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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Holy cow. This is the best book I've read in a long time. (And I'm not even a space flight/sci-fi fan.) Do read this.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Because I Said So! by Ken Jennings

Moderately entertaining.

Jesus, Interrupted by Bart Ehrman

This is a good presentation of the historical critical approach to the Bible for someone unfamiliar with the topic. The conclusions he draws are definitely on the more liberal end of the spectrum, but the basic information represents the mainstream consensus.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Not as funny as his stand-up, but funny.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A People's History of Christianity by Diane Butler Bass

I really enjoyed this. Lots to think about here, especially about its intersection with "faith-promoting history."

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