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Book Recommendation: Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson

By rule I read everything that Douglas Wilson writes. Even though we have some theological differences, he is always striving to be biblical, Gospel centered, original and interesting. Since I enjoy his writing so much, and since there was a sale on the e-book for Wordsmithy, I decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. I’m glad I read the book, but I’m also glad I got it on sale as an e-book. Let’s deal with the negatives first.

The Bad – I’m not sure if it was just the e-book format, but there were some editing issues. There were a few repeated paragraphs and the book was overall, pretty repetitive. Wilson said he was using the: tell them, tell them why, then tell them again method, I just wish it hadn’t been quite so obvious. The book is also very short. I would not pay the $11+ price tag on amazon right now, wait for a sale or a discount on the e-book again.

The Good – The book contained the usual witty, creative and original writing of Douglas Wilson. I greatly appreciate his writing, so it was nice to see his thought process and learn how he grew and matured as a writer. It is also nice to have a view on writing from a distinctly Christian worldview, something that isn’t forced in the book, but comes naturally out of who Wilson is. The biggest plus was the extensive book recommendations. This was one of those books that had me adding 20 or so books to my Amazon Wish List.

Overall, this is a solid addition to the Wilson Canon and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in becoming a better writer or in the writing process.

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Book Review: Evangellyfish

Evangellyfish by Douglas Wilson is satire, but not the kind of satire that ends up on the bargain shelves at your local Christian Bookstore in a matter of months. There is some not so subtle critique of the evangelical world, but this is also a good story with enough timeless truth to make it enjoyable far after the problems Wilson addresses are no longer problems (please, quickly God?). Also, Wilson is simply a good and enjoyable writer. The P.G. Wodehouse and G.K. Chesterton influences are obvious here, but that is a good thing and may we have more of it.

The book follows the lives of two pastors from a Mid-West metropolis. Chad Lester is is the CEO and MegaChurch pastor of Camel Creek Community Church while John Mitchell is the pastor of a smaller, Reformed Baptist Church in town. Lester gets tangled up in controversy when he is accused of a homosexual affair. Lester knew the affair part was coming (he had taken part in many) but the homosexual part was the shocker since he had honestly never done that. Mitchell gets tangled up in things when Lester calls him out of the blue.The rest is a tangle of relationships and cover ups that the church tries to handle with different degrees of integrity or dishonesty and a healthy dose of naivete.

This is an average story made exceptional by the characters who inhabit it and the perfect tone Wilson achieves for his satire. Never heavy-handed or gratuitous, the humor is light and airy with honest respect and empathy for the people involved. This is a great, quick read. If you are expecting to laugh at the expense of others, be careful with this one because you are likely to find the cross hairs on yourself at some point.

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