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reading i've found time to do a little bit of reading lately. i often have 2 or 3 books going at a time, and sometimes i forget to finish one before i add another. here's a list of what i've been reading, in case you want to read along with me. 1. Watchmen, by Alan Moore THE graphic novel from the 80's, although i was just introduced to it a couple of years ago. Highly reccomended for people who don't think that comics can be used to tell a serious story. I am almost finished with my fourth or fifth pass through it right now and still am amazed at how everything in these stories, the words and art, are connected. If it were a movie it would be rated "R" for violence and a some sexuality, and its just not a kids story anyway. 2. Blue Like Jazz, non-religious thoughts on Christian spirituality, by Donald Miller Finished this one last week. A humorous, very honest look at one man's spiritual journey, trying to make sense of his faith and life, in a specific christian sub-culture he didn't feel at home in. Highly reccomended for Miller's ability to communicate without church lingo, and without church-bashing. You can scope out the first chapter, and other excerpts, at his site www.bluelikejazz.com 3.The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery, by Jeremy Silman A good chess book, challenging and instructive. I'm less than a quarter of the way into it, taking small doses. 4. The Cross of Christ, by John Stott I'm enjoying this book, the first by Stott I've read. I'm maybe 100 pages into it. He seems to combine scholarly thinking with sincere faith in a way that is respectable. Rather than giving a cold scientific look at ancient literature and evidence of the crucifixion, or a warm-fuzzy emotional appeal, he comes across to me as a well informed, educated person with real faith who is not afraid of the facts.

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