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Nineteen Eighty Four

It was only in 1949 that Eric Authur Blair (better known as George Orwell) wrote his most famous book, Nineteen Eighty Four (now printed simply as 1984). Blair died in 1950. I hadn’t opened this book since High School English class but with the current culture in America I was interested again. It did not […]

Disciplines of a Godly Man

I have always enjoyed R. Kent Hughes and his writings.  This is a 2001 Crossway book thta had escaped my notice.  As is typical of Hughes, he takes the reader through an examination of thoughts and motives to being godly.  The chapters are simple, relationships, soul, character, ministry, and discipline.  The book is full of […]

The Sackett Series

I don’t know if you like reading things that are different from your normal reading and that allow your mind to rest a while.  For me this is usually night-stand reading.  I like western Americana and adventure, and I have reported before on Zane Grey, Louis L’Armour, John Fox, Jr., and Harold Bell Wright  (even […]


John Fox Jr. (1862-1919) was a war correspondent and a graduate in English from Harvard. He served during the Spanish-American War and rode with the Rough Riders. This book (1900) is a story about a soldier who left his Kentucky Bluegrass home and fought in that war, so this story is told from a startlingly […]

The Old Man and the Sea

My mother was an English teacher (I hate to admit it) in the public school system in Oxford, Ohio as my siblings and I were growing up. Therefore, I have a number of light reading books from her library. Since I was on my way to Alaska to see kids and grandkids, and to do […]

True Grit

I have always been a John Wayne fan and True Grit was one of my favorite movies. I bought a 1968 (first edition) copy of this book in a used book store and finally got around to reading it. There were many interesting things in the book that were different from the movie. There are […]

The Pilgrim’s Progress

How many years has it been since you first read this classic book?  I decided it had been too long for me and when I acquired a used Kindle with this book already on it, I read it that way.  I must say that I again enjoyed it thoroughly and was challenged by its illustrations.  […]

The Man Who Went Away

This finishes the 16 HBW books I have out of the 19 he wrote.  This was his last book written in 1942 about a man who owned and saved the Red Wood Forests, opting for the sublimity of the ageless past over the lurid and fast-paced future.  (I collect HBW books and am looking for […]

Ma Cinderella

From Wright’s first book, That Printer of Udell’s (1903) to this book (1932), the Ozark author completed his 16th book.  This one is typically set in the Ozark hills and involves a backwards woman (Ma) who works hard to give her son a better life, which he eventually comes to appreciate.  The morals and virtue […]


I continue with my goal of reading all of Wright’s books. He wrote his first one in 1903 (That Printer of Udell’s was Dwight Eisenhower’s initial introduction to the gospel) and his last one (19th) in 1942. I own 16 of the 19 books and this one, if taken in chronological order, is the 15th. […]