusing and engaging style.

check it out
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo

Reading this book was a humbling experience. I really, really should have gone back to college for a humanities degree; or at least taken time to google the gazillion references M. Hugo makes to French history, European history, ancient history and classical literature. At least I got the religious allusions. Anyway, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a man who, as a young man, was arrested and convicted for stealing a loaf of bread. He spends the rest of his life either in prison or looking over his shoulder for the people who want to put him back in prison. It's a remarkable novel and a great bargain. Because, you see, while Jean Valjean is the hero of the novel, almost all of the supporting characters get their own novels, intertwined with Jean Valjean's novel. Okay, maybe only a couple get novels. The rest get novellas. All together in one very thick book. Written in some of the best flowery prose the 19th Century produced. You should get a copy and then put on your shelf after you read it, just like I did.

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Monday, July 04, 2016


by James Bollhagen

Sheesh! It really does take me a year to finish these things!

Dr. Bollhagen takes us on a journey through the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes. Like the other Concordia Commentaries, it's deep and scholarly and Christological. And way over my head, of course. Still it was well worth reading, even if I read it in small doses.

On my shelf!
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