Key insights for Mainline decline.

Book title: The Presbyterian Controversy: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Moderates (Religion in America)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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An insightful and enjoyable survey of the people and ideas which split the Presbyterian Church in the 1930s. Through careful research and a captivating style, Longfield studies indepth the main characters of the Fundamentalist/Moderist controversary in the Presbyterian Church. Sympathetic to both sides, he shows how relaxing theological standards began to blunt the church's ability to speak to its members and society. Important reading for anyone trying to discover the roots of decline in mainline churches in America today.

EAN: 9780195086744
Pages: 352
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Bradley J. Longfield

Gotta Get!

Book title: Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Gotta Go! Gotta Go! is both entirely delightful and wholesomely informative. Not only does it tell of wonderful, mysterious destiny and miraculous transformation, it also introduces the young reader to the idea of a larger world full of excitement and challenge. Adults may be aware of the gentle, ecologically aware voice in the work through introduction of the main charactar and her pursuit while younger readers will repeat Gotta Go! Gotta Go! when asked "What book?". The illustrations are colorful and deft, the prose elegant and simple. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! is another coupe, and like his book the Araboolies of Liberty Street, gives lesson while it delights. Buy this one, it's a winner!

EAN: 9780374327576
Pages: 32
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Sam Swope

Bet ME was an awesome read

Book title: Bet Me
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I have to say that I read alot. I have even dabbled in writing and I am having a book published. I wish that I could write this well. Minerva Dobbs, is a plain old normal woman. A bit overweight, by her mothers standard, but when her ex bet's a business associate that he can't get her bed, she overhears and take the challage. Only no one knows that she knows. What comes next is a series of funny, heart warming events that lead to love. The charaters in this book are so real that there is no way that you won't relate to at least one of them. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I have to tell you thatI will read more. I have already recommened this book. It you want a feel good read. Buy this book, you won't regret it.

EAN: 9780312987855
Pages: 432
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Jennifer Crusie

A Must Read

Book title: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & the Heart of Contemporary Faith
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I can't say that very many books have changed my life, but this book is one of several which have been strongly influential. Borg shares a common experience with many of us who grew up in well meaning, but misdirected churches which focus on the god of anger and judgement. A god who demands a rigid personal belief system as the only means of escape from the fires of hell. He shares his personal journey of reawakening to a god of love and acceptance. His shared experience is one which can help many others of us grow up and understand the Bible as a finger pointing to God and not the literal text of absolute doctrine. This book is a must read for anyone who has suffered through a fundamentalist childhood and yet still desires to know God in a mature, meaningful manner.

EAN: 9780060609177
Pages: 160
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Marcus J. Borg


Book title: The Bone People : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I first read The Bone People eight years ago, when I was 19 and starting my own life. It will always be my favorite book of any kind. It showed me that someone felt the world the same way as I. And I didn't even know that about myself until I was in the middle of this book. It made me want to become a writer, the only bad part being I always measure myself against this book and others like it.
It will make many other novels you would have liked in the past seem drab and convoluted.

EAN: 9780140089226
Pages: 464
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Keri Hulme

Dante Goes to Hell

Book title: The Divine Comedy
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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John Ciardi's translation of the "Inferno" is by far the most accessible translation for the 'easy reader' of Dante's immortal classic. What Ciardi never forgets is that in Italian, even in 14th century Italian, everything rhymes.
If you have never read this unbelievably vivid poem-- you are missing out.
Political, polemic, strident and beautiful beyond words, Dante remains the Galileo of poetic storytellers. Milton, eat yer heart out.

EAN: 9780451208637
Pages: 928
Publisher: NAL Trade
Dante Alighieri

Follow the North Star to freedom!

Book title: Wanted Dead Or Alive : The True Story Of Harriet Tubman
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I had this book when I was a child and I treasured it. This book introduced me to the life of Harriet Tubman, conductor on the underground railroad (she was so successful at helping people escape slavery that she had a price on her head), Civil War spy (an extremely dangerous undertaking when you consider that captured spies were executed), and servant to the poor. She instantly became my hero. The book is instructive without being preachy, and gave me a sense of Harriet Tubman's incredible strength of character, determination, and courage. In the pages of this book, I found a Great American. She has been a role model for me ever since I read this book. Consider giving this book as a gift to a child you love. The writing is easy to read, the illustrations are gripping, and the main character is a bona fide, real life, honest-to-goodness hero.

EAN: 9780590442121
Pages: 64
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Ann Mcgovern


Book title: In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the Rising Tyranny of Ecology
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Alston Chase brings to this study a true gift of scholarship, and the courage to pursue truth and ignore what is trendy or popular. His approach is refreshing and independent, and everything in this study is thoroughly documented. We need more Alston Chases, especially in a time when environmentalists are unwittingly damaging the environment because they haven't done their homework, and because they treat ecology as a secular religion. This will be the standard work in its field.

EAN: 9780395608371
Pages: 535
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
Alston Chase

Alternatives, Not Answers

Book title: Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (The Ethics of Everyday Life)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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If you don't like reading "classic" literature - that is, literature from another time, place and era, with a perspective utterly distinct (and even contrary) to our own - don't buy this book, as it's an anthology composed solely of excerpts from this literature.

If you do, however, I can't recommend this book highly enough. Not because it will tell you what to think about love, sex, and marriage (as if there is an "answer" to be found!), but because it will give you perspectives other than the one you have for considering your own life.

EAN: 9780268019594
Pages: 636
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

Excellent text, although from old perspective.

Book title: Orchestration
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is an excellent comprehensive text on orchestration. It's age (circa 1935) gives it obvious limitations for contempary application. However, that same limitation makes it an important tool for historical instrumental information that most other books simply do not have. I got lots of information from the perspective of a turn of the century arranger that I found very interesting. Of course, if all you are interested in is modern instruments and their applications, you may not find this book as interesting as I did.

EAN: 9780486243832
Pages: 576
Publisher: Dover Publications
Cecil Forsyth

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