#74 – A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (My 100 Favorite Books!)

What if a person tried to follow all the rules and laws in the Bible about women for one year?  Rachel Held Evans did just that, and this is her fun and thoughtful book about her year.  I recall when it came out, one critique was that she misinterpreted the Bible.  But she addresses this, … Continue reading #74 – A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (My 100 Favorite Books!)

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#75 – The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (My 100 Favorite Books)

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four Sherlock Holmes novels and dozens of short stories.  All four novels are pretty good, though if I recall, I like Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet the best.  The short stories are mostly fun, a few are pretty weird.  Overall though, these are enjoyable stories and its … Continue reading #75 – The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (My 100 Favorite Books)

#76 – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (My 100 Favorite Books)

Nearly every review I read of Between the World and Me on Goodreads said something along the lines of "this is not an easy book to read, but it is a must-read, especially for white people."  I would echo that sentiment.  Humans can only live out our own experience -I experience the world as a … Continue reading #76 – Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (My 100 Favorite Books)

#77 – Unclean by Richard Beck (My 100 Favorite Books)

Would you drink a glass if wine if you knew it had a drop of urine in it? In his book Unclean, Richard Beck played with questions like this.  He examined a variety of psychological experiments that showed the majority of people answered no to such a question.  This is the idea of "negativity dominance" … Continue reading #77 – Unclean by Richard Beck (My 100 Favorite Books)

#78 – The Life of Moses by Gregory of Nyssa (My 100 Favorite Books)

Yes, this is early church week on my list!  Today we meet Gregory of Nyssa', Basil's brother, who also wrote extensively on the Trinity.  But I love his book The Life of Moses because it is so different than what most think Christian biblical interpretation and life is.  First, this is a fantastic example of … Continue reading #78 – The Life of Moses by Gregory of Nyssa (My 100 Favorite Books)

#79 – The Five Theological Orations by Gregory Nazianzus (My 100 Favorite Books)

I love the work of those great Christian thinkers who hammered out the Trinitarian understanding of God in the early Church, so I had to include at least one of their works in my list.  These early thinkers were so influential that I'd say we can believe God as a unity of three equally divine … Continue reading #79 – The Five Theological Orations by Gregory Nazianzus (My 100 Favorite Books)

#80 – On Social Justice by Basil the Great (My 100 Favorite Books)

Basil the Great was a Christian leader in the 300s AD.  He wrote extensively on God as Trinity, with his treatise On the Holy Spirit being influential in solidifying the Nicene doctrine of the Trinity.  But it is this little book, On Social Justice, that makes my list.  It was not a fun read, instead … Continue reading #80 – On Social Justice by Basil the Great (My 100 Favorite Books)

#81 – Inferno: The World at War by Max Hastings (My 100 Favorite Books)

Simply, this is a great one-volume history of World War II.  Besides telling the story, I think the high points of this book for me were how well Hastings showed Stalin was equally evil as Hitler.  Thus, for the United States, to defeat one evil required partnering with another.  In a world where we all … Continue reading #81 – Inferno: The World at War by Max Hastings (My 100 Favorite Books)