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2013 -- What books have you read?

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by Crabtownboy, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Crabtownboy

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    Originally Posted by Crabtownboy
    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.


    Rippon replied: 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.


    The story was much better than I had anticipated. I also now believe that with many people living now that Uncle Tom gets a bad rap.
     
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    Blind Descent by James Tabor

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    This is an interesting read about Bill Stone and Alexander Klimchouk and those that have been tagged with the name "super cavers". Stone and his group explored, on numerous trips, the supercave, Cheve, in Mexico. Klimchouk and his group explored the supercave, Krubera, in the Republic of Georgia. Both cave are extremely dangerous and have taken their toll of cavers. Krubera is a very cold cave. The waters Klimochouk and his folk had to endure run in the 30's F. That is COLD. The author says these supercaves are like climbing Mount Everest in reverse. Whether in a cold cave or one not cold, the time spend exploring is physically miserable ... cold, wet, in muddy clothes, sleeping on rocky inclines in total darkness, or worse in hammocks hung from a vertical wall with a floor hundreds of feet below in not for the timid. These folk have to be able to endure miserable conditions and overcome their fears and panics.
     
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    Out of Order: Stories From the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O'Connor

    A good, but difference type of civics lesson by the first woman justice. The book includes a brief history of the court, a chapter on humor in the court, a chapter on four 'larger than life' justices and more.
     
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    What’s in the Word: Rethinking the Socio-Rhetorical Character of the New Testament [LINK]
    by Ben Witherington III
    Baylor University Press, 2009. 195 pages. $25.26


    This exceptional book serves as an introduction to the socio-rhetorical method of biblical study.
    It is somewhat of a difficult read; Witherington packs this book with a lot of information undertaking the formidable task of leading the reader into an understanding of the importance of this recently developed method of studying NT Scripture. Yet if one takes their time, they will find that Witherington begins with simple easy-to-understand propositions and steadily moves into the more complex theories, luring the reader into an appreciation of the socio-rhetorical method.

    Rob
     
  5. Dennis324

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    Currently reading "The Last Patriot" by Brad Thor.

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    It tells the story of counter-terrorism agent Scot Harvath's attempts to uncover a revelation that could damage the standing of radical Islam. In the book's plot, the Islamic prophet Mohammed is depicted as having been assassinated by his followers to conceal a damaging secret. Twelve centuries later, Thomas Jefferson unearths the mystery and leaves clues for future searchers to follow. Harvath attempts to unravel the truth about Mohammed's ultimate epiphany in the face of deadly resistance from those intent on keeping it suppressed.

    The novel was a number-one New York Times Bestseller. The book was nominated for "Best Thriller of the Year 2008" by The International Thriller Writers Association.

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    The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan.

    From a review:

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    Son of Hamas.
    I just started the book, and am not in a position to comment on it as of now.
    But it seems interesting.
     
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    Writings on Reconciliation and Resistance

    I am in the midst of reading Writings on Reconciliation and Resistance. It is a collection of writings by Will Campbell collected and edited by Richard Goode. As I have mentioned on another forum here, Campbell died in early June. He described himself as a renegade baptist preacher. He came from the same county in Mississippi (Amite) as Jerry Clower, but he took a very different path.

    The selections here include contributions that Campbell helped edit and publish, Katallagete. In case you are not up on your Greek (as I am not), the translation is "Be reconciled". Also included here are excerpts from addresses Campbell delivered, books he wrote, and sermons preached.

    Richard C. Goode is Professor of History at Lipscomb University here in Nashville. He has another collection of Cambell's writings, Crashing the Idols: The Vocation of Will D. Campbell (and any other Christian for that matter).

    Tim Reynolds
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    The Boys Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 by Paul Fussell

    The war in Northwestern Europs, 1944-1945 was fought primarily in the American sector by kids 17, 18 and 19 years old. We had pretty well run out of older fellows and these kids were replacement. For the most part rapidly and poorly trained they suffered greatly, both in battle and from the winter weather. The generals all thought the war would be over before winter set in and so had ordered ammunition, but not winter clothing for the kids.

    This is a very readable, eye opening small book. There is a chapter on the terrible battle for the Hürtgen Forest that is not widely known, but should be as we took so many casualties there.

    Any history buff should read this book.

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    The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics ... by Daniel James Brown

    This is a really good read on the crew team from the University of Washington who won the US national championship and represented the US in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. The description of the last race for the gold is nail biting, even to read ... more so as the race was, obviously, rigged against the two strongest teams, the US and England.

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    I'm a Stranger Here Myself, by Bill Bryson

    Bryson lived in England for several decades and then returned to the United States. A newspaper editor talked him, kicking and screaming if you believe Bryson, into writing a weekly column on life as a returned American. As always Bryson writes with insight and humor. A really good read with good laughs while shedding light on life in America and contrasting it with life in the UK. There are definite differences.

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    The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

    The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Dr. Michael Horton, published by Zondervan 2011 (ISBN-10: 0310286042).

    But I am only halfway through... well, 46% based on what my Kindle is telling me. :rolleyes:

    The book systematizes doctrine in the same way, and general order, as done by Scripture.

    Drama => Doctrine => Doxology => Discipleship

    Good read, but slow going.
     
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    Just finished "When God Breaks Your Heart". It's a very good book for someone struggling with God during difficult times.
     
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    Bryson's books are wonderful --the above included. His sense of humor is infectious. And the man is brilliant -- don't let his comedic abilities disguise that fact.
     
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    I just finished Confessing Jesus as Lord: Living Under the Lordship of God by Dr. Terry Chrisope. What a wonderful book. Very scholarly, thoroughly Scriptural, but an easy read.

    Christian Focus Publications / 2012 / 352 Pages / ISBN-13: 9781845509620

    I have to admit that I had the advantage of having Dr. Chrisope as a professor and Bible teacher. I knew the book would be good from this prior association.

    Despite my signature quote, I enjoy some living authors!
     
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    Everything that Rises must Converge. I'm revisiting O'Connor :)
     
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    Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

    by E. Richards Randolph, Brandon O'Brien InterVarsity 2012

    Another gotta read book! Easy to read; eye opening.

    Rob
     
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    Sounds like a very interesting book.

     
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