Reflections from Seminary Students

Book Review–The Bluest Eye

May 18th, 2012 § 0 Comments

Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, centers around the complexity of race and how this determines beauty.  While Morrison wrote the novel in the late 1960s, she was contemplating an encounter from her childhood.  Morrison recounts in the preface that she was confounded as a child when her friend, another African-American girl, wanted to have blue eyes.  Morrison, even as a girl, was disturbed that her friend could not see the beauty in her own natural features.  Interestingly enough the only dark body with blue eyes in the novel is a cat who promptly, though accidentally, is killed after the main character Pecola sees the strange feline. » Read the rest of this entry «

Book Review–Gilead

May 11th, 2012 § 0 Comments

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s 2004 novel, is one that I have heard a lot about for several years.  It is one of those books that seems to come up in discussions of favorites. The novel won the  2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award.  In addition President Barack Obama lists Gilead as one of his favorite books on his facebook page.  I attempted to read Gilead on a midnight greyhound to Spokane once, but the slow pace of the book could not compete with my increasingly strong desire to sleep or the strange characters that night busses always tend to collect.  This time around I was much more successful as we were reading Gilead as a class for THEO 6720: Vocational Discernment & Discipleship. » Read the rest of this entry «

Book Review–11/22/63

May 4th, 2012 § 0 Comments

If you could go back in time to change our current future, would you?  And even more importantly what would you change?  This is the very question posed to 30-something, divorced, High School English teacher Jake Epping by his odd frycook friend Al.  Al discovers a “rabbit-hole” in the supply closet of his restaurant that leads to Tuesday September 9, 1958 at 11:58 AM.  After Al sends Jake in the past for a root beer he explains a bit about the rabbit-hole. » Read the rest of this entry «

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