Books

Growing Up Together

Publisher
Harvest House

Author
Margaret Becker

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The Fingerprint of God

Publisher
Whitaker House

Author
Hugh Ross

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Unveiled (Lineage of Grace #1)

Publisher
Tyndale

Author
Francine Rivers

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Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

Publisher
Simon and Schuster

Author
David Brooks

Central Theme
Morph bohemians and bourgeois and what do you get? Bobos: a schizophrenic generation if there ever was one.

Overview
A witty, insightful romp through a confusing and confused generation. Brooks argues that a segment 60’s spirited bohemians have been morphed into the bourgeoisie’s capitalists of the 90’s with a horrifying result the Bobo. They are the new, well-educated, wealthy, influential elite. As evidence Brooks cites waspy suburbs with artsy coffeehouses. Restoration hardware is the perfect consumerist packaging of the past with all its manufactured nostalgia combined with the efficiency of free market capitalism. Only Bobos could conceive of Gandhi in a Gap commercial! This is a generation that has finally rationalized away the anxieties of abundance.

Beliefs num
–Boboism is the result of a liberal ideology, which allowed the lower economic classes into elite educational institutions.
–Access of the non-elite to the levers of power, wealth and influence created a ¢â‚¬Ëœthird stream’ combining bohemianism with the bourgeoisie –Boboism has affected every area of life business, education, and intellectual life even spiritual life.
–Boboism is an amazing blend of self-absorption while appearing to be about others.
–Boboism gives the appearance of a carefree life, but is in fact calculating, efficient and driven to productivity.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Does the Bobo concept accurately describe the sociological phenomena of today’s generation?
–Can the two polar opposites of bohemianism and bourgeous be merged?

Provocative Quotes byline
–I look at my watch and realize I had better start feeling a serene oneness with God’s creation pretty soon. I’ve got dinner reservations back in Missoula at six.
==Brooks on spiritual seeking of Bobos
–Today the culture war is over, at least in the realm of the affluent. The centuries-old conflict has been reconciled.
==Staying power of Bobos.
–These Bobos define our age. They are the new establishment. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we all breathe. Their status codes now govern social life.
==Power of Bobos.
–Dumb good-looking people with great parents have been displaced by smart, ambitious, educated, and antiestablishment people with scuffed shoes.
==Unintended consequence of elite allowing non-elite into elite universities.
–How could there be a last judgment for Bobos? It’s so either/or. Maybe there will just be a last discussion or something like that. I’m trying to imagine the Bobo angel of death. He’s got a tweed jacket instead of a black robe. And instead of a scythe he’s got a trowel from Smith & Hawken, a gardening trowel. And he says, “You’re dead. But you know, you’re not going to go to heaven because that’s too lofty. But you’re not going to go to hell because you’re not a bad person. You’re just going to get to stay in your massive, oversized kitchen with your California casual chairs and your latte, and I’m just going to take your Range Rover and go off.
==Last judgment for Bobos? from the Dick Staub interview.
–You’ve seen them: They sip double-tall, nonfat lattes, chat on cell phones, and listen to NPR while driving their immaculate SUVs to Pottery Barn to shop for $48 titanium spatulas. They tread down specialty cheese aisles in top-of-the-line hiking boots and think nothing of laying down $5 for an olive-wheatgrass muffin. They’re the bourgeois bohemians–“Bobos”–an unlikely blend of mainstream culture and 1960s-era counterculture that, according to David Brooks, represents both America’s present and future.
==Amazon reviewer Shawn Carkonen.

Posted in Books, Staublog in May 1, 2000 by | No Comments »

ChurchNext: Quantum Changes in How We Do Ministry

Publisher
InterVarsity

Author
Eddie Gibbs

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The Music of Angels: A Listener’s Guide to Sacred Music from Chant to Christian Rock

Publisher
Loyola

Author
Patrick Kavanaugh

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The Bible Jesus Read

Publisher
Zondervan

Author
Philip Yancey

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Hurtling Toward Oblivion

Publisher
NavPress

Author
Richard Swenson

Central Theme
Based on observable trends on the planet and after applying the laws of logic, a reasonable person will conclude that human history is rounding the last lap for the homestretch.

Overview
Richard Swensen , MD is a full time futurist, physician-researcher, and author, whose previous books include Margins and The Overload Syndrome. He has since released More than Meets the Eye. Fans of Swenson will be pleased that he has not headed down the too-often traveled path of end-times predictions based on his interpretation of Biblical texts. Swenson reaches his conclusions on the basis of observable trends in today’s world, which when taken together in a logical, sequential manner lead to a conclusion that the planet is hurtling towards what he calls ‘lethality’. Far from a gloom and doom outcome, Swenson, who dedicates his book to his sons, reminds readers that our only hope is, as it always has been, in God, who has told his followers not to be afraid but to place our trust in Him.

Beliefs num
–Progress produces profusion which is a mathematical physical reality that results in growth, increase — more and more and more and more etc.
–Profusion is irreversible.
–Progress produces profusion which together result in exponential growth
–Our world systems are defective, fallen.
–Even the improvement of the systems cannot offset the profusion of the negative. A little leaven affects the whole lump.
–Once the negatives rise to the level of lethality the entire globe will be threatened.
–Christians should live authentic lives and never despair for a new day is dawning for Christianity in the world.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you agree that human history will have an end?
–Are things getting better or worse in human history?
–What do you believe will trigger the end of the world?
–Will there be another human history after this one?
–How then should we live?

Provocative Quotes byline
–The world is spinning out of control and approaching a threshold of lethality — a point where life as we know it can no longer continue
==Richard Swenson
–The phenomenon of profusion is irreversible, primarily because progress is a one-way street. The original engineers, it seems, forgot to install a reverse gear.
==Richard Swenson
–Thoroughly evil people will use exponentially increasing power, technology and money to advance their evil purposes. Faster and faster.
==Richard Swenson
–Life under the tutelage of progress is getting better: The positive is growing at a rapid rate. But, at precisely the same time, fallenness is becoming more powerful: The negative is also growing at a rapid rate.
==Richard Swenson
–If the negatives are sufficiently dangerous, they cannot be offset by the positives no matter how beneficial the positives are.
==Richard Swenson
–As a Christian I take it for granted that human history will some day end; and I am offering Omniscience no advice as to the best date for that consumption.
==C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, Is Progress Possible?

Posted in Books, Staublog in April 10, 1999 by | No Comments »

A Promise of Justice : The Eighteen-Year Fight to Save Four Innocent Men

Publisher
Hyperion

Author
David Protess & Rob Warden

Posted in Books, Staublog in August 1, 1998 by | No Comments »

With New Eyes: Fresh Vision for the Soul

Publisher
Harvest House

Author
Margaret Becker

Posted in Books, Staublog in July 1, 1998 by | No Comments »