Teaser Tuesday (Thursday): If Black Lives Matter We Should . . .

Man, Spring Break will really mess with your head. Here I thought it was Tuesday and it’s already Thursday. That means that the Wheel of Time has turned ‘round to – indeed, it has passed – Teaser Tuesday.

I’m going to do something I rarely do: tease a book I haven’t read. My friend Antonio Milian is an artist in Greenville, South Carolina. He’d love to leave his call center job and do art full time, but right now that’s not possible. He’s a talented artist and photographer, and he’s just released a book about his project “If Black Lives Matter We Should . . .”, part of a larger “Faces of the Upstate” project. I don’t currently have the funds to buy my own copy, but if you’re one of my followers who wants to support and promote Artists of Color (and I know you’re out there), check out his book here.

I went down to the Library today and fed my addiction, picking up two new books to read when I’m still working on Alan Moore’s Jerusalem. However, when I added my books to Goodreads, I realized I was a bit behind in writing reviews for the books I had read. So, I suppose it’s time for another installment of “Minute Reviews”.

Come Back to Jesus: A Lenten Devotional from the Authors and Readers of The Pietist Option

I found this short book invaluable for keeping my focus through Lent. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads (and not just because I was a contributor).

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheiri (Anthony Esolen, translator)

According to Goodreads, this is either my 11th or 12th time reading The Divine Comedy, but this is my first time reading Esolen’s translation. I must say the change helped me experience one of my favorite books in an entirely new light: familiar passages took on new meanings and some hard lines were more fully explained. Of the three volumes, I must admit Esolen’s version of Purgatory is now my favorite.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

I read this book in part because of Hawking’s recent passing. I don’t see what all the fuss is about in 2018. Perhaps it was groundbreaking when first published, but the concepts discussed in early chapters aren’t that more advanced than introductory physics, and the later chapters are devoted to Hawking’s personal theories, most of which remain unsubstantiated and which he uses to attack most religion’s concepts of God (for a given value of a god). In fact, Hawking goes so far as to claim man will become as God, which Christians and those familiar with the Bible will recognize as the promise the serpent made Eve in the Garden of Eden. I would give the book 4 stars for the content and 1 star for the arrogance.

Sandman #1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

I picked up this book because Gaiman is one of my favorite living authors and because I just don’t read that many graphic novels. I can’t wait to collect the other volumes in the series, at which time I’ll write a review of the entire storyline.

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