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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy (Anchor books)

Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy (Anchor books) - Robert M. Hazen, James S. Trefil Picked this book up while visiting the McDonald Observatory in far West Texas. Very very good overview of many aspects of science. As one interested in science myself, the daughter of a scientist and medical man fascinated with all facets of science, I agree with the premise of the authors. It is important for lay people to develop a basic scientific literacy. Too many people leave the hard sciences alone, and thus miss out on some of the most fascinating adventures being lived out right now! Or people hear about science only from sensational news headlines or political talking heads. How sad to be cut off from such a vibrant branch of the world.So, read the book. Do I agree with all of it? No. The authors, who are not Christians, demonstrate an understandable confusion about Christians who do not agree with evolution. As a Christian with many scientist friends, I find this easy to see. Scientists do not throw out a theory or model until there is another theory or model to use in its stead. So the section on "Evolution" I have disagreements with, primarily because the authors lump all Christians into the category of believing in a "young earth" (which I do not). This categorization is not valid because not all Christians are young-earthers, but I do not blame the authors because they don't know.An excellent book to read in companion to this is "Creation as Science: A Testable Model Approach to end the creation / evolution wars" by Hugh Ross. Dr. Ross is a scientist (an astro-physicist) and a strong Christian and pastor. He demonstrates in his book that providing a testable model for creation theories is the way to pave the way for understanding. So, read "Science Matters", and then read "Creation as Science" together!