Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



Decent, but not deserving of all of the attention it is getting.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Religion of a Different Color by W. Paul Reeve



This was phenomenal. Phenomenal. If you are at all interested in Mormonism, you need to read this.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool



I read this to the boys. I didn't like it.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Stuff by Randy Frost



Interesting.

The Misunderstood Jew by Amy-Jill Levine



This book makes a super-important argument that many Christians really need to hear: the way in which we talk about Jews and Judaisms is often harmful and often just factually wrong. That said, I did feel that she was playing a little loose sometimes: the Old Testament (a term which, incidentally, she prefers that Christians use) can't be treated as normative in first century Judaism(s)--except when it can, to show that Jesus was not unique. Similarly, the mishnah and Talmud don't describe first century Judaism(s)--except when they do. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Plainer Translation: Joseph Smith's Translation of the Bible by Robert J. Matthews



This is old, but excellent. Even after reading much of the newer research on the JST, I found this quite valuable. Anyone interested in the JST should read this, or at least have it around for reference.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Prayer, Power, and the Problem of Suffering: Mark 11:22-25 in the Context of Markan Theology by S. E. Dowd



I picked this up because Mark 11:22-25 doesn't get a lot of theological consideration because people are too busy considering its redaction history. And that's a shame, because it covers such important ground, especially when put into dialogue with Mark 14:36. So this was a good read.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper



Unique and charming.

Review copy provided by publisher.

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