Measurement keeps things real.
Read and Removed 2021
Bartlett, Bruce. The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in its Tracks. Ten Speed Press, 2017.
Biesenbach, Rob. Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results. Eastlawn Media, 2018. [added 10.20. Let’s call it “professional development.”]
Brooks, E. Bruce. Jesus and After: The First Eighty Years. (Studies in Early Christianity) Warring States Project, 2018. [added 08.2020 – “Hey, look at this …”]
Bottum, Joseph. An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America. Image (Random House), 2014. [added 02.15.21.]
Carson, D.A. Exegetical Fallacies. Second edition. Baker Academic, 1996. [added 10.11.20]
Cheng, Eugenia. The Art of Logic in an Illogical World. Basic Books, 2018. [added 06.19.21]
This was a wonderful book!! One of the best this year. I especially enjoyed her opening paragraph on “feelings,” but actually enjoyed everything about it: learning more logic, learning that mathematics is “really” about logic, more than about numbers and equations, different kinds of logic, limits to logic and why logic needs to be supplemented by emotions and intuitions to yield “real human” intelligence as opposed to robotic intelligence – fascinating, informative, fun to read, delightful.
Doyle, Brian. A Book of Uncommon Prayer. Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books, 2014. [added 02.15.2021]
These prayers for almost entirely ordinary, often-overlooked wonders – like Girls Scouts and their cookies, or cashiers, or soccer practice – made me cry and laugh and appreciate life more and thank God more for all the things in it, and will hopefully keep inspiring me even a fraction as observant and grateful as the late Brian Doyle. Although I think he should have liked cats more that he said he did.
Eagleton, Terry. Culture and the Death of God. Yale University Press, 2014. [added 02.27.2021]
Feser, Edward. Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide. Oneworld (ebook), 2009. [added 04.06.2021]
Garrett, Duane A. The Problem of the Old Testament: Hermeneutical, Schematic & Theological Approaches. IVP Academic, 2020. [added Christmas 2020]
Garrett, Henry James. This Book Will Make You Kinder. Penguin Books, 2020.
Graeber, David. The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. Melville House, 2015. [added 02.27.2021]
Now I see bureaucracy everywhere. This is not a good thing. But I’m glad I read the book anyway. It’s just too bad that he seems to be correct about so much.
Haig, Matt. How to Stop Time. Penguin, 2017. [added 07.12.2019 Though I should know better than to fall for a novel.]
__________. The Midnight Library. Viking, 2020. [added 05.08.2021 – Happy Birthday!]
Hart, David Bentley. The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005. [added Christmas 2020]
Holmes, Barbara A. Race and the Cosmos. 2nd edition. CAC Publishing, 2020. [added 02.23.2021]
Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Stephen J. Freakonimics. Revised and Expanded Edition. William Morrow (HarperCollins), 2020.
Maguire, Holly. Book Nerd. Workman Publishing, 2020. [added 05.08.2021 – happy birthday]
Martin, James S.J. Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. HarperCollins, 2021. [added 02.15.2021]
Miller, Michelle D. Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. Harvard University Press, 2014. [added 03.08.2021]
Predictably, reading this book made me feel like a lousy, lazy, unmotivated teacher. That is not her problem, of course. Had good ideas and a lot of information about learning, and I did try to incorporate as many of her suggestions for engagement and setting up online instruction for maximum learning as I could in preparation for the online course this summer. Not enough, evidently, or not the right way, judging from actual student engagement and level of interaction. See that initial neurotic comment. Sadly, she does not have suggestions for not experiencing frustration with the LMS, or the students, or wishing I were living in a different reality.
Popkin, Richard H. and Stroll, Avrum. Philosophy Made Simple. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1993.
Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. InterVarsity Press, 2009. [added 09.09.2020. Found while buying a book for book group.]
Reeves, Anne R. Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning for Student Thinking and Learning. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011. [added 10.2018]
As usual, reading a book on teaching made me feel like a poor teacher, but worth it for the good advice on thinking about objectives and the “principal in the hall” test for “what did you learn today”. That’s a keeper. And learning how not to confuse “learning activities” with “learning objectives.” One more time through the learning hierarchy. Granted, more oriented towards lower grades, but still helpful.
Ryken, Leland. How to Read the Bible as Literature … and get more out of it. Zondervan, 1984.
Sanneh, Lamin. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity. Oxford University Press, 2008. [added 01.17.2019]
Schilbrack, Kevin. Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
This is a marvelous book, thoroughly worthwhile reading, extremely smart, a nice introduction to philosophy of religion, frankly a nicely-organized introduction to central topics in the academic study of religion, works as a solid literature and topic review, and totally elucidates why it’s so maddening to read “philosophy of religion” on the internet. Anti-sclerotic in every way, and if I were going to read exactly one book on this topic, this would be the one. Also, has the good taste to be a friend of Craig Martin, the author of the outstanding and irreplaceable Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, solidly reinforcing his credentials as someone who cares about doing philosophy of religion in a way that communicates with the academic study of religion more generally. Yay for this book! I hope gazillions of people read it. Or, if not gazillions, then all the people who are actually doing this kind of work. And may stupid arguments on the internet speedily pass away.
Simpson, John. The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary. Basic Books, 2016. [added 02.14.2021]
Sparks, Kenton L. “Fake News” Theology: How and Why We Use Biblical Authority to Dodge God’s Authority. Cascade Books, 2020. [added Christmas 2020]
Stamper, Kory. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Vintage Books, 2017. [added Christmas 2020]
The RZA. The Tao of Wu. Riverhead Books, 2009. [added 09.2020]
Thévenez, Pierre. What Is Phenomenology? Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1962.
Finally! This had only been on my reading list and the read-me shelf since graduate school – and now I probably need to return it to its rightful owner. It absolutely made my head ache. BUT it includes a nice explanation of the genesis of phenomenology, and an analysis of what its project is, and that is helpful, especially when thinking about phenomenology of religion. Whether it’s possible, REALLY, to do without metaphysical assumptions – it’s a lot harder than it looked when this whole thing started, isn’t it?
Thurman, Howard. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (ebook) [Added 07.15.2020]
Vines, Matthew. How to Talk About the Bible & LGBTQ Inclusion. The Reformation Project, 2017. [added 05.14.2021 – congregational research]
Read and Removed 2020
Adeney, Miriam. Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. [added 01.17.2019]
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. Revised edition. London: Verso, 1991. [added 01.25.2020 – for a seminar]
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”]
Burridge, Richard A. Four Gospels, One Jesus? Eerdmans, 1994. [added 10.11.20]
Carretto, Carlo. The God Who Comes. Translated by Mary Rose Hancock. Orbis Books, 1974. [added ??]
Delgado, Richard and Stefancic, Jean. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. Third edition. New York University Press, 2017. [Added 07.08.2020]
Depka, Eileen. Raising the Rigor: Effective Questioning Strategies and Techniques for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2017. [added 10.2018]
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]
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]
Gibala, Martin. The One Minute Workout. Avery (Penguin), 2017. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.]
Johnson, Bryant. The RBG Workout. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. [added 11.29.19. Black Friday at the bookstore.]
Newhouse, Alana, ed. The 100 Most Jewish Foods (A Highly Debatable List). Artisan, 2019. [added 12.26.19]
Oluo, Ijeoma. So you want to talk about race. Seal Press, 2019. [added 12.26.19]
Ortberg, John. The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Zondervan, 1997. [added 02.17.20]
Owens, Lama Rod. Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger. North Atlantic Books, 2020. [added 09.21.20]
Pasachoff, Naomi. Great Jewish Thinkers: Their Lives and Work. Behrman House, 1992. [added 12.25.19]
Pyle, Nathan W. Stranger Planet. Morrow Gift, 2020. [added Christmas 2020]
Rah, Soong-Chan. Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times. InverVarsity Press, 2015. [added 09.09.2020. For book group.]
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.]
Rothstein, Dan and Santana, Luz. Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Harvard Education Press. 2011. [added 03.23.2019]
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.”]
Tracy, Brian. Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. YellowKite Books (Hachette UK), 2004.
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 …]
williams, Rev. angel Kyodo; Owens, Lama Rod; Syedullah, Jasmine. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. North Atlantic Books, 2016. [added 09.21.2020]
Read and Removed 2019
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 …]
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 …]
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 …]
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.]
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 …”]