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« Reply #990 on: September 05, 2009, 01:55:02 PM »

The Titles of Christ by Matthew the Poor
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« Reply #991 on: September 05, 2009, 03:31:40 PM »

 

I am now reading two books:

The Epic Realm of Tolkien - Part One - Beren and Lúthien

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epic-Realm-Tolkien-Luthien-Realms/dp/0955190037

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Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

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http://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/books-1-2/isbn-0881411809-vera-bouteneff-trans-father-arseny-1893-1973.html



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« Reply #992 on: September 05, 2009, 04:24:36 PM »

Defeating Sin by Fr. Joseph Honeycutt.

Hellenica by Xenophon.
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« Reply #993 on: September 05, 2009, 07:58:05 PM »

I'm completely Frank Schaeffer's triology: Portofino, Saving Grandma and now Zermat (the order in which they were written but not the proper chronological order). I've read Portofino (loved it) and Saving Grandma (hilarious) and now am about 3/4 of the way through Zermat (not the the faint-hearted and prudish, especially if sexual overtones and graphic details make you squeamish). I will say that the man can write a darned good novel.
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« Reply #994 on: September 05, 2009, 11:11:00 PM »

How To Read A Financial Report by John A. Tracy

Profit By Investing In Real Estate Tax Liens by Larry B. Loftis

What No One Ever Tells You About Investing In Real Estate by Robert J. Hill

Magic Bullets In Real Estate by Dan Auito

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« Reply #995 on: September 06, 2009, 12:18:19 AM »

"Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life" by Fr. Henri Nouwen

Although this is book was written by Roman Catholic priests, it is very good. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
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« Reply #996 on: September 06, 2009, 12:38:10 AM »

Dune: The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
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« Reply #997 on: September 06, 2009, 12:57:05 AM »

"Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life" by Fr. Henri Nouwen

Although this is book was written by Roman Catholic priests, it is very good. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Fr. Henri Nouwen is a great author.  I have his The Return of the Prodigal Son.
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« Reply #998 on: September 06, 2009, 04:14:54 AM »

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body, by Neil Shubin. A fascinating and entertaining read about the discovery of the Tiktaalik; the intermediate between fish and primitive land-living animal.

Some of the blurb from the back cover: Cleverly weaving together adventures in paleontology with very accessible science, Neil Shubin reveals the many surprisingly deep connections between our anatomy and that of fish, reptiles and other creatures. You will never look at your body in the same way again - examine, embrace, and exalt Your Inner Fish!

Also in the middle of reading the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series and finding it very entertaining.

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« Reply #999 on: September 07, 2009, 11:08:19 AM »

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« Reply #1000 on: September 08, 2009, 05:08:01 AM »

I just finished Nick Saban's book How Good Do You Want To Be?

Nick Saban is the head football coach at the University of Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Nick Saban's book articulates philosophies and principles that are applicable to all walks of life and all professions.

One of his main points is focusing on the process rather than the result. He says that we cannot control the outcome, but we can control our effort, our attitude, our work ethic, and our mentality. The daily details that may seem insignificant are actually the things that determine the results and the outcome. Being faithful in marriage, being honest in the workplace, doing our best with what God has given us- these are the things that separate champions from the rest.

Regardless of whether or not you are an Alabama fan, this book will benefit you. I Promise!

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« Reply #1001 on: September 08, 2009, 05:56:36 AM »

Making  money by T. Pratchett, I'm taking an advantage of the fact that I've got three weeks of holidays left and I can spent some time on reading before I go to a University and I start to study.
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« Reply #1002 on: September 08, 2009, 12:48:10 PM »

"Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life" by Fr. Henri Nouwen

Although this is book was written by Roman Catholic priests, it is very good. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
A good friend has recommended his works to me.
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« Reply #1003 on: September 08, 2009, 05:46:15 PM »

"Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life" by Fr. Henri Nouwen

Although this is book was written by Roman Catholic priests, it is very good. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
A good friend has recommended his works to me.

This sounds like a good read; it is definitely on my "must read" list.
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« Reply #1004 on: September 08, 2009, 09:18:47 PM »

Currently reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
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« Reply #1005 on: September 09, 2009, 12:33:18 AM »

Shakedown: How our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Right by Ezra Levant. A look into the corruption and abuse by the kangaroo courts we call Human Rights Commissions. A book every Canadian must read. Did you know that the CHRC regularely poses as neo-Nazis on the internet, releasing private info from court cases? They have the power to take info from what should be classified info on criminals at police departments without judicial permission. On at least one proven occasion (by their own admission), they even hacked into a PRIVATE CITIZEN's computer, without warrent, using it to enter neo-nazi websites. This is unacceptable. We are long overdue for revolt in this country, and the time is now!
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« Reply #1006 on: September 09, 2009, 01:53:57 PM »

Currently reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Saw the Movie. Fantastic and sad.
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« Reply #1007 on: September 09, 2009, 03:07:03 PM »


The Apostolic Fathers, based on the text of the Loeb classical Library  (online edition)
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The Apostolic Fathers, based on the text of the Loeb classical Library  (online edition)

There are online Loebs? That's great - how do you access them?

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The Apostolic Fathers, based on the text of the Loeb classical Library  (online edition)

There are online Loebs? That's great - how do you access them?

Thanks,

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Found it at Christian Classics Ethereal Library    site is www.ccel.org           I have spent a lot of time reading various articles and other stuff here at this site.  I don't know if they have all the Loebs online at this site or not, but the one I'm currently reading is here.
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« Reply #1010 on: September 09, 2009, 04:48:51 PM »

Well, since buycotts are all the rage and there are all of these nuts boycotting Orson Scott Card, I picked up a copy of Ender's Game, which I haven't read since it came out (I also picked up a couple of novels by another author recommended to me, David Weber).

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« Reply #1011 on: September 09, 2009, 09:20:18 PM »

I'm reading Carlton's "The Faith" for a 2nd time.  This book is one of the most clear, interesting, and impactful catechisms written towards the western mind I've ever encountered.
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« Reply #1012 on: September 09, 2009, 09:41:35 PM »

Bruce F. Katz's Neuroengineering the Future: Virtual Minds and the Creation of Immortality
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« Reply #1013 on: September 09, 2009, 11:48:21 PM »

That sounds interesting to say the least. What does he say about future immortality?
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« Reply #1014 on: September 09, 2009, 11:59:21 PM »

That sounds interesting to say the least. What does he say about future immortality?

Not too far into it yet, but mostly focuses on immortality of the consciousness (also calls it our soul).  Advances in parallel computing could allow our consciousness to be free of the limitations of our organic brains, ushering in not only an age of exponentially increasing intelligence, creativity and memory retention but also a non-DNA-based immortality of humanity.  It is definitely interesting in light of Prof. Stephen Hawking's Life in the Universe lecture which discusses the possibility of mechanical lifeforms replacing DNA-based life.
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« Reply #1015 on: September 15, 2009, 02:40:43 PM »

Gilgamesh and The Iliad for a class.  Next week it's The Odyssey
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« Reply #1016 on: September 15, 2009, 06:46:39 PM »

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« Reply #1017 on: September 15, 2009, 07:40:17 PM »

That sounds interesting to say the least. What does he say about future immortality?

Not too far into it yet, but mostly focuses on immortality of the consciousness (also calls it our soul).  Advances in parallel computing could allow our consciousness to be free of the limitations of our organic brains, ushering in not only an age of exponentially increasing intelligence, creativity and memory retention but also a non-DNA-based immortality of humanity.  It is definitely interesting in light of Prof. Stephen Hawking's Life in the Universe lecture which discusses the possibility of mechanical lifeforms replacing DNA-based life.

This sounds absolutely frightening.  I hope I'm pushing up the daisy's when/if this ever comes about.
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« Reply #1018 on: September 15, 2009, 08:04:32 PM »

Paternal Counsels, Volume 1 by Father Philotheos Zervakos

Touching Heaven:  Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam by John Oliver
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« Reply #1019 on: September 16, 2009, 12:03:27 AM »

This sounds absolutely frightening.  I hope I'm pushing up the daisy's when/if this ever comes about.


Different strokes, I guess.  The sooner the better in my eyes.  Wink
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That sounds interesting to say the least. What does he say about future immortality?

Not too far into it yet, but mostly focuses on immortality of the consciousness (also calls it our soul).  Advances in parallel computing could allow our consciousness to be free of the limitations of our organic brains, ushering in not only an age of exponentially increasing intelligence, creativity and memory retention but also a non-DNA-based immortality of humanity.  It is definitely interesting in light of Prof. Stephen Hawking's Life in the Universe lecture which discusses the possibility of mechanical lifeforms replacing DNA-based life.
Nothing but Gnosticism; it won't work. The human brain and mind are not two separate things, and they cannot be divided. Besides, I've lost too many important files to computer crashes to trust my soul to Bill Gates.

That said, the Trekkie in me is desperately looking for a real-life Dr. Soong.
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« Reply #1021 on: September 16, 2009, 12:51:02 PM »

"The Black Tower" by Louis Bayard.  I thoroughly enjoyed "Mr. Timothy" (about a grown up Tiny Tim Cratchitt) and have just started this.
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« Reply #1022 on: September 16, 2009, 12:55:20 PM »

Just finished The Diary of Anne Frank and Bill Bryson's Made in America.  I'm thinking of rereading Stephen King's Dark Tower series next, or perhaps check something new off of the classics list.
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« Reply #1023 on: September 16, 2009, 03:46:03 PM »

Democracy: The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order  by Hans-Hermann-Hoppe

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Nothing but Gnosticism; it won't work. The human brain and mind are not two separate things, and they cannot be divided. Besides, I've lost too many important files to computer crashes to trust my soul to Bill Gates.

That said, the Trekkie in me is desperately looking for a real-life Dr. Soong.

I have to disagree.  The brain is just a squishy, slow parallel system shooting around its own version of 1s and 0s.  Tongue  It has served us well, but it needs an upgrade.  Just think, we can punish criminals by uploading them into a Windows system, or a Mac, I'm not exactly sure which would be worse.  Grin

I hope, in an homage to classic sci-fi, they will at least call any synthetic brain created, a positronic brain.  Smiley
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I hope, in an homage to classic sci-fi, they will at least call any synthetic brain created, a positronic brain.  Smiley
Doubt it. We didn't get the "communicator" but the "cellular phone"; we didn't get the "hypo spray" but the "dermal injection"; we didn't get the "dilithium nacelle" but the "antimatter rocket." So we'll probably have synthetic lifeforms, but the name will unfortunately not cater to sci-fi (note the correct spelling, Universal) fans.
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« Reply #1026 on: September 17, 2009, 09:11:25 AM »

I feel a little silly for asking this, since everyone seems to read higher quality books than this, but here goes nothing.

Has anyone read the "Sookie Stackhouse" books by Charlaine Harris? This is the series on which the show True Blood is based. I'm a fan of the show and I'm thinking about getting the books. I am particularly interested in reviews from anyone who has read them and watched the show. Books are always better, so I am anticipating this, but I understand there are some significant differences between the books and the show. I'm wondering how they compare.
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« Reply #1027 on: September 17, 2009, 09:38:41 AM »

I feel a little silly for asking this, since everyone seems to read higher quality books than this, but here goes nothing.

Has anyone read the "Sookie Stackhouse" books by Charlaine Harris? This is the series on which the show True Blood is based. I'm a fan of the show and I'm thinking about getting the books. I am particularly interested in reviews from anyone who has read them and watched the show. Books are always better, so I am anticipating this, but I understand there are some significant differences between the books and the show. I'm wondering how they compare.

I haven't read them but my wife has.  She loves both the books and the television series.  She is normally a slow reader but she devours the novels in just a couple of days reading before we go to sleep. 
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« Reply #1028 on: September 17, 2009, 10:00:24 AM »

I just finished: A Guide to Orthodox Psychotherapy: The Science, Theology, and Spiritual Practice Behind It and Its Clinical Applications by Archbishop Chrysostomos. At the moment I'm starting Orthodox Psychotherapy by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos.

In addition, I'm slowly reading volume one of the Evergetinos, the Spiritual Psalter of St Ephraim the Syrian (OK, this is more of a regular spiritual discipline for me since I first read it last year - now on my third go), and Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness by Alva Noe (really just starting this one; received it as a gift!).

There are a couple of other books I'm considering to start on as well - I'm one of those people who seem to need to be reading several books at once, an unrecovered addiction from school days.
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« Reply #1029 on: September 17, 2009, 10:02:10 AM »

I feel a little silly for asking this, since everyone seems to read higher quality books than this, but here goes nothing.

Has anyone read the "Sookie Stackhouse" books by Charlaine Harris? This is the series on which the show True Blood is based. I'm a fan of the show and I'm thinking about getting the books. I am particularly interested in reviews from anyone who has read them and watched the show. Books are always better, so I am anticipating this, but I understand there are some significant differences between the books and the show. I'm wondering how they compare.

I haven't read them but my wife has.  She loves both the books and the television series.  She is normally a slow reader but she devours the novels in just a couple of days reading before we go to sleep. 

Thanks for responding. I'm glad to hear someone who loves the show enjoys the books so much. Reading them right before bed could lead to some unusual dreams.  Cheesy I think I'm going to have to get them. Now that the season is over, I need some way to get my fix.
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« Reply #1030 on: September 17, 2009, 10:11:40 AM »

Your local library should have them, so go try out the first one and you won't be out $6 or so if you find out you don't like them Smiley
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« Reply #1031 on: September 17, 2009, 10:13:30 AM »

Your local library should have them, so go try out the first one and you won't be out $6 or so if you find out you don't like them Smiley

I was going to but they don't have the very first one. It's been stolen or something. The same thing happened at the university library too.
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« Reply #1032 on: September 17, 2009, 11:01:10 AM »

Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol. Actually, I read it last night -- only took about 15 minutes. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1033 on: September 18, 2009, 09:08:26 PM »

I just finished St. Athanasios' On the Incarnation.  I've been reading some modern poetry from anthologies I used during my undergrad days.  Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, Hart Crane, etc.  I'm still trudging through Moby Dick.  At about 300 of 600 pages.  It may take me as long as an actual whaling voyage.   I received in the mail and have started reading William Blatty's The Exorcist.  I also received in the mail Jesuit Saints and Martyrs, and I've been reading selections from there. 
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« Reply #1034 on: September 18, 2009, 09:33:45 PM »

I feel a little silly for asking this, since everyone seems to read higher quality books than this, but here goes nothing.

Has anyone read the "Sookie Stackhouse" books by Charlaine Harris? This is the series on which the show True Blood is based. I'm a fan of the show and I'm thinking about getting the books. I am particularly interested in reviews from anyone who has read them and watched the show. Books are always better, so I am anticipating this, but I understand there are some significant differences between the books and the show. I'm wondering how they compare.

I love the books and consider them far superior to the TV series, which I have also enjoyed watching. The fact is, though, on ocassion I have wondered if the TV series is actually based on the Stackhouse books, at all. Wink Get the books; you won't be disappointed.
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