‘Revelations of Divine Love’ by Julian of Norwich

As you’ll know if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, I receive books from the very generous SPCK every now and then that I can read and review. One such book, that I actually received quite a while ago now, was Revelations of Divine Love, by a Christian mystic called Julian…

‘Journey into Mystery’ – An Interview with Daniel Taylor

Thanks to the wonderful people at SPCK and Wipf and Stock publishers, I had the opportunity to pick the brain of Daniel Taylor, author of multiple books, including non-fiction like The Myth of Certainty and fiction, like the Jon Mote Mysteries. I was introduced to Daniel’s work when I was able to review his first…

Perception of an Ending

If you haven’t seen Arrival or read Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life (the book that the film was based on), and you want to see/read it without knowing what’s going to happen, please don’t read this blog post until you have! Reading this blog will reveal the ending of the story and many major…

Unbound: Shaking Up Publishing

It’s funny when things connect. Okay, maybe I’m slightly influenced by the fact that I’ve just watched the finale of season 1 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, but sometimes things in life marry up nicely. Earlier this week, I found out that Simon Spanton, former associate publisher of Orion books, has joined crowdfunding publisher…

Engaging with New Testament rhetoric in ‘Catching the Wave’

I’ll be honest, Tim MacBride’s Catching the Wave was sitting unopened on my bookshelf for months after IVP first sent it to me to read and review. I knew I’d get round to it at some point, but there was always something I’d read instead. After all, I thought, what use can a book helping…

Blogs, Books and a Lot of Writing: Interview with Steven Hardy

For this post, I’m excited to bring you an interview with a very good friend of mine, Steven Hardy. Over the past year, Steven has written his first book, and set up a new blog. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions… Let’s start with a bit about yourself for readers that…

A Radical Reading of the Cross in ‘The Divine Magician’

The Divine Magician (TDM), a book by philosopher and theologian Peter Rollins, was my first read of 2017, and it was a great start. Rollins, a proponent of Radical Theology and someone who has influenced the likes of Rob Bell, uses the book as a way to talk about his radical reading of the crucifixion…

My Journey in the Worlds of the Malazans

Back in Autumn 2015 I started reading the fantasy series that would, over the course of around 14 months, take its place in my estimation as the greatest series of books that I have ever read. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, written by Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson, is a 10 book long…

Reading Ecclesiastes – ‘Destiny’, by David Gibson

Thanks to IVP, who kindly sent me a copy of the book to read and review, I was also able to ask David some questions about Destiny and the themes he talks about within the book. His answers make for a great read, so check that out before you go any further with this review….

‘Go’ by Preston Sprinkle – Book Review

“While many Christians say they want to become more like Jesus, the Jesus they’re imagining is largely a modern […] religious and cultural construct.” Preston Sprinkle doesn’t pull any punches in his latest book, Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith. In a short book that is partly a review of a study…

Exploring Otherness: Inhuman Minds in ‘Children of Time’

As a writer with an interest in fantasy and sci-fi, something that I occasionally like to ponder is what a novel about a world with nothing recognisably human in it would look like. Would it even be possible to write a book like that – where everything is so far removed from our experience of…