Matters of Interpretation

Books, for instance, like of the Bible

The “Read Me” Project Removals 2018-2000

Measurement keeps things real.

Read and Removed 2020 (40)

Adeney, Miriam. Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. [added 01.17.2019] Check_-_2

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. Revised edition. London: Verso, 1991. [added 01.25.2020 – for a seminar] Check_-_2

Brown, Brené. Braving the Wilderness. London: Vermilion (Penguin Random House), 2017. [added 02.03.2020 for Golden Rule 2020 congregational book study] Check_-_2

Brown, Daniel. A New Introduction to Islam. Third edition. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2017. [added 06.2019 after taking a class on “Sharia and Islamic Law”] Check_-_2

Burridge, Richard A. Four Gospels, One Jesus? Eerdmans, 1994. [added 10.11.20] Check_-_2

Carretto, Carlo. The God Who Comes. Translated by Mary Rose Hancock. Orbis Books, 1974. [added ??] Check_-_2

Cotterill, Colin. The Delightful Life of a Suicide Pilot. Soho Press, Inc., 2020. [added 06.19.2020 – “Here, I’m done with this …”]Check_-_2

Delgado, Richard and Stefancic, Jean. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. Third edition. New York University Press, 2017. [Added 07.08.2020]Check_-_2

Because “critical race theory” isn’t what most people think it is. And because I think that if people are going to talk about something, they ought to know something about what they’re talking about. Since I have read this book, I am not going to be among those people who say that “critical race theory” is incompatible with Christianity. That might depend on what people think “Christianity” means. See above.

Depka, Eileen. Raising the Rigor: Effective Questioning Strategies and Techniques for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2017. [added 10.2018] Check_-_2

Diangelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Boston: Beacon Press, 2018. [added 02.08.2020] Check_-_2

du Mez, Kristin Kobes. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020. (ebook) [Added 07.12.2020] Check_-_2

This is a fascinating, but disturbing, look at the recent history of evangelicalism, from the perspective of gender arrangements, gender ideology and preaching / teaching, and gendered practice. Particularly personal for me because of the way the history du Mez narrates constituted my own upbringing in a home saturated with, yet also resistant to, 1960s evangelical culture. The personal costs of that culture were palpable, even then. The news du Mez brings to the telling of this story is her documentation of the intentional use of gender and gender themes to politicize the religious community; the way the construction of a particular view of and use of gender became part of an articulate political agenda. A tremendously important book.

Fretheim, Terence E. and Froehlich, Karlfried. The Bible as the Word of God in a Postmodern Age. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1998. [added Christmas 2020] Check_-_2

Gibala, Martin. The One Minute Workout. Avery (Penguin), 2017. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.] Check_-_2

Grimes, Martha. The Knowledge. Grove Press, 2018. [added 11.15.19. “Here, try this one.”] Check_-_2

Johnson, Bryant. The RBG Workout. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.] Check_-_2

Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Bold Type Books (Hachette), 2016. [Added 06.24.2020 – book study] Check_-_2

Lepore, Jill. This America: The Case for the Nation. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation (W.W. Norton & Co.), 2019. [added 01.04.2020] Check_-_2

Newhouse, Alana, ed. The 100 Most Jewish Foods (A Highly Debatable List). Artisan, 2019. [added 12.26.19] Check_-_2

Oluo, Ijeoma. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2019. [added 12.26.19] Check_-_2

Ortberg, John. The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Zondervan, 1997. [added 02.17.20] Check_-_2

Owens, Lama Rod. Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger. North Atlantic Books, 2020. [added 09.21.20]Check_-_2

Pasachoff, Naomi. Great Jewish Thinkers: Their Lives and Work. Behrman House, 1992. [added 12.25.19]Check_-_2

Patten, Bernard M. Truth, Knowledge, or Just Plain Bull: How to Tell the Difference. Prometheus Books, 2004. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.] Check_-_2

Pausch, Randy. The Last Lecture. New York: Hyperion, 2008. [added 02.06.2020 – when we took books to Half Price Books.] Check_-_2

Pyle, Nathan W. Stranger Planet. Morrow Gift, 2020. [added Christmas 2020] Check_-_2

Rah, Soong-Chan. Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times. InverVarsity Press, 2015. [added 09.09.2020. For book group.] Check_-_2

Reynolds, Jason and Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Adapted from Kendi, Ibram X., Stamped from the Beginning. Little, Brown, and Company, 2020. [Added 06.19.2020 – book study] Check_-_2

Rooney, Anne. Think like an Economist: Get to grips with money and markets. London: Arcturus Publishing Ltd., 2019. [added 02.06.2020 – when we took books to Half Price Books.] Check_-_2

Rothstein, Dan and Santana, Luz. Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Harvard Education Press. 2011. [added 03.23.2019] Check_-_2

Song, Aengus. Flowers from the Garden of Evil: Everyone’s Guide to the Elements of Authoritarian Dogma. White Rose Publishers, 2014. (Kindle ed.) [added 11.09.2019 “Curiosity killed the cat.”] Check_-_2

Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. W.W. Norton and Company, 2010. [added 12.26.19] Check_-_2

Stevenson, Leslie. Eighteen Takes On God: A Short Guide for Those Who Are Still Perplexed. Oxford University Press, 2020. [added 07.20.20] Check_-_2

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins), 2017. [added 08.05.20 – book study] Check_-_2

Tracy, Brian. Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. YellowKite Books (Hachette UK), 2004. Check_-_2

Wilhelm, Anthony. Christ Among Us: A Modern Presentation of the Catholic Faith For Adults. 6th edition. HarperSanFrancisco, 1996. [added 07.02.2019. Working on the fall book order, borrowing from someone else’s syllabus …] Check_-_2

Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent. New York: Random House, 2020. [added 08.14.2020] Check_-_2

williams, Rev. angel Kyodo; Owens, Lama Rod; Syedullah, Jasmine. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. North Atlantic Books, 2016. [added 09.21.2020] Check_-_2

Williams, Will. Geography in Bite-Sized Chunks. Metro Books, 2017. [added 11.16.19. Birthday at the bookstore.] Check_-_2

Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathan. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. IVP Books, 2018. (ebook) [Added 06.29.2020] Check_-_2

Read and Removed 2019 (24)

Baggini, Julian and Fosl, Peter S. The Philosopher’s Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods. 2nd Edition. UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Check_-_2

Bruyneel, Sally and Padgett, Alan G. Introducing Christianity. Orbis Books, 2003. [added 06.14.2019. I am fed up with “Western Religions” textbooks, and I have got to get the fall book order in …]Check_-_2

Chapman, Gary. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2015 (1992). Check_-_2

Claiborne, Shane and Martin, Michael. Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2019. [added 08.10.2019] Check_-_2

DeLisle, Guy. Burma Chronicles. New York: Drawn and Quarterly, 2014. [added 04.27.2019; Barnes & Noble’s Mother’s Day coupons work.] Check_-_2

Dreyer, Benjamin. Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Random House, 2019. [added 08.09.2019] Check_-_2

Forni, P.M. Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2002. Check_-_2

Frankiel, Sandra Sizer. Christianity: A Way to Salvation. (Religious Traditions of the World.) Waveland Press, 2011. [added 07.02.2019. I am fed up with “Western Religions” textbooks, and I have got to get the fall book order in …] Check_-_2

Godin, Seth. This is Marketing. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2018. [added 11.20.2018] Check_-_2

Hughes, Aaron W. Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History. Oxford University Press, 2012. [added 06.14.2019] Check_-_2

Kristian, Bonnie. A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today. FaithWords, 2018. [added 07.02.2019. Still looking for something for the fall book order …]Check_-_2

Kul-Want, Christopher and Piero. Introducing Aesthetics. Icon Books, 2012. [added 06.20.2019] Check_-_2

Levine, Amy-Jill. The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. HarperOne, 2006. [added 03.19.2019] Check_-_2

McKelway, Alexander J. The Freedom of God and Human Liberation. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1990. Check_-_2

Pachuau, Lalsangkima. World Christianity: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Nashville: Abingdon, 2018. [added 10.2018]Check_-_2

Richter, Kent. Religion: A Study in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness. Oxford University Press, 2017. [added 12.25.2018] Check_-_2

Smith, Sean K. How to Hug a Porcupine: Easy Ways to Love the Difficult People in Your Life. New York: MJF Books, 2009. [added 08.31.2019] Check_-_2

Stanley, Andy. Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World. ePub Edition. Zondervan, 2018. [added 02.10.2019] Check_-_2

Stone, Douglas, Patton, Bruce, and Heen, Sheila. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. 10th Anniversary Edition. Penguin, 1999. [added 11.10.2019 – we’re looking into it at church in relation to the Golden Rule 2020 initiative.] Check_-_2

Taylor, Barbara Brown. Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. HarperOne, 2019. [added 08.04.2019 as a loaner, so high priority] Check_-_2

Turton, Stuart. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2018. [added 09.02.19; because my spouse finished reading it and said “this is such a good book!!” and I said “well, I’d like to read it …”] Check_-_2

Westphal, Merold. Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009. [added 12.25.2018] Check_-_2

Williams, Rowan. Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2014. [added 01.17.2019] Check_-_2

Zimmerman, Jens. Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2015. [added 06.20.2019] Check_-_2

Read and Removed 2018 (10)

Brett, Regina. Be The Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible. New York: MJF Books, 2012. Check_-_2

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Mismeasure of Man. Revised edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Check_-_2

Lavine, T.Z. From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest. New York: Bantam Books, 1984. Check_-_2

Lupton, Robert D. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It). New York: HarperCollins, 2011. Check_-_2

McAmis, Robert Day. Malay Muslims: The History and Challenge of Resurgent Islam in Malay Southeast Asia. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002. Check_-_2

Eric Metaxas. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. (New York: Viking, 2017). Check_-_2

Pagels, Elaine. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. New York: Penguin, 2012. Check_-_2

Power, Carla. If the Oceans Were Ink. New York: Holt, 2015. Check_-_2

Said, Edward W. Orientalism. 25th Anniversary Edition with a New Preface by the Author. New York: Vintage, 1994 (originally 1974). Check_-_2

Wylen, Stephen M. The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 1996. Check_-_2

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