Friday, May 31, 2013

Does God have a big toe? by Marc Gellman

This is a set of stories written about Bible stories. The author notes that a single explanation about a bible story can be wrong or can leave out the additional thousand meanings the story could portray. These stories all provide a view into the original stories from angles I hadn't considered, and are entertaining to boot.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: BS 551.2 .G45 1993, 3rd FL Education / Muth 
Review submitted by Brett Fisher, Chair of Systems and Technology - Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Recommended 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

For anyone interested in gardening and responsible eating, and local food shopping, this is the perfect book to inspire and encourage your efforts. Kingsolver's "vegetannual" principle is a great guideline for planting and eating food that is in season, which helps reduce the distance food travels, reduce negative impact on the environment, and increase nutrition in the food we eat.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: S 521.5.A67 K56 2008, 3rd Floor, Science and Technology
Review submitted by David McDonald, Patrol Officer, Public Safety
Rating: Highly Recommended

The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

I'm a fan of The Big Lebowski and I've also been moving into the Zen/Buddhist direction so what better book to pick up than this one! Basically the book is Jeff and Bernie chatting with each other about Zen, living in the now, letting go, etc. "The Dude" comes in because they reference him a lot and the character was actually very Zen-like. The Zen Master portion is Bernie who is a Zen teacher. I really enjoyed the book because I felt I was a third person in their many conversations. It gets a little rambly and long at times, but it's exactly how it would be had I been sitting there with these two dudes myself! 

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: McNaughton, First Floor, McNaughton Collection
Review submitted by 
Jami McCoy, Advancement
Rating: Recommended