What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell

For those open to it, I think Bell offers some fresh ways of talking about the way we see the world and what we think we know. And about how the way we see God in history impacts our actions and perspective. I would think it would be a great conversation starter for those who are not open to more conventional approaches to God and church. And that is no small thing.

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The Real Mary by Scot McKnight

So to be fair, if you are interested in seeing how the life of Mary can be a fruitful area of discussion and study for protestants this is a good place to start. It brings out the story in interesting and challenging ways and outlines some problematic areas with respect and grace.

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The Happy Life by David Malouf

I stumbled upon The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World by David Malouf at the local library. It was on a front-piece or thematic shelf and caught my eye. Drawing on mythology, philosophy, art and literature, Malouf traces our conception of happiness throughout history, distilling centuries of thought into a lucid narrative. He discusses the creation myths of ancient Greece and the philosophical schools of Athens, analyzes Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary...

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Revelation of the Magi by Brent Landau

Not being a scholar of the early church, there is not much I can add to the discussion of the issues surrounding the date, and impact on the early church, etc. But the story itself is a fascinating, and at times fantastical, glimpse into the storytelling of the ancient world. A very different take on the famous Christmas story. The scholarly foundation should not put you off, however, as It is a quick and enjoyable read. So if you have an interest in apocryphal works of the early church or...

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Ronald Reagan by Michael Schaller

If you are looking for a biography that takes Reagan's ideas and policies seriously you will need to look elsewhere. But this short work does nevertheless provide a useful outline of the major issues and events of Reagan's life and gives readers a good place to start. If nothing else it will give conservative readers, or fans of Reagan, a handy outline of the criticisms against the former president and the conservative movement he jump started.

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Ronald Reagan by Michael Schaller

If you are looking for a biography that takes Reagan's ideas and policies seriously you will need to look elsewhere. But this short work does nevertheless provide a useful outline of the major issues and events of Reagan's life and gives readers a good place to start. If nothing else it will give conservative readers, or fans of Reagan, a handy outline of the criticisms against the former president and the conservative movement he jump started.

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Quick Take: The Leaders Climb by Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen

As I have noted here before, if I have met someone or interacted with them in some way and find they have written a book I am usually compelled to read said book.  If someone you know writes a book it just seems like you ought to read it. Now, if I hung out with authors a great deal perhaps this would change. I bring this up for two reasons 1) to explain how I came to read The Leader’s Climb: A Business Tale of Rising to the New Leadership Challenge and 2) to offer something of a...

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