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My Bookshelf

bookshelfI’m a slow reader – possibly because I really like to delve into what I read, with highlighter and notepad in hand, often stopping, re-reading, reflecting and taking notes along the way.  I would rather read one (great) book really well, and understand it inside-out, than to read ten books lightly.  Recently, I decided to start writing Book Reports, in order to capture the essence of my experience with the books that I read, which would be useful to me through the years, as I return to certain topics and develop ideas.  Book Reports can also be useful to others, by providing a synopsis of the books, with commentary and potential lessons observed by my reading.  I’m not a book critic.  Most of what I write will be positive, because I probably wouldn’t continue reading a book that I did not like or resonate with on some level.

The first four books which I will review are my most recent readings, since they are fresh in my mind – and have plently of markings in them:

  1. People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil (M. Scott Peck, MD) – completed: January 2009
  2. Islam: A Brief History (Karen Armstrong) – completed: March 2009
  3. History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Karen Armstrong) – in progress
  4. Rumi’s Sun – The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz (Translated by Refik Algan and Camille Adams Helminski) – in progress

Check back to this page from time to time in order to see more updates!  Next, I will be adding all of the books that I have read (that I can recall) as well as my planned reading list.



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