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

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

Book Number: 
749
Date Fred Read: 
April 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
John Shelby Spong
Total Pages: 
287
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2018

John Shelby Spong was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ, for 24 years before retiring in 2000. A leading spokesperson for liberal Christianity, he appeared on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, FOX News Live, and Extra. This book is based on the William Belden Noble lectures he delivered at Harvard. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Make a Difference: Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve

Book Number: 
748
Date Fred Read: 
April 2018
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
James A. Harnish
Total Pages: 
153
Publisher: 
Abingdon Press
Year: 
2017

James A. Harnish, author of numerous books and Bible studies, a pastor and elder in the United Methodist Church, served for 42 years in Florida. This book is for anyone desiring to take a next step in discipleship and engage in God’s work in the world. It was used for a 6-week Lenten study in my church.  Read more

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

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

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

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

Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith

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Book Number: 
707
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Diana Butler Bass
Total Pages: 
287
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2006

Diana Butler Bass holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Duke. She became a full-time writer, independent researcher, educator, and consultant. She tells here her experience in a journey to 50 growing mainline churches to find out what practices work well today. (For her books I’ve read, click on her name).  Read more

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The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be a Christian

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Book Number: 
705
Date Fred Read: 
May 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Brian McLaren
Total Pages: 
228
Publisher: 
Convergent Books
Year: 
2016

Brian McLaren is a Christian thinker, author, and activist, with a former pastor with a background in literature. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a board chair of Convergence. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

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