Updated: Feb 23
When I first grabbed this book to read, I placed it back down after a while because the author's writing was too casual to me, having subtle jokes here and there. But when I returned to this book years later, I neverminded that and finished the book. This book provides the history of five major cities of the world and their lasting contribution. I enjoyed the history provided of each. But, what rounded this author's composition altogether is the Epilogue at the end of the cities' presentation. Without the last chapter or Epilogue, I would have felt that I had just read some vague disposition. The book ends on a good note, so I can appreciate this author's work.
Douglas Wilson seems to be a believer. He utilizes scripture throughout this book. When I first began reading the book, I went off in thought because the point was brought to my attention how Cain went out and built a city after leaving God’s presence in the fourth chapter of Genesis, and he named the city after his son. “Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names” (Psalm 49:11). I then thought about how much scripture is provided on the holy city, new Jerusalem, that shall arrive in a time to come in Ezekiel 40 and Revelation 21. This holy city shall come from heaven from God (Revelation 21:2).
Because the scriptures are so astounding, my ears go up any time I hear someone speaking God’s word. The scriptures brought my attention to the resounding significance that cities have. God’s word causes us to be knowledgeable regarding things that we would not have normally thought about or cared about. “And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, ‘Cursed be the man before the LORD, that rises up and builds this city Jericho'” (Joshua 6:26).
Cities were brought to this man’s attention to writing upon. These five, particular ones permeated his interest. If desirable, support local bookstores and get yours here: https://bookshop.org/a/56410/9781595551368