N.T. Wright, “The Lord and His Prayer”

I like N.T. Wright, and a good friend recommended this book, so I read it. It’s quite short — 89 pages with no index or notes or headings — divided into six chapters that, as their titles suggest, march us sequentially through the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father in Heaven,” “Thy Kingdom Come,” “Give Us This … [Read more…]

Louis Markos, “From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics”

Let’s start with the striking the cover art:  It features photos of statues of Achilles and Christ, with remarkably similar (suffering, eyes heavenward) visages. And, again without yet opening the book, there’s a C.S. Lewis quote on the back cover which might have served as an epitaph:  “The heart of Christianity is a myth which … [Read more…]

Hugh Hewitt, “The Happiest Life”

Hugh Hewitt is a friend.  I met him when we were both lawyers in the Reagan administration; since then he has continued to practice and teach law, but is better known as a political columnist and as a television and radio show host.  He’s also written over a dozen books.  And he’s a Christian. This … [Read more…]

Michael Reeves, “Theologians You Should Know”

The secondary title is, “An Introduction:  From the Apostolic Fathers to the 21st Century,” and the author is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford (and, to his credit, he quotes Oxfordian C.S. Lewis a lot).  It’s a very useful and engaging book. The chapters are: the apostolic fathers, Justin … [Read more…]

George Sayer, “Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis”

This book was originally titled, Jack:  C.S. Lewis and His Times, and the author, who headed the English department at Malvern College in Worcestershire, was a friend of Lewis’s and occasional attendee of meetings of the Inklings.  He met Lewis in 1934 when the latter became the former’s tutor at Oxford, and remained apparently close … [Read more…]