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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Cheers, Fred

The Shaking of the Foundations

Book Number: 
764
Date Fred Read: 
July 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Paul Tillich
Total Pages: 
186
Publisher: 
Wipf & Stock
Year: 
2012

Paul Tillich (1886-1965) was barred from teaching in Germany in 1933. He emigrated to the United States, holding teaching positions at Union Theological Seminary, NY (1933-1955); Harvard Divinity School (1955-1962); and the Univ. of Chicago Divinity School (1962-1965). This book, first published in 1948, is the first of three collections of his sermons. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Life of Pi

Book Number: 
763
Date Fred Read: 
July 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Yann Martel
Total Pages: 
319
Publisher: 
Mariner
Year: 
2001

Yann Martel, the son of diplomats, was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada and as an adult has spent time in Iran, Turkey, and India. He studied philosophy in college. He worked odd jobs until he began earning his living as a writer. This international bestseller won the Man Booker Prize and became a movie.  Read more

Dialogue: In Search of Jewish-Christian Understanding

Book Number: 
762
Date Fred Read: 
July 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
106
Publisher: 
Seabury Press
Year: 
1999

This dialogue was between John Shelby Spong of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Jack Daniel Spiro of Temple Beth Ahabah, both in Richmond, VA, in 1975. It received local press, radio and TV coverage. (For Spong’s books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

This Hebrew Lord: A Bishop’s Search for the Authentic Jesus

Book Number: 
761
Date Fred Read: 
June 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
186
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
1993

This is Spong’s 1993 update of his second book of 1973. John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal bishop of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. He is one of the leading spokepersons for liberal Christianity. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Honest Prayer

Book Number: 
760
Date Fred Read: 
June 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
105
Publisher: 
St. Johann Press
Year: 
2001

This is a reprint of John Shelby Spong's first book printed in 1973 by Seabury Press. It tells us what he taught to his Episcopal congregation (and many others) of Richmond, Virginia. After reading book 759, I decided to also read some of his earliest books. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love, and Equality

Book Number: 
759
Date Fred Read: 
June 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
454
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year: 
2000

This book is the autobiography of John Shelby Spong, the Episcopal bishop who is a lightning rod for controversy. He has for decades been working to popularize an inclusive version of Christianity that avoids racism, sexism, and homophobia. It gives a blow-by-blow of his high-profile battles and also some very intimate details about his life that help to explain the sources of his theology. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy

Book Number: 
758
Date Fred Read: 
June 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
367
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year: 
2017

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. One of the leading spokespersons for liberal Christianity, he has been featured on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, FOX News Live, and Extra. This book is based on the William Belden Noble lectures Spong gave at Harvard. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures

Book Number: 
757
Date Fred Read: 
June 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Antonio Damasio
Total Pages: 
247
Publisher: 
Pantheon
Year: 
2018

Antonio Damasio, University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Philosophy, is the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at UCLA. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has received many awards. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

The Divine Imprint: Finding God in the Human Mind

Book Number: 
756
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Russell Stannard
Total Pages: 
172
Publisher: 
SPCK
Year: 
2017

Russell Stannard OBE is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Open University, UK, and a Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton. Formerly a particle physicist at CERN, Geneva, and the Lawrence Radiation Lab at Berkeley, he won the Bragg Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for 'contributions to physics, the Open University, and the popularization of science'. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

The One and Only Ivan

Book Number: 
755
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
303
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year: 
2015

This unforgettable novel by Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. It is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tale lies in a true story. This bestseller received well-deserved awards.  Read more

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