Book Review: What is the Lord’s Supper?

What Is The Lord's Supper? (Crucial Questions #16)What Is The Lord’s Supper? by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This brief book is a part of the Crucial Questions series. Sproul had such a clear and concise style, this is an easy read. There are some points I am always going to differ with him, but there was a lot of good in this book. He does give quite a bit of space to historical issues surrounding the Lord’s Supper that may be more or less relevant depending on the reader’s background.

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Book Review: Understanding the Lord’s Supper

Understanding The Lord's SupperUnderstanding The Lord’s Supper by Bobby Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful book. Jamieson blends theological and practical considerations in a brief book. I differed in a few points and noticed it was where Jamieson’s points were farthest from any scriptural text. Overall good treatment.

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Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons

Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 ReasonsWhy I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Piper reflects on characteristics of Paul that are held in tension and rare to find in a man. He weaves in lightly some of his own experience and what Paul has meant to him or helped him to see. It’s a mature reflection from a lifetime of study.

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Book Review: A Prefect’s Uncle

A Prefect's Uncle (School Stories, #2)A Prefect’s Uncle by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Early Wodehouse. I like his school stories though they aren’t quite his later work. Fun read.

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Book Review: The Paradox of the Actor

The Paradox of the actor (annotated): Le paradoxe sur le comédien (Humanities Collections Book 21)The Paradox of the actor (annotated): Le paradoxe sur le comédien by Denis Diderot
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Investigating the concept, l’esprit de l’escalier, led me to this book, but the reading of it yielded no insight. Diderot was a French philosopher and seemingly the incarnation of modernity. He was a passionate moralist, but his mechanistic view of the universe left him without any moral footing. He seems also to have practically invented modern internet discourse with his penchant for stream of consciousness composition, aversion to editing, resorting to inflamed outbursts when his reasoning failed to persuade, and his satisfaction with his rough draft if it amused himself and his friends. For Diderot, the beginning of wisdom was “not to reproach others for anything, not to repent of anything.” Henri Meister remembered Dierot as “rich, fertile, abounding in germs of every sort, but without any dominating principle, without a master and without a God.” Not quite Meister. Clearly, Diderot was his own god.

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