The Making of Winston Churchill

On July 23, 2017, in Books, Heroes, History, Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, by Derrick G. Jeter

Some men’s lives are larger than life; men possessed by a unique spirit and passion, who by the fortunes of unique circumstances are able to bring to bear that spirit upon their age. Theodore Roosevelt was one such man. Born to wealth, Roosevelt could have spend his life in ease and repose. But he chose […]

The American Spirit: A Book Review

On May 14, 2017, in America, Books, Freedom, History, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

It has been said before, and by more eloquent voices than my own, but it bears repeating: David McCullough is a national treasure—not merely because he is one of America’s preeminent historians (which he is), but because he is a good and generous man. McCullough embodies a word rarely used to day: He is a […]

Washington: A Life

On April 23, 2017, in America, American Revolution, Books, Founding Fathers, George Washington, Heroes, History, by Derrick G. Jeter

Of all the founding fathers, George Washington is the least understood. He comes out of history as the marble-man—about as approachable and warm as the marble sarcophagus that entombs his bones at Mount Vernon. He is everyone’s hero. But he is a hero of god-like stature—almost inconceivable that anyone like him could have actually existed […]

Books from 2016

On January 1, 2017, in Books, Literature, by Derrick G. Jeter

Marilynne Robinson is a superb writer. She is also a collectors of books. She has put into words my own feelings about collecting and reading books. She wrote: Over the years I have collected so many books that, in aggregate, they can fairly be called a library. I don’t know what percentage of them I […]

Eric Metaxas’ Unfortunate History

On October 19, 2016, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Books, Founding Fathers, History, Pilgrims, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sigh! I like Eric Metaxas. I really do. But his fast and loose use of history is growing wearisome—and worrisome. This is especially true with his latest book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. The title of his book comes from a conversation between Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Powel, a […]

7 Lessons from Nazi Germany

On September 5, 2016, in America, Books, Christianity, Culture, Future, God, Gospel, Government, History, Jesus Christ, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

“Do not be deceived,” Scripture warns. “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). This truth is universal and applied universally—for individuals and for nations. One of the greatest and starkest examples of this principle on a national scale was the rise and fall of Hitler’s Nazi […]

How Should Christians Vote? A Book Review

On May 25, 2016, in America, Bible, Books, Christian, Freedom, God, Government, Liberty, Politics, President, by Derrick G. Jeter

It is not a secret or a controversy that evangelical Christians overwhelmingly vote Republican. But the selection of Donald J. Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for 2016 has thrown many evangelicals into a quandary. For the most part, evangelicals cannot stomach Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee. To vote for her would not […]

Keeping Christianity Strange: A Review of Russell Moore’s “Onward”

On April 7, 2016, in America, Books, Christianity, Culture, Gospel, Politics, Roe v. Wade, by Derrick G. Jeter

The West Wing was a fictional depiction of the doings in the West Wing of the White House. The show starred Martin Sheen and centered on a god-like president, Josiah Bartlet; a president with the courage and character of George Washington, the sensitivity and eloquence of Abraham Lincoln, and the charisma and political skills of […]

“The Wright Brothers”: A Book Review

On January 30, 2016, in America, Books, Heroes, History, by Derrick G. Jeter

David McCullough has done it again. He’s written a biography that invites the reader to sit down and have a long, intimate conversation with significant figures in history. In his latest work, The Wright Brothers, McCullough introduces us to the two Dayton, Ohioans who first conquered human powered flight. But as with all McCullough biographies, […]

Books from 2015

On January 1, 2016, in Books, Faith, Freedom, Future, God, Government, Heroes, History, Literature, Same-Sex Marriage, Theology, by Derrick G. Jeter

The best decorations are walls filled with love and laughter from treasured ones. The next best are walls filled with books you treasure. Anyone who has been in my home office knows I have plenty of books I treasure—over two thousand volumes . . . and growing. I’ve either read, plan to read, or have […]