God’s not dead by Rice Broocks

It was quite a change to be sent a more academic book to read, and the subject is as ever interesting and controversial. Of course he’s not dead, and here’s the case!  The mix of personal anecdote ( which I consider a key factor in bringing an argument alive)  and reason works well. The progression of the book, from looking at the scientific arguments against God, through to  Grace and the Living Proof forms a really good discussion.    I’m glad it’s not just  me who really dislikes John Lennon’s tune ,’Imagine’!  What struck me the most was that so often atheists are expounding an argument they have copied from others, not explored or reasoned for themselves, and it’s when you challenge them this is where things begin to fall down for them.

So, this book really needs you to sit down and take notes, so that you have a shorter guide to how you would answer the arguments against God thrown at you.  The summaries at the end of each chapter were a little disappointing  as I lazily expected them to do  this!  However, it’s only through reading in your own perspective that you’ll get the points that will be relevant to you.

Take this book and study it, of course, it’s not an answer for all questions, but there are enough references for the seriously minded to get well and truly dug in

I see there’s a film of the same name, interesting.  It’s not on DVD yet, so I guess I’ll have to wait on that one!

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Home to Roost by Tessa Hainsworth

I’ve waited a long time to read this, I really wanted the paperback to look good on my shelf with it’s brothers, but I got the Hardback for a present! Of course, it’s on Kindle.

Once again, Tessa takes us into her world in Cornwall and gives a tender, well observed story of her year. It seems to me she has integrated a lot quicker than a many of people would. The portrait of the London couple just spells it out how people don’t understand the real meaning of community. The book is such a good example of a genre I love, maybe going back to Derek Tangye who I read avidly as a child, it’s gentleness is beguiling.  The only thing I found a tad disapointing was the opening which was a little repetitive and slow, but Tessa’s writing held her through. I always love her little cameos of nature, especially of the sea.  I don’t think she has stretched herself as a writer yet, I’d love to see her write a real Cornish novel, where I think she’d be amazing.

Still, a lovely read, life is so well observed, a great read, enjoy!