Book Reviews For a Winter Day

In case you've run out of good books to curl up with on cozy winter nights, we've gathered some recommendations from CTKers. Here are a few: 

Unapologetic is a refreshing, fun book that is applicable to most of our neighbors. Its title alone grabs your attention. Although it contains a little bit of language and is neither reformed nor evangelical, it is an enjoyable read.  (Rick Downs)




This week, Marilynne Robinson's What are We Doing Here? Essays will be released. For those who went to hear her speak at Harvard last April, you'll find that essay included in the book, along with others she has presented around the country, primarily discussing our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. 



Christ and Conflict by John Stott was originally published in 1970 as Christ the Controversialist. It was highly controversial then, as it dealt with the fact that Christ was not always gentle, as we often assume. He disagreed with many and often found himself in the midst of a debate with highly regarded religious leaders. The now republished version still packs a punch. (Rick Downs)




God's Very Good Idea-A True Story of God's Delightfully Different Family This new book for ages 3-7, written by Trillia Newbell, offers a well-written and upbeat approach to God's creation of all kinds of people. It does not shy away from the sin that separates us from a right relationship with God and with one another, but offers great hope about Jesus coming again to make the world perfect. In the meantime, "God's family is called the church. Your church friends are your brothers and sisters--your wonderful and colorful church family. You can enjoy loving them and loving God with them."  (Sarah Goodman)


A classic recommendation for those looking for their next fiction novel, All the Light We Cannot See has topped bestseller lists and won multiple awards in the past two years. The story of a blind French girl and a German boy who meet in occupied France, the book tells of two people on opposite sides of the conflict, fighting to survive in the midst of World War  (Laura Bullock)


The Matchbox Diary is a delightful story told by a grandfather to his granddaughter about his immigration journey. Although he could not read or write, the grandfather told his story through objects he saved in matchboxes through the years. Written by Newberry winner, Paul Fleischmann, young readers will enjoy both the historical adventures and the sweet relationship that unfolds in this story. (Becky Williams)