Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

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Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith

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Book Number: 
707
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Diana Butler Bass
Total Pages: 
287
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2006

Diana Butler Bass holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Duke. She became a full-time writer, independent researcher, educator, and consultant. She tells here her experience in a journey to 50 growing mainline churches to find out what practices work well today. (For her books I’ve read, click on her name).  Read more

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Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

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Book Number: 
706
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
212
Publisher: 
Workman Publishing
Year: 
2011

Jennifer S. Holland, a science and nature journalist, is a senior writer for National Geographic magazine who specializes in life science and natural history (reptilian, mammalian, avian, amoebic). This book was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

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The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be a Christian

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Book Number: 
705
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Brian McLaren
Total Pages: 
228
Publisher: 
Convergent Books
Year: 
2016

Brian McLaren is a Christian thinker, author, and activist, with a former pastor with a background in literature. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a board chair of Convergence (convergenceus.org). (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

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Book Number: 
704
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Garry Wills
Total Pages: 
249
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year: 
2015

Historian Garry Wills, who won a Pulitzer Prize, is a professor emeritus at Northwestern and author of the NYT’s bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution

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Book Number: 
703
Date Fred Read: 
April 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Diana Butler Bass
Total Pages: 
290
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2017

Diana Butler Bass holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Duke. After 12 years teaching, she became a full-time writer, independent researcher, educator, and consultant. This book, her ninth, was a winner of the RNA (Religious News Association) Book Award, Nautilus Award, and Wilbur Award. (For her books I’ve read, click on her name).  Read more

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Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years

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Book Number: 
702
Date Fred Read: 
April 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Philip Jenkins
Total Pages: 
287
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2010

Philip Jenkins has a joint appointment with Penn State University and Baylor University. He is author of many books, including The Lost History of Christianity. His work has appeared in several prominent journals. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America’s Heartland

Book Number: 
701
Date Fred Read: 
April 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
126
Publisher: 
Drake Community Press
Year: 
2017

Timothy Knepper, Professor of Philosophy at Drake University, directs the Comparison Project, a public program in global, comparative religion and local, lived religion – 15 sites and 15 Drake student essays. This book has many photos by Bob Blanchard, a freelance photographer in Des Moines.  Read more

The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How Understanding NDEs Can Help us Live More Fully

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Book Number: 
700
Date Fred Read: 
April 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Penny Satori
Total Pages: 
191
Publisher: 
Watkins
Year: 
2014

Penny Satori, PhD, RGN, was a nurse who saw for herself many NDEs. By studying them in depth, she got a PhD and published her PhD. She now teaches two courses she has written: 'Death and Dying as Spiritual Transformation' and 'Science, Spirituality and Health' at Swansea University.  Read more

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Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind

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Book Number: 
699
Date Fred Read: 
April 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
242
Publisher: 
Rowan & Littlefield
Year: 
2015

Marjorie Hines Woollacott, a neuroscience professor at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for nearly four decades. Meditation can provide consciousness and spirituality that the organic brain of neuroscience cannot explain.  Read more

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The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic

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Book Number: 
698
Date Fred Read: 
March 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
316
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2013

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for 24 years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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