Category Archives: Books

Point and Counterpoint

Yesterday I posted links to a couple of articles by Yuval Levin attempting to speak intelligently about Our Current Moment from a place where ethics, economics, politics, and sociology meet.  Since then, another couple of articles have made their way … Continue reading

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On Hold and Keeping Place

Navigating the facts and opinions of Our Current Moment can be a daunting task: you can always choose one news source, I suppose, but that becomes it’s own echo-chamber.  So it’s nice to find sources that can give a critical … Continue reading

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“For the Sake of Your Love”

It’s taken a few days, but I think I’ve found a decent morning routine for “spring break” that could easily last me for the next month depending on how school scheduling works out.  A good almost hour-long walk in the … Continue reading

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Where Allegory and Story Converge

From a letter of Tolkien’s to Sir Stanley Unwin dated 31 July 1947 (written in response to comments made by Rayner Unwin): I cannot bear funny books or plays myself, I mean those that set out to be all comic; … Continue reading

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“The Whole Story”

From a letter written to Christopher Tolkien by his father dated 28 December 1944: I am glad the third lot of Ring arrived to date, and that you liked it– although it seems to have added to yr. homesickness.  It … Continue reading

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Reading Mark throughout Lent

This year Mark provides the Gospel through-line for the season of Lent.  When I realized this, my mind went straight to something written by Eugene Peterson many years ago (and anthologized in his collection Subversive Spirituality).  I thought it might … Continue reading

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“The Soil for Unexpected Good”

About fifty letters into The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter we get a series of letters to Tolkien’s third son, Christopher.  The letters move back and forth wonderfully and soberingly between the events of World … Continue reading

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