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

Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the 21st Century

Book Number: 
727
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Marcus J. Borg
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2017

Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland and the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State Univ. His progressive (or emerging) Christianity and his many bestselling books won him wide recognition. (For his many books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Book Number: 
726
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Steve Inskeep
Total Pages: 
253
Publisher: 
Penguin Books

Steve Inskeep, a cohost of Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio program in the US, has won awards for investigating journalism. This, his first book, focuses on the problems due to the extremely rapid growth of the coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan. This was a gift book.  Read more

Animal Farm and 1984

Book Number: 
725
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
George Orwell
Total Pages: 
385
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year: 
2003

The 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell (1903-1950) was the occasion for these two novels – AF (1945 & 84-pp) and 1984 (1949 & 301-pp) – being published together for the first time. George Orwell wrote literary and political commentary for British press/journals and American magazines. AF (“a fairy story”) became an animated movie; 1984 became a movie with humans.  Read more

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

Book Number: 
724
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
340
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2004

These books – BNR (1932) and BNWR (1958) – are published as a Harper Perennial Modern Classics. Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) was the author of many critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. This edition – BNW (231 pp) and BNWR (108 pp) – also has a 17-pp P.S. section of Insights, Interviews, & More. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

The American Bible: Whose America Is This?: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

Book Number: 
723
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Stephen Prothero
Total Pages: 
489
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2012

Stephen Prothero, the bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, is a professor of religion at Boston Univ. and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

Is There a Universal Grammar of Religion? (Master Hsüan Hua Memorial Lecture)

Book Number: 
722
Date Fred Read: 
September 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Henry Rosemont Jr.
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
94
Publisher: 
Open Court
Year: 
2008

Henry Rosemont Jr. and Huston Smith spent some years at MIT with Noam Chomsky, whose work led to his Universal Grammar for languages. Smith applies it to religions; so he says yes. He and Rosemont discussed this question in a public lecture that led to this book. (For Smith's books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Book Number: 
721
Date Fred Read: 
September 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Jonah Berger
Total Pages: 
213
Publisher: 
Simon Schuster
Year: 
2016

Jonah Berger is a Marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Invisible Influence. Contagious is a NYT bestseller. I was told I would enjoy Contagious.  Read more

A Spirituality Named Compassion: Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice

Book Number: 
720
Date Fred Read: 
September 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Matthew Fox
Total Pages: 
270
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
Year: 
1999

Matthew Fox is a theologian, educator, and former Dominican priest. He founded and is president of the University of Creation Spirituality and co-director of the Naropa Institute’s master’s program in Creation Spirituality. The paperback edition was a gift.  Read more

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

Book Number: 
719
Date Fred Read: 
September 2004
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Charles Darwin
Total Pages: 
694
Publisher: 
Penguin Classics
Year: 
2004

Charles Darwin’s first edition of this book was in 1871, twelve years after he published On the Origin of Species. This 2004 reprint edition has a 58-pp Introduction by James Moore and Adrian Desmond. This was a gift book.  Read more

The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness

Book Number: 
718
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
David Gelernter
Total Pages: 
251
Publisher: 
Liveright
Year: 
2016

David Gelernter is a professor of computer science at Yale. His research has proved important to several leading Web-search efforts and to the development of the Java programming language and the development of the first modern social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.  Read more

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