What books will you start 2016 with?

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  1. evangelist6589

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    I plan to read many books but will start the year reading.

    Whatever happened to Hell?
    The secret life of angels
    Agents of Babylon

    In the year Lord willing will read many others. NOTE like every year I will read through the Bible.
     
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    Iron Curtain, The Crushing of Eastern Europe by Anne Applebaum.
     
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    No theology books?
     
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    Praying with Paul, D. A. Carson.

    Maybe the last 2 Odd Thomas books.
     
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    You did not stipulate that they had to be of that genre.
     
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    No children's books? ;)
     
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    Good list
     
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein. :D

    Chester come to school and said,
    "Durn, I growed another head."
    Teacher said, "It's time you knowed
    The word is 'grew' instead of 'growed.'"
     
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    He did dabble in theology...

    "Almost perfect... but not quite."
    Those were the words of Mary Hume
    At her seventh birthday party,
    Looking 'round the ribboned room.
    "This tablecloth is pink not white--
    Almost perfect... but not quite."

    "Almost perfect... but not quite."
    Those were the words of grown-up Mary
    Talking about her handsome beau,
    The one she wasn't gonna marry.
    "Squeezes me a bit too tight--
    Almost perfect... but not quite."

    "Almost perfect... but not quite."
    Those were the words of ol' Miss Hume
    Teaching in the seventh grade,
    Grading papers in the gloom
    Late at night up in her room.
    "They never cross their t's just right--
    Almost perfect... but not quite."

    Ninety-eight the day she died
    Complainin' 'bout the spotless floor.
    People shook their heads and sighed,
    "Guess that she'll like heaven more."
    Up went her soul on feathered wings,
    Out the door, up out of sight.
    Another voice from heaven came--
    "Almost perfect... but not quite."
     
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    Thank you. I'm not sure if I'll get to the Odd Thomas books (it is hard for me to pick up a series when a significant amount of time has passed between readings).

    I also want to read again No One Like Him, by John Feinberg. I read it in seminary and intended to read it this year, just never got around to it.
     
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    Here's one of my favorites (perhaps a bit subtle on the implications)

    "You should have heard the old men cry,
    You should have heard the biddies
    When that sad stranger raised his Flute
    And piped away the kiddies.
    Katy, Tommy, Meg and Bob
    Followed, skipping gaily,
    Red-haired Ruth, my brother Rob,
    And little crippled Bailey,
    John and Niles and Cousin Claire,
    Dancin', spinnin', turnin'
    'Cross the hills to God knows where -
    They never came returnin',
    'Cross the hills to God knows where
    The piper pranced, a leadin'
    Each child in Hamlin Town but me,
    And I stayed home unheedin'.
    My papa says that I was blest
    For if that music found me,
    I'd be witch-cast like all the rest.
    This town grows old around me.
    I cannot say I did not hear
    That sound so haunting hollow-
    I heard, I heard, I heard it clear...
    I was afraid to follow."
     
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    You won't need the previous Odd Thomas books to read the last two. Worth the effort.
     
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    A deep read
     
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    Yes, i figured as much. The Feinberg book may be as well.
     
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    Whatever happened to Hell is very exhaustive on the subject. Not sure if it's deeper than Hell on trial, but the book is certainly thicker.
     
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    The first two for 2016:

    The Brothers Karamazov by Tolstoy

    The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer
     
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    I've never read Dean Koontz before but oddly I'll add that one to my list - looks good.
    I have to take The Martian off my 2016 list - it was a quick read.

    Here's one I started yesterday: The Sense of Biblical Narrative: Structural Analyses in the Hebrew Bible, by David Jobling, (1986). The first portion deals specifically with Jonathan's role in the early chapters of Samuel - something I'm teaching through now.

    And two more weighty ones I've got on my shelf ready to read;

    Rhetorical Analysis: An Introduction to Biblical Rhetoric by Roland Meynet (1998)
    Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative by Adele Berlin (1994)

    I've promised myself I'd read a book by Jane Austin, probably Pride and Predjudice - ugggh I'll need an accountability partner with that one! ha ha

    I've got three Halo books just waiting for me on my Kindle - should be a day read each.

    As well as the Code Breaker's series (4 books).

    That list should get me though February

    Rob
     
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    Good books. If you were not aware of it already, Sajer's has issues and should not be considered completely factual.
     
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    My first four books, which some minor annotations, which should be completed by the end of January are:

    7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Covey (I read this at the start of every year)

    Why I Still Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship - ed Byron (this has been on my list since early this year)

    1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed - Cline (became aware of this late in the year, made my January list for sure)

    The Training of the Twelve - Bruce (our executive staff is reading this together)
     
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    Don't understand how people can read the Odd Thomas books. So many unbiblical themes and grotesque plots, one book was enough for me. I don't remember if I finished it or not, probably not.

    One of my goals for 2016 is to re-read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I read it over 30 years ago.



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