On My Shelf

Reading is ‘Fun-Da-Mental’

“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” -Ecclesiastes 12:12

Books I’m reading

  1. Jesus, a Revolutionary Biography by John Dominic Crossan (finished)
  2. Lost Christianities by Dr. Bart Ehrman (finished)
  3. The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finklestein and Neil Asher Silberman (finished)
  4. The Fact of Evolution by Cameron M Smith (finished)
  5. Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer (finished)
  6. A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss (finished)
  7. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (finished)
  8. God: The most Unpleasant Character in all Fiction by Dan Barker (finished)
  9. All is Grace by Brennan Manning (finished)
  10. God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens (finished)
  11. A History of God by Karen Armstrong (finished)
  12. Misquoting Jesus by Dr. Bart Ehrman (finished)
  13. Jesus Interrupted by Dr. Bart Ehrman (finished)
  14. The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler M.D. (finished)
  15. The Bible: The Bigraphy by Karen Armstrong (finished)

What’s on your list or ‘off the shelf’ and in your Book Bag this month? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to trade ideas and books.



19 thoughts on “On My Shelf

  1. Lord of the Rings. A classic, no doubt.
    I read it a long time ago and the most significant thing I remember was Bilbo Baggins birthday party and thinking, enough already. Let’s move it along! Sheesh, Tolkein really dragged that out.
    Never read the other two. Must be honest not a great fan of poetry, although I confess to owning an illustrated book of William Blake once upon a time.

    My shelf consists largely of humour, fantasy and science fiction and includes authors Terry Pratchett, Tom Sharpe, Brian Alldiss, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Sheckley,Piers Anthony, among fiction writers. I also have loads of classic stuff including Marcus Aurelius, Edward Gibbon, Plato, Shakespeare, etc These came part of a collection with a set of encyclopedias I inherited from someone who emigrated.


    • coolio. LTR is a classic, much better than the Films (they butchered a lot of the story for the screen) but as you may have guessed, both of us are avid and wide readers. more widely in the last years. thx for the view from your bookshelf. looking forward to more exchanges. -KIA

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  2. I was a vegan back in the Nineties before there was any supporting industry for it. Nowadays it seems to be a piece of cake, so to speak, to be a vegan. Which is a good thing. One of my favorite books from back then was “Radical Vegetarianism.” My sons are vegan now and unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it but it was a fun, radical (especially for the times) read.

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  3. I’ve read about your journey and find it fascinating. There are a few parallels to my own.

    I do believe in God of all-there-is and that religious sects are often used as a control mechanism. After having profound experiences with meditation, and after seeing the numerous times that the religions of science and salvation have been wrong, the idea of accepting information religiously believed in can be disappointing at best and disastrous at worst.

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    • I thought you said you were interested in a conversation? Seems like you only enjoy mocking. But as to your question on my reading… here are some others I’ve read so far this year.
      Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson (finished in January)The Road by Cormac McCarthy (finished in January)Anything Considered by Peter Mayle (finished in January)Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne (finished in February)The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (finished in February)The Essential Tales of Chekov edited by Richard Ford ((finished in april))The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (finished in March)Crossroads by William Paul Young (finished in March)The Life of Dylan Thomas by Constantine FitzGibbon (finished in april)Grace Eventually by Anne Lamott (finished in april)An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor (reading)


      • I wasn’t trying to mock, only crack a joke.

        Books Ive Read/ or reading this year:
        1 & 2 Corinthians
        1 Peter

        Follow Me
        Systematic Theology
        Healed Without Scars
        Lifes Healing Choices

        Tom Clancy The Hunt for Red October
        Tom Clancy Dead or Alive
        Content Rules

        Think thats all of them…


    • I also believe in reading widely. Once upon a time in my Christian walk and life it was Apostasy to read or consider books or ideas outside of Christ or “the Faith once delivered”, but I realize now that was just another form of social and intellectual control. What books are you reading or have you read so far this year?


      • I’ve read Darwin, Ehrman, Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris and portions of the Koran, portions of the Book of Mormon… Never has ANYONE in my Christian life ever dissuaded me from learning.

        That could be the biggest myth floating around about Christians.

        I’ve also watched hours and hours of nearly every atheist on planet earth with a famous name debate theists


  4. About twenty years ago I was going to start a book store. For a year I collected books, thousands. I began selling them on-line but the most valuable were often ones I wanted to read myself. I ended up selling few of those ha ha. I’m not a great business man. I found reza aslan book Zealot interesting. Hyam Maccoby and Robert Eisenman offered different takes on Christianity.


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