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The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel)
The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel)
by Robert Galbraith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Questions this book provokes, July 25, 2013
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What if an author wrote a page-turner of a mystery story that depicted things about the world whose implications we have not pondered?

What if there were an industry (modeling) that routinely exploited young defenseless women, stripping them of their inhibitions and their clothing, desensitizing them to indignities, disregarding their futures, and at the same time somehow making young women everywhere long to be subjected to the same mistreatment? What if most people thought that nothing could be better for a girl than for her to be so beautiful she would get the chance to sell her soul--not even realizing that was happening--in exchange for hazardous sums of money and undesirable notoriety?

What if nobody stopped to consider that these girls are human beings?

What if instead of defending and protecting these girls, the men who saw them were swept away gawking and lusting?

What if nobody complained about any of this?

What if these women had no one they could trust, no one to defend them--no father, no friend, no brother, no mother? What if one of these women found that the only person she could trust not to sell her stories to the press was a homeless girl she met in rehab? What if one of these girls was nicknamed "Cuckoo," and what if she had no one--neither boyfriend nor uncle--who would take her call when she thought she might be in danger? What if both men were too busy with their own infidelity even to step in and protect a fragile bird from a predator?

Imagine a tender flower--its beauty is bound up with its vulnerability--what would happen to such a flower with no hedge to shield it from the wind, no gardener to protect it from the hail?

Short the life of the lily of the valley transplanted to the mountain ledge.

What if the press, the watchdog media, instead of being concerned about what might be good for these human beings, was part of the apparatus of exploitation and sought only to join in (and profit from) the rapacious misuse of the most delicate flowers, the daintiest birds, of society?

What if the police, instead of protecting and defending and ensuring justice, were overworked, corrupt, unconcerned?

What if the masses wanted to use these birdly flowers for their own pleasure, wanted to take flight like the flowers themselves, never considering whether there would indeed be joy in their fantasized flying?

What if there were a way to show that happiness doesn't necessarily accompany wealth, fame, and beauty?

What if it was the case that a poor, unattractive, crippled man in his mid-thirties could be heroic and enjoy his life? How?

What if he not only had purpose, he had integrity, a strong work ethic, and concern for other people, for truth and justice?

Could it be shown that a man's character is what results in quality of life rather than wealth, beauty, and fame?

What if loving decency and usefulness to others could somehow be held up for emulation? What if this loving decency and usefulness to others could be defined as a sincere concern for other people, an ability to see their needs, and a willingness to serve them by meeting those needs?

What if a story included the sordid aspects of life outside Eden--foul language, fornication, substance abuse, the exploitation of people, broken commandments (idolatry, murder, adultery, theft, etc.)--but such that sin always looked unholy, unwanted? What if a story could be told such that the good was seen to be good precisely through the depiction of the bad?

Is God the author of all that is? How do we respond to the sordid stuff in the story he's telling?

J. K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, addresses these questions in story form in The Cuckoo's Calling.
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From Typology to Doxology: Paul's Use of Isaiah and Job in Romans 11:3435
From Typology to Doxology: Paul's Use of Isaiah and Job in Romans 11:3435
by Andrew David Naselli
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Work, August 7, 2012
This book results from a whole host of good things: the author is one of the brightest scholars in biblical studies, works as hard as anyone the field, is one of the most organized men in the world, and he wrote this book on a superlative text under the superlative supervision of D. A. Carson.

See the foreword posted here: [...]

Naselli dares to understand the argument Paul is making, and readers willing to entertain a sympathetic reading of Paul will derive incalculable benefit from Naselli's clear and compelling explanation.

Remarkably, this is the first book length treatment of Paul's use of the OT in the climactic statement (Rom 11:34-35) of his most important letter--indeed, of perhaps the most important letter ever written--the Epistle to the Romans.

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books
Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books
by Michael J. Kruger
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new resource on the NT canon, April 24, 2012
When I teach biblical hermeneutics, before we actually get to biblical interpretation I try to put down three boundary stones within which we will seek to determine the interpretive perspective of the biblical authors. The first of these has to do with clear thinking. This is a very basic introduction to logical and rhetorical fallacies. We want to be people who think well. The third stone is inerrancy, and the second stone is the subject of this book: the canon of Scripture.

The idea is that we have to think logically and well about the 66 books that have been recognized to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. These are the three boundary stones, the triangular space, within which we pursue the interpretive perspective reflected in what the biblical authors have written. In other words, this is the triangle within which we pursue biblical theology.

Michael J. Kruger has just published a book on the New Testament canon: Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books.

I can tell you right now that this will be a recommended texts for my hermeneutics courses, so if you've already had the class and want to do more reading on this topic, you should check this one out. If you haven't yet had the class (or won't ever have it!) I'm confident that this book will help you think well through "the question about whether the Christian belief in the canon is intellectually justified" (11).

Congratulations and thanks to Michael Kruger and Crossway on this book!
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Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
by Andrew Steinmann
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books like this are good for the brain, March 30, 2012
The standard Hebrew reference grammars (GKC and JM) are not for the light of heart, so I'm always glad to see new efforts to bridge the gap between the elementary textbooks and the reference grammars.

Enter Andrew Steinmann with his Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. Reading books like this one is like eating your broccoli. Other things may have better texture and be a lot more tasty, but like your vegetables this sort of book will keep your brain healthy, well nourished, and it'll do a lot of things for you that you don't realize, wouldn't expect, and didn't know you needed.

Congratulations and gratitude to Andrew Steinmann for another important book!

The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life We Long For, March 30, 2012
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"She would of been a good woman," The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

These words, near the end of Flanner O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," bounced around in my head as I made my way through Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road. The man and son on the road live every day knowing that someone is there to shoot them, just around the bend, in the weeds across the ditch, or coming up behind them. Along with the constant threat, McCarthy's spare prose builds a world in which trinkets and distractions have been stripped away. Neither color nor sunshine decks this landscape. The story confronts us with characters forced moment by moment to recognize what matters.

"No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes. So, he whispered to the sleeping boy. I have you."

The man and son in this predicament testify by their very existence that humans must live for others, else there's no reason to live. And they show us that we cannot live without hope.
World as We Know It

The novel's opening paragraph invokes Plato, Bunyan, Jonah, and Dante:

"In the dream from which he'd wakened he had wandered in a cave where the child led him by the hand. Their light playing over wet flowstone walls. Like pilgrims in a fable swallowed up and lost among the inward parts of some granitic beast. Tolling in the silence the minutes of the earth and the hours and the days of it and the years without cease. Until they stood in a great stone room where lay a black and ancient lake. . . ."

Like Dante finding himself in a dark wood, McCarthy's pilgrim will be led through hell to love not by Virgil but by the child. Like Bunyan's Christian he shoulders his pack, which he will lose on the way to the celestial city. Like Jonah this man's journey and experience are in themselves a message that calls Ninevites to repentance. Like Plato McCarthy seeks to deliver us from the illusion of the cave to know what is real ("forms" are invoked throughout, as is the image of "philosophers chained to a madhouse wall").

McCarthy's pilgrim is loath to wake from dreams of the world as we know it, and McCarthy calls his audience to repent of discontented distraction and awaken to this world, the world of our dreams. At one point the man finds clean water, "water so sweet that he could smell it," and he finds "Nothing in his memory anywhere of anything so good." Savor your next drink of the same.

Like Job's wife, the man's wife gave up (the line "Curse God and die" appears in the novel, followed shortly by the suggestive word "Blessed"). She asserted that those who had survived were "the walking dead in a horror film." She claimed that there was no counterargument, that she hoped "for eternal nothingness." But the counterargument McCarthy shows---not tells---is faith, hope, and self-giving love. These show the bankruptcy of hopeless, faithless existence that ends in nothingness. The man even pled that his wife not kill herself with the words, "For the love of God, woman. . ."
These Three Remain

McCarthy's words depict a world of "The frailty of everything revealed at last," and the story he sets in that world shows that when all else is gone hope, faith, love, and life remain, that a man knows no greater love than to lay down his life for another, that life itself---the fact that we go on living---argues against despair. The birth of the boy was the man's warrant for hope and faith against the devastated despair of his wife that a child had been born into such a world. The man and his wife responded in opposite ways: to her the child was a sorrow that tore out her heart, to him a miracle aglow with goodness:

"They sat at the window and ate in their robes by candlelight a midnight supper and watched distant cities burn. A few nights later she gave birth in their bed by the light of a drycell lamp. Gloves meant for dishwashing. The improbable appearance of the small crown of the head. Streaked with blood and lank black hair. The rank meconium. Her cries meant nothing to him."

The alternatives are clear: death/life; despair/hope; selfishness/love. And in this book the good guys choose life, hope, and love. The good guys never give up. The good guys don't break small promises because it leads to breaking big ones. The good guys carry the fire.

"The nights were blinding cold and casket black and the long reach of the morning had a terrible silence to it. Like a dawn before battle. . . . There were times when he sat watching the boy sleep that he would begin to sob uncontrollably but it wasnt about death. He wasnt sure what it was about but he thought it was about beauty or about goodness. Things that he'd no longer any way to think about at all."

Sharp Contrast

Other religious answers are also contrasted. At one point man and boy encounter a traveler, "a starved and threadbare buddha," and this traveler regards the world and his experience as though nothing matters. When the man asks the buddha, "How would you know if you were the last man on earth?" The buddha says to the man:

"It woudnt make any difference. When you die it's the same as if everybody else did too."

The man replies: "I guess God would know it. Is that it?"

Buddha: "There is no God."

The man: "No?"

McCarthy condemns the buddha's logic by presenting him contradicting himself with the retort: "There is no God and we are his prophets."

The man meets the buddha's nonsensical assertion that he is the prophet of a God who does not exist with a counterargument for the buddha's indifferent rejection of God: "I dont understand how you're still alive. How do you eat?"

The assertion "There is no God" is answered with the counter-assertion "you're still alive." The man seems to be suggesting that life itself is proof of God, evidence against meaninglessness.

To the question "How do you eat?" the begging buddha replies: "People give you things." With these words the buddha confesses that apart from the Christian virtue of charity he has no hope of life. The man has countered the buddha's rejection of God with the fact of the buddha's ongoing life, and the buddha himself has acknowledged that the generosity of others sustains his life. The wider narrative makes plain that generosity and charity spring only from faith in God, from hope that God will deliver and provide, and from love that mimics the very love of Christ, who gave his life that we might live.

As the man and boy move on, the man asks if the buddha will thank the boy for giving him food, but the buddha refuses to do so. Christianity makes gratitude possible, but the buddha will not give the thanks he owes.

This conversation with the buddha shows that love is distinctly Christian. The buddha has no category for love, goodness, or kindness, and the man's suspicious interchange with him also shows how essential trust is to human communication. God is basic to human kindness and essential to human dignity. That is to say, apart from God there can be neither kindness nor dignity. The buddha will not even wish the man and the boy luck, and McCarthy seems thereby to intimate that a belief in God's providence undergirds the kind of luck the man knows the buddha will not wish him. As they leave him, the man tells his son, "There's not a lot of good news on the road" (175). The buddha has no gospel.

The book opens with the man waking to grope for his son, earnest for reassurance that he is there, that they are safe. The book closes with the man going to sleep, choosing not to kill his son before he dies, clearly trusting that though he will not be awake to protect the boy, he can rest knowing that the boy will be safe. For this pilgrim, dying is an act of faith. They have not wandered in a cave but in a world without civilization, a world without forms. The forms are the world we now enjoy, if . . . if McCarthy's Jonah can lead us to repentance by escorting us through the inferno, pilgrims making their way through the ruins of Vanity Fair. McCarthy seems to want us to know that the life we long for is the life we have.

Proverbs: Wisdom that Works (Preaching the Word)
Proverbs: Wisdom that Works (Preaching the Word)
by R. Kent Hughes
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great help to preachers of Proverbs, March 22, 2012
Have you ever wondered how Proverbs might be preached?

When I work my way through a book of the Bible, I like to get a robust exegetical commentary along with a more pastoral one and work through them as I prepare to preach.

The exegetical commentary helps me with historical and background details, gives me a check on the way I'm reading the text, and alerts me to intertextual issues I may have missed. I think the best commentary on Proverbs for these purposes is Bruce Waltke's 2 vol. NICOT set.

The pastoral one is especially useful because it affords an opportunity to see how someone has not only interpreted but illustrated and applied the text. The best commentary for these purposes has just appeared: Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.'s Proverbs, in the Preaching the Word series edited by Kent Hughes.

Ray Ortlund is gospel wise, and I'm thankful that he set his heart and mind to the book of Proverbs. May the Lord bless his word in this book!


The Barber Who Wanted to Pray
The Barber Who Wanted to Pray
by R. C. Sproul
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spur to Family Devos, October 5, 2011
If you're needing a little encouragement to do family devotions, or if you're looking to spur someone in that direction, you'll want to get your hands on The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R. C. Sproul and T. Lively Fluharty. This book is a great encouragement to be reading the Bible, singing the Bible, and especially praying the Bible with our families. And it's beautiful.

The message of the book is simple: pray the ideas in the Lord's prayer, the ten commandments, and the Apostle's Creed. This point is made through a poignant account of an encounter between Martin Luther and his barber, into whose hands Luther put his life. It's only gradually revealed that Luther is the outlaw with the price on his head who sits down in the barber's chair.

I read this book aloud to my older two sons, who have learned a little about Luther and are a little familiar with the reformation. When the moment of revelation came, they gasped aloud, exclaiming, "Martin Luther!" That reaction, for me, was the best part of us reading this book.

What will keep me coming back to this book, and what has me even now marveling at it, turning its pages slowly, are the works of art it contains. Don't get me wrong: I believe in the importance of praying Scripture, and I love stories about Martin Luther. But the paintings by T. Lively Fluharty deserve more contemplation and consideration than can be given as a parent reads this book aloud to children who want to hear how things turn out.

R. C. Sproul has told a great story here, and T. Lively Fluharty brings it alive with lasting beauty.

If you're looking for a good gift as we near the Christmas season, this would be a good book to put in the hands of anyone who has children, anyone who wants to pray, or anyone who might be drawn by great art to the God who works for those who wait for him.

If you like this one, don't miss Fool Moon Rising by Kristi and T. Lively Fluharty (what a name that guy has!).

I don't know if Fluharty has captured the historical circumstances, or if he just has a thing for cats, but judging from his paintings, Luther's town was over-run by them. [There's a mouse in the last painting, and that little guy is glad that these are Muggle paintings. If they were housed in Hogwarts, the cats from previous pages would be on the chase.]

Crossway is committed to truth, goodness, and beauty. You can see it in projects like this one. Praise God for Sproul and Fluharty, and praise God he has given us his own word to pray back to him.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
by Tony Reinke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Tony Reinke help you read, September 28, 2011
I love books. I love literature. I'm really grateful for the way the Lord has used books in my own life, and I'm really confident that those who deal in words, people who preach and teach, have much to gain from the best put thoughts of the clearest thinkers the world has known. Add to these realities my deep appreciation for Tony Reinke, and it's not hard to guess that I'm pre-disposed to be really excited about his new book, Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books.

Predisposed to like it, and having read it, I'm thrilled to commend it. Walt Harrington says this about the reading habits of George W. Bush:

"I was struck by his many references to history. In the back of my mind was an article that Karl Rove had written for The Wall Street Journal in 2008, which revealed (much to the consternation of the president's derisive critics) that Bush had read 186 books for pleasure in the preceding three years, consisting mostly of serious historical nonfiction."

"He also invited me to his house, where I found books by John Fowles, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Gore Vidal lying about, as well as biographies of Willa Cather and Queen Victoria. A few years later, I might even have thought they had been purposely left there for the eyes of a reporter, but not on that unstaged evening. Laura would eventually write that even then, George read every night in bed."

"I also found an open Bible in the house. "I've read it cover to cover, and it wouldn't hurt you, Walt, to do the same," Bush said, laughing. Within the last year, W. had begun a new lifetime regimen of daily Bible readings, as I and all of America would later learn."""He certainly enjoys reading and talking about books. And his friends know it. On his desk is a stack of books that have come as gifts: All Things Are Possible Through Prayer;Basho: The Complete Haiku;Children of Jihad; and Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children. To the pile, I add my own gift, Cleopatra by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. Right now, Bush is reading Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life, a biography of the first president. "Chernow's a great historian," Bush says excitedly. "I think one of the great history books I read was on Alexander Hamilton by Chernow. But I also read House of Morgan,Titan, and now I'm reading Washington.""

"He mentions David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter, a book about the Korean War that he read before a visit last year to Korea, to give a speech to evangelicals. "I stand up in front of 65,000 Christians to give a speech in South Korea ... ," he says, "and I'm thinking about the bloody [battles] fought in the Korean War." Halberstam's book--coupled with earlier readings of David McCullough's Truman and Robert Beisner's Dean Acheson, a biography of Truman's secretary of state presented to him by Bush's own secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice--gave the event deeper resonance. The decisions of the unpopular President Harry S Truman, he realized, made it possible for a former U.'S. president to speak before freely worshipping Koreans 60 years later. "So history, in this case, gave me a better understanding of the moment, and ... put it all into context--the wonder of the moment.""

"I tick off a partial list of people Bush has read books about in recent years in addition to Washington, Truman, and Acheson: Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Huey Long, Lyndon Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ulysses S. Grant, John Quincy Adams, Genghis Khan."

""Genghis Khan?" I ask incredulously."

""I didn't know much about him. I was fascinated by him. I guess I've always been fascinated by larger-than-life figures. That's why I'm looking forward to reading Cleopatra. I know nothing about her. ... But you can sit there and be absorbed by TV, let the news of the moment consume you. You can just do nothing. I choose to read as a form of relaxation. ... Laura used to say, `Reading is taking a journey,' and she's right.""

"He remembers Richard Carwardine's Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (one of 14 Lincoln biographies Bush read while he was president), . . ."

And this is just a sampling. There's more about the reading Bush has done. Fascinating. Inspiring.

Do you want to read more?

Tony can tell you how to get it done. You won't regret learning from him, and you won't regret getting this book.

The Monster in the Hollows (Wingfeather Saga)
The Monster in the Hollows (Wingfeather Saga)
by Andrew Peterson
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a story!, May 25, 2011
It was a lovely May morning under the arbor on our bricked back porch. We love family time. We love being out in the morning before the sun has climbed high and grown hot. And we love a good story.

We had been waiting for this story for months. To our great delight it finally arrived, and there in the early cool of the day we read its final pages. Our hearts were thrilled with the song of the stones, the terrors of the deeps of throg, a family fighting through affliction, heroes and villains, friends and foes, laughter and tears.

There's much to ponder in The Wingfeather Saga, much about the way the Maker moves, about the way it's always too early to quit, about the way the Maker takes a failure and makes a flourish, about how singing for love rather than power will make a bent song beautiful, and on and on . . . And this isn't just a book for the kids to think about, though think on it they should and will.

The Monster in the Hollows isn't what you think, but it is Book Three in the Wingfeather Saga. Reading these stories as a family has been made more fun as we follow Andrew Peterson's progress on his blog and twitter updates, as we see the way other readers react in song and form to the tales he tells, and as we pray that the Lord will continue to cause his gaze to pierce into the way things really are.

Andrew Peterson is a lover of language, a poet with a heart full of melody. And hope. And joy. And faith. And love. More than once as I read this book aloud to my boys my voice choked with emotion. More than once I paused to read and re-read lines for their loveliness. And as we slowly savored the sorrow and joy, the triumph and tragedy in those final pages of the book, I found it more beautiful than I had hoped it could be. In the night, hope lives on. We read those final pages slowly, then read them again, and again.

What would it have been like to have read The Chronicles of Narnia as old Clive Staples finished them? What would it have been like to read along with Tolkien as he produced The War of the Ring? We won't know, but if you jump in right now, you can read along with Andrew Peterson as he moves toward the completion of The Wingfeather Saga, and you can join us in asking the Maker to bless Andrew as he seeks to be used to seal the song in the soul, to write the word on the heart, and to fill the sight with the form of the beauty of a better world.
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The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion
The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Honoring God in the Digital Age, April 5, 2011
Tim Challies can be counted on to shoot straight. His book reviews are valuable precisely because he's not afraid to say that a book is terrible, and as he refuses to beat around the bush, he evaluates from a perspective of sound theology and biblical wisdom, loving discretion and insightful discernment. Tim's first book, in fact, was on Discernment, and the one that released today is The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion. I'm grateful to have received an advanced reading copy, and I'm excited to commend this book to you. I need it. My family needs it. The people with whom I'm in covenant need it.

Do you need it? Consider these questions:

Do you catch yourself frittering moments away, distractedly clicking from one webpage tab to another, going from your email to your reader to other sites you frequent? Have you caught yourself compulsively checking email or twitter or facebook at every break in conversation or at the end of every paragraph you read? Have you felt a suspicion creeping around on the margin of your mind, warning you that new technologies are reshaping your daily life? Have you wondered what that implies about your friends and children? Do you feel a vague anxiety about whether to get the latest gadget? Is there something deeper, something under the surface, of which these questions are only symptoms? Or maybe you've concluded that all these newfangled developments are just evil, placing blame on technology rather than on the people who make use of it?

In The Next Story, Tim Challies serves all of us as we face these questions. This book applies the gospel to life in the digital age. Tim has read widely on what technology is, on how it affects us individually, and on how it has changed the water in our fishbowl. He's not only done the research, he's meditated on it in light of the Scriptures.

I've seen some claims that Tim does more describing than prescribing in this book, and while that is the case (he says so himself, in fact!), it does not mean that he offers no recommendations. In fact, it may be that the light touch with which he exposes idolatry strikes the mortal blow to it. By addressing the root issue. Tim's tone isn't that of the preacher shouting imperatives, but as he discusses the way that God's good gift of technology is perverted when sinful hearts use it to worship money or sex or power or influence, as he explores the glory of un-mediated communion with God and other people, wisdom's call can be heard in the street. Those with ears to hear are summoned to worship God and love the brethren, and they won't need detailed prescriptions for applying wisdom and Christ-likeness to their own lives. They will be spurred to mortify the flesh, to renew their commitment to what matters and what is true, and to keep digital communication in its minor, supplemental role, a convenient tool but never a replacement for the face to face.

This book is theoretical, theological, and practical, and the fact that you're reading this post proves that you live in the digital age. If you want to understand that reality, I know of no better book on the issue than The Next Story.

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