Books

Books

A Concise History of Western Music

In his 30 years as a music critic in New York and London, Paul Griffiths has published more than 2 million words about classical music. In this book he constructs a boiled-down narrative of musical history. The writing reflects a big-city, public, secular approach to the music Griffiths has chosen to include.

Grace Under Fire: Letters of Faith in Times of War

They can laugh about foxhole religion but every front line soldier embraces a little religion and are not ashamed to pray. When you face death hourly and daily you can’t help but believe in Divine Guidance. My faith in God has increased a thousand fold. He has pulled me thru when nothing else could.”

BookMarks

A leading religious journalist who is a columnist and editor at the Toronto Star has written a sort of handbook for thinking about Islam historically, theologically and politically. Siddiqui, a Muslim from India, writes with clarity, wit and balance, though not without moral passion.

Courage to preach

In a recent essay, Marilynne Robinson attributes the struggles of mainline Protestantism to preaching. She claims that the sermon, as the center of worship in the contemporary mainline church, is “pretty nearly defunct.” Is that true, and if so, why?

BookMarks

With her third book of essays Lamott has begun to divide her readers into two camps: those who need another set of essays on Lamott’s life and those who, despite appreciating her earlier work, have had enough.