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The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes by Derek Kidner
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Excellent overview. I wish all writers shared his condensed and meaningFUL prose.
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How to Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman III
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This is a pretty good overview of Proverbs. I found his commitment to the NLT (I'm guessing it was his translation work) somewhat inhibiting, though I love the NLT.
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Gospel and Wisdom by Graeme Goldsworthy
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This is a good (but at times verbose) overview of wisdom in the Bible. His insight into the tension between Proverbs (observable order), Job (hidden order), and Ecclesiastes (confused order) is worth the price of the book. Keeping all three books in ...more
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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Second time reading it but first time reading it aloud to my boys. It reads aloud so wonderfully. Also this book fostered conversations about courage, fear, pride, and sacrifice (i.e. "his scar is a physical mark of sacrificial love... what does that ...more
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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
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Read most of this a year ago, lost interest, and upon picking it up again had to restart from the beginning. The second time through it sustained my interest. I have heard that books 2 and 3 run circles around this one, which is promising because thi ...more
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Exploring Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
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The library made me return it before I finished the final few chapters. But let's be honest, this book *is* the interview in the beginning.
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Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan
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Has been my on and off lunchtime companion since the summer, in service of my (futile) goal to become better at chess. I enjoy chess because it is one of those rare activities that demand your total attention, which makes it therapeutic for me. I lik ...more
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Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia
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The Goodreads rating system isn't nuanced enough to categorize this book, which is really a "best of" collection. I'll say this: her writings illustrate the power of presuppositions, because she names them (i.e. "My code of modern Amazonism..." or "A ...more
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A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
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I'm one of those snobby pastors who think reading and understanding poetry is essential for the vocation. This is a beautiful and concise guide to reading, comprehending, and even writing poetry.
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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
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This was recommended by the Rabbit Room. Three stars means "I liked it." Yep.
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