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The Incarnation of God


The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology – Clark, John; Johnson, Marcus Peter This was a great book that magnifies Jesus Christ through and through. The authors emphasize again and again that we are saved by all that Jesus was, is, and did as God-man – not merely his death. There is…

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Biblical Dogmatics


Biblical Dogmatics – Voigt, Andrew George (1917) This is a good little Systematic Theology from the early 20th century. It is from a conservative Lutheran position so there were some perspectives I hadn’t encountered before, but that was, in large part why I read it. I’m exploring this branch of Protestant Reformation thought at the moment, so it was nice…

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The Brothers Karamazov


My five or so year long quest to read The Brothers Karamazov has come to an end. I’m just glad it’s over. I devoured Crime and Punishment but this one never hooked me. Many people praise it highly, so maybe it’s just me, there we’re brilliant moments but on the whole it was one long slog full of wretched characters.

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Ben’s top 6 books of 2017


Why 6? Cause it’d be disingenuous to give more than 10% the top spot. This year I tried to read in 4 categories: fiction light, fiction heavy, non-fiction light, non-fiction heavy. What made each category was a bit subjective, and sometimes I’d move an item to a different category mid-book as I found it to be mis-categorized. My two regrets…

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The Silk Roads


The Silk Roads is an entirely fascinating book. It’s extremely readable and covers a huge amount of time (a few hundred B.C. to today) from the perspective of the region of the world between the Mediterranean and the Pacific (mostly focused in Iran and the -stans). Fun and eye-opening, it makes me far more interested in those regions and in…

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Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry


Jayber Crow is excellent and captivating. Don’t read if you live away from friends & family where you grew up, it will make you terribly homesick and long for a simple life in which people had sensible jobs that needed to get done. Sometimes fun, sometimes heart-wrenching story about the life of the Port William barber and lots of the…

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Nope, still Protestant, very Protestant


Since I live in an Orthodox country and have long found myself drawn to high churchy things I visited services here in English and after the service got to chat with some of the westerners who had become Orthodox. They were quite eager to share their conversion to Orthodoxy and recommended Ware’s The Orthodox Church . I was told it was what really…

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Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010


Coming Apart by Charles Murray sheds some light on two parts of America I don’t completely understand, finding myself between them both it seems. I’m no statistician so I skimmed a bit of part one, and probably would recommend others to do the same, go back & dig later depending on your interest. Basically he discusses how elite America has and…

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Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence


Fight by Preston Sprinkle is a book that’ll really make you think. Even if you don’t agree with all of his conclusions, as I do not, I think you’ll be challenged by the case he makes. I would especially recommend it to any Christian thinking of going into or in the military or law enforcement. And if your church has an…

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Spurgeon – Dallimore


Dallimore’s Spurgeon is a relatively easy, short read that offers a glimpse of the life and accomplishments of CH Spurgeon. It is more topical than chronological, though within that constraint he does organized chronologically as much as possible. (Everything pre-Metropolitan Tabernacle is before that, most of his last days are in one section, etc.) However, much like some of Dallimore’s…

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