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The Case for Christ
4.04
Rated 1 star for false advertising, poor journalism, poor investigation, poor argumentation, and poor scholarship.

There's not enough room here to cr...more
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Jun 07, 2007
 
Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind, #1)
3.76
Left Behind is one of the most wretchedly awful books I have ever forced myself to read.

If possible, I would give this book zero stars. Only by she...more
Oct 12, 2008
Sep 22, 2008
 
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
4.13
Rated 1 star for false advertising, unsatisfactory answers given.

Here we have another spin-off for Strobel the self-proclaimed "former atheist," "skep...more
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Jun 07, 2007
 
The Lie: Evolution
3.88
Rated 1 star for fear-mongering, conspiracy theorizing, repetitiveness, naivete, and disturbing authoritarian overtones.

This was a terrible book, a...more
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Jun 07, 2007
 
The Man Who Quit Money
3.68
I've been following Suelo's blog and website, Moneyless World - Free World - Priceless World and Living Without Money, for years, now, and it's great...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
 
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
3.80
I was introduced to the internets for the first time ever when I was 18 and entered college. Up until that time I had been an avid reader, and I could...more
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Jun 08, 2010
 
Twelve by Twelve
3.59
Should be titled Couscous for the Enviro-Conscious, Culturally Enlightened Liberal's Soul.

Meh. I wanted a book about what real twelve-by-twelve livin...more
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 21, 2010
 
Crime and Punishment
4.14
Rated 3 stars for being good in parts but uneven on the whole.

Crime and Punishment was on my personal to-read list for a long time since Dostoevksy's...more
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Jun 06, 2007
 
Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle
4.12
Pretty good. Not as in-depth as I had hoped, but Eisenbaum has enough end notes to make this a good jumping-off point for further study.

Interesting...more
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Jun 22, 2010
 
Are You Morbid?
3.80
In the entire state library system there was only a single copy of this book that I could find. The cheapest copy I've found online costs $50 used. N...more
Aug 06, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
C.S. Lewis: A Biography
3.52
Great book for Christians and non-Christians alike. Very accessible and interesting.

I didn't know much about C.S. Lewis the man before I read his aut...more
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Oct 15, 2007
 
I am Not Spock
3.51
I really only read this because I wanted to be able to compare and contrast the opinions of 70's Nimoy with that of 90's Nimoy. This isn't a bad book...more
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Sep 12, 2011
 
The Religious Attitudes of the Indo-Europeans
3.86
A meandering, unfocused essay in which the author seeks to identify a religiousity/philosophy common to all the various Indo-European peoples and the...more
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May 25, 2011
 
The Mind of the Bible-Believer
4.17
Weird book.

Some of Cohen's particular insights about the psychology of the fundamentalist Christian are right on. At the same time, he seems to have...more
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
 
Justice church: the new function of the church in North American Christianity
3.33
The historical chapter on Schleiermacher was interesting, but the book becomes disappointing at the end. When it comes time to discuss the present and...more
May 14, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Candide
3.74
An even better read the second time around. Candide carries more weight when you're an adult as opposed to when you were still in school.
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Jun 06, 2007
 
Herman Melville
3.85
Odd biography.

Mumford spends a lot of time summarising/interpreting plots of Melville's books and creating what his own reconstructions of Melville's...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
Communism in the Bible
3.71
Great book all the way just up until the last couple pages where Miranda makes a brief (and unsatifactory) argument that Jesus was an advocate of viol...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary: How to Reach Friends and Family Who Avoid God and the Church
3.52
This one's probably outdated by now, but I tracked it down to find out more about Strobel's personal background. I think it gives a better insight in...more
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Oct 01, 2011
 
The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant
3.76
Interesting, but comes off as too apologetic at times.

I'm a little torn on how to rate this book. Yes, I did in fact learn quite a bit about Thoreau t...more
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Mar 18, 2009
 
Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back
3.58
I didn't know anything about the Schaeffers or their reputation and standing among Evangelicals before I read this one. I suppose people who knew of F...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity
3.92
Fair to good content marred by bad editing.

I don't know what the author of Why I Became An Atheist and it's publisher, Prometheus Books, were thinkin...more
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Oct 09, 2011
 
Main Street
3.72
In brief, a long and depressing grind that peters out to an anticlimactic end.

I love great tragedy, and I'm not one of those people who demand eithe...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
 
The Pilgrim's Regress
3.79
In short, not Lewis at his best.

Pilgrim's Regress is a strange mix of allegory, philosophical monologues, and poetry loosely cast together. The book...more
Oct 2007
Oct 10, 2007
 
Down and Out in Paris and London
4.08
Rated 5 stars for being interesting, thought-provoking, challenging accepted ideas and attitudes, and being a personal favorite.

Orwell spent a short p...more
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Jun 06, 2007
 
The Iron Heel
3.78
The Iron Heel is more a political idea book about a possible American future cast in narrative form than a fleshed-out novel. But while somewhat lack...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
 
The Twilight of American Culture
3.80
Eh, not as great a book as I was hoping it might be. In summary, the author tells us what a lot of us already know - America is getting dumber, inequ...more
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May 21, 2008
 
The Revised Standard Version of the New Testament
4.75
I love this edition of the New Testament, mainly for one single reason -readability.

Most Bible printings make them an absolute pain in the a** to rea...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
 
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
3.55
Better than the typical comedian/celeb memoir.

I love Patton's stand-up, but when celebrities write (or "write") books, they usually all sound like t...more
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Feb 02, 2011
 
The Turner Diaries
2.88
I read this because I had heard that it's a popular fantasy/propaganda novel within white supremecist circles, and I was curious as to what exactly go...more
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Sep 21, 2008
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