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On this page I have a list of key critical summaries and reviews undertaken since the inception of the blog. Wide ranging discussion of different books can be found here

Critical Summaries
Flourishing in A Digital World (Virtually Human, Brooks & Nicholas)
Screwtape Letters (The Screwtape Letters, C S Lewis)
Spiritual Leadership (Spiritual Leadership, J O Sanders)
Social Networking (Will You Be My Facebook? T Chester)
The Temptation of Jesus (Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness, Adolphe Monod)

Book Reviews

God on A Brain, Bradley L Stickley (Apologetics)
Competing Spectacles, Tony Reinke (Technology, Culture)
The Christian and Technology, John Fesko (Technology)
Do You Believe? Paul David Tripp (Christian Life)
The Art of Dying, Rob Moll (Antropology)
The Biology of Sin, Matthew S Stanford (Antropology)
Found in Him, Elyse Fitzgerald (Christology)
Man of Sorrows, King of Glory, Jonty Rhodes (Christology)
Trusting God, Jerry Bridges (Christian Life)

How Much is Enough?, Skidelsky, Robert (Markets, Growth)
What Money Can't Buy, Michael Sandel (Markets, Justice)
Economic Justice in an Unfair World, Ethan B Kapstein (Justice)
Injustice, Daniel Dorling (Justice)
Getting Better, Charles Kenny (Development)
Bad Samaritans, Ha Joon Chan (Development)
Politics of Global Regulation, Mattli and Woods (Regulation)
The Second Machine Age, Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (Technology)
Exceptional People, Goldin, Cameron and Balajaran (Migration)

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo (Race)
Warrior Princess, Princess Kasune Zulu (Memoir)
Reforming the Unreformable, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (Africa)
The Challenge for Africa, Wangari Maathi (Africa)
When to Speak and When to Shut Up, By Michael D Sedler (Communication)

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