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Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
4.00
really liked it
This is one of just a few books written by a white person FOR white people in an effort to educate about white culture, institutionalized racism, and ...more
Dec 04, 2008
Apr 15, 2012
 
A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century
3.94
it was amazing
This is a must-read for any religious liberal looking to engage with timeless theology questions: what is the nature of God? What is the human relatio ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
Hunted Heretic: The Life and Death of Michael Servetus, 1511-1553
4.10
liked it
Michael Servetus was burned at the stake in Geneva after spending 20 years on the run from the Inquisition for the heretical ideas he espoused in his ...more
Nov 12, 2008
Apr 15, 2012
 
Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship
4.25
really liked it
For those of us who preach regularly, this book is an accessible invitation to reflect on the habits and assumptions that may be getting in the way of ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
 
Antagonists in the Church
4.03
it was amazing
We assume that people in our congregations come into community to try and be our best selves together, and it can be jarring when that sometimes doesn ...more
Jan 27, 2007
Jun 27, 2012
 
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome
4.09
really liked it
I would give this book five stars if you have an inherent interest in the formation of the Nicene Creed and the details of the Arian controversy of th ...more
Sep 23, 2008
Apr 22, 2012
 
The Almost Church Revitalized
3.85
really liked it
This book came out in 2009 and was instantly all the rage (at least in my seminary circles) but now seems to have all but disappeared. The UUA booksto ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
 
Racovia: An Early Liberal Religious Community
3.86
liked it
This is a great book is you happen to be interested in the political formation (and subsequent destruction) of the Unitarian capital of Europe in the ...more
Oct 25, 2008
Apr 15, 2012
 
The In-Between Church: Navigating Size Transitions in Congregations
3.76
it was amazing
This is a classic, of course, a must-read for any congregation bumping against the limits of its size (and recall that "size transitions" can include ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #6)
4.05
really liked it
Published in 1969, this is a classic of science fiction. Most notably for the time it was written, this novel presents the idea of a genderless people ...more
Jul 11, 2016
Jul 14, 2016
 
Stone Butch Blues
4.28
really liked it
This is simultaneously an easy book to read--because it is a gripping story, well told--and a very difficult book to read--because the story being tol ...more
Oct 16, 2008
Apr 15, 2012
 
Church Do's and Don'ts: Tips for Success, Pitfalls to Avoid
4.33
really liked it
Michael Durall is a visionary, and he doesn't get bogged down in the specifics of how to get from current church reality to the vision. "Everyone is a ...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
 
Congregational Trauma: Caring, Coping and Learning
3.50
really liked it
There are multiple books available for congregations in the aftermath of clergy sexual misconduct, but this is one of just a few books that comprehens ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
 
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
3.97
really liked it
Patel writes of the struggle between religious totalitarians (those who believe that "only one interpretation of one religion is a legitimate way of b ...more
Sep 26, 2008
Apr 15, 2012
 
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
3.88
liked it
Published in 2003, this collection of essays on American politics, history, and culture is simultaneously dated (Vowell ruminates often on the divisiv ...more
Jan 06, 2018
Jan 06, 2018
 
Worship Frames: How We Shape and Interpret Our Experience of God
3.40
liked it
At 112 pages, this book is an easy read, and could easily be summarized in an in-depth article, or in a chapter in a broader book on worship. The conc ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 02, 2013
 
Sibling by Choice
4.00
really liked it
It's hard for me to know how to rate this book. I liked what it had to say, but I struggled with how it was said. Some of the case studies used as exa ...more
Mar 15, 2009
Apr 15, 2012
 
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope
4.23
it was amazing
Anyone teaching in any context should read this book. If nothing else, it's a great memoir from a dynamic teacher with lots to say and reflect on abou ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Apr 15, 2012
 
For Faith and Freedom: A Short History of Unitarianism in Europe
4.00
really liked it
As advertised, this book is indeed "a short history of Unitarianism in Europe." It is fairly readable for this kind of history (like most books of its ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Apr 15, 2012
 
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
4.08
it was amazing
Kay Redfield Jamison is a very compelling author, writing about very difficult topics. As someone who has been suicidal herself (she writes about her ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
 
A Vow of Penance (Sister Joan Mystery, #5)
3.84
liked it
I enjoyed this book for the characters (nuns and priests!) and setting (rural England), but the mystery wasn't too compelling. I figured out the "who" ...more
Jan 2018
Jan 06, 2018
 
Wayward Puritans: A Study in the Sociology of Deviance
3.71
really liked it
Like others, I read this book for college. Over the years, I have mentioned this book again and again to people in the course of everyday conversation ...more
Jan 04, 1992
Apr 22, 2012
 
Raising The Roof: The Pastoral To Program Size Transition
3.85
it was amazing
I appreciate that this is a very concrete book. Just over 35% of the book is appendices, providing meaningful reference material for actually making t ...more
Sep 2012
Sep 09, 2012
 
The Best Buddhist Writing 2007
3.74
really liked it
My partner brought this book home from the library for me (unsolicited). Reading about Buddhism makes my head hurt, but since I'm learning that pain d ...more
Jul 07, 2008
Apr 22, 2012
 
When Moses Meets Aaron
3.94
it was amazing
Written for large congregations, this book is nevertheless useful to the minister or personnel committee of any size congregation. Employment issues i ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
The Sociopath Next Door
3.75
really liked it
This is an accessible read, and a quick introduction to the characteristics of sociopaths and some guidelines for dealing with them. As sociopaths are ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2012
 
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
4.19
really liked it
These six essays were originally written separately, and were then edited and compiled into this lovely little volume. Parker Palmer is one of the rea ...more
Jul 07, 2015
Jul 07, 2015
 
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, #12)
4.07
really liked it
I continue to enjoy this series. These are classified as "mysteries," but the mysteries are secondary to the characters and the culture. The setting o ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration
4.32
it was amazing
Each chapter includes factual information from the author followed by testimonials from immigrants and activists, writing directly from their own expe ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
 
A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
4.21
it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. Parker Palmer is a wonderful writer, clear and concise. If you start to highlight or underline the gems, the entire bo ...more
Jul 21, 2016
Jul 14, 2016
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