Booknotes – May 2019

Christianity shapes history

Histories and biographies related to WWII and Hitler are among the new acquisitions this month.

book cover of Unimaginable by Jeremiah Johnson

Review – Unimaginable by Jeremiah Johnson
Reviewed by Darka Kooeinga

I heard of this book via “Listening In” (World Radio), a half-hour interview show hosted by Warren Smith, where Jeremiah Johnson was a guest.  The premise of this book is what our world would be like without Christianity.  UNIMAGINABLE! The author takes you through cultural history and shows you what the world was like before Christianity, without Christianity and finally, with Christianity.

I found the middle section of the book explaining different idelologies very accessible and easy to read. This would be a great book for new believers and for those wanting to learn about Christianity’s impact on history and today’s cultural context.

New additions and books of note this month:

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix – a graphic novel in the Youth Biography section tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

God & Churchill by Jonathan Sandys (Churchill’s grandson) – includes chapters contrasting Hitler’s view for Germany vs. Churchill’s worldview.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – classic novel telling the story of the conflict faced by a Hasidic Jewish boy’s struggle between his immense gift as an artist and the strictures of his faith.

A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible by Tim Challies

Human Nature from Calvin to Edwards by Paul Helm