Hearts & Minds BookNotes

annotations, blurbs and ruminations

to enlarge the heart & stimulate the mind

and to happily generate mail order business for Hearts & Minds bookstore

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My lovely wife Beth and I own and operate--proprietors makes us sound more classy than we really are--a cluttered, diverse and independent bookstore in Central Pennsylvania. After well over 20 years, we are still not sure what to say when people ask if our shop is a "Christian bookstore." I do a monthly book review column over at our website; we hope that these new blogged bits will afford friends and customers the chance to see other books I happen to be reading, wishing to read, pretending that I read or at least believe that others should, if not read, know about. We have three children, attend a Presbyterian church in York, PA and have no hobbies.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Narnian book reviews at the website

I have been meaning to announce here the monthly website article listing our picks for the best new books from the batch of C.S. Lewis and Narnia releases. We read quite a few this fall, and give our reports; one friend (okay, it was a friend) said that ours was more intersting than the good survey in Christianity Today. The author of that one may be more reliable, I'd say, but it may be worth your time to check out the November article over at our website, www.heartsandmindsbooks.com.

Here is how that big 'ol annotated list begins:

C. S. Lewis, we find, is an author that is widely known (well, not to one lady we met at a conference this fall who asked if he would be coming to the event) but not as widely studied as we might expect. In the new, informal and very heartfelt biography of Jack (as he liked to be called), Jack’s Life, by his stepson Douglas Gresham, Gresham writes, "…if you are someone who reads, then the chances are that you have read something by C. S. Lewis, and if you haven’t, then you have a great feast of reading before you." Very true; very true!
Click here to read the actual recommendations.

(Better do it soon, since the year-end Hearts & Minds awards and honors will be posted there soon...)