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Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (446 of 532)
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Reading is the one thing that I do that I pretty much enjoy unreservedly.

 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 44 - Total Helpful Votes: 446 of 532
Kept by D J Taylor
Kept by D J Taylor
This tribute/pastiche of a Victorian novel is one of the most engaging works of fiction I've picked up in a while. It's an imitation Victorian novel in one sense with subtle modern commentary on Victorian-era fiction integrated. The plot itself is quite complex and turns frequently throughout the novel. There's a madwoman locked in an attic somewhere whose whereabouts are difficult to determine and there's a scheme being developed by a gang of thieves to pull off some complicated heist. The two are tied together at the end in a mostly satisfying manner.

I was frankly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - once I got through the opening chapters I found it difficult to lay… Read more
The Complete Writings of Menno Simons by John C. Wenger
Menno Simons perhaps was not at the top tier of theological writers. Too repetitive and unsystematic in his approach, it can be frustrating to read multiple works of his back to back. Nonetheless, this book brings to life in the most accessible way what kind of a man Menno Simons was and what truly made him think life worth living. He was passionate about Christianity being a way of life, a way of obedience over against the corruptions of Christendom in his day - a generation of people who were "Christians" because they were baptized into the church as infants. And of course he risked his very life to hang onto these beliefs.

Simons spent too much time defending his… Read more
Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices - (Purit&hellip by Thomas Brooks
This is an old book with some much needed wisdom for a modern world. When we think of Satan's strategems we tend to think of some dark, secret conspiracy. We forget the everyday "devices" he uses to trip us up and keep us from becoming who God wants us to be, or perhaps even dooming our souls.

Brooks lucidly and clearly takes us through many of Satan's devices and provides thoughtful remedies to counteract them. Needless to say, this is a book to provoke thoughtful reflection and one that will be helpful to anyone who takes their Christian life seriously.

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