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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Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

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Book Number: 
14
Date Fred Read: 
January 2003
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
298
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
1995

Diane K. Osbon was a student at a month-long seminar by Joseph Campbell at the Esalen Institute. Campbell has written more than 12 books by 2002 about myths and religion. A former Roman Catholic, he became a hermit for 5 years to only read. He later taught at Sarah Lawrence before focusing on writing and giving seminars.  Read more

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The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

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Book Number: 
13
Date Fred Read: 
January 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Jack Kornfield
Total Pages: 
209
Publisher: 
Bantam; Reprint edition
Year: 
2008

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk and taught meditation worldwide since 1974. He has a Ph.D, in clinical psychology. He is a founder of Insight Mediation Society and of Spirit Rock Center. He has written more than 8 books by 2002.  Read more

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The Handy Religion Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

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Book Number: 
12
Date Fred Read: 
December 2002
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
John Renard
Total Pages: 
537
Publisher: 
Visible Ink Press
Year: 
2001

John Renard, a Roman Catholic, got a Ph.D. from Harvard in Islamic Studies in 1978 and has since taught Islamic and other religions at St. Louis Univ. This book was recommended as giving an excellent overview of 8 major world religions.  Read more

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The Case for Faith – A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

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Book Number: 
11
Date Fred Read: 
December 2002
Fred's Rating: 
2
Author: 
Lee Strobel
Total Pages: 
304
Publisher: 
Zondervan Publishing
Year: 
2000

Lee Strobel has written 9 books by 2000; “The Case for Christ” is his No. 1 bestseller. He is a former atheist and legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. He is now a teaching pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church. (The book has extensive notes and a large bibliography.)  Read more

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God: A Brief History

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Book Number: 
10
Date Fred Read: 
December 2002
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
John Bowker
Total Pages: 
373
Publisher: 
Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
Year: 
2004

John Bowker proposed this book as a parallel to Stephen Hawking “A Brief History of Time” because “God and time do indeed resemble each other in two ways: neither exists as common sense might imagine and both have been central to human awareness and experience for as long as any evidence survives.” (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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The Battle for God

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Book Number: 
9
Date Fred Read: 
November 2002
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Karen Armstrong
Total Pages: 
371
Publisher: 
Ballantine Books
Year: 
2001

Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun, has written more than 13 books by 2002. She has commented on the life of Mohammed on PBS. She left the her order in 1969, went to Oxford, and has been a free-lance writer since 1982. (For her books I've read, click on her name.)  Read more

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The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring

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Book Number: 
8
Date Fred Read: 
November 2002
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Parker J. Palmer
Total Pages: 
157
Publisher: 
Jossey-Bass
Year: 
1999

Parker J. Palmer is widely published (as of 1990, 10 poems, 80+ essays, 8 books) and he gives lectures and often leads workshops and retreats. He is a sociologist-philosopher, an activist, and a Quaker. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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Many Worlds: the New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life and Theological Implications

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Book Number: 
3
Date Fred Read: 
October 2002
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
210
Publisher: 
Templeton Foundation Press
Year: 
2000

Steven J. Dick is the historian of science at the US Naval Observatory and an avid follower of cosmology, both physical and spiritual. This book has essays by 12 cosmologists - scientists or theologists, both religious and atheists.  Read more

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The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

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Book Number: 
17
Date Fred Read: 
February 2003
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
391
Publisher: 
HarperOne; Rev Rep edition
Year: 
1991

This is a revised and updated edition of Huston Smith's “The Religions of Man.” The revision reflects feedback from the five-part PBS series where Bill Moyers interviewed Huston Smith. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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The Faith of a Physicist (Theology and the Sciences)

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Book Number: 
2
Date Fred Read: 
October 2002
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
John Polkinghorne
Total Pages: 
194
Publisher: 
Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Year: 
1996

John Polkinghorne was a high-energy theorist who left a successful physics career to become an Anglican minister. He is president of Queen’s College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the British Royal Society. Here he uses the Nicene Creed (381 AD) as an “outline” to express his faith. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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