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The Spinoza Problem
by Irvin D. Yalom
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Coral Glynn
by Peter Cameron
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Sing Not War:  The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America
by James Marten
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Walk Across the Sun
by Corban Addision
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
         Reviewed by Katie Dodds

 

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
         Reviewed by Katie Dodds

 

The Judges of the Secret Court
by David Stacton
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Bitter Waters: America's Forgotten Naval Mission to the Dead Sea
by David Howard Bain
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Breaking up With God
by Sarah Sentilles
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Three Summer Snippets
books by Volf, Roy, Jenkins
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Book Suggestions from Seminary Faculty
(Spring 2011)


Confessions of a Young Novelist
by Umberto  Eco
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Why Johnny Can't Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers
by T. David Gordon
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

The Next Queen of Heaven
by Gregory Maguire
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Fast Food for Thought:
Short Book Reviews While on Internship (March 2011)

Five titles
         Reviewed by Joshua K. Warfield

 

The Convent
by Panos Karnezis
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

The Gravedigger
by Rob Magnuson Smith
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Nemesis
by Philip Roth
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Fast Food for Thought:
Short Book Reviews while on Internship (November 2010)

Two titles
         Reviewed by Joshua K. Warfield

 

Fast Food for Thought:
Short Book Reviews while on Internship (September 2010)

Four titles
         Reviewed by Joshua K. Warfield

 

Quartet of Excellence: Four Books
Room
Serious Men
Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate
Pearl Buck in China:  Journey to the Good Earth

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Fast Food for Thought:
Short Book Reviews while on Internship (July-August 2010
)
Eight titles
         Reviewed by Joshua K. Warfield

 

Black Mamba Boy
by Nadifa Mohamed
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Holy Bits: A Guide for Using Computers in Biblical Scholarship
by Thomas Naef

         Reviewed by Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman

Two Books on Islam and Christianity
The Future of Islam by John L. Esposito and
A New Kind of Christianity:  Ten Questions That Are Transforming Faith
by Brian D. McLaren.

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

On Evil
by Terry Eagleton 

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Blue Notebook
by James A. Levine 

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Ayn Rand:  And the World She Made
by Anne C. Heller 

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Dostoevsky:  A Writer in His Time
by Joseph Frank.  Edited by Mary Petrusewicz

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Winter Reading:
The German Mujahid
by Boualem Sansal. Translated from the French by F. Wynne
and
Stealing Fatima
by Frank X. Gaspar

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

The Unit
by Ninni Holmqvist. Trans from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Our Mother St. Paul
by Beverly Roberts Gaventa

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Empire of Illusion
by Chris Hedges       

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Summer Foursome:  Preaching, Paul, More Paul and American Homiletic History
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

The Holocaust is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes
by
Avraham Burg 
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Quiverfull:  Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
by
Kathryn Joyce  
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Judas: A Biography
by
Susan Gubar 
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Across the Spectrum
comments on three books
 
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

The Comeback God
by Michael Cooper-White 
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Society without God:  What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment
by Phil Zuckerman 
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Readings on Life-Death-Resurrection:  Three Authors Reflect
Books by N. T. Wright, and Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Fiction and Fact:  Two Reviews for Autumn Reading
How Fiction Works  by
James Wood
Sacred:  Books of the Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam  by John Reeves, ed.

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Finding Nouf
by
Zoe Ferraris
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Myths of Zionism
by John Rose
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Summer Season Choices - A trio
I Don't Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges
Fannon by John Edgar Weidman
The Bishop's Daughter by Honor Moore
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Figs, Dates, Laurel, and Myrrh:  Plants of the Bible and the Quar'an
by Lytton John Musselman. Foreword by Garrison Keillor
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Blasphemy
by Douglas Preston
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Three Spring Picks:
American Islam, Christian Empire Violence and Preaching
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Mother Teresa:  Come Be My Light:  The Private Writings of the "Saint of Calcutta"
Edited and with commentary by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M. C.
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Acts of Faith:  The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation 
by Ebo Patel
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Seminary Boy 
by John Cornwell
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl


The Pesthouse 
by Jim Crace
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl
 

The Dawkins Delusion?  Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
by Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicut McGrath
         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl


Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith
by Barbara Brown Taylor

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

The Faith Club:  A Muslim, A Christian,  A Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding
by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner

         Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

A trio:

Nemesis:  The Last Days of the American Republic

The Iron Cage:  The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
The Secret History of al Qaeda
       
Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

God in the Raging Waters  
by Paul Blom  

          Reviewed by Michael L. Cooper-White

 

Living Lutheran: Renewing Your Congregation
by David Daubert 
          Reviewed by Michael L. Cooper-White

American Islam:  The Struggle For the Soul of a Religion
by Paul M. Barrett
          Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Reading Like A Writer
by Francine Prose
          Reviewed By Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
By Jimmy Carter
          Reviewed By Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Murder in Amsterdam:  The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance 
by Ian Buruma
           Reviewed By Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Your Best Life Now:  7 Steps To Living At Your Full Potential
by Joel Osteen
           Reviewed By Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun’s Story
by Deborah Larsen, Alfred A. Knopf, 2005 pp. 256 
           Reviewed by Barbara Eisenhart
 

The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Alfred A. Knopf, 2006  Pp. 241 
           Reviewed By Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Rowing Without Oars:  A Memoir of Living and Dying 
by Ulla-Carin Lindquist.  Swedish edition, 2004

   (Translated from the Swedish by Margaret Myers)

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Scent of God:  A Memoir

by Beryl Singleton Bissell
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Abide With Me
by Elizabeth Strout

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

FIVE BRIEF SUMMER REVIEWS:
THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!

           Brief book looks by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Apex Hides the Hurt
by Colson Whitehead

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Islamic Challenge:  Politics and Religion in Western Europe
by Jytte Klausen

          
Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Without Roots:  The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam
by Joseph Ratzinger and Marcello Pera
          
Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Holy Terror
by Terry Eagleton
       
   Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

THE END OF WORDS:  THE LANGUAGE OF RECONCILIATION IN A CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

by Richard Lischer

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl


Godly and Righteous, Peevish and Perverse: Clergy and Religious in Literature and Letters: an Anthology
Compiled by Raymond Chapman
           Reviewed by Dr. Leonard M. Hummel


How Israel Lost: The Four Questions
by Richard Ben Cramer   

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Christians and a Land Called Holy
How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, and Hope

by Charles P. Lutz and Robert O. Smith
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: 
A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH

by Jon Krakauer   

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

On Bullshit
by Harry G. Frankfurt
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Close Range: Wyoming Stories
by Annie Proulx
     
     Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Christ the Lord:  Out of Egypt

by Anne Rice
     
     Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

 

Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
     
     Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl
 

Delights and Shadows
by Ted Kooser, 2004
           Reviewed by Dr. David von Schlichten

A Tale of Two Classics
Quo Vadis? by Henryk Sienkiewisc
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Viking Empires
by Angelo Forte, Richard Oram, Frederik Pedersen
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

History of Beauty
Edited by Umberto Eco.
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Breath and Bones
By
by Susann Cokal
         
 Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Snow
by Orhan Pamuk  
           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl
 


Going Nucular
by Geoffrey Nunberg, Perseus Books, 2004, 298 pp.
           Reviewed by Dr. David von Schlichten

Listening Leaders: The Ten Gold Rules To Listen, Lead and Succeed
by Dr. Lyman K. Steil & Dr. Richard K. Bommelje,

           Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl
 

Silent No More: Confronting America’s False Images of Islam
by Paul Findley,
           Reviewed by David von Schlichten

Preaching and Homiletical Theory
by Paul Scott Wilson
           
Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Birds Without Wings
by Louis De Bernieres
           
Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Spoon River Anthology
by Edgar Lee Masters
             Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Pushkin and the Queen of Spades
by Alice Randall
        
    Reviewed by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

The Swallows of Kabul
by Yasmina Khadra     
             Review by Susan K. Hedahl

THE LAST SUMMER OF REASON
by Tahar Djaout     
             Review by Susan K. Hedahl


The Future of Christian Faith in America 
by David Yount   Augsburg 2004 
             Review by Michael Cooper-White

Hidden Prey
by John Sandford 
             Review by Susan K. Hedahl


EATS, SHOOTS, AND LEAVES:
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

by Lynne Truss 
             Review by Susan K. Hedahl

The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation
by Barbara R. Rossing   
             Review by Mark Vitalis Hoffman