Killing Bookstores

James Emery White, at his blog, on how purchasing from Amazon is killing local bookstores, and here are our questions: What to do? Are more people employed/employable if we purchase from local bookstores? What does this mean in other areas — like grocery stores? appliance shops? garage builders? One of my favorite movies is “You’ve [Read More...]

Your Reading Habits — Post Internet

What has happened to your reading habits ever since the rise of the internet, blogs, Facebook and Twitter? Ten years or so ago I wasn’t doing much on the internet other than a few e-mails. I spent evenings reading classics literature (like Euripides) and essayists (like Samuel Johnson), we watched sports, and work was mostly [Read More...]

A Thought on Reading

I came across this statement by David Ulin and thought it expressed the inner fabric of books and reading and pondering and imagining and finding truth and of the joy of being found. What do you think of his statement? From David Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time: [Read More...]

American Religion: Shifty 1

Robert Putnam and David Campbell, in their new book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, examine American religion — but their concern is what has happened in the last 50 years or so. Fascinating study. Here’s a major thesis of this book; they see the last 50 years of American religion in three [Read More...]

Creation Untamed 3

“… if God cares for so much for all creatures, why didn’t God create a world in which there would be no natural disasters?” Terence Fretheim asks why God created a world in which bad things happen in his new book, Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic). [Read More...]

But which God? 5

Your image of God shapes how you look at economic issues, and I say this as a result of reading Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God–and What That Says about Us. Once again, they have found Americans can be mapped on four views of God: Authoritative, Benevolent, Critical, [Read More...]

Only Five Years (better hurry)

From CNN.com: Washington (CNN) — As e-book readers and tablet computers become more common, one prominent tech mogul says that physical books could disappear sooner than expected. In an interview with CNN’s Howard Kurtz on “Reliable Sources,” author Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per Child, said the physical book’s days are numbered. “It will [Read More...]

What a day!

From the moment I heard about it until Friday I was looking forward to begin reading the new complete, authoritative autobiography of Mark Twain. By the time Univ of California and its editors finish this mammoth project, left in tatters by Twain himself and then bungled up in one way or another by well-meaning editors [Read More...]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: W. Vander Lugt

Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine)by Kristen Deede Johnson. Cambridge University Press, 2007; pb 2010. 276 pp. £21.99/$36.99. ISBN: 9780521154680. ~Reviewed by Wesley Vander Lugt, PhD Candidate at the University of St Andrews and editor of Transpositions, a blog exploring the interaction between theology, imagination, and the [Read More...]

Dust Jackets … What to do with them?

What do you do with dust jackets on books? There seem to be three theories:

First, remove and trash.

Second, keep and preserve.

Third, keep but first remove and then cover in preserving synthetic material so the cover will endure through the tribulation and beyond.

Here’s what I do, in three steps: [Read more...]


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