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

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

Adaline Shooting Star

Book Number: 
754
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Mary Pope Osborne
Total Pages: 
169
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Year: 
2000

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of many distinguished books, in almost every genre, for children and young adults. She is a past president of the Author’s Guild. This book was loaned to me by the girl I mentioned in book 753. I loaned her 'The New World of Mr. Tompkins' (book 471).  Read more

A Wrinkle in Time

Book Number: 
753
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
Square Fish
Year: 
2007

This is the first book by Madeleine L’ Engle (1918 – 2007) of her ‘classic’ Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time was a best seller, won the 1963 Newbery Medal, and was made into a movie. It is a fantasy novel, but it has also been called a science fiction novel. An amazing third-grade girl who is very interested in math and science loaned me this book. In turn I loaned her Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe (book 745).  Read more

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

Book Number: 
752
Date Fred Read: 
May 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
William Law
Total Pages: 
158
Publisher: 
Westminster Press
Year: 
1968

This devotional classic, written by William Law (1686 – 1761), an eloquent religious teacher of the eighteenth century, was designed to prod indifferent Christians into making an honest effort to live up to what they professed to believe. It has been appreciated in every succeeding generation because of its innate vigor and virility.  Read more

The Power of the Spirit

Book Number: 
751
Date Fred Read: 
April 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
William Law
Total Pages: 
151
Publisher: 
Gideon House Books
Year: 
2017

William Law (1686 – 1761) was one of the great clerics and educators of the Church of England. Educated at Cambridge, he was ordained there in the Church of England. The best known and most popular book he wrote was "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life." Book 751 was first printed in 1895 to stress Law’s conviction that continuous operation of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you is necessary for your salvation.  Read more

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