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This Is My God
4.03
really liked it
Probably my first formal introduction to Judaism. I read this in seventh grade.

Bought for 25-cents from the withdrawn section at the library.

A favori
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Jan 1998
Jan 09, 2008
 
Beloved
3.77
it was amazing
It might surprise you to hear that this is a horror story, but it really is. And it revolves around folks behaving so (in)humanely in real life, real ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Book of Negroes
4.44
it was ok
I gained a richer picture of the transatlantic slave trade (16th-19th centuries) in Aminata's journey from West Africa to South Carolina to New York t ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
Peter Pan
4.10
liked it
Nostalgia/comfort re-read August 2016. This book is so clever, it's a shame it's so racist. It's the early twentieth century version of those clever c ...more
Aug 26, 2016
Jan 19, 2008
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4.19
liked it
I think I will appreciate her poetry more now.

'Odd that the homeless children, the silt of war frenzy, could initiate me into the brotherhood of man.
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Aug 18, 2008
May 07, 2008
 
Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America
3.90
really liked it
I saw this book on the new non-fiction shelf at the library, and checked it out on a whim--curious, but mostly not having thought much about gays in t ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
Deschooling Society
4.10
it was amazing
This book made me acutely uncomfortable, thoughtful, sad, and angry--all in helpful ways. What made me sad and angry is that Illich's critique of the ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts
3.79
liked it
A favorite quote:

"The problem with some modern and postmodern art is that it seeks to offer truth at the expense of beauty. It tells the truth only ab
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Sep 2007
Jan 20, 2008
 
The Little Vampire
4.01
really liked it
For whatever reason, I loved this book. But I got in trouble when I invented a game of vampire tag at my fundamentalist Christian elementary school.
Jan 1991
Jan 06, 2008
 
Where We Stand: Class Matters
4.16
really liked it
"The call to live simply is not new news. It was a beacon light only a few years ago. And many of us embraced and remain faithful to communitarian val ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
 
Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile
3.89
liked it
I was initially drawn to this book by Spong's use of exilic metaphor to describe the faith journey of Christians who no longer feel at home in institu ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
 
The Moor (Mary Russell, #4)
3.94
liked it
(See my review for book 3, A Letter of Mary....the thoughts below pick up where it leaves off)

...Along the same lines, one thing that surprises me in
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not set
Feb 01, 2008
 
The Portable Sixties Reader
3.96
really liked it
Almost two years later, I've finally finished this excellent collection of fiction and nonfiction writings drawn from the social and literary movement ...more
Jun 08, 2014
May 06, 2008
 
The Klingon Gambit
3.34
did not like it
Ironically and with pure unintended artlessness, I'm sure, this quote sums up the entire book:
"The longer this drags on, the more confused it gets. Wh
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Mar 18, 2016
Jan 06, 2008
 
One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter
4.40
really liked it
"People sometimes ask, in light of the devastating and important issues that face us in our modern times, why the homeless animal issue is important, ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
 
Stories for Children
4.23
really liked it
A whimsical, satisfying collection of short stories for children and adults alike. Many are set in Poland and Russia, but some are set in the Holy Lan ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 28, 2007
 
The Reformation: Towards a New History
4.00
really liked it
'Wandel is motivated by a desire to tell the story of the Reformation in a way that resists being shaped by 16th century polemics in the ways that man ...more
Aug 31, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
 
Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion
3.81
liked it
The "grumpy" response to what the authors see as a problematic rainbows & unicorns (marketplace-driven, individualist) spirituality. Strengths: Id ...more
Aug 29, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
 
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
4.14
really liked it
A favorite quote:

"For eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. Of course not all books are suitable for mealtime reading. It would
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Jan 2004
Dec 29, 2007
 
Gitanjali: Song Offerings
4.33
really liked it
Day by day thou art making me worthy of the simple, great gifts that thou gavest to me unasked--this sky and the light, this body and the life and the ...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead
3.98
it was ok
Kind of a bummer I found the main trope of the book (Jesus as "Boyfriend") so damn annoying and simultaneously creepy. Raises all sorts of consent iss ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
 
Women, Race, and Class
4.35
it was amazing
This book is a must-read. It's given me a whole new understanding of the history of women's movements in the U.S., the early interracial alliances (!) ...more
Nov 30, 2015
Nov 30, 2015
 
Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
The question really is, what didn't I like about this book?
Apr 16, 2016
Oct 01, 2015
 
Uncharted Territory
3.49
it was ok
Eh. Not Connie Willis' best work. I did like the voices of Findriddy and Carson et al. This is in contrast to the Ursula K. LeGuin classic I just read ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
 
Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search For What Saves Us
4.34
it was amazing
For me, personally, this is probably the most important book I've read in the last five years.

Some will say that absolute obedience to God doesn't car
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Jan 30, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
3.95
it was ok
I read this book because an earnest young evangelical wanted me to - and I think that's probably at the heart of my problem with this book. I'm not an ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet--All on $5 a Day or Less
3.65
liked it
This book makes me look forward to spring and summer produce (soon!).

I liked finding out that author Linda Watson lives in Raleigh, NC. She offers so
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Feb 27, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
 
Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978
3.80
it was amazing
An amazing, must-read book for newcomers to San Francisco. My favorite essays: "Mujeres Muralistas," "Filipino Americans in the Decade of the Internat ...more
May 25, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything
3.73
really liked it
I liked this book mainly because the experience of reading it was a little bit like finding new windows to look through in the walls of the house wher ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
 
Stories from Jonestown
3.99
it was amazing
The stories in this book were doubly powerful for me once I realized how much of this history happened in the Bay Area, to individuals and families wh ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
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