Books

Books

Tree of Smoke: A Novel

Late in Denis Johnson’s novel, one of his many defeated, aimless characters, Bill Houston, surveys what Johnson elsewhere calls “the cancelled life”:
He’d lived almost twenty-five years, his hardships colored in his own mind as youthful adventures, someday to be followed by a period of intense self-betterment, then accomplishment and ease.

Books in search of an author

"Of making many books there is no end,” says Ecclesiastes. Certainly more books are made than can be read, and many are produced that probably didn’t need to be. But there are some books that yet need to be written. Here are six suggestions:

Overcoming Life's Disappointments

Joy and gratitude are the subjects of many popular books. There are workshops on grief and anger and a library of literature on depression. And yet disappointment sits in the corner, a much neglected feeling. This neglect is surprising given that there is so much potential for disappointment in the United States.

Everything Must Change

Brian McLaren may not eat locusts or wear clothing made of camel’s hair. But in Everything Must Change, this modern-day prophet issues a piercing critique of a U.S.

BookMarks

Reading Paul is a very accessible introduction to the theology of the apostle Paul. Gorman writes with the conviction that we read Paul best when we read him as speaking to us for God.