Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Book Blurbs)

Yesterday Josh Dyson published an excellent piece on Fahrenheit 451, “Freedom in the Fire,” so I thought today would be a good day to share my Book Blurb on the novel as well. I finally got around to reading this book last summer, and I realize I should have done so much sooner. It has features of character development that could be better, but Bradbury’s portrayal of … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Book Blurbs)

Political Thought: A Student’s Guide by Hunter Baker (Book Blurbs)

Baker provides a succinct and helpful introduction to political thought. He includes brief surveys of major political philosophers such as Hobbes, Mill, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as surveying some key political themes like justice, order, and freedom. He does an excellent job of surveying the role of government generally and specific Christian contribution to government. This is an excellent introduction in both clarity and … Continue reading Political Thought: A Student’s Guide by Hunter Baker (Book Blurbs)

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Book Blurbs)

This book was even better than expected. It is thought-provoking, wonderfully written, and told in an interesting way, mixing flashbacks with inward thoughts and dialogue in the flow of the narrative. It is particularly helpful for our present day which still deals with issues of race and the role of the government, both of which stand at the center of the conflict in the novel. … Continue reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Book Blurbs)

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Book Blurbs)

I’ve been meaning to read this for years, and it did not disappoint. Brilliant storytelling, extensive research, and a compelling story, this exceeded my high expectations. Larson succeeds in weaving together threads of multiple storylines while keeping the central narrative of the World’s Fair in primary perspective. This book encapsulates everything from architectural marvels to insights into the mind of a psychopath to a vision … Continue reading Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Book Blurbs)

Silence by Shusaku Endo (Book Blurbs)

Book Blurbs is a series of posts that provide short recommendations of good books in a variety of genres to help get the next great book in your hands.  Endo’s Silence is a phenomenal work of historical fiction. Set in 17th century Japan, Silence tells the story of Sebastian Rodrigues, a Jesuit missionary priest who enters Japan with a fellow priest named Garrpe during the … Continue reading Silence by Shusaku Endo (Book Blurbs)