Books Read 2004
In 2003, besides new books I bought, I began going through my library and systematically reading books I had bought over the last three decades, but had not read or had read only portions: Some I had read, but reread in this new reading plan.
Barnett, Betty. Friend Raising: Building a Missionary Support Team that
Bede. A History of the
Bloom, Harold and David Rosenberg. The Book of J. NY: Vintage Books, 1990. 335p. (Two Jewish scholars attempt to reproduce what is thought to be the oldest line of narrative in the Old Testament, thought to have been written by an author who exclusively used the name Yahweh (Javeh) for the Hebrew God. Bloom provides historical and textual introduction to the study and biblical studies in general, and comments on the translation by Rosenberg.) Bought July 2004 in Irving, Texas. Theology and Religion
Blum, Ralph H. The Book of Runes -- A Handbook for the Use of the Ancient Oracle: The Viking Runes. NY: St. Martins Press, 1993. 153p. Bought October 2004. Read 24-25 December 2004. Theology and Religion
Blum, Ralph H. The Healing Runes. NY: St. Martins Press, 1995. 156p. Bought October 2004. Read 21-24 December 2004. Science and Faith
Boas, Franz. Introduction to Handbook of American Indian Languages (1911); joint volume with J. W. Powell. Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico (1891). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1991. 221p plus 5p front matter. Bought April 2001. Portions read 2001. Resumed 13 September 2004. Finished 23 September 2004. Peoples and Cultures
Boyes, Jon and S. Piraban. A
Life Apart: Viewed from the
Braude, Joseph. The New Iraq. NY: Basic Books (Perseus), 2003. 204p plus 15p prologue. Bought December 2003. Begun reading 23 September 2004, finished 26 September 2004. History (Peoples and Cultures)
Brierly, Peter. The Tide is Running Out: What the English Church Attendance Survey Reveals. 256p. London: Christian Research, 2000. Bought in Thailand September 2001. Begun 25 August 2004, finished 6 September 2004. Culture and Trends
Brueggemann, Walter. Genesis:
A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.
Cairns, Earle E.
Christianity through the Centuries: A History of the Christian
Capturing the Next Generation for Missions (Evangelical Missions Quarterly, October, 2003, Vol 39, No 4). Wheaton, Illinois: Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College. 128p. (Some good perspectives on the worldview and communication styles of the new generation. Draws on western generational models, but with good cross-cultural information and some good essays dealing with other cultures. Good critical book reviews give a view of current literature.) Received December 2003. Begun 15 November 2004. Finished 30 November 2004. Culture and Trends
The Roots of the
Perigree Books, 1981.
(Research into the musical and cultural roots of the blues in
Chhopel, K. Christianity in Bhutan. Bhutan: Sharchhokpa Christian Fellowship, 2004. Borrowed and begun 24 November 2004. Finished 8 December 2004. Theology and Religion
Churton, Tobias. The Gnostics. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1997. 176p, plus 5p front matter. (A Review of the Nag Hammadi scrolls of Gnostic literature found in 1945 in Egypt. Includes history of the find and scholarship on the scrolls.) Bought March 2003. Read 13-17 October 2004. History (Peoples and Cultures)
Collins, John C. and Robert A. Kupler, eds. Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls (in the series Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. 152p. (An excellent summary and critical analysis of the themes of religious belief and practice found in the full Dead Sea Scrolls collection. Excellent comparative and critical discussions on theories and other studies being done.) Bought 4 October 2004. Begun 11 October 2000 Finished 22 October 2004. Theology and Religion
Craughwell, Thomas J., ed.
The Wisdom of the Popes.
Davies, Paul. The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World. NY: Touchstone, Simon and Schuster, 1993. 232p. Bought January 2003. Begun 28 June 2004, finished 3 July 2004. Science
de Chardin, Teilhard. The Divine Milieu. NY: Harper and Row, 1968 (revised edition). 155p. Bought December 2003. Begun 11 June 2004, finished 19 June 2004. Science and Faith
de Hartog, Leo. Genghis Khan, Conqueror of the
World. NY: Barnes and Noble Books, 1989. 193p. Bought 2002. Portions read in 2002,
2003, periodic reading. Finished
Dembski, William A. Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Technology.
Demy, Timothy and Gary P. Stewart. In the Name of God. Understanding the Mindset of Terrorism. Eugene, Oregon. Harvest House Publishers, 2002. 208p. Bought 4 October 2004. Read 7-10 October 2004. Culture and Trends
der Partog, Gwynneth. Byzantine and Medieval Cyprus. a Guide to the Monuments. Nicosia: Interworld Publications, 1995. 281p. (The author successfully meets her goal to "bridge the gap between detailed specialist publications and general guides." Well illustrated. See my review of this book on this website and on Amazon.com.) Bought in 2001 in Nicosia. Portions read 2001, 2002. Resumed October 25 October 2004. Finished 12 November 2004. Peoples and Cultures (History)
The Theory of Relativity and other Essays. NY:
MJF Books, 1950. 73p. Bought March
Eker, T. Harv. Speedwealth.
Finklestein, Israel and Neil Asher Silberman. The Bible Unearthed. NY:
Touchstone (Simon and Schuster), 2001.
(A detailed analysis of the history of
Forbes, Jack D. Apache, Navaho and Spaniard.
Friedman, Richard Elliot.
Who Wrote the Bible?
The Curvature of Spacetime. NY:
Froise, Margaret, ed. South Central Africa (MARC series World Christianity). Monrovia, California. MARC, 1991. 164p. Bought in 1996 in Nairobi, Kenya. Portions read previously in research on certain countries. Resumed 27 July 2004. Book finished 07 July 2004. Peoples and Cultures
Geyer, Alan. Ideology in America: Challenges to Faith. Louisville, Kentucky. Westminster John Knox Press, 1997. 133p. ("A foremost ethicist challenges conservative ideologies." See my review of this book on this website. See this book with my review on Amazon.) Bought 4 November 2004. Read 5-6 November 2004. Culture and Trends
Gould, Stephen Jay. Rocks of Ages. NY: Library of Contemporary Thought (Ballentine), 1999. 222p. Bought October 2004. Read 25-26 December 2004. Science and Faith
Gowan, Donald E. The Triumph of Faith in Habakkuk. NY:
Grant, Michael. Jesus: An Historian's Review of the Gospels. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997. 264p. (See my review of this book on this website and on Amazon.com.) Bought 1981. Begun 12 December 2004, finished 20 December 2004. History (Faith and Life)
Grant, Robert M. and David Noel Freedman. The Secret Sayings of Jesus. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1960. 198p. (The Gnostic apocryphal Gospel of Thomas. Includes 116 pages of critical introduction and historical backgrounds. See my review of this book on this website. See this book with my review on Amazon.com.) Bought March 2003. Read 3-5 October 2004. Theology and Religion
Graves, Robert and Raphael Patai. Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis. NY: Greenwich House, 1964. 296p. (Good correlation of Genesis stories and themes with other contemporaneous peoples in the area, including the Greeks and Persians, as well as with later Jewish fanciful legends. See my review of this book on this website and on Amazon.com.) Bought 1985. Portions read April 2003. Resumed 7 May 2004, finished 11 May 2004. Peoples and Cultures
Green, Joey, ed. Jesus and Muhammad: The Parallel Sayings.
Hall, Christopher A.
Learning Theology with the Church Fathers. Downer's Grove,
Haney, David. Journey into Life. Memphis, Tennessee: Brotherhood Commission, SBC, 1987. 72p. (A spiritual growth study, in the format of 11 small group sessions.) Received 6 July 2004. Begun 1 August, finished 16 August 2004. Faith and Life
Hawking, Stephen W. A Brief History of Time. NY: Bantam Books, 1988. 187p. Bought 1989. Begun 29 August 2004, finished 6 September 2004. Science
Hefley, James C.
Country Music Comin'
Herring, Ralph, Frank Stagg, et.
al. How to Understand the
Jeffrey, Grant R.
Remarkable Evidence of God's Design.
Johnstone, Patrick and John Hanna and Marti Smith, eds. Praying Through the Window III, The Unreached Peoples. Seattle, Washington: YWAM Publishing, 1996. 111p. (I was one of the preview editors of this book, and have read portions of it previously, but had never read the book straight through.) Bought 1998. Begun 17 August 2004, finished 24 August 2004. Peoples and Cultures
Jones, Laurie Beth. Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership. NY: Hyperion Books, 2004. 318p. Bought 29 April 2004. Begun 30 April 2004, finished 4 May 2004. Faith and Life
ed., A. Wassiliev, trans. Daghestan.
The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for New Generations.
Kirvan, John J., ed. The Infallibility Debate. NY: Paulist Press, 1971. 152p. (A discussion of the doctrine of infallibility in the Roman Catholic Church, specifically focusing on the disagreement over the question between two prominent theologians, Hans Kung and Karl Rahner.) Bought 1980. Read 12-23 April 2004. Theology and Religion
Lloyd-Sidle, Patricia and Bonnie Sue Lewis, eds. Teaching
Lucarini, Dan. Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement. Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2003. 144p. (Lucarini details the problems he began to see in the Christian music group with which he sang and others he observed. These were matters of moral failures, personal pride, often connected with an immature and unprofessional attitude, negative attitudes within the music team, a drift into drugs on road tours and moral problems between members of the band. He mistakenly concludes that the problem is the music itself, rather than the people. This book launches his misguided and illogical attack on this style of music. See my review of this book on this website. See my review of the book on Amazon) Bought November 2003. Read 7-11 June 2004. Culture and Trends
McGrath, Alister. Glimpsing the Face of God: The Search for Meaning in the Universe. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002. 123p. Bought 4 October 2004. Read 5-6 October 2004. Science and Faith
Mckinnon, John, ed. The Hill Tribes of
Napper, Joyce. Christianity in the
Negroponte, Nicholas. Being Digital. NY: Vintage Books, 1995. 247p. Bought in Irving, Texas, 17 July, 2004. Read 21-23 July 2004. Culture and Trends
Niditch, Susan. Oral World and Written Word: Ancient Israelite Literature. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996. 134p plus 3p front matter. (14 pages of endnotes and a 12-p bibliography provide excellent documentation and guidance for further study on orality in ancient Hebrew culture and scriptures.) Bought July 2003 in Irving, Texas. Begun 17 October 2004. Finished 23 October 2004. Peoples and Cultures
No author. Chiang Mai and the Hill
No author. The Children of
Ishmael. No place (email@example.com): The Children of Ishmael, no date. 183p. (Testimonies of Muslims who became
believers in Jesus Christ. No names
or identities are given.) Bought June 2003 at
Ohlig, Karl-Heinz. Why We Need the Pope: The Necessity and Limitations of Papal Primacy. St. Meinrad, Indiana: Abbey Press, 1975. 152p. (Includes a good critical study of the history and gradual development of the Papacy, and finds the first historical roots for a claim to Papal primacy and infallibility in the 900s. He proposes the pope's role as a non-juridical symbol of unity. (See my complete review of this book on this website.) Bought 1983. Begun 1 May 2004. Theology and Religion
Pickover, Clifford A. Surfing through Hyperspace.
John. The Passion of Jesus
Radford, Ruby L. Many Paths to God. Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Publishing House, 1970. 131p. (Summary of the major religions of the world.) Bought 19 April 2002. Begun 24 May 2004, finished 27 May 2004. Theology and Religion
Kim. A Case for Amillennialism.
Reavis, Ralph. Virginia Union and Virginia Seminary: African Americans and Higher Education in Virginia 1867-1927. Lynchburg,
M. The Problem of History in the Book of
Mark and other Marcan Studies.
A. T. Can
We Trust the New Testament?
Ryan, David D. Four Days in 1865: The Fall of Richmond. Richmond: Cadmus Marketing, 1993. Bought 15 July 2004. Read 19-20 September 2004. History
Schick, Edwin A. Revelation - the Last Book of the Bible. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1977. 77p. Bought 1980. Read 12 December 2004. Theology and Religion
Sevener, Harold. Israel's Glorious Future:
The Prophecies and Promises of God Revealed.
Sinsawasdi, Narong. Souls and the Universe: A Scientific Enquiry.
Stark, Mike. Black Sabbath: An Oral History. NY: Harper entertainment (Harper Collins), 2002. 115p. (Transcripts of interview statements of members of the band, journaling the history. Includes a lot of music history information, including other bands.) Bought 21 May 2004. Read 22-23 May 2004. Culture and Trends
Strauch, Alexander. Biblical
Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore
Biblical Church Leadership.
Strobel, Lee. S Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993. 236p. (Some good insights on the worldview and lifestyle of the current generation of non-Christian people in the United States. The author encourages the church to focus on communication and perceptions of the surrounding community and culture, rather than maintaining forms simply because they are comfortable for the "churched.") Borrowed. Read 21-22 September 2004. Culture and Trends
Stuhlmacher, Peter. Historical Criticism and Theological Interpretation of Scripture. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980. 91p. Bought 1980. Read 30-31 December 2004. Theology and Religion
Tiessen, Terrance L. Who Can Be Saved?: Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions. Downer's Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2004. 511p. (30-page preview excerpt, containing concept and statement of 30 theses on the topic stated in the title. See my review of the full book on Amazon, or my review on this website.) Read March 2004. Theology and Religion
Ware, James H. Heart Sing: Morning Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving. Pensacola, Florida: Adara House Publishers, 1997. 369p. (This is a one-year collection of daily prayer meditations, written by my friend, mentor and former professor. I decided to read this straight through in a concentrated manner for impact.) Gift from the author 1998. Portions previously read. Rereading begun 8 June 2004, finished 22 June 2004. Faith and Life
Rick. The Purpose Driven Church.
Wells, Spencer. The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey. NY: Random House, 2003. 211p. (An excellent reconstruction of the history of human migration based on an analysis of DNA studies made worldwide inrecent years. See my complete review of this book on this website. See this book with my review on Amazon.) Received Christmas 2004. Read 26-30 December 2004. Science (Genetics)
Creation, Science and Theology: Essays in Response to Karl Barth.
The Song of the
Ginzberg, Louis. Legends of the Bible. Old Saybrook, CT, USA: Konecky and Konecky, 1956. 646p. ("Variations of the stories in scriptures as told and retold in the ancient east from the days of Abraham, in synagogues and churches and the homes of a hundred generations of men." my review of this book on this website. See the book with my review also on Amazon.com.) Bought and begun April 2003. Portions read in June & September 2004. Peoples and Cultures
McGrath, Alister E., ed. The Christian Theology Reader. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. 647p. Bought June 2003. Portions read for reference along with other texts. Theology and Religion
Computer Technology Review
Money (1/2 year)
US News and World Report (weekly)