The Journey to Freedom – Dan Johnson

This is a book about breaking free from addiction.  The subtitle is “Walking Away from Your Past.”  The addictions he discusses most are alcohol, drugs, and pornography, but what he writes really applies to any addiction.  He uses as a framework the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt.  Just as Israel had to do things […]

When People are Big and God is Small – Edward T. Welch

The subtitle to this book is “Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man.”  He does a good job of pointing out all the ways we can fear man and how it affects us.  Fear of man can show itself as sensitivity to peer pressure, the inability to say ‘no’, an obsession over self-esteem, […]

Bellevue – David Oshinsky

Fascinating book about the history of Bellevue Hospital in New York.  Before reading this book, I thought Bellevue was a mental institution and didn’t even know it was still in existence.  Contrary to my assumptions, it’s very much in existence and is one of the oldest and most respected hospitals in the country.  It actually […]

The Carnival Campaign – Ronald G Shafer

Book is about the 1840 presidential campaign between William Henry Harrison and incumbent President Martin Van Buren.  This campaign featured the incredibly memorable slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” referring to Harrison and his running mate, John Tyler.  Harrison was renowned for winning the battle of Tippecanoe (Indiana) during the War of 1812.  Even though this […]

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

I was probably a fourth of the way through this book before I realized that the story is what the story is.  I know that doesn’t make much sense, but the story is very concentrated and it takes a bit to understand that it’s not straying from a single focus.  It takes place in Russia, […]

Hillbilly Elegy – JD Vance

I’m probably a touch behind the times in reading this book – it’s been out and hugely popular for almost a year.  That said, I devoured it – it was excellent.  It’s about the author’s life growing up in a family with roots in Appalachian Kentucky.  Since he’s now only in his 30s, the stories […]