Search Results: "John Shelby Spong"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"While Spong makes both church politics and his theological cerebrations fascinating, readers may feel dismayed that a man who has so much so say about biblical exegesis consigns the transcendental and the divine to the back seat."
This engaging, fluid memoir from Spong (Liberating the Gospels, 1996, etc.), Episcopalian Bishop of Newark, of his theological odyssey is five parts theoretical, ten parts intramural, and perhaps one part personal and spiritual. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Well written and scholarly, but unlikely to fill anyone's spiritual void. (Author tour)"
Maverick Episcopal bishop Spong (Resurrection: Myth or Reality?, 1994) argues that to take the Gospels as literal history is to miss their essential point. Read full book review >

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RESURRECTION by John Shelby Spong
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 1994

The Episcopal bishop of Newark, New Jersey (Living in Sin?, etc.—not reviewed), offers a controversial view of the key element in Christianity—the resurrection of Jesus. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Once intriguingly controversial, Spong is now tediously irrelevant."
Tiring attack on the "ancient, sacred, and mythological book we call the Bible." Read full book review >

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PANAMA by Shelby Hiatt
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Lovely. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Hiatt's impressive debut offers a new take on teen obsession, tempered in the exotic Panamanian jungle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"A contribution to that genre of political writing that appeals to those seeking arguments to buttress previously held policy preferences without promoting serious thought or improved public policy. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A black conservative confidently explains the motivations of white liberals. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"As an addition to the standard works, this can be recommended above all for its gauge of subjective elements."
The last year of the war, written as a sensitive and well-trained observer on either side would have recorded it. Read full book review >

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FOOTPRINTS by Shelby Hearon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 1996

"Hearon skimps on character—Douglas and Nan are at times reduced by the novel's weighty concerns to lecturing, hectoring shells—but even so this is a bright, involving work, if more somber than Hearon's others."
The author of Life Estates (1994), among other portraits of women struggling through a Sargasso of ego-entanglements, here tracks a marriage splintering in an agony of deep grief after the death of a beloved daughter. ``A lot of wishes and feelings lay buried in a person, then something like this tragedy comes along and uncovers them.'' So declares Douglas, sorrowful husband of Nan, who narrates here. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2006

"Aims to provoke, but will appeal mainly to those already in the choir."
African-American conservative Steele (A Dream Deferred, 1998, etc.) charges guilty white liberals and their black enablers with unleashing a moral relativism that is corrupting America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1958

"This first volume, ending as it does shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation, leaves the reader aware that while history writes the South's defeat, the first two years wrote a balance of victory — with the writing on the wall only faintly decipherable."
The first of three volumes- and this one five years in the writing- this bids fair to be a definitive history within the limitations. Read full book review >

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OF GIANTS AND ICE by Shelby Bach
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2012

"This fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy will appeal particularly to imaginative readers already familiar with traditional tales. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
On an expedition to steal a giant's coins, hen and harp, Rory Landon discovers that she is destined for a special role in fairy-tale history. Read full book review >