3 Books To Read In 2018

I read my age  in books (32) in 2017 and I hope to at least match that in 2018 (here are three tips that helped me get there and here are three of the best books I read). I don’t have a full reading list for 2018 but I do have three books on my radar.

  1. One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse

From the flap:

“We’re often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s. . . .

Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how an unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.”

  1. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt

I thumbed through this 980 page behemoth at Costco – where else? – and knew it was for me. It appears to explain the science behind many different cooking techniques in what appears to be fairly comprehensive way.

From the flap:

“Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new―but simple―techniques. In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1,000 full-color images, you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes, how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes, how to make the crispiest, creamiest potato casserole ever conceived, and much more.”

  1. Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Michael Ward

This book may not be for everybody, it may not even be for me, but it intrigues me enough that I will give it a go. It comes highly recommended by people who like it.

From the flap:

“For over half a century, scholars have laboured to show that C. S. Lewis’s famed but apparently disorganised Chronicles of Narnia have an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments, the seven deadly sins, and the seven books of Spenser’s Faerie Queene. None of these explanations has won general acceptance and the structure of Narnia’s symbolism has remained a mystery.

Michael Ward has finally solved the enigma. In Planet Narnia he demonstrates that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven novels. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis’s writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles), Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets – – Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn – – planets which Lewis described as “spiritual symbols of permanent value” and “especially worthwhile in our own generation”. Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that in each book the plot-line, the ornamental details, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality.”

I need more books for my list so put some recommendations in the comments or @ me on twitter.


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