Friday, April 09, 2004

Book Review: A sequel

The Fifth Man, by Randall Ingermanson and John B. Olson. This is the sequel to a novel reviewed on this page a few entries ago. Not as prescient or eerie as the first novel, this one just angered me throughout. The first book ended with a hokey marriage proposal, a situation that was not addressed until a quarter through this one. The first book had a death that was not really a death, and this book had one, too, then a death that really was a death. What a pointless little emotional yo-yo that was. Then I had the misfortune of finding out that the book had been nominated for a Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian book-selling. That made me angry. This was a thoroughly unsatisfying book, and certainly unworthy of an awards. Aaarrrggghhh!

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Theological Consistency

. . . is one of the things I value most highly in myself and others. I think of it as part of the whole "work out your salvation with fear and trembling" thing. This quiz is designed to test the consistency of one's views of religion and spirituality. I came through fairly well unscathed, and I quibble with one fo the two "inconsistencies" they found in my thinking. But they are thought-provoking questions and it is a good concept. Give it a try.