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Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis

By Michael Ward
Oxford University Press, 2008
Softcover, 384 pages, $20.95

Reviewed by Ranall Ingalls

IN THE OPENING pages of Planet Narnia, Michael Ward sets himself an ambitious project. He attempts to explain why C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia, to reveal the imaginative logic that binds the seven books together, and to tell us why these books have been so beloved by a huge cross-section of readers through many years. I and many critics think he succeeds. Yet what he actually accomplishes is even greater.

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Giving Doubts Their Due

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

By Timothy Keller
Penguin, 2008
Softcover, 467 pages, $18


Reviewed by Elizabeth Curry

“A FAITH WITHOUT DOUBTS is like a human body without any antibodies in it,” writes Timothy Keller, founder of the burgeoning Reformed Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, in the introduction to this book of Christian apologetics. His aim is to confront doubts which deter many people from Christian belief, and which also trouble many believers. He seeks to demonstrate that in uncovering the assumptions that lie behind their doubts both skeptics and believers can come to a greater understanding of their respective positions, and from there perhaps find firmer ground in faith.

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No Need for God? Stephen Hawking defies Divine Creation

The Grand Design

By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Bantam, Hardcover, 198 pages, $33

Reviewed by Albert Mohler

By any measure, Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and influential figures in modern science. For thirty years, he served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and his career before and after his decades in that post is the stuff of scientific legend. He is also probably the longest-living person ever to be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], and the very fact that he has been productive since that diagnosis at age 21 is a testimony to his sense of personal mission and sheer determination.

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Review: Growing Up Christian: Why Young People Stay in the Church, Leave Church and (Sometimes) Come back to Church

Growing Up Christian: Why Young People Stay in the Church, Leave Church and (Sometimes) Come back to Church

By John P. Bowen
Regent College Publishing, 2010
Softcover, 216 pages, $20.95

TRYING TO UNDERSTAND younger generations is an age-old preoccupation.  Prayers have been said and hands have been wrung in every generation of Christians and before that, every generation in Israel. Parents admit that one of their greatest worries is whether their maturing children will carry faith into adulthood, and pastors concede that supporting young adults can be like herding cats. Every generation looks for advice anew.

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Review: After You Believe, by N. T. Wright

After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
By N.T. Wright
Harper One, 2010
Hardcover, 307 pages, $32.99

Reviewed by Julie Lane Gay

There seems to be an unending cacophony of exhortations bandied about amongst Christians, within and without the Anglican Church -- messages affirming the sole importance of living among the poor, others affirming the need for greater focus on international rights and still other voices pleading for changes in evangelism. One of the quieter voices emerging is the summons to return to the importance of Christian character.  As this message expounds, set yourself toward growing mature in Christian character and from this foundation you will be able to truly and fully love the Church and love the world.

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