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.

Christian Religion

Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World

Book Number: 
778
Date Fred Read: 
October 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
409
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2011

John Shelby Spong, former Episcopal Bishop of Newark, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches throughout the world. A leading spokesperson for liberal Christianity for decades, this book is one of four of his books he mentions in his book Biblical Literalism. (To see his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality

Book Number: 
775
Date Fred Read: 
September 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Jim Marion
Total Pages: 
301
Publisher: 
Hampton Roads
Year: 
2011

Jim Marion is a contemporary American mystic who studied for the priesthood and pursued divinity studies at Hartford Seminary Foundation. He is the founder of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness and the author of The Death of the Mythic God.  Read more

Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Book Number: 
774
Date Fred Read: 
September 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Diana Butler Bass
Total Pages: 
221
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2018

Diana Butler Bass, with a PhD in religious studies, is currently an independent scholar. She is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges, universities, and churches across North America. (For her books I’ve read, click on her name.)  Read more

Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity

Book Number: 
770
Date Fred Read: 
August 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
228
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2012

Pastors David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy present a lively and stimulating tour of what it means to be a "progressive" Christian. Based on the bestselling DVD course of the same name, Living the Questions explores matters many churches are afraid to address. This was a gift book.  Read more

This Hebrew Lord: A Bishop’s Search for the Authentic Jesus

Book Number: 
761
Date Fred Read: 
June 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
186
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
1993

This is Spong’s 1993 update of his second book of 1973. John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal bishop of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. He is one of the leading spokepersons for liberal Christianity. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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 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

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

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