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 The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call of Self-Discovery - David G. Benner, 3/5

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life - Richard Hofstadter, 3/5

Leaves From the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic - Reinhold Niebuhr, 4/5

The Pastor as Public-Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision - Kevin Vanhoozer & Owen Strachan, 4/5

Death Comes For the Deconstructionist - Daniel Taylor, 4/5

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning - Rene Girard, 4/5

The Story of Christianity: Vol. 2, The Reformation to the Present Day - Justo Gonzalez, 4/5

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God - J.I. Packer, 3/5

Tears of Silence - Jean Vanier, 2/5

The Church in the Canadian Era - John Webster Grant, 4/5

Dispensational Modernism - B.M. Pietsch, 3/5

What Happened to Christian Canada? - Mark Noll, 3/5


Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church - William T. Cavanaugh, 4/5

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God - D.A. Carson, 3/5

Secularizing the Faith: Canadian Protestant Clergy and the Crisis of Belief, 1850-1940 - David B. Marshall, 5/5

Under Satan's Sun - George Bernanos, 2/5

Salvation With A Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity - Philip Luke Sinitiere, 5/5

Love Alone is Credible - Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 2/5

Christianity and Liberalism - J. Gresham Machen, 4/5

On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering - Pope John Paul II, 4/5

The Five-Minute Conversation - Roy Bell, 4/5


The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline - Elesha J. Coffman, 4/5

Spiritual Friendship - Aelread of Rivaulx, 4/5

A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada - Phyllis D. Airhart, 4/5

Charming Billy - Alice McDermott, 5/5

The Vice of Curiosity: An Essay on Intellectual Appetite - Paul J. Griffiths, 3/5

God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America - Larry Eskridge, 5/5

Jesus, Justice and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry - Kathy Keller, 2/5

Of Temptation - John Owen, 3/5

Witnessing Suburbia: Conservatives and Christian Youth Culture - Eileen Luhr, 4/5

Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology - Andrew Louth, 5/5


After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada - Kevin N. Flatt, 3/5

Canadian Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century: An Introduction to Its Character - John G. Stackhouse Jr., 4/5

The Scandal of the Incarnation: Irenaeus Against the Heresies - Irenaeus of Lyons, 4/5

C.S. Lewis's 'Mere Christianity': A Biography - George Marsden, 3/5

Outlines of Romantic Theology - Charles Williams, 2/5

The Meaning of Conservatism - Roger Scruton, 3/5

How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor - James K.A. Smith, 5/5

My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer - Christian Wiman, 3/5


Revisiting "Faithful Presence": To Change the World Five Years Later - Albert Mohler (ed.), 2/5

Heaven's My Destination - Thornton Wilder, 2/5

Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community - Wendell Berry, 4/5

The Humiliation of the Word - Jacques Ellul, 2/5

Guilt and Grace: A Psychological Study - Paul Tournier, 4/5

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes From Comic Book History - Jon Morris, 3/5

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling - Andy Crouch, 3/5

History and Presence - Robert A. Orsi, 4/5

The Weight of Glory - C.S. Lewis, 4/5

Silence - Shusaku Edo, 5/5


Billy Sunday and the Redemption of Urban America - Lyle W. Dorsett, 5/5

The Bruised Reed - Richard Sibbes, 5/5

God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right - Daniel K. Williams, 4/5

Beauty - Roger Scruton, 4/5

Desiring God - John Piper, 2.5/5

The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell, 3.5/5


A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon - Craig D. Allert, 3/5

American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism - Matthew Avery Sutton, 4/5

The Book of Pastoral Rule - St. Gregory the Great, 4/5

He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace - Richard J. Mouw, 3/5

Emerging Evangelicals: Faith, Modernity, and the Desire For Authenticity - James S. Bielo, 4/5

The Rule of St. Benedict - St. Benedict of Nursia, 3/5 

The Blood of the Lamb - Peter de Vries, 4/5


Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer - Rowan Williams, 5/5

Turning Around the Mainline: How Renewal Movements Are Changing the Church - Thomas C. Oden, 3/5

It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis, 3/5

Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada - Neil Bissoondath, 2.5/5

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture - Adam S. McHugh, 5/5

Rene Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis - Scott Cowdell, 3/5


The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion - Jonathan Haidt, 4/5

Pia Desideria - Philipp J. Spener, 3/5

Pilgrims in Lotus Land: Conservative Protestantism in British Columbia, 1917-1981 - Robert K. Burkinshaw, 5/5

Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism - David R. Swartz, 5/5

Thoughts in Solitude - Thomas Merton, 4/5

The Jeweler's Shop: A Meditation on the Sacrament of Matrimony Passing on Occasion Into a Drama - John Paul II, 3/5

Home - Marilynne Robinson, 4/5


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - J.D. Vance, 4/5

Life of God in the Soul of Man - Henry Scougal, 3/5

The Religious Crisis of the 1960s - Hugh McLeod, 4/5

The One, the Three, and the Many: God, Creation, and the Culture of Modernity - Colin E. Gunton, 4/5

On the Incarnation - St. Athanasius, 4/5

The Revolt of the Masses - Jose Ortega y Gasset, 4/5

The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies - Ryszard Legutko, 5/5


Pastor Bob: A Statesman of Prayer for Canada - Beth Carson, 3/5

Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck - Jon Acuff, 2/5

Creation and Fall Temptation: Two Biblical Studies - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4/5

The Christological Controversy - Richard A. Norris Jr., 3/5

Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage - Christopher C. Roberts, 5/5


Preaching As Local Theology and Folk Art - Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, 4/5

Bernice Gerard: Today and For Life - Bernice Gerard, 2.5/5

Hippies of the Religious Right - Preston Shires, 3/5

Andrew Connington - Grace Irwin, 4/5

A Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry - Paul David Tripp, 2/5

Light in a Burning-Glass: A Systematic Presentation of Austin Farrer's Theology - Robert Boak Slocum, 3.5/5

A Year With John Paul II: Daily Meditations From His Writings and Prayers - John Paul II, 2/5

Edited by winter shaker

He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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Ok, I've not done this--partly because my reading is far more piecemeal than a lot of you guys, so I have fewer completed books than I do articles, book chapters, etc. But I'll go ahead and try to keep a record here. [EDIT: I should note that these represent completion, not read in--so some months might be more packed because I'm finishing a lot of books that month]. No ratings, though, because I don't roll that way. Nonfiction in bold


O’Connor, Flannery. Wise Blood.  Second reading.

Hilfer, Anthony Channell. The Revolt from the Village 1915-1930.

Douglas, Mary. Thinking in Circles: An Essay on Ring Composition.

Lutz, Tom. Cosmopolitan Vistas.

Fiedler, Leslie. Love and Death in the American Novel.

Bloch, Robert. Psycho.



King, Richard H. A Southern Renaissance: The Cultural Awakening of the American South, 1930-1955

Dark, David. Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious.

Dorman, Robert L. Revolt of the Provinces: The Regionalist Movement in America, 1920-1945.

Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays

Lockridge, Ross. Raintree County.

Levin, Ira. The Stepford Wives

Finney, Jack. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. (1978 revision)



Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden.

Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street.

Bellamann, Henry. Kings Row



Buechsel, Mark. Sacred Land: Sherwood Anderson, Midwestern Modernism, and the Sacramental Vision of Nature

King, Stephen. 'Salems Lot

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. Second read-through, in conjunction with

Grant, J. Kerry. A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49

Metalious, Grace. Peyton Place. 



Bloch, Robert. Psycho II

Niebuhr, Reinhold. The Irony of American History

Tillich, Paul. The Essential Tillich

Fromm, Erich. Escape from Freedom.

Phillips, Adam. Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life. Second reading.

Endo Shusaku. Silence. Second reading.

Wang Shuo. Playing for Thrills.

Slingerland, Edward. Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity.

Zhang Longxi. The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West.

Spence, Jonathan D. The Chan’s Great Continent: China in Western Minds



Mijuskovic, Ben Lazare. Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature.

Niebuhr, Reinhold. Moral Man and Immoral Society.

Lewis, R.W.B. The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy, and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century.

Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine.

Cameron, Ardis. Unbuttoning America: A Biography of "Peyton Place".

Plato. The Symposium. 

Mills, Nicolaus. The Crowd in American Literature.

Bradbury, Ray. Something Wicked This Way Comes.



Marcuse, Herbert. One-Dimensional Man.

Kruse, Kevin. One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.

Rubin, Joan Shelley. The Making of Middlebrow Culture.

Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles.

Bradbury, Ray. A Medicine for Melancholy.

Cacioppo, John T. and William Patrick. Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection.



Lewis, Sinclair. It Can't Happen Here.

Bradbury, Ray. The Golden Apples of the Sun.

Miller, Jeffrey. The Structures of Law and Literature: Duty, Justice, and Evil in the Cultural Imagination.

Bradbury, Ray. Farewell Summer.



Herron, Ima Honaker, The Small Town in American Literature.



Sepinwall, Alan. The Revolution was Televised



Bellamann, Katherine and Henry. Parris Mitchell of Kings Row.

Qian Zhaoming. The Modernist Response to Chinese Art. 

Edited by NBooth

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As of now I'm currently reading:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (a long book)

Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

Will read soon:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

already read:

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - 5/5

Pen of Iron by Robert Alter - 5/5

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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work (2009) - by Matthew B. Crawford

After Virtue (1981) - by Alasdair MacIntyre


Laurus (2015) - by Eugene Vodolazkin

Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (2011) - by Hans Boersma

Our Only World: Ten Essays (2015) - by Wendell Berry


The Pale King (2011) - by David Foster Wallace

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) - by A.A. Milne


The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (2015) - by Matthew B. Crawford

Phaedo (360 B.C.) - by Plato

Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation (2015) - by Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain

A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997 (1998) - by Wendell Berry

Order, or Disorder (1995) - by Amy Newman

The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace (2016) - by Adam S. Miller


The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (2012) - by Brad S. Gregory


Studies of Religious Dualism: The Shelburne Essays, Sixth Series (1909) - by Paul Elmer More

The Magician's Nephew (1955) - by C.S. Lewis


Grace and Agency in Paul and Second Temple Judaism (2014) - by Kyle B. Wells


The Brothers Karamazov (1880) - by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004) - by Susanna Clarke

Confessions of a Heretic (2016) - by Roger Scruton


Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England (2012) - by Roger Scruton

All Is Song (2012) - by Samantha Harvey

The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children (2006) - by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home (2015) - by Pope Francis

Centuries of Meditations (1665) - by Thomas Traherne

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On 31/01/2016 at 6:18 PM, NBooth said:

Rubin, Joan Shelley. The Making of Middlebrow Culture.


I'm particularly curious about this one. What did you think of it?

He finds no mercy

And he's lost in the crowd

With an armoured heart of metal

He finds he's running out of odd-numbered daisies

From which to pull the petals

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1 hour ago, winter shaker said:

I'm particularly curious about this one. What did you think of it?

I found it interesting. A bit dry, a bit long on biography--but as a quick-ish overview of...well, the making of middlebrow culture...it's good. It's actually remarkable how closely debates over middlebrow culture chart with discussions still going on, on both the Left and the Right. The discussion hasn't really changed that much since the late 19th C. 

The stuff dealing with book radio was interesting (again, one can draw a straightish line from those shows to stuff like Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me).

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