Summer Reading from our Facebook Fans

Kelly Baker

As most of you know, I am attempting to corral our readers via facebook with discussion and links to our blog. The discussion has been good, and our facebook fans have let us know what they are reading this summer. It seems that many of them are like me with a revolving list of books that I need to somehow get to while finishing various projects and/or hanging out with a toddler, who could care less about American religious history unless it involves Shrek or Elmo.

So here's what our fans are reading (in no particular order):

To Serve God and Capitalism
Invisible Hands
Aimee Semple McPherson
Spirit of Rebellion
Stephens, Fire Spreads
Jacoby, Freethinkers

Stark, For the Glory of God

Dissenting bodies : Corporealities in Early New England
Restless Souls : The Making of American Spirituality
Born Again Bodies : Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity
Rough Stone Rolling
Hunt, ed.
Christian Millenarianism

God's Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World
American Gospel
Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity
Culler, Columbine
God is not One
Way of Improvement Leads Home

American Saint
Setting Down the Sacred Past
All Things Are Possible
White,Unsettled Minds
Houck and Dixon, Rhetoric, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Bernd Peyer,
The Tutor'd Mind: Indian Missionary Writers in Antebellum America

Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits
Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas
Refiner's Fire
Passing for White
Harvey, Redeeming the South
Blum, Reforging the White Republic

Fogleman, Jesus is Female
Williams, Religion and Violence in Early American Methodism
Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

"Members of the Tribe"
Berman, Speaking of Jews

Please feel free to add more books to the ever-expanding list in the comments as well as comment on the books listed. Happy reading!


Randall at: July 15, 2010 at 5:32 PM said...

Some of your titles are on my to-read list also.

Here are some of those I've been going through this summer:

Hilary Spurling, Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth

Allan Nevins, American Social History as Recorded by British Travelers

Richard Overy, The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars

George Lakoff, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think

Michael Lienesch, Redeeming America: Piety and Politics in the New Christian Right

Carol V. R. George, God’s Salesman: Norman Vincent Peale and the Power of Positive Thinking

J. Richard Fugate, What the Bible Says about Child Training

James Davidson Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America

Susan E. Myers-Shirk, Helping the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Counseling in a Psychotherapeutic Culture, 1925-1975

Robert Booth Fowler, A New Engagement: Evangelical Political Thought, 1966-1976

Martin Amis, The Information

June Skinner Sawyers and Astrid Kirchherr, Read the Beatles: classic and new writings on the Beatles, their ...

Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey, Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles

John Fea at: July 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM said...

James Davison Hunter, To Change the World

T.H. Breen, American Insurgents, American Patriots

Jack Rakove, Revolutionaries

John Smolenski, Friends and Strangers

Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh, Beyond Homelessness.

Matt Sutton at: July 15, 2010 at 10:31 PM said...

Bridwell, Clifford's First Snow Day

Ray, Curious George Visits the Ice Cream Shop

Lies, Bats at the Beach

John G. Turner at: July 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM said...


Do you think "lift-the-flap" books will remain popular with toddlers moving forward? Or do you think "Scrath-n-Sniff" books are poised for a comeback?

Kelly Baker at: July 16, 2010 at 7:04 PM said...

Randall and John, thanks for the additions. I just picked up Lienesch's Redeeming America and I might have to get my hands on the Lakoff sooner rather than later

Matt, it also seems that Sandra Boynton, the guru of toddler books, is conspicuously absent from your list. Is there not historiographical value in Perfect Piggies or Hippos Go Beserk?

Matt Sutton at: July 16, 2010 at 9:11 PM said...

John--lift-the-flap are still big in my house. I haven't seen a scratch-n-sniff in years. Are they still around?

Kelly--I don't know Sandra Boynton. I will check her out. Thanks!

Michael J. Altman at: July 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM said...


We all know that Boynton changed the historical meta-narrative in _But Not the Hippopotamus_ by reminding us of the subjugation of the armadillo.

Kelly Baker at: July 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM said...

Mike, I agree with your apt assessment. My kiddo loves that book, but it always makes me sad. Now with your analysis, I know why. Maybe when she's two, I'll introduce post-colonial theory.

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