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2013 -- What books have you read?

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    They Dwell in Monasteries
    by Frank Monaco.

    This is a very interesting book and a very quick read ... less than an hour. The book is primarily black and white photographs of Cisterian Monks with a bit of text included with each photograph.

    I just updated my goal to 70 as the number of books I hope to read this year.
     
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    Unveiled: How an American Woman Found Her Way Through Politics, Love and Obedience in the Middle East

    by Deborah Kanafani


    From a review:

     
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    "My Travel Diary: 1936" by Paul Tillich

    This is a record of Tillich's trip and lecturing in Europe in 1936. Comments on Hitler, the Nazis, Stalin, Communism and Christian Socialism appear frequently in this diary in his reporting on conversations with various Europeans.
     
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    Here is a book that should be on the shelf of anyone that does serious bible study - certainly every pastor should have it.

    The Literary Structure of the Old Testament: a commentary on Genesis - Malachi [LINK]

    by David Dorsey, Baker Books, 1999

    I've used it extensively as I teach through the story of Joseph in Sunday morning classes.

    Here is a small sample of the chiastic structure of the Joseph Cycle (it doesn't format well so I've added color).




    Macro Structure of the Joseph Story

    A. Beginning of Joseph story – Introduction (37:2-11)

    • Joseph's dream that the brothers will bow down
    • brothers hate Joseph
    • they cannot speak kindly to him
    • Joseph's age
    B. Grievous mourning in Hebron (37:12-36)

    • Jacob weeps over the "death" of Joseph when brothers take Joseph's cloak back to Jacob
    • Jacob refers to his own future death
    • Joseph goes from Canaan to Egypt (not to father in Hebron)
    C. Reversal of elder and younger sons of Judah as “firstborn” (38:1-30)

    • despite string tied to hand
    D. Joseph’s enslavement to Egyptian (39:1-23)

    • he is sold (37:27-28), purchased, becomes a servant to an Egyptian
    • finds favor in the eyes of his master
    • second only to his master
    • in charge of Egyptian bread
    E. Disfavor in Pharaoh’s court (40:1-23)

    • dishonoring and expulsion of Egyptian servants
    • imprisonment
    • life and death
    F. Joseph’s revelation of pharaoh’s dreams (41:1-57)

    • promotion to second to Pharaoh
    • gives God credit
    G. Brothers come to Egypt for food – first trip (42:1-38)
    G’. Brothers come to Egypt for food – second trip (43:1-34)

    F’. Joseph’s revelation of his identity to brothers (44:1-45:15)

    • he is second to Pharaoh
    • gives God credit
    E’. Favor in Pharaoh’s court (45:16-47:12)

    • honoring and reception of Joseph's family
    • granted good place to live in Goshen
    • life and death
    D’. Joseph’s enslavement of Egyptians (47:13-27)

    • they are sold, purchased and become his servants
    • seek to find favor in the eyes of Joseph, their master
    • he is second only to Pharaoh
    • in charge of Egyptians' bread
    C’. Reversal of elder and younger sons of Joseph (47:28-49:33)

    • despite trying to uncross Jacob's hands when blessing his sons: reversal of Judah (elder) and Joseph (younger) as firstborn
    B’. Grievous mourning near Hebron over Jacob's death (50:1-14)

    • Joseph weeps over death of Jacob when he and his brothers take Jacob's body back
    • Jacob's death
    • Joseph goes from Canaan back to Egypt
    A’. End of Joseph story - Conclusion (50:15-26)

    • Joseph's brothers bow down to him
    • fear that he will hate them
    • he speaks kindly to them
    • Joseph's final age and death
    Rob
     
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    "Prague Winter" by Madeline Albright.

    A very interesting read, especially for folk who are interested in World War II and also in the Communist era in Central Europe. She gives insights into the Central European front that many people, IMHO, are now aware of.

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    Frederick Douglass

    "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"

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    Should be read by all.
     
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    Wendell Berry

    I have recently finished Wendell Berry's A Place in Time:Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership. This is some of Berry's best work. The stories are some of his saddest. In many of them he describes the deaths of characters that I have come to know from other stories and novels. Berry is, or will turn, 79 this year, so I assume that the passage of time and the experience of loss in his own life are on his mind. The stories are tender and filled with a great deal of humor. However, if you have not read any of Berry's fiction, I would recommend starting one of his earlier novels (e. g., A Place on Earth, or Nathan Coulter, or In Memory of Old Jack). All of these are available on Amazon.

    I have just recently begun reading Wendell Berry: Life and Work, edited by Jason Peters. It is a collection of essays and articles on Berry's fiction, poetry, and essays. Some of the contributors are Berry's friends. Some, like Berry, are farmers as well as writers. I have read seven of the 27 pieces in the book so far. I've been very pleased with what I have read.

    Tim Reynolds
    Nashville, Tennessee
     
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    Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

    This was a better read than I had anticipated. It will never go down as great writing, but because of how influential it was in our history it deserves a reading by all. As bad as Stowe makes slavery out to be she does not paint as dark a picture of this miserable institution as that described by Frederick Douglass.

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    Miraculous Gifts in the Early Church
     
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    Going Deeper by J. Sidlow Baxter
     
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    Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy

    Foundation (1951), Foundation and Empire (1952), Second Foundation (1953)

    Everyman's Library Edition with an Introduction by Michael Dirda (copyright 2010)
    by Isaac Asimov


    Voted "the greatest all-time science-fiction series" at the 1955 World Science Fiction Convention, this trilogy demonstrates why Isaac Asimov has been called a modern "sci-fi" prophet.

    Rob
     
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    "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn. Really good book! Almost everyone I've given this book to wound up anticipating going to heaven. It'll getcha really fired up about going. :)
     
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    Good read, I enjoy his work. I don't always agree with him, but he causes me to think and study. I given that book to a few people.
     
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    "If God is Good" by By Randy Alcorn.
     
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    Holiness The False and The True by H.A. Ironside
     
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    The War of 1812 by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

    Interesting small book using many quotes from those involved one way or another in this war. Interestingly the author says the war was the most unpopular war in American history during the time it was being fought, but became a popular war later ... even though it was a stalemate.
     
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    Pierre Burton's two volume work on the same war, but from a Canadian perspective, is a good read.
     
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    It is a wonderful book. I read it about five years ago. One can get absorbed by the story even now that many are jaded.
     
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    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

    This has been a very popular book but I did not think it is a great book. My primary reason for reading the book was because it has been so popular.

    If the author wanted the reader to hold the main character in disdain and contempt, he succeeded. The main character was no role model, IMHO. There is a glimmer of possible redemption at the end of the book, but I would not bet good money no that happening.

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