Books I Have Read: Recovering the Full Mission of God

I came across a new (for me) acronym today: “tldr” which means “too long, didn’t read”. This is not going to be a long post and you should read it, but if you can only cope with highlights; this is a brilliant book and you should buy it. I have already given severe quotes from Recovering […]

Books I Have Read: The Hunger Games Trilogy

You may already have read The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy), or perhaps seen the first film in the series (the second one is just out) and so you know what the story is all about. For those who are not aware of it, the story is set in a dystopian future with a repressive government […]

Books I Have Read: The King In His Beauty

Without doubt, Schreiner’s King in His Beauty, The: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments is a contender for the best book I have read this year. Essentially, it is a trip through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, showing how the theme of the Kingdom of God links the different books into a coherent […]

Books I Have Read: The Ministry of a Messy House

I’m not sure how to describe this book. At one level it is easy to describe it; it’s an excellent book, well written and genuinely easy to read. I don’t have the slightest hesitation in recommending that you read it. My difficulty, is that I’m not sure how to classify it. It is part guide […]

Books I Have Read: Spillover

I don’t think I’ve ever met a virus I didn’t like. Let me clarify that; I don’t actually like being infected by viruses and I’m very aware of the devastation they can wreak, but they are absolutely fascinating. If you don’t think viruses are extraordinary; you haven’t studied them! If you would like to know […]

Books I Have Read: Boy Racer

This is one of those rather difficult book reviews; if you follow road cycling, you will probably have read (or are planning to read) Boy Racer by Mark Cavendish – the greatest spring cyclist of our generation. OK, I’m biased, I like cycling, and ‘Cav’ is the nearest thing to a sporting hero that I have. But […]

Books I’ve Read: Missionary, Mercenary, Mystic, Misfit

I’ve spent a good deal of my life around the fringes of the relief and aid ‘industries’ and I continue to be fascinated with the way in which development organisations go about their business. Many of the issues they deal with such as sustainability, dependency and donor expectations are ones that I come across in […]

Books I’ve Read: Varia

Over the past few weeks, during a dose of shingles, I’ve been raiding the Kindle store for cheap or free books to give me something easy to read. Here are my brief thoughts on a few of them. Death of a Snob (Hamish Macbeth): the pick of the bunch. A pleasing Agatha Christie like mystery […]

Books I’ve Read: Children of the Revolution

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a huge fan of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks novels. In fact, after I read the last one in the series (Watching the Dark), I went back and read all 20 of them in chronological order. Having previously read the books in a rather haphazard fashion – depending on what I […]

Books I Have Read: Cloud Atlas

I think this is a first for me; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie and then decided that I really wanted to read the book it was based on. I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed by Cloud Atlas; I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and thoroughly enjoyed the novel, even though I only […]