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The Late George Apley
Boy, did this book deserve the Pulitzer Prize (late 1930s). It is a picture of Boston society in the early 1900s. George Apley is the patriarch of an...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
The Greatest Salesman In The World
This book had lots of great information, but it was told in a story setting that annoyed me. I'd prefer just a list. When the book was written in 1968...more
Nov 28, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Looking For Rachel Wallace (Spenser, #6)
This was another Parker book that a gave a five-star rating.
In this book Spenser is hired to protect a radical feminist
lesbian writer. He modeled for...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Early Autumn (Spenser, #7)
Another five-star rating. The Sunny Randall book
where Sunny mentors a young girl was written in
1999. This book in the Spenser series was written
in 198...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible, and What He Wants to Do with You
Great book we used in Sunday school. It was a close look at Eve, Sarah, Rahab, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, Anne, The Samaritan Woman, Mary and Martha, Mary Ma...more
Jan 29, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
What We Keep
I have enjoyed everything I've read by Elizabeth Berg.
She has "emotional honesty and a true understanding of
people and relationships." She writes of c...more
Jan 28, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Poodle Springs
Raymond Chandler was the inspiration for Parker's writings. When
Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a Philip Marlowe thri...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation
Another thoughtful book by M. L'Engle. Her writing is easy and almost conversational. I do like that. Her Christian perspective is influenced by her E...more
Jan 16, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Home Safe
Elizabeth Berg's books are really good. I'm enjoying novels by women these days. This was a mother-daughter story of a recently widowed woman who is o...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Homeschooling for Excellence
This was a book, written in 1897, that I read before each school year started for several years. Unlike the Colfax family, we did not live on a self-s...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Excellence: Run with the Horses
This was a commentary of the book of Jeremiah by Peterson, one of my current favorite Christian writers. In the 60 years that Jeremiah lived he was al...more
Feb 21, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
The Commands of Christ: What It Really Means to Follow Jesus
The summary of the book is best given by a quote from the author's father, Henry Blackaby: "God's commands are designed to guide you to life's best."...more
Nov 11, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
Not Quite Dead Enough (Nero Wolfe, #10)
In my continuing pursuit of detective stories, I read this Nero Wolfe book. The U.S. is in WWII and Army Intelligence tries to recruit detective Nero...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Not Quite Dead Enough and Booby Trap: Two Nero Wolfe Mysteries
'Booby Trap' was another Nero Wolfe mystery, also set during WWII. This time Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are asked by the military to track down some pin...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10-13
This is the second Carson book we've used for a weekly Bible study. It has been excellent. The book reveals Paul's heart, his thorn in the flesh, chro...more
Nov 13, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
The Christian's Secret Of A Happy Life (Hendrickson Christian Classics)
I read this some years before and was not all that impressed, but this reading earned the book a top rating. There was so much wisdom. The book was de...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
Church: Why Bother?: My Personal Pilgrimage
Yancey's background was one of strict fundmentalism in Georgia. He rejected the narrowness and prejudices of the members and was away from the church...more
Mar 10, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works
Wonderful daily readings for the year. The selections were taken from a variety of Lewis's books. I was motivated to read a couple of his books again...more
Dec 28, 2013
Feb 17, 2014
Surprised by Oxford
Interesting chronicle of Canadian Weber's time in Oxford for graduate study. When she came she felt no need for God. Loved the influence a group of Ch...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Be Mature (James): Growing Up in Christ
Excellent book which we used for Sunday school. There was great interest in studying James. Wiersbe's books have wonderful content, but the chapters a...more
Dec 20, 2013
Feb 17, 2014
God's Guidance: A Slow and Certain Light with Study Guide
This was not my favorite E. Eliot book, but everything she writes is very good. The whole idea of the book is that we draw closer to God so we can con...more
Jul 28, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music
Skaggs talks about his early life (born in 1954) in rural Kentucky, his musical parents, and his development as a mandolin,violin,and guitar player. H...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Make Yourself Unforgettable: The Dale Carnegie Class-Act System
I like reading motivational books occasionally. It's like Proverbs
lite - rules for life. This book was well done with lots of lists,
then discussion o...more
May 18, 2009
May 25, 2009
A Savage Place (Spenser, #8)
This was probably my least favorite book of the Spenser
series. He was on location in Hollywood to protect a TV
reporter investigating corruption and ra...more
Feb 27, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
The Sheen on the Silk
Unlike the Victorian novels I'd read by Perry, this was a long book set in Byzantine in 1273. A woman doctor poses as a eunuch to gain info and rescue...more
Jul 17, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
Saint Maybe
This is a family drama that starts out in 1965 -- small town, three
grown children. It shows the evolution of families over time. The
youngest child Ian...more
May 31, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
The Weight of Your Words: Measuring the Impact of What You Say
Stowell reminds us that "If we master the tongue, we have the capacity to master other areas of our lives with far less effort." I was particularly ch...more
Jan 02, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Lights of Marfa: One of the World's Great Guitar Player's Amazing Encounters with God
I had a warning that I might be disappointed by the book. That made me fearful that one of my favorite guitarists might encounter some questional mora...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say
Paula Poundstone is my favorite guest on my regular Saturday morning
NPR show, "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," so that led to my interest in knowing more ab...more
Jun 12, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta, #19)
This was one of the better Scarpetta books because it had a good ending, and it was set largely in the Savannah area. All the usual characters are the...more
Jan 18, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
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