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recent book purchase

Many books are on my desk at the moment.  Books for my theological study, and books for my personal interest.  I have too many books on my desk.  I cannot read them all…

Yet this did not prevent me from picking up 7 more books on our recent trip to the states…

  1. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an ordinary radical – Shane Claiborne. ‘Save-the -World’ Christianity, as expoused by scholar-with-dreds-man, Claiborne.  Should be cool.
  2. The Lord & His PrayerN.T. Wright. Analysis of the greatest prayer by a great New Testament scholar.  Nuff said.
  3. Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution – Kenneth R. Miller. Respected Biologist presents science and faith as friends.  Been wanting to read this one for a while.
  4. Jesus for PresidentShane Claiborne & Chris Haw. Might be one of my new most-recommended books.  Looks to be well-researched.  Loving the creative format!
  5. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for BeliefFrancis Collins. Human genome mapper and reconciler of faith and science.  Looking forward to this one.
  6. Christ The Lord: The Road to CanaAnne Rice. I used to write about blood and vampires, now I’ve committed my writing to Jesus.  Who am I?  Meet Anne Rice.
  7. God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion – Brother GuyConsolmagno, S.J. I’ve been loving his articles over at Thinking Faith.  Been looking forward to reading this one!

Ask me next year if I’ve gotten to half of them!  :)

10 replies on “recent book purchase”

I’ve heard that N.T. Wright might be coming to BCNZ this year, but haven’t heard any dates yet… Might just be a rumour…

I’ll try and bring it in tomorrow morning when I drop Di off…

I’ve got a lot of reading for my course to do, two assignments, plus work, so I’m not going to be getting to that one any time really soon… :(


Ken Miller has a new book out this month – Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul.

I guess it will concentrate more on the current struggle in the US (where he has played, and is playing, an important role), rather than the theology. But it should be very interesting.

Finding Darwin’s God is a few years old now. I tried to order it for our local library but don’t know how successful I was. Haven’t seen it in the shops (maybe because of its age).

From my experience one doesn’t get the opportunity to do all the reading one wants until retirement!

From my experience one doesn’t get the opportunity to do all the reading one wants until retirement!

Tell me about it! I recently subscribed to New Scientist and now I get about 2 hours a week in which to try to make a dent in the pile of books on my bedside table. I’ve been reading The Blank Slate for about three weeks now and am only a couple of chapters in to it.

Bring on retirement I say!

Thanks Ken/Damian,
To add to it all, I’m also the type of person that wants to read in a ‘fine-toothed-comb’ fashion. I don’t ‘skim’ well. A lecturer I’ve had gave excellent advice (which I still struggle to heed!) on how to skim.
Many ‘more technical’ books will have a ‘conclusion’ at the end of major sections, and reading these can give you an informative over-view of the entire thing, and in addition to this, you’ll know where to return to later for more detailed treatment, etc. Many of these books have a more extended Table of Contents as well, which gives a wonderful overview of the thought development. And then there’s reading reviews; and also wisely using the bibliographies from other books…
Of course, when offerring any serious critique of a book, one must (I insist) have actually read at least most of the thing. Unfortunately, (e.g. – Amazon reviews/comments, etc.) people often make sweeping judgments about all kinds of things, having often not read the whole thing.
But for the purposes of research and developing familiarity with the scope of ideas on a topic, the ‘skimming’ method is invaluable. My difficulty in doing it probably is the clearest reason why I’m not a ‘scholar’! :)

Some people are paid to review books.

I’ve sometimes thought I would like to get on a reviewers list (for books in my areas of interest) so that I could receive books free of charge from the publishers. I have a relative who does this for the Listener – he sometimes pases on to us books that he has received).

One advantage of retirement, though, is that I don’t need to skim read which might be necessary when reading for a job. I can actually read completely at my own pace. As a reviewer that might no be always possible.

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