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The Curiosity Index (13.04.2018)

The Women of T4G I don’t really know anything about T4G, I’m not following it or watching it or to be honest all that interested, but this by Melissa Edginton showed up in my RSS feed (which by the way is how you should get your content and avoid social media). She made this interesting aside: Most women’s conferences have nothing at all to do with theology, while today I sat and listened to Kevin DeYoung teach for an hour about the immutability of God. There is a huge gulf…

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The Curiosity Index (07.09.2017)

An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines I’ve grown to appreciate how Brett & Kate McKay integrate their faith on their site The art of manliness. More often they produce fun stuff like how to ride a motorcycle but here use it to encourage spiritual growth. For the soul to strengthen, it has to be trained in a consistent, deliberate way. Just like your physical muscles, it needs something to push against, it needs resistance. If you really want your spirit to be able to soar to adventurous heights and explore the profoundest of depths,…

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Book Review: Dominion

Every now & then I get bogged down in my reading, too many theological tomes and sooner or later the river of reading runs dry. It’s at those points that I pick up a fiction book to get things flowing again. Having read several of CJ Sansom’s medieval mysteries I knew he was a good writer and I knew he could convey history well, so I had some confidence in choosing Dominion. Set in 1950s London it’s a pacey thriller with all the right elements to keep the pages turning.…

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Book Review: Gilead

What amounts to a life well lived? What kind of person would you be at the end of your days? It’s a question not enough us ask and more of us would do well to reflect on. We’re too busy living to reflect on whether we’re making a good job of it or not. Gilead is the reflection of Rev John Ames, an old man writing to his young son a series of extended letters to help his son know his father and what matters. Setting Ames in rural America…

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Book Review: Heartstone

  Every now and then I need a break from theological works and a good murder mystery usually does the trick. Heartstone is the fifth in the Shardlake stories and having enjoyed the previous four I was looking forward to this one. There are lots to enjoy; I like the main character Matthew Shardlake, the humpback London lawyer. Kind hearted, slightly self-pitying and a persistent terrier when it comes to his cases. All the other supporting characters have grown on me too. Sansom tells a story well and keeps the pages…

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Book Review: The girl who played with fire

The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson is the second in his bestselling trilogy after The girl with the dragon tattoo. It continues the adventures of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander although this time the prominent roles are switched with Salander being the central character. As with the first I found it a page turner and I think Larsson paces the book really well that brings the book first simmering and then to the boil. Salander begins to mature, calm down and grow up and then finds herself accused…

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Book Review: Before the Frost

Both my reading and reviewing have been slow so far this year, partly because planning and preparing for a big move takes up a lot of spare time and mental energy so this is an attempt to catch up. Having readThe girl with the dragon tattoo last year on a trip to Sweden, I thought I’d try another Swedish mystery and so turned to the bestselling Wallander series by Henning Mankell. I randomly chose Before the Frost. In so many ways Mankell is the superior writer to Larsson, the prose…

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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and was one of the best-selling books of the past couple of years. Larsson was from Sweden and I just went there on holiday so I bought it at the airport. Why not? It is a cracking page-turner of a thriller that has edge, pace, character, plot twists and some genuine tension. The writing is good (as is the translation) and it’s easy to see why it has sold so many copies and why…

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