Book Reviews

He’s Still There and Still Not Silent—Revisiting Francis Schaeffer’s Classic

"Published in 1972 during the 'counterculture'—when everything seemed up for grabs in religion, philosophy, politics, and society—Schaeffer 'understood the times' and knew what Christians needed to do" - Douglas Groothius

413 reads

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Gentleness

"I know what you might be thinking. Gentleness? Really? I don’t think gentleness is going to solve these issues. I’m angry. We need change now! We don’t have time to be gentle. Gentleness, however, may not always look like what you expect. That’s exactly what Scott Sauls...addresses in his new book, A Gentle Answer: Our 'Secret' Weapon In An Age of Us Against Them." - TGC

770 reads

A Good Book for Our Polarized Times: Christ-Centered Conflict Resolution: A Guide for Turbulent Times

"I devoured this 117-page jewel three times in preparation for writing this review. With each journey through, my appreciation increased for its contribution to helping readers aim high for the blessedness of being called a peacemaker (Matt. 5:9)." - TGC

428 reads

What Freddie de Boer’s “The Cult of Smart” Misses About Education

"Though framed and marketed as a study in education policy, The Cult of Smart wants to be much more than that; de Boer wants his readers to rethink the foundations of not merely meritocracy, but the notion of personal responsibility as such." - John Ehrett

386 reads

“Is ‘White Fragility’ a helpful resource for Christians? To that question I give a resounding no.”

"It is built upon the rotten foundation of identity politics. It is becoming increasingly clear that identity politics is establishing itself as nothing less than a competing religion, and one that is very good at dividing but very poor at uniting. That alone should be of significant concern to Christians who want to consider DiAngelo’s case, since she is explicit and unapologetic that her book is built upon that very foundation." - Challies 

1295 reads

Review of Rakove's “Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion (Inalienable Rights)”

"A historian’s 'intentionally provocative' account of religious liberty in America leaves too little room for claims of conscientious dissent." - Mark David Hall

401 reads

White Fragility and Getting White People to Talk About Racism

"I have had quite a number of people ask my opinion about this book [Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism] ... I am going to provide a kind of summary of its contents and then, in a second article, discuss whether it is a helpful resource for Christians. I primarily want to consider the 'story' DiAngelo is telling." - Challies

1265 reads