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Books I Read in 2003
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During 2003 I began systematically reading through books already in my library, along with new ones I was finding.  Some I had not read or only read portions.  Some I had read, but reread in this new reading plan. I decided in August 2003 to begin keeping a reading record.  I tried to construct a list of books I had already read earlier in the year.  Thus this list for 2003 might be incomplete.

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Abdulati, Hammudah. Islam in Focus. London: The Islamic Cultural Centre, 1975. 201p. Received August 2001. Read March-April 2003.

Armstrong, Karen. A History of God. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. 399p. Bought and begun June 2003. Finished 1 November 2003.

Ateek, Naim Stifan. Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997. 214p. Received 1998. Portions previously read, significant portions reread Spring 2003.

Barthel, Manfred; Mark Howson, translator and adaptor.  What the Bible Really Says:  Casting New Light on the Book of Books.  NY:  Bell Publishing Co., 1984.  388p.  (Bible backgrounds, cultural updates from archeology and other sciences.  See my review of this book on this site and Amazon.com.)  Bought 1985.  Begun September 2003, finished October 2003.

Boer, Harry R. The Bible and Higher Criticism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1981. 109p. Bought 1983. Read November 2003.

Boers, Hendrikus. What is New Testament Theology? (In series, Guides to Biblical Scholarship) Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979. 87p. Bought 1984. Read 31 December 2003.

Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims. Grand Rapids: Spire Books (Baker Book House), 1958, 2003. 112p.  (See my review essay about Brother Lawrence on this site.  See The Practice of the Presence on Amazon.com.)  Bought November 2003, read December 2003.

Coogan, Michael David, ed. and trans. Stories from Ancient Canaan. Louisville: Westminster Press, 1978. Bought and begun August 2003. 120p. Finished November 2003.

Gerhardsson, Birger. The Origins of the Gospel Traditions. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1979. 91p. Bought 1980, portions previously read. Reread beginning March 2003, finished June 2003.

Glynn, Patrick. God the Evidence. Roseville, California: Prima Publishing House, Forum (Random House), 1999. 216p. Bought June 2003, finished July 2003.

Gruenler, Royce Gordon. New Approaches to Jesus and the Gospels: A Phenomenological and Exegetical Study of Synoptic Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1982. 251p.  (See my review essay of Gruenler's book on this site.  See Gruenler's book on Amazon.Com.)  Bought 1984.  Begun April 2003, finished November 2003.

Guillaume, Alfred. Islam. Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin Books, 1964. 199p. Bought in the 1960s. Read many times, significant portions read March-April 2003.

Hall, Christopher A. and John Sanders. Does God Have a Future? A Debate on Divine Providence. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 2003. 192p. Bought May 2003, finished July 2003.

Harvey, Andrew. The Teachings of Rumi. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1994. 187p. Bought and significant portions read March 2003.

Heath, Dale E. The Orthodox Septuagint. no place: Dale E. Heath, 1997.  (Read my essay reviewing Heath's book on this site.  Bought June 2003 at Taylor University, Indiana, finished July 2003.

Howarth, Patrick. Attila, King of the Huns. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1994. 187p. Bought 27 December 2003, finished 30 December 2003.

Ibrahim, Exxedin and Denys Johnson-Davies. An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith. Beirut, Lebanon: Holy Koran Publishing House, 1979. 127p. Bought 2000. Read March 2003.

Lanier, Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climate Cultures. Hagerstown, Md: McDougal Publishing, 2001. 128p. Received 6 December 2003. Read 30 December 2003.

Lehman, Ruth P. M., trans. Beowulf, An Imitative Translation. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1988. 119p. Bought and begun July 2003, editorís intro and summary, and began the poem. Finished December 2003.

Miller, Elijah. Christian Assurance. Philadelphia: Methodist Episcopal Book and Publishing House, 1875. 79p.  (See my essay reviewing this book on this site.)  Bought 29 December 2003, read December 31, 2003.

Moulton, Harold K. Papyrus, Parchment and Print. London: World Christian Books, Lutterworth Press, 1967. 71p. Reread, finished September 2003.

Noth, Martin. The Deuteronomistic History (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Series 15. Sheffield, England: JSOT Press, 1991. 145p.  (See my essay reviewing this book on this site.  See information on Noth's book on Amazon.Com (currently out of print).)  Bought 1997 in Abilene, Texas. Begun November 2003, finished December 25, 2003.

Qutb, Sayyid. Milestones. Salmiyah, Kuwait: International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations, no date. 238p. Bought 1976 in Nairobi, Kenya, portions read previously. Reread March 2003.

-----. Islam the Misunderstood Religion. Salmiyah, Kuwait: International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations, 1974. 238p. Bought 1976, in Nairobi, Kenya, portions read previously. Significant portions reread March 2003.

Raburn, Lynn. Getting Ready to Go: Preparing Baptist Missionaries for the Foreign Field. Lakeland, Florida: Macedonian Call Publications, 1999. 160p. Gift from author, June 2003. Read August 2003.

Russell, D. S. Between the Testaments. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1972. 162p. Bought and portions read 1975. Reread, finished April 2003.

Safa, Reza F. Inside Islam. Lake Mary, Florida: Charisma House, 1996. 190p. Received and read October 2003.

Stanley, Andy. How Good is Good Enough? Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2003. 92p. Received and read December 2003.

Strauch, Alexander. Biblical Eldership: Restoring the Eldership to its Rightful Place in the Church. Littleton, CO: Lewis and Roth, 1997. 130p. Bought and read November 2003.

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1998. 271p. Received and begun January 2003, finished May 2003.

Toon, Peter. The End of Liberal Theology. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995. 217p.  (Read my review of Toon's book on this site.  See this Book and Read My Review on Amazon.Com.)  Bought 1999. About half read in 2001. Finished November 2003.

Twilley, L.D. The Origin and Transmission of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1959. 63p. Bought 1981. Read previously, reread, finished June 2003.

Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2002. 319p.  (Read my essay reviewing The Purpose Driven Life on this site.  See The Purpose Driven Life and my review on Amazon.com..) Received June 2003.  Started August 2003, finished September 2003.  Reread October-November 2003.

Weatherspoon, J. B. The Book We Teach. Nashville: Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1934. 131p. Received 1985. Read November 2003.

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Allen, Clifton J. The Broadman Bible Commentary, Vol. 1. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1969. 472p. Received 1971. Begun June 2003. Reading gradually with other sources in a study of Genesis.

Bede. A History of the English Church and People. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1993. 351p. Bought and begun March 2003.

Brueggemann, Walter. Genesis. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1982. 380p. Bought 1998. Begun June 2003. Reading gradually with other sources in a study of Genesis.

de Hartog, Leo. Genghis Khan, Conqueror of the World. NY: Barnes and Noble Books, 1989. 193p. Bought 2002. Portions read in 2002, 2003, periodic reading.

Finklestein, Israel and Neil Asher Silberman. The Bible Unearthed. NY: Touchstone (Simon and Schuster), 2001. 353p. Bought and begun November 2003.

Fritzsch, Harald. The Curvature of Spacetime. NY: Columbia University Press, 1996. 311p. Bought 2002, periodic reading begun in 2003. (Quantum Physics considerations for a theory of spacetime.)

Ginzberg, Louis. Legends of the Bible. Old Saybrook, CT, USA: Konecky and Konecky, 1956. 646p. ("Variations of the stories in scriptures as told and retold in the ancient east from the days of Abraham, in synagogues and churches and the homes of a hundred generations of men."  my review of this book on this website.  See the book with my review also on Amazon.com.) Bought and begun April 2003.

Graves, Robert and Raphael Patai. Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis. NY: Greenwich House, 1964. 296p. ("Sixty-one stories of cosmic forces, deities, angels and demons, giants and heroes, from Genesis and other ancient Hebrew and Aramaic sources....") Bought 1985. Begun April 2003.

Hall, Christopher A. Learning Theology with the Church Fathers. Downer's Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2002. 273p. Bought June 2003. Read periodically in 2003.

Hefley, James C. Country Music Cominí Home. Hannibal, Missouri: Hannibal Books, 1995. 260p. Received as a gift, perhaps early 2003. Some read in early 2003.

McGrath, Alister E., ed. The Christian Theology Reader. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. 647p. Bought June 2003. Portions read for reference along with other texts.

Strauch, Alexander. Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership. Littleton, CO: Lewis and Roth, 1995. 324p. Bought and begun November 2003.

** My Top Five Books for 2003**

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Arkansas Baptist News (Bi-weekly)
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Richmond
Skeptical Inquirer
Smithsonian
Sound and Vision

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