Saturday, November 24

Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo

I didn’t expect a whole lot in opening this book.  I was mildly familiar with Shane Claiborne and had no idea who this Tony Campolo guy was.  Disappointment started in the first chapter.  The authors begin with the history of Red Letter Christians, as well as offering a defense for it.  This was OK, but did not immediately engage me.  In addition to this, the style of the book caught me off guard.  Instead of the typical way a book might be co-authored, this book was set up as a conversation between Tony and Shane.  They would ask each other questions, provide answers to the questions, and elaborate further on the other’s points.  Having not read a style like this, it was hard to get used to at first.

Friday, November 2

The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker

Love is a theme regularly tackled by Ted Dekker in his many novels. As I read more and more novels, the exploration of the theme began to seem more and more similar. Then Dekker wrote The Sanctuary, a follow up to his novel The Priest's Graveyard. Once again the theme of love comes up, but Dekker approaches it in a way that feels fresh.

Like The Priest's Graveyard, Dekker switches back and forth between Renee's point of view (1st person) and Danny's points of view (3rd person). Danny is imprisoned, doing time for a crime he didn't commit to help save the woman he loves. But prison isn't easy, especially for Danny who has given up his violent past and made a vow of non-violence. Through Danny, Dekker begins to explore the issue of whether America's system of treating prisoners is working, a system bent on punishment and not rehabilitation.