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2011-11-20 08:08 pm

recent reading

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
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2011-09-17 03:01 pm
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some recently read books

Sacred trash : the lost and found world of the Cairo Geniza by Adina Hoffman
Clarifying the Natural State : A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
The Tribe of Dina : a Jewish women's anthology by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
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2011-06-06 07:12 am
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some books I've read recently - all recommended for appropriate audiences

Kraken by China Mieville
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
The Taoist experience : an anthology by Livia Kohn
Counsels on the spiritual life by the Hermit Mark
Among Women by Nancy Rabinowitz
Encountering Women of Faith: St Catherine's Vision by Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Keep your wives away from them : writings by and about Orthodox LBT women by Miryam Kabakov
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa
Anticancer : a new way of life by David Servan-Schreiber
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2011-02-28 05:38 pm
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some of the books I read in February 2011

Two Nations in Your Womb : Perceptions of Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages by Israel Jacob Yuval (concerning the co-development of Judaism and Christianity)

Demonizing the Queen of Sheba : boundaries of gender and culture in postbiblical Judaism and medieval Islam by Jacob Lassner (concerning the co-development of Judaism and Islam)
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2011-01-31 06:39 am

books I read January 2011

an abbreviated selection

The Ways That Never Parted : Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages ed. Adam H. Becker, Annette Yoshiko Reed

Explorations on faith and practice along the Jewish-Christian Continuum, during the time when both rabbinic Judaism and orthodox Christianity were defining ourselves. I'd've preferred more archeology, and some examination of the Ethiopian evidence (having its Christian foundations in late antiquity, and being the most "Jewish" of the extant Christian traditions), but well worth reading anyway.

The hyena people : Ethiopian Jews in Christian Ethiopia by Hagar Salamon

Speaking of the Ethiopian evidence, here is a short and excellent study about the modern relationships between the Bet Israel and their Christian neighbors.
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2010-12-31 12:44 pm

top ten books i read in 2010

Mission of Friar William of Rubruck : His Journey to the Court of the Great Khan Mungke tr. Peter Jackson - A Franciscan monk becomes a court pet of the Mongols! Fascinating study in cultural anthropology and eurocentrism, told in a most entertainly colloquial fashion, by a jester who may or may not be entirely in on the joke.

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens : How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford - When women ruled the world! Also, Mongols! They live in gers! They don't eat plants!

Sex Working and the Bible by Avaren Ipsen - Prostitutes read the bible, with very useful insights.

Our Man of Patience by Anees I. Baroody - Finally, the book of Job makes sense.

Feminist theory from margin to center by bell hooks - Readable and sensible and realistic feminist theory. altogether excellent.

She Who Is : The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson - Now that much of the boring groundwork has been taken care of (Women are persons! God isn't male!) we can get around to doing some real feminist theology. Here it is.

Duties of the Heart by Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda tr. Daniel Haberman - Practical Jewish philosophy in trusting God and living well.

Tao te ching : the classic book of integrity and the way, a new translation by Victor H. Mair based on the recently discovered ma-wang-tui manuscripts - What can be said about the old man? He had it just about all figured out.

Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene - Aspires to much in the east-west spiritual synthesis department and accomplishes some of it.

The Jesus Sutras : rediscovering the lost scrolls of taoist christianity by Martin Palmer - interesting interpretations of Medieval Eastern Christian Chinese documents. A good companion to Saeki, especially if you can overlook the evangelistic dogmatic syncretism.

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/theophila&deepsearch=topten2010
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2010-12-31 08:47 am

December 2010 reading log

The Tao of Health, Longevity, and Immortality : the teachings of immortals chung and lu tr. Eva Wong

Holding Yin, Embracing Yang : three taoist classics on meditation, breath regulation, sexual yoga, and the circulation of internal energy tr. Eva Wong

Orthodox spiritual life by Georgios I. Mantzarides

Understanding the Fourth Gospel by John Ashton

The Forgetting Room by Nick Bantock

Girl Genius vol. 1-9 by Kaja and Phil Foglio

The Jesus Sutras : rediscovering the lost scrolls of taoist christianity by Martin Palmer

Women, race & class by Angela Y. Davis

The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" by C. S. Lewis

Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world by Jack Weatherford
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2010-11-30 06:33 am

november 2010 reading log

Thirst by Mary Oliver - recommended

Mother Gavrilia : The Ascetic of Love by Nun Gavrilia (D. Georgiou) tr. Helen Anthony - recommended

The Earliest Christian Hymnbook : The Odes of Solomon tr. James H. Charlesworth

The Inner Teachings of Taoism by Chang Po-Tuan tr. Thomas Cleary

The Cloud of Unknowing ed. Patrick Gallacher

Practical Taoism tr. Thomas Cleary

Fellow Workers with God : Orthodox Thinking on Theosis by Norman Russell - "Grace is not a 'thing' we receive. It is God of his [sic] own free will meeting us in ecstasy. It restores us to our integrity and wholeness, making us complete persons." - recommended

The Christian Buddhism of St. John : new insights into the fourth gospel by J. Edgar Bruns

Taoist meditation : methods for cultivating a healthy mind and body tr. Thomas Cleary

Cultivating stillness : a Taoist manual for transforming body and mind tr. Eva Wong
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2010-10-31 11:43 am
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October reading log

Goddess Initiation : A Practical Celtic Program for Soul-Healing, Self-Fulfillment & Wild Wisdom by Francesca De Grandis
Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
The Ratchatcher : a lyrical satire by Marina Tsvetaeva tr. Angela Livingstone
Redeemer - friend and mother : salvation in antiquity and in the Gospel of John by J. Massyngbaerde Ford
Tantric Practice in Nying-Ma by Khetsun Sangpo tr. and ed. Jeffrey Hopkins and co-ed. Anne C. Klein
The First Paul : reclaiming the radical visionary behind the church's conservative icon by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
Mark's Other Gospel : rethinking Morthon Smith's controversial discovery by Scott G. Brown
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2010-10-01 11:45 am
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september reading log

Sister outsider by Audre Lorde
Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
The Inner Teachings of Taoism by Chang Po-Tuan with commentary by Liu I-Ming tr. Thomas Cleary
Octopus : the ocean's intelligent invertebrate by Jennifer A. Mather, Roland C. Anderson, and James B. Wood
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
Makers by Cory Doctorow (Engaging enough to keep me reading, one installment after another, on my iphone. sort of richard powers meets douglas coupland.)
Chazown : define your vision. pursue your passion. life your life on purpose. by Craig Groeschel my review
The Legend and the Apostle : the battle for Paul in story and canon by Dennis Ronald MacDonald
Immodest Acts : the life of a lesbian nun in renaissance italy by Judith C. Brown
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2010-08-28 07:36 pm
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August reading log : 4 of 4

The Path of the Just by Moshe Chaim Luzzatto tr. Yosef Leibler
Practical Taoism by Thomas F. Cleary
The kindness of God : metaphor, gender, and religious language by Janet Martin Soskice
Gender and the Nicene Creed by Elizabeth Rankin Geitz
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2010-08-21 07:02 am
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August reading log : 3 of 4

Tao te ching : the classic book of integrity and the way, a new translation by Victor H. Mair based on the recently discovered ma-wang-tui manuscripts

Taoist meditation : methods for cultivating a healthy mind and body tr. Thomas F. Cleary

A Study of the History of Nestorian Christianity in China and its Literature in Chinese : together with a new English translation of the Dunhuang Nestorian Documents by Li Tang
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2010-08-14 11:44 am
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August reading log : 2 of 4

Seven Taoist Masters : a folk novel of China tr. Eva Wong
A woman's place : house churches in earliest Christianity by Carolyn Osiek and Margaret Y. MacDonald with Janet H. Tulloch
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2010-08-07 08:22 pm
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august reading log : 1 of 4

The Ministry of Women in the Church by Elisabeth Behr-Sigel
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccacio tr. G. H. McWilliam
The Cult of St. Thecla : a tradition of women's piety in late antiquity by Stephen J. Davis
Healing Love : cultivating female sexual energy by Mantak Chia
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2010-07-31 07:27 am
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July reading log

Duties of the Heart by Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda tr. Daniel Haberman

A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue : philosophy and mysticism in Baḥya Ibn Paqūda's Duties of the heart by Diana Lobel

Debt is Slavery : and 9 other things I wish my dad had taught me about money by Michael Mihalik

Rābi`a Baṣri : the mystic and her fellow-saints in Islam by Margaret Smith

Holding Yin, Embracing Yang : three taoist classics on meditation, breath regulation, sexual yoga, and the circulation of internal energy tr. Eva Wong

Woman + woman : attitudes toward lesbianism by Dolores Klaich

Holy women of Russia : the lives of five Orthodox women offer spiritual guidance for today by Brenda Meehan-Waters

St. Methodia of Kimolos : remarkable ascetic, teacher of virtue, counselor, comforter, and healer (1865-1908) : an account of her life, character, miracles, and influence, together with selected hymns from the akolouthia in honor of her, and a letter to her sister Anna by Constantine Cavarnos

St. Seraphim of Sarov : widely beloved mystic, healer, comforter, and spiritual guide : an account of his life, character and message, together with a very edifying conversation with his disciple Motovilov on the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit, and the Saint's spiritual counsels by Constantine Cavarnos

The bread of angels : a memoir of love and faith in Damascus by Stephanie Saldaña

The first Christian hymnbook : the Odes of Solomon tr. James H. Charlesworth

A formcritical study of selected Odes of Solomon by Gerald R. Blaszczak
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2010-06-30 06:21 am
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June reading log

Yes Means Yes! : visions of female sexual power and a world without rape ed. Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
Persons in Communion : A theology of authentic relationships by Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Orthodox Women Speak : Discerning the "Signs of the Times" ed. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Powers and Submissions : spirituality, philosophy, and gender by Sarah Coakley
Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon (to understand what depression feels like, read Constance (1993), particularly "Having it out with melancholy")
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (good fun)
Feminist theory from margin to center by bell hooks (very highly recommended)
She Who Is : The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson
The Garden of Emuna : a practical guide to life by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir tr. Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
Trust Me! : An anthology of emunah and bitachon by Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff
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2010-05-31 05:23 pm
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May reading log

Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity by Gillian T. W. Ahlgren
The Way of Perfection by Teresa of Avila tr. E. Allison Peers ed. Henry L. Carrigan, Jr.
The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila tr. Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D
RastafarI women : subordination in the midst of liberation theology by Obiagele Lake
The Shahnameh : The Persian Book of Kings by Abolqasem Ferdowsi tr. Dick Davis
Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria : Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered by Joan E. Taylor
Youth of the Apocalypse : And the Last True Rebellion by John Marler and Andrew Wermuth
Matericon : Instructions of Abba Isaiah to the Honorable Nun Theodora
The Desert Mothers : Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness by Mary C. Earle
Mother Maria, her life in letters ed. Sister Thekla
Dogs : From a Sufi Point of View by Javad Nurbakhsh

All recommended for appropriate audiences. I also looked at a bunch of books I'd considered reading and put them away. I think I'm finished with bothering finishing books I don't really want to read all the way through.
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2010-04-30 07:53 am
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april reading log

Icon and Evidence : poems by Margaret Gibson
The sacred art of bowing : preparing to practice by Andi Young
Why We Love : The Nature And Chemistry Of Romantic Love by Helen E. Fisher

The Book of Jasher : with testimonies and notes, critical and historical, explanatory of the text. tr. Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus (published in 1751, coincident with the earliest distinct expressions of the documentary hypothesis - the first attempted reconstruction of a Torah source?)

Painted Bed by Donald Hall

Studies in Early Mysticism in the Near and Middle East by Margaret Smith ("the oppressor has need of repentance, though men praise him, and the oppressed is safe, though men blame him; so also the contented man is rich, though he be hungry, and the covetous man is poor, though he own the whole world" - al-Muhasibi)

Ordained Women in the Early Church : a documentary history tr. Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek ("The sharp words about widows as wandering gossips reflect the informal female communication network that functions in most traditional cultures, which men typically disdain because they are excluded from it. It will be a repeated stereotype in later literature.")

* The Nestorian Monument of Hsi-an Fu in Shen-hsi, China by James Legge
* The Nestorian Monument : an ancient record of christianity in China ed. Dr. Paul Carus
* Our Man of Patience by Anees I. Baroody
* The Jews in China : their synagogue, their scriptures, their history, &c. by James Finn
* Gulshan I Raz : the mystic rose garden of Sa'd ud din Mahmud Shabistari tr. E. H. Whinfield

The Silent Cry : mysticism and resistance by Dorothee Soelle
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (hilarious.)
* Holy Women of Byzantium : Ten Saints' Lives in English Translation ed. Alice-Mary Talbot


* ebooks (Conveniently, at the turn of the previous century, many people were interested in the same topics as I am now, and so books like these are coming into the public domain, despite our ridiculous copyright extensions. Thanks for scanning them, google!), mostly read on [livejournal.com profile] snowbiker's Kindle DX I'm borrowing. The physical device is lovely, and the user interface is much better than the nook's. Of all the features missing, the most annoying to me is the inability to display downloaded html files, but I suspect that would require a folder structure. The external speaker is better than the iphone's, but the headphone jack emits a signal curiously distorted with a frequency-dependent lag. The web browser is practically useless, and I'm having a hard time imagining any book I'd want to "buy" with amazon's drm that I wouldn't rather buy outright or borrow from the library, so I see no reason to ever turn on the wireless. Of the 24 books on my to-read shelf at the moment, only 6 are available to "buy" from amazon for the kindle anyway. Many of my complaints about the software will supposedly be fixed with the new update.
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2010-03-31 05:30 am
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March reading log

Recommended for all audiences -
The Secret History of the Mongol Queens : How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford
The Mummies of Ürümchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (this is a fascinating anthropology of Central Asia, told through textiles)

Recommended if you're interested in that sort of thing -
Sex Working and the Bible by Avaren Ipsen
Texts of Terror : Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives by Phyllis Trible

Not exactly recommended, but not terrible -
The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers tr. Holy Apostles Convent,
Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy : Women and the Church by Eva Catafygiotu Topping
Saints and Sisterhood : The Lives of Forty-Eight Holy Women by Eva Catafygiotu Topping
A Lost tradition : women writers of the early Church by Patricia Wilson-Kastner, G. Ronald Kastner, Ann Millin, Rosemary Rader, and Jeremiah Reedy
Women in early Christianity : Translations from Greek Texts ed. Patricia Cox Miller

categories added 3 April 2010
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2010-02-28 07:04 am
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February reading log

In the Wake of the Goddesses : Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth by Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Did God Have a Wife? : Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel by William G. Dever
Mother Gavrilia : The Ascetic of Love tr. Helen Anthony
Ancient Taboos and Gender Prejudice : Challenges for Orthodox Women and the Church by Leonie B. Liveris
A Translation of the Four Gospels from the Syriac of the Sinaitic Palimpsest by Agnes Smith Lewis
The Commentaries of Isho'dad of Merv - Vol. I : The Gospels in English tr. Margaret Dunlop Gibson
When Women Were Priests : Women's Leadership in the Early Church & the Scandal of their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity by Karen Jo Torjesen
Turning the Wheel : American Women Creating the New Buddhism by Sandy Boucher
Writing a Woman's Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Mission of Friar William of Rubruck : His Journey to the Court of the Great Khan Mungke tr. Peter Jackson