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Book Review: God and Donald Trump (Stephen Strang)

This book contains little about Donald Trump’s personal faith and worldview. The author, Stephen Strang, believes there’s not much to say on the topic: “My aim in taking on this project has not been to write Donald Trump’s spiritual biography—that would have been a very short book” (page 169). Whether or not intentional, this remark parallels…

Book Review: Bible Nation (Candida Moss and Joel Baden)

Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby tells the story of the Green Family, their company (Hobby Lobby), and their Museum of the Bible. The authors set themselves an admirable goal: Though their perspectives are quite different than the Green family, they aimed to write a balanced narrative with empathy for positions other than…

Book Review: America’s Pastor (Grant Wacker)

Some biographies have the energy and immediacy of a radio broadcaster’s play-by-play. America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation has the measured, thoughtful analysis of an end-of-year magazine analysis. Dialogue and narrative tension never speed the place up. But Wacker also never gets so bogged down in details that the pace slows to…

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Book Review: Calvin Coolidge (David Greenberg)

David Greenberg’s Calvin Coolidge is a short, approachable biography that strikes an almost perfect balance between rigorous scholarship and readability. The main narrative runs only 159 pages, showing a brevity appropriate for its taciturn subject. Of ten chapters, the first deals with his life pre-politics, the second with his political rise, and the final chapter with…

G.A. Henty and the Christian Worldview (Condensed)

This article was originally published in Home School Digest, Volume 18, Number 3. At the time it was published, around seven years ago, several publishers and distributors were actively marketing Henty’s books to homeschooling parents as safe, educational books for their children, written from a Christian worldview. When this article came out, it caused so…

G.A. Henty and the Christian Worldview (Full)

This article was originally published in Home School Digest, Volume 18, Number 3. At the time it was published, around seven years ago, several publishers and distributors were actively marketing Henty’s books to homeschooling parents as safe, educational books for their children, written from a Christian worldview. When this article came out, it caused so…

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Book Review: Healing in God’s Time (Donna Clark Goodrich)

Even though he spent several years in the Speer Family band, Dave Clark is one of those names you might not know unless you read album credits. But if you do read album credits, you know that—even if he’s primarily known for over twenty #1 CCM hits—the list of Southern Gospel songs he’s written or…

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Book Review: Then Sings My Soul (Douglas Harrison)

Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music is an academic analysis of Southern Gospel history and culture. Its author, Doug Harrison, describes himself as a former Evangelical Christian, an Associate Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University, and openly homosexual. The book is an attempt to reinterpret Southern Gospel through these viewpoints….

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Book Review: Then Sings My Soul, Book 3 (Robert J. Morgan)

(Editorial note: No, this is not the review of Doug Harrison’s upcoming and already controversial book by the same name. That review is scheduled for May 4th. Yes, there are two books on Christian music with the same title and published in the same twelve month period. Not only was Morgan’s first—it is the third…