Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

Extremely well-written, fascinating, sometimes hard to read.

Paper Towns by John Green

At first I was totally loving this, but then it got maudlin and too vulgar.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

How God Became Jesus ed. by Michael Bird

So this is a response to the Ehrman book. On the one hand, I very much like the idea of a specific engagement--too often in biblical scholarship, ideas are just ignored instead of refuted. On the other hand, with the exception of Evans' piece, the tone and quality of this book were seriously lacking.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney


How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman

I enjoyed listening to this on our trip, even though I disagreed with some parts.

A Long Way from Tipperary by John Dominic Crossan

I really enjoyed this biography.

Our Kids by Robert Putnam

I enjoyed listening to this on our trip. Depressing, but fascinating.

The Last Campaign by Thurston Clarke

I enjoyed listening to this on our trip. It's amazing how much the political culture has changed in 40 years.

Sparrow Migrations by Cari Noga

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved it. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

So Crazy Rich Asians was a really fun book and I was quite looking forward to the follow-up. But Kwan didn't deliver. The plot seemed haphazard and the magic was gone. 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament by Stanley Porter

This is a wide-ranging collection of essays: from the legal issues related to copyrighting critical texts to very technical linguistic discussions. As with most collections, it is somewhat uneven. I mostly picked it up for his treatment of Mark 13 but then ended up not being wowed by that chapter. I was perhaps most interested in his suggestion regarding hyponymy and the trinity--which is kind of funny since I'm not trinitarian.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Reagan: The Life by H. W. Brands

I loved this book. Great story, well told, sympathetic but not sycophantic.

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The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

I was expecting to adore this because I really liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but it was lame.

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The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

I really liked this. Quite good. And a great cover.

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Some parts of this really resonated with me but other parts were totally cloying.

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