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« Reply #1710 on: April 14, 2011, 09:53:00 PM »

God's War - A New History of the Crusades - Christopher Tyerman
The Love Dare - Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
The Philokalia - St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios
Praying with Icons - Jim Forest
The Book of Enoch

And my Bible

I'm almost finished with the Book of Enoch and Praying with Icons. 
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« Reply #1711 on: April 19, 2011, 06:26:17 AM »

Stanley Milgram - Obedience To Authority: An Experimental View
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« Reply #1712 on: April 19, 2011, 12:06:41 PM »

God's War - A New History of the Crusades - Christopher Tyerman
The Love Dare - Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
The Philokalia - St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios
Praying with Icons - Jim Forest
The Book of Enoch

And my Bible

I'm almost finished with the Book of Enoch and Praying with Icons. 

Good for you on being able to read (and finish) multiple books at a time.  If I read more than one thing at once reading-ADHD gets the better of me.  I have taken a quick break from Street Without Joy to read the Vietnam chapter in Victor Davis Hansen's Carnage and Culture.  It is a good follow up to The Western Way of War if anyone is interested (which itself compliments The Face of Battle by Keagan).  At some point I am going to reread John Robb's excellent Brave New War and pick up a copy of The Clash of Civilizations.  The problem is if I get too many books in line I will never finish them!  I have been working through Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy for about two years now!

At some point I would like to add some good religious books to my line up.  I read Way of the Pilgrim back in high school and would like to read it again.  I read The Soul After Death and Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future by Fr. Seraphim Rose years back and may re-read those as well.  Both were very interesting though at times disturbing.  Hopefully Gebre will keep me posted so I can read his book when he gets it published?
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« Reply #1713 on: April 20, 2011, 08:23:44 AM »

God's War - A New History of the Crusades - Christopher Tyerman
The Love Dare - Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
The Philokalia - St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios
Praying with Icons - Jim Forest
The Book of Enoch

And my Bible

I'm almost finished with the Book of Enoch and Praying with Icons. 

Good for you on being able to read (and finish) multiple books at a time.  If I read more than one thing at once reading-ADHD gets the better of me.  I have taken a quick break from Street Without Joy to read the Vietnam chapter in Victor Davis Hansen's Carnage and Culture.  It is a good follow up to The Western Way of War if anyone is interested (which itself compliments The Face of Battle by Keagan).  At some point I am going to reread John Robb's excellent Brave New War and pick up a copy of The Clash of Civilizations.  The problem is if I get too many books in line I will never finish them!  I have been working through Henry Kissinger's Diplomacy for about two years now!

At some point I would like to add some good religious books to my line up.  I read Way of the Pilgrim back in high school and would like to read it again.  I read The Soul After Death and Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future by Fr. Seraphim Rose years back and may re-read those as well.  Both were very interesting though at times disturbing.  Hopefully Gebre will keep me posted so I can read his book when he gets it published?

**laughing** this is what a good memory but a very short attention span does for ya!!  My version of flipping channels, I guess. Smiley
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« Reply #1714 on: April 25, 2011, 07:19:10 PM »

Beyond Belief - Elaine Pagels
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« Reply #1715 on: April 25, 2011, 07:57:05 PM »

O Death, Where is Thy Sting? by Fr. Alexander Schmemann. 

Another wonderfully succinct and inspiring explanation of the faith, specifically Pascha and the Orthodox understanding of death and resurrection.
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« Reply #1716 on: April 25, 2011, 09:13:54 PM »

The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
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« Reply #1717 on: April 26, 2011, 08:17:56 PM »

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, by John Dominic Crossan

I tried reading this before, but just couldn't get through it all. Once more into the swamp...
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« Reply #1718 on: May 02, 2011, 04:24:43 PM »

The Catacombs of Rome: And the Origins of Christianity, by Fabrizio Mancinelli
Confessions, by St. Augustine
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« Reply #1719 on: May 02, 2011, 04:50:11 PM »

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, by John Dominic Crossan
I tried reading this before, but just couldn't get through it all. Once more into the swamp...
You successfully trudge through it? 
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« Reply #1720 on: May 02, 2011, 04:52:13 PM »

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, by John Dominic Crossan
I tried reading this before, but just couldn't get through it all. Once more into the swamp...
You successfully trudge through it? 

No, lol, I got about as far as I did last time and gave up again. He just isn't my cup of tea.
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« Reply #1721 on: May 03, 2011, 05:50:14 AM »

I am presently reading The Brotehrs Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, something I've bee meaning to do for like a year and a half
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« Reply #1722 on: May 03, 2011, 06:04:23 AM »

A Lonely Death, by Charles Todd.

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« Reply #1723 on: May 03, 2011, 10:44:43 AM »

An Amish cookbook and stacks of files! Not time for much else, lately.  Undecided I've been wanting to start Arturo Perez-Reverte's Queen of the South.
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« Reply #1724 on: May 03, 2011, 06:01:28 PM »

Two books at the moment, both of them for my English class:
1. "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. Not my favorite book, that much is certain... Undecided
2. "Night" by Elie Wiesel. An extremely depressing but extremely well-written book about the holocaust.

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1. Re-read "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. One of my favorite books!
2. Finish reading the Book of Sirach. I started it before I got bombarded with these English assignments and since haven't had time to get back to it.
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« Reply #1725 on: May 03, 2011, 06:23:54 PM »

Though Not Dead, by Dana Stabenow.
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« Reply #1726 on: May 04, 2011, 07:39:29 AM »

Two books at the moment, both of them for my English class:
1. "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. Not my favorite book, that much is certain... Undecided
2. "Night" by Elie Wiesel. An extremely depressing but extremely well-written book about the holocaust.


"The Awakening" lol! I had to read it in college. I mean really, of all the great books to read and study in a literature class, it's hard to fathom how they chose this one.

And I also agree that "Night" is a very powerful book.


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« Reply #1727 on: May 04, 2011, 09:37:52 AM »

Dan the Man -- the Giver was the book that made sure that no matter how left I got (and I'm pretty sure that I'm as far as I'll go), I won't ever be a socialist! It was such a lifechanger at age 9, when I first read it. I still have my original copy today (mid twenties).
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« Reply #1728 on: May 04, 2011, 09:51:12 AM »

Two books at the moment, both of them for my English class:
1. "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. Not my favorite book, that much is certain... Undecided
2. "Night" by Elie Wiesel. An extremely depressing but extremely well-written book about the holocaust.


"The Awakening" lol! I had to read it in college. I mean really, of all the great books to read and study in a literature class, it's hard to fathom how they chose this one.

And I also agree that "Night" is a very powerful book.


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Yes...not enjoying "The Awakening" at all. Doesn't help that I have to write a seven page report on it at the end of the year either. Undecided Guess you can't really go into public school without expecting to be indoctrinated with a little bit of feminism. laugh I like "Night" a lot, but it's so depressing! I have half a mind to put it down and just forget it ever happened, but the other half doesn't want to stop reading!
Dan the Man -- the Giver was the book that made sure that no matter how left I got (and I'm pretty sure that I'm as far as I'll go), I won't ever be a socialist! It was such a lifechanger at age 9, when I first read it. I still have my original copy today (mid twenties).
I first read it in the eighth grade, when I was about 14, and I'd have to say I agree completely! I actually recommended it to a younger friend of mine who has convinced himself that he is a communist. Tongue Even if you look past the allegory, it's an amazingly well-written book. Definitely ought to be required reading these days, I'd say!
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« Reply #1729 on: May 13, 2011, 06:35:01 PM »

Resistance or Exclusion? The Alternative Ecclesiological Approaches of Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Florina and Bishop Matthew of Vresthene, tr. by Hiermonk Patapios, ed. by Archbp. Chrysostomos. This small book has been quite amusing thus far, though a better title for the book would have been: In Defense of Met. Cyprian's Ecclesiology: And a Polemic Against the Founder of the Matthewites
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« Reply #1730 on: May 13, 2011, 06:47:29 PM »

Resistance or Exclusion? The Alternative Ecclesiological Approaches of Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Florina and Bishop Matthew of Vresthene, tr. by Hiermonk Patapios, ed. by Archbp. Chrysostomos. This small book has been quite amusing thus far, though a better title for the book would have been: In Defense of Met. Cyprian's Ecclesiology: And a Polemic Against the Founder of the Matthewites

That sounds really interesting. Who is the publisher?   Smiley
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« Reply #1731 on: May 13, 2011, 06:54:04 PM »

It was published by the Center For Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, and I bought it from Eastern Christian Supply Company.  Though I should say that what in particular I have found amusing is that they gave this spiel in the introduction about how biased other books on the subject are and how they just want to give people info and let them decide for themselves, and yet since then they've tried to defend their own views and attack those of Bp. Matthew every chance they've gotten.
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« Reply #1732 on: May 13, 2011, 06:57:41 PM »

Thanks.   Smiley
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« Reply #1733 on: May 14, 2011, 12:20:45 AM »

Iron Kingdom:  The Rise and Fall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark.  It was a Christmas present that I'm finally now starting. It is an excellent book and well arranged.  A tribute to my ancestors who were Prussian.
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« Reply #1734 on: May 14, 2011, 11:08:18 AM »

I'm constantly reading as I'm doing a PhD in history, but in my down time:

Evergetinos, volume 1 of the Third Book
And God Created Lenin: Marxism v Religion in Russia, 1917-1929 by Paul Gabel
Bai Ganyo (A Bulgarian classic) by Aleko Konstantinov
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« Reply #1735 on: May 14, 2011, 11:37:27 AM »

Elie Wiesel? Meh. The best part of his career was his unabashed support of Jerzy Kosiński's The Painted Bird, then his backing away once the controversy came out about it.

The whole Kosiński affair revealed much about the psychology of the would be writers and readers of Holocaust "literature".

Not much into Holocaust porn. I had to read more than my fair share.

When it comes to Romanian Jews writing about the Holocaust: Celan > Wiesel by a long shot.

 
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« Reply #1736 on: May 14, 2011, 01:28:28 PM »

Elie Wiesel? Meh. The best part of his career was his unabashed support of Jerzy Kosiński's The Painted Bird, then his backing away once the controversy came out about it.

The whole Kosiński affair revealed much about the psychology of the would be writers and readers of Holocaust "literature".

Not much into Holocaust porn. I had to read more than my fair share.

When it comes to Romanian Jews writing about the Holocaust: Celan > Wiesel by a long shot.
Holocaust...porn? I'm afraid I don't follow... Huh
As for Celan, I can't say I've read anything by him yet. I will tell you, however, Night was pretty much ruined by the fact that the teacher made us do a packet after we finished reading with something like 40 study questions. Yippee... Undecided

As for what I'm now reading, I looked into the stocks of the local libraries and found that one of them, coincidentally in the same town as the church I plan on attending for inquirer's classes soon, has a huge stock of books on Orthodoxy, including a copy of the Orthodox Study Bible, which I've heard is absolutely excellent! My parents have agreed to take me out there sometime this afternoon. I'll report back on how things go. Smiley
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« Reply #1737 on: May 14, 2011, 03:00:26 PM »

Holocaust porn. Do not google. You might get some unsavory site or something like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_pornography

Which is dated.

Holocaust porn in this case is the deluge of and seemingly insatiable desire for people to write, read, watch, etc. the details of the Holocaust often making a fine dollar and achieving much acclaim there by.

The most interesting thing to fall out of the this genre is the raising again of what "true" means and who we believe is qualified to determine it for us.

In short, it is Oprah's Million Little Pieces problem writ very large.

The closest Celan came to holocaust porn is his Todesfuge and guess what most people know him for . . . or "enjoy"?

Here is a reading of the poem by Celan himself (which I enjoy if only for the fact that his voice is close to the German I speak and know):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnqHN7nQMzI

There are many a crummy version of this poem in English you can google.

For an example of something that is an mind-boggling attempt to sidestep the reduction of literature to Holocaust porn try mixing Celan with Ute Lemper in style of high-brow, Weimar cabaret, while stealing riffs from Górecki's Third (audio Holocaust Porn) . . .

Viel Glueck!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD3HSnqelSs&playnext=1&list=PL7080142FDF11D3E7





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« Reply #1738 on: May 14, 2011, 03:36:23 PM »

I'm planning to start "The Troubled Man" by Henning Mankell and "The Man in the Window" by K.O. Dahl pretty soon.
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« Reply #1739 on: May 14, 2011, 05:46:40 PM »

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« Reply #1740 on: May 14, 2011, 10:33:11 PM »

Asteriktos how is the Confessions of St. Augustine?
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« Reply #1741 on: May 14, 2011, 10:52:29 PM »

Asteriktos how is the Confessions of St. Augustine?

It was pretty good, but I only got halfway through. I took it back to the library and didn't renew it, though I will check it out again. I tend to do that with books... read half, put it down, then come back a little while later.
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« Reply #1742 on: May 14, 2011, 11:45:07 PM »


I just finished Letter to Saint Lydia, by Melinda Johnson.  It was striking and quite good.  A fast fiction novel that reads like a journal.  It was surprise and well written.
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« Reply #1743 on: May 17, 2011, 06:14:48 PM »

Last book I read was The Way of a Pilgrim & The Pilgrim Finds His Way and I have enjoyed The Hand Sculpted House.

 I hope to soon read Farmers of Fourty Centuries.
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« Reply #1744 on: May 21, 2011, 02:53:09 PM »

Ignorance: A Case For Scepticism, by Peter Unger
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« Reply #1745 on: May 28, 2011, 06:48:33 PM »

Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative, by Jerome A. Stone

EDIT--That book by Unger was horrible, I felt like I was in a college philosophy class... ya know, lots of math and grammar, but not much actual philosophy going on.
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« Reply #1746 on: May 28, 2011, 07:07:42 PM »

Asteriktos how is the Confessions of St. Augustine?
It was pretty good, but I only got halfway through. I took it back to the library and didn't renew it, though I will check it out again. I tend to do that with books... read half, put it down, then come back a little while later.

I've had similar experiences with Confessions.  Some great stuff in there, but somehow not enough to keep my interest for that long.  I hope to finish it off at some point.
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« Reply #1747 on: May 28, 2011, 08:21:38 PM »

Theology of Illness by Jean-Claude Larchet.  It's very good so far.    I'm also just closed the last page on The Human Bobby by Gabe Rotter.  Ho hum is all I can say about it.
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« Reply #1748 on: May 28, 2011, 09:40:44 PM »

Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative, by Jerome A. Stone

EDIT--That book by Unger was horrible, I felt like I was in a college philosophy class... ya know, lots of math and grammar, but not much actual philosophy going on.

Do you get paid to read or something?
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« Reply #1749 on: May 28, 2011, 09:47:55 PM »

Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative, by Jerome A. Stone

EDIT--That book by Unger was horrible, I felt like I was in a college philosophy class... ya know, lots of math and grammar, but not much actual philosophy going on.

Do you get paid to read or something?

If only... Cheesy  My hoped-for career path (theology) sort of goes well with reading a bunch of esoteric literature which I'll probably never actually use in real life.
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« Reply #1750 on: May 28, 2011, 09:48:10 PM »

O Death, Where is Thy Sting? by Fr. Alexander Schmemann. 

Another wonderfully succinct and inspiring explanation of the faith, specifically Pascha and the Orthodox understanding of death and resurrection.

Wish I had this recommendation a few months ago. When discussing Fr. Alexander Schmemann with my Priest and his writing, I said I thought his style to be incredibly dense yet succinct, as you say. My Priest laughed and said Fr. Alexander Schmemann usually gets the rep for being too verbose.

Others I mentioned some of his writings to in the parish said as much, if more politely: "Never finished." "A bit complicated."

Weird.

Some of his stuff is not great, but not due to his writing style nor how complex he treats the subject he writing on.

Will check this out soon.

Thanks for mentioning it.
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« Reply #1751 on: May 28, 2011, 09:51:03 PM »

Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative, by Jerome A. Stone

EDIT--That book by Unger was horrible, I felt like I was in a college philosophy class... ya know, lots of math and grammar, but not much actual philosophy going on.

That's because you were saddled in an Anglo-American department where Philosophy is rarely spoken. Cognitive Scientists down to the last almost anymore. In short, poor mathematicians / comp scientists. Or worse, language gamers.

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« Reply #1752 on: May 28, 2011, 10:17:44 PM »

At the moment, reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, some Beverly Lewis (guilty pleasure, Amish fiction) and housewife manuals from the 19th century (another guilty pleasure). I've been too pooped after work to read much of substance.

I'm also reading through some of Saint John Chrystosom's sermons, but I haven't gone through that in a week. Bad catechumen!  Sad
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« Reply #1753 on: May 28, 2011, 10:40:20 PM »

Just finished reading On the Incarnation. I wish I had read it sooner.
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« Reply #1754 on: May 28, 2011, 10:42:09 PM »

I ordered Wounded by LoveSmiley and until it gets here, I'm reading The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo.
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