Reviews by Alexis Neal

Read Alexis Neal's Blog Follow Alexis Neal on Twitter

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 10/2 Alexis Neal wrote: **Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye, by Len Bailey: In which Jesus (code name: K2L2, for 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords') hires Sherlock Holmes to 'investigate' various biblical mysteries. By time-traveling him to Bible times via a doodad called 'the needle's eye', which Holmes built using ... Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye: The World's Greatest Detective Tackles the Bible's Ultimate Mysteries, by Len Bailey

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Bound Together

Bound Together

On 5/9 Alexis Neal wrote: In this fascinating, insightful, and well-written book (which I highly recommend), author and pastor Chris Brauns explores the corporate nature of life and faith—that is, the connectedness between and among people whereby we are, well, ‘bound together’ in what Brauns calls ‘the rope principle.’ ... 'Bound Together' in Suffering ... and Salvation

Alexis Neal's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Domination

Domination

On 4/11 Alexis Neal wrote: ***Colt McAlister and company continue to battle the forces of evil, personified here (as elsewhere in the trilogy) as shape-shifting aliens with nefarious and deadly plans for planet earth. See, portals keep opening up to allow these six-armed 'Thule' and their ships to cross over to earth from ... ... Domination (C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy #3), by Jon S. Lewis

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

gods at war

gods at war

On 3/13 Alexis Neal wrote: ***I had never heard of Kyle Idleman until I read Tim Challies' review of his recent bestseller Not a Fan. Challies had some very positive things to say about the book, but ended his review with three concerns: 1) Idleman relied overmuch on humor and pop culture references; 2) Idleman occasionally ... Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart, by Kyle Idleman

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/20 Alexis Neal wrote: ****My husband and I both read this book, the latest from Mark Driscoll, and while I liked it fine, he (as a philosopher and longtime Driscoll fan) appreciated it much more and had far more insightful things to say about it. So I let him write the review. You'll thank me later, I promise.  Here's ... Who Do You Think You Are?, by Mark Driscoll (a guest post)

Alexis Neal's Rating:

4 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 12/12 Alexis Neal wrote: ***Well-known preacher John MacArthur walks the reader through the stories of twelve 'unexpected' Bible heroes (in ten chapters--Gideon and Samson are paired, as are Mark and Onesimus).I confess that I was expecting something a bit ... different. With a title like Twelve Unlikely Heroes, I somehow got ... Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You, by John MacArthur

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Southern Foodie

The Southern Foodie

On 10/9 Alexis Neal wrote: **One glance at the rather unwieldy subtitle of this book will tell you precisely what it is.  Nashville food writer Chris Chamberlain presents a collection of short write-ups of, well, 100 noteworthy restaurants scattered across 13 Southern states. Chamberlain doesn't limit himself to the pricey, ... The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous), by Chris Chamberlain

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Jackson

Jackson

On 8/8 Alexis Neal wrote: **A biography of the controversial Andrew Jackson.  As you might expect from a book in a series called The Generals, the author focuses primarily on Jackson's military adventures, particularly his encounters with the Creeks, the Seminoles, and the British.Allow me to start off by saying that ... Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander, by Paul Vickery (The Generals)

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 6/17 Alexis Neal wrote: ***It's been seven years since Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind--though the royal family has carefully kept his madness a secret from the people.  His daughter, Tiamat, recent widow of a Jewish prince, would rather remain alone than enter into another loveless marriage.  But with her mother pressuring ... Garden of Madness, by Tracy L. Higley

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 2/13 Alexis Neal wrote: This is, or wants to be, a biography of Jesus.  Or at any rate, a biography of his humanity, as it's far from an exhaustive account of all his activities. Reardon walks through the life of Jesus from birth through his youth and pre-ministry adult years, on into his earthly ministry, to the ... The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ, by Patrick Henry Reardon

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Alienation

Alienation

On 12/28 Alexis Neal wrote: The adventures of orphaned surfer teen Colt McAlister continue as he and his two best friends--hacker prodigy Danielle and uber-buff warrior-to-be Oz--prepare for their training at the super secret C.H.A.O.S. academy. Which would be more than enough to keep these teenagers busy without the near-fatal ... Alienation (C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy #2), by Jon S. Lewis

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Skin Map (audio book)

The Skin Map (audio book)

On 11/22 Alexis Neal wrote: While slogging through the streets of London one rainy Sunday morning, everyman Kit Livingston encounters his long-lost (and surprisingly spry) great grandfather, who requests his assistance in a search for the titular Skin Map--a map made of human skin. From there, Kit is plunged into a world of ley ... The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1), by Stephen R. Lawhead

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Invasion (tpc)

Invasion (tpc)

On 10/29 Alexis Neal wrote: Improbably named surfer teen Colt McAlister learns the hard way that comic book monsters are real as he faces off against shape-shifting aliens. Evil, shape-shifting aliens with nefarious plans for the the human race. Aliens armed with mind control chips, flying motorcycles, alien minions, and robot bodyguards. Colt, ... Invasion (C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy #1), by Jon S. Lewis

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 9/26 Alexis Neal wrote: A meandering, directionless, and ultimately discouraging discussion of the Christian's fight against the "living dead" sin nature, interspersed with scenes from a rather underwhelming, uninspired, and largely unrelated fictional tale of zombie warfare. So, John Owen's Mortification of Sin by way of Max ... The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook: Slaying the Living Dead Within, by Jeff Kinley

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/19 Alexis Neal wrote: A decent--if unimpressive--biography of Tolkien, ostensibly focused on his religious beliefs and the impact they had on his life and work. Based on this account, however, it seems that Tolkien, though a Christian, was less affected by his faith than by his relationships--with his wife, his children, ... J.R.R. Tolkien (Christian Encounters Series), by Mark Horne

Alexis Neal's Rating:

3 Stars

View all reviews for this book

Galileo

Galileo

On 5/27 Alexis Neal wrote: Informative, to be sure. But Stokes can't seem to make up his mind whether he's writing a serious biography or a more lighthearted account of Galileo's life and work. I enjoy the writer-as-storyteller trope, but Stokes comes across as unable to decide whether he wants to insert his own voice into the ... Galileo (Christian Encounters Series), by Mitch Stokes

Alexis Neal's Rating:

2 Stars

View all reviews for this book

The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 3/3 Alexis Neal wrote: This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. Ostensibly a book about the liturgical year, its history, theology, and significance to our modern lives, this is more accurately two hundred pages of Chittister assuring her readers over and over (and over again) that the liturgical year is important ... The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life (The Ancient Practices Series), by Joan Chittister

Alexis Neal's Rating:

1 Stars

View all reviews for this book