Huck Finn and the Providential Benefit of a Good Novel

N O T I C E Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, Per G. G., Chief of Ordnance With this unilateral prohibition, Mark TwainContinue reading “Huck Finn and the Providential Benefit of a Good Novel”

Book Review: ‘On Reading Well’ by Karen Swallow Prior

“Good books are a very great mercy to the world.” -Richard Baxter I’ve heard it said that a well-crafted book review is a success if it makes you want to go read the book. If this isn’t too meta for you, it’s the object of this review to make you want to go read KarenContinue reading “Book Review: ‘On Reading Well’ by Karen Swallow Prior”

Edna Lewis and the Flourishing of African Americans

“I grew up in Freetown, Virginia, a community of farming people. It wasn’t really a town. The name was adopted because the first residents had all been freed from chattel slavery and they wanted to be known as a town of Free People.” From the opening paragraph of The Taste of Country Cooking, I wasContinue reading “Edna Lewis and the Flourishing of African Americans”

Bonhoeffer: The Command ‘Follow Me’ Is Not Complicated

I was thumbing through Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship again a couple of weeks ago. In Chapter 2: The Call of Discipleship, I came across an enlightening few paragraphs on the call of Levi the tax collector: “And as he passed by he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the place of toll, andContinue reading “Bonhoeffer: The Command ‘Follow Me’ Is Not Complicated”