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« Reply #1460 on: April 17, 2013, 04:22:35 PM »

I'm currently reading "lectures to my students" by Charles Spurgeon and "every good endeavor" by Timothy Keller and Katherine Alsdorf!!  Both of them are good read!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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« Reply #1461 on: April 22, 2013, 11:53:58 AM »

Just started "Adrift" by Steven Callahan.  A true story told by him about being lost at sea for 76 days. 
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« Reply #1462 on: April 22, 2013, 12:42:33 PM »

Just finished Bart Erhman's "Did Jesus Exist" and started "Good Omen's" by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett.
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« Reply #1463 on: May 12, 2013, 03:51:14 PM »

About to finish another reread of GONE ARE THE DAYS by Annalee Burns.  This book was a gift from dependan a few years ago (maybe four? can't quite remember).  Thanks again, Dan!  I love, love, love this little piece of obscure autobiography/early 20th century history.  Makes me feel alive and sad I missed it all at the same time.  I wish I had a pile of books like this one...
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« Reply #1464 on: May 12, 2013, 03:59:58 PM »

    That is a special book. Oddly enough I think the name of the place we found it at was "Hidden Treasures". Which was in Utopia, where the books author was from and where she wrote about.
    
    Of course I'm reading military history still. Right now a book about Jimmy Stewart and his experience as a B-24 bomber pilot in WWII. Jimmy was the "real deal", all the way.

    I need to get out my copy of "Gone are the days" and reread it. It sure does take me back 55 years or so in my own country upbringing in the Ozarks.
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« Reply #1465 on: May 12, 2013, 07:25:46 PM »

River City by John Farrow (aka Trevor Ferguson).  Great Canadian mystery that starts with Cartier and the founding of Montreal and continues into the '70's with major figures like Trudeau, Duplessis, Rene Levesque, the Rocket Richard hockey riots. Great books by a great, but largely unknown, Canadian novelist.  Highly recommended.
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« Reply #1466 on: May 14, 2013, 03:32:18 PM »

Inside American Education: The Decline, The Deception, The Dogmas, by Thomas Sowell
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« Reply #1467 on: May 14, 2013, 06:15:12 PM »

Inside American Education: The Decline, The Deception, The Dogmas, by Thomas Sowell

Sowell is terrific. I'm enjoying David Mamet's deconstruction of modern left/liberalism, The Secret Knowledge. Recommended. 
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« Reply #1468 on: May 14, 2013, 06:23:55 PM »

Rereading THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD by William Morris

And just started THE DISCARDED IMAGE by CS Lewis.
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« Reply #1469 on: June 18, 2013, 09:05:54 PM »

On the recommendation of several here,  I am devouring... 'Peace Like a River'. Best fiction I have read in ages.


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« Reply #1470 on: June 19, 2013, 03:00:01 AM »

Just beginning Leo Tolstoy's tome Anna Karenina.
(This might be a while...)
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« Reply #1471 on: June 19, 2013, 11:34:48 AM »

Salt...a World History
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« Reply #1472 on: June 19, 2013, 12:38:40 PM »

F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom. Not an easy read so far.   
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« Reply #1473 on: June 19, 2013, 05:17:42 PM »

On the recommendation of several here,  I am devouring... 'Peace Like a River'. Best fiction I have read in ages.

Excellent. 

I'm currently reading:

The Letters of CS Lewis
Tons of poetry by Walter de la Mare
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
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« Reply #1474 on: June 20, 2013, 01:01:22 AM »

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham.    Not his best novel.  It's largely a study of elitism with a foray into Eastern mysticism which just doesn't fulfill its promise.  Yet I like it enough to finish it.  Almost done.
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« Reply #1475 on: June 27, 2013, 10:36:05 AM »


"Three Free Sins" by Steve Brown..... I can't say enough good things about the book or the writer.
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« Reply #1476 on: June 27, 2013, 03:41:34 PM »

I, too, picked up "Peace Like a River" last Friday and plowed through it in a couple days. Highly recommend and thanks for bringing this one to my attention.

Starting into "The Plantagents" by Dan Jones. So far, so good...helps if you're interested in the history of England in the Middle Ages. There really are a fascinating cast of characters that shaped this period spanning form the end of the Norman to Tudor dynasty.
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« Reply #1477 on: June 27, 2013, 07:08:11 PM »

"Gypsy Boy" by Mikey Walsh - interesting auto bio sketch.

Just finished "A Sport and A Pastime," by James Salter.  wow for 1967
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« Reply #1478 on: July 01, 2013, 07:57:14 PM »

 THE Calvin and Hobbes TENTH ANNIVERSARY BOOK  by Bill Watterson


This particular book has a lot of information in the opening pages from Bill Watterson. If you are a fan of Calvin & Hobbes this one is a good one to find. I have bought all his books over the years and my children read them and now my grandchildren read them.
      A few of the books are well worn now. I wish Bill Watterson was still putting out his bits of wisdom and humor through the eyes of a child and his imaginary (stuffed toy) tiger.
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« Reply #1479 on: July 01, 2013, 08:09:05 PM »

For a variety or reasons no doubt?

If you like Hayek's ideas, an interesting companion read (with a slightly less pedantic style) could be Richard M. Weaver's "Ideas Have Consequences"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideas_Have_Consequences



Well, the text doesn't start until page 65 and the introductions are fairly dry. As for his ideas, I've read them before reading him. He's on to something obviously. (Too much?) Socialism always ends badly. If not in tyranny, definitely in deep doo doo.
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