From the ninth to the twelth centuries, during a long and extraordinary period of social instability, Irish Christians constructed round towers to protect what they valued most. Many hundreds of years later, these beautiful ruins continue to bear witness to that act of faith – and to remind us that “the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

Delighting in “mere Christianity,” The Round Tower Review sets out to represent, encourage and celebrate Christian thinking, making and living. As a journal of Christian culture, the Review promotes reflection, creativity and community. 

If it were forced to choose a “life verse,” the Review would probably want to have three: “You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thes. 1:9-10). So “aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands” (1 Thes. 4:11). And remember that when “Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea,” they “ate and drank and were happy” (1 Kings 4:20).

The first issue includes Andrew Roycroft on clever words and good speech; Crawford Gribben on reading as believing; Michael A.G. Haykin on Macarius; Sharon Jones on grace and gardening; Paul Kingsnorth on fiction, crisis and apocalypse; Fionnghuala Finnegan’s short story, “The lost kingdom”; and Seth Wright’s narrative poem, “A window opens.”