Friday, January 3, 2014

Summary of the Books I Read in 2013 Part 1

I read 47 books in 2013, maybe that's a lot or maybe it's not but I'm quite proud of myself. I will write out some statistics and then give a short summary of each book read.

# of books read: 47
Total # of pages covered: 15,976
# non-fiction: 45
# fiction: 2
Average length of each book: 389 pages
Average # of books read a week: 0.9
Average number of pages read each day: 50

And now a few notable things about each book read, in chronological order:

1. "How We Got the Bible" by Neil R. Lightfoot-Finished on January 23rd '13, 224pgs, 5 stars
     At this point in time, I was a senior in High School, about 2 weeks into my second (And last) semester. This book had been given to me by a retired Episcopal Priest along with about 8 boxes of other books (Aren't you jealous). I knew nothing of the Book or the author. "How We Got the Bible" is about...How We Got the Bible. It traces the formation of the old and new testaments and their manuscript copies, highlighting influential ones (and their historical stories) such as the Septuagint and Latin Vulgate. This was the  first time I had been exposed to this nitty-gritty type of meta-Biblical study apart from what I read in my Study Bible.

2. " Jesus, the Evidence" By Ian Wilson-Finished January 30th '13, 208pgs, 4 stars

     I borrowed this book from my Churches Library. Ian Wilson is a british historian. (although my Professor disagreed with said label, saying you need graduate work in that field to even be considered one, I think this is falling for the idea that people can only be experts in something if they have letters after their name. other scholars had referred to him as an historian, and he has written multiple books  on historical subjects, but whatever, its not a big deal.) He has written and researched extensively on the Shroud of Turin, which was the subject of my Church History Research Paper, And the small snippet I read of it in this book got me started on my own Shroud research. The book basically looks at the evidence one might amass to make a positive case that he was a historical figure who fit the discription the 4 Gospels give us. Lots of pictures, and pretty short.

3. "So What's the Difference?" By Fritz Ridenour-Finished February 4th '13, 256pgs, 3 stars

     I borrowed this book from my best friend Hunter, to prepare for a discussion I had arranged with someone I had met in my Chemistry class who told me she was a Jainist-its a very old Indian religion similar  to hinduism and Buddhism that I knew nothing about but wanted to research. Ironically the book told me nothing about Jainism, but I read it anyway, and it turns out she was an agnostic by the time we actually sat down and talked, And I knew a lot more about that "religion" so it worked out. The books gives a brief overview of every major (Thus excluding Jainism!) world religion, and how they differ from Orthodox Christianity.

Summaries of more books to come soon! I have a Dr. Who episode to watch now though....

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