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March 29, 2005

Blue Like Jazz by Miller, Donald

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I've heard people rave about this book, but it took me a while to finally pick it up. I'm glad I did.

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March 28, 2005

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Lamott, Anne

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I love Anne Lamott. She's crazy and nuts and loves Jesus. Her ficiton is good, but her nonfiction really makes you love this dreadlocked freak.

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March 18, 2005

About a Boy by Hornby, Nick

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Will is a terribly hip, selfish British prick. He's 36, lives alone, and does nothing for a living.

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How to be Good by Hornby, Nick

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This is not a feel good romance.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Angelou, Maya

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In the movie Reality Bites, Ben Stiller claims he knows why the caged bird sings in an effort not to look like a corporate doorknob. Winona Ryder laughs, ask him why, and he says something about because it was in a cage.

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Soul Survivor by Yancey, Philip

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The writer who brought us What's So Amazing About Grace and The Jesus I Never Knew gives us a glimpse into the writers and personalities that influenced him.

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The Prodigal Summer by Kingsolver, Barbara

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Finally, a convincing argument for the interconnectedness of nature and humanity that doesn't come off as tree-hugging environmentalism.

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Among Schoolchildren by Kidder, Tracy

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Kidder puts you in the classroom and lets you see and experience everything that happens in Chris Zajak's fifth grade class in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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A Sort of Life by Greene, Graham

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And a sort of book. What a let-down from what I've come to expect from Graham Greene.

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Teaching a Stone to Talk by Dillard, Annie

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This is a great introduction to the writing of Annie Dillard.

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Tuck Everlasting by Babbitt, Natalie

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This magical tale about living forever is a good thought-provoking read for a Sunday afternoon.

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Brave New World by Huxley, Aldous

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Nothing like the classic dis-topian sci-fi novels.

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I Am Relevant by Various

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If you want to feel like you can accomplish something, read this book.

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A Live Coal in the Sea by L'Engle, Madeleine

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It sounds like a soap opera, unfolds like a mystery novel, and reads like a classic.

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The Stand by King, Stephen

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In my lifetime of reading I've always steered clear of Stephen King, the master of horror, gore, and million dollar contracts. But I'm beginning to see that he has some skills, and I decided to read something by King.

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The Jesus I Never Knew by Yancey, Philip

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I find myself commiserating with Yancey; despite being raised in the church and attending a Christian college, and now even working for a Christian organization, I feel like I have little understanding of Jesus.

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Big Trouble by Barry, Dave

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The current king of humor writing attempts his first novel, and while the results aren't exactly dripping with literary greatness, it is a good read.

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The Jesus Generation by Graham, Billy

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Take a retro ride into Christianity circa 1971 with your favorite crusading hipster, Billy Graham.

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The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Brumberg, Joan Jacobs

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Anyone who has dealt with teenage girls has seen an overabundance of insecurity and infatuation with the perfect body.

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March 17, 2005

All New People by Lamott, Anne

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This short novel captures humanity in the amazingly descriptive style of Anne Lamott.

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Stength to Love by King, Jr., Martin Luther

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This collection of sermons by Martin Luther King, Jr. is incredibly intelligent and inspiring.

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Ophelia Speaks by Shandler, Sara

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Written as a response to Reviving Ophelia, this book features the work of adolescent girls from every region and socio-economic background writing about their lives.

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Lion Country by Buechner, Frederick

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Lion Country is the first novel in the Book of Bebb, and serves to introduce characters that Buechner couldn't stop writing about.

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Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Hornbacher, Marya

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A difficult book about one women's struggle with eating disorders.

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Telling Secrets by Buechner, Frederick

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The third in a series of memoirs from Buechner, Telling Secrets covers some of the same ground as Sacred Journey, but this time around delves deeper into Buechner's various roles and the secrets he's kept, especially his daughter's struggle with an eating disorder. It's a quick read and some excellent prose, a fine example of Buechner's long sentences (routinely 100+ words) that somehow don't become long-winded.

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The Princess Bride by Goldman, William

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It's as delightfully wacky and fun as the movie (and if you haven't seen the movie, I pity you), but with more details and goofball comments from Goldman about why he left parts out. After a while you wonder who let him ramble like this, but it's a fun ride. It captures the power of story and is a perfect book to read out loud.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray

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An amazing sci-fi novel written 50 years ago that is so applicable today.

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An Invisible Sign of My Own by Bender, Aimee

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This is an odd little novel with a main character that's far beyond normal but not quite clinical. Despite the oddities, it's a fun read and full of some extremely poetic writing.

Unique, odd, strange? Yes. But that's okay.

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Scieszka, Jon

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This slightly cracked book is a must have for the quirky individual who likes an irreverent take on the classics.

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Holes by Sachar, Louis

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Stanley Yelnats has been sentenced to dig a hole a day, five feet deep and five feet across.

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May There Be a Road by L'Amour, Louis

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This collection of previously unpublished stories from the master of Westerns leaves you wanting something deeper.

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Crooked Little Heart by Lamott, Anne

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Reading Anne Lamott's nonfiction is like talking to the ultimate sinner-turned-Christian. She's still rough around the edges and doesn't think that's a problem. In one sentence she swears and the next she marvels at Jesus. It's a little hard to handle for some, refreshing for others.

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Blue Shoe by Lamott, Anne

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Mattie Ryder is a 37-year-old, mother of two who recently divorced her cheating husband and moved into her mother's rat-infested house.

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The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver, Barbara

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The Poisonwood Bible isn't exactly Sunday School friendly. It's an exploration of the kind of faith it takes to withstand the heart of darkness.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Juster, Norton

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By the second chapter of this book I was absolutely giddy. It's one of those children's books that you know is good because adults will enjoy it as much as children--if not more so.

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The BFG by Dahl, Roald

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Roald Dahl is a master of children's fiction. We're talking James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The BFG is no exception. It explores giants, dreams, expectations, and the little guy coming out ahead.

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Jayber Crow by Berry, Wendell

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Wendell Berry's latest novel is another story from the fictional town of Port William. This time around it's the life story of Jaber Crow.

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Fast Food Nation by Schlosser, Eric

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American as apple pie. Once upon a time that statement provoked images of a warm bubbly pie, fresh out of the oven, round and delicious. Today that image is more accurately portrayed as "a small, rectangular, hand-held, frozen, and reheated apple pie," served in a brightly colored cardboard box.

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Enter the Worship Circle by Pasley, Ben

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In a time when worship has become a marketing concept, Ben Pasley pens a personal and deeply spiritual portrait of what it really means to come before the God of all creation in worship.

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The Virgin of Bennington by Norris, Kathleen

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This is a book that's not sure what story it's supposed to tell.

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Education of a Wandering Man by L'Amour, Louis

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Louis L'Amour is the master of story telling. He's written 90 novels, 23 short story collections, two works of nonfiction, one collection of poetry, and this final memoir, completed shortly before his death in June of 1988. It's not so much the life story of L'Amour as it's the story of his education.

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The Rock and Roll Rebellion by Joseph, Mark

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The Rock and Roll Rebellion has a curious purpose: it's written for a genre it argues shouldn't exist.

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Word Freak by Fatsis, Stefan

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'Freak' would be the appropriate word for this book.

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Sexual Character: Beyond Technique to Intimacy by Dawn, Marva

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For a sex-obsessed people we're remedial when it comes to understanding sex. Marva Dawn re-examines our understanding of sexuality and brings a character of ethics that's often missing.

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When Bad Christians Happen to Good People by Burchett, Dave

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How can you not like a title like that?

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Praise, Anxiety, & Other Symptoms of Grace by Horstman, Joey

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I have to start by admitting that Joey Horstman was my college professor. You may think I owe him something, but that's not the case. I graduated and my diploma is safely in my hands. Besides, he hasn't been returning my e-mails.

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March 4, 2005

Who Let the Blogs Out? by Stone, Biz

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Aside from its woefully lame title, it actually gives a decent overview of the blogging phenomenon.

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