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A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying & How a New Faith is Being Born
First the superficial: I don't like Spong's writing style. He's obviously passionate about his subject, but by the middle of the book this results in ...more
May 17, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
A passionate story of a passionate region. The experiences of Michener's Alaskan characters are just as exciting and tumultuous as their surroundings. ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Dec 14, 2011
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Poetry, prose, purity & pain. My first reread since middle school. Now I can attribute Ms. Angelou's powerful images and phrases that have floated ...more
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master"
For 3 stars, I REALLY liked this book. Evans takes on an extreme project to address some extreme issues. She approaches her year with an honest mix of ...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
The writting was fine, the story was entertaining, but the voice was very weird. First person, present is a very awkward way to present a story. Even ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Peter Pan
This was an edited version. Not quite Disney, but obviously not the full original, either. We picked it as an early chapter book to read with my 3.5 y ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
"Mothers, meanwhile, desperately to guide their daughters to an authentic, unconflicted balance of feminism and femininity, one that will su ...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Why Children Matter
This is a quick, encouraging read for anyone involved in raising children. It touches on everything from birth to dealing with sexual promiscuity. It ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the "Letters from Birmingham Jail"
Bass does an excellent job of revealing the history behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," the 8 clergy who prompted the piece ...more
Jun 02, 2013
May 14, 2013
Parenting With Love and Logic
There are many great points in this book, several I've already used successfully with my 3.5 year old. The few weaknesses I see are pushing the proble ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
A blend of political history, South American anthropology, rainforest biology, and fast paced adventure story, Millard creates the perfect blend, and ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
Black Elk Speaks
Review of "The Premier Edition": Black Elk relates details of his visions, personal and cultural history to Neihardt, through the English translation ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
The Hallelujah Life
Richard's collection of poetry and prose is gut-wrenching and hopeful. The book reviews a devestating personal history of abuse by his body, of his bo ...more
May 14, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
Gone Girl
Updated review: I originally gave the book only 4 stars because it was just so unnerving. But now, a year later, I have to go back and give credit whe ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys
An informative read, made completely enjoyable by the authors' humor, candor, and the Southerner's gift for turning a phrase. Having hosted the Young ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Oct 19, 2012
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Great no-nonsense financial advise = +5 stars
Exhaustive use of cliches and self-congratulations = -1 star

A fun side note: He mentions (wisely) in the
Aug 08, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
John Henry
Stunning both in pictures and words. The retelling of this tall tale envokes the interest of even the steady timing of the sun and moon. The metaphore ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Life of St. Thomas More
An interseting, though sometimes chronologically incorrect, window into 16th century England. The biography focuses on both politics and religion conc ...more
not set
Jan 24, 2012
You Can't Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded): Strategies for Bringing Out the Best in Your Strong-Willed Child
Eh...I liked the approach of this book better than "Parenting with Love and Logic," but there's very little substance here. Tobias relies heavily on " ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Smokey Bear and The Campers (Little Golden Books)
Smokey the Bear teaches the Swift children about fire safety and some basic survival skills. I appreciate that when the children find themselves lost ...more
May 06, 2012
May 09, 2012
Girl With a Pearl Earring
A decent story. Interesting bits of Dutch history and discriptions of color and the painting process. Overall, I felt like the reader was shielded fro ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
A decent tie-up of loose ends, but not a worthy stand-alone story. The climax read more like a description of a video game than a plot line. Some inte ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
The Bomber (Annika Bengtzon, #4)
Reading this while in Sweden was especially fun. Marklund has a few rough edges, or needs a better English translator. She goes into minute detail abo ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 04, 2014
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
I ruined any suspense the book might have had by seeing the movie first. :( The writing was thick, rich, and decedent prose, which perfectly fits in i ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Dark Places
Subject matter: horrid! Sick, twisted (yes, even classic 1980s satanic nods), but oh. my. wow, can Flynn write a description. Her similes and metaphor ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I may or may not have read this within 36 hours of checking it out from the library. It has some interesting twists, but is a bit simplistic and gloss ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I don't get all the hype. The first third of the book recounted past events to set up the story. The middle third involved the "excitement" of rape an ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
Before Women Had Wings
Fowler captured the dicotomy of South Florida's lush biology and the clostrophobic nature of poverty and domestic violence within a young girl's narra ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" (The Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
Beautiful imagery and details given in amazing prose. Like the story in the magician's book, I wanted to go on reading it for years. I will mourn the ...more
Sep 12, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
Some interesting Oz background fill-in, but there are lots of plot holes and half-fleshed out subplots. The musical was amazing and much tighter as a ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
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