The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Uncle Terrible

Uncle Terrible is a friend of the family. He teaches high school Latin, collects comic books and movie memorabilia, and is called Uncle Terrible because he’s so terribly nice. Anatole goes to visit Uncle Terrible in his New York apartment, little suspecting that he will soon be shrinking to the size of a cockroach, meeting Mother Nature, traveling with a skeletal mule, and playing a life-and-death game of checkers with an evil wizard to save his friends.

Uncle Terrible is an incredibly imaginative story; it is reminiscent of the best of George MacDonald, E. Nesbit, and Lewis Carroll. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a children’s fantasy book like I have Uncle Terrible, and I recommend it highly as a quick read for children and adults.

5/5 stars


Anonymous said…
Your description reminded me of Dahl's books too. sometimes it's nice to curl up with a whimsical book and I also enjoy MacDonald from time to time.

Thanks for your review
(coming over from Semicolon's Sat. Review of books)
Rick said…
Thanks for visiting. I didn't mention Dahl in my review, but it *does* remind me a lot of his books as well. I don't know why this one is not more well known than it is.
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Elena Burton said…
I'm a little late to the conversation, but I'd like to say that the other two books in the Anatole series are just as good. In fact, I like both of them a little better than Uncle Terrible and I like Uncle Terrible quite a lot! These books are out of print now (for no good reason that I can tell!) so snap them up if you find then. Dayan
Rick said…
Thanks, Elena. I'll definitely keep an eye out.