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Philip Crossman
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Sons REVIEW Pearl Buck’s novel, Sons continues the story of Wang Lung’s legacy into a second generation. Each of Wang Lung’s three sons follows a different path from the one that their father hoped they would. The oldest becomes a landlord, collecting money off the rents from his father’s vast... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Nature of Prejudice REVIEW Prejudice: a feeling, favorable or unfavorable, towards a person or thing prior to, or not based on actual experience. Gordon Allport graduated from Harvard in 1919 and went off to spend a year teaching at Robert College in Istanbul. Robert College, it may be worth... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Insult REVIEW “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Varina REVIEW Charles Frazier's Varina is a reminder to me that a southern author can be critical of his region's role in promoting slavery without necessarily thinking that the Northern cause was awhole lot better. to be sure, Frazier is unsparing in his condemnation of slavery as a system in... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Protestants Abroad REVIEW “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain’s answer to God in Genesis “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” – Oliver Cromwell David Hollinger’s book is subtitled “How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America.” The thesis of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Nostalgia REVIEW I should be frank. This movie is melancholy incarnate. Its title is Nostalgia but its central theme is a Portuguese word, “saudade” – a word similar to nostalgia but – lonlier. A character in the film describes it as “a melancholy nostalgia for something that perhaps hasn’t happened.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Remembrance REVIEW Imagine you are walking down a street and you notice a man standing next to a car as a bus pulls up. People get off the bus as the man watches. The last person off the bus is a woman. She comes from behind the bus with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Deep Blue Sea REVIEW Deep Blue Sea 2 is basically Deep Blue Sea 1 with the introduction of two variants. In the first installment the “evil” pharmaceutical company executive with all the money was on a mission to cure Alzheimer’s by modifying shark brains. In the second installment, the evil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Strange Weather and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri REVIEW Not everything that I watch is recommendable. I mention these two recently watched movies because they happened to share a similar theme. In both films, intense mothers desire to know the causes of their children’s deaths. One is left asking as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Good Earth REVEIW Perfection. Perfection. There are lots of different ways to think about it and thus, humans have been thinking about it for a long time. Its right there in the first story, and you don’t have to look very far. Take a moment and consider the description... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Southern Honor and Northern Piety: Henry Tutwiler, Alva Woods, and the Problem of Discipline at the University of Alabama, 1831-1837 REVIEW Kevin Lee Windham's Doctoral Dissertation about Alva Wood kept me up pretty late last night. I don't imagine too many people can say that. Alva Wood was the son... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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American Christians and Islam REVEIW Thomas Kidd's concise history of the relationship between American Christianity and Islam leaves little for any other book on the subject to do. If the various phases of the relationship from the Colonial Era to 911 were a place and if Thomas Kidd were a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Exile REVIEW It has been some time since an author moved me like this. Pearl Buck’s biographies of her missionary parents just kept striking one chord after another. The two of them were just so different. And it was not until the very end of their lives it seems... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Fighting Angel REVIEW It has been some time since an author moved me like this. Pearl Buck’s biographies of her missionary parents just kept striking one chord after another. The two of them were just so different. And it was not until the very end of their lives it seems... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Divine Order REVIEW In 1873, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Bradley, in his concurrent opinion in Bradley v. Illinois, ruled that women and men could be assigned different roles and functions in a society without denying their constitutional inequality. Here is what he wrote: “The claim that, under the fourteenth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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A Looking-Glass for Ladies: American Protestant Women and the Orient in the Nineteenth Century REVIEW In Lisa Joy Pruitt, recent book A Looking Glass for Ladies: American Protestant Women and the Orient in the Nineteenth Century, the reader is given a comprehensive look at the experience of female missionaries and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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American Women in Mission: A Social History of their Thought and Practice REVIEW This book seeks to uncover just how the involvement of women shaped the way that American Christians thought about missions and missionaries and how those thoughts reflexively impacted women who chose to serve as missionaries. From the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Snow Crash REVIEW Readers of my blog (and there are not many) will look long and hard to find something like what I am reviewing here. But this is what happens when you only look to your children for book suggestions once in a great while (Thanks Skyler). I am... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Kidnap REVIEW Every once in a while one watches a movie that Rotten Tomatoes critics love to demean but I don’t mind saying that it had my attention for and hour and twenty two minutes. Maybe all it takes is a life experience to make you realize what sort of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Ladybird REVIEW Ladybird is a character. Let’s start with that. Then let’s expand on that by saying that Ladybird is also a representation of a process. You can call it “individuation” or you can call it “identity formation.” Ladybird (given name is Christine McPherson) is a movie map of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Artillery of Heaven : American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East REVIEW Makdisi, U. S. (2008). Artillery of Heaven : American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Ussama Makdisi’s book on the American Missionary impact on Lebanon and Syria... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour REVIEW Some moments in time contain accelerated meaning for the world I suspect. The events in the movies Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour are happening almost in parallel. One could imagine merging the two films to make one 5 hour epic of just what happened... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire: A Conceptual Metaphor Analysis of Missionary Narrative 1820-1898 Hami Inan Gumus’ book supplies the reader with a treasure chest full of insight into how American missionaries sent into the Ottoman Empire by New England churches in the 19th Century perceived themselves, their hosts, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Breakfast Club REVIEW Clinical psychologists refer to particular members of a dysfunctional family as the “IP” (the identified patient) or as “the symptom bearer.” Consciously or unconsciously, families select someone and ask them (or force) them to make the family’s pain public - so that the family can get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Meagan Leavey REVIEW In case your emotions have not explained this to you lately, brain scan research has concluded that human bonding is important to your health and an absence of bonding is detrimental to it. Here is the latest from research done at the Massachusetts General Hospital and published... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Eucatastrophe Reader