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The Breath of God
3.79
liked it
I gave this engaging novel only three stars for three reasons: (1) I thought it demonized Christian fundamentalism/evangelicalism. I am no supporter o ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
A Far Country
3.23
liked it
This was a well written book in many ways, but I enjoyed the first half of it more than the second half, for the story didn't seem to progress much an ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
Conclave
3.94
really liked it
Since this book is about the conclave of Cardinals electing the next Pope, for me as a lifelong Protestant there was much about this book that was som ...more
Jan 14, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
 
The Declaration (The Declaration, #1)
3.71
really liked it
This is a science fiction book for young readers, but this old man (I am 78) really enjoyed it.

The book is about life in England in 2140 when people c
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Dec 18, 2016
Dec 18, 2016
 
Job: A Comedy of Justice
3.77
liked it
This is the first book by Heinlein that I have read, and it will probably be the only one of his that I read.

Even though I found the book quite intere
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Jan 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
The Messiah of Morris Avenue
3.79
really liked it
This was an intriguing book, one of the most thought-provoking novels I have read in a long time. I wish there was a way to give it at least 4.5 stars ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
And the Mountains Echoed
4.04
really liked it
This is another (his third) really fine novel by Hosseini, but I enjoyed the first 2/3 much more than the last 1/3. Still, it is a well-written novel ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
Death Comes for the Deconstructionist
4.23
really liked it
This was a cleverly written book that I greatly enjoyed.

Rather than a review, here are some quotes from the book that I thought were noteworthy.

An Afr
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Oct 28, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
 
Cross Roads
3.95
really liked it
This is a very creative and imaginative book, stretching incredulity, and I enjoyed reading it. But I don’t think it was nearly as good as "The Shack. ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
 
The Appeal
3.58
really liked it
This is the first Grisham novel I have read in several years, and I found it a good read just as his previous books were. This book, though, seemed to ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.03
really liked it
This is a very well researched and written novel about Dejima, mostly in 1799-1800. (For those who don't know what Dejima is, I don't know that they w ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
really liked it
This is a powerful book about faith in God and doubt about God in the light of God's apparent absence in time of suffering. The story basically takes ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
Cannery Row
4.02
liked it
John Steinbeck (1902-68), recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1962), is one of my favorite novelists. Last night I finished reading his Ca ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
 
Francis: The Saint of Assisi
4.80
really liked it
This book is a novel, but it is based on extensive historical research and so is very informative as well as interesting because it includes details t ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
 
Pax Dakota
4.00
really liked it
This novel is not the kind I usually read, for it is fantasy fiction. But in spite of not liking the "fantastic" parts about Watcher and Old Enemy ver ...more
Feb 2010
Jan 24, 2010
 
State of Wonder
3.86
really liked it
This was an engaging book, even though I didn't enjoy it as much as "Run."

I marked the following thought-worthy statements, each worth thinking about
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Apr 04, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
 
The Resistance (The Declaration, #2)
3.75
really liked it
I didn't think this book was quite as good as the prequel, but it still had a lot of important stuff in it. Here are some of the best statements I fou ...more
Dec 26, 2016
Dec 28, 2016
 
Dreamers of the Day
3.59
really liked it
This was an interesting book, and I marveled at how the style was so different from "The Sparrow," Russell's book that I read earlier (and the reason ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Murder at The Washington Tribune (Capital Crimes, #21)
3.55
liked it
This is the first murder mystery I have read since "Murder on K Street," Margret Truman's novel published in 2008, the year she died. And was a very e ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
 
Portofino
3.78
really liked it
This book was delightfully written, but it was a little hard on missionaries. But maybe those who are as conservative and narrow as Calvin's parents w ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
 
The Convention: A Parable
4.07
really liked it
This is very much a fictional work about what happened at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in 1994. My enjoyment of it would have been much mor ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
 
Generosity: An Enhancement
3.50
really liked it
At the beginning I was really impressed by this book--mainly by the author's style, but also by the story and the main issue that he took up, genetic ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Jan 03, 2012
 
Blessings
3.57
liked it
I enjoyed Quindlen's prose, and the story was compelling in places, but I did not think the book had a strong ending. There were some thought-provokin ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
 
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (Christ the Lord, #2)
3.82
really liked it
Having read with great pleasure "Out of Egypt," Anne Rice's first book in her "Christ the Lord" series, I looked forward to reading this second novel ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Run
3.54
really liked it
This book was a joy to read, and I really enjoyed Kenya, the African-American girl who is the main character in the book. And she liked to run!

And I l
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Jun 28, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
 
A History of the African-American People [Proposed] by Strom Thurmond
3.84
really liked it
This is a most interesting book, as it is all correspondence among the various characters in it. It contains a lot of humor and satire.

It was especial
...more
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
liked it
This was an interesting book, but I think it would take a pretty precocious middle school student to understand many of the implications of the book. ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
 
Dwelling Places
3.44
really liked it
This may not be a great novel, but it is a good one. Especially for people rearing on a farm in the Midwest, this is a poignant and realistic story of ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
4.00
really liked it
This is an excellently written book, and I really enjoyed reading it. I decided to read it after all these years because it was so highly recommended ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
 
One Man's Justice
3.87
really liked it
I found this to be a fascinating book, partly because it told things about the firebombing of Fukuoka, Japan, and the subsequent execution of American ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
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