Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

The voting in the mid-term election is over; the election will be with us for weeks to come. Seven trees were sacrificed to print misleading postcards that flooded my mailbox, and that I ignored, except to note that most of them carried no “paid for by…” identification. All of them urged a vote against a candidate for the U.S. Senate, or the candidate for our congressional district from the same political party. I don’t know who advises campaigns to do this, but it isn’t necessary. Many of us don’t need tacky postcards with screaming headlines to tell us how to vote. (Both the candidates in question won, by the way.)

Some 850 years after his death, Thomas Beckett’s bloody tunic has been returned to Canterbury Cathedral. It had been kept in Rome all that time.

My friend Luke Davis is publishing a new Cameron Ballack detective novel in serial installment on his blog. I’m a fan of the detective and Luke’s stories. So far, you can read the Author’s Preface, the PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. The mysteries are all set in the St. Louis area, and this new one is almost next door to my own community, in the neighboring suburb of Webster Groves. And it’s fun for me to play “I know that place” and “I’ve driven down that street a million times.”

Speaking of crime fiction, Paul French has a good article at CrimeReads about the crime fiction of Tel Aviv. He includes an author whose books I’ve read and reviewed, D.A. Mishani. And Sean Johnson at Forma goes deep into the mystical vision of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton’s famous detective.

Nolan Peterson tells the story of what his Ukrainian wife discovered on her first visit to the United States, helping the rest of us realize what a precious thing it is to live in this country.

More Good Reads

Writing and Literature

British Stuff

Flights of Fancy Set in Stone – Deborah Swift at English Historical Fiction Authors.


Dead Thick with Known Dead – Jeffrey Bilbro at Front Porch Republic.

First Kiss – Todd David at Image Journal.

3 Classic Poems Every Christian Should Read – Leland Ryken at The Gospel Coalition.

Being Alive and Labyrinth - Joy Lenton at Poetry Joy.

Darkest hour – Chris Yokel.

A Letter to a Ghost – Samuel Sey at Slow to Write.

Life and Culture

Live Like a Tree – Mark Manry at Front Porch Republic.

Prayer and comfort in Sachsenhausen – George van Popta at Reformed Perspective.

Academia is a Cult – Andrew Marzoni at the Washington Post.


Living Within the Truth: Vaclav Havel Applied to Christianity – Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.

Marks of a Spirit-Filled Mother-in-Law – Michelle Morin at Desiring God.

American Stuff

Five Great Books on the Puritans – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.

Art and Photography

Prairie Joy – Tim Good at Pixels.

NASA UHD Video: Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space in Ultra-High Definition (4K)

Painting: Young Woman Reading, oil on canvas by Mary Cassatt (1876); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

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