Saturday, September 25, 2010

A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada

by Mark A. Noll

I wanted this book so I could improve my knowledge of the history of Christianity. While I did do that, I think I learned more about American history in the process. Professor Noll traces the history of Christians in what has become English North America and shows how their beliefs interacted with their behavior. The book starts out as your typical historical narrative. After the First World War, however, that story breaks down and the format shifts to look at different trends and people that impacted Christianity for the rest of the 20th Century.

'Tis on my shelf.
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Monday, September 06, 2010

The Dry Divide

by Ralph Moody

Another tale of people struggling with poverty, but unlike A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you never doubt that the hero, Bud, is going to make it through. It's the tale of a young man heading out west with only a dime in his pocket. He draws upon his abilities and willingness to take chances to not only make a living, but also to help others along the way. All in all it's a good book, though sometimes Mr. Moody, being a guy and all, gets bogged down in technical details.

Check it out.
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