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Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering
David Gregory
1578569052
July 12, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
In Dinner With a Perfect Stranger, David Gregory relates the story of two men sharing a meal. The point of interest is knowing that one man believes he is Jesus. What will the other man think by the time the evening is through? The conversation begins, as one could imagine, scratching the dry hard surface of skepticism and doubt, but gently and persistently goes deeper and deeper, spiraling in from that starting point until they are eventually talking about the true stuff of life; the career drifting off-track, the marriage experiencing its own kind of strain, the life being lived where the philosophical questions of youth have given way to simply coping with modern day-to-day living. Gregory's book is a refreshing reminder of what evangelical Christianity is at its very best -- a faith enlivened by the personal...


The Transcendent Adventure
Robert Reilly
0313230625
Jan 1985
Hardcover
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Choice
"Reilly's anthology contains 15 essays and two checklists: 4 general essays on the relationships between religion and science fiction; 11 essays on various authors, including Philip Jose Farmer, Frank Herbert, and Doris Lessing; a primary checklist of religious SF and fantasy; and a secondary checklist of religious SF. In general, the essays are nicely handled. ... Overall, a good beginning on the topic--and a book that SF collections, and many religious collections, will want. Undergraduate primarily; some graduate use; some general interest."

Review
“Reilly's anthology contains 15 essays and two checklists: 4 general essays on the relationships between religion and science fiction; 11 essays on various authors, including Philip Jose Farmer, Frank Herbert, and Doris Lessing; a...


Gilead
Marilynne Robinson
031242440X
January 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1981, Marilynne Robinson wrote Housekeeping, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and became a modern classic. Since then, she has written two pieces of nonfiction: Mother Country and The Death of Adam. With Gilead, we have, at last, another work of fiction. As with The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzards's return, 22 years after The Transit of Venus, it was worth the long wait. Books such as these take time, and thought, and a certain kind of genius. There are no invidious comparisons to be made. Robinson's books are unalike in every way but one: the same incisive thought and careful prose illuminate both.

The narrator, John Ames, is 76, a preacher who has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter to his almost seven-year-old son, the blessing of his second marriage. It is a summing-up, an...



The Great Divorce
C. S. Lewis
0060652950
February 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The Great Divorce is C.S. Lewis's Divine Comedy: the narrator bears strong resemblance to Lewis (by way of Dante); his Virgil is the fantasy writer George MacDonald; and upon boarding a bus in a nondescript neighborhood, the narrator is taken to Heaven and Hell. The book's primary message is presented with almost oblique tidiness--"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'" However, the narrator's descriptions of sin and temptation will hit quite close to home for many readers. Lewis has a genius for describing the intricacies of vanity and self-deception, and this book is tremendously persistent in forcing its reader to consider the ultimate consequences of everyday pettiness. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text...


The Great God Baseball
Allen E. Hye
0865549397
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein
0060256656
February 1986
Hardcover
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Book Review
To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once...


A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, and The Cricket on the Hearth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Charles Dickens
1593080336
April 2004
Paperback
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The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Bobby Henderson
0812976568
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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From Scientific American
An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID. It's even wackier than Jonathan Swift's suggestion that the Irish eat their children as a way to keep them from being a burden, and it may offend just as many people, but Henderson, described elsewhere as a 25-year-old "out-of-work physics major," puts satire to the same serious use that Swift did. Oh, yes, it is very funny.

EDITORS OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Book Description
CAN I GET A “RAMEN” FROM THE CONGREGATION?!

Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson,...



How Much Does Chaos Scare You
Aaron Barlow
1411633490
May 2005
Paperback
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Cracking DaVinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
James L. Garlow, Peter Jones
0781443563
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Was Jesus merely human and not divine? Did Jesus and Mary Magdalene marry and have children? Is there a Holy Grail? If so, what is it and where can it be found? Cracking Da Vinci's Code provides the answers to these and other questions that may have troubled youâ€"or readers you know. Authors James L. Garlow and Peter Jones present compelling evidence that Brown's assertions are not only historically inaccurate, but may also contain a hidden agenda.

About the Author
Dr. James L. Garlow is the pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church, a congregation with an average attendance of 3500 in San Diego, California. Among his degrees are a Masters in Divinity from Asbury Seminary, a Masters in Theology from Princeton Seminary and a Ph.D. from Drew University. He is the author of...


Santa Mouse
Michael Brown
0760703558
August 1996
Library Binding
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Writing the Cross Culture
James Treat
1555915418
Mar 2006
Paperback
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The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction
Hank Hanegraaff, Paul L. Maier
1414302797
May 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
People are talking. The DaVinci Code has been on the New York Times best-seller list for almost a year and is raising a variety of responses from Christians and non-Christians alike. Some are outraged and upset by the claims of Dan Brown, while others are left utterly confused and don't know what to believe. The DaVinci Code: Fact or Fiction? explodes the myths of the book and shows the reliability of Scripture, the divinity of Christ, as well as the historical facts for the Priory of Zion and the Knights Templar. This is the only hands-on accessible reference guide. The DaVinci Code: Fact or Fiction? helps you turn debate about the book into an evangelistic opportunity.

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People are talking. The DaVinci Code has been on the New York Times best-seller list...


De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Amy Welborn
1592761011
April 2004
Paperback
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Mike Potemra, National Review, May 3, 2004
Amy Welborn gives a sprightly, detailed, and highly satisfying account of the truth behind the pseudo-history.

Patrick O'Hannigan, Spectator Online, April 28, 2004
Even people who haven't already read the novel that it trounces would profit from reading De-Coding Da Vinci.

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A Priest's Affair
Neville Symington
1853437646
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Are You There God It's Me, Margaret
Judy Blume
0440904196
November 1991
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she...


Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code : A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
Bart D. Ehrman
0195181409
November 1, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ehrman, chair of religious studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, has written widely on the subject of early Christian documents and the formation of the biblical canon. While acknowledging that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is an exciting mystery novel, Ehrman questions some of its historical claims. Focusing on 10 areas of concern, including the role Constantine played in the formation of the both the church and the Bible and the evidence for Jesus' personal involvement with Mary Magdalene, Ehrman reviews the historical record and demonstrates that Brown's history behind the mystery is seriously flawed. Ehrman is not concerned with theology; he has no interest beyond that of the professional historian who wants to arm the everyday reader with sound research and helpful historical perspective. His is a documentary...


The Religion of Hands
Ray Gonzalez
0816524033
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Juan Felipe Herrera, author of Notebooks of a Chile Verde Smuggler
"Crosses boundaries of time, place, voice and phenomena. . . . Gonzalez's Ars Poetica table is vast, complex, and delightful, most of all."

Book Description
Crossing boundaries of time, place, and voice, Ray Gonzalez blends symbolic play with lyrical beauty as he works from a vast and complex palette to infuse popular culture with myth. The Religion of Hands is a work of magic realism, strange prophecies, uncanny fictions, and unspoken sacraments. Seamlessly, effortlessly, multi-dexterously, Gonzalez spins a phantasmagoria of words that speaks our very dreams.

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365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids
Bernadette McCarver Snyder
0892433094
October 1, 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Dip into this book and discover a new idea for each day of the year. Look up today, look up yesterday, look up last week. Look up your birthday, your best friend's birthday, or you UNbirthday! But look it up! Life is fun. Facts are fun. And so is this book. Don't wait. Don't hesitate. You'll find an idea to help you meditate and cogitate - on every date. It's great!

About the Author
Bernadette McCarver Snyder is well known for her books full of snickers and surprises. In her first children's book, she uncovers 365 "did you knows" and "wonder whys" to fill each day with fun facts for children of all ages.


The Religion War
Scott Adams
0740747886
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
With publication of The Religion War, millions of long-time fans of Scott Adams's Dilbert cartoons and business best sellers will have to admit that the literary world is a better place with Adams on the loose spreading new ideas and philosophical conundrums. Unlike God's Debris, principally a dialogue between its two main characters, The Religion War is set several decades in the future when the smartest man in the world steps between international leaders to see if he can prevent a catastrophic confrontation between Christianity and Islam that would destroy most of civilization. The parallels between where we are today and where we could be in the near future are clear.Adams says The Religion War targets "bright readers with short attention spans-everyone from lazy students to busy book clubs." The book may be a...


Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend
Bart Ehrman
0195300130
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. There is a bit of irony in the subtitle of this terrific book. Ehrman, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC–Chapel Hill and author of several well-received volumes including Lost Scriptures and Lost Christianities, struggles with the very issue of how to separate history from legend, whether it can be done at all and whether it matters. He contends "it is often easier to know how the past was remembered than to decide what actually happened." By shifting focus from the tales to the tellers, Ehrman enters the ongoing discussion of biblical literalism and reliability, insisting that we're not arriving at satisfactory answers because we're not asking the right questions. Drawing widely from history, scripture and extra-biblical writings, he studies the many stories of the...


Adventure Bible, Revised, NIV
Mr. Lawrence O. Richards
0310911443
August 1, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this revised edition of The NIV Adventure Bible, kids 8-12 will discover the treasure of God’s Word. Filled with great adventures and exciting features, The NIV Adventure Bible opens a fresh new encounter with Scripture for kids, especially at a time when they are trying to develop their own ideas and opinions independent of their parents.
Designed to spark curiosity, look for these in-text features:
? “Life in Bible Times” helps kids understand what it was like to live in Bible times. For visual stimulation, each box includes a color picture.
? “People in Bible Times” helps readers to sort out Zechariah from Zephaniah, Jehoshaphat from Joash.
? “Words to Treasure” highlights popular Bible verses for kids to memorize.
? “Did You Know?”...


A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit cover)
Charles Dickens
0760750297
October 2003
Hardcover
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The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (Penguin Classics)
Geza Vermes (Translator)
0140449523
November 30, 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
It's been 50 years since a Bedouin youth named Muhammed edh-Dhub went looking for a stray sheep and instead found the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the intervening decades, the scrolls have been enveloped in a storm of controversy and bitter conflict: the scholars entrusted with translating and editing the texts sat on many of them instead, creating suspicions that escalated to conspiracy theories about supposed cover-ups of sensitive, even damaging material. Geza Vermes, a former professor of Jewish studies at Oxford and a noted authority on the scrolls, marks the 50th anniversary of Muhammed edh-Dhub's find with his book The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English; the title, however, is misleading, for the collection of documents is by no means complete. Vermes has left out the copies of Hebrew scriptures that are available...


Frosty the Snow Man
Retold by Annie North Bedford
0760704589
August 1997
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
The children create Frosty the Snow Man and have great fun with him in the snow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
James Garlow, Peter Jones
078144165X
April 1, 2004
Paperback
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From AudioFile
This fascinating contribution to the DA VINCI CODE controversy, ably narrated with only occasional excesses, is one of many rebuttals to the assault on conservative Christianity that Dan Brown's novel represents. Like arguments on both sides of the issue, the writing is full of pejorative hyperbole and logical lapses. But it contributes to the discussion by laying out some important differences in the way Christ is regarded by traditional Christians as compared to the Gnostic Christians, whose gospels were suppressed after Christ's death. With only some moralizing, the program tries to answer the question of whether understanding Jesus in Gnostic terms is part of a neo-pagan, quasi-religious movement or a healthy broadening of our relationship with God. T.W. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright ©...

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