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John added a status update: In between producing & directing a play I wrote last summer, leading a nascent drama ministry, and writing, writing, writing, I've been chipping away at this gargantuan anthology of English lit which belonged to my mom when she was in college. Still only about 2/3 of the way through, but determined to finish it, even if it takes me another 4 months!
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English Literature by Albert C. Baugh
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Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern
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I rarely read a book in any genre which is as well-written as this introductory guide to the art of improvisation. Well laid-out with clear, incisive examples from masters of the art, the reader is taken one step at a time from the smaller nuts and b ...more
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Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
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At first this book seems like it might be connected to Baxter's 2006 novel "Emperor," despite the fact that this work predates it by a couple years. And it does, indeed, share Roman Britannia as one of its settings, as well as touching on the conflic ...more
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Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
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Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell
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I feel great ambivalence towards this book. I was swept up by the first third of it. By the middle I was harboring some nagging doubts. By the end I was seriously irked.

Let me start out by saying that there is, in fact, a great deal of valuable conte
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Einstein's Universe by Nigel Calder
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This is the printed-word companion to a BBC documentary produced in 1979 in honor of the centennial of Einstein's birth. Author Nigel Calder attempts to explain Einstein's work to the layperson and, as such, this volume stands with a great many other ...more
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Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
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This book is centered around an interesting and useful premise: that there are ubiquitous areas of sin in every Christian's life which have become so commonplace as to seem normal and acceptable. Author Jerry Bridges scores quite a few points along t ...more
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Robert Frost by Elaine Barry
Robert Frost
by Elaine Barry
read in June, 2014
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As a writer, I hate to admit that I struggle when reading poetry and, thus, do not read as much of it as I probably should. I'm not certain how I ended up with this book, which provides a brief analysis of some of the salient features of Frost's work ...more
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