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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #175 on: Tue Jul 17, 2007 - 21:26:34 »
Just finished Traveling Mercies by Lamott. Pretty good book; ends a little weak but the majority of it is worth reflection.

Now on to No Man is an Island, by Merton, and How People Grow, by Cloud and Townsend.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #176 on: Wed Jul 18, 2007 - 08:11:17 »
A Life With Purpose - The Story of the Man Behind The Purpose-Drive Life. - by George Mair. 

I always seem to be in the midst of reading two or three books at the same time.  I'm also reading a book called Mary Ellen's Wow!  Ideas that really work--fast, easy, fun ways of solving household problems. 

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« Reply #177 on: Sat Jul 21, 2007 - 12:59:13 »
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #178 on: Sat Jul 21, 2007 - 23:03:03 »
I finished Deathly Hallows this morning. I know it's controversial, but it was everything I expected it to be and everything it should be. Regardless of whether you agree with the witchcraft element, Rowling is an unbelievable author.

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« Reply #178 on: Sat Jul 21, 2007 - 23:03:03 »
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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #179 on: Sun Jul 22, 2007 - 18:55:07 »
I read the Wikipedia condensed version.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #180 on: Sun Jul 22, 2007 - 21:27:04 »
God As He Longs for You to See Him by Chip Ingram

Captivated by Stasi Eldredge

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #181 on: Mon Jul 23, 2007 - 13:08:57 »
Captivating is an aaaaaaaaaawesome book!

I just finished the final HP book, allowed my mind the hour or so it needed to stop reeling, my heart the time it needed to stop pounding..... and I've just picked up Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence which promises to be a slow, literary read (despite what his early 20th Century contemporaries had to stay about it) -- just what I need after three days of fast-paced J.K. Rowling induced excitement.  :o)

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #182 on: Wed Jul 25, 2007 - 04:58:50 »
the discipline of grace by jerry bridges

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #183 on: Fri Jul 27, 2007 - 08:03:35 »
Just finished "Timepiece" by Richard Paul Evans, and am starting "Handle with Prayer" by Charles F. Stanley.

Timepiece was a book that I could hardly put down, and I read it in a day.   ::hourglass::

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #184 on: Mon Jul 30, 2007 - 17:31:28 »
I decided last week to read the first recreational (meaning non-work-related) book I've read in too long a time.  I've had A Painted House sitting on the headboard bookshelf forever and finally read it.  I really enjoyed Grisham's view of life in mid-20th rural Arkansas, and the stories were engaging.  It made me appreciate the stories of friends I have that grew up in extremely similar circumstances on the cotton farms in Texas.  Good book.

I'm thinking of Clancy's Rainbow Six next.  It's been on the same shelf for years (moved twice since I got it, and it's still there).  After that it'll be David McCollough's 1776.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #185 on: Mon Jul 30, 2007 - 18:24:04 »
The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #186 on: Mon Jul 30, 2007 - 20:09:08 »
Hello Saints ::smile::

I'm reading:

"Jesus: Uncovering the life, teachings and relevance of a religious revolutionary"  by Marcus J. Borg

For those interested ... here's a bit of the book's description:

"...Almost two thousand years after his death, Jesus continues to be front-page news in the United States. Recent polls show that over 84 percent of Americans agree with the statement, "Jesus is the Son of God."  Yet American Christians are deeply divided about what it means to follow him. Many followers of Jesus oppose evolution; many defend it. Some are among the strongest supporters of our nation's invasions and wars; others are among its strongest critics...

"Borg introduces us to a Jesus we have never really met before, a religious revolutionary who brought transformation, not doctrine. Jesus remains the decisive revelation of God, but we now encounter him as both a reality and a role model centered in God, focused on both personal and political transformation, emphasizing practices rather than beliefs, and exemplifying a faith characterized by deep commitment and gentle certitude..."



Quite a page turner ... for sure!

Gracious ::reading::


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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #187 on: Tue Aug 07, 2007 - 20:07:52 »
Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas

The Divine Embrace, Robert Webber

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #188 on: Tue Aug 07, 2007 - 20:10:10 »
The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit, by Gordon T. Smith

Culture of Fear, by Frank Furedi

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #189 on: Wed Aug 08, 2007 - 12:40:29 »
The Life You've Always Wanted - John Ortberg

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« Reply #190 on: Wed Aug 08, 2007 - 13:27:50 »
The Holy Bible - King James Version

Author(s)
Moses, David, Joshua, Samuel, Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Malachi, Mordecai, Nathan, Amos, Daniel, Hosea, Asaph the Levite, Korah, Joel, Obadiah, Gad, Haggai, Jonah, Ethan, Herman, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Zechariah, Matthew, Luke, John, Mark, Peter, Saint Paul, James, Jude, Barnabas, Apollos, Silas, Tertius.

Or God.

Original language
Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek

First published
~3000 B.C. - ~200 A.D.

Approximate sales
5 to 6 Billion

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« Reply #191 on: Wed Aug 08, 2007 - 20:38:01 »
Please don't write me up, but I'm currently re-reading parts of Brian McLaren's The Secret Message of Jesus to help with my Wednesday night class (I'm focusing on how being a Christian means living a different type of life, and McLaren uses some really accessible illustrations and lays out some clear ideas).

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #192 on: Wed Aug 08, 2007 - 20:42:08 »
Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
by Jan Crawford Greenburg

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #193 on: Wed Aug 08, 2007 - 20:43:34 »
Please don't write me up, but I'm currently re-reading parts of Brian McLaren's The Secret Message of Jesus to help with my Wednesday night class (I'm focusing on how being a Christian means living a different type of life, and McLaren uses some really accessible illustrations and lays out some clear ideas).

You are going to be in my next issue of Who's Who Among Church of Christ Change Agents.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #194 on: Thu Aug 09, 2007 - 01:11:33 »
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What are you reading right now?

Finishing up the New Testament, again.

Started last week, and should be finished in the next couple of days (if the Lord is willing, of course).

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #195 on: Sun Aug 12, 2007 - 19:59:53 »
I just finished reading Save Me From Myself by Brian Welch, the ex lead guitar player from the "band" KORN.

I am not a fan of this type of "music",  by any means, but with a drummer for a son, I like to see how many are coming to Christ who many Christians would just write them off as a loss.

What an amazing testimony. Very raw, but at the same time, extremely encouraging to see how God can do what no man can do. He can break through all the chains wrapped around broken hearts, and turn them over to Him, and keep them in His grace, by the blood of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Powerful.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #196 on: Mon Aug 13, 2007 - 13:30:08 »
Just finished A Briefer History of Time, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

Towards the end, it discusses the evolving view of God as Creator, as to whether or not He had a choice in how his Natural Laws would function, thus what the universe, and ourselves, would look like, for example.

The interesting point is that one of the reasons that Science and Philosophy (including Theology), always seem at odds is that in the last century or so, is that scientists gathered new information, and formed new theories, so fast that often philosophers could not keep up.

The promise of some kind of "Unified Theory" about everything, which would explain all  phenomena, great and small, would allow everyone to catch up on understanding the "hows" and start investigating the "whys," which is a much more difficult, but much more  important, inquiry.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #197 on: Wed Aug 22, 2007 - 06:01:50 »
I am currently reading

"Becoming Human" by Jean Vanier - awesome book especially if you are feeling burned out on social work.

"At the Back of the North Wind" by George MacDonald - his masterpiece.

"The History of Mysticism" vol. I, by Bernard McGinn - I love to read about the history of prayer and McGinn's writing is engaging.


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« Reply #198 on: Fri Aug 24, 2007 - 18:17:27 »
"The Cay" by Theodore Taylor, which I will be teaching in a few weeks.  Probably good to read it first, huh?

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« Reply #199 on: Sat Aug 25, 2007 - 11:06:59 »
Finished The Divine Embrace, by Webber.

Excellent book trying to combine Christian spirituality and Christian living. His argument in the last three or four pages seems a bit forced, but the balance of the book is quite good. Here are a couple quotes:

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In our Western mind we carry a static view of creation. We need to exchange a static view of creation for a dynamic one. Creation is ongoing in the sense that God is involved in creation with his own two hands--incarnate Word and Spirit--embracing the world to bring it into its final destination, the new heavens and the new earth. (page 131)

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We are spiritual not because we practice the disciplines or use pious words but because we are united to Jesus who has restored our union with God. So our goal is never to become spiritual but to live out the spirituality we have in Jesus through the choices that spring forth from continually living in God's embrace affirmed in baptism. (page 207)


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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #200 on: Sat Aug 25, 2007 - 12:35:42 »
Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles, by Jacobson.      Excellent text for combining christian veterinarian with patients.

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« Reply #201 on: Sat Sep 01, 2007 - 09:57:48 »
"Renovation of the Heart:  Putting on the Character of Christ" by Dallas Willard.  I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it, but I can already highly recommend it for anyone who is really serious about becoming more like Christ.  It's got questions at the end of each chapter for discussion, so it would be great in a group study, too.  I will say, though, that it's not the easy-reading MaxLucado-style reading that so many folks are into these days.  Not that it's too technical to understand or anything like that.  Just that I've found I have to go slow and go back and reread his sentences and paragraphs and mull things over a lot.  Which is good, I think.

I read a book of his last year that I would also highly recommend, "The Great Omission:  Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship," as well as one from several years ago, "The Spirit of the Disciplines."

Great stuff!

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #202 on: Thu Sep 06, 2007 - 23:26:28 »
Thinking of starting "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" tonight...

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« Reply #203 on: Fri Sep 07, 2007 - 06:55:52 »
Good bedtime reading, James! rofl

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #204 on: Fri Sep 07, 2007 - 07:52:55 »
If it ever comes in the mail (it was in Atlanta 3 days ago, and I live outside of Chattanooga), I'll start Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind.

I'm also slowly and carefully reading John Piper's When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy.

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« Reply #205 on: Sun Sep 09, 2007 - 20:19:57 »
I just finished reading Shaiton's Fire, an espionage/terriorist/FBI type fiction with FBI men who were devout christians, written by Jake Thoene.  Very enjoyable read and very accurate information, especially considering it went to the publisher just two months before 9-11.  I will be reading Firefly Blue. and Fuel the Fire over the next couple of weeks.

I have already told myself the next book to order will be Bobby Valentine's and John Mark Hick's book Kingdom Come.

Over the summer I read the historical fiction series Zion Legacy by Brock and Bodie Thoene.  It is a series of six historical fictions based on the restablishment of Israel in 1948.  Brock and Bodie are Jake's parents.  This series leads into their latest series of historical fiction, A.D. Chronicles, which I read during the winter and spring months.  Bodie Thoene told me that the 7th book will be out in Jan. with two more books already being written. 

If you ever get to where you want to read some good historical fictions, look to the Thoene's series of books.  They keep alot of the same characters through out their series, with plots and story lines that tie together.

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Re: What are you reading right now?
« Reply #206 on: Mon Sep 10, 2007 - 15:26:01 »
Just finished reading Devil's Knot about the child murders in West Memphis and the WM3.  Horrific stuff.  I normally do not read this kind of book, but having lived in Memphis during the time of those murders, I thought it would be interesting to get some insight into the arrests and trials.

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« Reply #207 on: Mon Sep 10, 2007 - 16:13:09 »
"Behold the Pierced One" by some guy named Ratzinger. The title page says it's An Approach to a Spiritual Christology.

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« Reply #208 on: Mon Sep 10, 2007 - 16:14:44 »
"Behold the Pierced One" by some guy named Ratzinger. The title page says it's An Approach to a Spiritual Christology.

As in Cardinal - now Pope, Joseph Ratzinger?

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« Reply #209 on: Mon Sep 10, 2007 - 16:55:33 »
Yeah.  ::smile::