Well, this book was assigned reading for my class on conservative political theory. The book tells a tale of Western decline, beginning with a debate in the middle ages between the nominalists and the realists, continuing through the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, and finally arriving at modern society. In it, Weaver argues that the majority of Western ills are due to the destruction of the moral imagination and the abandonment of absolute moral truths. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand the historical origins of modern society, its social structures, and the challenges it poses to conservative thought.
Jeremiah Lorrig: The Odyssey by Homer
Reading classics is like joining a club. It is a relatively small number of works that a large number of people have read. The Odyssey is about an epic Greek hero’s perilous journey home to his family. I am enjoying the book, but the main character’s compulsive lying is driving me crazy! I want to knock some sense into him. I would recommend the Odyssey to mature readers who would enjoy the richness of the classics and who have an interest in mythology.
This book is written to help Christians think about and answer the questions, "Who are you?" "What defines you?" and "What is your identity." Throughout the book, Driscoll shows that as Christians, our identity in not in ourselves or in what we do, but in Christ. I would recommend this book to any Christian, but especially anyone who struggles with finding their true identity.
Jill Roy: Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
I've enjoyed reading biographies of presidents who have had their terms cut short by assassinations. Before this I've read, Killing Lincoln, also by O'Reilly and Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. It's interesting to see the state of the nation before and after such a traumatic event.
This book tells of the history surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Not only does it follow the president's life before this historical event, but also the life of Lee Harvey Oswald. It explores how the nation’s perspective on the Vietnam War changed after the assassination. I loved reading about Oswalds back story and what drove him to kill the president. O'Reilly does a great job in this book of drawing out the similarity between Lincoln and Kennedy. I would recommend this book to someone who loves a thrilling historical narrative.
Andrew "Fergie" Ferguson: City of God by St. Augustine and Summa Theologica by St. Thomas of Aquinas
I am currently reading Augustine's City of God and selections of Aquinas's Summa Theologica for one of my undergraduate classes. City of God details the two cities, the earthly city and the heavenly city, and argues that we as Christians are citizens of a different city than the one in which we live. The Summa Theologica lays out the basis for law and how it ought to be applied in society. Both books are incredibly well written, and there is so much to gain from each. I would recommend them to high school students, or maybe the more adventurous junior high student.
Joel Grewe: The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell
The book discusses how to be a leader regardless of your title, position or rank. So far I've found the book both engaging and useful. It is insightful and applicable, and I wish I had read it sooner. I would recommend the book to anyone who aspires to leadership, or feels that God has called them to it.
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Posted by Nick Barden