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The New Testament and Homosexuality
it was amazing
Recently I've been editing a dissertation on eschatological and ecotheological themes in the Pauline corpus. The dissertation has nothing to do with ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
A Prayer for Owen Meany
really liked it
There are some things that are made infinitely better by their endings. Take, for example, Ding Dongs and Butterfingers, THE SIXTH SENSE, "Hey Jude" ...more
Jun 02, 2012
May 05, 2012
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam
liked it
This is an important memoir, one that I think offers a perspective we don't hear in our culture today--an American woman moves to Egypt, converts to ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
The Master and Margarita
did not like it
From San Pedro, Belize:

Some masterpiece--this book stinks. It reminds me of some fantastical tales my buddy Adam and I wrote in junior high. It's
Jan 2007
Mar 18, 2011
it was ok
Gotta say, I really don't understand. If this book is supposed to lead me anywhere, I missed it. In any case, it's simply written (though oddly so) ...more
Nov 2004
Mar 27, 2011
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
it was amazing
In her thoughtful memoir Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor explains that the idea of joining the priesthood “seemed only slightly less dicey ... ...more
Aug 2006
May 10, 2011
The Thing Around Your Neck
really liked it
I suggest this collection of short stories if you are at all interested in any of the following: America and the Nigerian immigrant (and the folks who ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Bel Canto
I spent part of my morning reading about DB Cooper, the mysterious man who hijacked a flight bound for Seattle in the 1970s and then parachuted away ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
liked it
it's stupid funny to be a dad // fast, familiar, funny // references to sex and gruesome birth // 3.2: 3.0, 4.0, 4.0, 3.2, 3.7 // this is an easy read ...more
Aug 28, 2018
Aug 31, 2018
liked it
Bram Stoker had an awesome Dickensian name, awesome enough, in fact, that he should have written himself into the novel, perhaps as the villain or as ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
really liked it
A novel that seems fantastical until you visit the twisting pathways of Barcelona in real life.
Feb 16, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
The Book of Strange New Things
really liked it
Summary: A missionary to aliens has marital challenges.
Jun 13, 2017
Mar 14, 2017
Few Minutes with Andy Rooney
did not like it
On the final page of this book I wrote, "The end. Finally."
Aug 2001
Nov 26, 2011
A Tale for the Time Being
TL;DR: The author finds a diary and then things happen (or already happened).

Ruth Ozeki, the novelist and/or protagonist of this novel, finds the
Oct 05, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
The Good Lord Bird
When I think in general terms about the Old and New Testament, I think of law and love, of exposition and climax. I see Jesus as the affirmation and ...more
Dec 08, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
Eleanor & Park
One of the greatest television shows of all time is FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. It’s a show that makes us care about its characters, in part by crafting ...more
Mar 28, 2015
Aug 17, 2015
Station Eleven
TL;DR: A troupe of post-apocalyptic Shakespearean performers are pursued by an enigmatic cult leader.

One character in Emily St. John Mandel’s
Nov 29, 2014
Dec 29, 2014
Damned (Damned #1)
did not like it
DAMNED has some dreadfully funny passages, the occasional bit of insight, enough nastiness to fulfill a lifetime quota, theological irony, plenty of ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
Child of God
really liked it
On the night that my son was born, I happened upon the following passage in Child of God, the novel Erica encouraged me to buy during our babymoon:

Apr 16, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
The Sport of Kings
liked it
SUMMARY: Sprawling equine epic about family, race, and trauma.

(I really have no idea what to rate this one. I probably underlined a poetic line on
Jul 21, 2017
Jan 08, 2017
it was amazing
a refugee scavenger fights a flying bear and parents a shapeshifting bit of sentient biotech //

wild, engrossing, melodramatic //

small amounts of
Feb 22, 2019
Apr 22, 2017
Lincoln in the Bardo
really liked it
chatty dead people give conflicting reports about the death of willie lincoln // death, grief, afterlife anxiety, profanity, sex // 3.6 // like my ...more
May 27, 2018
Apr 23, 2017
How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids
liked it
why men suck and tips for getting over it together // memoiristic, facty, surprisingly funny // profanity // 3.5: 3.0, 4.0, 3.9, 3.9, 3.5

Jul 22, 2018
Jul 25, 2018
really liked it
how not to celebrate a birthday in Norway //

quiet, pensive, peculiar //

parental neglect //

4.1: 3.7, 4.0, 4.0, 5.0, 4.5

i received this love as a
Jan 20, 2019
Oct 12, 2018
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
liked it
I'm cruising through the trilogy at the moment, and I think I'll write one review rather than three. So no review here. But I'd hate to waste your ...more
May 14, 2012
May 17, 2012
The Sound of Things Falling
really liked it
Random thoughts:

Oddish ending, though it does conclude with fear (or hope in fear), which is fitting, considering this novel seems like it's about a
Oct 22, 2016
Oct 23, 2016
liked it
some cons for black people considering time travel //

unsettling, fast-paced, gothic (wutheringheightsian) //

physical abuse, rape, murder, slavery //

Apr 24, 2019
Apr 29, 2019
it was amazing
if AIDS doesn't kill you, living in Lebanon will //

kaleidoscopic, nonlinear, powerful //

straight and gay sex and other sex acts, gang rape,
Aug 31, 2019
Sep 22, 2019
The Power
it was ok
when girls get electric eel hands, it changes everything--or does it? //

table-turning, chaotic, unfocused //

profanity, drug use, drug dealing, child
Feb 20, 2019
Mar 09, 2019
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
it was amazing
From a blog entry I wrote about this book:

i'm hesitant to mark my return to the 17 point scale flash-book reviews (pretend that's an n-dash) by
Nov 2009
Mar 18, 2011
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