The Death and Life of Jane Jacobs’s Hometown

The Death and Life of Jane Jacobs’s Hometown

Jane Jacobs’s First City: Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania By Glenna Lang. New Village Press, 2021. Hardcover, 468 Pages, $39.95. Reviewed by Josh Bowman. Places, for better or worse, are a part of who we are and who we become. Along with our faith and families of...
The Destruction of American Social Cohesion

The Destruction of American Social Cohesion

The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free  By Mike Gonzalez.  Encounter Books, 2020. Hardcover, 224 pages, $28.99. Reviewed by Jeffrey Folks. The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free is...
Ted McAllister’s Place: A Memorial Tribute

Ted McAllister’s Place: A Memorial Tribute

By Bruce P. Frohnen. Ted V. McAllister died on January 27 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. A native Oklahoman, he spent most of his career living in Moorpark (culturally quite distant from Los Angeles) while teaching at the Pepperdine University School of...
Losing Homer

Losing Homer

Homer: The Very Idea By James I. Porter. University of Chicago Press, 2021. Hardcover, 280 pages, $27.50. Reviewed by Jesse Russell. In 2011 Harvard Professor of English and noted historicist critic Stephen Greenblatt published The Swerve. In this fascinating, if...
Psalms for Heaven, Earth, and Everywhere In Between

Psalms for Heaven, Earth, and Everywhere In Between

Christian Poetry In America Since 1940: An Anthology Edited by Micah Mattix and Sally Thomas. Iron Pen/Paraclete Press, 2022. Paperback, 208 pages, $25. Reviewed by Steven Knepper.  Christian Poetry In America Since 1940 begins with a proclamation: “There has been a...
In Defense of Maintenance 

In Defense of Maintenance 

The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work that Matters Most By Lee Vinsel and Andrew L. Russell.  Currency, 2020. Hardcover, 272 pages, $28.  Reviewed by Hans Zeiger. Sam Smith, the former president of Washington State University...
Marginal No More: Willmoore Kendall as Essential Conservative

Marginal No More: Willmoore Kendall as Essential Conservative

Heaven Can Indeed Fall: The Life of Willmoore Kendall By Christopher Owen. Lexington Books, 2021. Hardcover, 256 pages, $105. Reviewed by Jason Ross. As the conservative movement is crumbling, many outside of that movement’s mainstream are tracing their way back to...
In Defense of Divine Justice

In Defense of Divine Justice

Is God a Vindictive Bully? Reconciling Portrayals of God in the Old and New Testaments By Paul Copan. Baker Academic, 2022.  Paperback, 320 pages, $27.99. Reviewed by Annmarie McLaughlin. Recently, while I was reading Paul Copan’s Is God a Vindictive Bully? and...
Sowing Seeds in Useless Fields

Sowing Seeds in Useless Fields

The Death of Learning: How American Education Has Failed Our Students And What to Do About It  by John Agresto. Encounter Books, 2022. Paperback, 272 pages, $30.99. Reviewed by Robert Grant Price. Successful interventions begin by telling the truth. The intervenor...
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