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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable FeastA Moveable Feast is my favorite Ernest Hemingway book to date. Published posthumously by his widow, Mary Hemingway, in 1964, A Moveable Feast is a series of short stories, or memoirs, from Hemingway’s time in Paris in the 1920s. In the preface to the book, he states that the reader may regard this work as fiction if he prefers, but “there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.” Personally, I take this to mean that this is largely a truthful telling.

One of the more intriguing features of the book is the repeated mention of the artists and authors with whom Hemingway regularly interacted. Familiar names such F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound are found throughout the book and form part of Hemingway’s regular existence. Paris in the 20s was as cool as Berkley in the 60s, and everyone who was anyone lived in Paris and knew Hemingway (even though he was not well known at the time).

Another notable feature of this book is its time period in Hemingway’s life. A Moveable Feast describes early Hemingway, when he was married to his first wife and trying to make it as a writer.

Some of the best chapters involve Hemingway’s interactions with F. Scott Fitzgerald. If the stories are true (and I’m not sure the Fitzgerald estate wants to admit that they might be), then F. Scott Fitzgerald was crazy. And his wife, Zelda, was crazier. There were moments in my reading of this portion of the book where I literally laughed out loud. It’s simply hysterical.

All of Hemingway’s writing is great. He has the uncanny ability, through short declarative sentences, to make stories come alive. I want to live, and eat, and drink in the places where Hemingway lived, and ate, and drank. I want to visit Paris because of Hemingway and any careful reader with a soul feels the same way. The city comes alive. The people come alive. The food and drink come alive. And the wanderlust is real.

I recommend any Hemingway, but especially A Moveable Feast.
5 out of 5 cups of black coffee.
Number 2 in 2016.

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Wasn’t planning on reading any more from this series because it’s pretty rough / disturbing at times. But Larsson’s writing is good and compelling. This isn’t as good as the first book, but still hard to put down.

3.5 out of 5 cups of black coffee


Book Review: Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics by Graeme Goldsworthy

gospel-centered-hermeneuticsAbout a year-and-a-half ago, I begin reading Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics by Graeme Goldsworthy, and I just finally finished. I’ve been reading, more like plodding, through this text with my good friend, Richard Baliko. Richard lives in Macon, MS and I live in Nashville, TN, so we video skype once a week and discuss a chapter of the book at a time. I studied hermeneutics in seminary, but not with this book, so reading Goldsworthy’s treatment has been a new experience for both of us.

This is a great book to say the very least, but it’s waaaaaay more technical than I expected (or at least it’s waaaaaay more technical than the previous hermeneutics book I read). However, I can unequivocally say that reading through Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics is a worthwhile endeavor.

The book is broken up into three main sections: 1) Evangelical Prolegomena to Hermeneutics, 2) Challenges to Evangelical Hermeneutics, and 3) Reconstructing Evangelical Hermeneutics. To explain those headings a bit, after setting out a brief vision for how and why hermeneutics should be done in section one, Goldsworthy then deconstructs wrong approaches to Biblical interpretation in section two, and then reconstructs a proper method of Biblical interpretation in section three. Through these sections, which span a little more than 300 pages, Goldsworthy masterfully points everything towards Jesus and His gospel. To use Goldsworthy’s words:

“The purpose of God’s word is to bring us to God through the salvation that is in Christ. It does this by revealing his plan and purpose, by conforming us more and more to the image of Christ, and by providing the shape of the presence of God with his people through the Spirit of Christ” (317).

This book has been extremely helpful in expanding my understanding of Biblical theology and its role in proper interpretation, and its up-to-date treatment of more recent trends, such as postmodernity.

I’m no expert, so I can’t say this is the “best” hermeneutics book, but it’s darn good. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s a rewarding read.

5 out of 5 cups of black coffee!


Five Sentence Review: Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson

fight-clubsFive Sentence Review:
Fight Clubs
Jonathan Dodson

I stumbled across this book on theresurgence.com while trying to study for a message about preaching the gospel to yourself. Let me just say, this is a wonderful resource. Fight Clubs is only 56 pages long, extremely accessible to a wide variety of readers, and absolutely useful for churches and individuals looking to teach about gospel-centeredness. This is the resource I’ve been looking for; it takes big concepts and makes them easy to grasp. Highly recommended!

Five out of Five cups of black coffee.


Charlie Hall – The Bright Sadness

charlie-hall-the-bright-sadnessCharlie Hall’s music is a security blanket. There are an enumerable amount of personal thoughts, recollections, good times, and God-thoughts attached to his music in my life. There are specific times in my life when God enlivened a Biblical truth in part due to a Charlie Hall lyric. As a former worship leader he influenced my leading style probably more than any other person. His words inspire, his style is always a little different from the norm, and as I’ve heard Louie Giglio say, “He’s a worship leader’s worship leader.” Charlie Hall, from what little I know of him, is an awesome guy. He has cool facial hair and he drinks his coffee black (I know because he came into Starbucks one time when I was working, ordered black coffee, and I got to talk to him for just a second).

The Bright Sadness, Charlie’s newest effort, does not disappoint. The lyrics are honest and Scripture-saturated.  Musically you have to listen a few times to really dig the feel, but it will grow on you like kudzu if you let it.

I unabashedly give this record 5 out of 5 cups of black coffee!