Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Marcus Borg, Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – and How They Can Be Restored (HarperOne, 2011).

Available in hardback, paperback, Kindle, Nook and Audible

Recommended by Edgar Morris

Borg states in the introduction that the book repeats some of the topics he has treated in other books. Since I have only read a couple of his other books, I can only say that I have seen some of the topics before but appreciate his restating of his understanding of them. What he is doing in the book is taking a number of the terms we use fairly routinely in the church and stating what he thinks the terms originally meant as opposed to what many (most?) of us take them to mean now. Throughout, I kept wondering if it is more difficult to redefine the terms and keep using them or if it would be better for the church to begin using new terminology that more correctly conveys what the Christian Faith means in our time. I was not convinced that he answered that question.

I recommend the book but hope you will not hold it against me if you purchase and read the book and are disappointed.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

UNDER THE DOME by Stephen King

King, Stephen, Under the Dome (Scribner, 1994).

Available in hard cover, paperback, Kindle and Nook.

Reviewed by Kevin Penrod, Jr.

Imagine you lived in a nice small town. Now what would you do if without warning or explanation an invisible barrier appeared around the border? That is exactly what happens to Chesters Mill. A day that started like any other turned into a morning of critters cut in half, car crashes, plane crashes, and "alotta dead birds" as the entire town is, for lack of a better term, sealed off. This book is Mr. King at his best. A thing that I can't even begin to fathom is how one person could come up with so many different characters and keep them straight. He does that and so much more in this novel that I believe will become a classic.

The best way I can describe it is that it is like a roller coaster but instead of going up the giant drop at the beginning, you start at the top and just get thrown in then after all the twists and turns you find yourself at another giant climactic drop at the end. This book will keep you guessing till the very end who (or what) is behind this mysterious dome. As the characters try to find out the same they also deal with corruption and deceit inside the town. Stephen King does great in this book where the scariest part is the people and how they react to the dome and each other.

In this book, being sealed off from the world and whatever has caused this isn't the worst part. The worst part is the people that are sealed inside with you. I say with you because you do feel the terror and emotions of these characters as only Stephen King can make you. If you need a good book to read on a rainy day, or any day for that matter, I recommend you make it this one.

BLOG EDITOR’S NOTE: This review was written early in 2013 and somehow lost in the shuffle. Subsequently, the novel was turned into a television series that ran for three years (39 episodes). Apologies to Kevin Penrod for delaying publication of his review.