A New Name, Emma Scrivener Emma Scrivener’s memoir of her battle with anorexia opens with the author, a 27 year old talented Bible college student blacking out as she suffers the effects of her condition. She asks this confronting question: is anorexia sickness or sin? Her answer is that Jesus came […]
Having never read even one book about Iceland before, this year I have read two historical fiction novels set in Iceland.
Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic is a defence of the emotionality of Christianity. He’s not trying to convince you why Christianity is rational, but why it is beautiful. In line with his aim, Spufford’s writing is lyrical and a bit rambly. You might find yourself thinking ‘just get to the point’ if […]
In The Woodlands, we’re introduced to Rosa who lives in a world dominated by ‘The Superiors’ who apparently rule her world in an effort to ‘correct our faults’ after Rosa’s people lost a war. The Superiors are obsessed with race and have implemented some sort of program of cross-breeding to […]
Surprised by Oxford is a memoir of Carolyn Weber‘s (then Carolyn Drake) first year at Oxford. She arrives in the autumn and by spring has become a Christian. This is a story of how you might wish all evangelism went. She meets a stack of incredibly smart, thoughtful people who […]
The English teacher in me surfaces every now and then so I still enjoy checking out Young Adult fiction.
Hearing and Knowing: Theological Reflections on Christianity in Africa is written by Mercy Oduyoye, arguably Africa’s foremost female theologian. A Ghanian, her perspective is shaped by a different context from the one we find ourselves in. Nevertheless, she brings some strikingly relevant questions, in particular, what does Christianity offer to […]