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I am pleased to be able to recommend some very good books.

These are books on religion that I think are interesting and/or valuable and that you may not have read.
  • The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon, Lee M. McDonald, Hendrickson Publishers. The "Biblical Canon" used by most Protestants is heretical as defined by the Council of Trent and the usage of the majority of Christians in the world today.  Isolated in America, it is easy to forget that fact.  The Reverend McDonald (Evangelical Baptist, Fuller Seminary) takes an honest and scholarly look at where the canon came from, what it means and how it was formed. Honest and accessible -- written for the student, not the author's ego. The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon
  • How to Turn the Other Cheek and Still Survive in Today's World, Suzette Haden Elgin, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers at $12.99 for 223 pages, it discusses how to reduce and defuse verbal violence.  It also explains how to work with sensory modes in communication. This is one of several books the author has written that explains and teaches the nuts and bolts of the techniques that will become a part of the training of the next generation of dispute resolution professionals.Suzette Elgin
  • You Can't Say That To Me. This is Elgin's approach broken down into an eight step program, with worksheets and review guides.  The book is designed to be accessible.Suzette Elgin
  • The Grandmother Principles, Suzette Haden Elgin, Abbeville.  How to be a grandparent. For other Elgin books, [Elgin].Suzette Elgin
  • When God Doesn't Make Sense.  James Dobson. When God Doesn't Make Sense -- the title says it all. This is a book that does make sense.
  • Jesus, the Jewish Theologian. Brad Young.  Jesus, in the context his original audience had. HaKesher.org is the web site devoted to this outlook.
  • Paul, the Jewish Theologian. Brad Young.  Paul tells us that his first training and his background was as a Jewish theologian. This book explores just what that meant.
  • The Pearl. Translated by Sister Mary Hillman. One of the earliest Christian stories.
  • The Book of Enoch.  Translated by R. H. Charles. This was the first of the translations.
  • A Heritage of Faith.  Edited by Mary E. Stovall and Carol Madsen. A wonderful book.
  • The Nag Hammadi Library.  James Robinson, Editor. This is what an early Christian library contained.
  • Offenders for a Word. Daniel C. Peterson and Stephen D. Ricks.
  • The Gnostic Scriptures.  Bentley Layton.  If you have ever wondered about the Gnostics, about the Christian Church at Rome when Valentius almost became Bishop, and about the entire melieu, this volume covers it.
  • Understanding These Other Christians. Richard G. Grant, Sounds of Zion, 1998.
  • Every Good Thing.  Edited by Dawn Hill Anderson, Suzette Green, etc. My wife's work is included in this volume.
  • Teachings of the Pearl of Great Price. Hugh Nibley (FARMS, rare volume).
  • Harper's Bible Commentary.  Edited by James L. May.  This will show you what mainstream scholars teach about the Bible.
  • Eternal Man by Truman G. Madsen. A striking book about man, God and eternity.
  • Jerusalem at the Time of Christ.  Joachim Jeremias (Fortress Press). The physical context for the New Testament.
  • The Moral Intelligence of Children - How to raise a moral child.  Robert Coles.  Knows enough that he can place a common story with Leo Tolstoy's original version.
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Music I really enjoyed.
  • She Believes, Felicia Sorensen. this is sophisticated religious folk music. Beautiful.
  • Together Forever, LDS Church (1-800-852-4488)

Allegorical fiction. Some of it is delightful, some of it is provocative and thoughtful.
  • Chronicles of Narnia. Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Alphabet Year. Katheryn H. Kidd (Hatrack River Press).
  • The InnKeepers Daughter. Katheryn H. Kidd (Hatrack River Press).
  • Paradise Vu.  Katheryn H. Kidd (Hatrack River Press). Wonderful humor.
  • Return to Paradise. Katheryn H. Kidd (Hatrack River Press). A sequel to the best LDS humor in print. I expect this book to be a must have ...

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