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The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
Picked this book up because of the back-cover comments from Bishop Spong: "As a Christian, I welcome his (Chopra's) insights into my Jesus and his pro ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 06, 2008
Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices
This book needs to come with a magnifying glass -- 100+ footnotes in each chapter in 2 point type! What were the authors/publisher thinking??

This book
Feb 2009
Sep 15, 2008
The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny
Don't be fooled by this book's tagline: "effortless path to discovering your destiny" -- after all, the authors say in their epilogue that it's taken ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 06, 2009
I'll Be Short: Essential Ideas for Getting America to Work
Written in 2002 at the start of the Bush years and before the economic meltdown, it's now easy to see his warnings were spot on. But rather than set a ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 16, 2010
Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales
Clarence's stories are a hoot. Gave me expanded appreciation for what Clarence (and Bruce and the rest of the band) put into their music. I held my br ...more
Feb 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Stumbling on Happiness
Initially I thought I'd love this book, but after I read it I wasn't as thrilled as I expected ... which, had I already read it, would be no surprise. ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 25, 2008
Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to a Unique Lifestyle
Tips, information and resources imbedded in personal stories, interviews and anecdotes. Useful as a quick read to gather ideas and resources for furth ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Wow! Powerful stories ... didn't realize the extent of abuse faced by so many woman and girls around the world. Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea sto ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 16, 2010
The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem
Picked this up because of the title reference to Bon Jovi (which -- spoiler alert! -- turns out to be only a casual reference to a group sing-along of ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
Perhaps if I hadn't just completed a weekend Shambhala training this wouldn't have resonated so deeply. But I suspect that this is one of those books ...more
May 2009
Jul 06, 2009
The Knitting Circle
Airplane reading. Minus 1 star for multiple sad stories. It made me wonder whether the woman sitting in the Phoenix airport knitting a sock with varig ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
Inspiring, riveting story ... reminder of what's possible when compassion is the motivator. I was particularly struck by just how much was accomplishe ...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 01, 2008
Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
"In mature religion, the secular becomes sacred. There are no longer two worlds. We no longer have to leave the secular world to find sacred space bec ...more
Nov 2009
Jan 16, 2010
Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion
Highly accessible conversation between The Dalai Lama and psycologist Paul Ekman (the real microexpression "Lie to Me" guy). Science meets mindfulness ...more
Nov 2009
Jan 16, 2010
You & Me: A Novel
Huh?? Two guys with nothing to do sitting around yammering. Maybe if I had nothing to do I'd finish reading this. But I do ... and so I didn't.
Nov 05, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Start of this book is fascinating ... particularly Robert Moses' evolution from young idealist to political game player. Amazing to consider New York ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 17, 2008
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
Introverts unite! Best part of this book is the discussion about differing brain functions for introverts and extroverts. Finally I can stop beating m ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 25, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
My fiction quota for the year. Although I'm not too sure this dog's eye-view of life and love is fiction. Bring kleenex.
Oct 28, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
A tough, slogging read. So there are zillions of hidden impacts, but now what??
Jul 2009
Aug 03, 2009
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
"When you can be present, you will know the Real Presence."
Nov 2009
Jan 16, 2010
Satirical tale of politicos spinning their way through impending social security collapse. Funny ... until I start thinking about how close to reality ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 15, 2008
The Gravedigger's Daughter
Being someone who seldom reads a book with a plot, it speaks to the book's "captivation factor" that I tackled this almost 600 page novel in just a fe ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 27, 2008
Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't
Simple, straightforward ... really a workbook with practical advice about re-working negative language and limiting beliefs.

Mostly I was curious about
Apr 2008
Apr 22, 2008
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Ancient church history, but fascinating to learn more about how “the Gospel truth” came to be. 2000 years and we’re still arguing about answers vs. qu ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future
Spirituality, science, leadership, change theory ... my kind of book! Written as a series of conversations between the authors, explores a framework f ...more
Jun 09, 2008
May 31, 2008
The G.O.D. Experiments: How Science Is Discovering God in Everything, Including Us
I should have read John McGraw's review first! I confess that I didn't have the patience to follow the author's "scientific/logical" proofs -- why get ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 09, 2008
The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life
M. Williamson has a unique ability to bridge the spiritual and practical, the inspirational and personal. Skip this book if you're looking for quick t ...more
Jun 2008
May 31, 2008
The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America
Got about 150 pages into this and ran out of steam. I'm a regular reader of Sojourners and, heard Jim Wallis speak pre-release ... so maybe I ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Life of Pi
A book to lead you to believe in God? Hardly.

Disappointing ending. The experience simply led me to believe I can find better books to read.

Should have
Mar 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying
Reading this is like sitting in front of a wise and funny teacher, listening and learning from his personal stories, observations, experiences. While ...more
May 2008
May 31, 2008
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