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Post by JWTre » Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:43 am

Skip wrote:
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"The God Who Is There" - Schaeffer (yup, me, too)
"Orthodoxy" - Chesterton (leading the study on that one)
"Blue Like Jazz" - Miller (my daughter got me hooked on this one)
"The Wee Free Men" - Pratchett (Crivens!)
Orthodoxy is one of my favorite books.

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Post by durangopipe » Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:08 pm

I had time to do a lot of recreational reading over break. Break just ended, and this is the last book I read:

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Recommend it. It’s hysterically funny, until it isn’t.
And absolutely accurate and true.
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Post by sweetandsour » Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:19 am

The Coming Prince, by Sir Robert Anderson. "Reading" may be an overstatement. "Attempting to read" is a better description.
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Post by Sir Moose » Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:59 pm

“Present Concerns” Journalistic Essays by C.S. Lewis.

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Post by adauria » Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:11 pm

"Perfectly Confident" by Don A. Moore - A good look at calibrating and balancing one's confidence in any particular area (NOT a book to pump you up to be more confident, necessarily). If you like analytical decision making, Annie Duke type stuff, this is a good take on that.

"How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems from Randall Munroe of xkcd" - A fun take on a variety of topics with an eye to the scientifically possible but ridiculous. If xkcd.com is your speed, you'll like this as well as his other "What If..." book.

"The Dichotomy of Leadership" by Wilinks and Babin. It's the sequel to the excellent "Extreme Ownership," and, like that one was, is part of a group reading project at work with my fellow managers. Just 1 chapter in, but it's promising to be a solid read.

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Post by JimVH » Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:36 pm

In Plain Sight, CJ Box

Book six in the Joe Pickett series. If this reincarnation thing turns out to be for real, I want to be a game warden next time.
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Post by wosbald » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:18 pm

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Love and Truth: The Christian Path of Charity by Jean Borella

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by coco » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
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Post by Adam Z » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:58 pm

coco wrote:
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Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
Many think this is a low point in the series in terms of what the fandom has called "The Slog". I'll admit that the first time I read it, I took a long break before continuing the series. I enjoyed the book much more the second time. If it seems like the story is meandering too much & it's way too much set up for other stuff, be encouraged to know that RJ went out with a bang, as the next volume (which was also the last published before his death) Knife of Dreams is thought by many fans to be one of the best books he ever wrote - a sentiment that I agree with.
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Post by wosbald » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:06 pm

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The Discovery of God by Henri de Lubac

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by arank87 » Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:57 am

I’m still reading the Upland Shooting Life by George Bird Evans. I read a few pages a day. I’m gonna buckle down and finish it this week though. I also read A Fly Rod of Your Own and No Shortage of Good Days, both by John Gierach. I love his writing.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:30 am

For a second read, I picked up an extremely OLD small book containing twelve sermons on the Holy Spirit by some guy named Charles H. Spurgeon. Feels like his spirit returned to tap me on the shoulder time and again, and when I turn to see who it is, he just points to the last point which stopped my reading, he nods his head in affirmation, points to it again, and I pick up David's oft repeated "Selah" and settle down to contemplate the point longer and receive the rich warm, sacred joy which pulls me closer.

Then I received a book I was not permitted to read growing up just because it was not a Christian book, and I am now enjoying reading some "real writing" which I lost in my growing-up years. This one is the little novel by John Steinbeck, "of Mice and Men." I read his "Travels with Charlie" twice, enjoyed it so much.

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Post by Hovannes » Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:06 pm

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Post by wosbald » Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:10 pm

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Clang (aka Glas) by Jacques Derrida

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:01 pm

Stinbeck's "Cannery Row."
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by coco » Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:35 pm

Knife of Dreams, book eleven of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
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This is, perhaps, the best-written book in the series by Jordan. I think that a great deal of what I find to be unpleasant in Jordan's previous books was due to his haste. I suspect that it would have been a truly monumental work of fiction if he had written, say, seven books in the entire series.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by FredS » Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:51 pm

arank87 wrote:
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. . . I also read A Fly Rod of Your Own and No Shortage of Good Days, both by John Gierach. I love his writing.
That makes at least two of us.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Adam Z » Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:42 pm

coco wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:35 pm
Knife of Dreams, book eleven of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
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This is, perhaps, the best-written book in the series by Jordan. I think that a great deal of what I find to be unpleasant in Jordan's previous books was due to his haste. I suspect that it would have been a truly monumental work of fiction if he had written, say, seven books in the entire series.
Totally agree that it's the best-written book in the series. I'm really happy that the last book he wrote in its entirety (there were portions of the last 3 that he wrote, but Sanderson wrote the bulk of them) was his best writing & he got to go out with a bang, showing his critics that despite the couple previous entries that many call "The Slog" - he hadn't lost the "it" factor.

Opinions are slightly divided on the 3 Sanderson books - I'm in the camp that really enjoyed them. They're not perfect, but I can't imagine anyone who could've done a better job. There were better writers they could've chosen, and there were people who knew more about The Wheel of Time who they could've chosen, but I doubt there is a better writer who also loved & knew more about The Wheel of Time than Brandon Sanderson.

Hoping you enjoy the rest of the series as much as I did!
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by coco » Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:04 pm

Adam Z wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:42 pm
coco wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:35 pm
Knife of Dreams, book eleven of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
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This is, perhaps, the best-written book in the series by Jordan. I think that a great deal of what I find to be unpleasant in Jordan's previous books was due to his haste. I suspect that it would have been a truly monumental work of fiction if he had written, say, seven books in the entire series.
Totally agree that it's the best-written book in the series. I'm really happy that the last book he wrote in its entirety (there were portions of the last 3 that he wrote, but Sanderson wrote the bulk of them) was his best writing & he got to go out with a bang, showing his critics that despite the couple previous entries that many call "The Slog" - he hadn't lost the "it" factor.

Opinions are slightly divided on the 3 Sanderson books - I'm in the camp that really enjoyed them. They're not perfect, but I can't imagine anyone who could've done a better job. There were better writers they could've chosen, and there were people who knew more about The Wheel of Time who they could've chosen, but I doubt there is a better writer who also loved & knew more about The Wheel of Time than Brandon Sanderson.

Hoping you enjoy the rest of the series as much as I did!
I've started The Gathering Storm. My initial impression is that Sanderson is a better writer when it comes to sentences and paragraphs. I will have to see how he does on the overall plot and creating a unified book.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:39 pm

I'm questioning my 'reason' and ?'s of the mysterious parts of me...that prompted me to buy and read, almost half way through, Steinbeck's "Cannery Row." What does the Holy Spirit think when HE seems me reading something that - - so far just has me echoing the ? repeatedly: "Why am I reading this and wasting time?"
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