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The Book I Wanted To Write

The Book that Made Your World How the Bible Created the Soul of Western CivilizationI love books that give the big picture. I also enjoy books that give details and argue over interesting and important minutia. Books that do both tend to be hit or miss, in my experience. The Book That Made Your World does both, and does them pretty well.

The book is thick, but don’t let that deter you. Vishal Mangalwadi argues, in clear and concise prose, for the basis of many specific good attributes of Western Civilization upon the Christian Bible. Addressing the roots of liberty (government and morality), compassion (medicine), the free market (trust), missionary work, education, and several other key aspects of a successful culture, Mangalwadi shows how Western Civilization has done the best job of creating and growing these, and how their current forms and expressions (as distinct from what we may have considered their historic forms) are directly or indirectly attributable to the Bible and Christianity in general, and often, the Reformation in particular.

It has been a dream of mine to write a book arguing factually for the supremacy of conservative ideology and Christian theology and their connection and relationship. While not addressing conservative ideology specifically, by nature of expressing support for the primary forms of Western Civilization as being tremendously beneficial to the entire world, The Book That Made Your World essentially is a book of conservative thought. And by showing the basis of these systems of our culture in Biblical Christianity, Mangalwadi has written a book critical to our world and culture at this time.

Disclaimer added under protest due to the anti-free speech ambitions of the Obama administration: I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and BookSneeze.com in exchange for writing a review. They did not pressure me in any way to write a favorable review.

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King
The White Horse King

Growing up my dad read to us many books, and one that I recall most fondly was Charles Dicken’s “A Child’s History Of England“. The stories of kings and great men, battles won and lost, all the stories that make up the history of the great land of England help my siblings and I in rapt attention around the dinner table.

And now comes a new book focused specifically on Alfred, the only king in the history of England to earn the appellation “the Great” attached to his name.

Alfred was responsible for renewing and rebuilding the fight against the ravaging Danish vikings, building an effective defensive and offensive military force, and rekindling the flames of education and knowledge in 9th century Wessex. He also built the strength and respect of the kingdom of Wessex and of the entirety of Anglo-Saxon England until his sons were able to consolidate the entirety of England under a single throne.

In his story of this the only Great King of English history, Benjamin Merkle presents an accessible, readable, and enjoyable retelling of Alfred the Great, the White Horse King.

While he appears to be gushing, in fan boy fashion, over this hero of ancient time, Benjamin present sufficient evidence to show this is not simply a figment of his own fancy. When there is disagreement regarding the life of Alfred, Benjamin references the different viewpoints and then gives his reasons for accepting one side or the other.

I came away from this book with an image of a truly great man, a man who, in humility and a cognizance of the great responsibilities of authority, led his nation well. With continual seeking of God’s will and of finding the better and the best way, Alfred truly deserves being named the Great.

Review: Orthodox Study Bible

As a member of the Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Book Review Bloggers, I spent a few weeks exploring the Orthodox Study Bible and here is my review:

The Orthodox Study Bible is an excellent resource for studying the Bible.

As a Christian of the evangelical protestant theology, I do not agree with several of the positions expounded upon by the study and commentary resources available in this Bible, but I found the explanations clear, concise, and well constructed.

The quality of publication is good. The only complaint is that the pages are very thin, making “read through” a bit of an issue. The text from one page is readable through the next. However, this is relatively common for Bibles and not a serious issue.

The layout, organization, and font choice are easy on the eyes and allow quick access to the many informative and explanatory study resources included alongside the text.

As with my other experiences with Orthodox churches and philosophy, the Orthodox Study Bible excels at clear and accessible explanations of what are commonly complex and difficult issues of theology. Bringing many ancient opinions and explanations alongside the clearly translated text, the illumination of the salient points in any given passage is deep and expansive.

I recommend the Orthodox Study Bible for anyone interested in learning more about the Orthodox perspective of the Christian faith or seeking to understand the perspectives of ancient Christians on their faith.