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Why Mark Dever Thinks You Should Use Alec Motyer’s New “Psalms of the Day: A New Devotional Translation”

Mar 30, 2016 | Justin Taylor


Mark Dever explains the immense Christ-centered value he sees in Alec Motyer’s new work.

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What to Do If You Are Offended or Confused by Flannery O’Connor’s Stories

Nov 19, 2015 | Justin Taylor


A little help for understanding the great Southern novelist and short story-teller (including audio of her reading one of her most famous works).

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C. S. Lewis on the Theology and Practice of Worship

Oct 19, 2015 | Justin Taylor


A long post on Lewis’s understanding of praise, followed by a survey of his thoughts on the corporate nature of worship, including church music, liturgy, and the sacraments. I conclude with a brief analysis.

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3 Things to Remember Before You Criticize Someone’s Theology

Aug 21, 2015 | Justin Taylor

Here are three exhortations worth remembering about criticism: (1) understand before you critique; (2) be self-critical in how you critique; (3) consider the alternatives of what you are critiquing.

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Darrell Bock Responds to Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek Article on the Bible

Jan 14, 2015 | Justin Taylor


New Testament scholar Darrell Bock patiently walks through all of the sections of Newsweek’s article on the Bible, showing how an understanding of the historical and literary context would have saved the author from some of his errors.

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Jonathan Rogers: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 30, 2014 | Justin Taylor


One more entry in a series I have thoroughly enjoyed.

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Jared Wilson: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 24, 2014 | Justin Taylor


This is the final entry in a blog series on Novels Every Christian Should Consider Reading.

Jared Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

He is the author of several books, the latest two of which are The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables and The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles.

He blogs at Gospel-Driven Church and you can follow him on Twitter, @JaredCWilson.


My first encounter with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair was in reviewing the Neil Jordan film adaptation with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore for my college newspaper. I hated it. There was a spirit of something intriguing there about faith and disbelief, but the whole thing seemed muted, hazy, smeared over with the maudlin romanticism so common in Hollywood period pieces. Someone later convinced me to pick up the source material, however, and I discovered in Greene’s work, the fourth of his more explicitly Christian novels, what could not be captured on screen—the often maddening complexities of belief and disbelief, and the thin line between raging against God and fearing him.

“A story has no beginning or end,” Greene’s story begins. There is something else that has no beginning or end—or Someone else, rather, and his shadow looms large over each page of the novel, which chronicles the adulterous affair between writer Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles, the wife of a British officer.

The illicit …

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Rick Segal: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading.

Sep 23, 2014 | Justin Taylor


This historical novel of Rome in Christianity’s first century has been in continuous publication since 1895, has been translated into more than 50 languages, is the inspiration of four American and three European film versions, and is partially responsible for earning its author the Nobel Prize for literature.

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Mike Cosper: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 22, 2014 | Justin Taylor


“Like that (truer, better) story, the redemption that Landsman finds is much more simple, sad, and surprising than anyone could have dreamed on their own.”

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Tony Woodlief: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 19, 2014 | Justin Taylor


You should read this book because it is earnest and beautiful in a world of smirks and ugliness, yet more realistic about fallen man than most grim-eyed modern novels wallowing in weltschmerz.

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Sarah Kinnard: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 18, 2014 | Justin Taylor


I am doing a blog series on Novels Every Christian Should Consider Reading.

Sarah Kinnard studied English and Education at Wheaton College.

A former middle and high school English teacher, she now homeschools her own children and tries to squeeze in a morning run and a little reading.

She blogs at

Dorothy Dunnett’s novel The Game of Kings opens a six-book series that is spectacularly written, exhaustively researched, profoundly thought-provoking, and utterly absorbing. As far as I know, Dunnett was not a Christian, nor are her main characters. But her books illuminate the histories of cultures, nations, and individuals in ways Christians would do well to ponder. I think they are novels every Christian should consider reading.

The Lymond Chronicles actually form one continuous story with the seven-volume House of Niccolò series that follows. I’d start by recommending the entire cycle to you, but I don’t want to scare you off. So I will focus on Lymond, sure that anyone who is entranced, like me, by Dunnett’s story will be compelled to read the whole thing.

Francis Crawford of Lymond is a complex figure of fabulous talents and deep wounds. He is looking for a leader worth following and a nation worth serving, and for a purpose that will conquer his past. Dunnett sets her books in the flowering Renaissance, sweeping toward the upheaval of the Reformation, amid all the chaos and opportunity of that rapidly changing world. In such a time, a brilliant man could access the …

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Russell Moore: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 17, 2014 | Justin Taylor


“In this book, Percy shows us the culture of death—and shows us our own faces there. Like all prophets worth the name, he recognizes that judgment starts with the household of God.”

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John Wilson: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 16, 2014 | Justin Taylor


Books & Culture editor John Wilson writes, “you could close your eyes and pick one of her novels from the shelf at random and not go wrong.”

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Kathleen Nielson: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 15, 2014 | Justin Taylor


I am doing a blog series on Novels Every Christian Should Consider Reading.

Kathleen B. Nielson (PhD in literature, Vanderbilt University) serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition.

Author of the Living Word Bible Studies, she speaks often at women’s conferences and loves working with women in studying the Bible. Her latest book, co-edited with D. A. Carson, is Here Is Our God: God’s Revelation of Himself in Scripture.

Till We Have Faces is C. S. Lewis’ final novel—and a favorite of Lewis himself. That might be enough reason to read it. The problem is that, once you’ve read it, you have to read it again. It’s not that you don’t get it the first time. It’s that you want to get the layers of it. This novel keeps unfolding in remarkable ways, on repeated readings.

What unfolds is not a new story but a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, set by Lewis in a little kingdom called Glome somewhere north of Greek lands, several hundred years B. C. His tale is as universal as the stuff of myths but as concrete as the frozen spills of milk and puddles and dung in the palace courtyard where the children are sliding as the book opens. It is narrated in first person by Glome’s Queen Orual, Psyche’s sister, with the stated purpose of accusing the gods. Part I is Orual’s charge, her record of how the gods have taken away her beautiful beloved …

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Matthew Lee Anderson: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Sep 13, 2014 | Justin Taylor


I am doing a blog series on Novels Every Christian Should Consider Reading.

Matthew Lee Anderson is the author of The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith and the Lead Writer at the blog Mere Orthodoxy.

He is a DPhil candidate in Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford.

There was a story, invented by himself, that The Times had once sent a representative to ask for explanations about a new play, and that Stanhope, in his efforts to explain it, had found after four hours that he had only succeeded in reading it completely through aloud: “Which,” he maintained, “was the only way of explaining it.”

Stanhope, a playwright, is one of the central characters of Charles Williams’ elusive Descent into Hell, a novel that is as terrifying as it is good. It may seem like a contradiction to describe Descent as Christianized horror novel, but I think the label fits. While other horror stories might invoke our fear of the unknown or death, Williams’ universe is even more freighted, and hence more terrifying. It is a Christian universe, after all, and for Williams the stakes between our choices are nothing less than the triumph of heaven or the solitary dissolution of hell. No book I have ever read has captured the joy and dread embedded in that line from Paul, “Awake, oh sleeper, and rise from the dead” (Eph. 5:14).

Charles Williams is not the household name that …

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