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Orville Boyd Jenkins
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Finished (113)

Allison, Dorothy.  Two or Three Things I Know for Sure:  A Place of Hope.  NY:  Dutton (Penguin), 1995, 235p.  (Allison writes what turns out to be an autobiography in the from of particular events and insights gained from them as she grew through life.)  Received 6 August in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 31 July - 2 August 2019.  Autobiography (History)

Alsup, Wendy.  Is the Bible Good for Women?  Seeking Clarity and Confidence through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture.  Colorado Springs:  Multnomah, 2017.  212p.  Bought 14 June 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 1 July 2019.  Bible (Faith and Life)

Basso, Joseph.  The Light Infantry Ball.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1959.  186p.  Borrowed in Lindsay, Oklahoma July 2019.  Read 6-7 July 2019.  Fiction (Civil War Southern High Society)

Batterson, Mark.  Wild Goose Chase:  Reclaim the Adventures of Pursuing God.  Colorado Springs:  Multnomah, 2016.  183p.  Bought 12 October 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 11, 14-16 November 2019.  Theology (Holy Spirit)

Bauman, Dean C.  Possible:  A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World.  Colorado Springs:  Multnomah Books, 2015.  205p.  (Bauman addresses the problems of hunger, poverty and social injustice in the US and around the world.  He looks at the scriptural mandate for Christians to be involved in alleviating these conditions and working for social and legal justice.)  Bought 25 August 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 9-11 January 2019.  Church & Culture

Bennett, Christopher.  Yugoslavia's Bloody Collapse:  Causes, Course and Consequences.  Washington Square, NY:  New York University Press, 1995.  272p.  Bought 8 April 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 23 February - 7 March 2019.  History (Europe)

Bibi-Bikan, Robert N'Kwim.  The Mission of the Church in Africa for the 21st Century:  Paradigm Shifts and Challenges.  Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo:  Les Editions Vin Nouveau, 2016.  121p.  Bought 19 January 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 31 March - 1 April 2019.  Church & Culture

Braden, Charles S.  Jesus Compared:  A Study of Jesus and Other Great Founders of Religions.  Englewood cliffs, New Jersey:  Prentice-Hall, 1957.  230p.  Bought in abt 1980 in Dallas, Texas.  Used for reference over the years.  Read fully 24-27 November 2019.  Religions

Bradstreet, David and Steve Rabey.  Star Struck:  Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1997.  193p.  Bought 18 October 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 15-17 July 2019.  Science

Braun, Matt.  The Highbinders.  Santa Fe, New Mexico:  SpeakingVolumes, no date.  Audiobook.  Heard 7-10 November 2019.  Fiction (Western)

Bremkamp, Gloria Howe.  Horn of the Ram.  Chappaqua, NY:  Christian Herald Books, 1982.  211p.  (Novel of the story of Rahab and the Hebrew capture of the city of Jericho.)  Borrowed in Lindsay, Oklahoma July 2019.  Read 9-15 July 2019.  Fiction (Historical Fiction)

Buchanan, Mark.  Your God is Too Safe:  Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Canít Control. Grand Rapids:  Multnomah, 2001.  258p.  Bought 12 October 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 19-23 November 2019.  Theology

Buford, Bob.  Drucker and Me:  What a Texas Entrepreneur Learned from the Father of Modern Management.  Brentwood, Tennessee:  Worthy Publishing, 2014.  192p.  Bought 15 October 2018 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.  Read 27-28 September 2019.  Business/Personal Development

Buursma, Katya Covrett and Verlyn D Verbrugge, Eds.  Evangelical Scholarship, Retrospects and Prospects:  Essays in Honor of Stanley N Gundry.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2017.  271p.  (This is a set of quality essays by colleagues and former students of Gundry.  The series discusses the development and aftermath of the Modernist-Fundamentalist controversy in American Christianity, the development of the Evangelical movement in the 20th century US, and current challenges and new perspectives considered by the contemporary church in regard to the great changes in the culture and society and the state of scholarship and biblical backgrounds.  I learned a lot of historical details and details about the personalities involved in the development of American Fundamentalism, and of the growing radicalism that led to the moderating Evangelical movement in mid-century.  I was personally unfamiliar with Stanley Gundry.  This set of essays was very informative on Gundry and the cultural background in which he worked.  The essays include self-critical analysis within the evangelical movement as well as fair presentation of the personalities, flavored with fondness and personal knowledge of Gundry and his role in the scholarly development within the evangelical movement.  There is also some attention given to the more recent trend of radicalism and logical reduction in what is still called Evangelicalism.  See my review of this book on Amazon. See this book with my review on GoodReads.)  Bought 21 April 2019.  Read 22 May 2019.  Theology (Church Medieval Women Theologians, Mysticism)

Castleberry, Joseph.  The New Pilgrims:  How Immigrants Are Renewing America's Faith and Values.  Franklin, Tennessee:  Worthy Books, 2015.  303p.  Bought 18 October 2018.  Read 17-22 July 2019.  American Politics and Culture

Charon, Jean.  Man in Search of Himself.   London:  George Allen & Unwin, 1967 (translated from the French original edition 1963).  234p.  (An excellent, thoughtful review of the concepts of God and the universe in light of the state of knowledge and scientific understandings at the time of writing.  A good logical analysis of the traditional concepts and current claims and arguments on these matters, with a discussion of the history and development of western scientific thought and theory.  He outlines the limits of scientific claims, based on the material, as well as the theoretical levels of mathematical science, and presents a strong defense of the logical foundations and validity of claims of non-material reality from metaphysical perspectives.  A satisfying read.  Read this review and others on GoodReads.)  Bought 21 May 1982 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Read 29-31 May 2019.  Philosophy

Chester, Tim.  Good News to the Poor:  Social Involvement and the Gospel.  Wheaton:  Crossway, 2013.  214p.  Bought 17 April 2019 on Christianbook.  Read 31 August - 2 September 2019.  Theology (Faith and Culture)

Chilton, Bruce.  Rabbi Paul:  An Intellectual Biography.  NY/London:  Doubleday, 2004.  335p.  (Chilton writes as a Bible historian and pastor, as well as a professor of religion  This was delightful and insightful portrait of Paul told through exegesis of the stories of the book of Acts and Paul's letters, in light of the cultural, geographical and ethnic factors of the Roman Empire in his day.  He portrays the real-life conflicts between the Hellenistic Jews and Palestinian Jews, and between the three different categories of people who followed Jesus the Christ: the Jews, the God-fearer Gentiles that arose in Antioch and were the subject of a vision of Peter, and the new pagan converts to Christ in Paul's concerted missions as a result of his personal visions.  He explores the attitude of various churches Paul writes to about the Temple offering for the poor as a gesture of reconciliation, and does an admirable job of analyzing the controversy over spiritual gifts in Corinth.  His contextual perspectives on Paul's conception of the gifts and their practical implementation is helpful for our distant time and culture.  See my full review of this bok on GoodReads.)  Bought 11 April 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 5-17 May 2019.  Bible (Faith and Life)

Clapton, Eric.  Clapton:  The Biography.  NY:  Broadway Books, 2007.  343p.  (This personal story was very informative.  Eric writes about every event he was involved in.  It was quite a trip learning the circumstances around the writing and recording of every song and album.  He mentions many names of artists and groups that I recognized.  But I learned many names I never knew.  I remembered many songs, but never knew or do not remember the artist or band that recorded them.  He includes the gruesome slide into drug addiction and his retreat into alcoholism in his attempt to leave drugs.  Finally clean and sober for several decades the story turns bright and happy. See my full review on GoodReads.)  Received 7 May 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 16-26 June 2019.  Biography (History)

Craig, Horace.  Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District:  Longhorns, Cattle Brands, Barbed Wire and a Tin Bathtub.  Kearney, Nebraska:  Morris Publishing, 1994.  80p. (A history of Texas told from the perspective of the developing of the city of Fort Worth out of a frontier fort and the Stockyards that became the core of the culture of Texas Cattle Ranching.  The author includes an introduction to all the major ranch personalities, and covers the cowboy culture.  He has a very informative section on the major ranch brands.  The book begins with the story of the Chisholm Trail, over which millions of head of Texas cattle were herded overland about 400 miles from Fort Worth to Abilene, Kansas, before the establishment of the Fort Worth Stockyards.  See my complete review of the book on GoodReads.)  Borrowed in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 8-9 July 2019.  History

Crystal, David.  Linguistics, Language and Religion.  NY:  Hawthorne Books, 1965.  191p.  Read 28-30 October 2019.  Linguistics

Culp, John H.  Trail to Abilene.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1959.  72p.  Borrowed July 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 5 July 2019.  Historical Fiction

Curry, Dean C.  A World Without Tyranny:  Christian and International Politics.  Westchester, Illinois:  Crossway Books, 1990.  236p.  Bought 16 June 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 3-6 January 2019.  Church & Culture

Cussler, Clive.  Dark Watch.  Westminster, Maryland:  Books on Tape, 2005.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard 11- November 2019.  Fiction (Industrial Intrigue)

De Kock, W J, ed Jacques Malan and Willem Louw.  The Kruger House Museum.  Pretoria:  National Cultural History and Open-Air Museum, 1983.  64p.  (Through the frame of this focus on the Historical Museum set up in the old Kruger Residence, De Kock tells the story of the history of European settlement of what became South Africa, told through the perspective of the Trek Boer Dutch settlers.)  Bought 1 February 1986 at the Kruger House Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.  Portions read previously.  Read 24 April 2019.  History

Eberhart, Mignon G.  El Rancho Rio.  NY:  Detective Book Club, by Walter J Black (Random House, 1970.  162p.  Borrowed 16 March 2019.  Read 16-21 March 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Forsyth, Frederick.  Icon.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1997.  190p.  Borrowed 25 January 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 27 January - 1 February 2019.  Fiction (International Intrigue)

Frazier, Herb, Bernard Edward Flowers Jr and Marjory Wentworth.  We Are Charleston:  Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.   Nashville:  W Publishing (Thomas Nelson), 2016.  234p.  (The story and analysis of the Charleston Church Shooting.)  Bought 4 April 2018.  Read 29-30 March, 29 May 2019.  American Politics and Culture

Garrison, Webb.  True Tales of the Civil War:  A Treasury of Unusual Stories During America’s Most Turbulent Era.  NY:  Gramercy Books, 1988.  256p.  Bought 6 April 2018 in Cedar Hill, Texas.  Read 23-25 January 2019.  History (US Civil War)

George, Timothy and Thomas G Guarino.  Evangelicals and Catholics Together at Twenty.  vital Statements on Contested Topics.  Grand Rapids:  BrazosPress, 2015.  187p.  Bought 17 April 2019 on Christianbook.  Read 1-2 July 2019.  Theology (History)

Gilbert, Anthony.  Mr Crook Lifts the Mask.  NY:  Detective Book Club, by Walter J Black (Random House, 1969.  174p.  Borrowed 16 March 2019.  Read 2-3 June 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Grant, Michael.  The Etruscans.  NY:  Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1980.  317p.  Bought 29 September 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 19-22 January 2019.  History (Peoples and Cultures)

Grech, Prosper.  An Outline of New Testament Spirituality.  Grand Rapids/Cambridge, UK:  Eerdmans, 2011.  140p.  Bought 9 October 2018 on Christianbook.com.  Read 14-15 March 2019.  Bible (Faith and Life)

Greear, J D.  You Don’t Get Your Own Personal Jesus.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2018.  56p.  Read 20 July 2019.  Theology

Greenfield, Craig.  Subversive Jesus:  An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2016.  182p.  Bought 2 April 2019 on Christianbook.  Read 27-28 August 2019.  Theology (Moral Theology, Faith and Culture)

Grisham, John.  Gray Mountain.  NY:  Random House, 2014.  Audiobook.  (This is an excellent spell-binding murder investigation and legal thriller focusing on the coal mining industry and local Appalachian culture in West Virginia and Kentucky.)  Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard 29 May - 5 June 2019.  Fiction (Murder, Industrial Intrigue)

Grisham, John.  Runaway Jury.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1997.  190p.  Borrowed 25 January 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 25-26 January 2019.  Fiction (Legal Intrigue)

Hanna, David.  The Life and Times of John Wayne.  NY:  Harrison House, 1979.  pages unnumbered.  Received 14 May 2019.  Read 22-26 May 2019.  Biography

Harper, David.  Hijacked.  NY:  Detective Book Club, by Walter J Black (Random House, 1970.  138p.  Borrowed 16 March 2019.  Read 3-4 June 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Hart, Patrick.  Survival or Prophecy?:  The Letters of Thomas Merton & Jean LeClercq.  NY:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.  196p.  (This series of letters covering the 18 years from 1950 to 1968, these letters portray the collaboration and thought, as well as struggles with their Catholic orders, of these two internationally loved and read writers.  Merton, an American Trappist monk with a deep desire for the solitude of hermitage and solitary devotion, wrote on topics of theology and personal prayer and devotion.  A mystic like his friend, he exchanged ideas, personal struggles and topics he was writing or planning with his dear friend Jean LeClercq, a Benedictine of the Clervaux monastery in Luxembourg.  Their persistence in following their calling and fulfilling their personal commitment to Christ and their devotion to God and their calling is admirable and easily discerned in their voluble correspondence here.  It is no wonder Merton’s writings were so well-received by Protestant and Catholic alike over the period of his productive life.  I was less familiar with LeClercq's life and works and this was a satisfying and challenging life to read in this format.  They spoke of the aspect of prophecy in the calling of a monk.  Thus the title, Survival (in the morass and frustration of the monastic and church permission hierarchy for what they can do) or Prophecy (their sense of call to continue the work they feel called to do in and for the church for the sake of God’s work).  See my review of this book and others on GoodReads.)  Read 11-12 October 2019.  Theology (Faith and Life)

Hartshorne, Charles, ed by Mohammad Valady.  The Zero Fallacy and Other Essays in Neoclassical Philosophy.  Chicago and LaSalle, Illinois:  Open Court, 1997.  236p, plus 232 pp of front matter essay.  (This series of essays provides an deeply thoughtful summary and survey of the themes and concerns addressed by Charles Hartshorne over the course of his career as a thinker, writer, teacher.  Hartshorne is considered the premier thinker and formulator of Neoclassical Philosophy, also known as Process-Relational Philosophy or Theology, based upon the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.  Hartshorne directly addressed the problem of accounting for a Creator God interactive with his universe, accounting of the Hebrew and eastern concept of a dynamic living reality, not a static, abstract principle so long revered in the history of Christian philosophy from its Gentile Mediterranean foundations developing soon after the demise of the Jewish Christian movement in the last half of the last century CE.  I was impressed with how readable these essays are, though they probe the deepest questions of reality.  His voluminous encyclopedic knowledge of the history of philosophy and Christian theology is astounding, and his easy consideration of all and varied writers in western history is impressive, to understate the case.  Hartshorne is gracious, too, in noting the details of nature and science and the astronomical universe we have access to that was not available to the greats of the past, like Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and even the early Rationalists of the later medieval and modern age in Europe, Copernicus, Newton, Descartes and such.  See my more extensive review of this book on Amazon.  See my full review of this book and others on GoodReads)  Bought 31 August 2019 on Amazon.  Read 30 September - 9 October 2019.  Philosophy

Hays, Wilma Pitchford.  Siege!:  The Story of St Augustine in 1702.  NY:  Coward, McCann & Georghegan, 1976.  95p.  (A dramatization of the true story, presenting the story of the actual characters and events.  The book tells the story of the British attempt to take the Spanish city of St Augustine, Florida, and its fort where all the inhabitants had clustered for protection, enduring a long siege that was finally broken, leaving the Spanish still in possession of the city, but having to rebuild after the British burned the city upon their retreat to South Carolina.)  Received 13 May 2019.  Read 7-9 June 2019.  History (British-Spanish War)

Heard, Matt.  Life with a Capital L:  Embracing Your God-Given Humanity.  Colorado Springs:  Multnomah, 2014.  238p.  Bought 1 July 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  Read in 2018.  Read again 31 January - 2 February 2019.  Faith and Life

Hearn, Chester G.  The Capture of New Orleans 1862:  Richmond in the Civil War.  Baton Rouge and London:  Louisiana State University Press, 1995.  292p.  (This historian presents a very readable and informative story of the origins and progress of the Civil War with focus on the critical port of New Orleans and the long-range goal of the Union to capture this city.  He references official records of both governments, official and personal correspondence, city government minutes, newspaper articles and local testimonials to lay out the missteps on both sides, the incompetent leaders, the self-serving approach to positions and titles, misuse of resources and the other disastrous decisions that led to losses on both sides.  It is a very readable story and very enlightening on how disorganized that whole undertaking was.  Sadly revealing and satisfyingly informative and helpful in understanding many social and political currents often ignored in our contemporary simplistic references to the past events that have shaped us as a nation.  See my review of this book on Amazon.  Read my review of Hearn's book and others on GoodReads.)  Bought 25 December 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 11-18 January 2019.  History (US Civil War)

Hedges, Chris.  American Fascist: The Christian Right and the War on America.   NY:  Free Press, 2006.  392p.  Bought 22 October 2018.  Read 26-28 October 2019.  American Politics and Culture

Maldonado, Guillermo.  Supernatural Deliverance:  Freedom for Your Soul, Mind and Emotions.  New Kensington, Pennsylvania:  Whitaker House, 2016.  272p.  Read 24-28 October 2019.  Faith and Life

Hendricksen, William.  More Than Conquerors:  An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation.  Grand Rapids:  BakerBooks, 2015.  239p.  (This is a new edition of a commentary of the book of Revelation first published in 1940, and revised by the author in 1967.  This edition was issued by the publisher as a 75th anniversary commemorative edition of this excellent work by Hendricksen, with whom I was actually unfamiliar.  This new edition includes a summary introduction and tribute to the author and his prolific scholarship.  This book shows excellent text-critical and literary analysis.  And in tune with its original and first-revision context, the author deals handily and congenially with the new Dispensational fad in American fundamentalism in the late 1800s and especially after WWII, and which took a fictional turn that fascinated American popular folk Christianity.  Hendricksen presents a very strong portrait of the book, demonstrating its coherence and referencing virtually every scholar available in his time, providing a refreshing summary analysis and decisive statement of the strengths and problems with various points.  He references corollary passages in other New Testament books and Old Testament prophets.  This is another solid addition to my New Testament reference shelf.)  Bought 21 February 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 9-14 June 2018.  Bible

Hoag, Zach.  The Light is Winning.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2017.  217p.  Bought 3 April 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 11-15 August 2019.  Theology (Church & Culture)

Holmes, Michael.  King Arthur:  A Military History.  NY:  Barnes and Noble, 1996.  179p.  (Homes probes the extensive medieval romance and early historical references to the name Arthur and the romantic and mythical stories about him to explore whether there might be a core of historical reality discernible.  He is seeking an objective historical foundation for the character underlying these popular ideas and stories of Arthur.  He adds little-referenced sources to make connections with places by description and personalities by other names.  He analyzes the records and references to battles in comparison to possibly factual details in the romances.  He manages to come to a well-supported identification with the persons and names known in history.  A fast-moving, intriguing story that kept my attention and involved intrigue and suspense like a mystery novel.)  Bought 6 April 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 7-12 March 2019.  History

Jabbal, Rajinder Singh, ed.  Nanak Prakash, 1973.  Nairobi:  Sikh Students' Federation, 1973.  141p (English section).  Received 1973 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Read in 1973, then again 15 September 2010.   Read again 6 January 2019.  Religions (Faith and Life)

Johnston, Jeremiah J.  Unanswered:  Lasting Truth for Trending Questions.  New Kensington Pennsylvania:  Whitaker House/Richmond, Texas:  Christian Thinkers Corporation, 2015 220p.  Bought in Arlington, Texas.  Read 14-15 September 2019.  Theology (History)

Jungmann, Joseph A, trans John Coyne, SJ.  Christian Prayer through the Centuries.  NY:  Paulist Press, 1969.  144p.  (The story of prayer throughout the centuries of the Christian era.  The early chapters lay out the practices in various areas, reconstructed from the writings and materials of church fathers and early historians.  He contrasts private and communal practices and details the gradual development of expectations for the general church in contrast to optional or special "holy" day practices.  As expected in Paulist materials, the chapters are very detailed and lucid, laying out the historical development as a part of community life.  The author lines out what passages of scripture we find being used for each session of prayer and devotion during the day.  The early centuries find the Psalms being the major focus of attention for prayer and devotion, with readings from certain Psalms being associated with certain hours of prayer in the Mediterranean day.  He compares eastern and western practices and points out the local variations and gives attention to the cultural patterns of life, lack of literacy and devotional practices.  It was helpful to see how the times of prayers and worship throughout the day were developed around the work day limited in those times to the sunlight hours and gradually became set as standard calendar activities for each day.  His comparison of ascetic and pilgrimage practices in contrast to parish practices in different areas for the faithful in general was enlightening.)  Bought 5 October 2016 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Read 13-18 October 2019.  History (Christian Prayer Practices)

Kariuki, J M.  J M Kariuki in Parliament.  Nairobi:  Gazelle Books, 1975.  131p.  Bought 5 June 1984.  Read 2-4 April 2019.  History (Peoples and Cultures)

Kaur, Surinder, ed.  Nanak Prakash, 1979.  Nairobi:  Sikh Students' Federation, 1979.  108p (English section).  Received 25 September 1981 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Read in 1979, then again 15 September 2010.  Read again 22 February 2019.  Religions (Faith and Life)

Kee, Samuel.  Soul Tattoo:  A Life and Spirit Bearing the Marks of God.  Colorado Springs:  David C Cook, 2014.  232p.  Read 23-24 September 2019.  Faith and Life

Kessel, Joseph.  The Lion.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1959.  116p.  Borrowed July 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 8 July 2019.  Fiction (African Adventure)

Koontz, Dean.  The Door to December.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2007.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard on different days in October through 15 October 2019.  Fiction (Murder & Psychic Suspense)

Kukla, Jon.  Mr Jeffersonís Women.  NY:  Alfred A Knopf, 2007.  279p.  (A full biographical study looking at Thomas Jeffersonís full life and career in regard to the women in his lives, including his mother, aunts and other relatives.)  Bought 7 October 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 18-23 October 2019.  Biography (History)

Lacey, Robert.  Majesty:  Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1977.  89p.  Borrowed August 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 30 August, 3-4 September 2019.  Historical Fiction

LeStrange, Ryan.  Supernatural Access:  Remove Roadblocks in Order to Hear God and Receive Revelation.  Lake Mary, Florida:  Charisma House, 2017.  91p.  Gift received 27 March 2018.  Read 17-21 August 2019.  Faith and Life

Lindsay, Anita.  From Pioneers to Progress.  Lindsay, Oklahoma:  Cable Printing, 1957.  24p.  (This is a short book, but has small print and is compactly written.  It is filled with fascinating details about Indian Territory in the 1800s.  The story of Oklahoma is told through family and individual stories.  A unique family testimony by a living member of an Indian Territory pioneer.  Lindsay tells the story of white settlement in Choctaw Nation and the history of development of the settlement of Lindsay and the earlier nearby Erin Springs.  This is the area of my maternal grandfather’s family the Gregorys.  She includes photos from the 1870s to early 1920s.  When checking current sources, I could not find this book available.)  Found among the books of Lou Ila Jenkins, at her home in Lindsay, Oklahoma, in August 2019.  Read 29 August 2019.  History (Peoples and Cultures)

Lumb, S V.  A Short History of Central and Southern Africa.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1969.  133p.  Bought April 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Portions read previously.  Read 24-25 April 2019.  History

MacArthur, John.  Good News.  Orlando:  Reformation Trust, 2018.  148p.  (This was bought for a group study I attend.  This volume frustrated me in the same way MacArthur's books usually do.  He is so simplistic and ideological, often missing the key point of a passage, especially stories.  He treats a story as didactic teaching.  MacArthur seems so focused on ideological points that his rationalistic reductionism skews biblical passages to meet that need.  He often misses the key point or heart of a passage, especially stories.  One chapter here is a diatribe on other religions and their universally condemnable character.  It appears MacArthur has never actually had any interaction with devotees from another cultural setting.  He easily dismisses the possibility of God’s working in any context other than the narrow historical cultural stream of the Hebrews.  This is ironically odd for a Calvinist, who declares that God in fact predestines everything, would so limit God’s sovereignty that he could be understood to work in only one single cultural tradition in one genetic lineage in the whole history of the human race.  MacArthur ignores the great prophetic tradition celebrated in, for example, the powerful poetic proclamation of the biblical prophet Amos (Amos 9:7) declaring that has brought even the surrounding enemy nations into their current places, just as he did Jacob’s descendants.  (See also Psalm 47:8.)  MacArthur lambastes Christian evangelists and theologians of other cultures like Indian Christian theologian Raymond Pannikar who points out many parallels in Indian worldview that can be used as a reference to positively declare the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.  This has been a standard approach in evangelical Christian missions for decades.  MacArthur prefers to hold God himself captive from his own sovereign will among the nations, reducing God’s work to MacArthur’s ideological limitations.  This book is way short of what of his age and experience should be able to produce.  I cannot recommend this book.  Read my full review and others on Amazon.  Read my complete review of this book on GoodReads.)  Bought 29 July 2019 on Amazon.  Read 30-31 July - 2019.  Bible (Faith and Life)

Manchester, William.  A Rockefeller Family Portrait.  Pleasantville, NY.  Reader's Digest, 1959.  70p.  Borrowed July 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 5-6 July 2019.  Biography

Mann, James.  The Obamians:  The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power.   NY:  Viking (Penguin), 2012.  392p.  Bought 29 March 2019.  Read 15-21 September 2019.  American Politics and Culture

Mansfield, Stephen.  Ask the Question:  Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from Our Presidential Candidacy.   Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2006.  252p.  Bought 17 April 2019.  Read 22-25 August 2019.  American Politics and Culture (History)

Mansfield, Stephen.  The Mormonizing of America:  How The Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture.  Brentwood, Tennessee:  Worthy Publishing, 2012.  265p.  Bought 2 April 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 27-29 February 2019.  Religions (Church and Culture), American Politics and Culture

Maxwell, John C.  The Power of Five for Network Marketing.  Duluth, Georgia:  The John Maxwell Company, 2019.  97p.  Bought 9 August 2019 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.  Read 15-16 August 2019.  Business/Personal Development

McMurtry, Larry.  Sin Killer.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2002.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 September 2018.  Heard 14, 26 January 2019.  Fiction (Western Adventure)

Mesle, C Robert.  Process-Relational Philosophy:  An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead.  West Conshohocton, Pennsylvania:  Templeton Press, 2008.  123p.  (This was a delightful and informative discussion of the Neoclassical or Process-Relational Philosophy that has developed during the 20th century due to the groundbreaking revision of traditional western abstract metaphysics, especially in the post-Reformation modernist linear-analytical thought.  Whitehead developed a concept to a dynamic God that could account for the dynamic forces we observe and experience in our lives on earth around us teeming with life, change and processes of change.  The static concepts of God brought over from the ancient pre-Christian Greek philosophers had long hampered the formal reflection of theology in the early centuries of the Gentile Christian movement.  This was especially true in the west, for the eastern churches maintained more of the eastern, Jewish concept of an active living God who fully interacted with his creation, and creation was an expression of God and his creativity.  Eastern concepts of philosophy tended to be more integrated and holistic, relational in focus.  Mesle aptly covers the primary distinctions and lays out the benefits Whitehead’s refreshing thought brings to our reflection on ultimate structures of reality.  Others develop more specifically Christian theistic forms of Process-Relational theologies, which more adequately reflected and accounted for an interactive, living God.  Mesle explains well the traditional problems and hurdles Christian formal theologians tried to deal with and how the Process approach handles these problems, or in many cases solves the puzzle left by previous Scholastic concepts stuck in a static mode of thought.  Read my complete review of this book on GoodReads.  Read my full review on Amazon.)  Bought 31 August 2019 on Amazon.  Read 26-29 September - 10 October 2019.  Philosophy

Mesle, C Robert, with final chapter by John B Cobb.  Process Theology:  A Basic Introduction.  St Louis, Missouri:  Chalice Press, 1993.  148p.  Bought 28 August 2019 on Amazon.  Read 28-30 August 2019.  Theology (Systematic Theology, contemporary Theology)

Messavussu-Akue, Adokue.  Apercu historique du togo.  Lomť:  ATP, 1978.  153p.  Bought 29 January 1988 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Read 12-19 January 2019.  History (Togo, West Africa)

Mikulski, Barbara and Marylouise Oates.  Capitol Offense.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1997.  193p.  Borrowed 25 January 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 5-8 February 2019.  Fiction (Political Intrigue & Murder Mystery)

Millar, Margaret.  Beyond This Point are Monsters.  NY:  Detective Book Club, by Walter J Black (Random House, 1970.  155p.  (A court case convenes to legally establish the death of a man who has disappeared on his own ranch with no body found.  His wife/widow and mother present a petition with circumstantial evidence of his death before the legal 7-year period after which death is legally assumed.  No one is contesting this petition and no life insurance or other complication is involved.  But what is the underlying case that will be revealed through this court proceeding?)  Borrowed 26 April 2019.  Read 27 April - 4 May 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Miller, Linda Lael.  A Creed in Stone Creek.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2011.  Audiobook.   Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard August - October 2019.  Fiction (Romance)

Miller, Patrick and Ellen T Charry, Eds.  Theology Today.  Princeton:  Princeton Theological Seminary, April 2003.  145p.  (Theme for this issue.  Medieval Women Theologians, Mysticism.)  Bought 22 April 2019.  Read 1 June 2019.  Theology

Miller, Patrick and Ellen T Charry, Eds.  Theology Today.  Princeton:  Princeton Theological Seminary, April 2004.  146p.  (Theme for this issue.  Mystery & Mysticism in Eastern Orthodoxy.)  Bought 22 April 2019.  Read 14-15 June 2019.  Theology

Miller, Patrick and Ellen T Charry, Eds.  Theology Today.  Princeton:  Princeton Theological Seminary, October 2004.  143p.  (Theme for this issue.  Historical review of the concepts and understanding of Salvation in Christian history and community.)  Bought 22 April 2019.  Read 2-4 July 2019.  Theology

Motley, Eric L.  Madison Park:  A Place of Hope.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson, 2012.  235p.  (Motley tells his life story around the community where he grew up, founded by his grandfather and other freed slaves at the and of the Civil War in Alabama.  He has an excellent style that reads well and covers the culture and personalities in his life story.  Motley rose to be a special assistant to President George W Bush, after receiving a PhD from St Andrew University in Scotland.  His story provides insight into the US social and political trends and situations through the 1960s to 1990s, and describes the background of world events in the last half of the 20th century.  He portrays the strength of a community that thought of themselves as a social unity and cared for all members, while providing opportunities for those who could and would to excel in the broader national and world stage.) Read 6-11 August 2019.  Autobiography (History)

Muck, Terry C.  Why Study Religion:  Understanding Humanity’s Pursuit of the Divine.  Grand Rapids:  BakerAcademic, 2016.  202p.  (Muck is a PhD graduate of Northwestern University and professor at Austin Theological Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary.  Writing as a practicing Christian, Muck also explains how the scientific study of world religions with an objective but sympathetic attitude has contributed to his own faith and awareness of how God works in the world and in his own life.)  Bought 27 April 2019 on Christianbook.  Read 2-5 August 2019.  Religions (Philosophy of Religion)

Orlmeyer, Roger, Ed.  The Perkins School of Theology Journal Minister's Week 1966).  Dallas:  Perkins School of Theology, SMU, 1966.  64p.  Read 13-14 March 2019.  Theology (Church & Culture)

Palmer, Michael.  Critical Judgement.  Pleasantville, NY:  Reader's Digest, 1997.  140p.  Borrowed 25 January 2019 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 5-8 February 2019.  Fiction (Medical and Business Intrigue)

Papacostas, Seraphim, Archimandrite.  Repentance.  Athens:  Zoe Brotherhood of Theologians, 1987.  143p.  (The concept and practice of Repentance in Christian Teaching from the Greek Orthodox perspective.)  Bought about 2000 in Cyprus.  Read 11 November 2019.  Theology

Patterson, James.  5th Horseman.  NY:  Time-Warner Audiobooks, 2006.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard 5, 21, 26 June 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery, Industrial Intrigue)

Patterson, James and Maxine Paetro.  The 6th Target.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2007.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 September 2018.  Heard 30 June - 8 July 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Peacock, James L.  Consciousness and Change:  Symbolic Anthropology in Evolutionary Perspective.  Oxford:  Basil Blackwell, 1975.  264p.  Bought in the 1980s Nairobi Kenya.  On shelf for references, never read through.  Read 31 October - November 2019.  Anthropology

Quindlen, Anna.  Rise and Shine.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2006.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 September 2018.  Heard 8-9, 15-16 July 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Reeves, Wayne W.  Cognition and Complexity:  The Cognitive Science of Managing Complexity.  Lanham, Maryland and London:  Scarecrow Press, 1996.  170p.  (An excellent and detailed analysis of cognition and data management, in light of computer analysis and record-keeping in our age of overwhelming information and growth of details and scientific discovery.  Interesting for perspective, since he was writing in the early stages of the personal computer era, with application to full data analysis and retrieval systems.  See this book with my review on GoodReads.)  See this book with my review on Amazon.  Bought 12 January 2019.  Read 24 April 2019.  Philosophy (Cognitive Science, Information Technology)

Samkange, Stanlake.  Oral History:  The Zvimba People of Zimbabwe.  Harare:  Harare Publishing House, 1986.  93p.  (An interesting collection of the oral history stories of the Zvimba (Shona) people.  The author debriefs and interprets somewhat after each story, providing comparative analysis where there are different versions of an event.  In the end he provides genealogical tree diagrams for the Zvimba people by the clans named after their ancestors.  Another chart shows the history of those who have “sat on the Zvimba stool,” the lineal descendants of the founding Zimba or chief, who led them to this area from their prior northern land, who was known by the name or title Zvimba.  The author is a professor of History.   He develops the historically sequential collection from common oral histories and traditions handed down, from records by Colonial administrators from various people they interviewed on their tribal history, and from other historical sources.  The stories from various informants bring us up to the time since independence in 1980, and many mention other peoples and historical events, such as the invasions of the Nguni peoples fleeing the devastation of the Mfecane of Shaka Zulu, the arrival of the Portuguese, then later the British.  Samkange adds further perspective by providing the standard calendar dates known from history or the approximate times of early people movements and arrivals, etc, reconstructed in established archaeological knowledge.  The author is the son of the last chief of the Zvimba under the British and Rhodesian breakaway government.  His father who was a longtime Christian pastor before being asked to take the chieftainship, refused the offer twice until finally acceded to the demands of his people.  In Zvimba tradition only a direct descendant of their founding leader after their arrival in that area of Africa is qualified to become chief.  The last section of the book involves personal recounting to fill in details and bring us up to date, after he details his childhood memories and what his father told of his own story. This book is now out of print. Read my full review on Amazon.)  Bought 7 May 1997 in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Read 6-10 April 2019.  History (Peoples and Cultures)

Schiffman, Lawrence H and Jerry Pattengale, gen eds.  The World’s Greatest Book:  The Story of How the Bible Came to Be.  Franklin, Tennessee:  Worthy Publishing/Museum of the Bible Books, 2017.  243p.  Bought 21 February 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 2-3 August 2019.  Bible

Shatner, William.  Star Trek:  The Ashes of Eden.  NY:  Simon & Schuster Audio, 1995.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard 1 May 2019.  Fiction (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

Sider, Ronald J and Ben Lowe.  The Future of Our Faith:  An Intergenerational Conversation on Critical Issues Facing the Church.  Grand Rapids:  BrazosPress, 2016.  230p.  Bought 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 21-22 March 2019.  Church & Culture (Theology)

Slivinski, Stephen.  Buck Wild:  How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government.   Nashville:  Nelson Current, 2006.  260p.  Bought 11 December 2018.  Read 31 December 2018 - 2 January 2019.  American Politics and Culture

Smith, Alexander McCall.  The Sunday Philosophy Club.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2004.  Audiobook.  Bought 29 September 2018.  Heard 20, 24 March 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Smith, James A K.  Who's Afraid of Relativism? Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2014.  317p.  (Smith provides and entertaining and astute serious philosophical analysis of the characteristics and implications of Relativism in late modern thought.  He approaches this movement as an epistemological analysis, in terms of cognitive theory and theory of knowledge.  As he develops his analysis, Smith zeroes in on the difference between concepts of knowledge in the modern focus on information as “know-what” in contrast to the practical “know-how” of life.  Smith shows how social movements, conditions and the common ad hoc critiques miss the underlying streams of thought in the desire for a simple analysis for easy reference and miss the real import.  Smith writes like a novelist, with the keen incisive insight of a highly-knowledgeable academic who is in touch with current events and social trends and who can see the patterns through history.  He focuses on the corrective insights Relativism brings in recognizing the limitation of human knowledge.  Writing as a philosopher who lives within the stream of Christian faith, he makes application of these cautions about human pretensions to absolute knowledge that show up in the dogmatism we see in contemporary “evangelical” Christianity in the US and the similar error in European Christianity in its dogmatic control of minds and lives.  He looks at classical and medieval social and philosophical movements in a congenial and knowledgeable manner in this regard.  He also show s how the modern Enlightenment makes the same error.  Relativism brings a healthy reminder of the fallibility of human knowledge and warns against the unwarranted hubris modernism fostered.  He likens this mindset to the “original sin” in the Genesis story where the desire to “know like God” led to what has been called the Fall.  Easy to read, at the popular or academic level.  See my review on GoodReads.)  Bought 9 October 2018 from Christianbook.  Read 19-21 February 2019.  Philosophy

Strauss, Claudia J.  Talking to Alzheimerís:  Simple Ways to Connect When You Visit with a Family Member or Friend.  Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications, 1975.  161p.  Received as a gift in September 2019.  Read 31 October - 1 November 2019.  Science, Psychology, Genetics

Sunquist, Scott W.  The Unexpected Christian Century:  The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2015.  213p.  Bought 21 February 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 14-20 April 2018.  Religions

Sweet, Leonard.  So Beautiful:  Divine Design for Life and the Church.  Colorado Springs; Paris, Ontario, Canada; Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK:  David C Cook, 2009.  302p.  (In So Beautiful, Sweet presents a Theology of Life.  Sweet is the E Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University and a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University.  He writes in a very popular style but with deep meaning and provides a meaningful contribution to our daily lives.  Very reflective on the divine design in creation and the relationships of our lives.  Also very practical with specific application to everyday events of life.  He quotes sources from virtually every discipline and speciality of life, professors, philosophers, authors, musicians, poets, historians, scientists of various kinds, theologians, classical, medieval and modern.  A delightful and rewarding read with great substance for mind and heart, for life in the real world with our sights on the cosmic scope of life.  See this review on GoodReads with other books I have reviewed.  See my review of this book on Amazon.)  Read 20-24 April 2019.  Theology (Faith and Life)

Tickle, Phyllis.  Emergence Christianity:  What it Is, Where it is Going, and Why It Matters.  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2012.  237p.  Bought 17 April 2019 on Christianbook.  Read 4-8 November 2019.  Church & Culture (Theology)

Tooley, Mark.  The Peace that Almost Was:  The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War.  Nashville:  Nelson, 2015.  297.  Bought 14 April 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 7-11 January 2019.  History (US Civil War)

Vanzanten, Susan.  Reading a Different Story.  A Christian Scholar’s Journey from America to Africa.  NY:  Baker Academic, 2013.  134p.  Bought 17 April 2019 on Christianbook.  Read 4-5 July 2019.  Faith and Life

Vickery, Paul.  Jackson:  The Iron-Willed Commander.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson, 2012.  235p.  (A volume in the series The Generals).  Bought 2 April 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 11-14 April 2019.  Biography (History)

Wasdin, Howard with Joel Kilpatrick.  The Last Rescue:  How Faith and Love Saved a Navy Seal.  Nashville:  Nelson Books (Thomas Nelson), 2014.  264p.  Bought 9 August 2016.  Read 4-14 September 2019.  Biography

Were, Gideon and M A Gout.  Essays on the History of Southern-Central Africa.  Nairobi:  Kenya Literature Bureau, 1978.  112p.  (An excellent summary of the migration of peoples over the centuries into Central and Southern Africa, but two distinguished Kenyan historians, both professors at the University of Nairobi, and their interaction and encounters leading to the development of new peoples.)  Bought April 1979.  Read 4-6 April 2019.  History (Peoples and Cultures)

Westlake, Donald E.  The Hot Rock.  NY:  Detective Book Club, by Walter J Black (Random House, 1970.  169p.  Borrowed 26 April 2019.  Read 26-27 April 2019.  Fiction (Murder Mystery)

Wickman, Leslie.  God of the Big Bang:  How Modern Science Affirms the Creator.  Brentwood, Tennessee:  Worthy Publishing, 2015.  187p.  Bought 2 April 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 22 September 2019.  Science

Wilson, Andrew L.  Here I Walk:  A Thousand Miles on Foot to Rome with Martin Luther.  Grand Rapids:  BrazosPress, 2016.  229p.  Bought 4 April 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 22-29 March 2019.  Theology (History)

Wooten, James.  Dasher:  The Roots and the Rising of Jimmy Carter.  NY:  Summit Books, 1978, p 377.  (This biography was written covering Jimmy Carter during his campaign for President and through his first year or so in office.  The author is prodigious with his details and portraits and provides an uncommon historical and family background.  He portrays Jimmy Carter's background and early life in terms of what other events and trends were occurring at various times.  He appears to have personally interviewed everyone who ever knew Carter or his family.  This story is fascinating, perhaps too detailed for some.  But it weaves a tight tapestry of the whole fabric of society and world events through the life of Carter.   The details of Carter's naval career are very enlightening.  The book's title, Dasher, comes from the Secret Service's code name for president Carter.)  Received 4 June 2019.  Read in segments from 5 June to 26 August 2019.  Biography

Wright, Mike.  City Under Siege:  Richmond in the Civil War.  NY:  Cooper Square, 1995.  356p.  (The story of the Civil War, told from actual military records and diaries of soldiers and officers, as well as letters to families on both sides of this devastating ordeal.  The stories gives insider insight into the gruesome battles, strategies of major battles, the movement of troops, political maneuvers and step-by-step events over the four year period.)  Bought 25 December 2016 in Cedar Hill, Texas.  Read 23-25 January 2019.  History (US Civil War)

Zahn, Timothy.  Star Wars:  Dark Force Rising (sequel to Heir to the Empire).  NY:  Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1992.  Audiobook.  Heard 14, 18 May 2019.  Fiction (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

Zahn, Timothy.  Star Wars:  Heir to the Empire.  NY:  Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1991.  Audiobook.  Heard 8, 14 May 2019.  Fiction (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

Zahn, Timothy.  Star Wars:  The Last Command (sequel to Dark Force Rising).  NY:  Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1993.  Audiobook.  Heard 18-19 May 2019.  Fiction (Sci Fi/Fantasy)

Zahnd, Brian.  Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God:  The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News.  NY:  Waterbrook, 2017.  209p.  Bought 25 August 2019 on Amazon.  Read 8-10 November 2019.  Theology

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Johnston, Graham.  Preaching to a Postmodern World:  A Guide to Twenty-First Century Listening.  Grand Rapids:  BakerBooks, 2001.  189p.  Bought 12 October 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 27- November 2019.  Church & Culture (Theology)

Smith, Alexander McCall.  The Double Comfort.  NY:  Recorded Books, 2002.  Audiobook.  (Set in Botswana.  An unusual mystery-adventure story of a Botswanan female detective who is given an assignment by a US lawyer representing a deceased client who has left provision on her will for a safari guide, whose name the client could not remember.  Detailed and believable character development in this African setting.  But it was so mundane, it was hard to maintain interest.)  Bought 29 March 2019.  Heard 23, 30 April, passim in May and June, 2019.  Fiction (Adventure)

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