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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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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A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America’s Heartland

Book Number: 
701
Date Fred Read: 
April 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
126
Publisher: 
Drake Community Press
Year: 
2017

Timothy Knepper, Professor of Philosophy at Drake University, directs the Comparison Project, a public program in global, comparative religion and local, lived religion – 15 sites and 15 Drake student essays. This book has many photos by Bob Blanchard, a freelance photographer in Des Moines.  Read more

The American Spirit: Meeting the Challenge of September 11

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Book Number: 
676
Date Fred Read: 
October 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
180
Publisher: 
Life Books
Year: 
2002

This book by LIFE Editors of One Nation and Introduction by George W. Bush is similar to Time-Life books which have many excellent photos that outnumber the pages of words. It is an expanded version of the book One Nation, which was published earlier in 2002. It was a gift book.  Read more

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Life, God, and Other Small Topics: Conversations from Socrates in the City

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Book Number: 
653
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
360
Publisher: 
Plume
Year: 
2011

Eric Metaxas, author of two acclaimed NYT bestselling biographies - Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace - is the host and founder of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed New York speakers’ series. This was a gift book from my friend who gave me book 652.  Read more

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What Are You Optimistic About?

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Book Number: 
652
Date Fred Read: 
May 2016
Fred's Rating: 
2
Total Pages: 
361
Publisher: 
Pocket Books
Year: 
2008

John Brockman is a writer, agent, and publisher of the ‘Third Culture’ website edge.org, the forum for leading scientists and thinkers to share their research with the general public. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

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Book Number: 
611
Date Fred Read: 
June 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
229
Publisher: 
The Experiment
Year: 
2014

Jeremy Webb is the New Scientist Editor-in-Chief for this collection of 25 essays by 22 authors. Many of these essays appeared in the New Scientist magazine. This was a gift book.  Read more

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This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories that Are Blocking Progress

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Book Number: 
610
Date Fred Read: 
May 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
543
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2015

John Brockman, the publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, is the founder of the literary agency Brockman, Inc. The 175 authors in this collection, edited by Brockman, provide, in 1-4 page contributions, their answers to the 2014 Edge Question “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?"  Read more

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Inventing the Enemy: and Other Occasional Writings

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Book Number: 
563
Date Fred Read: 
June 2014
Fred's Rating: 
2
Author: 
Umberto Eco
Total Pages: 
222
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year: 
2012

Umberto Eco, a semiotician [studies signs and symbols], philosopher, medievalist, novelist and essayist, became well-known for his medieval mystery novel The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, (both of which I’ve read) and, most recently, The Prague Cemetery. This was a gift book.  Read more

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The Divine Within: Selected Writings on Enlightenment

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Book Number: 
553
Date Fred Read: 
April 2014
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
305
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Year: 
2013

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) wrote 11 novels – Brave New World (1932) is his masterpiece, 20 Essays – The Perennial Philosophy (1944) may be his best known, and 15 other styles of literary works. This book has an Introduction by Huston Smith, who selected the essays in this collection. (I have read and reviewed six books by Huston Smith.)  Read more

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The Mind-Body Problem

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Book Number: 
488
Date Fred Read: 
December 2012
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Katha Pollitt
Total Pages: 
83
Publisher: 
Random House
Year: 
2009

Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation. She is the author of four books and Antarctic Traveller, a collection of poems. She has won many prizes and awards for her work. This book is also a collection of poems, and the first poem gave this book its title. This was a gift book.  Read more

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