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What Is This Kigali Kollection?

2 comments Written on April 1st, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, Missions, Students

Congratulations to the Kigali Kollection Committee on reaching their goal of collecting 2009 books for Kigali Bible College in Rwanda, Africa. During Spring break, the team recorded books for a total of 25 hours.  At 1:22 p.m. on Friday, March 27, Ali Newby was privileged to record the 2009th book.

Backgroundcharles2

In the summer of 2008, Africa New Life Ministries (founded by MBS graduate Charles Buregeya) was awarded a grant to start a Bible training school in Kigali, Rwanda. Upon hearing the news, a group of Multnomah students pulled together to create a library for the school-the largest theological library in Rwanda. The team set a goal of collecting 2009 books by graduation day in May.

MU Students Commit

Multnomah students were given the options to be book donators, book collectors (at their churches), book recorders, or "BOB" givers (Buck One Book - which means that you donate $1 to Debbie Chin in upper Sutcliffe). Every Monday, the team kept the school updated with a collection report along with a countdown of how many days were left until the deadline. Presently, 38 more days are left.

Help Meet A New Goal!

With the goal of 2009 books already attained, the Kigali Kollection Committee will reconvene to recalculate a new goal. Presently, the team has recorded 2,028 usable books. So if you have started on your spring cleaning and have books you don't need, play a part in building up the largest theological library in Rwanda and donate those books of yours.

3 Ways To Get Involved

  1. Buck-One-Book donation at the Mitchell Library
  2. Drop off books at Roger Trautman's office in the Seminary
  3. Drop off books at Garry Friesen's office in Sutcliffe Hall

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Book Signing – Dr. Garry Friesen

Comments Off Written on March 12th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty

How Then Should We Choose?Visit Multnomah for a book signing event by Dr. Garry Friesen for his new book, How Then Should We Choose?: Three Views on God's Will and Decision Making.

Where: Upper Sutcliffe on Multnomah's campus
Date: Friday, March 13, 2009
Time: 10:00

Copies of How Then Should We Choose? will be on sale for $9 (retail price $15.99), and he will be on hand to sign your copy. Be sure to arrive early to buy your copy before they sell out.

Dr. Garry Friesen contributed to How Then Should We Choose? along with authors Henry and Richard Blackaby and Gordon T. Smith. The book presents three principal views on God's will and how his will should affect our everyday decisions as Christians.

See you there!

Fun with Book Ratings

Comments Off Written on January 23rd, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty

On October 11, 2008, when Dr. Garry Friesen posted a blog entry about his last meeting with his book club Eagle & Child (a group he co-founded and co-led for 23 years), my interest was piqued when he mentioned the 250 books the group had read, many of which they rated and ranked. I asked Dr. Friesen for the complete list of rated books, which I just received over Christmas break.


The Rating "System"

As I scanned over the list, I couldn't help but wonder what "criteria" the members of Eagle & Child used to rate the books... so I asked. This was Dr. Friesen's response:

It was very unscientific. We had a scale of 0=pornography and 11=the Bible. We ranked each book individually by our own personal criteria of what we considered a good book. In general it was: interesting, valuable to me personally, well written and good for learning something.

Makes sense to me. What could be more worthless than pornography? What could even come close to the Bible?

And so, without further ado...


The List
(rank, rating, author, title, date)

  1. 9.22 Yancy, What's So Amazing About Grace (7/99)
  2. 9.16 Griffin, Black Like Me (6/07)
  3. 9.01 Alcorn, Safely Home (11/06)
  4. 9.00 Saint, End of the Spear (5/07)
  5. 8.90 Bobrick, Wide as the Waters (8/07)
  6. 8.87 Sayers, The Man Born to Be King (11/07)
  7. 8.84 Lauck, Blackbird (5/03)
  8. 8.78 Olson, Bruchko (6/98)
  9. 8.77 Lewis, The Weight of Glory (3/99)
  10. 8.75 Lewis, Prince Caspian (1/08)
  11. 8.75 Ross, Beyond the Cosmos (6/06) (four responses)
  12. 8.70 Doig, The Wistling Season (9/07)
  13. 8.64 Zacharias, Deliver Us from Evil (5/00)
  14. 8.57 Fischer, Washington's Crossing (11/05)
  15. 8.54 Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (7/01)
  16. 8.53 Lewis, The Magician's Nephew (3/01)
  17. 8.50 Chacour, Blood Brothers (11/04)
  18. 8.50 Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (4/04)
  19. 8.46 Brand, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (4/97)
  20. 8.45 Anderson, In Search of the Source (11/96)
  21. 8.45 Howatch, Glittering Images (4/08)
  22. 8.44 Potok, My Name is Asher Lev (10/05)
  23. 8.41 Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit (9/02)
  24. 8.37 Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath (4/07)
  25. 8.36 Vanauken, A Severe Mercy (7/96)
  26. 8:34 Lewis, The Great Divorce (2/02)
  27. 8:33 Lewis, Till We Have Faces (2/06)
  28. 8.32 Tolkien, The Hobbit (3/96)
  29. 8.31 Patterson, Bridge to Terabithia (1/98)
  30. 8.30 Dickens, David Copperfield (11/99)
  31. 8.30 Hugo, Les Miserables (4/99)
  32. 8.28 Lewis, The World's Last Night (7/08)
  33. 8.28 Strobel, The Case for Christ (9/01)
  34. 8.28 Grahme, Wind in the Willows (2/05)
  35. 8.27 Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (4/00)
  36. 8.26 MacDonald, Thomas Wingfold, Curate (8/99)
  37. 8.25 Kozol, Amazing Grace (3/06)
  38. 8.23 James, A Certain Justice (4/06)
  39. 8.21 Ambrose, Undaunted Courage (2/99)
  40. 8.20 Brand, God's Forever Feast (7/06)
  41. 8.19 Nordhoff & Hall, Mutiny on the Bounty (11/02)
  42. 8.12 Conway, The Road From Coorain (10/97)
  43. 8.12 Shute, A Town Like Alice (9/99)
  44. 8.11 Lewis, The Four Loves (9/96)
  45. 8.10 Mattingly, The Armada (11/00)
  46. 8.07 Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (11/00)
  47. 8.06 Lewis, Miracles (3/04)
  48. 8.03 Sayers, Have His Carcass (8/06)
  49. 8.00 Frazier, Cold Mountain (7/00)
  50. 8.00 Kirkpatrick, Love to Water My Soul (4/02)
  51. 8.00 Sayers, Gaudy Night (5/98)
  52. 8.00 Winner, Girl Meets God (9/04)
  53. 8.00 Houston, The Tranforming Power of Prayer (9/05)
  54. 7.94 Pargeter, The 8th Champion of Chrstendom (7/04)
  55. 7.89 Eliot, Adam Bede (2/96)
  56. 7.88 Behe, Darwin's Black Box (8/98)
  57. 7.88 Goudge, The Dean's Watch (5/02)
  58. 7.84 Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (4/05)
  59. 7.83 Lewis, The Horse and His Boy (3/03)
  60. 7.80 Pascal, Mind on Fire (Pensees) (11/97)
  61. 7.81 Pressfield, Gates of Fire (2/08)
  62. 7.79 Alcorn, Dominion (4/98)
  63. 7.75 Wangerin, The Book of the Dun Cow (8/96)
  64. 7.73 Gould, Garden of Dreams (5/04)
  65. 7.72 MacDonald, Paul Faber, Surgeon (7/02)
  66. 7.72 Waugh, The Class of 1846 (10/04)
  67. 7.70 Bronte, Jane Eyre (7/98)
  68. 7.70 Tan, The Joy Luck Club (6/05)
  69. 7.67 Sayers, Thrones and Dominations (1/00)
  70. 7.64 Julian, Righteous Sinners (11/98)
  71. 7.62 Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog (1/05)
  72. 7.60 Mowat, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (1/99)
  73. 7.60 Elie, The Life You Save May Be Your Own (10/06)
  74. 7.58 Yancy, Soul Survivor (9/03)
  75. 7.58 Willberforce, A Practical View of Christianity
  76. 7.56 Horn, In the Image (10/07)
  77. 7.55 Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (4/03)
  78. 7.54 MacDonald, The Portent (5/96)
  79. 7.53 James, PD, Original Sin (12/02)
  80. 7.48 Unset, Kristin Lavransdatter (10/98)
  81. 7.46 Lewis, That Hideous Strength (3/98)
  82. 7.46 Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (5/01)
  83. 7.42* Piper, Faith in Future Grace (6/00)
  84. 7.33 Miller, Blue Like Jazz (5/05)
  85. 7.33 Deere, Surprised By the Power of the Spirit (4/96)
  86. 7.33 Raban, Bad Lands (11/03)
  87. 7.33 Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars (8/07)
  88. 7.27 Ransome, Swallows and Amazons (9/03)
  89. 7.25 Emerson & Smith, Divided By Faith (3/05)
  90. 7.25 Metzger, Consuming Jesus (3/08)
  91. 7.25 Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms (9/06)
  92. 7.23 Newcombe, Abandon Ship! (6/02)
  93. 7.21 Krakauer, Into Thin Air (11/01)
  94. 7.20 Green, Victory (3/07)
  95. 7.17 Gresham, Lenten Lands (8/00)
  96. 7.14 Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (10/96)
  97. 7.14 Lewis, Warren, The Splendid Century (2/97)
  98. 7.11 Sayers, Mind of the Maker (8/04)
  99. 7.07 Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran (2/07)
  100. 7.02 du Maurier, Rebecca (9/08)
  101. 7.00 Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones (8/97)
  102. 7.00 Sayers, Strong Poison (10/08)
  103. 6.97 Lewis, The Abolition of Man (3/00)
  104. 6.96 Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew (6/97)
  105. 6.96 Allender/Longman, Bold Love (6/96)
  106. 6.81 Coomes, Dorothy L. Sayers (5/97)
  107. 6.80 Gladwell, The Tipping Point (10/03)
  108. 6.80 Tannen, You Just Don't Understand (5/99)
  109. 6.78 Goldberg, Bee Season (10/02)
  110. 6.75 Johnson, Reason in the Balance (2/03)
  111. 6.75 Moore, Riverwalking (7/99)
  112. 6.72 Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (4/01)
  113. 6.72 Hale, The Man Without a Country (3/02)
  114. 6.70 Buechner, Speak What We Feel Not What We Ought to Say (6/08)
  115. 6.68 Lucado, In the Grip of Grace (6/99)
  116. 6.60 Kreeft, Between Heaven & Hell (7/01)
  117. 6.58 McPhee, Coming into the Country (6/03)
  118. 6.54 Grisham, The Chamber (9/98)
  119. 6.46 Trollope, The Warden (6/97)
  120. 6.06 Shakespeare, All's Well that Ends Well (8/97)
  121. 6.00 McManus, Real Ponies Don't Go Oink (1/97)
  122. 5.86 Camus, The Plague (10/99)
  123. 5.81 Percy, The Moviegoer (6/04)
  124. 5.53 O'Brian, Master and Commander (10/00)
  125. 5.49 Maclean, A River Runs Through It (9/00)
  126. 5.30 Conroy, The Great Santini (1/02)
  127. 5.11 Cooke, Encounters with Truth (2/00)
  128. 4.92 Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate (6/01)
  129. 4.76 Adams, Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy (1/01)
  130. 4.70 Twain, A Conn. Yankee in K. Arthur's Court (3/97)