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« Reply #1760 on: January 03, 2015, 05:33:43 PM »

Currently:

"My Name is Asher Lev" - Chaim Potok

Please give a review when you're done.  I've been eying this one for years.
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« Reply #1761 on: January 04, 2015, 01:30:12 AM »

Please give a review when you're done.  I've been eying this one for years.

Finished it last night.  If you've not read any Chaim Potok before, I would recommend "The Chosen" before this one.  I put up a short review on Goodreads, but it's a spoiler review.
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« Reply #1762 on: January 04, 2015, 07:03:18 AM »

Finished it last night.  If you've not read any Chaim Potok before, I would recommend "The Chosen" before this one.  I put up a short review on Goodreads, but it's a spoiler review.
Great, I'll check it out.

I've decided that my 2015 project will be to read the Bible in French.  Maybe not the whole thing but I'll be doing most of my Bible reading from La Sainte Bible.  I'm in Evangile Selon Jean right now. It's great fun.
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« Reply #1763 on: January 04, 2015, 02:55:56 PM »

Great, I'll check it out.

I've decided that my 2015 project will be to read the Bible in French.  Maybe not the whole thing but I'll be doing most of my Bible reading from La Sainte Bible.  I'm in Evangile Selon Jean right now. It's great fun.

You may then want to also read "Is That A Fish In Your Ear?"  by David Bellos, on the intricacies of translation.  I have not read through the Bible in German, though I have a modern German translation that I would take with me to church for a couple of years.  I quit taking it after I realized it might give the wrong impression with 'DIE BIBEL" in large print on the cover and spine. 

This was during a time when I simply was bored in church.

Now I use Olive Tree on my Nook with older translations in German, Swedish and Spanish, but I rarely have time to use them in church as I'm deep in thought and writing notes in my ESV.
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« Reply #1764 on: January 05, 2015, 05:45:38 PM »

You may then want to also read "Is That A Fish In Your Ear?"  by David Bellos, on the intricacies of translation.  I have not read through the Bible in German, though I have a modern German translation that I would take with me to church for a couple of years.  I quit taking it after I realized it might give the wrong impression with 'DIE BIBEL" in large print on the cover and spine. 

This was during a time when I simply was bored in church.

Now I use Olive Tree on my Nook with older translations in German, Swedish and Spanish, but I rarely have time to use them in church as I'm deep in thought and writing notes in my ESV.
I can surely relate to being bored in church.     I am mainly trying to improve my French reading and get more time in the Book.  Two birds, one stone. 
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« Reply #1765 on: January 08, 2015, 05:32:45 AM »

I'm reading A SEVERE MERCY by Sheldon Vanauken.  Hands down the best opening chapter of any book I've ever read.  Absolutely hooked me in and punched me in the gut at the same time.
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« Reply #1766 on: March 04, 2015, 10:12:27 PM »

                                                       D-DAY by STEPHEN E. AMBROSE

    Best book by far about all the countries, army, air force, navy, coast guard involved. Lots of personal stories and a very good overview of the entire situation. If you want an excellent book on WWII this is right at the top.
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« Reply #1767 on: March 04, 2015, 11:30:24 PM »

I'm currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.   Saw the film first but am still enjoying the book. 
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« Reply #1768 on: March 05, 2015, 04:50:19 AM »

Picking my way again through various Sherlock Holmes volumes. Also just picked up a used copy of 'Blink' by Malcom Gladwell, which I read many years ago.  Reading through the Bible in the New Living Translation on a 1-year plan that's in my iPhone.
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« Reply #1769 on: March 05, 2015, 11:29:13 PM »

"I'd rather be the devil" by Stephen Calt. Biography of guitar player, singer and pianist Skip James. One heck of a musician but man what a ominous character!  ohmy

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« Reply #1770 on: March 06, 2015, 01:33:43 PM »

Grace Like a River - Christopher Parkening
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« Reply #1771 on: March 07, 2015, 02:37:56 AM »

Grace Like a River - Christopher Parkening

Love his playing.
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« Reply #1772 on: March 16, 2015, 02:35:27 AM »

"The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative"
The 2003 Massey lectures, by Thomas King.

I really enjoyed one of his early novels "Green Grass, Running Water" and his more recent non-fiction book "The Inconvenient Indian".

He brings amazing song-like story telling to enlighten very important ideas.

If you like audio lectures, a lot of these are on line:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzXQoZ6pE-M
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« Reply #1773 on: June 09, 2015, 03:42:03 PM »

Been reading a lot.

The Greek View of Life by GL Dickinson. Great overview of Greek thought and culture from the ancients.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.  Excellent and highly recommended. The fact that she wrote it at 22 is astounding considering the wisdom it contains.

Red by Sammy Hagar (autobiography). I loved the Hagar VH days and also enjoy these kinds of books as a guilty pleasure. It was a fun read.
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« Reply #1774 on: June 09, 2015, 10:09:30 PM »

Grace Like a River - Christopher Parkening

Thanks for mentioning this - I'll have to check it out.

I've been reading a great book that addresses a lot of the political correctness about the Crusades (you know - Christians all bad; Muslims all good):

God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark

Fascinating read. 
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« Reply #1775 on: June 10, 2015, 12:08:35 AM »

Been reading a lot.

The Greek View of Life by GL Dickinson. Great overview of Greek thought and culture from the ancients.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.  Excellent and highly recommended. The fact that she wrote it at 22 is astounding considering the wisdom it contains.

Red by Sammy Hagar (autobiography). I loved the Hagar VH days and also enjoy these kinds of books as a guilty pleasure. It was a fun read.
That Helen Keller book is one that needs to stay on my radar. My grandma Keller was supposed to be some kind of cousin to Helen.
     Her favorite saying to me is "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows" pretty good for a blind lady.
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« Reply #1776 on: June 10, 2015, 12:20:32 AM »

That Helen Keller book is one that needs to stay on my radar. My grandma Keller was supposed to be some kind of cousin to Helen.
     Her favorite saying to me is "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows" pretty good for a blind lady.
Keller's book is pretty short and can be knocked out in a couple afternoons. Great quote too.
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« Reply #1777 on: June 10, 2015, 01:16:40 AM »




           This is what I'm reading now. I give it my highest recommendation. Written by a very close friend.
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« Reply #1778 on: June 11, 2015, 02:59:17 AM »

Just finished Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities".  Started Charles M. Schulz's autobiography.
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« Reply #1779 on: June 11, 2015, 11:42:19 AM »

Reading "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.  It's a personal account of an ill fated expedition to climb Mt. Everest.  Very good reading so far.
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