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2017 Reading Journals

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January

Lila - Marilynne Robinson, 4/5

Waiting on the Word - Malcolm Guite, 3/5

The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God's Transformation of the World - Darrell W. Johnson, 5/5

Whatever Happened to Worship?: A Call to True Worship - A.W. Tozer, 2/5

Understanding Jacques Ellul - Jeffrey Greenman et al., 4/5

Murder in the Cathedral - T.S. Eliot, 2/5

The Givenness of Things: Essays - Marilynne Robinson, 3.5/5

Pastoral Theology: Essentials for Ministry - Thomas C. Oden, 5/5


February

An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land - William Stringfellow,3.5/5

When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God - T.M. Luhrmann, 4/5

Ninety-Nine Stories of God - Joy Williams, 1.5/5

Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America - John G. Turner, 5/5

Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect to Our Culture - Zack Eswine, 4/5

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism - Timothy Keller, 4/5

Who Killed Canadian History? - J.L. Granatstein, 4/5

 

March

On Human Nature - Roger Scruton, 3/5

Finding Peace - Jean Vanier, 3/5

The Secular Northwest: Religion and Irreligion in Everyday Postwar Life - Tina Block, 4/5

Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2/5

Holy the Firm - Annie Dillard, 2/5

The Jesus People Movement: A Story of Spiritual Revolution Among the Hippies - Richard Bustraan, 3/5

City of Love and Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties - Lawrence Aronsen, 3.5/5

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation - Rod Dreher, 4/5

The Doctrine of Repentance - Thomas Watson, 4/5

That New-Time Religion: The Jesus Revival in America - Erling Jorstad, 3/5

 

April

Jesus People - Duane Pederson, 2/5

The Shepherding Movement: Controversy and Charismatic Ecclesiology - S. David Moore, 3.5/5

A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness - Gene Edwards, 2/5

Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer - Scott H. Hendrix, 4/5

The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God - Sarah Coakley, 2/5

Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures - Pope Benedict XVI, 4/5

Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issue in a Changing Culture - Mark A. Yarhouse, 3.5/5

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right - Arlie Russell Hochschild, 4/5

The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Use of Faith After Freud - Philip Rieff, 3/5

Submission - Michel Houellebecq, 5/5

 

May

On the Song of Songs I - Bernard of Clairvaux, 3/5

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works - James K.A. Smith, 4/5

That Night - Alice McDermott, 4/5

Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity - Kevin J. Vanhoozer, 4/5

Confessions and Catechisms of the Reformation - Mark Noll, ed., 2/5

Discerning the Body: Searching  For Jesus in the World - Jason Byassee, 4.25/5

Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion - Andrew Pettegree, 4/5

Inventing Authority: The Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates Over the Eucharist - Esther Chung-Kim, 3/5

A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance - Scot McKnight, 4/5

 

June

The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien, 5/5

Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love - Laura Smit, 5/5

 

July

The Change of Conversion and the Origin of Christendom - Alan Kreider, 5/5

The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry, 5/5

Lament for a Son - Nicholas Wolterstorff, 5.5

Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life - Henri Nouwen, 4/5

The Crucifixion of Ministry: Surrendering Our Ambitions to the Service of Christ - Alan Purves, 2/5

Who Is Jesus? - Darrell Johnson, 4/5

The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society - Brad Gregory, 5/5

 

August

Accompany Them With Singing: The Christian Funeral - Thomas G. Long, 3/5

War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin - Carlos M.N. Eire, 4/5

Pious and Secular America - Reinhold Niebuhr, 2/5

The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict - William T. Cavanaugh, 5/5

Open Secrets: A Memoir of Faith and Discovery - Richard Lischer, 5/5

Jesus and the Disinherited - Howard Thurman, 2/5

Twentieth Century Catholic Theologians: From Neoscholasticism to Nuptial Mysticism - Fergus Kerr, 4/5

The Scandal of the Incarnation - Irenaeus/ed. by Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 4/5

The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics - Mark Lilla, 4/5

Lion Country - Frederick Buechner, 2.5/5

Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction - Jens Zimmermann, 4/5

 

October

How To Be A Conservative - Roger Scruton, 4/5

God's Province: Evangelical Christianity, Political Thought, and Conservatism in Albera - Clark Banack, 2/5

Narratives of a Vulnerable God: Christ, Theology, and Scripture - William C. Placher, 3.5/5

The Christian Tradition I: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600) - Jaroslav Pelikan, 5/5

The Prophetic Imagination - Walter Brueggemann, 1/5

The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church - Peter Leithart, 3/5

From Glory to Glory: Texts From Gregory of Nyssa's Mystical Writings - Gregory of Nyssa/ed. & intro. by Jean Danielou, 3/5

Open Heart - Frederick Buechner, 2.5/5

The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love - St. Augustine, 4/5

Edited by winter shaker

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NBooth   

Nonfiction in bold. Again, I update on the month I finish, not the month I begin, so some of this stuff is long-in-the-pipeline.

January

Green, Daniel. Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism

 

February

Aciman, André. Call Me By Your Name

Collett, Nigel. Firelight of a Different Colour: The Life and Times of Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing

Kenner, Hugh. A Homemade World: The American Modernist Writers.

 

March

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun

 

April

Chen Chen. When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities.

Frost, Mark. The Secret History of Twin Peaks.

Mintz, Steven. Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood.

Gaiman, Neil. American Gods: Author’s Preferred Text

 

May

Saroyan, William. The Human Comedy

Beaty, Bart. Twelve-Cent Archie.

Palladino, Grace. Teenagers: An American History.

 

June

Woolrich, Cornell. I Married a Dead Man . Second reading.

Lynch, Jennifer. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

Osnos, Evan. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

King, Stephen. It

Metalious, Grace. The Tight White Collar

 

 July

Lim, Dennis. David Lynch: The Man from Another Place

Frye, Northrop. The Modern Century

Dikötter, Frank The Cultural Revolution: A People's History

 

August

Carnegie, Dale. The Art of Public Speaking

Pomfret, John. The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom.

 

September

Queen, Ellery. The Dragon's Teeth

Metalious, Grace. Return to Peyton Place

 

October

Moorcock, Michael. The Final Programme (second reading)

Goldstein, Bill. The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature.

Beam, Alex. The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

Edited by NBooth

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Anders   

JANUARY

Gleick, James, Time Travel: A History

FEBRUARY

Bradbury, Ray, The Illustrated Man

Hyman, Miles, Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' [a graphic novel adaptation by her grandson]

Amis, Kinsley, Colonel Sun

MARCH

Fisher, Mark, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative

Borges, Jorge Luis, The Perpetual Race of Achilles and the Tortoise

APRIL

Doctorow, Cory, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Edited by Anders

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Anodos   

Beginning in December I'm reading everything I can lay my hands on by Penelope Fitzgerald. The books I've read thus far have been so astonishingly good that she's gone straight into my list of favourite writers. I should probably start a thread on her and try to write something cogent and analytical, but in the meantime I'll just say that I genuinely think she rivals Jane Austen for deft, quiet, devastatingly witty social observation. I have no praise higher.

Read so far: The Blue Flower; The Gate of Angels; The Bookshop; Innocence; Offshore

To read: Human Voices; The Beginning of Spring

If anyone's looking for a writer of spare, elegant, wry, funny, elusive, wistful, humane novels - she's an absolute master of the art. My literary discovery of the decade...

 

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NBooth   

Is there any way we can get this list pinned like previous lists?

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On 15/02/2017 at 4:55 PM, NBooth said:

Frost, Mark. The Secret History of Twin Peaks.

How was that one?

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NBooth   
38 minutes ago, winter shaker said:

How was that one?

I had mixed feelings. The first third or so, which deals with an occult history of America going back to Lewis and Clark, was electrifying. The stuff dealing with UFO lore and explaining the background of the series was less interesting. There are some interesting inconsistencies, though, with details we are given in the show. That might pay off with the new series or it might be a red herring. 

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March
- Conserving America?: Essays on Present Discontents (2016) - by Patrick J. Deneen
- Whose Justice? Whose Rationality? (1988) - by Alasdair MacIntyre

April
- The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (2017) - by Rod Dreher
- Tales from the Perilous Realm (1997) - by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981) - by J.R.R. Tolkien

May
- One Man’s Dark (2017) - by Maurice Manning
- Letters to Atticus, Vol. I - by Cicero
- The Apostolic Fathers, Vol. I - by Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp
- Passage to Modernity: An Essay on the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture (1993) - by Louis Dupré
- The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? (2005) - by David Bentley Hart

June

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