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The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
it was ok
"God made you so he could love you" (p. 24), Warren tells us, and the purpose that drives our lives should be loving God in return. "Worship is as nat ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 30, 2007
The Celestine Prophecy (Celestine Prophecy, #1)
it was ok
This book encourages a spiritual-but-not-religious awakening. The flimsy, implausible storyline and the not-so-well-crafted dialogue is only a device ...more
Nov 2007
Dec 02, 2007
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
really liked it
An admirable intellectual, Dennett spends the first several chapters carefully establishing the parameters of his discussion. His book addresses the a ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 06, 2007
The Year of Magical Thinking
liked it
Didion breaks a cardinal rule of story-writing, which is to have something happen. The only events that occur in this book are the instantaneous cardi ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 09, 2007
Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough
it was ok
I've wanted to read this ever since it was published in 2010. I imagined it would form a Trifecta of Awesome with Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed: A Ske ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct
liked it
Seen in the best possible light, this is a well-read, illuminating presentation of a relativistic theory of cultural norms. The author says that those ...more
Sep 2009
Nov 23, 2009
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
really liked it
The authors describe a "dissonance theory" of self-justification. We don't like thinking of ourselves as ignorant or ill-intentioned, so to avoid this ...more
Dec 24, 2011
not set
Dec 24, 2011
The Great Controversy: Past, Present, Future, How Will It End?
did not like it
This was mailed to me unsolicited. It is 377 pages of small type, the author's name does not appear on the cover or spine but is hidden in small type ...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions
A friend gave this book to me for my birthday. I love my friends. As for the took me about an hour to read followed by three hours to decons ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Horsexe: Essays on Transsexuality
did not like it
The author wrote a book on "transsexuality" in 1990 after conducting several interviews with transsexual men but not with any transsexual women. Of th ...more
Oct 2002
Aug 27, 2011
Home: A Short History of an Idea
really liked it
Examines the European-American evolution of the cultural concepts of privacy, comfort, and the intersection of form and function. I'd group this book ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
The Crisis of Zionism
really liked it
With his usual sharp analysis, Peter Beinart identifies several reasons why young American Jews tend to avoid pro-Israel activism. They may not be dee ...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Outliers: The Story of Success
really liked it
Unlike most books on success, Gladwell isn't telling us how to become successful. He's describing who actually does attain success.

Academic prowess i
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2008
Drew (Changers, #1)
it was amazing
This is a book about choosing the person with whom you want to be "Mono" - no, not a romantic partner, but your own identity. This poor kid wakes up f ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
Ordinarily I would not admit to reading a book like this -- actually, I probably wouldn't read it in the first place, obviating the admission -- but I ...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
A New Model of the Universe
This attracted me in a bookstore when I was about 18. It stayed on my shelf, unread, for over a decade, as I'd been intimidated by its sheer length an ...more
May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011
Why Can't We Be Good?
really liked it
This book triggered an extreme emotional reaction for me, as though it was chemically changing me. I can't entirely rationally explain why it touched ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Can a Smart Person Believe in God?
it was ok
One of this book's stated purposes is to show that theists are just as smart as atheists (p. 3). Far from proving this point (by comparing average int ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 27, 2008
god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
liked it
The themes in this book are transparently derivative of Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell and Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, and the treatmen ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 11, 2007
Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose
Starts with observations of early twentieth-century Dutch biologist Niko Tinbergen who found simple ways to investigate how animals perceive their wor ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 25, 2011
The Geometry of God
Loved this story set in 1990s Pakistan. It's narrated by several characters, most memorably the girl who, blind from early childhood, commits amusing ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
liked it
We want to be rational, says Stephen Law. We also find ourselves drawn, for whatever reason, toward Intellectual Black Holes, such as believing in sup ...more
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 19, 2017
The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong
really liked it
On the principle that employees are promoted to positions of increasing complexity and responsibility until they can no longer perform their jobs, at ...more
Jan 13, 2016
Jan 16, 2016
Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity
liked it
The classic philosophers' debate about mind goes like this: do we have nonphysical spirits/minds, or does mind have a purely physical basis? In favor ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe
As a Humanist, Epstein finds it more important to focus on values than on the lack of theistic underpinnings for those values, especially when the wor ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger
liked it
All modern nations, Appadurai says, attribute their sovereignty at least in part to "some sort of ethnic genius"--that is, a national identity or spir ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire
really liked it
Worthwhile, extensive review of Biblical sources that present conflicting opinions on sexual morality.

Knust says "the Bible offers no viable solution
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Banned Methods Of Persuasion: How To Covertly Convince, Influence, Persuade, And Negotiate With Anyone To Get Them To Do What You Want
it was ok
There is nothing "banned" about these methods of persuasion. This is a less memorable version of How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Some ideas ar
Mar 10, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-battering System That Shapes Their Identities
it was amazing
Schmidt says that, in “professional” jobs — everything “from journalism and architecture to education and commercial art” — employers judge an employe ...more
May 18, 2014
May 18, 2014
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
liked it
This book makes the case that American culture values extroversion (n.b. How to Win Friends and Influence People) and neglects to acknowledge the stre ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
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