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Reading for 2007

Here is the list of stuff I read in 2007:

  1. Who We Are Is How We Pray by Dr. Charles J. Keating. This one might be more interesting to someone who is into the Myers-Brigg personality type stuff.
  2. Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating. Not that great.
  3. A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin. This is from Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire. I shouldn’t have started reading the series until they were all done, because at the rate he’s going, he will probably die before he finishes them all (this was fourth in a series that is supposed to be seven). These books should be rated R, but Martin does tell a great story so far, and his characters seem very real.
  4. History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (and main article links) – Wikipedia. This isn’t a book, but I included it because I spent almost a month reading it.
  5. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog by William B. Badke. Useful for someone trying to do research in an electronic age. I felt like I pretty much knew all this stuff already, though.
  6. The Craft of Research, by Wayne Booth, et. al. Very good step-by-step instructions for writing a research paper.
  7. Praying Home by Robert Llewelyn, et. al. This one is probably not worth reading. Another book about contemplative prayer (from the mystic Eastern Orthodox tradition).
  8. Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton. Ditto.
  9. Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C. S. Lewis. Excellent book. C. S. Lewis always has something good to say, and this one is no exception.
  10. The Last Disciple by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer. This is the first in a series of historical novels placed in the first century A.D. The series is somewhat a response to the popularity of the Left Behind series, in that it has a distinctly partial-preterist take on eschatology. Very enjoyable.
  11. The Last Sacrifice by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer. Even better than the first one. I don’t know how many are planned, but I can’t wait for the next one.
  12. Lilith by George MacDonald. Somewhat like a fantasy, but before the genre really existed. Some people find it just plain weird, but if you pay attention to the brief biography of MacDonald in the front of the book, you can tell approximately what he’s saying, only in the form of a myth. Also, there is a great forward by C. S. Lewis, who considered MacDonald to be his mentor. Lewis remarks that MacDonald is not the best with words, but that his skill at myth-making was incredible, and I thoroughly agree.
  13. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. One of the Curdie books that Lewis recommends. A delightful story.
  14. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. A possible look at what it would be like to colonize Mars. Very enjoyable for an engineering guy like me. Robinson is fairly realistic about the kinds of technology we might have in the near future, and so this book combines that with a great deal of knowledge about sociology and religion. Some people will probably find it too much like techno-babble, but I think it should be required reading, given the U.S.’s plan for a manned mission to Mars by 2020. Warning: this series should be rated at least “PG-13,” maybe “R” for sexual content.
  15. Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. The next stage – terraforming Mars to support plant life. This book is the best of the series. Robinson is really good at understanding people. It does get a little weird, in places.
  16. Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. The final stage – changing the atmosphere to support humans. This book seemed to drag on a bit. Robinson’s altruism-with-no-basis is the serious flaw in the whole series, making the ending utopia seem quite unrealistic.
  17. Hearing God’s Call: Ways of Discernment for Laity and Clergy by Ben Campbell Johnson. Good, practical advice (with exercises) for seeking one’s vocation.
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. The best book of the series. Rowling wraps things up nicely, and brings together lots of stuff from the previous books. There is no long, tedious section of living with the Dursleys in this book, like there was in a couple of the previous books.

I also read a lot from a number of blogs:

  • Blog and Mablog (Doug Wilson) – I read the Auburn Avenue stuff, the book reviews, and other things that look interesting.
  • Once More With Feeling (Mark Horne). He posts too much, so I read less than half of it.
  • Michael Yon Online Magazine. News, mainly about Iraq, from an embedded reporter who was formerly in the Special Forces.
  • Belly Dancer’s Nightcap (Duncans). Friends from CO, now living in Germany.
  • By Living Waters (Bywaters). Friends from CO, now living in UK.
  • Colorado Chronicles (Mortons). Friends in CO.
  • The Weight of Days (Boonzaiijers). Friends in CO.
  • De Regno Christi (Bill Chellis). I read all the posts, along with the comments, in the discussion regarding the Federal Vision (17 Sep – 5 Oct). There were representatives from the FV, RPCNA, ARP, and maybe others. It was a decent discussion, although I felt like they never really got around to arguing from the Scriptures.

HT: Laundry List – I saw Eric’s list from 2006 a year ago, and thought it might be good to keep track of what I read during the year.

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