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Reviewed: 14-10-2020

Terrific. Probably the best overview of Biblical womanhood that I've heard, and also some of the most thorough criticism of feminism from a Biblical worldview. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to think deeply about Biblical womanhood and to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing their minds to be more like Christ.

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 27-09-2020

Absolutely loved it. So encouraging. It is so great to know this history of the Reformation. I thank God for those faithful men and women who have gone before us as an example, as we face so many similar challenges in our day. I think the modern Evangelical church is now tempted to put singleness on a pedestal again and downplay God's design for marriage, and the consequences are the same - sexual immorality in levels that defy the imagination. The sexual sin of the priests in that day is hard to comprehend, but at least part of the blame must go to the elevation of singleness and celibacy as more holy than God honouring marriage. That stuff was certainly a shock to hear. But it was great hearing the ways the women of the Reformation loved God and fulfilled their callings as women, without trying to elevate themselves or compete with anyone. I think we have much to learn from these men and women in how to respond to the false teaching around gender and sexuality that is all around us today. It was a great encouragement and reminder that if we trust God's word and stand firm on its promises, we are in good company.

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Reviewed: 23-08-2020

I absolutely loved this book. It was both very enjoyable and very encouraging in my faith. I'm a dude and I don't normally do the romance thing, but this is more of a modern day Pride and Prejudice than Twilight or anything like that. It is part small town love story, part murder mystery, but it is all rooted in a solid Biblical worldview, which was very intentional. It is just beautiful and so refreshing. This book was so encouraging in many different ways. It's amazing to me that a pastor and theologian would not only write a romance novel, but write a really good romance novel. It's testament to Doug Wilson's brilliant giftedness as a writer. I was really impressed by this book. For a guy, Doug really understands the female of the species quite well. I smiled many times throughout at all the emotional tension and internal dialogues. My favourite line was, "She was now flirting, and she knew it, but so was he, and it was all quite impossible, and she was furiously unhappy with her very happy self". It's also a great example of a Christian leader actually making culture, rather than just talking about it. Many Christians and conservatives are good at complaining, but few can actually create something like this. I think in that sense Doug Wilson is quite unique as a writer today. The only bit of the story I thought was a bit far fetched was the plot twist reveal at the end of the story. Of course, anything is possible in God's sovereignty, and it was very sweet, but it seemed a bit of a fairy tale to me. Other than that, perfect. This was a delight to listen to from beginning to end. It was captivating and refreshing and funny. I really highly recommend it.

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Reviewed: 17-07-2020

Just what I've been looking for over the past few years - a mature, Biblical approach to cultural and political engagement, without the Marxist nonsense. Doug approaches political conservatism with a mature Biblical wisdom, redeeming that which is good and true and important (such as free market capitalism, limited government, and freedom), and rejecting that which is worldly (putting party over Christ, and "secular" conservatism). A great listen, lots of wit and clever humour, although some of the references went over my head. I really appreciate Doug's boldness to speak the truth with a touch of satire, and then to not apologise for it. There's a few small phrases he made which I'd want to clarify with him and perhaps push back on a little bit, but overall this was an excellent book. Really, everything he talks about are things we should all agree on! It combines Biblical theology with Chesterton's wit in Orthodoxy. I long to see more Christians develop this kind of mature approach to true cultural engagement that truly honours Christ.

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Reviewed: 15-07-2020

Very highly recommend. Very helpful for thinking through Biblical manhood, and some ways to pursue marriage that avoid the pitfalls of modern dating. Great listen.

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Reviewed: 10-07-2020

My first thought in finishing this audio book is that this has to be one of the best novels ever written. I'd never really heard of it until recently. It has blown me away. What an incredible story. I laughed and I teared up many times. It's kind of hard to describe why it's so good, but I think at its heart it's a story of Christian faith, of hope in suffering, of life, joy, family, and human dignity. I found it deeply encouraging in my faith, and many passages were so beautiful they brought tears to my eyes. The joy that Tom and the other Christian slaves had is so inspiring. His relationship with Eva and her own faith was so beautiful. His hope in God from beginning to end was beyond human comprehension. I look forward to meeting many men like Tom in heaven, African American men and women, slaves who put their hope in Jesus Christ and endured through the hardest trials to the end. I also loved the ongoing theological and political debate throughout the story between many of the characters regarding slavery and the ethics of it. Each character had a slightly different position - the Shelbys, the traders, Miss Ophelia, the St Clairs, etc. Each position was fleshed out perfectly, articulated clearly, and then the pro slavery arguments were dismantled with reason, and with true Christian doctrine. It is a rebuke to the ignorant fool who tries to use the Bible to support evil like the slave trade. It is also a loving rebuke to Christians who are supporting moral evil or injustice in their day simply because it's legal, or at least refusing to take a stand against it. A perfect equivalent in our day I believe is abortion, which disproportionately affects the African American community in the US today. It is beautifully written, every character is vivid and perfectly developed in your mind. I grew so attached to every character, as every character is so deeply human, and it's so easy to sympathise with each one - Tom, Chloe, George and Eliza Harris, Augustine St Claire, etc. The narration is perfect. Not suitable for young kids, the N word is very frequent and some of the descriptions of the treatments of slaves is heart wrenching and tragic. But thankfully it is not overly hideously violent or dark. At its heart it is a story of joy and hope through Christian faith, from beginning to end. It is not just a dark and depressing tale of the horrors of slavery, even though it has some necessary dark moments. It's a deeply beautiful story of joy and hope, and faith. I think this should be required reading for high school students. In our age of moral confusion, this book would give a much needed example of the power of faith and love to overcome injustice. This book is a timeless classic, and it deserves to be loved by each new generation. Needless to say I loved it.

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Reviewed: 11-05-2020

Great to think through technology from a Christian worldview. Very helpful. I really appreciate Tony Reinke and all of the staff at Desiring God for their deep thinking and clarity on so many different areas of life, to the glory of God.

Absolutely brilliant

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Reviewed: 01-05-2020

Loved it. Brilliant. Love the way he turns a phrase to make you both laugh and think deeply at the same time about life, modern thinking and the Christian faith. I would have some small disagreements on his views of Calvinism however. But that is not the main subject of this book. I absolutely love 98% of the book. I think John Piper wrote a terrific article or two about Chesterton and Orthodoxy at Desiring God.org. He put it much better than I can. Very highly recommend this book. I think everyone should read it, to think deeply about the wonder and mystery of ordinary life in God's world, to recognise the absurdity of the thinking of the modern world, and to simply enjoy Chesterton's brilliant use of language, illustrations and turns of phrase. He really is a genius. I really enjoyed this book. I will need to listen to it again I think to fully appreciate it. But I loved it.

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Loved it

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Reviewed: 25-03-2020

Brilliant. I really loved the overviews of the topics in each chapter. It was a really good balance of depth and simplicity into each topic and thinking through them Biblically. Very accessible to the average mum, or dad, or anyone. I also really liked Hillary Morgan Ferrer's reading voice, she made it really fun. I'd really highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who want to think about the cultural lies addressed in the book for the first time and approaching them with discernment and with love.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 13-01-2020

Loved it. A quick overview of a great life. I think the series is aimed at younger readers, which is fine. Skips a lot but always very engaging and well paced.