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What Have You Been Reading Lately, Bruce?


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Several months back, I asked readers to submit questions they would like me to answer. If you would like to ask a question, please leave your question here.

Lydia asked:

What have you been reading lately, Bruce?

One of the frustrating side effects of my declining health is that I am no longer able to read like I used to. Gone are the days of devouring one book after another. This has been hard for me to adjust to. By the time I do the necessary reading and research for my writing and try to keep up on the magazines I subscribe to, I have very little physical and mental energy left to devote to reading books. If I had to put a number on it, my ability to read and comprehend has declined by 50% or more. This decline has been a daily force of irritation and a subject I talk to my counselor with on a regular basis. While he encourages me to keep active, he also encourages me to accept things as they are. Instead of trying to read a 600 page book that at one time took me a few days to read, I now choose books that are 300 pages or less, allowing myself several weeks to read it.

My primary care doctor thinks that the pain and health problems wear me down mentally and physically, making to harder for me to read like I used to. While I accept this as the new normal for my life, I don’t like it.  That said, here’s my  book list. The first book is what I am currently reading. Those that follow are what I intend to read next.

varieties of scientific experience

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God by Carl Sagan


Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

our only world

Our Only World by Wendell Berry

faith vs fact

Faith vs. Fact :Why Science and Religion are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne

and god created lenin

And God Created Lenin: Marxism vs. Religion in Russia, 1917-1929 by Paul Gabel

karl marx

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber


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    Finished Jerry Coyne’s Faith vs Fact a little while back.

    Absolute gem. People haven’t cottoned on yet that this is a game changer. Science and religion are incompatible.

    Why has it taken so long for somebody to point this out!

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    Nice list. Have read most of the books listed here. I just now finished “Good Without God” by Phil Zuckerman. This is an excellent overview of several Scandinavian countries that are predominantly godless that have found contentment and balance. I will grant you there are issues he does not address that I believe should be unpacked, but it is still interesting.

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    Mortality is my first Hitchens book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a lot of respect for a man who can share his thoughts and pains to help others who follow behind. Not just Hitchens, but all who do that.

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    Karen the rock whisperer

    My Kindle is so full of books I haven’t read yet that there are bytes leaking out the sides. Right now I’m able to steal a little time now and again to work on Jerry Coyne’s Faith vs. Fact. So far it’s a good read.

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