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it was amazing
This is a powerful book for me, and I've read it several times. Murray (a late 19th c. pastor, very Christ-centered) writes, "When I look back at my o ...more
Jul 2002
Jan 17, 2008
it was amazing
I usually do not finish an 800-page book and wish it were longer. I usually don't even read 800-page books (especially these days!), but I devoured Wi ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 16, 2009
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
liked it
"People of the lie" are what Peck calls evil people -- those who refuse to acknowledge their own sin, who scapegoat other people instead, not just occ ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 21, 2008
Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World
liked it
The good -- Bunker does a ton of original research, using documents such as shipping records, title deeds etc. to flesh out the lives of the Pilgrims, ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Searching for God Knows What
it was ok
This author annoys me.

I like his focus on the relational -- specifically, that it's all about having a relationship w/ Jesus. His love for Jesus show
Feb 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Economics in One Lesson
it was amazing
Read this book!

Clear, impeccably written economics primer from the 1950s, and even more relevant today, the age of out-of-control govt spending and i
Jan 2013
May 25, 2013
I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman's Encounter with God
really liked it
Uplifting, amazing story of an upper-class Pakistani, nominally Muslim woman who came to know Jesus through some extraordinary circumstances -- for ex ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 15, 2009
Dorothy Day; The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day
did not like it
A dreary book. The writing is dry and often stilted. Stories come across like a soda gone flat -- I can imagine they would have been more interesting ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 28, 2017
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
really liked it
If you love The Princess Bride, you will probably enjoy this book immensely (as I did. My husband read a bit and thought it was ok.).

Cary Elwes -- We
Feb 2015
Feb 16, 2015
The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
liked it
Very interesting on the history of oil in Texas. The first part of the book was fascinating: how oil was found using various combinations of money, lu ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 31, 2014
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
really liked it
I thought I was pretty self-aware (as introverts usually are), but I learned a lot about myself and other introverted family members from this book. A ...more
May 2013
May 25, 2013
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
it was amazing
Great advice on writing, plus memoir as it pertains to his writing. I'm not a horror fan and have never read any of his other books, but having read t ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 03, 2016
Inside the O'Briens
liked it
As a novel, it has some flaws (heavy-handed characterization, mostly) but it's a gripping, realistic account of life with Huntington's disease from th ...more
Apr 2016
May 01, 2016
The Gallic War and Other Writings
liked it
I confess I didn't finish it. I'm just not that interested in the Gallic war!

But it was fascinating, for 100 pages or so, because Caesar's account of
Mar 2012
May 02, 2012
Secure in the Everlasting Arms
it was amazing
I don't normally read Elisabeth Elliot but someone gave me this book. It's a good antidote to my tendency to introspect. She has no tolerance for whin ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
The Closer: My Story
really liked it
Mariano Rivera grew up poor in a tiny fishing village in Panama. When he was scouted to pitch for the NY Yankees, he had pitched in only one game for ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 11, 2015
Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue
it was amazing
I read this book in seminary -- it's an introduction to family systems theory for clergy. I recently reread it to try to understand better the dynamic ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 30, 2009
An American Childhood
really liked it
Dillard is a wonderful prose-poet, as always. I can't think of anyone else who can describe so well both the internal workings of people (here, hersel ...more
Jan 2015
Feb 08, 2015
it was amazing
A stunning book, in both senses -- remarkable, and left me feeling stunned.

Japanese Christians and missionaries to them suffered torturous persecutio
Mar 24, 2017
Apr 08, 2017
The Power and the Glory
it was amazing
The story starts off slow, but builds into a powerful portrait of a flawed priest who nevertheless conveys God to the people in many ways.

When it cam
Oct 2016
Oct 28, 2016
The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
really liked it
Rod Dreher and his sister, Ruth, grew up in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Rod left (as fast as he could) to pursue his career as a successful journalis ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 24, 2013
The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery
really liked it
Nouwen's account of a 7-month sabbatical at a Trappist monastery near Rochester, NY. He went there to avoid the busyness of teaching/speaking/writing ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2012
A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing
liked it
Price was diagnosed w/ spinal cord cancer in mid-1984. This book follows him through 3 surgeries and the radiation that left him a paraplegic. His att ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
liked it
The book is full of fascinating characters (Henry VIII! Anne Boleyn! Thomas More! Etc.), and Mantel draws them vividly. I think the book's weakest poi ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 23, 2013
Losing Mum and Pup
liked it
Leave it to Christopher Buckley to write a light, funny book about his recently deceased parents. I really want to read NT Wright's The Resurrection o ...more
May 2009
May 14, 2009
The Most Important Thing Happening
really liked it
A strange book. But wonderful!

For me, "Christian fiction" ends around the time of the Inklings, so this was a welcome modern exception.

Steele's writ
Aug 2013
Sep 05, 2013
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
really liked it
Readable, interesting accounts of scientific research in areas of interest to parents -- e.g. why kids lie and how to help them stop; the age intellig ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 15, 2009
The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It
really liked it
Longman is a secular, mostly liberal (but not knee-jerk) economist. He discusses why we don't have to worry about a population explosion but rather th ...more
Aug 2005
Jan 31, 2011
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
liked it
I don't read many thrillers, so I can't compare this to others -- but I really enjoyed it. French tells a good story -- lengthy w/o tedium, compelling ...more
Jan 2012
Feb 03, 2012
Joss the Seven (Guild of Sevens #1)
it was amazing
I started reading this to see if it's ok for my 9-year-old son; I finished in one day because I was riveted. The first chapter was pretty good, but it ...more
Jul 15, 2016
Jul 16, 2016
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