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(Some of) Nick Mattiske’s best books from 2019

At the start of a new year, Nick Mattiske looks back on 2019’s book releases and picks some favourites. As the Trump presidency careened on through 2019 like an out-of-control cement mixer, we continued to wonder why he was elected and why he continues to be supported. In Choose You This Day Paul McGlasson compares evangelical support of Trump to the German ...

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Book review: On the Road with Saint Augustine

James K.A. Smith’s recent book On the Road with Saint Augustine gives readers an opportunity to see how Augustine’s timeless wisdom resonates in the 21st century and how he can be a faithful traveling companion on life’s often complicated journey. Nick Mattiske reviews.    In his book Confessions, Saint Augustine is writing not so much to convince through argument, but ...

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Book review: The Immeasurable World: Journeys into Desert Places

The desert is frequently featured in our art and popular culture (usually) as a distant and unforgiving place, but it is also a major component of earth’s geographic character and affects around a sixth of the population. Nick Mattiske reviews William Atkins’ recent book The Immeasurable World which journeys into desert life. Oceans cover a lot of the earth’s surface, ...

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Isolation reading recommendations

With more people staying at home there has been a renewed focus on activities people can enjoy in the comfort of their house such as cooking, watching movies, playing video games, gardening and jigsaw puzzles. But although we certainly live in the Netflix age, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a good book and so Nick Mattiske has some ...

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Book review: Jesus According to the New Testament

While most reading this review might be reasonably confident in stating they understand Jesus based on the New Testament writings, James Dunn’s recent book Jesus according to the New Testament attempts to enrich that understanding with scholarly focus on the heart of the gospel, the Lord Jesus. Nick Mattiske reviews. James Dunn’s recent small book sets out what the New ...

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Book review: The Wind, The Fountain and the Fire

This year’s Lent book from publisher Bloomsbury explores the Book of Psalms as Christian monk Mark Barrett takes us on a tour of the dust, the mountain, the well, the light and the tomb to help readers enhance their understanding and experience of scripture. Nick Mattiske reviews. In Lent the tradition of giving up chocolate or alcohol (something I usually ...

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Book review: A History of the Bible

We are all supposedly familiar with the Bible, in the church anyway, but John Barton’s hefty and excellent history emphasises just how unwieldy it is. Nick Mattiske reviews. A History of the Bible looks at both how the Bible was compiled and how it has been read. Already with the former, this can be tricky, as the original authors are ...

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Book review: Little Faith and The Gospel According to Lazarus

Is faith fervour? Or a holding on in the company of doubt? Two rather different novels explore what it means to live out faith in the world. Nick Mattiske reviews. Little Faith is set in what has been called “flyover country”, that neglected part of America, midwest small towns where there is a different pace, where there is more contact ...

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Book review: The Lost Art of Scripture

World-renowned religious author Karen Armstrong explores the value of scripture in an increasingly secularised world and ponders whether we’ve lost our ability to engage with faith texts as spiritual tools rather than binding rules. Nick Mattiske reviews. Karen Armstrong’s epic study of the way scripture developed in the religious traditions of Europe, the Middle East and Asia begins back in ...

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Book review: Angels: A Visible and Invisible History

Angels are ingrained in western culture from the cherubic depictions seen in many classic paintings to the modern conception of protective guardians hovering around us that crop up in contemporary literature and movies. Nick Mattiske reviews Peter Stanford’s latest book on the topic, Angels: A Visible and Invisible History, and considers their origins in religion and their development over time. ...

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