Category Archives: Book Reviews

‘Restoring the Promise of America’–Without God?

In this Chalcedon book review from last year, I examined Professor F.H. Buckley’s totally secular solutions to America’s problems (https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-way-back-restoring-the-promise-of-america-by-f-h-buckley), The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America.

As Bayard Rustin once said, there are a lot of stupid smart people.

Anyway, click the link and check it out. And please visit The Chalcedon Foundation’s new expanded website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/ .


A Christian-Bashing, Racist Textbook

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Still waiting for someone to fill in the blank: “I send my sons and daughters to public school because ________.”

Hey, maybe it’s so they can use the new U.S. History textbook, By the People–well, some of the people!–published by Pearson for use in Advanced Placement classes (http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/17/ap-u-s-history-textbook-implies-christians-bigots-reagan-racist-sexist/). These are the classes for the really smart kids, and this is what is proposed to be their textbook in 2019.

By the People is an extraordinary example of leftid spitting and hissing passed off as “education.” The authors decry President Donald Trump’s “not-very-hidden racism”–as opposed to their own racism, which is spilling out all over: whites bad, non-whites good–implying that everyone who voted for him is a racist, or at least part of an “overwhelmingly white group.” Somehow 63 million voters get morphed into the KKK.

The book also taunts Christians and describes police forces as “an occupying army.”

Look, I don’t care how smart your kid is, or how independent: no one can successfully resist a non-stop daily diet of this poison. Believe me, I know. The whole time I was in college, I thought I was resisting the clumsy, heavy-handed stuff; but I was letting the sneakier stuff slip under the door and get to me. Took me 30 years to recover!

America’s public schools and colleges are working as hard as they can to get rid of America by turning it into something else.

Want to do a good thing for your country, and a good thing for your family?

Pull your kids out of public school and give them a Christian education! Either at home or in a Christian school.

Because our so-called “educators” are out to bury us, and I don’t mean maybe.


From Chalcedon’s Archive: I Review a Very Weird Book

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Chalcedon published this review last year. In retrospect, I think Heaven Breaks In, by Nicholas Cappas, is one of the oddest books I’ve ever read.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/heaven-breaks-in-by-nicholas-cappas

I mean, the college setting of this book is so far out, it’s just about extraterrestrial.

We want to regain cultural ground for Christ’s Kingdom, we want to win it back–and that means our “Christian fiction” has to be at least as good, and preferably better than, as the stuff cooked up by secular writers. The label “Christian” should not be used as an excuse for inferior quality!

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As I learn to find my way around Chalcedon’s new website (www.chalcedon.edu/resources), I’ll try to get readers to follow me there. This blog is the child of Chalcedon, and I hope the kid has grown enough to help Ma and Dad around the house.

For those of you who are more tech-savvy than I am (that would be just about everybody), the new Chalcedon site is a treasure trove–videos, podcasts, chapel services (also posted on Facebook), interviews, Q&A sessions. I hope you have time to sample its wares. And let me know, if you have something you’d like me to pass on to the management.


Book Review: ‘The Story of Reality’ by Greg Koukl

Here at the Chalcedon Foundation, we’re in the process of going digital. That means all our stuff, going back to the beginning, will be available on our website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/ . It’ll all be there, and we need people to visit the site and use its many resources.

My recent review of Greg Koukl’s book, The Story of Reality–an excellent book, by the way–is there, with lots and lots of company. Let me post a link to it.

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https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-story-of-reality-by-greg-koukl

Our ministry’s greatest need is, as it has always been, to communicate our message. In the past, we’ve tried to do it by mail. But now we have moved on, technologically, and we cry out for website visitors. Come on down! I mean, I can’t even begin to describe what all we’ve got there. Everything we’ve ever published! And it’s all for free.

As a merely selfish consideration, I want to show my employers and the other folks at Chalcedon that this little blog can help attract visitors to the Chalcedon website–which in turn will help keep the blog going. I pray some of you will become regular visitors to the site and avail yourselves of its plethora of resources.

So come on down!


‘A “Celtic Adventure” and a Literary Crime’ (2014)

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This is the illiterate feminist knock-off of Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries. If you were creating a dictionary of literary errors and prat falls, it would very closely resemble this disaster, St. Brigid’s Bones.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/11/06/saint-brigids-bones-a-celtic-adventure-and-a-literary-crime/

Why does anybody write a book like this? Well, ignorance would explain that.

But why would anybody ever publish it? You’ve got me there!


‘When is a Good Book not so Good?’ (2015)

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I’m not going to insult your intelligence by claiming that everything I read for pleasure is theologically right. But I do grapple with the notion that all “entertainment” is a form of self-education, and I do think we have to be careful with stuff like this:

https://leeduigon.com/2015/07/08/when-is-a-good-book-not-so-good/


‘Romance +Fantasy=Literary Vandalism’ (2016)

Ms. Violet Crepuscular has alluded to this 2016 blog post as proof that she is very far from being the worst novelist in the world. In light of this, I must agree with her.

I mean, really–publicists are out there pushing stuff that’s just so pukingly awful. Like this.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/04/28/romance-fantasy-literary-vandalism/


‘Next Month, My Next Book: The Glass Bridge’ (2014)

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I have a special fondness for this book. Maybe it’s because cover artist Kirk DouPonce depicted Gurun exactly as I imagined her. I don’t know how he does that; and it wasn’t the first time, either. Ellayne on the cover of The Cellar Beneath the Cellar is better than a photograph.

Anyway, the point of all my Bell Mountain books is to serve God by writing, I hope, what He gives me.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/12/09/next-month-my-next-book-the-glass-bridge/

And yes, I’m still waiting for The Silver Trumpet to be printed.


‘Where’s God?’ (2012)

https://leeduigon.com/2012/08/11/wheres-god/

All “entertainment” is a form of self-education. We soak up lessons from the TV screen. We “know” certain things because we saw them in a movie or read them in a spy novel.

One of the things I have tried to do in my Bell Mountain books is depict a world in which “religion” is real and a part of everybody’s life, one way or another. The world inhabited by television characters is about 99% uninhabited by God or by people who believe in Him.

No such world has ever existed in real life; but our secular Culture-Killers are doing their damnedest to create one.

We can call it Hell.


‘The Cellar Beneath the Cellar Review by Steve Wilson’ (2011)

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Wow! Has it really been seven years since this book came out?

The Cellar Beneath the Cellar is Book No. 2 in my Bell Mountain series; and when I started it, I had no idea of what I was getting into. I thought it was merely the sequel to Bell Mountain–goes to show how much I know!

https://leeduigon.com/2011/07/11/the-cellar-beneath-the-cellar-review-by-steve-wilson/


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