July Reading BLog

I’ve gone a bit lazy on my reading this summer. Does getting ready to start grad school and knowing I’ll be reading 2,000ish pages a weak for the next 4 years count as a good excuse to slack off for awhile?

64. 7/5/18 Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs. Skip it. I’m not even going to bother with all the ways this book is problematic and not worth the time to read. Evangelical clap-trap pretty much sums it up.

65. 7/12/18 The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie. Another skip it book. I figured this needed to be on my have-read list just because it’s famous and right up my academic alley. But as best as I can tell it’s a book that is only famous because it’s famous and not because it’s a good story.

66. 7/13/18 Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell. He’s written better books, I’d suggest Love Wins over Velvet Elvis but it’s alright.

67. 7/17/18 God: A Human History, Reza Aslan. This book is worth reading. I’m increasingly skeptical about the assumptions about “primitive” religion which remain prevalent in historical approaches but that’s a topic I could write a whole book on myself.

68. 7/27/28 The Tenth Parallel, Elisa Griswold. This was well worth reading. Her reporting is well-written and she’s careful to both address her own background and not to take sides. It’s both informative and enjoyable to read.

About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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