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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Book Review: The Message of the Psalter: An Eschatological Programme in the Book of Psalms

The Message of the Psalter: An Eschatological Programme in the Book of Psalm (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 252)The Message of the Psalter: An Eschatological Programme in the Book of Psalm by David C. Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an interesting study. Mitchell endeavors to trace an eschatological program through the canonical psalms. He considers historical scholarship and more modern scholarship on the predictive nature of the Psalms. I would quibble with some things here and there and felt like at times he was stretching to prove his thesis. Overall, it is a helpful study.

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Book Review: The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art FormThe Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form by Eugene L. Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall a pretty good book. The concept of narrative sermon has to do with final form for delivery. So, the parts of the book dealing with how to get a sermon idea were the weakest. He doesn’t underplay exposition or theology, but I think the readers might not take them seriously enough. I understand how speaking of the plot of the sermon could be confusing to some, but it needs to be worked through. You going to have to overlook somethings and other things you will need to discern principles and make your own applications. It is a good and helpful read.

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Book Review: Reflections on the Psalms

Reflections on the PsalmsReflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty classic Lewis. It was good in all the ways you would expect and not so good to bad in the ways you would expect.

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