updated: Friday, August 04, 2000
Here I offer reviews of some of the books I have read.
These are listed in the reverse order that I have
finished them (most recent first).
See also: www.wikweb.com/~Timothy/Books
The Holy Bible
Cyberrights, by Mike Godwin
- This was the Episcopal Book Club's
Spring '96 selection. It is a collection of
meditations and essays beginning with on the
crucifixion of Jesus Christ and, in the second
part, centering on a theme of what God's creation
means since the crucifixion. It is a short book
(127 pages), and I recommend it highly. I suggest
that you read it during Lent. Here are a few
things I learned:
- Christ was crucified naked (p. 12).
- Christ was crucified between
revolutionaries, not thieves -- the Greek
word used is lestes (p. 18).
- "INRI" is Latin for Iesous
Nazaraius Rex Ioudaiorum, which means
"Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
- Jesus Bar-Abbas, the man Pilate released,
is a guilty rebel; Jesus Christ is
innocent. Thus the innocent is punished
in place of the guilty. (p. 25)
- John served the role of Elijah,
forerunner to the Messiah (p. 43).
- It's ironic that Caiaphas would want
Jesus to die instead of the nation of
Israel; he thought too small. Jesus died
for the entire world, not just the Jews
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
- See the
introduction to my 15Kb writeup on my writing
- A delightful story! I knew D.L. Sayers was a
Christian apologist, but not that she was an
acclaimed mystery writer. This is the first of
her Lord Peter stories that I have read.
- Packard seems to be a man of simple motives.
Every HP employee was given a copy of this book.
I found it superficial--Packard revealed no grand
scheme to his life. The book did emphasize some
virtues that helped him, especially friendship.
- A short book defending evangelical apologetics.
It offers excellent arguments for believing the
Bible to be the Word of God. Jesus treated
Scripture to be God's own words, and the earliest
Christians carried on with that belief as the
foundation for their own faith.
- Mr. Rainey makes a compelling case for why and
how to honor your father and mother, as commanded
by God. I heard about this book on the FamilyLife
radio show and bought it at a FamilyLife
Marriage Conference in 1995. It is a good
Christian book. As is typical of readers of the
book, I was inspired to write a tribute for my
own parents. I will publish it on the 'Net some
day, but not now. Today my tribute hangs in three
frames in my parents' TV room.
- This is a short classic of practical Christian
teachings. Foster discusses twelve disciplines
one should develop during one's Christian walk:
the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer,
fasting, and study; the outward disciplines of
simplicity, solitude, submission, and service;
and the corporate disciplines of confession,
worship, guidance, and celebration.
recommend this book to all Christians.
- This is Lewis's autobiography. It outlines his
journey in faith that led to his personal
conversion to Christianity.
- Bennett sets the agenda for the important issues
of the 90s. He's a bright, principled man.
- A friend of mine recommended that I "stop
whatever I'm reading and read this book
instead." He said it was that important.
Once I finished reading it, I decided he was
right, and I have recommended it to everyone who
visits my web ever since. (The hyperlink points
to a synopsis -- for now you'll just have to read
the actual book the old fashioned way.)
take my advice to read the book, I would like to
know how it changes your life.
Also see Yahoo!,
which points to The
Covey Leadership Center.
I joined in 1996 at the suggestion of The Anglican Digest
(TAD). As the Lent 1996 issue of TAD says,
"Episcopal Book Club members receive books four
times a year. Satisfaction with every selection is fully
guaranteed; any book that does not live up to
expectations may be returned within ten days of arrival,
and the membership will be credited. Membership covering
four selections costs $39 in the United States ($45
outside, payable in U.S. funds); there are no addditional
dues or fees and the membership covers the price of the
book as well as postage and handling."
"To begin a membership in the Book Club call
(1-800-572-7929 for credit card orders) or write (100
Skyline Drive, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632-9507). You
may call any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central
"Limited quantities of Past Selections of the
Book Club remain available for those who wish an
additional copy of a particular book or who have become
members since a particular book was offered. Call
1-800-572-7929 for particulars."
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