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My Grandfather’s Son

This is an autobiography of Justice Clarence Thomas.  It takes his life from birth (1948) to confirmation as Associate Supreme Court Judge.  Thomas grew up poor on the back side of the tracks in the little town of Pinpoint, GA, not far from Savannah.  It was a time of racism and difficulty for black families […]

John Adams on False Accusers

“We find in the rules laid down by the greatest English judges, who have been the brightest of mankind:   We are to look upon it as more beneficial that many guilty persons should escape unpunished than one innocent should suffer.  The reason is, because it is of more importance to the community that innocence should […]

Alexis de Tocqueville

“It must never be forgotten that religion gave birth to Anglo-American society.  In the United States, religion is therefore mingled with all the habits of the nation and all the feelings of patriotism, whence it derives a peculiar force.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 2, p. 6.

Thankful? Yes!

It is a strange time in which to be living—in these last days.  The Christian has known that such a time would come, but talking about it or predicting it and living it are different things.  I know the coming of the Lord may be years away (or it may be momentary) but the Scripture […]

The Light and the Glory

One of my fondest colleagues and a superb teacher of American History, Carol Sweigert, always assigned this book as required reading for her classes. For parents with middle to high school aged students of history, it is an easy reading chronological account of the founding fathers, the founding communities, and the solid faith that came […]

Democracy in America (vol 2)

Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French diplomat, historian, and scientist.  In the 1830s he came to America to examine our prison system but traveled extensively to study America as a whole.  His conclusions were printed in 1835 in two volumes called Democracy in America.  I have had both volumes in paperback for a while and decided […]

Islam Rising

I have collected many books on Islam over the years, most of them small paperbacks written by middle eastern converts to Christianity.  They have all been very good and helpful, although they are often written in a personal, testimonial, format.  This book by Jim Murk has been the most helpful so far.  Murk has his […]

The Culture In Which We Live

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.     (1 Peter 2:11-12) Have we […]

Killing Patton

I have purposed to read all of the O’Reilly “Killing” books. I have enjoyed all of them except Killing Jesus. Having taught Life of Christ for years I simply couldn’t look at a human-only Jesus with any satisfaction. But besides that one, I have enjoyed the books. This was my favorite because I’ve always had […]