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A Time For Remembering

The Ruth Bell Graham Story
 By: Patricia Daniels Cornwell

NO QUESTIONABLE CONTENT. GOOD FOR ALL READERS.

CBS television just did a memorial show for one hour during prime time this last year in honor of Billy Grahams wife. It prompted me to remember a biography I had recently read about her. The book gives much more detail of her early life and life behind the scenes. It also contains many wonderful photographs, wonderful proof that behind every great man is a great woman. This is an inspiring read for both men and women. If you can't find it I will loan you my copy.

Blink
The Power of thinking without thinking
 By: Malcolm Gladwell

FOR ADULT READING ONLY. A FEW USES OF COARSE LANGUAGE.

This book is a psychological study on how people make snap judgments or get first impressions. The findings are pretty neat, as are some of the story/illustrations but within some of the personal testimonies, there is mild use of rough language. Great book for helping you understand prejudice and also how environment plays a role in our decisions and judgments.

Finding The Plot
Preaching in narrative style
 By: Roger Standing

NO QUESTIONABLE MATERIAL.

A book on preaching from a story perspective rather than your usual three point outline (which I am prone to do). In a story driven (insert"entertainment" here) culture it is important to connect with the average person, so it is interesting from that standpoint. It might interest a teacher or preacher but otherwise you will probably find it somewhat academic. Roger Standing is from England and has lots of letters behind his name, I don't know if that means anything but I thought I would mention it.

Into The Wild
 By: John Krakauer

FOR ADULT READING ONLY. A FEW USES OF COARSE LANGUAGE.

Riveting book. True story from the early 1990's about a young man offamily and means who gives up regular life for the life of a transientand heads to Alaska for what he thinks will be the "greatest adventure"of living off the land and alone in the wilderness only to ultimatelyfind his death there. The book is a study on what caused him to do thisand consequently causes us to examine our motives in life as well.Also, exciting as it is set against his cross country travels and the Alaska wilderness and those who live there.

Manhunt
The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
 By: James L. Swanson

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL READERS .

A great book about what happened after possibly the most importantthing in American history happened- the assasination of Lincoln. Goodinsight to the times, the common people, the politics, the southernrebellion and the impact of the Lincoln presidency.

The English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament
English Standard Version
 By: John Schwandt, General Editor

This is a great study tool for keeping up with the original language and general Bible study.  My old interlinear (which means greek and english side by side) was in the King James version and this is abit more contemporary in its english.  It's still no substitute for keeping up with greek vocabulary and verb parsing.  Have fun kids.

The Holy Bible- English Standard Version
containing the Old and New Testaments
 By: Crossway Publishers

A newer (2001) translation that is quickly becoming my favorite study version. A fairly exact word for word translation of the original language manuscripts into contemporary english. If you need a new study Bible or like to collect them, then get one of these. While different from the NIV we have in our pews and from which I preach, you will not be disappointed. And besides if we ever change pew Bibles and go the the English Standard Version think about how smart you will look with a copy that is already worn in- you scholar!

The Most Famous Man In America
The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
 By: Debby Applegate

FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND UP. SOME ADULT SITUATIONS PORTRAYED.

The Pulitzer prize winner for 2007. And Applegate is a Clackamas HighSchool graduate- way to go!Beecher was the greatest churchman of his day and the leader in amovement away from puritanical fire and brimstone preaching toward agrace oriented message. This changed the way we do church even up topresent day. A wonderful biography of a sometimes sad life mixed withpolitics and faith- which one was more important to Beecher is for thereader to decide. Due to some provacative situations described I wouldonly recommend this for high school and up.

The Sermon
Dancing the edge of mystery
 By: Eugene L. Lowry

NO OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL. A TEXTBOOK ON PREACHING

Lowry shows the revolution within homiletics (preaching) styles overthe last 25 years and builds a case for a style which preaches the textthrough what he calls the "sudden shift" (another name for the Aha!moment) when God reveals his character and will for the listener. Goodstuff for students, preachers and teachers who want to know wherepreaching is going in the future.

The Shack
Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
 By: William P. Young

ADULTS ONLY.  VIOLENCE MENTIONED IN THE STORY LINE.

OK, OK so everyone told me that this book would change my life.  So maybe my expectations were set a little high.  It didn't change my llfe.  I found the anthropomorphizing literary device of making God an older african american woman to be akin to the recent movies "Bruce Almighty" and "Evan Almighty", a little contrived and the theology was bent a little toward the universalist unitarian side of things (I don't know whether that was intended).

The story is about how one man overcomes the tragedy of losing a child horribly to circumstances he finds self convicting.  Any parent can relate.  The vehicle used is a "could be dream sequence" where he walks and talks with God (the whole trinity) for a weekend discovering his misunderstandings of why bad things happen to good people and how God redeems tragedy.  My favorite line: "Judgement is not about destruction, but about setting things right".  Perhaps because of God's perfect judgement we can trust there are no tears or grief in heaven.

The story, although tragic to begin with, is not well written and makes some not so great theological conjecture and give pause for some good thinking about God's plan and how scripture reveals it to us.  It will be interesting to see if it becomes a movie it is such a big seller.


 

Then Sings My Soul
150 of the world's greatest hymn stories
 By: Robert J. Morgan

NO QUESTIONABLE CONTENT. GOOD FOR ALL READERS OR FAMILY DEVOTIONALS.

A wonderful treatment of the stories behind some of our most memorablehymns. EAch one unique, some more exciting than others but all worthdiscovering. Have fun with family around the table talking about thestories of faith that resluted in these songs. Hint: The trivia insidemakes for great conversation starters during fellowship times afterchurch.


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