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Kigali Team Update 2

Comments Off Written on June 15th, 2010 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Missions, Students

For the full context of this story, check out our posts tagged as Kigali. Or, if you already know, but want to get caught up on "Update 1"... Read the rest of this entry »

Kigali Library Update

Comments Off Written on February 17th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Books, Faculty, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Students

For those of you who have been involved with or following the Kigali Kollection story here - we have an update for you.

Get caught up on the full story of our partnership with Rwanda's Kigali Bible College and Africa New Life Ministries.

Let's Get 15,000

Africa New Life is planning to send all the books in a container from Portland on March 31.  We are now praying for a BIGGER and FASTER miracle. The goal of 15,000 books has still not been met!

Current book total:      13,592    (74 new books since last week!)

If any of you have books or know of anyone who does, then please get them to us by March 15th so they can make it on the container ship!

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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)