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The Red Tent
The Red Tent is (very) loosely based on the story of Dinah in Genesis, and it is a book that is very easy to read. Dinah's tale is one that deserves f ...more
Jan 2002
Dec 23, 2007
A Farewell to Arms
The old joke proves itself upon reading.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A (Hemingway): To die. In the rain.

Jan 1999
Sep 11, 2008
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
I read this many years ago as a teenager, before it was as well known as it is today, and then I read it again in college. Readers often expect imperi ...more
Jan 1993
Dec 24, 2007
The Giving Tree
I was drawn to this book again and again as a child, and I discovered that my three-year-old daughter also wanted me to read it to her repeatedly. The ...more
Jan 1989
Dec 23, 2007
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands
After re-reading this a second time, I lowered my rating from three to two stars and edited this review. This book does have some very valuable remind ...more
Jan 2005
Dec 23, 2007
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
He's a great marketer: his books are read as part of small groups in churches of almost every denomination. I'm glad this book seems to have positivel ...more
Jan 2006
Dec 23, 2007
Up from Slavery
It's interesting that with all the emphasis on "multiculturalism" when I was going through school, we never actually read any first source books like ...more
Jul 28, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
Since I’m planning to take my daughter to Disney World for the first time some time in the next year, it seemed like a good time to read this. Of cour ...more
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Apr 28, 2011
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
This review has been published elsewhere as "Introverts Are Not Idiots."

May 20, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
The Book of Mormon
I read this as part of a grand (unfinished) project to read all the major world religious texts. I also read it because a Mormon suggested I should re ...more
Jan 2000
Dec 23, 2007
What Alice Forgot
**spoiler alert** I found this to be a thought-provoking book. It highlighted just how complex are the factors that contribute to the dissolution of a ...more
Dec 25, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First
As I read “The Ultra-mind Solution,” I was continuously reminded of a joke a friend and I used to tell in the 80’s anytime a certain commercial for a ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue
Shalit's book offers encouragement to women who are unhappy with the way the sexual revolution has buried the concepts of chivalry and courtship in an ...more
Jun 29, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead is a tale of both defeat and triumph. It is depressing and exalting, inviting and repugnant. And its philosophy, like all great lies, ...more
Jan 2001
Dec 23, 2007
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
This is typical sentence from Last Child in the Woods: "he offered no academic studies to support his theory; nonetheless his statement rang true." Th ...more
Oct 09, 2008
Sep 27, 2008
Brave New World
In Brave New World, first published in 1932, Huxley paints the picture of a world that is willing to surrender true joy for a bland happiness free of ...more
Jan 2006
Dec 23, 2007
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
When it comes to cultural differences, as G.K. Chesterton notes in his essay on “The French and the English,” every cultural vice is partly a virtue, ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The Brothers Karamazov
This novel would lead me to believe that all Russian women are virtual psychopaths and all Russian men muddled philosophers. But for all of its curiou ...more
Jan 2001
Dec 23, 2007
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
This novel seems to be aimed at overturning (primarily fundamentalist) misconceptions about God and emphasizing that God IS Love. And although that is ...more
Oct 06, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
While I found it interesting to see what differed in various manuscripts, I did not find any of these changes as sensational, apparently, as the back ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 23, 2007
The Professor
What if Jane Eyre had been written from the point of view of Rochester? Would he have seemed more manipulative, more self-centered? Would readers have ...more
Jan 2003
Dec 23, 2007
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
Anne Lamott is the epitome of the vitriolic, hateful liberal. The catch is that she actually seems to realize it. Throughout Operating Instructions, o ...more
Jan 2010
May 12, 2010
Northanger Abbey
When I first read Northanger Abbey as a teenager, I thought it little more than a clever, entertaining parody on the gothic romance genre, and a rathe ...more
Jan 1994
Dec 23, 2007
The Age of American Unreason
Because I am a product of the Age of American Unreason, I’m going to begin reviewing this book before I’ve finished reading it. Besides, I don’t have ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
Shepherding a Child's Heart
This is a very popular book among Christian parents, especially evangelicals, but I personally didn't find it particularly realistic or helpful. I cer ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 23, 2008
A Prayer for Owen Meany
This is a well written book, with unique characters, and it was a "good read," but I don't think I can say I actually liked it. A Prayer for Owen Mean ...more
Jun 2008
May 06, 2008
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Rabbi Kushner's position is that, because suffering exists in the world, only three options are possible: (1) God does not exist. (2) God exists but i ...more
Jan 1998
Dec 24, 2007
The Maytrees
"Why surprise?" "Is all fair?" "Is love blind?" "Why sadder but wiser?" "What else could wisdom be?" These are some of Annie Dillard's profound questi ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Jan 02, 2008
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
Would you be surprised if someone said that Christianity does not teach that the soul goes to heaven when a Christian dies? In "Surprised By Hope," N. ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jun 16, 2008
Living Buddha, Living Christ
I picked up this book because I thought it might give me some interesting insights into both Christianity and Buddhism (as did Zen Spirit, Christian S ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 21, 2008
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