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The Twelve Prophets
This commentary focuses on the minor prophets, with an emphasis on early Christian interpretations of their message. The book is basically a collectio ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now
Unique, witty history of the American musical. The author arranges the chapters to address different aspects of the show, such as "music, lyrics, cast ...more
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Jan 13, 2012
Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East
This book tells the story of a group of American missionaries who went to the Middle East (then the Ottoman Empire) during the 19th century. The book ...more
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Dec 24, 2011
American Rust
This book tells the story of a young man from a small Pennsylvania town that has fallen on hard times, who seeks to leave for California. Unfortunatel ...more
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Oct 15, 2011
Blood Harvest
This book starts out with an intriguing premise. A young family moves to the moors in the north of England, and immediately the children start having ...more
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Mar 08, 2012
The Boy in the River
This book, while non-fiction, reads like a mystery novel. It is written by a British academic, an authority in African religions, who helps the London ...more
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Aug 03, 2014
The Ghosts of Belfast (Jack Lennon Investigations #1)
Set in contemporary northern Ireland, this book follows a former IRA hit man who is haunted by the (quite literal) ghosts of his victims. He discovers ...more
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Oct 11, 2011
This Scandanavian horror story features an island where people mysteriously go missing, only to return years later, not having aged at all. The book h ...more
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Oct 29, 2012
The Seven Faith Tribes: Who They Are, What They Believe, and Why They Matter
Based on one of Barna's surveys, this book explores the spiritual beliefs of Americans by dividing them in to seven different faith traditions (or "tr ...more
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Apr 12, 2012
The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues Of Community In America
This book is a study of 1950s Chicago, focusing on aspects related to urban and suburban communities during this period. The author discusses the desi ...more
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May 17, 2012
The Persian Night: Iran Under the Khomeinist Revolution
This book is a scathing review of Iran under the revolutionary regime. The author provides insight into the background of Khomeini and his revolution, ...more
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Jun 30, 2009
The Night Circus
Set in late Victorian Europe and America, an unusual circus appears on the scene. The circus is only open at night, and all of the participants and th ...more
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Dec 09, 2012
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
This book is somewhat interesting as a history, but the author doesn't appear to have a clear focus on his topic. He tells the history of America, Fra ...more
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Feb 26, 2009
Jerusalem: The Biography
Thorough history of the city from ancient times to the present. The author divides the book by each group who has ruled the city (Jews, pagans, Christ ...more
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Dec 12, 2012
Hand Me Down World
This novel tells the story of an African maid in Tunisia, whose child is stolen from her, and her years long search to find, and be re-united with, he ...more
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Aug 12, 2012
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
This history of the Great Depression focuses on individuals who promoted/used a self-help philosophy to get through the difficult times. The author co ...more
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Feb 03, 2009
Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed, #1)
Set in a small village in southeastern Turkey in the early days of the Turkish Republic, this novel is the story of Memed, the title character. He is ...more
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Sep 14, 2012
This novel claims to be the story of the last years of Charles Dickens' life; when he pursued a mysterious figure called Drood, who appeared to have s ...more
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Jan 07, 2012
The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers
Interesting history of Afghanistan, covering the period from earliest times to the present, with an emphasis on the mujahidin wars against the Soviets ...more
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Jun 01, 2015
Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
This book traces the Byzantine Empire's influence on Western society, Islamic society, and Eastern Orthodox society. It is well written, although clea ...more
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Feb 08, 2012
Realism, Tolerance, and Liberalism in the Czech National Awakening: Legacies of the Bohemian Reformation
This book looks at the Reformation Era Czech Church, which remained Catholic, but experienced some reforms that were absent elsewhere in Europe, and h ...more
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Feb 01, 2014
I See You Everywhere
This novel traces the relationship between two sisters over a 25 year period. It gets off to a strong start, providing much insight into the two women ...more
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Oct 02, 2009
The Churches the Apostles Left Behind
An analysis of the main churches in the first century, and what they can teach us today, written by a Roman Catholic priest/theologian. He argued that ...more
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Jul 18, 2010
Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East
This book is an anthology of poems, short stories, and exerpts from longer works by Arab, Turkish, Persian, and Pakistani writers. The selections are ...more
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Jul 12, 2013
Beyond Humanitarianism: What You Need to Know about Africa and Why It Matters
This book is a collection of articles that appeared in "Foreign Affairs" about Africa. The central theme is that Africa is changing from being seen as ...more
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Jan 07, 2009
The Road to Jerusalem (The Knight Templar, #1)
Well-written, sweeping historical epic about a young Swedish nobleman who goes to the Holy Land as a Crusader during the High Middle Ages. This book, ...more
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Apr 10, 2011
American Dervish
This novel tells the story of a Pakistani-American boy and his relationship with his mother's best friend, who comes to stay with the family after a b ...more
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Sep 10, 2013
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
Details Western culture from the Renaissance to the present. The author follows a number of themes, including individualism, emancipation, primitivism ...more
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May 29, 2010
Holy Innocents
This is the first book in a series of mysteries written by a Catholic journalist and dealing with contemporary moral issues from a Catholic perspectiv ...more
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Feb 18, 2009
In This House of Brede
Heartfelt, beautifully written story of a successful businesswoman who becomes a nun in mid-20th century England. The author does a wonderful job of d ...more
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Mar 10, 2011