So Reading, You Are. What? v. 2022

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. TheJoeGreene

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    Aug 19, 2012
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    An intriguing look at what modern evangelical (theologically, not politically) churches should consider to be different. Jay Kim starts with an analogy from an online review of the church he was pastoring at the time where a visitor left a review that pointed out things like the music being no different that what she would hear at a concert and the whole spectacle feeling like it was designed to look like everything else instead of being its own thing. He goes on to discuss a number of items and cites everyone from John Calvin and N.T. Wright to Cal Newport and Beyonce. It's a short, interesting read that covers a lot of ground related to the rising tide against social media and other constant distractions and even spends a chapter on relating the approach to reading books made popular by Adler and Van Doren to reading Scripture.
     
  2. Dr. Wankler

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    The Prophets, a historical and theological investigation of the giants of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament by the great scholar Abraham Joshua Heschel. I was convinced that this was a collection of lectures delivered in Scotland the famous "Gifford Lectures" series, but either I am wrong or the entire internet, including the Gifford Lectures website is wrong. But I've had this book for almost 40 years, so it's about time I got around to reading it.
     
  3. bigredfutbol

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    Another book I'd lightly skimmed for comps back when I thought I would someday be Doctor Bigredfutbol, and am now reading cover-to-cover.

    Published 49 years ago, and it shows in a couple of ways--few historians today would accept the concept of "wilderness" at face value the way Slotkin seems to have; and while his focus on 'myth' and 'literature' is heavily skewed towards printed matter--making the focus on New England understandable--that New England-centric approach in the opening chapters still comes across as very dated given that the consensus today is much more towards seeing New England as an anomaly/outlier, and the Chesapeake as being the true center of gravity for English (and later British) North America.

    That said, it's still a very intriguing--if somewhat taxing--read so far (I'm a few chapters in). Does not make me want to spend any time with the Puritans, though.
     
  4. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
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    Jane Jacobs' First City Learning from Scranton, Pennsylvania a book about the history of Scranton told from the perspective of a Scranton native who became one of the foremost theorists of cities and culture by Glenna Lang. She has to talk around the fact that Jacobs wasn't the least bit interested in thinking about Scranton (she wrote about "great cities," and would often tell inquirers that Scranton is a "supply city" (at best these days). Interesting book, though some of its detractors bitch because it can't seem to make up its mind whether it's history or biography or whatever. Doesn't matter to me; it gets done what it needs to get done.
     
  5. chaski

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    Mar 20, 2000
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    The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner.

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    "‘Harvard is such a fine sound forty acres is no high price for a fine sound. A fine dead sound we will swap Benjy's pasture for a fine dead sound."
     
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  6. Dr. Wankler

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    Six Walks in the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, a memoir recounting six walks as well as relating the sorts of ruminations that float through one's mind while walking, by the husband of Jenny Slate (who appears in the background of this book by) Ben Shattuck
     
  7. TheJoeGreene

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    Aug 19, 2012
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    I'm reading a couple of non fiction works right now, but this year has just felt like the time to read make believe.

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    The 4th book in the Gray Man series, Dead Eye, allows Court Gentry to exact some revenge on one of the people that wants him dead while also taking him from St. Petersburg to Tallin, Stockholm, Hamburg, Brussels, Amsterdam, and a few other locations. We move beyond the CIA and murder for hire crew a bit here and add in some government contractors and a nicely worked involvement of Mossad and Metsada. It's a brisk 597 pages with all the gadgets and violence you expect from these books. They almost read like a more mature version of 80s GI Joe with a single agent as the focus instead of a team.
     
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  8. Dr. Wankler

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    Christ in the Communist Prisons, which has a minimal presence on the internet but which clearly exists, by a Romanian Jewish convert to Christianity and Lutheran pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who spent 12 years over two sentences facing regular beatings and torture. Damn fine prison memoir.
     
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  9. TheJoeGreene

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    I've read quite a bit of Wurmbrand's work, and he's about as authentic as a person can be.
     
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  10. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

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    Boy, the Jews don't fück around, do they?
     
  11. TheJoeGreene

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    He was something else. Dude publicly called out clergy that capitulated to the Nazis and then after the war started a ministry, Voice of the Martyrs, for smuggling bibles into countries where they're illegal that still exists to this day. That organization lost a lot of their funding in recent years for publicly opposing Trump and what evangelicalism has turned into in the US.
     
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  12. chaski

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    Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy – Donald L. Miller


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    "The Father of Waters again goes Unvexed to the Sea." - A. Lincoln
     
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  13. Chesco United

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    The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. A novel about homosexuality and Reconstruction. It was published in 2021 and is in Oprah's Book Club. Looks like an interesting read.
     
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  14. Ismitje

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    Dec 30, 2000
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    I am convalescing at my parents' house, and pulled a book off of my mother's book club pile. It's Mary Roach's Stiff about the many ways cadavers are used.

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    Roach has a good thing going writing accessible, breezily informative books on clever topics like this one (i read another several years ago about the digestive system called "Gulp!"). This is roughly twenty years old but has an epilogue and reprint in 2021, presumably to take advantage of the proliferation of book clubs like my mothers. One odd thing: there's nothing in there from south of the equator.
     
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