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Diane rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Heart of Christianity by Marcus J. Borg
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Through this book I made my acquaintance with the concepts of "Earlier Christianity" and "Emerging Christianity," and it helped me think clearly about where I fit on a spectrum from one to the other. Also, Borg distinguishes between the American soci ...more
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Francisco Goya y Lucientes 1746-1828 by Francisco José de Goya y Lu...
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Detailed and even-handed, with fresh insights while conveying a comprehensive description and analysis of Goya's life, art, and influences. A perfect coupling to the current Goya exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2014).
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The First Paul by Marcus J. Borg
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Convincing historical and literary presentation for dividing the Letters of Paul into RADICAL [original letters almost certainly written by Paul himself]; CONSERVATIVE [letters of uncertain authorship which move away from the earlier radical stances] ...more
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The Meaning of Teilhard de Chardin by Alice Valle Knight
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I have long been intrigued by the scope and vision of Pierre Teilhard, and yet repeatedly discouraged by the necessarily unfamiliar terminology he used to communicate his novel insights, and by the poetic and philosophical nature of his writing. This ...more
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Constructing A Life Philosophy by David L. Bender
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Very informative to have such a diverse group of viewpoints side by side.
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Simplify by Bill Hybels
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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Robert F. Dalzell Jr.
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Thoroughly documented and highly readable volume on Mount Vernon itself--its structure, its renovations, its individual builders, its slave and indentured workforce, and its owner, George Washington. The authors [Robert E Dalzell, Jr. and Lee Baldwin ...more
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Mount Vernon is Ours by Elswyth Thane
Mount Vernon is Ours
by Elswyth Thane
read in May, 2014
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This book is a colorful, documented and highly readable window into the sometimes heroic, sometimes tortured history of the people who saved George Washington's Mount Vernon from unavoidable neglect and physical deterioration, saved it from the warri ...more
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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Wendell Garrett
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Martha Stout
“I am sure that if the devil existed, he would want us to feel very sorry for him.”
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

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“Sociopathy is the inability to process emotional experience, including love and caring, except when such experience can be calculated as a coldly intellectual task.”
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

Martha Stout
“As a counterpoint to sociopathy, the condition of narcissism is particularly interesting and instructive. Narcissism is, in a metaphorical sense, one half of what sociopathy is. Even clinical narcissists are able to feel most emotions are strongly as anyone else does, from guilt to sadness to desperate love and passion. The half that is missing is the crucial ability to understand what other people are feeling. Narcissism is a failure not of conscience but of empathy, which is the capacity to perceive emotions in others and so react to them appropriately. The poor narcissist cannot see past his own nose, emotionally speaking, and as with the Pillsbury Doughboy, any input from the outside will spring back as if nothing had happened. Unlike sociopaths, narcissists often are in psychological pain, and may sometimes seek psychotherapy. When a narcissist looks for help, one of the underlying issues is usually that, unbeknownst to him, he is alienating his relationships on account of his lack of empathy with others, and is feeling confused, abandoned, and lonely. He misses the people he loves, and is ill-equipped to get them back. Sociopaths, in contrast, do not care about other people, and so do not miss them when they are alienated or gone, except as one might regret the absence of a useful appliance that one has somehow lost.”
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

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