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Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, #1)
3.86
Rather than discuss each of the books in the Tales of Alvin Maker series separately, I'll use this review for all of them. They present an alternate-h ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2008
 
A Man for All Seasons
3.88
This is two gems in one: The play itself is unforgettable, and Bolt's introduction is equally so. As Bolt, explains, why did he, a rationalist who is ...more
Jan 1970
Feb 09, 2008
 
Saints
3.51
I read this book when it was called "A Woman of Destiny." I've read that it was pushed then as a romance novel, but its scope is far greater than that ...more
Jan 1985
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Book of Mormon
4.40
I have actually read The Book of Mormon many times. It used to be available only as an official publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-da ...more
Jan 1964
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion
4.15
Sterling M. McMurrin, the U.S. Commissioner of Education for two years during the administration of President John F. Kennedy (see Matters of Conscien ...more
Jan 1969
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
A wonderful novel by an anthropologist turned novelist, The Sparrow is an unforgettable depiction of how inevitable presumptions about a new culture c ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 04, 2008
 
Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon
3.73
A book to ruffle feathers, for a variety of reasons. Like Joan of Arc, Joseph Smith is an incredibly fascinating character, especially with respect to ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 29, 2008
 
Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows
3.70
Juanita Brooks's The Mountain Meadows Massacre has for decades been the classic account of this event, which was a personal tragedy on many levels as ...more
not set
Feb 18, 2008
 
The Problem Of The Soul Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them
3.76
What a dense but well-written book! Flanagan compares and contrasts various aspects of the "manifest image" (the traditional view of the world, the so ...more
Apr 05, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
 
Joan of Arc: Her Story
3.93
I expected a lot from this translation of Pernoud and Clin's work, and I wasn't disappointed. This is one of the very best books about the enigmatic J ...more
Jan 2003
Feb 12, 2008
 
Who Wrote the Bible?
4.05
This is the single most readable and astounding book on Biblical origins that I have ever read. Admittedly written for the general public, the book re ...more
Jan 1998
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)
3.54
Just as Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker is a thinly disguised magical-alternate-history biography of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, The Homecoming Saga ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2008
 
The Great Divorce
4.27
An inversion of Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Great Divorce is a more contemporary (as well as less literary and more overtly preachy) ...more
Jan 1976
Feb 09, 2008
 
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
4.22
I read this book a long time ago but periodically reread it. Even though Hoffer simply states and doesn't try to prove any of his assertions, his poin ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2008
 
The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience (Theology & the Sciences)
3.96
This is one of the most enlightening books that I have ever read. It's about neurotheology--the biological underpinnings of religious experience. Just ...more
Jan 1998
Feb 04, 2008
 
Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
4.14
What I've read of this book (which I have but haven't read yet in its entirety) convinces me that it is a worthy companion to Frankl's earlier works T ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Hidden Book in the Bible
3.81
An excellent follow-up to Friedman's earlier work Who Wrote the Bible, this book restores what Friedman considers to be the text of the core story fro ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Folk of the Fringe
3.30
This collection of loosely connected stories about a post-apocalyptic America was published for a general audience but probably serves better as a cau ...more
Jan 1995
Feb 10, 2008
 
Children of God (The Sparrow, #2)
4.04
This book continues the story begun in The Sparrow. Because the focus is different, I'm hard put to say which of the two I preferred and have to resor ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 04, 2008
 
Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary
4.57
A beautifully written text and commentary from Conservative Judaism. Whatever your views on religion, this is an excellent book for reading a fine tra ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 02, 2008
 
Hidden Messages in Water
4.25
Just as I had had high hopes for the movie What the Bleep? and was disappointed, I was also disappointed and appalled by the pseudoscience of this boo ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 21, 2008
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.90
It's always interesting to hear books read by their authors, even when the authors aren't perfect in their delivery. Pullman speaks a little too fast ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 08, 2008
 
Discernment: A Study In Ecstasy And Evil
3.86
An excellent treatment of Jungian psychology from a Christian perspective. I first read this book about twenty years ago, and its impression is still ...more
Jan 1989
Mar 08, 2008
 
Buddhism Without Beliefs
4.06
One of the best books available on Buddhism as a philosophy--and a way of approaching the world--rather than as a religion. Batchelor's account may or ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 08, 2008
 
The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France
4.00
I have this book but haven't read *all* of it yet. There's pretty good evidence (discussed in the book) that these letters actually represent letters ...more
not set
Feb 29, 2008
 
Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
4.01
A controversial but well-documented history of the first wife of Joseph Smith. This challenges the positions of the LDS Church on several points and l ...more
Jan 1986
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Rape of Jewish Mysticism by Christian Theologians: How the Modern Occult Movement Grew Out of Renaissance Attempts to Convert the Jews
3.00
A very interesting book by a medievalist art historian who has also written books about the history of tarot and of Jungian archetypes. He doesn't pro ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 01, 2008
 
The Screwtape Letters
4.19
Although this work is avowed propaganda for Lewis's interpretation of Christianity, it has just enough touch of the Mark Twain or Ambroise Bierce to m ...more
Jan 1972
Feb 09, 2008
 
God: A Biography
3.92
A very good account of the changing perceptions and portrayals of God during the course of history covered by the Old Testament. I'm interested to see ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 02, 2008
 
Commentary on the Torah
4.18
This is an excellent new translation of the Torah and a commentary by the liberal humanist Biblical scholar Richard Elliott Friedman. It complements t ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 02, 2008
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