Tuesday, January 19

Man Enough by Nate Pyle

Does our culture’s current view of masculinity match that of a biblical view? Even further, does the view of a lot of churches and Christians match the biblical view? Pastor Nate Pyle argues that they don’t, that the idea of masculinity, or manhood, has become distorted both in our culture and in our churches.

I’ve been following Nate Pyle’s blog for a while, and when I saw that he had a book out, I couldn’t wait to read it. Pyle has a great ability to voice his thoughts while still being respectful to those who he may disagree with. His discourse is honest, passionate, and kind. I was pleased to see that all of this transferred to Man Enough.

Tuesday, January 5

House of 8 Orchids

In 1912 two brother, John and William Wade, are kidnapped in China. They are raised by master criminal, Eunuch Chang in the House of 8 Orchids, a sort of Chinese Mafia. John become one of the house’s most valuable members as an assassin and swindler. Meanwhile William develops a talent for forgery. After falling in love with a Chinese actress, William betrays Eunuch Chang and escapes from to Central China, home of fierce warlords and bandits. In order to save his brother, John must escape from Chang and find his brother before the House of 8 Orchids does.

James Thayer crafts a fast moving and intense tale. He creates a vivid portrait of mid 1930’s China and populates his novel with intense characters. I never felt like story was getting predictable, as Thayer put just enough twisters and turns in to keep me hooked.