July 10th, 2015


Book #31: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Number of pages: 329

A book that explores all the evidence to prove the authenticity of the story of Jesus, as told in the Gospels.

As I read this, I eventually realised that the writer Lee Strobel was initially an atheist, but who was looking into the claims of Christianity. Looking him up online, I saw that he did this after his wife converted, and I was not surprised based on the book's context, that he is also a law scholar.

So each chapter of the book starts with a story about a modern-day court case, and the evidence used in reaching the truth. This is compared to the evidence that is used when analysing the Gospels, as the book describes Lee Strobel's interviews with other people, mostly theologians.

This book talks about what evidence there was that Jesus really existed, as well as tackling the apparent contradictions in the four Gospels, before primarily looking at, not surprisingly, Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.

While I am a Christian myself, it hadn't occurred to me quite how may arguments sceptics have against the resurrection, but I found this to be an enjoyable read and at the end I felt encouraged by the evidence provided to suggest that the story of the Gospels was not fabricated.

A very good book for anyone interested in the Christian faith.

Next book: Church of the Triune God (Edited by Michael P. Jensen)
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June 2015 reading

June 2015 reading:

30. Wytchfire, by Michael Meyerhofer (375 pages)
Fairly traditional fantasy, the first in a trilogy, but with nuances that bring in focuses on poverty, classism, racism, and how hate can turn people into what they hate. There was also some play with the issue of humanity, and what is humanity (including in non-human races)? The characters were well-constructed, as was the world, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next one, which just came out. In some ways this reminded me of Game of Thrones (I think in the world-crafting, mostly), but it also brought to mind other fantasy series like LOTR. I was also strangely reminded of Dune with a couple of characters.

31. Knightswrath, by Michael Meyerhofer (375 pages)
I received a free ebook review copy, but I am absolutely intending to buy a hard copy at some point in the near future. Meyerhofer builds upon and complicates what was started in Wytchfire, war rising--caused by a wound which has been festering, gently prodded into infection and ready to burst in a violent, fatal way, by a force no one can imagine, pitting ancient allies against one another. We also find out the origin of Knightswrath, and discover hints at just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Honestly, this book reminded me of why I love fantasy so much. I could definitely see the inspiration drawn upon by great fantasy writers. To be honest, I binge-read this book in 8 hours, unable to put it down and go to bed. I was sucked into the world and characters of Ruun. The third installment promises to be fantastic through what's been set up in the first two books.

32. Acacia: The War with the Mein, by David Anthony Durham (576 pages)
I've been on a fantasy kick lately, and this was a book I've been meaning to read for a while. This is in the tradition of high fantasy, with a world filled with diverse races of humanity--at least in the Known World, ruled by an empire for 22 generations. This empire is not benevolent, though, and many suffer. A quota of children are sent as trade for the substance known as the mist, a drug which allows the user to retreat into fantasy. In this way, control is ensured. But the Mein have waited for 22 generations to avenge their ancestors and free them from an ancient curse. War is brewing. Great world-building, and the characters are complex and believable. I did like the way the idea of utopia/dystopia and idealism vs. realism was toyed with throughout.

33. Remnant Population, by Elizabeth Moon (336 pages)
I loved this book and its portrayal of the People and just how alien their society was compared to human society. The world-building is amazing, and the character of Ofelia is well-constructed. She's unique and very understandable as a person, and I loved how natural what she decided felt. It's hard to express how much I enjoyed being engrossed in this book and learning about the denizens of this world alongside Ofelia.

June pages: 1,662

Pages to date: 10,223

Progress: 33/52

June 2015 comics/manga reading:

71. Star Trek Ongoing: Volume 4, by Mike Johnson (104 pages)
72. Bleach: Volume 34, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)
73. Bleach: Volume 35, by Tite Kubo (208 pages)
74. Bleach: Volume 36, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)
75. Bleach: Volume 37, by Tite Kubo (216 pages)
76. Bleach: Volume 38, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)
77. Bleach: Volume 39, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)
78. Crossed: Volume 3, by David Lapham (176 pages)
79. 100 Bullets: Volume 6, by Brian Azzarello (144 pages)
80. Bleach: Volume 40, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)
81. Bleach: Volume 41, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
82. Bleach: Volume 42, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
83. Star Trek Ongoing: Volume 5, by Mike Johnson (98 pages)
84. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, Guardians Disassembled, by Brian Michael Bendis (160 pages)
85. Bleach: Volume 43, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
86. Bleach: Volume 44, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
87. Bleach: Volume 45, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
88. Bleach: Volume 46, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
89. Bleach: Volume 47, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
90. Bleach: Volume 48, by Tite Kubo (216 pages)
91. Bleach: Volume 49, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
92. Loveless: Volume 12, by Yun Kouga (176 pages)
93. Revival: Volume 1, by Tim Seeley (128 pages)
94. Bleach: Volume 50, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
95. Bleach: Volume 51, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
96. Bleach: Volume 52, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
97. Bleach: Volume 53, by Tite Kubo (216 pages)
98. Bleach: Volume 54, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
99. Star Trek Ongoing: Volume 6, by Mike Johnson (104 pages)
100. Bleach: Volume 55, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
101. Bleach: Volume 56, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
102. Bleach: Volume 57, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
103. Bleach: Volume 58, by Tite Kubo (207 pages)
104. Bleach: Volume 59, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
105. Bleach: Volume 60, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
106. Bleach: Volume 61, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
107. Bleach: Volume 62, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)

June pages: 6,801

Pages to date: 19,604

Progress: 107/365