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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
3.87
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
4.41
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
4.11
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
 
Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon
3.71
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
3.65
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
 
Joan of Arc: Her Story
3.90
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
 
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 Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.18
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
 
Children of God (The Sparrow, #2)
4.03
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
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.89
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
3.80
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
 
The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France
3.91
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
3.99
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 Screwtape Letters
4.18
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
 
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 Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints
3.76
This was a groundbreakingly objective history of the LDS Church for its time and led to problems for the author, the official Church historian. It rem ...more
Jan 1994
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Philosophy of Peter Abelard
4.00
I have this book, although I haven't yet been able to read all of it. However, I'm very pleased with the rigorous analysis of Abelard's positions on v ...more
not set
Feb 29, 2008
 
La Paraclte: The Story of Abelard and Hlose
3.00
This was an interesting take on the story of Abelard and Heloise. It wasn't a great novel (the literary style could have been better), but it was a fa ...more
Aug 17, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
 
Héloïse et Abélard
3.76
I'm not aware of an English translation of Régine Pernoud's highly acclaimed work. The French version evinces Pernoud's distinguished scholarship and ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 08, 2008
 
Joan of Arc: In her own words
4.03
This is an excellent little book that provides Joan of Arc's extant words in chronological order. It's a great supplement to Joan of Arc, by Pernoud a ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends
4.06
An excellent history by Humphrey Carpenter of the literary group that included J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Wilson, among others.
Jan 2007
Mar 06, 2008
 
Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience
3.67
An interesting collection of essays about Jewish, Christian (including Mormon), Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist sacred scriptures.
Jan 1983
Mar 05, 2008
 
Christo-Psychology
4.00
A fuller exposition of ideas that Kelsey first presented in Discernment (q.v.). A rewarding read.
Jan 2000
Mar 08, 2008
 
Matters of Conscience: Conversations with Sterling McMurrin on Philosophy, Education, and Religion
3.56
A fascinating interview with a Mormon intellectual and maverick. Probably not for the casual reader.
Jan 2003
Mar 02, 2008
 
Mormon America
3.73
A fascinating, albeit somewhat controversial account of contemporary Mormonism by an outsider.
Jan 2002
Mar 02, 2008
 
Nightfall at Nauvoo
3.64
A very good novel, one that humanizes Joseph Smith, for better or for worse.
Jan 1976
Mar 19, 2008
 
The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions
4.07
A solid overview of world religions by a recognized scholar in the field.
Jan 1994
Mar 05, 2008
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