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text 2016-08-02 00:34
2016 Reading Challenge- End of July Update
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Book Two - Winston Churchill
The Poetry of Robert Frost - Robert Frost
Seventh-Day Adventists Believe - General Conference of Seventh-day Advent
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Carpe Jugulum (Discworld, #23) - Terry Pratchett

I have to say that I got a lot accomplished in July, three books from my reading list completed and two longer term reads finished.  For the year my total is 30 books read with 21 of those from my reading list.  I've started reading The Book of Mormon and The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot on a long term basis, this basically means I read them at home a few pages at a time (Mormon) or when I have adequate time to digest the contents (Eliot) while my reading list contains all the books I read at work during my two breaks and lunch.


On a more unfortunate note, I have just discovered that my edition of The Count of Monte Carlo is an abridgment.  This is really upsetting because I would not have purchased this edition and had it set on my bookshelf for almost three years if I had known at the time I had gotten it that it was an abridgment.  Fortunately I have time to find an edition that is the complete book, *cough* Penguin Classic *cough*, either via my used book store or Amazon.


1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-> The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
3) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
4) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
5) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
-> The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
6) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
7) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
--> Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
9) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
--> Blood Stain (Volume One) by Linda Sejic
10) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
--> Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
11) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
12) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
--> Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
14) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
15) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book One by Winston Churchill
16) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
17) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
18) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
19) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book Two by Winston Churchill
--> The Poetry of Robert Frost
--> Seventh-day Adventists Believe by General Conference of SDA
20) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
21) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
22) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
23) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
24) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
25) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
26) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
27) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
28) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
29) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
30) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
31) The Black Count by Tom Reiss
32) The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
33) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
34) Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
35) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
36) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
37) The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
38) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
39) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
40) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Also reading:
Patriarchs and Prophets (51%)
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot (24%)
The Book of Mormon (10%)
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review 2016-07-17 03:24
Seventh-day Adventists Believe
Seventh-Day Adventists Believe - General Conference of Seventh-day Advent

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has traditionally shied away from formulating creeds for a variety of reasons.  Yet, even from its founding the church has had to release answers to doctrinal questions or to challenge false statements about what its actual beliefs were.  At the 1980 General Conference session, the church decided on a statement of 27 Fundamental Beliefs that described the church’s official positions, but were not criteria for membership.  An additional Belief was added at the 2005 General Conference session, just like after 1980 the General Conference expanded upon the statements in Seventh-day Adventists Believe: A Biblical Exposition of Fundamental Doctrines.


As stated in the subtitle states, the 28 Fundamental Beliefs are based on and explained through numerous passages in the Bible.  In fact, the Fundamental Belief “Holy Scripture” begins the book and is the basis for the rest of the book.  The 28 Beliefs are grouped into 6 doctrines: God, Humanity, Salvation, The Church, Christian Life, and The Restoration; with each Belief and doctrinal group leading into one another.  With this structure, the reader is given better understanding to Seventh-day Adventist theology.


Seventh-day Adventists Believe services a dual purpose of helping Adventists--both longtime and new--learn about their beliefs better and to answer questions as well as misconceptions from non-Adventists.  Amongst the questions answered are the Trinity, sola scriptura, and the experience of salvation.  Also answered are those beliefs that are seemingly unique to Adventism: the Seventh-day Sabbath, the Great Controversy, Jesus’ work in the Heavenly Sanctuary, and the Gift of Prophecy amongst others.


 If you have ever wondered what Seventh-day Adventists really believe then this book is highly recommended to answer your questions.

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