Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life
Lauren F. Winner

WOW - what a great book! A Seven Story Mountain from an Orthodox Jewish convert to Christianity. An easy episodic telling of her spiritual life, and how she has moved (and moves) through it. A deep appreciation of her Judaism, and how much it is still part of her faith life. Her honesty and good humor make this a very affecting recount of a life in faith. Excellent!

Monday, July 28, 2003

Avatar, Vol. 2
S. D. Perry

Not exactly a completion, since this one ends with a cliff hanger to lead into her next DS9 book. Lots of threads tied up, and interesting confrontations. As a Christian I found the prophecy-fulfillment story line very interestings (see my web page and program on Messianic prophecies). Very enjoyable, and actually thoughtful on issues of faith and practice for a believer.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
J. K. Rowling, Performed by Jim Dale

Very good - I'm such a book person that I'm not going to switch to this form, but Dale does do a very good job. It is amusing to hear his pre-Goblet pronounciation of "Hermione" (Hair-moe-ne). His Gilderoy Lockhart is wonderful, and his Dobby excellent. I can't imagine how hard this must be to do - coming up with the many, many characters. He changes very distinctly, even for unnamed students in a group.