February-March Reading Report

This report is coming in a little late after March’s internet woes. How about you — read any good books lately?

February

Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis (aloud w/ Candace)

Good story; rebuke of ugly, arrogant secular humanism / Darwinian naturalism and celebration of Christian worldview. Some beautiful passages.

The Gospel and the Mind, Brad Green

It was illuminating and rewarding to go back and see how many thoughts and convictions I simply take for granted now originated under the instruction of Dr. Green.

Knowing God, J.I. Packer (school)

The key book in my Christian and theological development, revisited 5 years later. Dynamite.

Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth, Doug Wilson and Doug Jones

A series of essays on the Medieval vision of the good life, one which they think far out-strips the sterile and life-sucking alternative of modernity. They not only defend a much-maligned period of history, but offer a vision for what the future could be like, should these principles be recaptured. They address everything from theology to agrarianism to beauty to hierarchy.

The War Between the States: America’s Uncivil War, John J. Dwyer

This textbook was produced by Dwyer, with the help of editors Steve Wilkins, George Grant, Doug Wilson, et. Al. Obviously, it represents the “minority report” on what the “War Between the States” was all about. Though Dwyer is obviously concerned to correct the common presuppositions most Americans bring to these discussions, I thought he did a good job of bringing out the admirable and heroic figures on the Northern side, as well. Lots of good biographical profiles of various figures; many good illustrations.

Perelandra, C.S. Lewis (aloud w/ Candace )

Deep reflections on temptation, sin, Satan, the fall, and redemption. Powerful imagery of the destiny of mankind in the fullness of time, even ruling over angels. Somewhat drawn out at points, particularly for read-aloud purposes.

March

Created in God’s Image, Anthony Hokema (for school)

This has become the standard monograph on the doctrine of humanity from a Reformed Evangelical perspective. Easy to read, thorough without belaboring; Hokema is a talented communicator.

The Person of Christ, Donald Macleod (for school)

This is about the third time I have read this book (reviewed here), and it keeps getting better.

The Cross of Christ, John Stott (for school)

This was my first read of this modern classic. Stott loves the cross, and makes me love it more, too.

That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis

Fascinating page-turner! Not only fascinating interaction with King Arthur legend, the Bible, and mythology, but penetrating insights into human pride.

Let’s Study Mark! Sinclair Ferguson

My favorite author on a favorite book of the Bible. Fantastic devotional application and biblical-theological depth.

Keep in Step with the Spirit, J.I. Packer (for school)

This was a wonderful book; great explanation of various historic models of holiness, Spirit’s work as Christo-centric, etc. Packer is very fair and charitable wit Charismatic movement, while still sticking to his guns on the Spirit’s primary new covenant ministry as pointing to Christ.

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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2 Responses to February-March Reading Report

  1. Aaron R. Gilbert says:

    Eric, it is good to see all of the great stuff you are reading. Keep it up! I read both Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra a few months ago. Now I am on That Hideous Strengh after I finish a book by Richard Winter titled “Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment.” – This is a very good book written from a Christian perspective. Winter teaches as Covenant Theolorical Seminary in St. Louis and is a praticing psychiatrist. You should definitely read it! Love you bro!!

  2. Eric Smith says:

    Aaron, it is GREAT to hear from you, brother! Thank you for reading – your book sounds so interesting! Holler at me and let me know what’s going on with you these days. Love you too, Eric

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