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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The Many Faces of Christ: The Thousand-Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels

Book Number: 
717
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Philip Jenkins
Total Pages: 
256
Publisher: 
Basic Books
Year: 
2015

Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, where he is based in the Institute for Studies of Religion. 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

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Book Number: 
716
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Al Franken
Total Pages: 
396
Publisher: 
Hachette Book Group
Year: 
2017

Al Franken, Harvard College grad, received his “doctorate in right-wing megalomania studies from Trump University.” He has represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate since 2009. This gift book was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

Common Ground: Lessons and Legends from the World’s Great Faiths

Book Number: 
715
Date Fred Read: 
August 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Todd Outcalt
Total Pages: 
295
Publisher: 
Skyhorse Publishing
Year: 
2015

Todd Outcalt, a United Methodist pastor, is the author of thirty books in six languages. He has contributed to many magazines. This was a gift book.  Read more

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation

Book Number: 
714
Date Fred Read: 
July 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Brian McLaren
Total Pages: 
282
Publisher: 
Jericho Books
Year: 
2014

Brian McLaren is a Christian thinker, author, activist, and public theologian. 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

The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament’s Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book

Book Number: 
713
Date Fred Read: 
July 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Julie Galambush
Total Pages: 
309
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year: 
2005

Julie Galambush, an associate Professor at The College of William and Mary, has a Ph.D. in OT studies from Emory Univ. and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Formerly an ordained Baptist minister, she converted to Judaism and is a member of Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church. VA.  Read more

Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World

Book Number: 
712
Date Fred Read: 
July 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
416
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2011

John Shelby Spong is a retired bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark. He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. This book takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics: From Dark Night of the Soul to The Power of Now

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Book Number: 
711
Date Fred Read: 
June 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
James M. Russell
Total Pages: 
203
Publisher: 
Robinson
Year: 
2016

James M. Russell, with a philosophy degree from U. of Cambridge and a post-graduate qualification in critical theory, has taught at the UK’s Open U. He also wrote A Brief Guide to Philosophy. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Rumi: A New Translation

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Book Number: 
710
Date Fred Read: 
June 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Farrukh Dhondy
Total Pages: 
165
Publisher: 
Arcade Publishing
Year: 
2017

Farrukh Dhondy is a London-based writer, screenwriter, playwright, and activist of Indian Parsi descent. He has published novels and short stories, written screenplays for Bollywood, and been a commissioning editor at TV 4 in the UK. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique

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Book Number: 
709
Date Fred Read: 
June 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Michael Gazzaniga
Total Pages: 
390
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2009

Michael Gazzaniga, director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the U. of California-Santa Barbara and its Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Beliefs that Changed the World: The History and Ideas of the Great Religions

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Book Number: 
708
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
John Bowker
Total Pages: 
300
Publisher: 
Quercus Publishing
Year: 
2015

John Bowker is an emeritus professor of Gresham College. London. He has been a Fellow and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge. A well-known broadcaster on religions, he published more than 40 books. This was a Christmas gift. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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