Monday, June 14, 2004


Almost a year ago, I posted a list of the books that I had read that year. This year's list is longer than last year's, probably because I actually kept a list this time:


William P. Alston, Perceiving God: The Epistemology of Religious Experience

Hadley Arkes, The Philosopher in the City: The Moral Dimensions of Urban Politics

Hadley Arkes, Natural Rights and the Right to Choose

Daniel Dennett, Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

Jerry Fodor, In Critical Condition: Polemical Essays on Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind

H.L.A. Hart, The Concept of Law

Saul Kripke, Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language

William Lycan, An Introduction to Philosophy of Language

Thomas V. Morris, ed., God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason

Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Christian Belief

John R. Searle, The Rediscovery of the Mind

J.J.C. Smart and J.J. Haldane, Atheism and Theism

David Stove, Scientific Irrationalism

Various social issues

Bob Briner, Roaring Lambs

J. Budziszewski, What We Can't Not Know: A Guide

Allen Carlson, The "American Way": Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity

Ann Coulter, Treason

Kenneth Craycraft, The American Myth of Religious Freedom

F. James Davis, Who is Black? One Nation's Definition

Jayna Davis, The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing

Ronald Dworkin, Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom

David Frum & Richard Perle, An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror

Maggie Gallagher, The Abolition of Marriage

Maggie Gallagher, Enemies of Eros

Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point

F. Carolyn Graglia, Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism

Lawrence Otis Graham, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class

Victor Davis Hanson & John Heath, Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom

Carson Holloway, All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics

Peter Huber, Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists

Eric Jacobsen, Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith

James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Mark Gavreau Judge, If It Ain't Got That Swing: The Rebirth of Grown-Up Culture

Tim Kasser, The High Price of Materialism

Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices

Charles Murray, In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government

David G. Myers, Pursuit of Happiness

John U. Ogbu, Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement

SuDawn Peters, Hidden for Glory, Destined for Adoption

Richard Posner, Public Intellectuals: A Story of Decline

Rita James Simon & Rhonda M. Roorda, In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

David Sucher, City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village

Beverly Daniel Tatum, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race

Edward Tenner, Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible

Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Raymond A. Winbush, ed., Should America Pay? Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations


Albert Borgmann, Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology

G.K. Chesterton, Collected Works Vol. 28, The Illustrated London News 1908-10

G.K. Chesterton, Collected Works Vol. III, The Well and the Shallows; The Thing: Why I Am a Catholic; The Catholic Church and Conversion; Where All Roads Lead; The Way of the Cross

G.K. Chesterton, Collected Works Vol. V, The Outline of Sanity, The End of the Armistice, Utopia of Usurers

Deal Hudson, An American Conversion

John Lawlor, C.S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections

C.S. Lewis, Letters

C.S. Lewis, The Pilgrim's Regress

Michael McConnell, et al., eds., Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought

D.G. Newcombe, Henry VIII and the English Reformation

Michael O'Brien, A Landscape with Dragons

Joseph Pearce, C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church

Leon Podles, The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity

Gerald L. Schroeder, The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth

Randall Sullivan, The Miracle Detective

Philip Yancey, Reaching for the Invisible God


Scott E. Kasner & Philip B. Gorelick (eds.), Prevention and Treatment of Ischemic Stroke

J. Crayton Pruitt, A Crusade for Stroke Prevention

Kenneth R. Kensey & Carol A Turkington, The Blood Thinner Cure

Christian Wilde, Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke


David Baldacci, Last Man Standing

Ted Dekker, Three

Ted Dekker, Heaven's Wager

Ted Dekker, Thunder of Heaven

Ted Dekker, When Heaven Weeps

Greg Iles, Mortal Fear

Greg Iles, The Quiet Game

Greg Iles, 24 Hours

Greg Iles, Dead Sleep

Greg Iles, Sleep No More

Greg Iles, Black Cross

Greg Iles, The Footprint of God

Michael O'Brien, Plague Journal

Michael O'Brien, Empire of the Sun

Michael O'Brien, Father Elijah

Frank Peretti, This Present Darkness

Frank Peretti, Piercing the Darkness

Frank Peretti, Prophet

Keith Robertson, The Money Machine

Keith Robertson, The Crow and the Castle

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but where are the reviews???

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


When did you give up sleeping?

Wow! Some list.......

Peg K

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see the Bible on that list.

2:18 PM  
Blogger chispero said...

Any hope for a ranking? Harry Potter comes last alphabetically in your fiction list, but would you rank it that low? :)

5:32 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, discovered Greg Iles last year, did you?
I haven't read anything by him yet that I didn't enjoy, although I thought the latest, Footprint, was not his best.
If you enjoyed Iles, try David L. Robbins or Brian Haig next.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Anon -- I don't have the time to review all of those books. So a list it is.

Peg -- I read very quickly and use too much of my spare time that way.

Anon -- The Bible isn't there because I didn't read the whole thing this year.

Josh -- Nope, no ranking is in the works. Too difficult. But you're right, I wouldn't put Harry Potter last. :)

Anon -- yes, indeed, I discovered Greg Iles. I try to not to read too much fiction, but when I find an author I like, I end up reading everything he has written. Thanks for the suggestions.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Excellent list! I noticed Frank Peretti on the list. I vividly recall reading "This Present Darkness" several years ago and loving it.

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I'll start from early on in my evolution... I am a biracial man whose father is African-American and mother is Caucasian. My parents met in 1959 when my un-wed mother was in a nursing school where my father was employed as a nurses aide... my mother was engaged to a white man who was attending engineering school. My father had an African-American wife and (5) children at the time of his extra-marital relationship with my mother. At some early point of my mothers pregnancy with me she made the decision to marry her fiance, and to lie to everyone about who the father of her un-born child was... she achieved this by claiming that I had been afflicted with a skin-disease called "melanism".

My mother and step-father had four more children together in the space of nine years after I was born, and we grew up together in a middle-class household in white america where the subject of "race" was never discussed. My earliest recollections of having to be aware of race was when I was asked questions about the color of my skin by other classmates in first grade... "Why was my skin dark?", "Was I adopted?" race was certainly a hot-button issue in 1965-66 when I began school , but any awareness that my mother and step-father had achieved from growing up in their white neighborhoods in the 40's and 50's was insufficient in preparing them for raising a biracial child... and to complicate things, they were both in complete denial of their complicity in my mis-education. When I came home from school after having been asked questions by fellow students from my all-white school district, my mother then explained "the skin-disease story" to me... "other kids with this disease usually have dark blotches all over their bodies, so you should feel fortunate". When I would tell my mother about other boys and girls who would call me names or act aggressively for no apparent reason, I began to understand that I would get no further assistance from her to explain this rationale... my step-father was even more removed from the conversation and would only add, "You know what your mother said".

By the time that my step-father transferred jobs and our family of (7) had moved from the all-white Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Stow to the all-white school district of Portville in Western up-state N.Y. it was the spring of 1970 and I was in fourth grade, and already the veteran of many racial incidents and altercations between myself, classmates, and even some adults. My four younger siblings had also been told the same story, and had to explain the same things to their friends when asked why they had a brother who was black... "Hey, did your mother fool around a little bit??" I remember how much that hurt me when I heard it, and I'm sure that they felt just as badly when they did... nonetheless, this was a "subject" that we never discussed as a family, not once, at least in my presence.

I was taught through my observations of my mother and step-father to keep quiet about things that I wasn't sure about, and I was also taught to ignore the obvious.

As I matured into my teen-aged years and began to experience societies issues and insecurities in coming to terms with this countries racial in-equalities during the 70's, I felt an increasing need to rationalize and then codify the information that my mother had given me, regardless of what I was beginning to realize inside... I felt a growing discomfort/conflict, yet there was no one in my life to offer any other perspective... I had learned that black people were a part of society that we didn't talk about. ( There was a black family in my small town, and they were poor and lived in a run-down house near the river...I never had any opportunity or reason to associate with them)

I was a "B" student and also began taking an interest in sports where I was above average. Meeting other schools and student athletes were opportunities to then be exposed to populations that had not been inured by my story yet...I was just another black kid to them.

Communicating my experiences to my mother and step-father was difficult because they had no experience with racial prejudice, therefore when I had problems with other children it would be looked at as an issue that "I" had in getting along with others(as well as intra-family sibling issues).
Because "race" was being ruled-out entirely, by my mothers denial of my father, she could not logically use that rationale to explain any conflicts that I would have. My step-fathers complicity in this was to blindly support my mothers viewpoint.

The "white" viewpoint has always been that blacks(black society) were pretty well cared for, and what contact they did have would be polite and careful... What, with the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts being passed, the playing field had been leveled.(re: my mother and step-father's generation)
The feelings and comfort of my mother were apparently what was important, and her inculcation had to have been partly comprised of the idea that white society acted as the gate-keepers and care-takers of an infantilized black population.


How has black society formed its identity?

What role models have been used, and how does white society react to positive
black role models today? (Are they held to a more critical prism??)

Is there enough information readily available for black people to easily form a
positive racial identity?

Is it important that black society is able to connect accurately the dots of its social
evolution in America? and is it also important that white society can connect those
same dots??

What is White Privilege?

What is White awareness?

What is Whiteness?

What about Affirmative Action?

Is Race just a social construct?

How do we improve our society in America?

Is there any other way(besides the attrition of the old guard) to achieve this??

Dave Myers

10:11 AM  

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