Category: Books, Movies and Television


Why I am not a Conservatyve


I am not a Conservatyve because of three books. Before I get to the books, let me just say that there are a lot of intelligent liberals and conservatives who hold their views because of careful thought and research.  I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about cheap imitations. My...

You Gotta Read War and Peace!


I just finished reading War and Peace. I knew it was long, but I didn't know it was awesome! If you like stories about the two lovers finally overcoming their own pride and prejudice, like you find in Jane Austen novels, If you like stories where individuals get are overcome...

Some notes about Hollywood Films


"Can't we just watch it?!" When watching a movie in class, many of my students complain when I stop it in order to engage in a discussion of what the movie is presenting.  My response to their "Can't we just watch it?" is always, sure.  "Sure, this Friday night, in your...

Mad Max: Fury Road


I just got back from watching Mad Max: Fury Road [SPOILER ALERT]. It didn't take me too long to wonder if I had made a mistake--it's a bit over the top. The world into which we are dropped is pretty terrible--I expected it to be terrible, but not that gross....

Now those are some good lyrics . . .


I'm a big fan of Josh Garrels and his latest album, Home, was just released.  (He's giving it away! Click here to download. [Don't forget to give a tip.]) I often lament that the lyrics of so many of the songs Christians sing are artless. Not so with Josh Garrels. Here are...

The Equalizer


I just finished watching The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. It's a movie like many in the genre. [SPOILER ALERT] There are bad guys and the good guy kills them all. The bad guys are dirty cops and various levels of the Russian mafia. They make a lot of money doing...

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” — “The Angel”


"The Angel," chapter 3 of A Prayer for Owen Meany, is one example of the pattern of rebirth built into the structure of the novel. Tabitha Wheelwright’s death is recounted in the first chapter, but in the following chapters we meet and get to know the living Tabby; after her...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Armadillo”


The second chapter of the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany presents a clash of worldviews.  Owen sees and understands the world in a much different way than do the young Johnny and the other characters in the novel. The key difference is that Owen is not as strongly influenced by...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Foul Ball”


A Prayer for Owen Meany is narrated by the adult John Wheelwright. As he tells the story of how Owen Meany is responsible for his belief in the Christian God, he regularly breaks into the narrative commenting on his life in the present, often on his current spiritual struggles. The...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — Introduction


My favourite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's really funny. It is one of those books that can't be read in bed because your unsuccessfully-stifled laughter will make it impossible for your spouse to sleep. It offers the full range of humour, from ridiculous situations through extraordinary characters...