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The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: a Translation with Commentary

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Book Number: 
663
Date Fred Read: 
July 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Robert Alter
Total Pages: 
391
Publisher: 
Norton
Year: 
2010

Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. He is a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress. This was a gift book.  Read more

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The Power of Positive Thinking

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Book Number: 
662
Date Fred Read: 
July 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Total Pages: 
105
Publisher: 
Prentis Hall
Year: 
1952

This gift edition by Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) of this bestselling book was condensed from the original. Peale wrote 46 books. His legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Outreach Division of Guideposts.  Read more

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The Mystery Experience: A Revolutionary Approach to Spiritual Awakening

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Book Number: 
661
Date Fred Read: 
July 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Tim Freke
Total Pages: 
332
Publisher: 
Watkins
Year: 
2012

Tim Freke, who calls himself ‘the stand-up’ philosopher, has been exploring the “mystery experience” for many years and sharing it at retreats where he guides others “directly to a spiritually awakened state” – this book has the same goal.  Read more

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Resurrection: Myth or Reality? A Bishop’s Search for the Origins of Christianity

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Book Number: 
660
Date Fred Read: 
July 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
293
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
1995

John Shelby Spong is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000 he was Bishop of Newark. He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. (For his other books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age

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Book Number: 
659
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Galen Guengerich
Total Pages: 
213
Publisher: 
Palgrave
Year: 
2013

Galen Guengerich studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and got a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Chicago. He is the senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Universalist in New York City, one of the largest and most prominent congregations in the U.S.A.  Read more

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Religion in the Making

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Book Number: 
658
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
160
Publisher: 
Fordham
Year: 
1997

Alfred North Whitehead, esteemed British philosopher, remains a seminal thinker of the 20th century. This book was first published in 1926. Called RM for short, it was preceded in 1925 by SMW (Science and the Modern World, book 657), and followed in 1929 by PR (Process and Reality, book 195), the magnum opus of his philosophy. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Science and the Modern World

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Book Number: 
657
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
208
Publisher: 
Free Press
Year: 
1997

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), esteemed British philosopher, remains a seminal thinker of the 20th century. This book was first published in 1925. Called SMW for short, it was followed in 1926 by RM (Religion in the Making, book 658), and in 1929 by PR (Process and Reality, book 195), the magnum opus of his philosophy. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

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Book Number: 
656
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Randall Munroe
Total Pages: 
55
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Year: 
2015

Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of the #1 NYT bestseller What If?, has created an oversize (9”x13”x0.6”) book: a series of brilliantly (and simply) annotated blueprints that explain many things from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pens. (This was a gift book - from me to my son.)  Read more

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Wisdom for the New Millennium

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Book Number: 
655
Date Fred Read: 
June 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Helen Exley
Total Pages: 
136
Publisher: 
Exley Publications
Year: 
1999

Wisdom for the New Millennium (selected for Hallmark by Helen Exley) contains some of the wisest words ever written about the most important human values - kindness, perseverance, hope and courage. It helps us to take the best values of the past with us into the future.  Read more

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The Meaning of Human Existence

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Book Number: 
654
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Edward O. Wilson
Total Pages: 
167
Publisher: 
Liveright
Year: 
2015

Edward O. Wilson, currently Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard, is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent biologists and naturalists and as the creator of the scientific disciplines of island biogeography and sociobiology. He has won two Pulitzer prizes and more than 100 awards. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name).  Read more

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