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Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It
I can think of an awful lot of people who I'd give this book to:

Christians trying to understand atheists (like a pal of mine who said,
May 10, 2014
May 08, 2014
Rising Strong
I scored this off of NetGalley. I was unsure how I'd feel about reading a Brene Brown book since I have only watched her TED Talks and listened to The ...more
Jun 08, 2015
May 23, 2015
Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas, #5)
I love the Odd Thomas books overall. However, what this book showed me above all is that I love the first trilogy of the Odd Thomas books. (Odd Thomas ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut
This is an Amazon Vine book.

What a mish-mash.

I read to page 130 before this book solidified my thinking about bloggers who write books. They usually n
not set
May 03, 2012
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
I'm rereading this for an upcoming discussion on SFFaudio. The audiobook which is simply excellent. And it's been simply terrific the second time arou ...more
May 16, 2013
May 17, 2013
Reading this for my book club.


If there is a genre I hate, it is that of addicts telling their life stories ... yes, even when they come out Chri
Dec 11, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
What becomes very noticeable to me at this point, listening as opposed to reading, is the juxtaposition of the two kings and their hobbit observers. O ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
I haven't done more than dip into this book but I already know enough to recommend it.

One of my favorite inspirational books is At the Still Point (my
Dec 12, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
The Great Movies
I miss Roger Ebert. Even when I disagreed with his online personal journal entries, which happened fairly frequently, I still loved reading him.

Most i
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Code Zero (Joe Ledger, #6)

This is the worthy sequel to Patient Zero.

At one point, Rudy Sanchez says that "this has done something fundamental to the American
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple, #8)
I picked this up on Kindle's daily deal sale not long ago. It is just what I needed and I forgot just how easy it is to sink into an Agatha Christie m ...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb
In 1928 young Takashi Nagai was a medical student at the top of his class. An atheist, he passionately believed that science held the key to the futur ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 16, 2013
Countdown City (The Last Policeman, #2)
I liked the audio for the first book in this trilogy so much (The Last Policeman) that upon finishing it I went and picked up this audio for rereading ...more
May 26, 2013
May 20, 2013
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
This is the book I'd recommend to any Christian who wants to understand how Muslims view Christianity (and Christians) and how they embrace and love t ...more
Jul 14, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
The Martian
I’m pretty much f**ked.

That’s my considered opinion.


Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nig
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1)
Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale. Then imagine that an enterprising per ...more
May 30, 2011
May 03, 2011
World of Trouble (The Last Policeman, #3)
Just scored the very last Amazon Vine copy of this baby. I literally watched the button change to "no more available" after I requested it. I don't ge ...more
Jun 30, 2014
May 01, 2014
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)
I was raised to marry a monster.
How's that for a first line?

From that moment we are immersed in a world which has been ripped out of time, suffering a
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Scott and Julie argue about the meaning of "Only the mockingbird sings at the edge of the woods."

Neighbors tell them to take it to the edge of the woo
Apr 11, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
Little Dorrit
Casting around for something to listen to but in a weird frame of mind ... I began trying out books read by some of my favorite LibriVox readers, as w ...more
Oct 2013
Dec 26, 2012
The City
Recommended by my daughter, the voice in this book reminds me of Odd Thomas in its sweetness and innocence. However, this is narrated by a 10 year old ...more
Aug 27, 2015
Aug 26, 2015
That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy #3)
As with the other two books in C.S. Lewis's "space trilogy" I found this one difficult to get into and, yet, once I got past the indefinable point whe ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
The Wind in the Willows
So you've begun to get really busy at work and you're feeling stressed out.

Then you watched The Sixth Sense (by yourself, after dark) so you can discu
Oct 24, 2012
Jul 07, 2010
I can't rate this book yet because I just got it home from the library and took a good look at it.

That "good look" took me 15 delighted minutes.

Why so
Apr 16, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
Crimson Bound
"Do you think that doing the right thing will always be pretty?"
I really loved Rosamund Hodge's first book Cruel Beauty (my review here). I was not su
Mar 14, 2015
Nov 24, 2014
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
This will be my fourth time reading WWZ, though I think it will probably be more like a high-level skimming since I just finished listening to the aud ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Mar 07, 2010
Unholy Night
Listening to this again for a discussion at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. My review is below.


“Joseph? Mary? My name is
Aug 29, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
Extinction Machine (Joe Ledger #5)
“So, basically if we keep trying to save the country and maybe the world from a bunch of murderous assholes with outer space weapons, then we're the b
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
I discovered that Father Robert Barron narrated the audiobook version of Catholicism ... and was able to snag a copy. Having watched the DVDs of the C ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me, "How can you be a Happy Catholic?" They then go on to cite the problems currently in the Churc ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
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