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Orville Boyd Jenkins
As of 27 July 2019

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Alsup, Wendy.  Is the Bible Good for Women?  Seeking Clarity and Confidence through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture.  Grand Rapids/Cambridge, 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)

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 socil 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

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

Bremkamp, Gloria Howe.  Horn of the Ram.  Chappaqua, NY:  Christin Herald Boooks, 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)

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 aftermatth 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 peersonal 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.)  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 defence of the logical foundations and validity of claims of non-material reality from metaphysical perspectives.  A satisfying read.)  Bought 21 May 1982 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Read 29-31 May 2019.  Philosphy

Chilton, Bruce.  Rabbi Paul:  An Intellectual Biography.  NY/London:  Doubleday, 2004.  335p.  (Chilton writes as a Bible historian and pastor.  He is a professor of religion at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in Barrytown, New York.  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 deals admirably with the differences between Paul’s testimonies and itinerary and those found in Acts, and paints a scenario that accounts for gaps in the text and the unmentioned events or factors that are hinted at in the texts.  This book is very helpful to bring to life the streams of thought and conflicts that arose 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 analyzes the dynamics of the core theme of Paul’s ministry and theology present in his letters that the pagan converts to Christ come into fellowship with Christ on a equal footing with the Jews, and are part of the more broadly defined Israel in Christ.  He goes through each letter of Paul and correlates that with pertinent sections of the stories of Paul in Acts, and develops a meaningful congregational portrait of the church in each city and how they related to Paul over the course of his ministry.  He makes better sense of the offering Paul collected for the Jerusalem Christians than most commentators.  He analyzes which congregations contributed and which ones did not, related to their shifting attitude towards Paul.  He does an admirable job of analyzing the controversy over spiritual gifts in Corinth and Paul’s conception of the gifts and their practical implementation.  He also makes sense out of the confusion in the Corinthian letters resulting from the missing first letter and the fragmentary nature of what we have as the second letter, which contains fragments of several exchanges.  A stimulating and rewarding study from an apt and practical scholar.)  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.)  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 sectoin 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 Ft Worth to Abilene, Kansas, before the establishment of the Ft Worth Stockyards.)  Borrowed in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  Read 8-9 July 2019.  History

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 Wthout 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

De Kock, W J, ed Jacques Malan and Willem Louw.  The Kruger House Museum.  Pretoria:  National Cultural History and Open-Air Musem, 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 Charletson 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 Pesonal Jesus.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2018.  56p.  Read 20 July 2019.  Theology

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)

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 eveents.  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 fo 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 testimonlials to lay out the mis-steps 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 contemprary simplistic references to the past events that have shaped us as a nation.)  Bought 25 December 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 11-18 January 2019.  History (US Civil War)

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 correllary passages in other New Testament books and Old Testament prophets.  This is another solid addition to my New Testamnt reference shelf.)  Bought 21 February 2019 in Arlington, Texas.  Read 9-14 June 2018.  Bible

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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)

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)

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 anlaysis 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.)  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 devastaton 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.)  Bought 7 May 1997 in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Read 6-10 April 2019.  History (Peoples and Cultures)

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 e[pistemological analysis, in terms of cognitive theory and theory of knowledge.  As he develps his analysis, Smith zeroes in on the difference between concepts of knowledge in the modern forcus 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 philospher 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 knowedgeable 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 “orignal 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.)  Bought 9 October 2018 from Christianbook.  Read 19-21 February 2019.  Philosophy

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.)  Read 20-24 April 2019.  Theology (Faith and Life)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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 trands were occurring at vaorius 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 5-7 June, 22- July 2019.  Biography

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