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Title: What are you reading right now?
Post by: gibby on Sun Dec 10, 2006 - 15:24:00
I am currently reading Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer.  It is a good philosophical picture of the roots of post-modernism.

 How about you?
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Post by: James Rondon on Sun Dec 10, 2006 - 20:36:22
The Radical Cross, by A.W. Tozer.
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Post by: kanham on Mon Dec 11, 2006 - 11:11:47
Restoring Broken Things by SC Chapman and Scotty Smith and Children Matter by several authors.
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Post by: Jimbob on Mon Dec 11, 2006 - 11:19:54
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Radical Restoration by F. Lagard Smith (figured it's been taking up shelf space, maybe I ought to give it a whirl and see what the fuss was all about)



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Papal Sin by Garry Wills
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Post by: kalen on Mon Dec 11, 2006 - 11:45:46
"Circle of Friends" by Maeve Binchy
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Post by: k-pappy on Mon Dec 11, 2006 - 12:39:31
I can't answer this question, or I would be breaking the forum rules about self-promotion  ::whistle::

KP
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Post by: edinindy on Mon Dec 11, 2006 - 12:54:04
    A biography on the life of Raccoon John Smith by John Sparks
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Post by: ellisadam on Thu Dec 21, 2006 - 15:08:37
Besides all of the grad school stuff I'm reading for Lipscomb, I'm reading
Embracing Grace by Scot McKnight.  (and I highly recommend it)
AE
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Thu Dec 21, 2006 - 15:20:51
The last thing I read was a section out of an engineering manual.
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Post by: spurly on Thu Dec 21, 2006 - 15:34:27
The 21 Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.  The next one I intend to read is "Paul, the apostle of the Heart Set Free", by F.F. Bruce.
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Post by: kalen on Thu Dec 21, 2006 - 17:26:47
Inbetween books right now.  Will go to the library tomorrow morning to hunt something down.
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Post by: HRoberson on Fri Dec 22, 2006 - 16:14:35
Ancient-Future Evangelism, by Webber.
The Art of Prayer, Igumen Chariton
Thoughts in Solitude, Merton
The Needs of the Dying, Kessler
On Grief and Grieving, Kessler
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Post by: OkiMar on Mon Dec 25, 2006 - 07:22:43
Washington's Crossing
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Post by: mike on Mon Dec 25, 2006 - 09:16:56
The Covenant, by James Michener

The Voice of Jesus, by Gordon T. Smith

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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Dec 25, 2006 - 23:26:34
Just got one for Christmas...

The Wisdom of Forgiveness, by the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan
(actually, it's by Chan, but features his discussions and descriptions of the Dalai Lama)

Also picked up two more at Borders yesterday...

--The New Man, by Merton
--Christian Mysticism, by Bernard McGinn

They're gonna have to wait though, until I finish with one of the others...
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Post by: James A. Wyly on Tue Dec 26, 2006 - 07:30:24
My reading is fairly eclectic with more Western Americana than most people read (or can stomach.)

Within the last month,  I have read:

1. “Ghost Soldiers,
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Post by: k-pappy on Tue Dec 26, 2006 - 07:41:17
I'm reading two new ones:

1.  Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll - it is the history of the founding of the U.S. Navy and the six frigates commissioned by Congress...one of which is still an active duty ship up in Boston

2.  The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - the first of the 5 book trilogy...actually they are all in one volume, so I will likely roll right into the next.

KP
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Post by: parson6 on Thu Dec 28, 2006 - 11:19:05
The God Who Is There - Francis Schaeffer
The Books and The Parchments - F.F. Bruce

Two books I picked up in college in the late 70s.  I have read Schaeffer's before, but had never taken Bruce's off the shelf.  I'm enjoying them both immensely.  The God Who Is There traces the abandonment of traditional Judea/Christian thought in Western Civilization - the sad thing is how far culture has declined since this book was written.  The Books and the Parchments is a study of written language and the preservation of the Holy Scriptures throughout history.  A very good read.
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Post by: kalen on Thu Dec 28, 2006 - 11:28:15
New Mercies (a novel) by Sandra Dallas
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Post by: Bass6forChrist on Thu Dec 28, 2006 - 23:25:09
Mere Christianity; CS Lewis

Take Care & God Bless
John
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Post by: normfromga on Fri Dec 29, 2006 - 13:13:47
Conspiracy of Fools, by Kurt Eichenwald

Music Of The Heart : John And Charles Wesley On Music And Musicians : An Anthology, by Carlton R. Young
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Post by: s1n4m1n on Fri Dec 29, 2006 - 14:56:59
Not really reading much. The internet has destroyed what sane reading habits I had.

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Post by: Lee Freeman on Tue Jan 02, 2007 - 17:59:24
Like Jim, my tastes are fairly eclectic, though with certain emphases. Currently I'm reading William M. Ramsay's 1904 classic, The Letters to the Seven Churches; also Christopher Gravett's and David Nicolle's excellent The Normans: Warrior Knights and their Castles. Finally, James Malcolm Rymer's 1845 "penny dreadful" gothic vampire novel Varney the Vampire: or The Feast of Blood, which was part of Bram Stoker's inspiration for Dracula. (I have a habit of reading two or more books at once.)

Pax.
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Post by: HRoberson on Fri Jan 05, 2007 - 13:56:23
Finished the Dali Lama book. It was a bit disappointing.

But never the less, have picked up the following:

--Awareness, by Anthony de Mello. Argues for an increased awareness of ourselves, others, things, and God; the connectedness of all; and the tentativeness of physical existence.

--Traditions of the Ancients, by Marcia Ford. A quick little read that rehearses several spiritual disciplines not normally covered (e.g., prayer shawls, memorial meals) as well as more common ones. I like her style - personable without being too familiar.

--Reaching Out, by Nouwen. Explores a developing spirituality that becomes more aware of others' needs and encourages us to leave our safe places and minister to people we might otherwise avoid.
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Post by: savedbyhim on Sat Jan 06, 2007 - 00:59:40
"God of All Comfort" by Hannah Whitall Smith.

It's a good little book written over a hundred years ago and it really expresses the true personality of God as seen through the Scripture.

I highly recommend it to everyone!
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Jan 06, 2007 - 03:01:13
Nice avatar, "savedbyhim"... It's also the wallpaper/background on my cell phone (by the way, how did you get it to appear so big?).

What am I reading now?... "The Holy Spirit & Power" by John Wesley.
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Post by: tjclaud on Sat Jan 06, 2007 - 06:39:33
"Jack Bauer's Having a Bad Day" by Tim Wesemann.  It finds a lesson about faith in each episode of the first season of the television series "24."  It's not a deep book, and it's not as exciting as the TV series, but I'm reading it anyway.
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Post by: mattmom on Sun Jan 07, 2007 - 20:53:09
"Jack Bauer's Having a Bad Day" by Tim Wesemann.  It finds a lesson about faith in each episode of the first season of the television series "24."  It's not a deep book, and it's not as exciting as the TV series, but I'm reading it anyway.

You a 24 fan?  The next season premiers Monday the 15th.
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Post by: mattmom on Sun Jan 07, 2007 - 20:54:03
Christy by Catherine Marshall.
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Post by: mattmom on Sun Jan 07, 2007 - 20:55:17
<<"Jack Bauer's Having a Bad Day" by Tim Wesemann. >>

I guess I should be glad *I* am not Jack Bauer.  He's had worse bad days than I ever will!  ::smile::
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Post by: marc on Sun Jan 07, 2007 - 21:03:06
as of tomorrow, I will again be reading texts, starting with one concerning research and writing.
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Jan 07, 2007 - 21:10:25
I just read a coupla books in the past week while sitting on the throne, both were by Dean Koontz.

Mr. Murder and some other one I forget the name of.
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Post by: Jimbob on Sun Jan 07, 2007 - 21:13:27
I took all my heavy reading (Wright & Wills) back to the library and have stuck to lighter things like Car & Driver and Motor Trend for the last week.
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Thu Jan 18, 2007 - 11:29:07
Wild At Heart by John Eldredge
The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren
Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
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Post by: mike on Thu Jan 18, 2007 - 20:47:25
Big Mike --- Great book by Dallas Willard!

Right now I'm reading:

Prayer, Does It Make Any Difference?, by Philip Yancey

and

Living the Resurrection, The Risen Christ in Everyday Life, by Eugene Peterson
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Post by: Jimbob on Thu Jan 18, 2007 - 21:02:17
The Secret Message of Jesus by McLaren (Shhh!)

Lots of articles, etc. by Campbell, Stone, et al. at the beginning of the RM
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Post by: marc on Fri Jan 19, 2007 - 14:46:52
"My Pedagogic Creed", an article by John Dewey, which closes with a quote that would make you think that he had read TSMOJ, if he hadn't written this in 1897:

"I believe that every teacher should realize the dignity of his calling; that he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth.  I believe that in this way the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usherer in of the true kingdom of God."
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Post by: marc on Fri Jan 19, 2007 - 15:02:53
btw, this isn't meant to equate McLaren's theology with Dewey's.  I haven't read that deeply into it, but from what I have read, Dewey seems to have been more or less a Deist.
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Jan 27, 2007 - 01:40:23
Right now?  "Absolute Surrender", by Andrew Murray.
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Post by: kalen on Sun Jan 28, 2007 - 16:28:12
Coloring Outside the Lines: Decipleship for the "Undisciplined" by John F. Westfall.

I've known for a loooooong time I'm not the "sterotypical Christian" and for an equally long time I've felt guilty about that.  This book was written by a fellow "real person" and I'm really enjoying his ideas about being who you are, real, unadulterated, and totally under the will of God and in relationship with Christ.  So far it's some really good stuff.
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Post by: janine on Sun Jan 28, 2007 - 17:07:38
Terry Pratchett's Maskerade.

My daughter gave me a big bag full of his Discworld paperbacks for my birthday.
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Post by: Lee Freeman on Mon Jan 29, 2007 - 18:04:58
Jeff Dunn's and Craig Bubeck's The Gospel According to Dan Brown, which analyzes all of Brown's major bestsellers for his theological/philosophical worldview, his "gospel" as they call it, and compares it to the orthodox, historic Christianity Brown is so critical of and seems to disparage.

Pax.
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Post by: msbradley on Mon Jan 29, 2007 - 18:50:41
I am reading several.
I am either drawn to a book because of it's title, author or because of a friend suggesting.
Because of title, I am reading
"Provocative Faith" written by Matthew Paul Turner.
Because of author, I am reading
"In the Grip of Grace" by Max Lucado.
Because of a friend, I am reading
"These High, Green Hills" by Jan Karon!!
Actually, I received 2 books today. I hadn't even opened the envelope that she mailed the books in until just now because I didn't know the title of the 3rd novel. At the very beginning of our friendship, my friend bought me the 1st book, "A Light in the Window". Right before Thanksgiving, I received "At Home in Mitford" in the mail.
And in the mail today, I received the 3rd and 4th books, "These High, Green Hills" and "Out to Canaan"!!
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Post by: janine on Mon Jan 29, 2007 - 20:14:54
I enjoy the whole Mitford series.

I tend to have several books in progress around the house and at work and in the car.

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Post by: normfromga on Wed Jan 31, 2007 - 09:04:58
btw, this isn't meant to equate McLaren's theology with Dewey's.  I haven't read that deeply into it, but from what I have read, Dewey seems to have been more or less a Deist.
Dewey was a signer, if not co-writer, of the original Humanist Manifesto.

However, there is no substantial evidence that he created the Dewey Decimal System...
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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed Jan 31, 2007 - 13:36:46
Stories Behind the Hymns That Inspire America by Ace Collins. Wonderful little book. He gives background behind songs like "How Great Thou Art" to "America the Beautiful."

I'm trying to get into Wuthering Heights, but I'm already hopelessly confused about who's related to whom. It may get abandoned for the LOTR trilogy.
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Post by: Lee Freeman on Sat Feb 03, 2007 - 13:30:59
Just got Dr. Francis Collins' The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief in God. I saw him on C-Span Book TV, and thought it looked intriguing. It is, even though I'm not sure how much I agree with everything he says. Collins is a world-renowned geneticists and head of the Human Genome Project. He's also an Evangelical born-again Christian who believes in salvation by grace through faith in Christ yet also believes in theistic evolution. I'm not very far into the book yet.

Pax.
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Feb 03, 2007 - 14:18:26
Just finished "Absolute Surrender" by Andrew Murray, and am now in the middle of "One Heartbeat Away" by Mark Cahill.
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Post by: msbradley on Sat Feb 03, 2007 - 22:55:30
I enjoy the whole Mitford series.

I tend to have several books in progress around the house and at work and in the car.



Do you actually read while you're driving? 
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Post by: Adrian on Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 11:28:49
"Girl, Interupted" by Susana Kaysen
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Post by: RoadRunner on Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 22:15:34
I enjoy the whole Mitford series.

I tend to have several books in progress around the house and at work and in the car.



Do you actually read while you're driving? 

must have alot of talent to be able to do that!  rofl
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Post by: RoadRunner on Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 22:17:42
Right now im reading a book called 'Seeing And Believeing'  part of the 'A Mike and Riel Mystery' series. I love to read mystery books.
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Post by: Adrian on Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 22:40:09
I enjoy the whole Mitford series.

I tend to have several books in progress around the house and at work and in the car.



Do you actually read while you're driving? 

must have alot of talent to be able to do that!  rofl
You can read as a passenger, you know....
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Post by: RoadRunner on Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 23:18:45
I enjoy the whole Mitford series.

I tend to have several books in progress around the house and at work and in the car.



Do you actually read while you're driving? 

must have alot of talent to be able to do that!  rofl
You can read as a passenger, you know....

It was a Joke you know...man,some people have no sense of humor these days?  ::doh::
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Post by: Adrian on Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 23:28:00
I enjoy the whole Mitford series.

I tend to have several books in progress around the house and at work and in the car.



Do you actually read while you're driving? 

must have alot of talent to be able to do that!  rofl
You can read as a passenger, you know....

It was a Joke you know...man,some people have no sense of humor these days?  ::doh::
Or maybe...Just maybe...It wasn't funny...haha....
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Post by: marc on Tue Feb 06, 2007 - 13:59:44
btw, this isn't meant to equate McLaren's theology with Dewey's.  I haven't read that deeply into it, but from what I have read, Dewey seems to have been more or less a Deist.
Dewey was a signer, if not co-writer, of the original Humanist Manifesto.

However, there is no substantial evidence that he created the Dewey Decimal System...

I've read that he seemed to become more antagonistic to religion at certain times, and that he made insinuations that improving Earth was the closest we can get to Heaven. Obviously, I think this takes things too far.

I do like his educational ideas, however.  In construcing a philosophy of education, as I've had to do for a couple of classes (I'm in grad school), I've mixed his ideas and those of perennialist Mortimer Adler, who in many ways seems Dewey's opposite.  I find both of them compelling.
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Post by: marc on Tue Feb 06, 2007 - 14:01:40
I'm reading something right now that I've avoided for years--The Purpose Driven Life.  After seeing Warren on Meet the Press and reading several of his articles, I thought I'd give it a chance, so I borrowed it from a woman at church.

I thought it seemed a bit, I don't know, shallow in the beginning, not in its ideas but rather in its presentation, but I've liked the last couple of chapters better.
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Post by: mandalee65 on Tue Feb 06, 2007 - 18:46:08
I'm reading something right now that I've avoided for years--The Purpose Driven Life.  After seeing Warren on Meet the Press and reading several of his articles, I thought I'd give it a chance, so I borrowed it from a woman at church.

I thought it seemed a bit, I don't know, shallow in the beginning, not in its ideas but rather in its presentation, but I've liked the last couple of chapters better.

Like you, I thought it was rather shallow. My biggest beef was that he used something like 19 translations, and it seemed like he often chose the translation that most closely made the point he was working to make. I'd have preferred that he stick to one or two versions and left it at that. You also have to go to the back of the book to get the actual references. It came across like he was hoping people wouldn't ake the time to look up the verses. Sometimes (referring to a consistent translation) the passage wouldn't say at all what he was trying to make it say.

Moving on off my soapbox....
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Post by: coachk on Wed Feb 07, 2007 - 15:03:08
Currently reading:


Recent reads


more here (http://www.gregfielder.com/library/) (2006->)
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Feb 08, 2007 - 01:26:04
Just finished "Absolute Surrender" by Andrew Murray, and am now in the middle of "One Heartbeat Away" by Mark Cahill.

Almost done with "One Heartbeat Away"... I can barely wait to get started on "Why Do You Call Me Lord?", By Chip Brogden.
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Post by: marc on Thu Feb 08, 2007 - 10:59:32
"Effective Instruction for Special Education, Third Edition" by Margo A. Mastropieri & Thomas E. Scruggs.  I hear there's a surprise ending.
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Post by: Arkstfan on Sat Feb 10, 2007 - 10:36:37
Just finished Return of the Prodigal Son (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385473079?ie=UTF8&tag=tribalgrounds-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0385473079) by Henri Nouwen. Inspired by a painting of the story he muses on the three primary characters of the story, the younger son, older son, and the Father and our calling to become the Father of the story.

Right now working on The Gospel According to Paul  (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060730668?ie=UTF8&tag=tribalgrounds-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0060730668)by Robin Griffith-Jones some interesting thoughts so far, but not the sharpest writing or editing.
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Sat Feb 10, 2007 - 12:59:01
The Gospel According to Starbucks by Leonard Sweet
Pilgrim Heart by Darrel Tippens
To Be The Man: The Autobiography of Ric Flair
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Post by: James Rondon on Sun Feb 11, 2007 - 19:52:02
Just finished "Absolute Surrender" by Andrew Murray, and am now in the middle of "One Heartbeat Away" by Mark Cahill.

Almost done with "One Heartbeat Away"... I can barely wait to get started on "Why Do You Call Me Lord?", By Chip Brogden.

Finished "One Heartbeat Away". Great book, and a must read. Also, a wonderful evangelism tool/gift!

Also, just finished "Why Do You Call Me Lord?" today. A wonderful devotional, and another must read.

Planning on starting "Humility" by Andrew Murray tonight...
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Post by: marc on Sun Feb 11, 2007 - 19:58:20
Well, for the next few days, it looks like I'm going to be reading a ton of renaissance poetry.  Anybody have any recommendations?  I hear that Bill Shakespeare guy is pretty good, as is Eddie Spencer....
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Feb 11, 2007 - 20:06:03
I like the writings of William Drakespeare.

But his play "McDuck" wasn't very good.
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Post by: kalen on Sun Feb 11, 2007 - 20:13:52
The BFG by Roald Dahl and Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral by Gayden Mecalfe and Chalotte Hays
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Post by: James A. Wyly on Sun Feb 11, 2007 - 20:49:23
I am a short story fan.  For years, I have bought "The Best Short Stories of _______"  and read most of the stories.  A couple of days ago, I picked up the newly published  "The Best Short Stories of 2006" and have read three or four of the stories in that.

Jim W.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 14:48:57
Descartes, Discourse on Method and Meditations

Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity

Ratzinger, Truth and Tolerance
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 17:04:50
Interesting reading, HR.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 17:46:24
Interesting reading, HR.
I'm finding Ratzinger reads pretty well. His Intro to Christianity is based on the Apostles' Creed and the Tolerance book is a review of how Christianity exists in a pluralistic world. Since he used to be the keeper of the faith, I thought they might be interesting reading.

Descartes is a re-read from college, so many moons ago.
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 17:55:59
I read Descartes in college, as well. I was thinking about getting something that Ratzinger wrote a while back, myself. Which one of his books would you recommend the most?
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 18:00:52
I read Descartes in college, as well. I was thinking about getting something that Ratzinger wrote a while back, myself. Which one of his books would you recommend the most?
I've started reading them both (I tend to do that - helps keep me confused). Based on where I'm at, I prefer the Tolerance book since it discusses the place and interaction of Christianity with other beliefs.

These are the first two Ratzinger books I've read; he's written quite a few.
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 18:04:00
Thanks. The "Tolerance" one sounds interesting enough, and probably more in line with what I would want to read from him. I've got a few more on my upcoming list, but now that you've brought him and his writings back to my mind, I may add that one to it.
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Post by: Nevertheless on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 23:04:54
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormy Omartian for a class I'm teaching.

Leviticus for Sunday school.

Lord I Want to be Whole also by Omartian to see if it's appropriate to give a friend who is having a hard time dealing with abuse in her past.

For bedtime reading I'll probably start an Agatha Christie novel tonight.  Not sure which though.
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 23:06:25
Leviticus for Sunday school.

That one's always a fun read!
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Post by: Nevertheless on Mon Feb 12, 2007 - 23:22:42
The teacher is actually doing a very good job of tying it into NT practices & meanings.
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Post by: James Rondon on Tue Feb 13, 2007 - 00:05:27
I suspect he's spending a lot of time in Hebrews, as well...?
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Post by: marc on Tue Feb 13, 2007 - 02:37:53
I've dived back into Ellis' "His Excellency" again.  It's a good book, but I don't have time to read anything that's not for class.  And I have a research draft due Wednesday and a lesson plan on Renaissance poetry due Thursday (been reading a lot of pastorals, but I might try to stretch it out and include some John Donne).

Hmmm...in the Ellis book, the war is ended, and Washington has entered his pastoral stage...settling in his own Arcadia, perhaps.... ::pondering::
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Post by: Nevertheless on Sat Feb 17, 2007 - 15:23:11
I suspect he's spending a lot of time in Hebrews, as well...?

Bingo!
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Feb 17, 2007 - 16:00:00
Planning on starting "Humility" by Andrew Murray tonight...

Finished "Humility"... A truly awesome book, and one that I plan on re-reading again, soon.

Right now? Just started, "The Fullness of the Spirit", by the same author, Andrew Murray.
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Post by: kanham on Sat Feb 17, 2007 - 17:33:21
The Unchurched Next Door by Rainer
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Post by: mandalee65 on Sun Feb 18, 2007 - 23:13:31
Just finished White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick. I'm starting James McDonald's Gripped by the Greatness of God this evening.
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Feb 19, 2007 - 14:09:00
I'm starting James McDonald's Gripped by the Greatness of God this evening.

Sounds "gripping"...  ::reading::
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Post by: Brother Ron on Mon Feb 19, 2007 - 16:49:42
The Awesome Power Of Healing Prayer, by Mahesh Chavda.
An Awesome Read.
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Post by: Brother Ron on Wed Feb 21, 2007 - 21:07:53
The Awesome Power Of Healing Prayer, by Mahesh Chavda.
An Awesome Read.

Getting ready to read these books next....
not sure which one will be first.

The Hidden Power Of Prayer And Fasting,  Mahesh Chavda

You Are A miracle Waiting To Happen,  ken Houts

And may Re-Read this one...........
When Heaven Invades Earth,  Bill Johnson.
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Post by: marc on Wed Feb 21, 2007 - 21:10:09
Act III of Macbeth.
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Wed Feb 21, 2007 - 21:13:07
Marc saying he is reading Act III of MacBeth.
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Post by: mandalee65 on Thu Feb 22, 2007 - 14:14:15
Still working on Gripped. I also just finished C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce. It has nothing to do with divorce.
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Post by: 4kidsandadog on Thu Feb 22, 2007 - 17:06:33
I'm reading How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth and Contagious Joy.
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Post by: HRoberson on Fri Feb 23, 2007 - 11:20:13
Gary saying "Marc saying he is reading Act III of Macbeth."

OK, this is getting old.

But it does add to the post totals.
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Post by: marc on Fri Feb 23, 2007 - 13:50:07
Act IV of Macbeth.
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Post by: James Rondon on Fri Feb 23, 2007 - 15:45:46
I also just finished C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce. It has nothing to do with divorce.

I read it several years ago. It is an interesting read, to say the least (spolier withheld).
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Sun Apr 01, 2007 - 00:39:22
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Missional Church by Darrel Guder
No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Apr 01, 2007 - 07:44:57
I just got done with Rabbi Jesus by Bruce Chilton
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Post by: coachk on Tue Apr 03, 2007 - 11:56:59
now

Simply Christian - N.T. Wright

A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah

Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea - Mark Kurlansky


soon

Letters from a Skeptic - Gregory Boyd

Rich Christians in an age of hunger - Ronald J. Sider

Cinderella: A Season inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball - Michael Litos
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Post by: Lee Freeman on Tue Apr 03, 2007 - 16:52:35
Simply Christiasn is good. Right now I'm reading Hank Hanegraaf's Thwe Apocalypse Code, which is a critique of the end-times and Christian Zionist theology of LaHaye and Jenkins, Lindsay, Hagee and Van Impe. IMHO this is Hank's best. His main thesis is that Revelation and other bibilical apocalyptic literature should be interpreted in light of the rest of the Bible. He maintains that Revelation was written during the Neronian persecutions before the Temple was destroyed by Vespasan; thus the thrust of the book is to enourae Christians about to face persecutions by Nero. Had it been written in AD 95 as LaHaye insists, John surely would've referenced the most traumatic event in Jewish national history, not to mention an event Jesus himself prophesied.

Hanegraaf does a great job of exposing the bizarre, heretical theology behind Christian Zionism. He quotes John Hagee as saying that rather than the Jews reject Jesus, Jesus rejected the Jews, coming only to the Gentiles:

"If Jesus refused by his words or actions to claim to be the Messiah to the Jews, then how can the Jews be blamed  for rejecting what was never offered?" Indeed, according to Hagee, "the [Jewish] people wanted him [Jesus] to be their Messiah, but he absolutely refused . . . The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah, it was Jesus who  was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews!"

Pax.
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Post by: coachk on Thu Apr 05, 2007 - 11:56:33
Ishmael Beah's book is very good thus far.

Curious - has anyone read David Cortright's book Gandhi And Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism?  I ran across it on amazon today and it looked promising, but I was wondering if anyone else had read it?
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Post by: marc on Mon Apr 09, 2007 - 15:57:06
"Tempting Faith" by David Kuo.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Apr 09, 2007 - 22:31:02
Seeking God, Esther de Waal. A book on the Order of St. Benedict
Companions of Christ, Margaret Silf. A book on Ignatian spirituality
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Post by: msbradley on Mon Apr 09, 2007 - 23:25:19
Gary saying "Marc saying he is reading Act III of Macbeth."

OK, this is getting old.

But it does add to the post totals.

Now I get it ::doh::
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Post by: msbradley on Mon Apr 09, 2007 - 23:30:08
Has anyone read Facing Your Giants?
I was going to buy it for a friend, but didn't.
I've only heard one person say they were reading it, but can't remember who it was to ask them about it.

I'm sick. I just finished reading the directions for Imodium AD!!
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Post by: coachk on Tue Apr 10, 2007 - 09:20:24
marc, I read Kuo's book a couple of months ago.  I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: kalen on Tue Apr 10, 2007 - 10:17:20
Under the Black Flag, the history of pirates
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Post by: mandalee65 on Tue Apr 10, 2007 - 11:47:39
Under the Black Flag, the history of pirates


Now that sounds interesting...

I've reading - no, I'm studying Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. It's THE book for wannabe photographers.
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Post by: Brother Ron on Wed Apr 11, 2007 - 04:05:26
The Hidden Power Of Healing Prayer.  by Mahesh Chavda.

My next book has been ordered and should be here in a couple days.......
Strengthen Yourself In The Lord.  by Bill Johnson.
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Post by: normfromga on Thu Apr 12, 2007 - 10:13:51
I have recently finished The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 , by Lawrence Wright.

And I am now reading Right from the Beginning by Patrick J. Buchanan, and Music of the Heart: John and Charles Wesley on Music and Musicians, by Carlton R. Young.
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Post by: marc on Thu Apr 12, 2007 - 10:16:55
I just started a biography of Lafayette, but I don't like the writing style (too flowery) and likely won't finish it.
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Post by: marc on Sat Apr 14, 2007 - 14:10:36
I gave it up and have started reading Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton instead.
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Post by: Petals on Sun Apr 15, 2007 - 07:42:34
Checklist for Life for Women (the Ultimate Handbook)
  (Timeless wisdom & foolproof strategies for making the most of Life's Challenges & Opportunities)

&

Learning to Love Yourself (Finding your self-worth) by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Apr 16, 2007 - 00:14:03
Quote
What are you reading right now?

"Basic Christianity", by John Stott...

A must, must, must read!!!
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Post by: Lee Freeman on Tue Apr 17, 2007 - 15:16:16
Kalken, I read Under the Black Flag several years ago. It's an excellent book.  The real history of 18th century piracy is a far cry from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pax.
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Post by: CDHealy on Tue Apr 17, 2007 - 15:20:06
Giovanni Reale, The Concept of First Philosophy and the Unity of Aristotle's Metaphysics
Aristotle, Metaphysics
St. Nicholas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ
Fr. Patrick Reardon (my parish priest), Chronicles of History and Worship (a commentary of 1 and 2 Chronicles)
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Post by: OldDad on Tue Apr 17, 2007 - 15:42:33
America Alone by Mark Steyn

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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed Apr 18, 2007 - 10:26:46
Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Fri Apr 20, 2007 - 19:56:47
Quote
What are you reading right now?

"Basic Christianity", by John Stott...

A must, must, must read!!!

Really?
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Post by: James Rondon on Fri Apr 20, 2007 - 21:38:36
Really.
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Post by: kalen on Mon Apr 23, 2007 - 11:53:44
eart Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son)
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Apr 23, 2007 - 22:12:07
(Stephen King's son)

Does he put that somewhere on the cover?
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Post by: mandalee65 on Fri Apr 27, 2007 - 23:59:17
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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Post by: OldDad on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 10:39:03
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel

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Post by: Jimbob on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 11:04:48
That's a great book...but it becomes difficult not to inject it into almost every conversation you have because some of the myths are so pervasive.


(some of them, like the section on DDT and Africa will have you steaming...I read this months ago and still am...just ask minister who had to listen to my soapbox at lunch the other day)
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Post by: Jimbob on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 11:06:32
I'm reading Made to Stick (http://www.amazon.com/Made-Stick-Ideas-Survive-Others/dp/1400064287/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-5455994-8470443?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1178653427&sr=8-1) right now.
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Post by: Jaime on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 11:15:54
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel



Is that a biography of Harry Reid?
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Post by: Jimbob on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 11:16:44
rofl somebody's on a roll this morning.
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Post by: OldDad on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 11:46:01
Stossel is one of the few reporters outside of FNC that I can stand to listen to.  I have just started the book over the weekend, but I think it's going to be great.

I was able to get a 2-fer at Books-a-Million on Stossel's book and Bernard Goldberg's Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right .

 
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Post by: Jaime on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 11:48:13
Stossel is one of the few reporters outside of FNC that I can stand to listen to.  I have just started the book over the weekend, but I think it's going to be great.

I was able to get a 2-fer at Books-a-Million on Stossel's book and Bernard Goldberg's Crazies to the Left of Me, but  Wimps to the Right .

 

Goldberg's book intrigues me. I have heard him talk about it on several talking head shows and I think he has hit the nail on the head. Crazies to the left didn't surprise me and goes without saying, but the wimps to the right part is stingingly accurate I think.
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Post by: kalen on Mon Apr 30, 2007 - 14:05:57
(Stephen King's son)

Does he put that somewhere on the cover?

No.  You wouldn't know it if you didn't know it.
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Post by: admin on Tue May 01, 2007 - 16:58:11
The Case for Christ (http://www.amazon.com/Case-Christ-Journalists-Personal-Investigation/dp/0310209307/ref=sr_1_1/104-7040060-2947135?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1178056652&sr=1-1)
By Lee Strobel
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Post by: Jimbob on Tue May 01, 2007 - 17:00:13
(Stephen King's son)

Does he put that somewhere on the cover?

No.  You wouldn't know it if you didn't know it.
So it's a sort of gnostic thang?
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Post by: Petals on Thu May 03, 2007 - 09:02:13
Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly - Unlikely Angel
(The untold story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero)

I just started reading it yesterday, and I'm over half-way through already.  It's hard to put down once you pick it up.   ::reading::
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Post by: coachk on Thu May 03, 2007 - 10:25:15
Recently finished
* A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah
* Cinderella : A Season inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball - Michael Litos

Currently reading
* Letters from a Skeptic : A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity - Gregory Boyd
* American Fascists : The Christian Right and the War On America - Chris Hedges

Next up
* The Language of God : A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief - Francis Collins
* Nonviolence : 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea - Mark Kurlansky

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Post by: kanham on Fri May 11, 2007 - 07:21:56
Made to Stick, I highly recommend it.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat May 12, 2007 - 22:02:25
The haul from Pepperdine includes:

Like a Shepherd Lead Us, Fleer and Siburt, eds
Kingdom Come, Hicks and Valentine
A Shepherd's Guide to Counseling Fundamentals, Robinson
Prayer, Barth
The Gift of Being Yourself, Benner
Mandate to Difference, Brueggemann
Divorce and Remarriage, Shelly

Should be done with these within the next two months.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon May 21, 2007 - 11:12:56
Have finished "Seeking God," by Esther de Waal.

Packaged as a discussion/commentary on the Order of St. Benedict, it is a good call and reminder that our lives are intended to be God-on-earth, regardless of where we might find ourselves. Here are a couple interesting observations made in the book:

"Here is an analogy between the daily rising from sleep to hear the words of Scripture and the taking up of the religious life in general as a rising from sleep." (p. 32) The comment is directly related to a life in community, but can easily be expanded as applicable to the Christian life as rising from sleep [of seperation from God].

"If we hear and do nothing more about it, then the sounds have simply fallen on our ears and it is not apparent that we have actually heard them at all." (p. 44)

"The Christian and monastic model for discerning God's will in a given situation is not that of finding the solution of a crossword puzzle...where the answer must be exactly right, fitted to some preconceived plan. A better model is that we are given building blocks and have to see what can be done with them, using in the task all our intelligence, sensitivity, and love." (p. 49)

"So St. Benedict approaches the common life of the community with a benevolent recognition of individual personal need and potential. He hopes that all will be patient of the weaknesses of others, he prefers mercy to justice, he looks for consideration of one another,m and above all he places love before zeal." (p. 117)
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon May 21, 2007 - 15:40:10
A chapter away from finishing "Basic Christianity", by John Stott. Almost through listening to the audio book "Why I Am A Christian", also by John Stott.
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Post by: saved on Mon May 21, 2007 - 21:15:56
in my never ending quest for understanding of the grace of god, i have been reading:

the possibilities of grace by asbury lowrey
                                 &
the grace of god  by charles caldwell ryrie
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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed May 23, 2007 - 15:04:50
If I can put my hands on it, I'm going to pick up the first Harry Potter book again. I want to re-read the series before the last one comes out.

I'm reading/studying For Young Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn for my bible class. Just finished (finally) The Two Towers by Tolkien.
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Post by: saved on Wed May 23, 2007 - 15:46:08
If I can put my hands on it, I'm going to pick up the first Harry Potter book again. I want to re-read the series before the last one comes out.

I'm reading/studying For Young Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn for my bible class. Just finished (finally) The Two Towers by Tolkien.

look mandalee could you please explain why potter. i am a newbie, and i'm sure the evils of potter and t.k have been harped on here in the past. i'm not judging you, just wanting to understand the logic behind it. this may not be the place for that discussion though.
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Post by: Jaime on Wed May 23, 2007 - 15:53:14
Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in our Nation's History by Newt Gingrich.

My wife and I are planning a Washington DC trip in the Middle of June and Newt's book is a great short course in the not so hidden public displays of religious references at and engraved on our National Monuments, for now anyway until the left gets its way.
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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed May 23, 2007 - 17:11:32
look mandalee could you please explain why potter. i am a newbie, and i'm sure the evils of potter and t.k have been harped on here in the past. i'm not judging you, just wanting to understand the logic behind it. this may not be the place for that discussion though.

I just like a good book. I actually started reading them because I was hearing a lot of hype on Christian radio, and virtually every one of the kids in our youth group (none of whom actually enjoyed reading) were into the books. Purely out of curiosity, I started reading them. If they really were evil, then I wanted to know.

I've read all of the books, and while the witchcraft/magic element is undeniable, I came to the conclusion that - for myself, at least - the books do not pose a threat. I did not feel compelled to pick up a book on real magic spells, nor did I feel a need to attempt divination. DH & I both thoroughly enjoyed the books, and we agreed that we would let our kid(s) read them, but it would be with careful dialogue between us to make sure they were understanding.

This may surprise you, but my biggest beef with the books was not the witchcraft element at all - it was that Harry and his friends so often defy authority figures, when they should instead be trusting them.

So there you have it. I think it's one of those gray areas Paul mentioned - in a sense, this is my meat sacrificed to idols. I completely respect that there are people with differing opinions on the matter.

Edit to add: if the fight between good and evil was written so that you wanted the bad guy to win, I'd have nothing to do with the books. When an author makes you sympathize with evil, that's a dangerous thing. These books simply don't do that. Good is GOOD and bad is BAD.
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Post by: k-pappy on Wed May 23, 2007 - 17:47:01
I just finished reading May's issue of Scientific American.  There was a very good article in there on the vegetative state and how neurologists are starting to use fMRIs and other imaging techniques to help find out exactly what is going on in the brain and potentially be able to diagnose who will recover and who will fall into the permanent vegatative state.

Hopefully June's Issue is in the book stores now.

KP
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Post by: James Rondon on Wed May 23, 2007 - 18:18:54
A chapter away from finishing "Basic Christianity", by John Stott. Almost through listening to the audio book "Why I Am A Christian", also by John Stott.

Finished "Basic Christianity". Almost done with the audio book "Why I Am A Christian".

Getting ready to start "Fast Food Evangelism", by ATS.
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Post by: saved on Wed May 23, 2007 - 21:04:19
look mandalee could you please explain why potter. i am a newbie, and i'm sure the evils of potter and t.k have been harped on here in the past. i'm not judging you, just wanting to understand the logic behind it. this may not be the place for that discussion though.

I just like a good book. I actually started reading them because I was hearing a lot of hype on Christian radio, and virtually every one of the kids in our youth group (none of whom actually enjoyed reading) were into the books. Purely out of curiosity, I started reading them. If they really were evil, then I wanted to know.

I've read all of the books, and while the witchcraft/magic element is undeniable, I came to the conclusion that - for myself, at least - the books do not pose a threat. I did not feel compelled to pick up a book on real magic spells, nor did I feel a need to attempt divination. DH & I both thoroughly enjoyed the books, and we agreed that we would let our kid(s) read them, but it would be with careful dialogue between us to make sure they were understanding.

This may surprise you, but my biggest beef with the books was not the witchcraft element at all - it was that Harry and his friends so often defy authority figures, when they should instead be trusting them.

So there you have it. I think it's one of those gray areas Paul mentioned - in a sense, this is my meat sacrificed to idols. I completely respect that there are people with differing opinions on the matter.

Edit to add: if the fight between good and evil was written so that you wanted the bad guy to win, I'd have nothing to do with the books. When an author makes you sympathize with evil, that's a dangerous thing. These books simply don't do that. Good is GOOD and bad is BAD.

i guess i don't see it as a gray area. god goes so far as to point out that sorcery is of the great abominations. and that he warns us of its outcome just prior to the closing verse of revelation. and when at work it is usually those last directives given that my boss expects my compliancy from, hence the special emphasis of saving for last. i too read ungodly material for the sole purpose of teaching. i read the qur'an, book of mormon, the verdi scripts, etc... in potters case the good guys are abominations to god---they are white witches---evil is evil whether its intent is well meant or not.
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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed May 23, 2007 - 21:41:59
Quote from: James Rondon link=topic=16090.msg386713#msg386713
Getting ready to start "Fast Food Evangelism", by ATS.

That sounds interesting. I may have to check that out.
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Post by: HRoberson on Fri May 25, 2007 - 09:55:25
Just finished "Everything Belongs" by Richard Rohr.

Pretty good book on the contemplative life. He pulls together, a lot like Merton does, the ideas that a contemplative life style results in some sort of awareness of people and things around us. If in contemplation we have realized our relationship with God, and His character, our life must issue not in withdrawal from society, but rather an engagement in order to participate in the reconciliation of Creation.
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Post by: normfromga on Fri May 25, 2007 - 11:16:17
I am beginning The Outline of History, by H. G. Wells.
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Post by: mandalee65 on Fri Jun 01, 2007 - 06:28:26
Just finished the first three HP books. I'm working on the fourth.
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Post by: Petals on Tue Jun 05, 2007 - 17:12:11
Beyond the Lie by Alice Smith

It's a book about finding freedom from the past. 

From the back cover:  Do you feel trapped in shame, unforgiveness, or distrust?  Does it seem like you're wearing a sign that says "kick me?"  If so, Alice Smith understands.  Traumatic childhood events kept her a victim for many years.  Eventually her journey brought her to the feet of Jesus, where she experienced release.

Alice Smith says, "I am furious with the devil whispering his lies, waiting to rob every man and woman of the freedom they can have in Jesus Christ."  In these pages she will take you step-by-step from a victim mentality to victory in Jesus.  Her testimony is one of God's deliverance--and yours can be as well.


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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed Jun 06, 2007 - 12:35:39
My husband says I'm a dork. I just finished the sixth HP book - that makes 6 books in about a week and a half.

Now what?
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Post by: kalen on Wed Jun 06, 2007 - 13:43:55
Lie in wait until July 21st....  ;-)

I'm reading Stephen King's Four Past Midnight right now.  That should keep my busy for a while.  It's twice the size of the last HP book, so mandalee you'd be able to read it in, what?  Twelve hours?
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Post by: mandalee65 on Wed Jun 06, 2007 - 21:48:42
Lie in wait until July 21st....  ;-)

I'm reading Stephen King's Four Past Midnight right now.  That should keep my busy for a while.  It's twice the size of the last HP book, so mandalee you'd be able to read it in, what?  Twelve hours?

LOL - maybe, if I had no interruptions!
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Post by: OkiMar on Wed Jun 06, 2007 - 22:08:02
I'm about a 1/4 of the way through Les Miserables right now.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Jun 07, 2007 - 01:33:14
Just started "Thirteen Witnesses from Hell", written by "a servant".
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Jun 12, 2007 - 17:28:59
Thomas Merton, "Mystics and Zen Masters."

Excellent - much better writing than some of his other books.
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Post by: saved on Fri Jun 15, 2007 - 03:52:10
america's god and country (encyclepedia of quotations) by william j. federer
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Jun 18, 2007 - 16:28:16
Right now?... "Jesus of Nazareth" by Joseph Ratzinger.
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Post by: spurly on Mon Jun 18, 2007 - 19:49:58
Paul the Apostle of the Heart Set Free, F.F. Bruce
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Post by: ann on Tue Jun 26, 2007 - 12:06:54
a very relaxed novel.  About the lives of three fictional daughters starting out in married life in a Yorkshire Village. Just something to pass the time of day on.  Must think about something more serious after I come back from France.
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed Jun 27, 2007 - 19:38:35
Finished Mystics and Zen Masters. Pretty good book really, seeking a wider dialogue between East and West (read: Zen and other Eastern spiritualities, and Western Christianity). Pokes pretty hard at just following the rules and challenging Christians to wake up and take life seriously. Also draws some comparisons between Christian spirituality and Eastern religions (Tao, Confucianism, Zen).

Am about halfway through The Gift of Being Yourself, and have just started Prayer by Karl Barth.
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Post by: ann on Thu Jun 28, 2007 - 14:38:29
actually that novel was a little bit on the rubbish side so it went back to the library and got two others out.  One called cover the butter up.  About 13 year olds in England during 1975.  Growing up. 
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Post by: Weeble on Fri Jun 29, 2007 - 23:22:16
I just finished "It Came From Within" by Andy Stanley. Great book, but I love Andy.
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Post by: kalen on Sun Jul 01, 2007 - 07:34:28

Finished Mystics and Zen Masters. Pretty good book really, seeking a wider dialogue between East and West (read: Zen and other Eastern spiritualities, and Western Christianity). Pokes pretty hard at just following the rules and challenging Christians to wake up and take life seriously. Also draws some comparisons between Christian spirituality and Eastern religions (Tao, Confucianism, Zen).


Ooooooooooooooo... that sounds interesting!  I'll have to see if I can find that one around here.

I'm currently reading Peyton Place to see what all the hubub would have been in the '50s and/or '60s.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Jul 03, 2007 - 22:51:48
Have finished The Gift of Being Yourself. It's a pretty good book combining spirituality and a bit of psychology. Essentially the message is "quit living a lie, let God tell you who you are, and then move in that direction."

It's the spiritual direction category I suspect. The author does mention a "Christian enneagram," which some folks may not appreciate, and the book closes looking at Jesus knowing Himself, but there's not really enough energy in that last chapter.

But if the ending of the book lacks a bit, the first several chapters are pretty good.
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Post by: mandalee65 on Thu Jul 05, 2007 - 08:05:02
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
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Post by: James A. Wyly on Thu Jul 05, 2007 - 08:35:06
Earlier this summer I read Jean Edward Smith's "FDR" which I bought on the basis of the good reviews I read of it.  Wonderful book, especially if you are a fan of FDR, as  I am.

I picked up and read Nicolas Sparks' "Three Weeks With My Brother" which is a good, well-written book--largely a memoir of his childhood.   I liked it so much, I picked up a couple of his novels.  Oh my.  They are not my taste.

Right now I am almost finished with Shelby Foote's "Civil War", Volume I.  I bought all three volumes on the recommendation of a friend.  Very well done book, but perhaps a little overdetailed and it abounds with what Barbara Tuchman called the "Napoleon thought" passages: "As he watched the coast of Africa recede on the horizon, Napoleon thought to himself......"  You wonder how the author---or whether the author---had access to the private thoughts and reactions about which he writes.  But with that criticism, I recommend the set.

Jim W.
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Post by: Lee Freeman on Thu Jul 05, 2007 - 10:43:54
Currently reading N. T. Wright's magnum opus The Resurrection of the Son of God. This will probably prove to be the standard textbook defense of the resurrection.

Pax.
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Post by: Less-of-Me on Tue Jul 10, 2007 - 08:03:53
Different Seasons by Stephen King (four novellas, one of which is "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption", made for a great film in the '90s, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins).
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Post by: marc on Wed Jul 11, 2007 - 11:44:21
A mixed pair:  "The Crux of the Matter" by Childers, Foster & Reese (I think) and "The View from Saturday" by E.L. Konigsburg

Also, various contemporary reactions to John Brown's raid.  I'm looking for a reaction by Archibald Campbell, if such a thing exists.
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Post by: spurly on Wed Jul 11, 2007 - 12:27:45
Galatians.  It is probably my second favorite of Paul's epistles.  Romans tops the list.
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Post by: soterion on Thu Jul 12, 2007 - 23:51:02
I just finished reading Night by Elie Wiesel. 

I now have a renewed hatred of Nazism and the Holocaust.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Jul 15, 2007 - 00:06:41
Bought Ann Lamott's Traveling Mercies today.

So far, it's simply excellent.

(some adult content and some language, but you'll get over it)
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Post by: ConnieLard on Sun Jul 15, 2007 - 19:21:00
"Dialogues with Silence," by Thomas Merton
    (I attended a contemplative retreat last weekend based on the writings of Thomas Merton.  Picked this up at the Abbey of Gethsemane, which I visited while there.  It's simply a book of his prayers and drawings.  I'm a big Merton fan, so I'm really lovin' it.)

"Open Mind, Open Heart," by Thomas Keating
     (Discusses "centering prayer."  Very good treatment of the subject, imo.)
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Jul 15, 2007 - 19:34:58
I am reading "Brother Odd" by Dean Koontz, how's that for a spiritual book, and I just finished two graphic novels I picked up at the library:

JLA:  Justice for All
and Identity Crisis
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Post by: gman on Tue Jul 17, 2007 - 15:30:32
I'm reading Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.  In it's own way, it's quite a spiritual journey.
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Post by: HRoberson 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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Post by: Petals 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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Post by: Less-of-Me on Sat Jul 21, 2007 - 12:59:13
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Post by: mandalee65 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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Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Jul 22, 2007 - 18:55:07
I read the Wikipedia condensed version.
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Post by: mandalee65 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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Post by: Less-of-Me 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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Post by: saved on Wed Jul 25, 2007 - 04:58:50
the discipline of grace by jerry bridges
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Post by: Petals 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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Post by: Jimbob 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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Post by: House on Mon Jul 30, 2007 - 18:24:04
The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges
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Post by: Gracious 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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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Aug 07, 2007 - 20:07:52
Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas

The Divine Embrace, Robert Webber
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Post by: mike 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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Post by: parson6 on Wed Aug 08, 2007 - 12:40:29
The Life You've Always Wanted - John Ortberg
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Post by: CSloan 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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Post by: marc 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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Post by: broach972 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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Post by: Bon Voyage 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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Post by: James Rondon 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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Post by: memmy 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.

Blessings.
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Post by: normfromga 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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Post by: ravenlorre 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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Post by: marc 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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Post by: HRoberson 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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Post by: zoonance 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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Post by: ConnieLard 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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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Sep 06, 2007 - 23:26:28
Thinking of starting "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" tonight...
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Post by: ConnieLard on Fri Sep 07, 2007 - 06:55:52
Good bedtime reading, James! rofl
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Post by: mandalee65 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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Post by: WileyClarkson 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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Post by: don has a plan 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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Post by: HRoberson 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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Post by: ravenlorre 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?

blessings
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Sep 10, 2007 - 16:55:33
Yeah.  ::smile::
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Post by: snoopdawg on Tue Sep 11, 2007 - 13:00:32
Nothin right now but this fall check it out!

www.thebookstandard.com/bookstandard/news/author/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002383558 - 27k - Cached - Similar pages
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed Sep 12, 2007 - 17:03:31
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This is the first novel in a street-lit series headed by Snoop for Atria. “Books speak more to a female audience than does his music,
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Post by: snoopdawg on Thu Sep 13, 2007 - 17:32:49
street lit = street literature.

about a rapper who gets sent to the pen and writes about his life. how he became an inmate/gangsta/rappa.
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Post by: marc on Thu Sep 13, 2007 - 17:40:57
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This is the first novel in a street-lit series headed by Snoop for Atria. “Books speak more to a female audience than does his music,” Schmidt says, “so these novels give him an opportunity to show, particularly his female fans, another side.”

I don't quite grasp "street-lit."

Romance novels seem to appeal more to women than men. Is that what 'street-lit' means? Is Snoop writing soft porn?

We use electricity to light our streets around here. 
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Sep 17, 2007 - 10:37:36
street lit = street literature.

about a rapper who gets sent to the pen and writes about his life. how he became an inmate/gangsta/rappa.
Oh, you mean like the stuff Dickens wrote? Or de Balzac?
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Post by: parson6 on Wed Sep 19, 2007 - 13:21:22
Unleashing the Potential of the Smaller Church, edited by Shawn McMullen.  A collection of inspiring stories from the lives of smaller churches within the Restoration Movement.  As a preacher in a congregation of 125 I get frustrated with Willow Creek, SouthEast, and Saddleback seminars that seem to forget that a sub-hundred grand budget only goes so far.  This book, and its sequel, Releasing the Power of the Smaller Church, are both well worth reading.
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Post by: marc on Wed Sep 19, 2007 - 15:36:47
Unleashing the Potential of the Smaller Church, edited by Shawn McMullen.  A collection of inspiring stories from the lives of smaller churches within the Restoration Movement.  As a preacher in a congregation of 125 I get frustrated with Willow Creek, SouthEast, and Saddleback seminars that seem to forget that a sub-hundred grand budget only goes so far.  This book, and its sequel, Releasing the Power of the Smaller Church, are both well worth reading.

125?? I thought you said you were at a smaller church!   ::whistle::
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Post by: Petals on Sun Sep 23, 2007 - 12:00:03
I'm reading "Ronald Reagan in Private" by Jim Kuhn.    It's pretty interesting so far, and not a type of book I'd normally read, but I'm trying to move out of my comfort zone.
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Post by: sweetgal on Sun Sep 23, 2007 - 22:14:45
I am reading Reflection by Mary Sheldon.
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Post by: Romanticidal on Sun Sep 23, 2007 - 22:50:01
Dragons of a Lost Star by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickmen

Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Post by: soterion on Mon Sep 24, 2007 - 00:54:27
Prayer and Providence by Homer Hailey.
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Post by: marc on Mon Sep 24, 2007 - 17:49:48
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg,


Yep, more kidlit.
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Post by: marc on Sun Sep 30, 2007 - 21:41:17
Finished it.  Good book, sad ending.
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Thu Oct 04, 2007 - 10:04:33
"If Democrats Had Brains They'd Be Republicans" by Ann Coulter
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Post by: marc on Thu Oct 04, 2007 - 15:59:28
"If Democrats Had Brains They'd Be Republicans" by Ann Coulter

I don't mind fantasy fiction, but you have to provide for a possible willing suspension of disbelief.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Oct 04, 2007 - 16:03:42
About to start, "On Being A Pastor", by Allistair Begg.
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Post by: Petals on Wed Oct 10, 2007 - 13:32:01
In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart by Ruth Graham.
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Post by: parson6 on Thu Oct 11, 2007 - 15:36:32
Releasing The Power of the Smaller Church, edited by Shawn McMullen

Prayer - Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey
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Post by: charli on Wed Oct 17, 2007 - 14:34:38

"Walking With Those Who Weep" by Ron & Don Williams

"Cracks In The Constitution" by Ferdinand Lundberg

"Closer To The Light" by Melvin Morse, M.D. with Paul Perry

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Post by: James Rondon on Wed Oct 17, 2007 - 22:04:23

"Walking With Those Who Weep" by Ron & Don Williams

"Cracks In The Constitution" by Ferdinand Lundberg

"Closer To The Light" by Melvin Morse, M.D. with Paul Perry


charli, here are a few books that I would highly recommend:

"Experiencing Grief" (http://www.amazon.com/Experiencing-Grief-H-Norman-Wright/dp/080543092X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-2424967-6440006?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192676540&sr=1-1) by H. Norman Wright

"Why?: Trusting God When You Don't Understand" (http://www.amazon.com/Why-Trusting-When-Dont-Understand/dp/0849908450/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-2424967-6440006?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192676754&sr=1-1) by Anne Graham Lotz
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Post by: Banner on Fri Oct 19, 2007 - 19:42:57
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by: Richard Bauckham.  Great research.

Banner
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Post by: marc on Fri Oct 19, 2007 - 20:43:30
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by: Richard Bauckham.  Great research.

Banner


This one looks very interesting.  Here's the amazon page; looks like it's worth checking out.

http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Eyewitnesses-Gospels-Eyewitness-Testimony/dp/0802831621
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Post by: Petals on Thu Oct 25, 2007 - 12:57:21
It's All About Him - Denise Jackson
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Post by: admin on Thu Oct 25, 2007 - 14:11:59
What's So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza (http://www.amazon.com/Whats-So-Great-About-Christianity/dp/1596985178/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-0357733-6650358?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193339487&sr=1-1)
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Post by: Banner on Tue Oct 30, 2007 - 19:45:51
"Barton Stone:A Spiritual Biography" by D. Newell Williams

Wow!  I really enjoyed this. Of course I like reading history so it was a fast read for me.  There were a few slow parts when he started discussing Stone's view on atonement, but that was the nature of the material. I have studied church history some years ago in college so I was a little familiar with the material. But I really came away with a greater appreciation of Barton Stone and his teachings and our history.

I would love to hear from anyone that also read the book or maybe a "what next" suggestion.

Banner
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Post by: James Rondon on Wed Oct 31, 2007 - 17:29:10
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What are you reading right now?

"The Pursuit of God", by A.W. Tozer.
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Post by: marc on Wed Oct 31, 2007 - 20:23:30
Tozer's on my "one of these days" list.  I looked through some of his stuff not long ago, and it seemed very good.  The kind of stuff you'd want to buy and keep around to come back to every once and awhile.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Nov 01, 2007 - 00:05:37
I've read more than a few books by Tozer... You won't regret putting him on your "have read" list, if and when you do.
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Post by: spurly on Thu Nov 01, 2007 - 08:43:33
Laura Ingram - Power to the People.

John Piper - What Jesus Demands From the World
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Post by: Brian Kelley on Thu Nov 01, 2007 - 22:31:22
Peace With God by Billy Graham

and

How to Pray by Elmer L. Towns
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Post by: James Rondon on Fri Nov 02, 2007 - 16:04:16
John Piper - What Jesus Demands From the World

Interesting. I have that book, and was actually thinking about picking it up after I'm finished with "The Pursuit of God"...
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Post by: zoonance on Fri Nov 02, 2007 - 17:57:05
"Show me God" by john Herrin.... I think that is his name.   



This isn't his name but I forget again what it is ..   Something Herren?   Good book.  Science pointing to a creator.


Maybe it is fred hereen?



I do believe it is fred heeren
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Post by: Petals on Mon Nov 12, 2007 - 10:40:55
Zoonance, it is Fred Heeren. 


Aside from my daily Bible reading, right now I'm into 5 Minute Who-Dun-Its.    It's just exercise for the brain, which can't hurt.    ::headscratch::
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Mon Nov 12, 2007 - 11:20:14
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Great Omission by Dallas Willard
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Tue Nov 13, 2007 - 15:48:08
Finished "Night" by Elie Wiesel so I added "Call Of The Wild" by Jack London to my current list.

I've been going through and reading stuff I had to read during my elementary-high school years in school and don't remember any of it because I wasn't interested in school.  "Night" was the only book I remember reading the whole book because it was so interesting...we were assigned a chapter the first day of it and I read the whole thing.

So after "Call", I will read "White Fang" by Jack London and "The Diary of Anne Frank" and then I'll try to remember some other books I had to read because I honestly can't remember now...I wasn't interested in school, remember?
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Post by: James Rondon on Wed Nov 14, 2007 - 18:06:55
The Twisted Scriptures by W. Carl Ketcherside

A classic.
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Wed Nov 14, 2007 - 19:38:41
Skin (fiction) by Ted Dekker

I just finished reading the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. Black, Red and White. Anyone else read them? I found the imagery amazing.

HUGE Ted Dekker fan!  I've read most of what he's written although I am sorely behind on his most recent stuff.  The last ones I have read were the Circle Trilogy.  Great series...I would finish one and be like a Harry Potter fan going to the book store the day the next one came out just so I could get more of the story.  I loved THR3E the best.  Blink was also cool...kinda like "24" with a "Quantum Leap" twist.
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Post by: Petals on Thu Nov 15, 2007 - 07:09:06
Steve and Me by Terri Irwin
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Post by: coachk on Mon Nov 26, 2007 - 20:38:22
The Truth (with Jokes) - Al Franken

The Evangelical Universalist - "Gregory MacDonald"
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Post by: coachk on Mon Nov 26, 2007 - 20:46:28
Skin (fiction) by Ted Dekker

I just finished reading the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. Black, Red and White. Anyone else read them? I found the imagery amazing.

I've read several Dekker books (THR3E, The Circle Trilogy, Blink, Obsessed and House).  I liked some more than others but THR3E was probably my favorite, perhaps because it was my first. 

I recently started Skin, but stalled about halfway through (due to wanting to read some other books more at the time).  I'll probably pick it back up before long.

I also have Saint and Showdown, but have yet to get to those. 

Anyone read the books by David Maine?  (The Preservationist,  The Book Of Samson,  Fallen)

I recently got a free copy of The Preservationist (story of Noah) and look forward to it.  I've read good reviews of his books.
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Post by: marc on Wed Dec 26, 2007 - 21:30:03
Got Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin for Christmas.  I think I'll retire now and read it until I go to sleep.
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Post by: James Rondon on Fri Dec 28, 2007 - 00:02:29
Right now?... "At The Altar Of Sexual Idolatry", by Steve Gallagher.
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Post by: Petals on Mon Dec 31, 2007 - 12:59:44
Mosaics by Amy Grant.   I'm normally not an Amy Grant fan, but I thought this may help me to better understand her. 
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Post by: Charles Sloan on Mon Dec 31, 2007 - 14:15:32
Right now?... "At The Altar Of Sexual Idolatry", by Steve Gallagher.

Just finished that book, fine read it was. I would also recommend "Out of the Depths of Sexual Sin" by the same author.
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Post by: mike on Mon Dec 31, 2007 - 17:21:18
Diamonds, Gold, and War, by Martin Meredith. A great, in-depth read about South Africa 1870-1910.

Also just started A Gathered People, by John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton, and Bobby Valentine. It is a study of the worship assembly, particularly in the RM heritage.
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Post by: coachk on Tue Jan 22, 2008 - 16:32:18
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman
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Post by: Petals on Wed Jan 23, 2008 - 09:36:26
The Greatest Virtue by Pat Robertson    ::reading::
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Post by: coachk on Tue Jan 29, 2008 - 19:33:58
Jesus and Nonviolence:  A Third Way  (Walter Wink)
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Post by: bemark on Tue Jan 29, 2008 - 19:39:20
Just started last night

Face to face with God         By Bill Johnson




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Post by: Charles Sloan on Thu Feb 07, 2008 - 15:11:43
I'm just starting: Wesley Gold (http://www.amazon.com/Wesley-Gold-Ray-Comfort/dp/0882704087/ref=pd_sim_b_img_1/104-0202997-8565522), by Ray Comfort.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Feb 07, 2008 - 16:09:51
I'm about a quarter of a way through The Blood of Christ (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Christ-Andrew-Murray/dp/0764224689/ref=sr_1_7/105-6894034-4815658?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202422135&sr=8-7), by Andrew Murray.

Thus far, it is excellent.
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Post by: Charles Sloan on Thu Feb 14, 2008 - 11:12:58
I'm now reading: Whitefield Gold (http://www.amazon.com/Whitefield-Gold-Ray-Comfort/dp/0882700790), by Ray Comfort.
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Post by: zoonance on Thu Feb 14, 2008 - 12:47:37
I am not reading anything.   I hate to read.
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Post by: marc on Thu Feb 14, 2008 - 14:50:19
The writing on the wall.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Feb 14, 2008 - 23:42:45
I'm about a quarter of a way through The Blood of Christ ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Christ-Andrew-Murray/dp/0764224689/ref=sr_1_7/105-6894034-4815658?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202422135&sr=8-7[/url]), by Andrew Murray.

Thus far, it is excellent.


Still reading "The Blood of Christ", by Andrew Murray.

Hoping to finish it in the next couple of days, and then start "The Cost of Discipleship", by Bonhoeffer.
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Post by: grace on Fri Feb 15, 2008 - 00:07:48
The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

Almost through with Developing your prophetic Gifting by Graham Cooke
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Post by: marc on Tue Feb 19, 2008 - 15:15:06
Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren.  It's making me want to read some more N.T. Wright. 
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Post by: Charles Sloan on Thu Feb 21, 2008 - 09:34:14
Today I'm starting: Absolute Surrender (http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-Surrender-Andrew-Murray/dp/0764228153/ref=sr_11_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1203607904&sr=11-1), by Andrew Murray.
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Post by: marc on Sun Feb 24, 2008 - 15:48:50
Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren.  It's making me want to read some more N.T. Wright. 

I'm toward the end now, and this has become extremely meaningful.  Living in one of the poorest areas in the U.S., a place where hope is looked at as a cruel joke and a sort of micro-materialism without meaning provides a bizarre form of comfort, and seeing the way the system makes this almost inevitable, I long for a recognition that everything must indeed change.  Maybe it's coming.
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Post by: marc on Thu Feb 28, 2008 - 17:21:04
Picked up the new version of Pagan Christianity? by Bert Blyleven---no, that's not right--Frank Viola and George Barna today.  I started to get this years ago, but forgot about it until I heard it mentioned a few times lately. I thumbed through it in the bookstore and thought I had to have it.

I also thumbed through N.T. Wright's Surprised By Hope (riffing on C.S. Lewis titles again, I see) and want to read it. 
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Post by: marc on Fri Feb 29, 2008 - 19:08:19
I'm 65 pages in, and I think this is going to be more of a research-type book than something that's a good read.  There is good info, and I'm not really to the part that interests me most yet.  Most of what I've read so far is either high-church-origins or stuff I already sort-of knew.  There are some things coming up that I've wondered about, though.

fwiw, Viola is actually much more radical than I am.  I disagree with him about emotions being engaged, for example--I think this could be done well.  Also, I don't see traditions in quite as bad a light as he does. 

I may actually pick up something else tomorrow to read at the same time I'm reading this.
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Fri Feb 29, 2008 - 19:32:21
I just read that non-fiction book by John Grisham about Ron Williamson's death row conviction in the town of Ada, Oklahoma.
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Post by: marc on Sat Mar 01, 2008 - 14:56:58
I picked that up and looked at it today.

Didn't buy anything, though.

I'm 200 pages in to Viola's book.   He's a radical restorationist, it seems.  Makes us Church of Christers look like amateurs.
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Post by: coachk on Tue Mar 04, 2008 - 10:34:16
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer
by
Bart Ehrman
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Post by: marc on Thu Mar 06, 2008 - 18:41:49
I picked up David McCullough's Mornings on Horseback about the young Teddy Roosevelt today, but I haven't started reading it yet.
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Post by: Charles Sloan on Sat Mar 08, 2008 - 22:52:34
Tonight I'm starting: The Apostolic Fathers (http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=034688), by Michael W. Holmes
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Sun Mar 09, 2008 - 22:18:00
Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin moved to the top yesterday.
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Post by: Windsong on Sun Mar 16, 2008 - 13:15:14
I'm reading a classic by C.S. Lewis called the Screwtape Letters. It's about an Uncle and his nephew who are {from the other side} trying to discourage a young man from accepting Christ as his savior. it's a very interesting story.  ::eatingpopcorn:


Windsong
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Post by: Imabear on Tue Mar 18, 2008 - 08:59:24
The Atonement Child (1997) I finished it last night.  It's about a college student who finds herself pregnant after she had been raped.  Suddenly all the pro-life people around her, are recommending to her that she quietly 'take care of her problem" so she won't 'ruin her life'.
Good book.  In some parts it feels like you're reading pro-life propaganda though.

The Last Sin Eater (1998) I'll start today

Both books are by Francine Rivers.


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Post by: GloryB on Wed Mar 19, 2008 - 11:02:19
I'm reading a classic by C.S. Lewis called the Screwtape Letters. It's about an Uncle and his nephew who are {from the other side} trying to discourage a young man from accepting Christ as his savior. it's a very interesting story.  ::eatingpopcorn:


Windsong

Oh....I read that some years ago....Good Stuff! 

I'm currently reading 'Never Again' by John Ashcroft. 

He really writes in much grace to those who one would consider his political enemies.  He brings out their good personal qualities.  He also says prayer in Washington happens much more than we will ever hear about from the media...even among those we consider on the other side of our political choice.  He explains relationships between people in politics and why what we see on the outside isn't really the case.  It's a really interesting book.  He now teaches at Pat Robertson's university.
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Post by: marc on Wed Mar 19, 2008 - 14:22:30
If anyone here has read David Kuo's "Tempting Faith" (and I have a feeling it isn't one of the favorites of many posters), Kuo describes Ashcroft as a humble, genuine man of faith.  He comes across very well in the book.
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Post by: GloryB on Wed Mar 19, 2008 - 21:08:32
If anyone here has read David Kuo's "Tempting Faith" (and I have a feeling it isn't one of the favorites of many posters), Kuo describes Ashcroft as a humble, genuine man of faith.  He comes across very well in the book.

I collect political and military books...so thanks for that lead.  After reading your post...I just bought it on Amazon (used) for $1.01!  How's that for a great deal!  ::smile::

I don't always buy books because I agree with them.  I just like reading everyone's point of view all the way around a story or issue.
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Post by: zoonance on Thu Mar 20, 2008 - 17:28:30
Believe it or not... I read a book last week!   "Navigating Change" by Lynn Anderson. 
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Post by: savedbyhim on Thu Mar 20, 2008 - 17:38:22
I have been trying to get through a very good book by Gerald Hawthorne - "The Presence and the Power: The Significance of the Holy Spirit in the Life and Ministry of Jesus." The first chapter was awesome, and now I'm a few pages into the second chapter. Anyway, it's been good so far.

Also, I just bought a new book and it's "Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods." I was told by a man at church that it was well worth reading, so I'm giving it a try soon.


 ::reading::
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Mar 20, 2008 - 23:18:54
Right now?...

The Mark of The Christian (http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Christian-Ivp-Classics/dp/0830834079/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206073017&sr=1-1), by Francis A. Schaeffer.
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Post by: zoonance on Fri Mar 21, 2008 - 12:32:04
I am now reading a book called something like "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat" by .... I think his last name starts with an O and is kind of long?  But I am reading!
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Post by: Windsong on Fri Mar 21, 2008 - 15:37:22
I'm reading "A Grief Observed" by C.S. Lewis. It's about his feelings of loss over his wife's death. I very insightful read.

Windsong
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Post by: marc on Mon Mar 24, 2008 - 16:13:05
"Surprised by Hope" by N.T. Wright.  I've been wanting to read this for a few weeks (I've read quite a book in the store), but was waiting for a price reduction, since it's hardback and I'm still working part-time.   I got a 20% off coupon. 
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Post by: zoonance on Tue Mar 25, 2008 - 12:43:10
Good grief.  I have now read 2 books and on a third!   Effective Leadership, by father and son Blackaby (I never can remember the details here at work)
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Post by: Weeble on Tue Mar 25, 2008 - 21:06:25
I am now reading a book called something like "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat" by .... I think his last name starts with an O and is kind of long?  But I am reading!

John Orterberg. If you like it you need to read "Everyone's Normal Until You Get To Know Them."  I think it's his best work to date.
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Post by: Charles Sloan on Sun Mar 30, 2008 - 17:04:22
Tonight I'm starting: The Apostolic Fathers ([url]http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=034688[/url]), by Michael W. Holmes


I have taken a pause from The Apostolic Fathers to read Humility & Absolute Surrender (http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=639405), by Andrew Murray.

I read an updated version of Andrew Murray's Absolute Surrender from 'todays readers' awhile ago, but I was interested to see how the original book was written since it was very insightful. I'm am sure I will find these are just as filled with wisdom. Humility is a virtue I need to focus on in my life.
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Post by: Jaime on Sun Mar 30, 2008 - 17:08:30
The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz.
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Post by: yogi bear on Sun Mar 30, 2008 - 17:14:17
Grace Centered Message Forums
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Post by: browsing on Mon Mar 31, 2008 - 20:07:47
Men to Match My Mountains  - Irving Stone
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Post by: normfromga on Mon Mar 31, 2008 - 21:27:53
I have just finished Jews in America Today by Lenni Brenner and have begun The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E Woods
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Post by: janine on Wed Apr 02, 2008 - 21:11:31
I've been carrying C.J. Cherryh's Paladin around in my purse for, like, two weeks. 

One upon a time a novel like that would have been a dessert, read in one sitting on a saturday afternoon perhaps.  Now I'm so busy I read in installments.
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Post by: savedbyhim on Sat Apr 19, 2008 - 18:45:04
I was really saddened when I came to the Book Reviews forum only to find at the bottom of the page an ad by Ebay showing the latest offerings for satanic bibles. What's the deal with that? If this is the way that Ebay advertises on Christian web sites then I think it's time I quit using Ebay.

 ::destroyingcomputer::
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Post by: marc on Sat Apr 19, 2008 - 18:53:00
I believe that's already being looked into.  That ad was a bit of a shock to many of us.  I'm fairly sure the ads are automatically triggered by words on the page being advertised on, so likely something there connected to the S.t.n..c thing.
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Apr 19, 2008 - 22:32:26
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My cousin recommended that book to me. He said that he wanted me to read it, so that he could get my opinion on it... I looked for it at a few books stores, however, and have yet to come across it.
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Post by: marc on Sat Apr 19, 2008 - 22:46:54
I was in Books a Million today and they had a huge display of it.
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Apr 19, 2008 - 23:53:15
I am planning on trying Barnes & Noble tomorrow. I'm sure that they have it.
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Post by: Charliz on Sat Apr 26, 2008 - 23:24:19
Like many of you, I usually have several books going at the same time.  One that I'm really enjoying right now is called anonymous by alicia britt chole.  I'm a little over half way through it.
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Post by: Imabear on Thu May 08, 2008 - 07:31:27
The 25th anniversary edition of The Upside-Down Kingdom, by Donald B. Kraybill, Herald Press, 2003

Edit: I have finished reading this book.  It is not one that leaves one feeling comfortable.  I suspect that many if not most readers will disagree with some if not many of the writer's conclusions, however I do recommend it. 

I have posted comments and excerpts on the book in a few places on these forums:

http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php?topic=26174.msg500263#msg500263 (http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php?topic=26174.msg500263#msg500263)

http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php?topic=26146.msg499434#msg499434 (http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php?topic=26146.msg499434#msg499434)

http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php?topic=26146.msg500317#msg500317 (http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php?topic=26146.msg500317#msg500317)
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Post by: parson6 on Thu May 15, 2008 - 13:30:09
"The Stone-Campbell Movement" by Leroy Garrett
"Simply Christians" by Sam Stone

Yep, I'm into a bit of church history this month.  Both of these books are enjoyable reading.
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Post by: JM on Wed May 28, 2008 - 09:22:35
Currently I’m reading “This Present Darkness
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Post by: marc on Wed May 28, 2008 - 09:26:14
I liked it, but have been here and there on Peretti's other stuff. His writing has some weaknesses; you can see the scaffolding too much.

I've switched gears for the moment and am (finally) reading Michael Lewis' Moneyball. 
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Post by: memmy on Wed May 28, 2008 - 09:33:07
I'm into The Lost Women of the Bible, by Carolyn Custis James.

It's excellent so far!

I would recommend this to all of us past and present "women's traditional roles defined in the Bible" types, who grew up thinking we have our place...............but, where exactly is that?  ::pondering::
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Post by: parson6 on Wed May 28, 2008 - 11:18:28
Volume 2 of Evangelicalism and The Stone-Campbell Movement (William Baker, editor; ACU Press)

A bit deep for me, but I'm enjoying it.
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Post by: JM on Tue Jun 03, 2008 - 17:34:01
I'm just about to finish the new Tom Cruse Bio.  I picked it up just hoping to read about his conversion to Scientology but ended up reading the whole thing, it's compelling.

The other day I started Liberal Fascism, it's a big eye opener.

Today I picked up a copy of "The Christian Warfare" by John Downame. 
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According to the author, he aimed to do three things with this book: "to relieve and comfort those who are poor in spirit and humbled in the sight of sin, to lead the Christian in an even course, unto the haven of eternal happiness, and to give solid and substantial consolations, which are firmly grounded upon God's undoubted truth."

J.I. Packer wrote, "Downame stands with Perkins, Greenham, and Richard Rogers as one of the architects of the Puritan theology of godliness."

Joel Beeke wrote, "With the possible exception of Gurnall's 'Christian Armour,' this book is the finest Puritan work on the theme of the Christian warfare. It is also Downame's best work."

As noted by the printer in the 1634 edition, the intent of 'The Christian's Warfare' was to "instruct in military discipline for the better enabling to stand in the day of battle as a valiant soldier."

I love to read the Puritans.
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Post by: marc on Mon Jun 09, 2008 - 20:54:33
A book about a different kind of warfare.  Evan Thomas' John Paul Jones.
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Post by: grace on Tue Jun 10, 2008 - 10:54:03
The Walk of the Spirit-The Walk of Power
By Dave Roberson
This is a must for anyone that believes in the gifts you can down load it for free if anyone is interested.
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Post by: OldDad on Tue Jun 10, 2008 - 12:23:55
"I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" by Vince Antonucci...

Funny and thought provoking.
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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Tue Jun 10, 2008 - 16:09:20
"A Comedian's Guide to Theology" by Thor Ramsey
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Post by: marc on Tue Jun 10, 2008 - 20:00:14
I would imagine that's much more interesting than "A Theologian's Guide to Comedy."
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Post by: kensington on Wed Jun 11, 2008 - 00:42:26
I just finished "The Bait of Satan"  and started "Breaking Intimidation"  Both by John Bevere.

I liked the first one.. I think it speaks truth. Some I didn't want to know...

The second one I haven't formed an opinion on, I just started it last night I'm only on Chapter 4.  I'll have to get back to you.  ::tippinghat::
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Post by: Kiara on Wed Jun 11, 2008 - 05:10:09
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren... It may be an old book but I always read it. It's a good book for everyone, believers and specially none-believers.

Well its actually the book that draggd me to Jesus.... ::noworries::
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Post by: normfromga on Wed Jun 11, 2008 - 08:33:24
Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero in the Twentieth Century By W. David Lewis.

So far, it has taught me a lot, not only about this multifaceted man, but the first half of the century that he had considerable influence in, including helping establish a certain American religious movement.

An interesting, though lengthly, read....
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Post by: Petals on Sun Jun 22, 2008 - 11:30:21
Just finished The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  It was quite inspirational and filled with life lessons.   ::reading::

I plan to read Where Angels Walk by Joan Wester Anderson next.  It contains supposedly true stories of heavenly visitors.  I'll have to forego judgment until I'm into it, and see if the Holy Spirit tells me whether or not the stories are actually true.   ::lookaround::
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Post by: normfromga on Sun Jun 22, 2008 - 21:55:52
I am reading Ron Paul's The Revolution: A Manifesto.

It's a pretty fast read, especially if one is already tuned in to his philosophy. 
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Jun 23, 2008 - 23:03:58
The Fear of God, by Arnold L. Frank.
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Post by: Rahn on Wed Jun 25, 2008 - 12:39:27
I am currently reading Philip Yancey on "Amazing Grace." I have already been though it. I have several of his books and enjoy reading them again.

From time to time I also read from Thomas A Kempis on "The Imitation of Christ" (15th century). The way the book is written, it can be treated as a devotional. Along those same lines is a collection of writings of Meister Eckhart (14th century). Even though they were written so long ago, they still have some very practical things to say. People talk about change. However, some things never change. People have been writing about their relationship with God through the centuries. There is great deal to learn from those who wrote Scripture and those who followed in their footsteps.
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Post by: marc on Sun Jun 29, 2008 - 21:15:08
Finished John Paul Jones.  An amazing book.  Reread Lawrence Ritter's The Glory of Their Times, an oral history of baseball at the turn of the 20th century that remains one of the best baseball books ever written.  I first read it when I was in junior high.  Just started a book that I got for my birthday.  Some of you won't like the idea that I'm even reading it.  It's by a guy named McClellan (not the Civil War General and not the old country doctor from near here).

I will say that so far it seems a bit self-serving and presumptuous, if that helps. 

Later this week, while I'm in Nashville, I plan to stop by the 21st Century Christian bookstore on Granny White and browse.  If anyone has any recommendations of books I might find there but not here, I'd be glad to hear them.  I much prefer in-person buying to Amazon.
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Post by: memmy on Sun Jun 29, 2008 - 21:59:59
90 Minutes In Heaven, by Don Piper. Good read.

I recommend it to everyone, especially if you are going through physical trials or have or will be facing the death of a loved one. But then again, who hasn't?
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Post by: Bon Voyage on Sun Jul 06, 2008 - 11:06:12
Just got this at the library:  Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw.
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Post by: marc on Sun Jul 06, 2008 - 22:48:07
I put aside the McClellan book for the moment.  I picked up four books at Lipscomb last week.  I've already read Lynn Anderson's "If I really believe, why do I have these doubts?" Good stuff.  I'm reading Leonard Allen's book subtitled something like "Churches of Christ in the modern and postmodern age" which I've momentarily fogotten the name of.  Next up is Hughes' book on RM History ("Reviving the Ancient Faith", I think).  At Jerry C's suggestion, I picked up tim Woodruff's book on the beatitudes, but I immediately loaned it to my brother-in-law. 

I'm not doing well with titles this evening. 
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Post by: James Rondon on Sun Jul 06, 2008 - 23:03:40
I would be interested in taking a look at Allen's book.
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Post by: marc on Mon Jul 07, 2008 - 09:03:55
Sorry; I had taken a couple of Tylenol PMs a half hour before posting last night and my thoughts were scrambled.  The title is Things Unseen: Churches of Christ In (and After) the Modern Age.  I'm only about 35 pages in; so far it's talking about how Cambell's enlightenment influences (particularly Bacon) caused his version of primitivism to be more modern than he realized.

What was kind of unusual was that I bought this book in Lipscomb's bookstore and walked out into the student center lobby to see that Leafood, the publisher, had set up a booth right outside the store, and that Leonard Allen was manning the booth.
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Post by: parson6 on Mon Jul 14, 2008 - 14:24:17
"The Crusades - A History"
"The Faith" by Charles Colson
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Post by: GLOW on Sat Jul 19, 2008 - 22:28:05
I am currently reading
The Everyday Visionary by Jesse Duplantis
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Post by: BaLou on Mon Jul 21, 2008 - 13:52:22
Angels and Demons
by Dan Brown
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Post by: Petals on Sat Jul 26, 2008 - 10:14:48
Smith Wigglesworth on Faith

Here's an excerpt:

Wigglesworth's unorthodox methods were often questioned.  As a person, Wigglesworth was reportedly courteous, kind, and gentle.  However, he became forceful when dealing with the devil, whom he believed caused all sickness.  Wigglesworth said the reason he spoke bluntly and acted forcefully with people was that he knew he needed to get their attention so they could focus on God.  He also had such anger toward the devil and sickness that he acted in a seemingly rough way.  When he prayed for people to be healed, he would often hit or punch them at the place of their problem or illness.  Yet, no one was hurt by this startling treatment.  Instead, they were remarkably healed.  When he was asked why he treated people in this manner, he said that he was not hitting the people, but that he was hitting the devil.  He believed that Satan shoujld nev er be treated gently or allowed to get away with anything.  About twenty people were reportedly raised from the dead after he prayed for them.  Wigglesworth himself was healed of appendicitis and kidney stones, after which his personality softened and he was more gentle with those who came to him for prayer for healing. 
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Post by: James Rondon on Sun Jul 27, 2008 - 20:00:32
Right now?... Reading "The Everlasting Righteousness", by Horatius Bonar.
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Post by: Imabear on Wed Aug 13, 2008 - 09:44:04
The Veritas Conflict: A novel of spiritual warfare
by Shaunti Feldahn

This book is set at Harvard University.  The students and professors are embattled in spiritual warfare, a search for truth.  It includes a story line about the university's Christian heritage.  About Christians battling secular humanism in the classroom, where tolerance is preached, but the Christian point of view is not tolerated. It also has some twists and turns involving money, greed, corruption.

I'm just a bit more than halfway through.  So far I think it's a good book. :)


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About the Author
Shaunti Feldhahn is the author of the bestselling Y2K: The Millennium Bug -- A Balanced Christian Response. She works with the We Care America coalition, a successor of the Joseph Project 2000 ministry. She earned her master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1994 and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Wall Street as a financial risk analyst. Shaunti makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and young daughter.
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Post by: stahrwe on Fri Aug 15, 2008 - 09:10:43
Flower, A Story Of The Nativity
Wayne Stahre
Habitation of Chimham Publishing
9781606430811, www.chimhampublish.com

Review by Midwest Book Review
The story of the birth of Jesus has been the subject of innumerable works of art, literature and music. But in the past two thousand [yeas] of storytelling no one has told the tale from the perspective of the innkeeper's wife. No one until Wayne Stahre put pen to paper to create "Flower, A Story Of The Nativity". With a genuine flair for engaging narrative, author Wayne Stahre combines both fictitious characters (such as Flower herself) with historical figures and retells the Nativity story with a realism that draws upon archaeology, history, and meticulous biblical research. Of special note is how within the context of an original and creative approach, "Flower, A Story Of The Nativity" deals with such implicit and explicit questions as to the identity of the 'Wise Men', the nature of the Star of Bethlehem, the appearances of the angels Gabriel and Michael, the background of the Roman census of Judea, why the God of Israel permitted the murder of children by Herod's forces, why there are differences between the genealogy accounts by Matthew and Luke, why Matthew says Jesus and his family fled to Egypt to escape Herod's slaughter of the innocents, when Luke's account has Jesus being taken to Nazareth after his birth. An entertaining and highly recommend read, "Flower, A Story Of The Nativity" is an informed and deftly written historical adventure novel that would make an exceptionally popular addition to any personal reading list or community library fiction collection.
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Post by: Imabear on Fri Aug 15, 2008 - 13:17:51
Amish Grace: When Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy



It's very sad, but very encouraging as well. 
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Post by: marc on Thu Aug 28, 2008 - 18:23:55
Jesus for President.  It's a nice alternative to two weeks of conventions.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Aug 28, 2008 - 18:28:05
I almost bought that book yesterday, but picked up an autobiography of George Mueller instead.
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Post by: marc on Thu Aug 28, 2008 - 19:04:55
It's probably in a more readable typeface.

I know they were borrowed from elsewhere, but I thought the parallels between the crucifixion and a Roman coronation were interesting.

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Post by: marc on Sat Aug 30, 2008 - 12:25:23
This book is very challenging (particularly in its depiction of our civil religion), but at times it seems the authors sketch a bit of a caricature of those they're talking about.  The one problem I always have with these types of arguments is that even when they are right, they don't always consider where the average patriotic American Christian is coming from.  Maybe it's because I've lived most of my life in the middle of a low socioeconomic, poorly educated area, but I think a little more gentleness could be used at times.

But it's hard to ignore the authors' point.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Sep 01, 2008 - 17:11:03
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, by Eugene Peterson.

Abide in Christ, by Andrew Murray

The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

The Dark Night of the Soul, by Gerald May

The Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Sep 01, 2008 - 19:57:51
Abide in Christ, by Andrew Murray

I read Abide in Christ about a year ago, along with a number of other writings by Murray (he is one of my favorite authors - Absolute Surrender and Humility are my favorites from him).
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Post by: marc on Thu Sep 04, 2008 - 10:19:24
I ended up with some pretty mixed feeling about Jesus for President.  There's a lot to chew on, but I'm not sure the authors' perception of people's motives is always accurate. He has a major point in the book, but some of the details bugged me (for instance, I don't think they really caught the gist of what Timothy McVeigh was all about).

I've started on Philip Yancey's The Jesus I Never Knew.
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Post by: James Rondon on Thu Sep 04, 2008 - 23:04:42
I'm still planning on picking it up after I'm done with the Mueller book. Furthermore, next month, I am planning on preaching a sermon entitled "Jesus For President". Even so, the sermon will not be based on the book.
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Post by: coachk on Thu Sep 18, 2008 - 13:24:20
Currently...

The New Blue Media: How Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, Jon Stewart and Company Are Transforming Progressive Politics by Theodore Hamm
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Post by: normfromga on Fri Sep 19, 2008 - 12:43:32
Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America by Jared Taylor.

Book is over fifteen years old, but apparently the US still hasn't learned much from its forty years of failure.... ::frown::
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Sep 22, 2008 - 18:39:06
The Inner Compass, by Silf. An exposition of Ignatian spirituality. An interesting quote from early on in the book is: "Take responsibility for being an event for someone today." The implication is, if you are someone's event, what kind of event will they have today?
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Post by: sesantek on Mon Sep 29, 2008 - 05:33:39

Well i am reading nothing but my own very e-book "HOW YOU CAN BEGIN TO ACT ON YOUR IDEAS".

An e-book that is just meant to motivate someone to act on his or her ideas.

It is 90 pages of great information. Great SECRETS Revealed.

This is a sample copy for people on this forum 

www.rocktech.biz/powersample.zip

Please enjoy it

I am currently reading Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer.  It is a good philosophical picture of the roots of post-modernism.

 How about you?
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Post by: Imabear on Mon Sep 29, 2008 - 17:08:32
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, by Eugene Peterson.

Abide in Christ, by Andrew Murray

The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

The Dark Night of the Soul, by Gerald May

The Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross
Wow, you read all of those at the same time?
I just read When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall.  (Fiction) It's the 3rd in a trilogy about an Amish teen who was raped, became pregnant, ran away from home, and eventually became a nurse, returning to serve her community. 

I have a pile of books to read.  I'm reading another book about the Nickle Mines tragedy and have unChristian waiting to be read next to my bed.  My daughter never did finish The Irresistible Revolution, which I was going to read when she was done.  I should be reading My ACLS and PALS books to review for my next 2 days of recertification... but I'm being bad.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Sep 29, 2008 - 18:30:51
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, by Eugene Peterson.

Abide in Christ, by Andrew Murray

The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

The Dark Night of the Soul, by Gerald May

The Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross
Wow, you read all of those at the same time?
Yes. Well, not all at the exact same time as though they're all spread out on the table or something. I normally have several books going at once.
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Post by: mike on Mon Sep 29, 2008 - 19:43:45
I am currently reading The New Testament and the People of God, by N.T. Wright.

I have read The Dark Night of the Soul(St. John of the Cross' version), The Divine Conspiracy, and Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. All are great reads.

I like reading anything that Willard writes, and most of the books by Peterson.

I recently finished Affirming the Touch of God, by Evan Howard. The subtitle is "A Psychological and Philosophical Exploration of Christian Discernment. " A lot of the text deals with the rules of Ignatius of Loyola, and the ideas of Jonathan Edwards. It is sometimes a little technical, but I recommend it.
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Post by: mike on Wed Oct 01, 2008 - 22:48:21
I almost bought that book yesterday, but picked up an autobiography of George Mueller instead.

A couple of years ago I read an autobiography of Muller by Roger Steer. Is that the one you read?

Muller was an amazing man of prayer.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat Oct 11, 2008 - 20:38:42
Mudhouse Sabbath, by Lauren Winner
(An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline)

The Lessons of St. Francis, by John Talbot and Steve Rabey
(How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life)
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Post by: stevehut on Sat Oct 11, 2008 - 21:23:31
The Sigma Protocol, by Robert Ludlum.  Same guy who wrote The Bourne Identity.
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Post by: Imabear on Mon Oct 13, 2008 - 17:50:26
Mudhouse Sabbath, by Lauren Winner
(An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline)

The Lessons of St. Francis, by John Talbot and Steve Rabey
(How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life)
I read Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner a few years ago.  Loved it.  I should look for more of her stuff.
Over the weekend I read The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne.  I want to read it again... a bit more slowly.
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Post by: Jimbob on Tue Oct 14, 2008 - 16:09:48
Just got back from the library with N.T. Wright's The Last Word and Simply Christian.  I'm hoping to go next month to a workshop he's speaking at.
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Post by: normfromga on Wed Oct 15, 2008 - 09:04:56
I almost bought that book yesterday, but picked up an autobiography of George Mueller instead.

A couple of years ago I read an autobiography of Muller by Roger Steer. Is that the one you read?

Muller was an amazing man of prayer.

Then why would he have his autobiography "ghost written"? ::pondering::
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Post by: mike on Sun Oct 19, 2008 - 05:47:24
I almost bought that book yesterday, but picked up an autobiography of George Mueller instead.

A couple of years ago I read an autobiography of Muller by Roger Steer. Is that the one you read?

Muller was an amazing man of prayer.

Then why would he have his autobiography "ghost written"? ::pondering::
Good point. Deduct 5 points.  ::doh::
Biography it is.
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Post by: Imabear on Sat Oct 25, 2008 - 12:07:02
Is it insensitive to share your faith?   by James R. Kraybill
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Post by: djcasp on Tue Oct 28, 2008 - 11:31:23
more like listening to.   The Brain that Changes Itself  --- Doidge, MD.
good stuff about Brain plasticity and such like.
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Post by: Imabear on Fri Nov 14, 2008 - 14:12:41
I never read much of that last book I posted.

Yesterday I got a box of books in the mail.

These are 2 I'm planning to read:

Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting God in Everyday Life,  by Ed Cyzewski

Jesus Wants to Save Christians, by Rob Bell and Don Golden


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Post by: Big Mike Lewis on Tue Nov 18, 2008 - 15:23:27
I am reading through The Edge Chronicles series. Better than Harry Potter and more interesting.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Dec 09, 2008 - 00:01:33
Henri Nouwen and Soul Care, A Ministry of Integration, by Wil Hernandez

Discusses Nouwen's life as both an imperfect integration and yet and understanding of wholeness as an integration of theology, psychology, and ministry, with spirituality as a connecting and integrating approach. Nouwen, according to Hernandez, lived and sought to see the whole person, the complete human being, as the focus of spirituality.

Hernandez further argues that Nouwen understood soul care, or spiritual direction as complete only if they considered all three aspects of life when approaching people to care for them. It is important for Hernandez, and presumably for Nouwen, that we understand our jobs not as healers (not everyone can be healed - physically, emotionally, or spiritually), but we can care for everyone. Healing apparently, is God's job; ours is to care for souls (read: complete people).
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Post by: James Rondon on Tue Dec 09, 2008 - 01:09:49
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What are you reading right now?

The Holy Bible, by God.

I am reading it through 3 times in 3 months. I am almost through the 1st reading.
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Post by: Charles Sloan on Tue Dec 09, 2008 - 14:03:54
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What are you reading right now?

The Holy Bible, by God.

I am reading it through 3 times in 3 months. I am almost through the 1st reading.

I hear that's the good book.

I think I am somewhere amid my 14th or 15th time through, I've lost track.
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Post by: MegaJedi on Wed Dec 10, 2008 - 01:19:39
Re-Reading The Lord of the Rings until the new Ann Coulter Book comes out.
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Post by: marc on Wed Dec 10, 2008 - 21:12:03
Macbeth.  Repeatedly.  And I will be reading it tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow....
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Post by: freeman on Mon Dec 29, 2008 - 00:09:52
The new paradigm for financial markets by George Soros. Interesting take on the transition to globalization. The cause and effect of central banking and the false beliefs that lead to market extremes.
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Post by: marc on Mon Dec 29, 2008 - 21:36:26
The Last Days by Scott Westerfield (or something like that--a kid at school keeps loaning me books by this guy, and they're quick reads.)

A strange facts of WWII book I got for Christmas.

Ephesians, out of a NKJV study Bible (a loaner).  Studying for a class I'm teaching.

Also re-reading some related material.
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Post by: ForIHaveWings on Tue Dec 30, 2008 - 14:11:56
Spiritual Warfare by Derek Prince; I think its a bit over my head with the scripture stuff, and he has some interesting veiws on there being three Heavens. I'm about 4 chapters in and its a rather small book. But its interesting.
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Post by: marc on Tue Dec 30, 2008 - 22:58:31
Spiritual Warfare by Derek Prince; I think its a bit over my head with the scripture stuff, and he has some interesting veiws on there being three Heavens. I'm about 4 chapters in and its a rather small book. But its interesting.

What are the three heavens, levels of reward or something else?
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Post by: ForIHaveWings on Wed Dec 31, 2008 - 11:42:15
Spiritual Warfare by Derek Prince; I think its a bit over my head with the scripture stuff, and he has some interesting views on there being three Heavens. I'm about 4 chapters in and its a rather small book. But its interesting.

What are the three heavens, levels of reward or something else?

No he says that Satan lives in one, when we die we got to the second, and God rules the other. Basically he is saying that Satan has an army of demon/angels in the first its kinda confusing I don't know if I believe it but that's what it says.
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Post by: Petals on Fri Jan 02, 2009 - 12:55:07
I read the Bible daily and hope to finish reading it all the way through within the next couple of months.  It'll be the 14th or 15th time I've read it from start to finish.

I'm also starting out this new year reading "Fit for Life, A New Beginning" by Harvey Diamond.  What this author says makes so much sense.  Now if physicians and hospitals would just get with the program and follow his lead, more people would be a lot healthier.  He is against poisoning our bodies with drugs, chemo, radiation, etc.  and is for detoxifying and preventive measures to stay healthy.  I'm not to the part yet where he gives a diet plan or the detoxifying instructions, but from what I've read so far, it should be a positive thing instead of the dangerous methods promoted by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, etc.   He states that every drug has side effects, and I agree.   His approach of using natural methods to stay healthy is one that I believe I can adhere to more than popping pills and feeling miserable due to their toxicity.   ::treadmill::  He also advocates walking, which is the best form of exercise that does not require purchasing expensive exercise equipment.  You can do it almost anywhere.

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Post by: marc on Fri Jan 02, 2009 - 12:58:29
I'm getting ready to read "Night" by Elie Wiesel in preparation for teaching it.  88 would probably like to read it as well.
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Post by: James Rondon on Fri Jan 02, 2009 - 13:15:44
Aside from the Scriptures, I am also reading "Fellowship of the Burning Heart". It is a collection of sermons by A.W. Tozer. I also just finished Tozer's book, "The Pursuit of God", which I highly recommend to everyone and anyone who names the name of Christ. It is a definite "must read".
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Jan 18, 2009 - 21:39:19
Mudhouse Sabbath, Lauren Winner - excellent little book from an ex-Jewish, now Christian woman. She provides observations about how Jewish life and values can add depth and meaning to often overlooked faith practices.

Speaking of Faith, Krista Tippett

The Inner Life, Thomas a Kempis
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Post by: MegaJedi on Sat Jan 24, 2009 - 12:30:41
I was not able to get the new Ann Coulter book "Guilty" yet.  So I started reading "Tortured for CHRIST" by Richard Wurmbrand.  I got it through the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.
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Post by: marc on Sun Jan 25, 2009 - 20:51:40
I just started "American Lion" by Jon Meacham.  I've disliked Jackson for some time because of his treatment of the Indians, but have to admit that he preserved the Union for a little while and was largely responsible for keeping Jefferson's vision alive.  This should be an interesting book.
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Post by: Mikeyjc on Thu Jan 29, 2009 - 19:43:04
I was not able to get the new Ann Coulter book "Guilty" yet.  So I started reading "Tortured for CHRIST" by Richard Wurmbrand.  I got it through the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

I should read it.  Have you read Tortured for his Faith by Haralan Popov?  My copy is 1970 I think.  It is quite old and autographed by the author.  Your post has got me thinking of re-reading Popov's book.  In fact, I should google him.
Richard Wurmbrand...I wonder what the similiarities are between these two?
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Post by: llewksgood on Fri Jan 30, 2009 - 03:05:59
THUD by Terry Pratchet. In fact, we'd better get it finished, or we'll have to pay a fine.
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Post by: marc on Fri Jan 30, 2009 - 14:08:19
I had a 25% off coupon, so I picked up "Blue Parakeet" by Scot McKnight while I was snowbound at the mall today (long story--basically I went to school before finding out it was cancelled, a heavier-than-expected snow hit, and I decided to wait it out). Looks interesting.  I may read it and put Andy on the back burner.
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Post by: mike on Sat Jan 31, 2009 - 22:56:08
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. It's pretty good so far. Gary might like his discussion about Montana.

I liked his prior book, Guns, Germs, and Steel.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Feb 17, 2009 - 22:35:34
Nice little book. Every professional (or yearning professional) clergy type should read it.

In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen. Nouwen's comments on leadership for the new century.

Nice short book on the challenges of being relevant in today's world. Recommends we try to become irrelevant and rather simply become present and healing for others. No chasing the lights, no wanting to be on the speakers' circuit, no wanting to head a twenty-person ministry staff. Just being available for people.
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Post by: Mere Nick on Wed Feb 18, 2009 - 13:30:34
I'm finally reading Blue Like Jazz.
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Post by: beachgirl82 on Sun Mar 08, 2009 - 01:51:18
Wild Things ( the art of nurturing boys)
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Mar 15, 2009 - 17:10:38
Two Views on Women in Ministry by Belleville, et al.
Men and Women in the Church by Sumner
Women in the Church by Grenz and Kjesbo
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Post by: MegaJedi on Mon Mar 16, 2009 - 12:01:47
Just finished "If Democrats had any brains they'd be Republican's" and moved on to "Tortured for CHRIST"  by Richard Wurmbrand.  And playing my KJV on DVD wich counts as reading as the words appear on the screen as they read it to you.
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Post by: James Rondon on Sat Mar 21, 2009 - 14:37:29
Tortured for Christ is interesting, not to mention eye-opening. 
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Post by: Howdyboyalan on Sat Mar 21, 2009 - 15:07:58
The ancestors tale
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Post by: marc on Sat Mar 21, 2009 - 15:18:15
I picked up N.T. Wright's "Simply Christian" today.
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Post by: Mere Nick on Mon Mar 23, 2009 - 00:44:32
I picked up N.T. Wright's "Simply Christian" today.

A subscription to the publication that is, as usual, outstanding, would be cheaper and certified accurate, wouldn't it?
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Post by: bml1st on Mon Mar 23, 2009 - 14:48:49
Jesus At The Margins by Rick McKinley
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Post by: Rahn on Mon Mar 23, 2009 - 17:33:12
I am reading again from Soren Kierkegaard's "For Self-Examination."
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Post by: HRoberson on Thu Mar 26, 2009 - 21:25:46
Things Hidden, Scripture as Spirituality, by Richard Rohr

Excerpts.....
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...our family of origin is divine
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...it is almost the only task of religion--to communicate not worthiness but union, to reconnect people to their identity...
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Sin is primarily describing a state of living outside of union.
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It is not that if I am moral, then I will be loved by God, but rather I must first come to experience God's love, and then I will--almost naturally--be moral.
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Every other "election" scene is stymied by the stylized line that sounds so right, "Lord, I am not worthy." "Of course you are not," the Gospel seems to say, "but that was never the question, anyway!"
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Henceforth, all true morality is simply "the imitation of God." Watch what God does, and do the same thing! It is not a "those who do it right get to go to heaven" thing, as much as it is a "those who live like me are in heaven now" thing!
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It's not that God likes anyone better or that they are more worthy than the rest. God's chosenness is for the sake of communicating chosenness to everybody else! That is the paradox, and it often takes people a long time to learn that .... You lead others to the depth to which you have been led.
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As the dualistic mind tends to do, we made the Crucifixion into a tit-for-tat thing instead of a revelation of the eternal nature of the heart of God flowing toward us as water and blood.

I really do just love it when smart people agree with me  ::smile::

Two more.....
The Secret Message of Jesus, Brian D. McLaren
Flirting with Monasticism, Finding God on Ancient Paths, Karen Sloan
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Post by: savedbyhim on Sat Mar 28, 2009 - 21:34:47
I'm going backwards in time this week....I am reading an older book, "Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free" by the late F.F. Bruce. I bought it off of Ebay sometime ago and I'm just now getting around to reading it. Bruce is such an educated writer and it's hard to understand everything, but this is a good book so far.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Apr 12, 2009 - 16:40:07
Manifesting God, by Keating
Death on a Friday Afternoon, by Neuhaus

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Post by: marc on Tue May 12, 2009 - 19:38:45
Down in the River to Pray: Revisioning Baptism as God's Transforming Work: John Mark Hicks, Greg Taylor

I was ordering a couple of mythology books from Amazon the other day, and I got a message that if I spent a couple of more dollars, I'd get free shipping.  I'd been wanting to read this for a while, so I ordered it.

Interesting so far.  I'm just a couple of chapters in.
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Post by: James Rondon on Tue May 12, 2009 - 23:18:55
Don't Waste Your Life (http://www.amazon.com/Don-Waste-Your-Life-ebook/dp/B0017JWL8W/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242188271&sr=8-3), by John Piper.
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Post by: Ewigkeit on Wed May 13, 2009 - 15:06:52
Right now I'm reading (or rather, listening to) "Shepherds Abiding", the eighth book in Jan Karron's Mitford Series, and I'm thoroughly captivated by it.  Incidentally, the whole Mitford Series has been published on audiotape by Recorded Books, and is available for check-out in many libraries.
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed May 13, 2009 - 21:13:47
Finished Manifesting God. OK book, but not overly original, and is a bit redundant in places.

Moving on to Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered, by Wilhoit.
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Post by: mike on Wed May 13, 2009 - 21:36:21
Jesus and the Victory of God, by N.T. Wright.
One of my favorite authors. What a scholar.


On vacation a few weeks ago I read The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard. A great true story about Teddy Roosevelt embarking on an expedition to discover the source of a tributary of the Amazon, deep in the Brazilian jungle, after losing his last bid to be elected president again. Quite a tale about quite a guy.

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Post by: Kira on Thu May 28, 2009 - 10:11:21
Am looing for Supernatural communication by Rachel Hickson but cant seem to find it in the bookstores.

will keep searching..
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Jun 02, 2009 - 18:24:18
Go to bestbookbuys.com (http://bestbookbuys.com) and search the title.

You'll get a boat load of sources.
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Post by: mike on Tue Jun 02, 2009 - 20:37:25
Just started Knowing Christ Today, Dallas Willard's new book.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat Jun 20, 2009 - 00:10:32
"Justification" by Wright

This is turning out to be one right entertaining book.
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Post by: BookBean on Thu Jun 25, 2009 - 15:40:07
The book I'm reading right now is 'Downsized' by Jill Wilkinson.

It's about John Sheppard, a worker at Ford who is suddenly laid off with thousands of other employees. As he is driving home from work, he's mugged by gangsters in a rough neighborhood. As John picks up the pieces of his life and tries to start over again, he learns the importance of relying on God and understanding that God has a plan for everybody. In turn, John grows closer to his wife, family, and friends as he works through his troubles.

I'd say it's an especially relevant read for people who are unemployed or facing financial difficulties, seen through the lenses of a person of faith.

The best place to get the book is probably through Jill's web-site.

[Edited to remove link per forum rules.]


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Post by: Kira on Fri Jun 26, 2009 - 06:04:20
Shaping history through prayer and fasting by Derek Prince
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Post by: mike on Sat Jul 04, 2009 - 22:00:43
Recently started The Resurrection of the Son of God, by N.T. Wright.

I highly recommend this series. The first two are The New Testament and the People of God and Jesus and the Victory of God.

Wright is very scholarly and complete, but very readable. His theology makes a a lot of sense.
 
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Post by: mike on Sat Jul 04, 2009 - 22:03:29
"Justification" by Wright

This is turning out to be one right entertaining book.

I read a bit about this book on Amazon. I understand that it was written partly in response to criticism from Piper.

Have you finished it yet? Do you agree with what Wright has written? Do you recommend the book?
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Post by: marc on Sat Jul 04, 2009 - 22:21:30
So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church
by Leonard Sweet
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Jul 05, 2009 - 16:52:18
"Justification" by Wright

This is turning out to be one right entertaining book.

I read a bit about this book on Amazon. I understand that it was written partly in response to criticism from Piper.

Have you finished it yet? Do you agree with what Wright has written? Do you recommend the book?

2/3 of the way through....took a break for the holiday. I like a lot of what Wright has to say, and his theology is good. Wright makes no bones about this book being a reaction to Piper and that is one of the nice things about it - you get a glimpse of some of Wright's frustration with his critics in this book. He makes direct reference to Piper and others of the the "Old Perspective" (he's been labeled one of the New Perspective folks). It reads pretty well but there are a couple rough spots - probably due to the rapidity with which he produced this text. He essentially argues that justification is a legal term and has reference not to the actual guilt or innocence of the party acquitted, but simply with the declaration of the court. His argument is extended so that rather than our gaining some sort of imputed character correction (we take on the perfect character of Jesus), our justification is simply due to God declaring us to be righteous. It is an absolute statement not subject to argument. A fine distinction perhaps, but an important one.

I like Wright a lot.....was introduced to him through his "Paul in fresh perspective." So I may be a bit biased.  So, yes, I'd recommend it.
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Post by: mike on Mon Jul 06, 2009 - 19:30:23
"Justification" by Wright

This is turning out to be one right entertaining book.

I read a bit about this book on Amazon. I understand that it was written partly in response to criticism from Piper.

Have you finished it yet? Do you agree with what Wright has written? Do you recommend the book?

2/3 of the way through....took a break for the holiday. I like a lot of what Wright has to say, and his theology is good. Wright makes no bones about this book being a reaction to Piper and that is one of the nice things about it - you get a glimpse of some of Wright's frustration with his critics in this book. He makes direct reference to Piper and others of the the "Old Perspective" (he's been labeled one of the New Perspective folks). It reads pretty well but there are a couple rough spots - probably due to the rapidity with which he produced this text. He essentially argues that justification is a legal term and has reference not to the actual guilt or innocence of the party acquitted, but simply with the declaration of the court. His argument is extended so that rather than our gaining some sort of imputed character correction (we take on the perfect character of Jesus), our justification is simply due to God declaring us to be righteous. It is an absolute statement not subject to argument. A fine distinction perhaps, but an important one.

I like Wright a lot.....was introduced to him through his "Paul in fresh perspective." So I may be a bit  So, yes, I'd recommend it.

Thanks. I have enjoyed several of Wright's works. It sounds like this a book that I need to put on my reading list.
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Post by: nycsunshine on Mon Jul 13, 2009 - 13:06:36
After a good friend of mine recommended it to me, I just finished reading Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. I had not heard of this author before, but after loving Tuesdays With Morrie, I decided to find out more about this author. He is coming out with a new book, Have A Little Faith, and I found this YouTube video which shows Mitch Albom reading the first few pages, and I am truly touched (can you imagine how I'd be after reading the whole thing?). I thought I'd share it with you guys below, and I hope you will enjoy it as well.

[edited to remove link per forum rules]
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Post by: Mere Nick on Mon Jul 13, 2009 - 16:40:27
Right now I'm re-reading Atlas Shrugged.
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Post by: Tantor on Mon Jul 13, 2009 - 16:48:09
The Collectors
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Post by: walker starr on Mon Jul 13, 2009 - 17:15:13


     Talking to heaven
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Post by: columbo on Sun Jul 19, 2009 - 15:31:15
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH: UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WILL FOR YOU
by Robert Lloyd Russell
Not a well-known author but every page is full of meaningful content - yet easy to read.
I find myself re-reading it a lot - it is very clear, very convicting, and very useful for daily living.
I plan on reading it in entirety about every year or two.
ENJOY!
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Post by: marc on Mon Jul 20, 2009 - 10:40:11
So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church
by Leonard Sweet

This was the best book I've read this year.  When I get time, I'll start a thread.
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Post by: DCR on Tue Aug 04, 2009 - 17:21:31
I've just started reading a book written by John Price entitled, Old Light on New Worship.

The subtitle reads, "Musical instruments and the worship of God, a theological, historical and psychological study."

What caught my interest and prompted me to get and read it was that this is not from a CofC perspective.  The author is from the Reformed Baptist tradition.

"About the author -- John Price is a graduate of Trinity Ministerial Academy, Montville, New Jersey.  He is currently the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Rochester, New York, where he has served since 1995."



It appears that this particular church has recently gone a cappella, doing away with the instruments once used after "studying" the issue.  ::pondering::

"As a result of the study, the church where I am pastor has moved from Group #2 (instrumental) into Group #1 (non-instrumental).  We have become convinced that we should no longer use any musical instruments in accompanying our congregational singing."

(From the preface on page 16.)


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Post by: CK_Quarterman2009 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 - 08:48:26
Greetings, I just joined this forum so plz help me get used to it friends. Any ways I joined the forum coz I am very religious person and like to be gathered by such fellows too. So I guess I have to contribute to this forum as every one else do. so I came cross a site a few weeks ago I like to share it with u guys

[edited to remove link per forum rule 3.3.  Please click this link to familiarize yourself with the forum rules: FORUM RULES (http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_forums/index.php/topic,13977.0.html)]

it has very interesting e-books. And some really strange questions I would like to discuss with u all. So I hope u like it

Regards
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Post by: James Rondon on Mon Aug 17, 2009 - 02:33:56
Tortured For Christ, by Richard Wurmbrand
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Post by: parson6 on Tue Aug 25, 2009 - 08:44:11
"Lasting Impressions" by Mark Waltz as a study with our ministerial staff

"Biblical Eldership" by Alexander Strauch as a study with our elders

"Longing For God" by Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe just for me
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Post by: OldDad on Tue Aug 25, 2009 - 08:56:51
"Fusion" by Nelson Searcy, for my coaching network.

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Post by: zoonance on Tue Aug 25, 2009 - 10:10:39
"Discovering Our Roots" by Allen and Hughes, Abilene Press.  Great stuff.
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Post by: OUmillenium on Wed Sep 09, 2009 - 09:12:36
UnChristian

About to begin a Sunday School class on the book.  Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Sep 13, 2009 - 15:22:21
Practical Mysticism by Underhill

Some of you probably won't appreciate that book, but you should probably read it anyway.
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Post by: marc on Sun Sep 20, 2009 - 16:57:29
Finding Organic Church by Frank Viola
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Post by: OUmillenium on Mon Sep 21, 2009 - 08:29:50
UnChristian

There is a separate thread for it.  Please comment if you have read it.  thanks
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat Sep 26, 2009 - 22:35:36
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought. Pretty interesting read if you're into theology and the development of the Christian version.
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Post by: farouk on Sat Sep 26, 2009 - 22:39:34
HR:

Interesting; kind of historical theology, then? 'who believed what, when'.
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Post by: marc on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 16:38:04
Still reading the Viola book; just bought Donald Miller's new one.
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Post by: farouk on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 16:41:38
Not familiar with those.

Still reading the Viola book; just bought Donald Miller's new one.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 16:48:47
HR:

Interesting; kind of historical theology, then? 'who believed what, when'.
Yup...and pretty well written
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Post by: farouk on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 16:52:18
HR:

You know, the Senator Howard Baker Junior approach:

"What did he know, and when did he know it?"

HR:

Interesting; kind of historical theology, then? 'who believed what, when'.
Yup...and pretty well written
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Post by: Silvia on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 17:11:16
Fools Gold?, edited by John MacArthur (this is the John MacArthur of the radio program Grace to You).

The book is an analysis of various trends in churches today - worship music, the Purpose Driven Church. It has a chapter on the book "Wild at Heart"...interesting and thought provoking.

The book also references Shephard's Fellowship, which is a group of believers (mostly pastors, I think) committed to the expository preaching of the inerrant Word of God. They have a web site, an annual conference, and other resources.
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Post by: walker starr on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 17:30:18


    I attended a service this morning.  Andrew Wommack spoke it was very inspiring.  He explained the difference between
    self dependence and GOD dependence.  While there I obtained a book written by him.
     THE EFFECTS OF PRAISE.I've just started it but if its as good as the others he has written it will be a good read.
     GOD Bless.
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Post by: farouk on Sun Sep 27, 2009 - 19:22:28
I like John MacArthur's ministry.

Fools Gold?, edited by John MacArthur (this is the John MacArthur of the radio program Grace to You).

The book is an analysis of various trends in churches today - worship music, the Purpose Driven Church. It has a chapter on the book "Wild at Heart"...interesting and thought provoking.

The book also references Shephard's Fellowship, which is a group of believers (mostly pastors, I think) committed to the expository preaching of the inerrant Word of God. They have a web site, an annual conference, and other resources.
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Post by: RadicalReformer on Sat Oct 03, 2009 - 15:37:26
I'm currently reading "Arguing With Idiots" by Glen Beck.  I know its not a spiritual book, but after reading Common Sense I felt  that should be next. 
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Post by: walker starr on Sat Oct 03, 2009 - 16:30:57



       hARDNESS OF hEART   another exellent book by Andrew Womack.
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Post by: cberman on Sun Oct 04, 2009 - 17:15:59
'Either/Or' - Sören Kierkegaard
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Post by: Dexter on Wed Nov 04, 2009 - 21:42:50
I'm reading Healing Oils of the Bible. The Bible is full of references of essential oils and this book brings out the use of each oil and goes over some oils not mentioned in the Bible but that were well known and used during those times.


More Wealth and Riches in your life!

Dexter

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Post by: HRoberson on Wed Nov 04, 2009 - 22:17:33
simple church
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Post by: mike on Thu Nov 05, 2009 - 06:15:24
The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard
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Post by: OkiMar on Sun Nov 08, 2009 - 21:11:22
Theodore Rex
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Nov 16, 2009 - 23:32:46
Spiritual Direction, Nouwen

Waiting for God, Simone Weil
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Post by: jiggyfly on Tue Nov 17, 2009 - 14:54:41
Christless Christianity by Michael Horton
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Post by: h2r77 on Sun Nov 22, 2009 - 05:21:45
Spiritual Birthline (Understanding How We Experience The New Birth) by Stephen E. Smallman


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Post by: Joe Luna on Tue Dec 08, 2009 - 14:40:22
The Bible studying time and self-control for a project

and a great book so far - Heaven by Randy Alcorn
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Thu Dec 24, 2009 - 09:13:43
God in the Wasteland by David Wells.   
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Post by: walker starr on Thu Dec 24, 2009 - 09:29:40



   The postings on this thread.
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Post by: farouk on Sat Dec 26, 2009 - 21:16:22
Mr WS:




   The postings on this thread.

LOL
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Mon Dec 28, 2009 - 18:52:09
Ted Deckker's Circle trilogy (even though its now 4 books).

Got a sony reader for Christmas.  Yea!!!
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Post by: mike on Tue Dec 29, 2009 - 07:05:19
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Always meant to read this novel, but never got around to it. It is a good read.
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Post by: mike on Tue Dec 29, 2009 - 07:06:29
Ted Deckker's Circle trilogy (even though its now 4 books).

Got a sony reader for Christmas.  Yea!!!

I got a Kindle for Christmas, and am enjoying learning to use it. How do you like the Sony?
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Tue Dec 29, 2009 - 09:53:23
Ted Deckker's Circle trilogy (even though its now 4 books).

Got a sony reader for Christmas.  Yea!!!

I got a Kindle for Christmas, and am enjoying learning to use it. How do you like the Sony?


I really like it.  I was not sure I would at first as I was used to "real" books, but the change was easy.
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Tue Dec 29, 2009 - 19:22:17
Ted Deckker's Circle trilogy (even though its now 4 books).

Got a sony reader for Christmas.  Yea!!!

I got a Kindle for Christmas, and am enjoying learning to use it. How do you like the Sony?


I really like it.  I was not sure I would at first as I was used to "real" books, but the change was easy.


Downside is it's hard to cheat and look ahead in the book.  And I really wished each reader would support the other's formats.  There are many books at Amazon I'd love to get, but can't because they are Kindle.  It'd be the same thing if I had a Kindle - I wouldn't be able to read the sony books.
Amazon has a better selection of books.
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Post by: parson6 on Wed Dec 30, 2009 - 12:36:52
"Death On A Friday Afternoon" by Richard John Neuhaus

"Power From On High" by Jack Cottrell
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Post by: Britt333 on Wed Dec 30, 2009 - 15:59:55
the purpose driven life by rick warren
very good book for helping you figure what your going to do with your life
 ::smile::
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Post by: mike on Wed Dec 30, 2009 - 19:38:55
Ted Deckker's Circle trilogy (even though its now 4 books).

Got a sony reader for Christmas.  Yea!!!

I got a Kindle for Christmas, and am enjoying learning to use it. How do you like the Sony?


I really like it.  I was not sure I would at first as I was used to "real" books, but the change was easy.


Downside is it's hard to cheat and look ahead in the book.  And I really wished each reader would support the other's formats.  There are many books at Amazon I'd love to get, but can't because they are Kindle.  It'd be the same thing if I had a Kindle - I wouldn't be able to read the sony books.
Amazon has a better selection of books.

I buy a lot of books from Amazon each year, so the kindle makes sense for me. I wonder if both platforms will survive?

I like "real books" so I'm not ready to make a complete transition, but a digital reader that is lightweight, thin, and holds thousands of books is great for travelling.

I agree that it was easy to transition to reading on the kindle. It reads just like a book, not like reading on a computer monitor -- amazing display.
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Post by: yesult on Thu Dec 31, 2009 - 02:38:04
just finished an autobiography by Harmony Dust.
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Post by: mike on Fri Jan 01, 2010 - 13:00:56
Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today, by Edward Fudge

A very readable and accessible commentary. Would be a good starting point for a group study of the book of Hebrews.
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Sat Jan 02, 2010 - 12:08:29
Ted Deckker's Circle trilogy (even though its now 4 books).

Got a sony reader for Christmas.  Yea!!!


I got a Kindle for Christmas, and am enjoying learning to use it. How do you like the Sony?


I really like it.  I was not sure I would at first as I was used to "real" books, but the change was easy.


Downside is it's hard to cheat and look ahead in the book.  And I really wished each reader would support the other's formats.  There are many books at Amazon I'd love to get, but can't because they are Kindle.  It'd be the same thing if I had a Kindle - I wouldn't be able to read the sony books.
Amazon has a better selection of books.

I buy a lot of books from Amazon each year, so the kindle makes sense for me. I wonder if both platforms will survive?

I like "real books" so I'm not ready to make a complete transition, but a digital reader that is lightweight, thin, and holds thousands of books is great for travelling.

I agree that it was easy to transition to reading on the kindle. It reads just like a book, not like reading on a computer monitor -- amazing display.


I think both will survive (hopefully with less limitations in the e-books). 

It is aggravating, though.  I was reading a series from an author.  I can find all but two books for my sony reader.  Kindle has those two books available, but are missing two other books (which I can only find at sony).

So I have had my reader for a week, read four novels, and am going to have to actually get a real book (with…what do we call it….paper and ink?  How out date – I’ll end up with a paper cut).
 ::eek::

I really like real books too.  I can easily read fiction on the reader, but when it comes to non-fiction I prefer a real book as I tend to re-read portions as I progress through the book.
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Post by: marc on Sat Jan 02, 2010 - 20:48:23
"The Naked Gospel" by Andrew Farley.  Pretty good so far. I'd never heard of it, but leafed through it in Borders and thought I'd give it a chance.
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Sat Jan 02, 2010 - 20:59:03
Now I'm on "Grace, Truth, Freewill" by Robert Picirilli. (And Dekker's Paradise Series).

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Post by: farouk on Sun Jan 03, 2010 - 15:04:58
Ms Britt:

the purpose driven life by rick warren
very good book for helping you figure what your going to do with your life
 ::smile::

I see, but you know I'm not very keen on Rick Warren as a writer; seems to me that he could be more Biblical than he is.

(Happy new year, btw)
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Post by: walker starr on Sun Jan 03, 2010 - 15:40:19
Ms Britt:

the purpose driven life by rick warren
very good book for helping you figure what your going to do with your life
 ::smile::

I see, but you know I'm not very keen on Rick Warren as a writer; seems to me that he could be more Biblical than he is.

(Happy new year, btw)

   Farouk has already  determined what he wants to do with his life.  He'll spend it annoying other people.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Jan 03, 2010 - 22:49:38
the purpose driven life by rick warren
very good book for helping you figure what your going to do with your life
 ::smile::
here's the answer: live like God.

it really doesn't matter what else you do to pay the bills. ;)
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Post by: farouk on Sun Jan 03, 2010 - 23:45:11
Ms yesult:

just finished an autobiography by Harmony Dust.

So what was your impression of the book?

Take care.
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Post by: walker starr on Mon Jan 04, 2010 - 12:03:49



   Farouk you didn't tell us what you are reading.  We're as interested in you as you are in us so tell us.
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Post by: Britt333 on Mon Jan 04, 2010 - 15:12:18
Ms Britt:

the purpose driven life by rick warren
very good book for helping you figure what your going to do with your life
 ::smile::

I see, but you know I'm not very keen on Rick Warren as a writer; seems to me that he could be more Biblical than he is.

(Happy new year, btw)

In this book he has a lot of refrences to the bible but instead of putting what book from the bible they are from right with the verse, he puts an index in the back with numbers that tell you what bible verse and what bible version he got it out of.....I find that kind of thing easier to read and way more relatable.....He seems to find a way that makes it easy for a younger audience to read.....
different people like different stuff......
but then again this is like one of the first christian books that i have read.....the other one i have read was a 30 page booklet that an adventist store owner was giving away for free....
I found this one at wal-mart.....
 ::noworries::
that store has everything!
 ::smile::

   Farouk has already  determined what he wants to do with his life.  He'll spend it annoying other people.

ROUND 2  !!!!!!!!

Sorry couldnt help but sniker at this one.....
 ::crackup::



here's the answer: live like God.

it really doesn't matter what else you do to pay the bills. ;)

Thanks for that....
it really doesnt matter what small disturbances come up in life.....God is the one we should always keep our eyes on :)
Thanks

 ::amen!::

And God Bless all ya guys


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Post by: farouk on Mon Jan 04, 2010 - 15:34:03
Mark's Gospel is what my wife and I are reading.

So often, better to read God's Word, rather than man's comment on God's Word, which sometimes has agendas.

(You would be surprised the amount of things that well known writers of professedly Christian books don't actually believe.)
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Post by: thomas.sdorders on Fri Jan 22, 2010 - 00:12:10
Greetings,

I know of a good book that I've personally read several times, it's very good for anyone serious about living the Christian life called Even the Demons Believe. I'm not reading it at the moment, but I figured I'd mention it. Fortunately, the book is currently being given away for free. You may want to check it out:

[Edited to remove link per forum rule 3.3]
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Post by: James Rondon on Wed Jan 27, 2010 - 00:47:22
Stopped at Barnes & Noble tonight, and was excited to find a copy of "Journey To Hell" by John Bunyan. I've never actually seen a copy of it, and was very surprised to see it there. It's a lot like "Pilgrim's Progress", but instead of following Christian on his way to Heaven, this story follows the life of Mr. Badman, which eventually leads him to Hell... I started reading it in the car, in the parking lot as soon as I left the store...
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Post by: caldwelljr11 on Wed Feb 03, 2010 - 21:52:15
"Christianity's Dangerous Idea" by Alister McGrath
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed Apr 07, 2010 - 22:10:25
The Tree of Life, Models of Christian Prayer, by Steven Chase.

Just finished The Sacrament of the Present Moment, by Caussade
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Post by: yesult on Mon May 03, 2010 - 10:06:00
I've just finnished 'The Cruellest Mile' about a diptheria outbreak in Alaska - was really good. Also 'Too Good' a tennis autobiography.
Am currently on 'Ship Of Gold In The Deep Blue Sea' about a successful treasure hunt for a ship that went down in the california gold rush. Only just started but the stuff on the gold rush was quite interesting. I didn't know much about it. (still don't really)
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed May 12, 2010 - 02:06:54
Scripture and Discernment in the Church, by Luke T Johnson
Waiting for God, by Simone Weil

Finished two or three weeks ago: In Constant Prayer, by Robert Benson

Small group will be using Mudhouse Sabbath, by Winner

The take from Pepperdine:

Emerging Elders, by Ron Clark
Participating in God's Life, by Allen and Swick
Acts, by Stott
A Sacred Sorrow, by Card
Life's Too Short, by Diggs
The Wounded Healer, by Nouwen
A Gathered People, by Hicks, et. al.
Meditation without Myth, by Helminiak
From Eternity to Here, by Viola
A Deeper Faith, by Golliher
Ancient Christian Devotional, by Oden and Crosby
Prayer, by Theresa of Avila

From the Orange Conference:
Primal, by Batterson
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, by Joiner and Nieuwhof
Think Orange, by Joiner
The Orange Leader Handbook, by Joiner
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Post by: marc on Sun May 16, 2010 - 21:04:00
 ::alien:: I'm not sure what the Orange Conference was, but I can't imagine my Irish-Catholic great-grandfather would have been happy with it.
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Post by: marc on Fri May 28, 2010 - 22:15:25
i picked up N.T. Wright's "After You Believe" today. Getting my summer reading in order.
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Post by: walker starr on Fri May 28, 2010 - 22:28:41



   Webster's New World College Dictionary.
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Post by: Elaine on Mon May 31, 2010 - 20:47:31
Everything by Joel S. Goldstein
and John Randolph Price
The Holographic Mind -Stanislav Grof, MD
The Art of Dying -Fenwick
Tomorrow's God - ND Walsch
John G. Lake on Healing
Re-reading Eckhart Tolle, but it's better listening on Youtube.
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Post by: walker starr on Mon May 31, 2010 - 22:05:49



   Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

   Living,Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia
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Post by: Elaine on Mon May 31, 2010 - 22:18:04
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

 Living, Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia

Excellent - too bad Leo committed suicide, though.
Should I not have said that?

Ahh, Siddhartha
Here, you'd like this, Walker.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Deq_1lg9Dlo[/youtube]

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Post by: walker starr on Mon May 31, 2010 - 22:40:01


   Hi there Elaine.  First I wasn't aware that Leo was no longer in this world.
   No Matter the nature of his passing.  His work is not diminished.


   Thank you for the video tape.  I will look for more of his work. I do agree
   That when one suffers enough one can stop and go on to higher spiritual
   enlightenment.  One can reframe ones thoughts .  For example drop a heavy
   weight on ones foot and scream with pain and limp all day OR one can say
   thank you JESUS that it did not hurt more and go on with your day.  One does
   have a choice if one wants to realize it.  I may have over simplified but it works.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Jun 06, 2010 - 23:20:26
::alien:: I'm not sure what the Orange Conference was, but I can't imagine my Irish-Catholic great-grandfather would have been happy with it.
The conference is run by the rethink group, which Reggie Joiner heads up. The main thrust is advocating and supporting churches who want to facilitate faith development in kids by engaging the church and the family as a team in so doing.
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Post by: WileyClarkson on Sun Jun 20, 2010 - 21:42:06
The True Heaven by  Beam and Wilson
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat Jun 26, 2010 - 00:32:27
I and Thou, by Martin Buber (Kaufmann, Tr.)
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Post by: Loner on Wed Jun 30, 2010 - 06:09:05
Decision making and the Will of God...by Garry Friesen
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Post by: tennman on Wed Jun 30, 2010 - 17:35:36
The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
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Post by: HRoberson on Fri Jul 02, 2010 - 15:02:23
Just finished Barbara Brown Taylor's Leaving Church.

Her story of finding church, becoming frustrated by doing church, and finally coming to a broader and deeper faith. Good read with some memorable quotes including this one:

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As my friend Becca once said, "The church answered all my questions while I was growing up, but they also gave me the questions I could ask."

and this one:

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By the time I resigned from Grace-Calvary, I had arrived at an understanding of faith that had far more to do with trust than with certainty.

In some places it becomes apparent that she remains locked in the hierarchical clergy system she seems to kick against, not aware of whole denominations who don't use formal clergy. But that's a minor issue in a very good read.
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Post by: HRoberson on Fri Jul 09, 2010 - 01:06:09
Another Barbara Brown Taylor book: An Altar in the World.

Good stuff.
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Post by: HRoberson on Thu Aug 05, 2010 - 23:27:49
Another Barbara Brown Taylor book: An Altar in the World.

Good stuff.
Not as good as the first one (are sequels ever as good as the first edition?). But even so, the story of the Native American idea of people as mouse and God as far above them as an eagle is to a mouse is pretty good. The idea is that the mouse fears the eagle, but in a spiritual sense the fear is more of awe and acknowledgement of the superiority of the eagle.

The illustration is that the fear of the mouse is not of having its bones picked clean, but that of a mouse who is lifted as high as the eagle can fly, and thereby gaining a much larger picture, and that from the eagle's (read: God's) perspective. Once that has happened, you will never quite live as a mouse again.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat Sep 25, 2010 - 23:22:36
The Complete Therese of Lisieux. Currently I'm in the first section, The Story of a Soul.

It is interesting to read how folks in earlier centuries (born: 1873) understood the faith and so strongly desired to live it. Of this Doctor of the (Roman Catholic) Church it can be said that she wrote with an interesting self-acknowledging and self-knowing mixed with what seems to be a rather innocent drive to simply do what Jesus asked her to do.

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Post by: Visionary on Sat Sep 25, 2010 - 23:33:29
     ???   ... this post ...    rofl
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Post by: HRoberson on Sat Oct 09, 2010 - 19:43:30
Intimacy, Nouwen. Urges us to leave the magic of the text and actually absorb the call into our being.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Oct 11, 2010 - 23:45:15
Love and Living, Merton. First paragraph:

Life consists in learning to live on one's own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one's own--be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning who one is, and learning what one has to offer to the contemporary world, and then learning how to make that offering valid.

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Post by: Visionary on Mon Oct 11, 2010 - 23:50:03
Love and Living, Merton. First paragraph:

Life consists in learning to live on one's own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one's own--be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning who one is, and learning what one has to offer to the contemporary world, and then learning how to make that offering valid.



Did you burn that book Roberson? Jeremiah 10:23
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Oct 12, 2010 - 20:47:22
Love and Living, Merton. First paragraph:

Life consists in learning to live on one's own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one's own--be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning who one is, and learning what one has to offer to the contemporary world, and then learning how to make that offering valid.



Did you burn that book Roberson? Jeremiah 10:23
No; it's an excellent book - like most of Merton's writings. Before dumping on a statement, you might want to check the context. If you did that, you'd find that your posts were more on target and didn't themselves demonstrate a misapprehension of Scripture.

I would also observe here that building one's theology on ancient poetry is a bit suspect.
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Post by: Visionary on Tue Oct 12, 2010 - 21:43:13
Love and Living, Merton. First paragraph:

Life consists in learning to live on one's own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one's own--be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning who one is, and learning what one has to offer to the contemporary world, and then learning how to make that offering valid.


Life consists in learning to live on one's own
Deuteronomy 30:20 ...that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life...

spontaneous
Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own. It is not for a man to direct his steps.

freewheeling
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your way to the Lord and he will direct your steps.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death.

God bless...  ::announcment:: this excellent word from the Holy Bible is in direct opposition to the word of your book Roberson.
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Post by: marc on Wed Oct 13, 2010 - 16:11:27
Ain't it like most people, I'm no different, we want to talk on things we don't know about--Avett Brothers.

Visionary, you are this year's winner of the James 3:1 Award. Pick up your reward from Livelysword please.
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Post by: Visionary on Wed Oct 13, 2010 - 16:32:00
Have you noticed Saints...All some do is look for reasons to mock... reasons to accuse... But Gods word never fails, it endures forever. Therefore the WORD OF GOD is the teacher.

God bless.
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Post by: Joe Luna on Mon Oct 25, 2010 - 09:12:13
The book of John

:)
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Post by: gracetoo on Thu Nov 04, 2010 - 10:58:19
WITNESSING TO DRACULA by Billy Ng. Terrific Christian book on missions. Very funny and very informative.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Jan 04, 2011 - 00:38:44
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton.

A collection of thoughts and short essays, not meant to be a cohesive treatise. Given that, this book provides some interesting insight into the thoughts Merton considered appropriate to put on paper. Not too far into the book at the moment, but it looks like it will be an interesting read.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Jan 04, 2011 - 22:50:34
Love and Living, Merton. First paragraph:

Life consists in learning to live on one's own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one's own--be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning who one is, and learning what one has to offer to the contemporary world, and then learning how to make that offering valid.
Merton pushes his social concerns a bit much in the middle third of the book, but he's writing during the atomic, assured destruction era, so some of it is understandable. However, here are some gems:

"The summons to change, to man's creative self-realization and development in the spirit, as a child of God whom the truth shall make free, is a summons to permanent newness of life."

"All through the New Testament we find the explicit contrast between a mere interior religiosity, abstract, mental, and intentional, or even purely a matter of fantasy, and that love which, in uniting man to his brother of flesh and blood, thereby also unites him to the truth in God."

"Christianity is not merely a religious system which attempts to explain evil; it is a life of dynamic love which forgives evil and, by forgiving, enables love to transform evil into good. The dynamic of Christian love is a dynamic of forgiveness...."
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Post by: marc on Tue Jan 04, 2011 - 23:38:34
I've started a biography of Lafayette I picked up at Yorktown this past summer. I've put down bios of Lafayette before because they were too fawning. This one also seems to have that problem, but it's well-written, so I'll continue reading it.

Appropriately, the lady who sold me the book was French.
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Post by: Apothecary 4 Christ on Tue Feb 01, 2011 - 19:46:25
New here...but always willing to share my current reading list.  I read multiple books at once.  I find, while teaching, it helps to be able to pull illustrations from various styles of literature.  As of right now:

The Hobbit - Tolkien
The Great Divorce - Lewis
Paul, Apostle of the heart set free - FF Bruce
The Exemplary Husband - Scott
How I found Livingstone in Central Africa - Stanley
George Whitefield - Dallimore

Varios commentaries on Colossians as I teach through this letter at church

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Post by: marc on Mon Feb 14, 2011 - 20:38:16
Just picked up two books I've been hearing a lot about and have begun reading both:  The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons and Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Feb 21, 2011 - 11:42:50
Markides' "The Mountain of Silence; A Search for Orthodox Spirituality"

Excellent book, although the series of stories becomes seemingly contrived as the book moves along. The book describes the author's exploration of EO spirituality through recorded conversations between the author and a Father Maximos, an elder, abbot, and mystic from Mount Athos. Maximos in the book is the abbot of a Cypriot monastery. As Kallisto's comment on the back cover says, a good introduction to the topic.

This Father Maximos is currently a Bishop in Lossimal (sp?), Cyprus and has some very negative things to say about the Bishop of Rome.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Mar 22, 2011 - 22:28:43
Way of Simplicity, by de Waal.

A discussion of Cistercian spirituality and the Rule of Benedict. Nicely done with some good insights. A good introduction to the Cistercian tradition and Benedictine practice.
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Post by: marc on Tue Mar 22, 2011 - 22:33:46
Bob Dylan in America, by Sean Wilentz. Is it too much of a reach to call Dylan a secular theologian? At any rate, this is a great book. I've always avoided Dylan bios, but that isn't what this is. Wilentz traces the roots of Dylan's music and how it fit with culture, and gives insights into the origin and recording of songs.
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Post by: marc on Thu Mar 24, 2011 - 15:36:03
Believe it or not, I just came across a Barton Stone reference in the Dylan book. Turns out the protagonist of 'Lonesome Pilgrim', Dylan's foray into old Sacred Harp music, was a Stoneite preacher who dressed in white. Wilentz talks a bit about the origins of the 'anti-denominationalist' movement and the second Great Awakening (see Cane Ridge).
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Post by: Lively Stone on Fri Mar 25, 2011 - 02:00:22
Just about to start "Sun Stand Still", by Steve Furtick. Just finishing, "Flight to Heaven", by Capt. Dale Black.
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Post by: Joew66 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 - 19:16:07
Reading Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ by Russell Moore
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Post by: marc on Sun May 08, 2011 - 00:07:56
Permission to Speak freely by Anne Jackson and The Hidden Reality  by Brian Greene. Two radically different books.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Jun 07, 2011 - 14:24:23
Christ Formed in You, by Hedges. Written from a Reformed view by a Baptist minister, the central thrust of this book is pretty good. That is that our goal is transformed lives in the here and now. The beginning of the book has a bit too much Reformed theology for me but is a good read nonetheless.
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Post by: marc on Tue Jun 07, 2011 - 15:12:50
Finishing the audiobook of 'The Jesus Manifesto' by Sweet and Viola and reading Brian Greene's 'The Elegant Universe'. If I could've done math, I would have been an astrophysicist.
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Post by: Lively Stone on Tue Jun 07, 2011 - 16:02:46
"Made to Crave' (Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food), by Lysa TerKeurst.

Excellent!
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Post by: JohnDB on Sun Jun 19, 2011 - 15:46:02
Semiconductor Principles and Applications  ::clappingoverhead::

Whaddaya want? I am an electrician.
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Post by: Witness4thegospel on Thu Jun 30, 2011 - 08:02:39
I have been reading a book entitled, "The Holy Spirit and the Human Mind." It's written by Ashley S. Johnson, and it is very interesting, informative, and edifying. One of the best books of its kind on the true role of the Holy Spirit.

By the way, I have been interested in reading the books by David Platt - "Radical," and "Radical Together." I haven't read through the hundreds of other posts here but has anyone read these books, and would you recommend them?
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Post by: marc on Tue Jul 05, 2011 - 20:01:32
"I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian (and liked him better then)" by Rubel Shelly. Very good, very true. Gets past the facades we have built to the heart of following Jesus.
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Post by: Witness4thegospel on Sat Jul 09, 2011 - 11:07:44
"I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian (and liked him better then)" by Rubel Shelly. Very good, very true. Gets past the facades we have built to the heart of following Jesus.

I noticed that book on his web site, so now I guess I'll have to buy a copy. I've not always aligned myself with his teachings but the more I try to refute his writings the more I begin to agree with him. Funny how that works!
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Post by: fcadcock on Sat Jul 09, 2011 - 22:55:14
No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin.  Read the title and had to own it.  I think one of the worst issues in the church today is the "nicing down" of the men into sissys instead of actual men.
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Post by: HRoberson on Thu Jul 21, 2011 - 21:21:27
Christianity: The First 3000 years
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Post by: marc on Thu Aug 04, 2011 - 21:51:22
"Under the Overpass" by Mike Yankowski, a gift book about a guy who decides that being the Christian he should be involves living on the streets for a while.  I was also given "Mere Christianity" at the same time, and will likely re-read it.

As far as secular books go, I'm reading the YA book "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld, one of my favorite authors. This is his most popular book, but I haven't read it yet.  Since I've just finished revising a YA manuscript and am getting ready to market it, I thought it would be good to revisit Westerfeld.
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Sep 13, 2011 - 22:37:37
The Pilgrim's Tale, trans by Smith.
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Post by: coachk on Tue Sep 20, 2011 - 12:24:40
Who Is My Enemy?: Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam--and Themselves - Lee Camp

Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America - Mel White
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Post by: Qadosh2Him on Mon Oct 31, 2011 - 05:48:39
Johann Sebastian Bach, by Rick Marschall
Think: the Life of the Mind and the Love of God, by John Piper
Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

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Post by: HRoberson on Thu Nov 17, 2011 - 20:38:46
In the Spirit of Happiness, Monks of New Skete
The First Seven Ecumenical Councils, Davis
Philokalia, Vol 3, Ware, et al
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Post by: sunshine4God on Thu Nov 17, 2011 - 23:46:32
Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo.
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Post by: francesepp on Fri Jan 06, 2012 - 19:00:16
I got hooked on Beverly Lewis' Amish fiction books.  Warning!  They are addictive.   ::blushing::

Fran
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Post by: Lavender on Sat Jan 14, 2012 - 23:50:38
When Pigs Move In -  by Don Dickerson.  Full of information through accounts of deliverance from demonic activity in people and their lives.
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Post by: HRoberson on Sun Jan 15, 2012 - 22:20:52
Longing for God, Foster and Beebe

Using Foster's well known theme of different streams, this book separates Mystic tradition into seven paths. For each path the authors provide an introduction and three or four examples of that path. Each example is another mystic writer and a sampling or overview of their work. At the end of the book are provided a section on Women and Spirituality, and the Contributions of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Great introduction to the Christian mystic tradition.
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Post by: LivingbyFaith61 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 - 04:52:14
Two books, but only a little at a time. "Saved without a Doubt," by John MacArthur, and also trying to glean some lessons from A. W. Pink's old book, "Practical Christianity." Both have been very interesting thus far, and despite some things that I don't necessarily agree with, they are nonetheless good books. MacArthur teaches about assurance of salvation, and so does Pink, albeit in a different way.   ::reading::
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed May 16, 2012 - 23:56:25
In the Spirit of Happiness, Monks of New Skete
The First Seven Ecumenical Councils, Davis
Philokalia, Vol 3, Ware, et al

Spirit of Happiness was pretty good, but got a bit tedious toward the end. Even so, made some good observations.

Ecumenical Councils was better than average. Written by a Jesuit, he argues that perhaps the RC and EO could better get along if they would each agree to use the seven councils as their joint de-schismatic starting point. From a Protestant perspective, it provides an unabashed view of the political maneuvering that resulted in not only the existence of councils, but their decisions. It's actually a fun read from that perspective.

Philokalia is one of the four volumes of this EO spiritual classic. Composed of sayings of monastic spiritual leaders, the four volumes shine various lights on Eastern thinking about our common faith.
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed May 16, 2012 - 23:58:12
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton.
The Secret of Contentment, Barcley.
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Post by: grandma dolittle on Sat May 26, 2012 - 19:00:00
Francis, You are so right! I have read nearly every clean book in our small library and now I am reading Amish books and I love them. They actually make me think about my walk with God.
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Post by: Shodan on Sun Jun 17, 2012 - 19:31:20
Johann Sebastian Bach, by Rick Marschall
Think: the Life of the Mind and the Love of God, by John Piper
Erasing Hell by Francis Chan




Here is the statue of Bach outside of Thomaskirche in Leipzig.
http://www.meetchristians.com/new/tr_fr_view_thread.php?TID=1246848&r=0&F=2

or you can follow the links from my "Recent Trip to Germany" thread here in Writers/Photograpy.

I was just reading the faculty blog of Francis Chan's Eternity Bible College
http://facultyblog.eternitybiblecollege.com/2012/05/25/the-end-of-christians-and-violence/
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Post by: marc on Thu Jun 21, 2012 - 19:00:21
I'm reading this:


At the Edge of the Woods (http://www.amazon.com/At-Edge-Woods-ebook/dp/B007SZXI68/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340323037&sr=8-1&keywords=marc+shoemaker)

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At the Edge of the Woods

Young Adult Supernatural Suspense.

A moment after seeing a shadowy figure in a slouch hat outside her window, Tandy Harman receives a call telling her to get her family out of the house immediately. After an explosion, a series of unusual messages, and an apparent tragedy,

At the Edge of the Woods is a supernatural suspense novel involving a brother and two sisters who are drawn into a conflict involving a secret town in the woods and the search for a person with the ability to convince anyone of anything. Along the way Tandy, Neal, and Danna Harman meet an older couple whose motives may not be as noble as they say and journey to a hidden town in the woods where a group of young people dressed in gray have lived for centuries. Meanwhile wispy, malevolent creatures who roam the woods surrounding the town hint of a darkness that waits if their mission' fails.


Never heard of the author.
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Post by: Faith.Man on Thu Jun 28, 2012 - 21:23:53
Game of Thrones (Book 1) - George R. R. Martin
Ephesians Commentary - Dr. John MacArthur
Thomson Chain Reference Bible - NIV
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Post by: fenton on Thu Jun 28, 2012 - 21:37:26
this post   ::whistle::
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Post by: Carey on Fri Jun 29, 2012 - 11:58:09
At the moment "Surprised by Joy" C.S.Lewis, sadly, one of his few remaining non-fiction books I have yet to read.   ::cryingtears::
Nearly completed, in the next few pages his atheism shall be cured. ::amen!::

Next "C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life" Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. 

There is no man that speaks on the subject matter as Christians we can all agree as effectively does Lewis.  To read his work is to realize we are in a very real sense, undivided.   Lewis is the epitome of humility, for one so wise certainly has opinion on doctrine, but unless I am amiss, is not so bold as to convey it. 

Carey.
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Post by: WILDJC on Mon Jul 09, 2012 - 20:22:42
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
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Post by: marc on Wed Sep 05, 2012 - 00:43:54
Love Does by Bob Goff
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Post by: Carey on Wed Sep 05, 2012 - 08:48:13
In the Likeness of God

Philip Yancey/Dr. Paul Brand.

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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Sep 10, 2012 - 13:58:57
After You Believe, by Wright
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Post by: marc on Wed Nov 21, 2012 - 20:24:15
How (Not) to Believe by Peter Rollins
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Post by: DaveW on Wed Nov 28, 2012 - 08:36:13
SHADA     

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The Doctor Who Lost Adventure  by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts

Back in the late 1970s Adams was a script editor for BBC and worked on several Dr Who episodes.  He wrote a story arch comprised of TV scripts for several episodes but the BBC never produced them. Recently Roberts took them and made them into a single full length novel.
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed Nov 28, 2012 - 20:17:12
Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings, Ruffing.
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Post by: marc on Wed Nov 28, 2012 - 22:58:13
Not sure why I got the name of the book I'm reading so wrong. It's How (not) to speak of God. I knew that but my typing finger went its own way.

I'm reading four or five books right now, including a new Jefferson bio,  a book reconciling Jesus and Darwin, and a murderer mystery, but as of today, I'm concentrating on the Rollins book. It's very much along the lines I've been teaching, just much deeper.
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Post by: marc on Thu Dec 27, 2012 - 00:48:42
Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell by Wayne (don't call me Wink) Martindale.
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Post by: HRoberson on Thu Dec 27, 2012 - 09:09:40
Kavanaugh, K., Ed, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross.
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Post by: Carey on Thu Dec 27, 2012 - 11:30:40
Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell by Wayne (don't call me Wink) Martindale.

I would appreciate a bit of a review if you get a chance Marc.

Carey
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Post by: OnFireForHim on Thu Jan 03, 2013 - 15:19:41
"Radical" and "Radical Together" by David Platt, next is "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan and "Not A Fan" by I can't remember by who
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Post by: FlowerMama on Thu Jan 10, 2013 - 18:21:26
"Sacred Marriage" :)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Adamski on Mon Jan 14, 2013 - 21:39:08
I found a book called

"Jesus meets socrotes". By Peter kreeft

And I will start to read it soon


One of my favorate books I read in the last couple of years was Scott and Kimberly Hahn

"Rome sweet home"
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Carey on Tue Jan 15, 2013 - 13:30:45
I found a book called

"Jesus meets socrotes". By Peter kreeft

And I will start to read it soon


One of my favorate books I read in the last couple of years was Scott and Kimberly Hahn

"Rome sweet home"

I read Kreeft's "Between Heaven and Hell"  enjoyed it, he has an exceptional ability to put himself into the character of others.  Be interesting to see his characterization of Jesus, let me know what ya thought of it.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Tue Jan 15, 2013 - 13:44:40
"Genetically Modified Prophecies"  By Schlatter
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Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: InHisTime77 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 - 17:12:41
I found a book called

"Jesus meets socrotes". By Peter kreeft

And I will start to read it soon


I read Kreeft's "Between Heaven and Hell"  enjoyed it, he has an exceptional ability to put himself into the character of others.  Be interesting to see his characterization of Jesus, let me know what ya thought of it.

Both books are wonderful! Jesus meets Socrates was incredibly interesting (and convicting!).
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Jeni on Fri Apr 12, 2013 - 05:12:57
I am reading right now a book named "Never Give Up" by Joyce Meyer. Nice and encouraging!!  ::smile::
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Fri Apr 12, 2013 - 05:35:37
Actually I just finished:

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Daystar by Kathy Tyres.  It is the final book in the Firebird series.  Real christian SciFi from an author of a couple of Star Wars novels.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: RoninJedi on Thu Apr 18, 2013 - 22:09:56
My daily studies currently are:

-My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
-The Resolution for Men by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
-The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

High recommends for all three.

My leisure time (of which there's precious little) currently has me reading The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks, the second title in the Dark Legacy of Shannar trilogy.

Also a high recommend, but I'm also a huge Brooks fan.  If you enjoy fantasy, give him a shot. 
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: nettie830 on Fri May 17, 2013 - 07:30:25
I'm new here in this community, and I definitely love books. :)

So anyway, the book I am currently reading right now is D'Souza's What's So Great About Christianity. Pretty cool book, and it answers the arguments made by the New Atheists. ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Jeni on Tue May 21, 2013 - 22:50:50
Few Weeks back I read the book named  "In HIS Steps" by Charles Sheldon.
Good One!!
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Mon Jun 10, 2013 - 05:44:26
I just finished this book which is the current  "special offer" at the top of the page.

It was a pretty gutsy angel/vampire adventure; especially for the christian market.

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Since the story was NOT FINISHED, we will have to wait for the next book to resolve the story.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Mon Jun 10, 2013 - 05:49:11
So in the mean time these are my reading projects:

https://ffoz.com/the-sabbath-breaker-book.html (https://ffoz.com/the-sabbath-breaker-book.html)
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http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Messianic-Judaism-Ecclesial-Foundations/dp/0310330637/ref=la_B001K7XDE2_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370861164&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Messianic-Judaism-Ecclesial-Foundations/dp/0310330637/ref=la_B001K7XDE2_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370861164&sr=1-1)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: HRoberson on Mon Jun 10, 2013 - 09:44:05
Orthodox Prayer Life, by Matthew the Poor.
Gregory Palamas, Excerpts from the Triads, in Classics of Western Spirituality Series
The Life of Moses, Gregory of Nyssa in Classics of Western Spirituality Series
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Jaime on Sun Jul 14, 2013 - 20:00:24
I just finished "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly. It was spell binding. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Awesome book. I boght it this past week in a hippy bookstore in liberal Santa Fe, NM. The lady at the counter said it was a good book even though Bill O'Reilly was a controversial figure. I'm sure my Midland, Texas Republican raised eyebrow probably gave me away. She was right! Very good book.
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Post by: HRoberson on Wed Oct 30, 2013 - 23:30:02
Christian Spirituality, Cunningham and Egan.
Christian Spirituality, Healy.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Wycliffes_Shillelagh on Tue Nov 05, 2013 - 00:13:27
World War Z.  And I recommend it.  The whole political satire of the book is lost in the movie.  Actually, almost everything is lost in the transition from being a series of short stories to being a major motion picture.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Helen on Sat Dec 07, 2013 - 12:35:07
When I'm not into the Bible, I love a lot of different things.  Right now it's one of the Dick Francis mysteries:  "Hot Money."  I like his stuff because it is mostly minus gore and sex and into the mystery solving instead.  I love good, clean mysteries where the author drops hints through the book and then surprises you with the ending anyway.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Sun Dec 08, 2013 - 21:55:28
Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright. Kind of humbling when I realize how many of the mistakes and misreadings he mentions I have made.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Sun Dec 08, 2013 - 21:59:08
I didn't finish it. I may go back and do so later.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: GatewayToHeaven1 on Fri Jan 31, 2014 - 09:36:21
I am reading the King James Bible and I am finishing up Psalms.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Sat Feb 01, 2014 - 10:19:51
I didn't finish it. I may go back and do so later.

fwiw, this post should have included a quote referring to a book about CS Lewis that was mentioned earlier. I did finish the NT Wright book.

I'm currently starting Greg Boyd's God of the Possible.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Wed Feb 19, 2014 - 13:33:41
Right now our home group bible study is in Hebrews so I am re-reading  Dr. Stuart Sacks commentary "Hebrews through a Hebrew's Eyes."

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http://www.amazon.com/Hebrews-Through-Eyes-Midst-Hopeless/dp/1880226618 (http://www.amazon.com/Hebrews-Through-Eyes-Midst-Hopeless/dp/1880226618)

I am amazed at his insights.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Anderson49 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 - 15:23:11
The Chosen One by Anderson Michaels.
It's a sci-fi/fantasy retelling of the book of Exodus
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: mamato4 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 - 22:07:13
Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo. I thought this book was great! My kids are going to read it as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: HRoberson on Sun Apr 27, 2014 - 21:08:29
Pastrix, by Bolz-Weber. If you are easily offended by profanity, homophiles, women pastors, tattooed women, discussions of drugs, booze, and sex, Lutherans, or repeated negative comments about Churches of Christ, you probably should either not read it or have a glass of whiskey as you do.


Unless you're a violent drunk, then skip the whiskey.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Tue May 13, 2014 - 07:33:22
The Jewish Gospels - By Daniel Boyarin.

This is an absolutely amazing book by an Orthodox Jew (professor of Jewish studies at UC Berkley).
This should be required reading for every pastor.

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Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: geneh_33 on Tue May 13, 2014 - 13:48:19
Pastrix, by Bolz-Weber. If you are easily offended by profanity, homophiles, women pastors, tattooed women, discussions of drugs, booze, and sex, Lutherans, or repeated negative comments about Churches of Christ, you probably should either not read it or have a glass of whiskey as you do.


Unless you're a violent drunk, then skip the whiskey.

I like that. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: geneh_33 on Tue May 13, 2014 - 13:49:12
The Jewish Gospels - By Daniel Boyarin.

This is an absolutely amazing book by an Orthodox Jew (professor of Jewish studies at UC Berkley).
This should be required reading for every pastor.

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But if the pope decided that every pastor must read it, would you then agree with him?
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Thu May 15, 2014 - 09:48:33
But if the pope decided that every pastor must read it, would you then agree with him?

Definately I would agree with him.

BTW - the current pope was visiting with a group of Messianic Jews (our people) in Buenos Aires when he got the call to go to the papal selection conclave.

I do not know if the TJCII guys have met with him yet but I expect a good degree of him cooperating with us given his past good relationships with Messianics.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Catholica on Thu May 15, 2014 - 11:20:21
I have a Kindle, so I am in the midst of reading a few books.

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Morals on the Book of Job (http://www.amazon.com/Morals-Book-Job-Gregory-Great-ebook/dp/B00ARM64YW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400169800&sr=8-2&keywords=Morals+on+the+Book+of+Job)

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Gregory the Great was pope from 590-604 and left behind a substantial literary heritage. His most ambitious work and one of the most popular works of scriptural exegesis in the middle ages was the Moralia in Iob, commenting the book of Job in 35 books running to over half a million words.

Saint Gregory's Commentary on Job was written between 578 and 595, begun when Gregory was at the court of Tiberius II at Constantinople, but finished only after he had already been in Rome for several years.


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The History of Heresies and Their Refutation or The Triumph of the Church (http://www.amazon.com/History-Heresies-Refutation-Triumph-Church/dp/1482056615/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400169954&sr=1-1&keywords=the+history+of+heresies+and+their+refutation)

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My object in writing this work is to prove that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true one among so many other Churches, and to show how carefully the Almighty guarded her, and brought her victoriously through all the persecutions of her enemies I think the History of Heresies is a most useful study, for it shows the truth of our Faith more pure and resplendent, by showing how it has never changed; and if, at all times, this is useful, it must be particularly so at present, when the most holy maxims and the principal dogmas of Religion are put in doubt : it shows, besides, the care God always took to sustain the Church in the midst of the tempests which were unceasingly raised against it, and the admirable manner in which all the enemies who attacked it were confounded. The History of Heresies is also useful to preserve in us the spirit of humility and subjection to the Church, and to make us grateful to God for giving us the grace of being born in Christian countries; and it shows how the most learned men have fallen into the most grievous errors, by not subjecting themselves to the Church’s teaching. I will now state my reasons for writing this Work; some may think this labour of mine superfluous, especially as so many learned authors have written expressly and extensively the history of various heresies, as Tertullian, St. Iræneus, St. Epiphanius, St. Augustine, St. Vincent of Lerins, Socrates, Sozymen, St. Philastrius, Theodoret, Nicephorus, and many others, both in ancient and modern times. This, however, is the very reason which prompted me to write this Work; for as so many authors have written, and so extensively, and as it is impossible for many persons either to procure so many and such expensive works, or to find time to read them, if they had them, I, therefore, judged it better to collect in a small compass the commencement and the progress of all heresies, so that in a little time, and at little expense, any one may have a sufficient knowledge of the heresies and schisms which infected the Church. I have said in a small compass, but still, not with such brevity as some others have done, who barely give an outline of the facts, and leave the reader dissatisfied, and ignorant of many of the most important circumstances. I, therefore, have studied brevity; but I wish, at the same time, that my readers may be fully informed of every notable fact connected with the rise and progress of, at all events, the principal heresies that disturbed the Church.


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Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents' Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids (http://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Grace-Catholic-Parents-Raising/dp/1592766854/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400170535&sr=1-1&keywords=parenting+with+grace+the+catholic+parents%27+guide+to+raising+almost+perfect+kids)

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Family therapist and parent Gregory Popcak and his wife, Lisa, are back with their second edition of Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents' Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids. This latest updated version continues to guide parents through each stage of child development, from infancy through adolescence, offering additional age-specific advice on "parenting with grace."

Practical, faithful, and humorous, Parenting with Grace will help you discover:

  • Seven factors that make Catholic parents unique.
  • How to C.A.R.E. enough to parent your very best
  • Practical, faith-filled solutions to common problems of every childhood stage -- sleep problems, tantrums, faith issues, childhood fears, dating, dealing with technology and media, and much, much more!

"This book's uniquely Catholic approach to parenting combines vigorous relational advice with careful theology and plenty of good humor." -- Publishers Weekly
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: geneh_33 on Thu May 15, 2014 - 11:26:46
But if the pope decided that every pastor must read it, would you then agree with him?

Definately I would agree with him.

BTW - the current pope was visiting with a group of Messianic Jews (our people) in Buenos Aires when he got the call to go to the papal selection conclave.

I do not know if the TJCII guys have met with him yet but I expect a good degree of him cooperating with us given his past good relationships with Messianics.

I would agree with him, too. Thus far I agree with everything Pope Francis is doing and saying. I can't say that about any other pope.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: HRoberson on Thu May 15, 2014 - 23:48:29
In the Image and Likeness of God, Lossky
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: judohobo on Tue May 20, 2014 - 20:25:13
I just downloaded this book, I've only looked through the introduction and first chapter so far:

corporate logos: consumerism and growth of apostasy


 www.smashwords.com/books/view/436934 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/436934)

the first two chapters are free samples, the whole book is alright, but the material could have been presented better
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Free Christian on Wed May 21, 2014 - 04:59:42
The Light of the World by Phillips Brooks. Written in 1891.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Sun Jun 15, 2014 - 21:24:57
Memoirs of Alexander Campbell by Robert Richardson. As I'm reading I realize that I've read this before, maybe 30 plus years ago.

Selling Water by the River by Shane Hipps.

The first book is a wee bit older than the second.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Sat Jun 21, 2014 - 11:18:09
Escaping Self Idolatry: How Churches of Christ are finding their way into the future. (http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Self-Idolatry-Churches-finding-ebook/dp/B00L4VG3UK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403367386&sr=8-1&keywords=escaping+church+idolatry)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Rella on Sat Jun 21, 2014 - 13:35:02
The Harbinger
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Thu Jul 03, 2014 - 06:49:55
The Harbinger

Had a hard time with that book - not the content but the style of writing. IMO he made a big mistake by telling the message in a story format.

I much prefered his address a few years ago to the MJAA conference where he gave the whole message in consice form.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Thu Jul 03, 2014 - 23:46:26
I just downloaded this book, I've only looked through the introduction and first chapter so far:

corporate logos: consumerism and growth of apostasy


 [link deleted]

so far, looks interesting, i'll come back and add a review when I've read the whole book

I've read 'Link Deleted' several times. It gets better with every reading. I thought 'Link Removed' was better, though.

Otherwise, I think occasional apostasy is good for the soul. We all have some beliefs that need to be rejected.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Culsey on Fri Jul 04, 2014 - 06:13:32
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books. They are ten times better than the movies made from a couple of them. LOL

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Post by: RavenWood on Fri Jul 04, 2014 - 08:16:26
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books. They are ten times better than the movies made from a couple of them. LOL
I didn't realize how YOUNG Jack Ryan was supposed to be until I read the books!  I just kept imagining someone who looked like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford!  rofl
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Culsey on Sat Jul 05, 2014 - 01:23:56
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books. They are ten times better than the movies made from a couple of them. LOL
I didn't realize how YOUNG Jack Ryan was supposed to be until I read the books!  I just kept imagining someone who looked like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford!  rofl

I did not like the movie with Ford. Not sure who should play Jack but I am convinced it should not be Harrison Ford. Jack is more of an -every day- kind of guy the way I see him in my mind. He doesn't strike me as being big and good looking.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: RavenWood on Sat Jul 05, 2014 - 09:26:00
With your profile picture, I thought you were going to say Bruce Willis!

"Yippee kay aye, you Crazy Russian!"
 ::eatingpopcorn:
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Culsey on Sat Jul 05, 2014 - 10:36:38
With your profile picture, I thought you were going to say Bruce Willis!

"Yippee kay aye, you Crazy Russian!"
 ::eatingpopcorn:

I chose Bruce because he looks the most like me out of all of the choices. LOL Of course I am not as handsome as he is but I do have a little more hair. LOL

I see Jack Ryan as a decent looking average kind of guy who wears glasses. Not sure who should play him. I do not see Jack as a Hollywood beefcake at all. LOL
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Wed Jul 23, 2014 - 23:01:39
Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis, via Kindle Unlimited.
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Post by: marc on Fri Jul 25, 2014 - 22:53:01
No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton (not John Donne???)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Laurel on Sat Jul 26, 2014 - 07:40:07
I've been reading some books by Grace Livingston Hill that I bought at the library book sale.   I have a feeling they're from some little old lady's attic, since most were written in the 1920's.  They are, of course, very dated in many ways but I just love this glimpse into the lives of Christian women at a time when life was so different and morals were held to such a high standard. Inspiring.
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Post by: marc on Sat Jul 26, 2014 - 13:31:19
I think my mother has one of those on her shelf of Very Old Books.
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Post by: Laurel on Sat Jul 26, 2014 - 14:20:02
I'll bet your mother is a lovely woman.  She proably kept it all these years because there's something really special about the writer. 
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Post by: marc on Sun Jul 27, 2014 - 20:22:38
I think it was passed down from her grandmother, who read constantly.

Right now I'm reading "How to Save the Dying Church of Christ" by Dan Lyle.  Each chapter closes with a number of practical action suggestions. Very helpful, and less vitrolic than my, uh, I mean Tony Branch's book.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Save-Dying-Church-Christ-ebook/dp/B00LW3VUEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406510368&sr=8-1&keywords=How+to+Save+the+Dying+Church+of+Christ (http://www.amazon.com/How-Save-Dying-Church-Christ-ebook/dp/B00LW3VUEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406510368&sr=8-1&keywords=How+to+Save+the+Dying+Church+of+Christ)
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Wycliffes_Shillelagh on Wed Aug 06, 2014 - 12:16:02
I just downloaded this book, I've only looked through the introduction and first chapter so far:

corporate logos: consumerism and growth of apostasy


 [link deleted]

so far, looks interesting, i'll come back and add a review when I've read the whole book
I've read 'Link Deleted' several times. It gets better with every reading. I thought 'Link Removed' was better, though.

Otherwise, I think occasional apostasy is good for the soul. We all have some beliefs that need to be rejected.
Clearly you greatly enjoyed *Link Removed*, since it is now your signature here!  It seems you are also a fan of *text removed*, judging by your text.

::whatjusthappenedhere::
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Thu Aug 07, 2014 - 18:47:48
*reply removed*

(fwiw, my status is poking fun at whichever mod deleted the link in my sig without notifying me, while I was still a mod myself.)
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Post by: Wycliffes_Shillelagh on Sun Aug 10, 2014 - 01:12:54
Here's the weird thing - modifying users text/sigs isn't a mod power.  I think an admin has to do it.  My guess would be that Bob probably did a mass wipe of link sigs at some point when he was doing an upgrade of the bulletin boards.

Jarrod
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Sun Aug 10, 2014 - 12:12:19
It happened pre-Bob.


One of three sigs I had was removed, one containing a link to a blog I no longer used (and which no longer featured a link to GCM, likely why it was removed. My problem was that I wasn't notified or asked to include a link so it wouldn't be removed.) I hadn't thought about whether a mod could do it.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Mere Nick on Mon Aug 18, 2014 - 12:18:23
I'm reading a book by Tony C. Branch. 
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Mere Nick on Thu Aug 21, 2014 - 09:38:38
I will also be reading Cally's blog.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Ocean on Thu Jan 01, 2015 - 16:42:34
Anxious For Nothing God's cures for the cares of your soul
By: John Macarthur
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: New Creation on Thu Jan 01, 2015 - 19:32:33
Anxious For Nothing God's cures for the cares of your soul
By: John Macarthur

Sounds like something I need to read. I know He wants us to put all our cares worries and troubles on Him so we can fully rely on Him. I know what the scriptures say. I just need some solid advice for putting it into practice when the going get's tough, so to speak. Growing up as a non-believer, I'm sad to say this is a habit I have yet to fully develop. Would you recommend this book based on what I need?

Also, I'm currently reading:
Action Bible (Don't judge, I got it for Christmas and I'm really enjoying it)
The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis
The Skeletons in God's Closet - Joshua Ryan Butler
and Isaiah in my NLT bible
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Ocean on Fri Jan 02, 2015 - 11:47:22
Anxious For Nothing God's cures for the cares of your soul
By: John Macarthur

Sounds like something I need to read. I know He wants us to put all our cares worries and troubles on Him so we can fully rely on Him. I know what the scriptures say. I just need some solid advice for putting it into practice when the going get's tough, so to speak. Growing up as a non-believer, I'm sad to say this is a habit I have yet to fully develop. Would you recommend this book based on what I need?

Also, I'm currently reading:
Action Bible (Don't judge, I got it for Christmas and I'm really enjoying it)
The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis
The Skeletons in God's Closet - Joshua Ryan Butler
and Isaiah in my NLT bible


It's pretty interesting so far. There are some things I don't quite agree with as far as Macarthur saying that when we worry it is actually a sin because Christ tells us to worry for nothing.
If that is true then it would be just as easily deemed a sin to cry at a parents funeral because of the scripture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and elsewhere.

But so far it's pretty good besides all that.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Mere Nick on Tue Jan 13, 2015 - 22:51:32
The Slavery of Death (http://www.amazon.com/The-Slavery-Death-Richard-Beck/dp/1620327775) by Richard Beck.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: DaveW on Wed Jan 14, 2015 - 06:01:03
The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus  by Nehemia Gordon

http://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Yeshua-vs-Greek-Jesus/dp/097626370X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 (http://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Yeshua-vs-Greek-Jesus/dp/097626370X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8)

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Post by: notreligus on Tue Jan 20, 2015 - 15:53:33
I am reading The Invisible King and His Kingdom as well as Judaism's Strange Gods.
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Post by: HRoberson on Mon Jan 26, 2015 - 23:51:34
Surprised by Scripture, Wright
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Post by: HRoberson on Tue Feb 24, 2015 - 23:50:30
The Allure of Gentleness, by Dallas Willard
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: JazzcatCB on Wed Mar 11, 2015 - 15:07:45
I'm reading Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. My wife says it's a great series, so I figured it's about time I read it. I'm an author myself and I've read that I need to read a lot of work in my genre which is Christian fiction.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: marc on Mon Mar 30, 2015 - 09:28:56
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr.

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I don't go in for inspirational, but this is absolutely inspiring.
Title: Re: What are you reading right now?
Post by: Lady Daffodil on Tue Nov 15, 2016 - 13:34:00
"Waking Up in Heaven" by Crystal McVea.  It's a very inspirational story, and I highly recommend it.