Books

How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes by Peter and Andrew Schiff

Peter and Andrew Schiff wrote How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes based on the book by their father, Irwin, How an Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't. It combines simple explanations and cartoon-like illustrations on almost every page to lay out clearly the effects of government intervention in the market.

It begins with three men on a Pacific-style island who work all day to catch one fish with their bare hands--just enough to survive. One of them, Abel, finally gets tired of sustenance living and his desire for more leads him to invent a net. Abel has to go without eating for an entire day (since it usually takes him all day to catch his food supply) to have the time needed to build his net. But his efforts paid off, as he netted two fish in just a matter of hours the next day with his new invention.

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History of the Lincoln County War by Maurice G. Fulton

A few years ago my family visited Ruidoso, NM for a summer vacation. In addition to climbing Sierra Blanca--the peak at Ski Apache, we enjoyed the rich history of the area, which is in Lincoln County.

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Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers by Douglas Bond

If you are interested in learning about the church and its hymns, its history, its people, and, most of all, about God, Douglas Bond is a must-read author. He writes a variety of fiction and non-fiction for adults and teens (though all of his books are of great benefit to adults) that are focused on helping the reader understand who God is and how we can better worship Him. And does so in a most enjoyable manner that is accessible to readers of all ages.

In this case, Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers is the first in a series of four books about Mr. Pipes and two children, Annie and Drew. Mr. Pipes plays the organ in a Church of England parish in Olney, Bedfordshire, England. Annie and Drew are two young American children (about 13 or so) who think they are going to be stuck in Olney for a boring summer whilst their mother pursues her research in a local library. But instead they meet Mr. Pipes, who not only shows them all around the local countryside and a bit of London, but also gives them a once in a lifetime tour of many British hymn writers while instructing them about how good hymns help us to worship and enjoy God. Each chapter is about a different hymn writer, but also includes some adventure like sailing down the River Great Ouse, hiking to a cave, or visiting the organ in London that Charles Wesley played as he was composing many of his hymns.

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Flags Out Front by Douglas Wilson

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In the midst of Republicans and Christians retreating in the face of relativist attacks on God, Doug Wilson shows us the path to success with principled opposition to the left in the culture wars today. And he does it with great style and humor.

One day Tom Collins, the well-meaning president of a financially sound but spiritually unfocused Southern Bible college, arrives at work to see the Christian flag flying atop the highest flagpole, taking precedence over the American flag--courtesy of a drunken student from a nearby community college. He decides he likes it that way. And then all hell breaks loose.

Flags out Front is a must read for anyone tired of watching the left advance practically unopposed by America's political and religious establishment.

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Race in America: Liberalism's Attack on Minorities and the Church

We live in a world at war. A war that has been waging since Adam defied God and abandoned Eve to Satan’s deceit to get a taste of the forbidden fruit. Unfortunately, the church too often also falls for this deceit and retreats, unable to recognize the battles lines forming around us.

Race in America: Liberalism's Attack on Minorities and the Church examines this retreat when it comes to the current debate over race and culture. The world seeks to divide that which is whole and make whole that which is divided. Thus, the single race of mankind becomes hopelessly split into various races while the greatest of all divides, that between believers and unbelievers, is forgotten. Racism, now, primarily white racism, is said to be at the heart of racial tension in America today and the primary cause of many of the problems that minorities face.

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Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell

Looking at relationships between peoples in terms of color, and more specifically in terms of white racism and oppression of blacks, is the prevailing view among many secular and religious groups in America today. Thomas Sowell's provides a historical perspective that suggest this view is not accurate in his book, Black Rednecks and White Liberals.

Thomas Sowell closely examines historical relationships between those of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds with the intent of applying it to race relations in the U.S. today. He begins with this quote:

These people are creating a terrible problem in our cities. They can’t or won’t hold a job, they flout the law constantly and neglect their children, they drink too much and their moral standards would shame an alley cat. For some reason or other, they absolutely refuse to accommodate themselves to any kind of decent, civilized life (p. 1).

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Books with a Christian Worldview for Children, Young Adults, and the Young at Heart

I've read a lot of books to my son, William, over the years. In part because of his reading challenges, in part because there are some VERY good books out there for younger folks that I didn't read but are still very edifying for me today, and in part because of what I have read about the value of reading to our children--even as they progress into their teen years. So I thought that I'd put together a list of those books (plus some I haven't read but plan on doing so or plan on having William read himself). I pray you find some books for you to read to your children or for them to read to themselves. Or for you to read on your own!

Books are listed in order of the age of the potential reader, from youngest to oldest in each section. Reading books aloud to children that are above their reading level is a great way to stretch their vocabulary and comprehension, and to spend special time with them.

All the books are recommended, but if I had to pick just one series of books on the fiction list, it would be the Mr. Pipes books by Douglas Bond (anything that Bond writes is worth reading). The Wingfeather series by Andrew Peterson; Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress by Oliver Hunkin; and Wise Words: Family Stories That Bring the Proverbs to Life by Peter J. Leithart would be the runner-ups. In the biography, etc. section—which has some adult books that many preteens might enjoy, my favorites are The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and Beowulf by Douglas Wilson. In the study section, I really like Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz (fathers should read it too) and also like Boys & Girls Playing by J.C. Ryle.

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Happy Warriors: Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography by William F. Buckley, Jr

“Beware the one who makes his living off criticizing the sin of others.” – Pastor Eric Landry, discussing the actions of Ham against his father Noah in a sermon on Genesis 9.

As I think about how biblically-minded Christians can deal with the constant assaults from the left, three things really stand out to me.

First is to have a strong commitment to liberty. An unwillingness to waver from this commitment in the midst of significant opposition will make us stand out in the midst of a generally compromising culture.

Second is excellence. Maintaining integrity and quality in our lives and work will provide us great freedom to pursue our goals because it allows the criticisms of our opponents to be seen clearly as unmerited attacks on us.

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Galileo by Mitch Stokes

Galileo by Mitch Stokes is a highly entertaining and informative book that helps rewrite the conventional wisdom the it was the church that stood in the way of Galileo and others as they pushed forward the idea that the earth was not the center of the universe. The geocentric view was in fact widely adhered to by secular scientists, and the threat to their reputations and ability to earn a living were at the "center" of the opposition to Galileo. This is the same problem we face today with global warning, evolution, and many other areas where scientists refuse to look the facts straight in the eye. Galileo is part of Thomas Nelson's Christian Encounters Series. I haven't found one yet that doesn't present a sound biblical worldview.

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The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

I enjoyed reading The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming to my son (age 12). It kept him thoroughly engaged. My wife enjoyed it when she read it too. It also provides a sad commentary on elitism, both on the blindness of the elite to the real world around them and on the consequences of that blindness on the rest of the people. This still holds true today; elitism is not confined to the nobility and communists of early 20th century Russia. The American government is today filled with elites at the federal, state, and local levels. Though it didn't come to pass in Russia, the antidote to elitism is freedom. When people are allowed to make their own choices, they might not always like the consequences, but at least they are consequences of their choosing.

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In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce by G. A. Henty

I love all of G. A. Henty books, as does my son. In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce is about the twentieth of Henty's great historical fiction books for boys--and their dads--we have read together. Like the rest of them, this one helped us learn about history and the difference between right and wrong, while telling an entertaining tale about a young man who is mature beyond his years. The new thing for me in this one is the harsh, even barbaric, treatment the Scots received at the hands of the English, who used religion as an excuse to persecute a people who worshiped God in faith. I know all people are sinners, but sometimes I give my English ancestors a pass on this. But Henty makes sure that the sins of the English are on full display here.

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