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To Scot from Scot (2009)

posted by Scot McKnight

Christmas09.jpgWe were with our kids recently, and they reminded me that one of their favorite Jesus Creed posts in previous years is when I offer a gift to a reader who guesses what is in my “to Scot from Scot” gift that I put under our Christmas tree.

Every year I buy myself something and wrap it up and put it under the tree. The upside of this, of course, is that I get what I want. The downside is that it’s a surprise to everyone but me. This year I bought myself something and I’m offering the Jesus Creed readers an opportunity to guess what I bought.

It’s in this bag. What do you think it is?
Guesses will be accepted until Friday at 5pm Central Time, at which time I’ll announce the winner and the winner will be given a gift:
A bag of Intelligentsia Black Cat coffee beans.
You can guess more than once, but keep it under control.
If you guess right and live in a foreign country, we will give you a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.


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Jim Martin

posted December 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm


Scot, my first inclination is to guess that you got a fountain pen. However, I think this might be a Kindle.



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T

posted December 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm


Woohoo! Let me say I wore my “JesusCreed Crocs” just yesterday and still refer to Praying with the Church, and much appreciate them both!
Thanks again, Scot, for a hosting a blog with such thoughtfulness–and fun!



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Brother Maynard

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm


I think it’s a donation… not a goat, but something of that ilk. (The donation ilk, not the goat ilk.) And maybe a new fountain pen with which to sign the check, because we know you can’t resist…



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Pat

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm


I bet it’s a commentary. No need to enter me in the drawing; I don’t drink coffee.



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T

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm


Wow, Jim, that’s a really good guess. For the drama’s sake, though, I hope you’re wrong! The first guess would be way too early.



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Bob Brague

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm


Susan Boyle’s CD, “I Dreamed A Dream” (tongue only slightly in cheek)…



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Brian

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm


I’ll take a stab at you got yourself a child sponsorship. If Pat’s right, I’ll take the coffee he doesn’t want. 8)



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Todd Spieker

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm


I would have to go with Kindle as well.



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David

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm


Coal? Were you naughty or nice this year?



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Jason

posted December 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm


Perhaps a new conical burr grinder!



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Terry

posted December 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm


I am not the first to suggest it, but if I were Scot, I too would gift me with a Kindle.



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Mike Beidler

posted December 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm


After decades of feeling that he was somehow different from most of his similarly named friends, I’m guessing Scot bought himself another “t.”
Seriously, I’m gonna go with a book (title unknown) from IVP.



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Tom

posted December 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm


Since “commentary” was already taken – I will try and be a bit more specific – The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Set: OT.
My second guess would be Bears playoff tickets….oh, wait, nevermind.



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Brad

posted December 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm


a book. too general??!!



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Scot McKnight

posted December 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm


Perhaps I should have said this earlier; “book” is too general. Got to be the specific book — if it is a book and I don’t want to suggest or not suggest that it is or not.



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Eric

posted December 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm


A bag of intelligentsia coffee beans- good enough for a gift, it’s good enough for Scot.



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John W Frye

posted December 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm


Two tickets to the U2 concert in Lansing, MI in 2010.



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Jared Hay

posted December 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm


Scott, your blog is costing me a fortune in Amazon UK orders, so I’m anxious to recoup some of it – or at least be able to order something for free! So here goes, three guesses, which I think is still ‘under control.’
The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas Campbell (soon to be discussed – after you’ve read it?)
a gift to Mabanteneni
a new apple mac



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Mike M

posted December 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm


The book “Rock Music for Dummies”



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Kevin Chez

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm


A slanket/snuggie.



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Scott Eaton

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:11 pm


Either a Chicago White Sox or Blackhawks jersey.



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RJS

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm


Scott Eaton,
Blackhawks Jersey – at least they play a real sport.



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Doug Wilson

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:25 pm


You beat me to it, Jared…I was going to guess Campbell’s The Deliverance of God – so now, I guess I’ll hedge my bets and opt for Anthony C. Thiselton, Hermeneutics: An Introduction; or Craig Keener, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels; or John R. Levison, Filled with the Spirit.



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Steve McCoy

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm


I know what it is, but I don’t want to ruin it for everyone else. Let’s just say it rhymes with Shamazon Shmindle.



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Steve McCoy

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm


I know what it is, but I don’t want to ruin it for everyone else. Let’s just say it rhymes with Shamazon Shmindle.



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Scot McKnight

posted December 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm


One clue: it’s not a Schmindle Kindle. Not on your life.



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mike

posted December 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm


a coffee press



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Jeremy Berg

posted December 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm


a sushi maker kit?



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Jinny

posted December 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm


A fountain pen! :)



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Carl Holmes

posted December 15, 2009 at 8:43 pm


a kourig coffee maker.



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Matias

posted December 15, 2009 at 8:57 pm


What every grandfather needs: Flip Video Camcorder



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MatthewS

posted December 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm


A mount for your iphone for in the car



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Mike Reed

posted December 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm


A dartboard with Kevin DeYoung in the center?



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Lived in Wien!

posted December 15, 2009 at 11:40 pm


jeans



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Sue

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:12 am


A book: The Care and Keeping of Chipmunks



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Luke

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:41 am


Surely giving us the price range wouldn’t hurt a bit.
Even if you don’t, I guess a new Cubs hat or shirt.



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Tim Gombis

posted December 16, 2009 at 6:23 am


This year’s hot gift: A Tickle-Me Milton Bradley.



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Taylor George

posted December 16, 2009 at 9:04 am


Esspresso maker.



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Kenton

posted December 16, 2009 at 9:38 am


Nook?



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David B. Johnson

posted December 16, 2009 at 9:46 am


Aeropress, coffee and espresso maker!



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David B. Johnson

posted December 16, 2009 at 9:47 am


Tony Jones new book on The Didache.



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David B. Johnson

posted December 16, 2009 at 9:49 am


A bag of Intellegentsia Black Cat Coffee Beans.



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Mike Belmares

posted December 16, 2009 at 10:24 am


It’s definitely a book. My guess is that once you finish reading whatever it is you’re reading now it’ll be time to open your gift (to yourself) and be on the next.



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Laura

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:03 am


An iPhone case that is not an Otterbox



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Gloria

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:07 am


A puppy?



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Rob Peterson

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:23 am


It’s a book: “The History and Care of Parakeets.”



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Matt Dabbs

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:25 am


If I hate coffee, can I accept the $20 certificate because I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt what is in that bag – some red tissue paper.
“It’s in this bag. What do you think it is?” If you bought the paper then by definition my answer should work.



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Gloria

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:25 am


A puppy?



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Rusty

posted December 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm


It has to do with reservations to a place that serves amazing risotto, wine, and coffee.



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beckyr

posted December 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm


a pen.



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Scot McKnight

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm


Second clue: it’s a book. Can you guess which book? (It’s not a book I’ve recently blogged through.)



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Keith Clark

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm


McLaren’s upcoming A New Kind of Christianity (assuming you got your hands on a pre-release copy).



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Jim Martin

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm


A book — Well, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. :)



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David B. Johnson

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm


Vol 3 of Goldingay’s OT Theology, Israel’s LIfe.



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:mic

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm


Sanjaya Malakar: Dancing to the Music in My Head: Memoirs of the People’s Idol
http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Music-My-Head-Memoirs/dp/1439136149/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260989168&sr=1-1



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david B. Johnson

posted December 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm


Going Rogue by Sarah Palin!!!!!!



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:mic

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Luke

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm


“The Historical Jesus: Five Views”
or
“The Historical Jesus of the Gospels” by Keener



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Luke

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm


Or perhaps “The Indelible Image” by Witherington?



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John W Frye

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm


Joseph Epstein’s IN A CARDBOARD BELT.



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Scot McKnight

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm


:mic, nope, not a Rick Astley video.
Never been Rick Roll’d right back!



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David B. Johnson

posted December 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm


Untamed by Alan Hirsch



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Jodi

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm


A coffee bean grinder or a french press coffee maker



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Chuck Eklund

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm


Stieg Larson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”



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art

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm


Not a grinder or a french press…Scot hand grinds his beans and only drinks espresso.
Probably not a book, since he most likely has a book budget and gets free books from the publisher.
Could have something to do with a Chicago sports team…or something to do with fountain pens.
I’m going to keep mulling this over.



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RJS

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm


art,
Scot said it was a book (#51)
I am going to guess “The Lord of the Rings” because you don’t want to be on the outside looking in any longer.
Either that or … this book.
Or maybe this one so you can see the light.



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pete hawkinson

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm


some golf balls, maybe a dozen pro vs…why haven’t we had the chance to get out together yet and play?



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Luke

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm


Kostenberg’s new book on Johannine theology
James Dunn’s NT Theology
Sailhamer’s book on the Pentateuch



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Jonathan Snyder

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm


Here is my guess on books:
Historical Jesus of the Gospels by Keener
The Sacred Meal by Gallagher
The Liturgical Year by Chittister
The historical Jesus: Five Views by Beilby
Or James: the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament by McCartney



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Carl Franzon

posted December 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm


In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat by John Gribbin
Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero by Peter Morris
The Jesus Prayer by Matthewes-Green
The Best Team Ever: A Novel of America, Chicago and the 1907 Cubs by Alan Alop
Merkle’s Curse: Why the Chicago Cubs Have Not Won a World Series Since 1908



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:mic

posted December 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm


Scot @61
so, you’re not necessarily ruling out my other guess (@55) . . . hmmmm



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Scot McKnight

posted December 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm


As of this moment, no one has yet guessed the book.



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chris

posted December 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm


It must be a box Frango mints…



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RJS

posted December 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm


Back to the drawing board…



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John W Frye

posted December 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm


a first edition of THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA



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Scot McKnight

posted December 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm


John, now that’s a book I’d love to have and I would treasure it.



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John W Frye

posted December 16, 2009 at 7:01 pm


Well, if you would love to have it, that means you did not buy it…
with RJS, back to the drawing board…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (by Hallmark) to read to grandson Aksel.



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Kerry Doyal

posted December 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm


h m m m . . . a new fountain pen



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Matias

posted December 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm


Thanks for the hint – Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero. Peter Morris. Ivan R. Dee.



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Matias

posted December 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm


“Waterbirds? W. W. Norton & Company



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Carl Holmes

posted December 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm


Snodgrasses new book Stories with Intent. One of your fellow faculty, and good book. A little dry, but good.



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Mike M

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:03 pm


“Going Commando” by Levi Johnson



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Jonathan Snyder

posted December 17, 2009 at 11:53 am


Life in the Trinity – Fairbairn
Engaging Economics – Longenecker
The Kingdom Connected – Friesen



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JoanieD

posted December 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm


He must have already read The History of God by Karen Armstrong. I haven’t read it, but may sometime. Maybe he is getting Armstrong’s The Case for God which I see from Amazon came out in September 2009.
Or maybe it is nothing to do with God or Christianity and is a humorous book like something by Charlies Schulz or Berkeley Breathed.
If I win, I don’t need the coffee. My hubby will only drink the kind I buy now.



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John W Frye

posted December 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm


*The Life of St Francis of Assisi* by St Boniventure and Cardinal Manning.



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:mic

posted December 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm

matt c

posted December 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm


Gotta be Twilight



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Ginny

posted December 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm


I vote for either:
“Rick Steves’ Ireland 2010″ or
“Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers” by Burton & Graham
(I have a vested interest in that last one).



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Jon Snyder

posted December 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm


One more try:
5 Stories- Endo
Sherlock Holmes- Doyle
Harry Potter- Rowling
Pilgrim’s Progress-Bunyan
The Lost SYmbol- Brown



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Kyle Nolan

posted December 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm


Dave Eggers’ novelization of Where the Wild Things Are
furry cover edition



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dan!

posted December 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm


a kindle
-dan



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Chuck Eklund

posted December 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm


Sarah Palin’s Going Rouge. That’s pretty much fiction, right?



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Scot McKnight

posted December 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm


New clue, which I’ve already twittered:
1. The item in the bag is a book.
2. The book is fiction. (Yes, that’s right; it’s fiction.)



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Scot McKnight

posted December 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm


And, by the way, no one has guessed it yet.



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Nick

posted December 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm


Twilight…? Please not Twilight!



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Rick Presley

posted December 17, 2009 at 4:11 pm


Angel Fall by Coleman Luck?
If it’s not, it should be: http://www.colemanluck.com/Angel_Fall/index.html



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art

posted December 17, 2009 at 4:36 pm


It’s a book and it’s fiction….hmmm…is it Genesis?
Is it Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol?



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Luke

posted December 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm


Under the Dome by King
Pirate Latitudes by Crichton
Wolf Hall by Mantel
Thousand Splendid Suns



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RJS

posted December 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm


Fiction … wheels churning …
An illustrated edition of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” to read to grandchild.
Dorothy Sayers “Gaudy Night” (but read Strong Poison and Have His Carcase first).



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Mike M

posted December 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm


“For Whom the Bell Tolls” Ernest Hemingway



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John W Frye

posted December 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm


A commemorative edition of Harriett Beecher Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’S CABIN.



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John W Frye

posted December 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm


John Grisham’s FORD COUNTY– a collection of short stories



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pepy3

posted December 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm


Mitch Albom’s “Have a Little Faith”



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JRS

posted December 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm


Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson



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Carl Franzon

posted December 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm


Ok, a few more guesses, now that we know it’s fiction (although when said and done, that’s still a LOT of books)
Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World
The Pirate and the Puritan
Charlotte’s Web
something by Wendell Berry
The Unbeatable Chicago Cubs (ok, not really a book, but it qualifies as fiction)
How about another clue Scot? Might as well just start picking books at random (as if I haven’t been).



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Carl Homes

posted December 18, 2009 at 9:33 am


Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Sons of Laughter by Buechner.



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Jon Snyder

posted December 18, 2009 at 11:39 am


Moby Dick
The Iliad/Odyssey
The Great Gatsby
Ulysses
To Kill A Mockingbird



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Tim Hallman

posted December 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm


The Source (Michener)
or
Pillars of the Earth (Follet)
or
The Haj (Uris)
or
Dracula (Stoker)
or
Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
or
The Princess Bride (Goldman)



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Ginny

posted December 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm


Summertime by J.M. Coetzee



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Andrew Kenny

posted December 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm


City of God by Saint Augustine



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Andrew Kenny

posted December 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm


Confessions by Augustine
Orthodoxy by Chesterson
Heretics by Chesterson



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Billy Kangas

posted December 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm


I was really hoping it was a Burr grinder for your office…
Oh well…
Fiction….
Something C.S. Lewis?
A Pilgrim’s Regress
The Screwtape Letters
The Abolition of Man
Beyond Personality
The Great Divorce
Vivisection
Till We Have Faces
The Discarded Image
Screwtape Proposes a Toast
Boxen: Childhood Chronicles Before Narnia
Spirits in Bondage
Of Other Worlds
The Dark Tower: And Other Stories
Of This and Other Worlds
Hemingway?
The Torrents of Spring
The Sun Also Rises
A Farewell to Arms
To Have and Have Not
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Across the River and Into the Trees
The Old Man and the Sea
Islands in the Stream
The Garden of Eden
True at First Light



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Matias

posted December 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm


I thought this game was to guess what Scot McKnight bought himself for Christmas. If Scot McKnight purchased a book of fiction for himself for Christmas than this is not a guessing game it is deep rooted analysis. The healthy, well adjusted Scot McKnight would never pay for a book of fiction.
Catch-22 – a postmodern, metafictional masterpiece.



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