YEAR END SUMMARY EDITION
GLOBAL AND ECUMENICAL IN SCOPE
CANADIAN IN PERSPECTIVE
Wayne A. Holst, Editor
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Dear Colleagues and Friends:
My last issue of Colleagues List each year
is unlike any other. It is a compilation, with
links, to all the book notices and reviews, as
well as articles and other reflections from
the past 12 months.
This issue provides an easy way to catch up on
material you may have missed through 2014.
Design of this issue:
Reflection on Colleagues List, 2014
(My current thinking about this e-journal
to recognize ten years of production)
Colleagues List 2014 -
Book Notice Summaries and Reviews;
Articles, Notes, Interviews and Reflections
A Stunning Year in Pictures
from the New York Times
Closing Thought - Jörg Zink
My next regular CL issue will be dated:
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Have a good New Year Celebration!
REFLECTION ON COLLEAGUES LIST, 2014
Colleagues List (CL) experienced considerable
growth in American and International readership
during the past year. For an e-journal that purports
to be "global and ecumenical in scope, Canadian in
perspective" - this is very good news.
American, Italian, French and British weekly
hits have jumped significantly during 2014,
often dwarfing Canadian pageviews. There is an
obvious, growing US and European readership.
Asian, African and Latin American readers are
also on the rise. I am not sure why this has
happened, but it is encouraging to see that
a religion and culture e-journal composed in
Canada is getting serious global attention.
I will continue to follow these trends carefully
and to shape my content accordingly.
Your suggestions are always welcome.
(Remember that I have always wanted to
support new writers through my work. I
continue to promote self-published authors
and those who are not endorsed by the
large publishing houses. You will see their
books scattered throughout the titles, below.)
Some interesting facts:
Total CL hits in the past 12 months - 52,000.
That's right. I'm not manipulating the data!
This means an average of 1,000 hits a week.
Record hits of 3,000 per week occurred for two
September 2014 issues (it was a toss-up
between whose book got the most attention -
Joan Chittister's or Richard Rohr's). Lois Wilson
books were also well received. Please see their
titles listed below.
Total CL hits in the past 6 years - 94,500
Total CL issues during these years - 240
Average annual number of issues - 40
These totals were recorded during the
years I've used blogger.com
Colleagues List has now existed in some
form since 2005 - or for ten years. This
is actually the tenth anniversary issue!
Total number of issues in ten years - 469
Some of you have received all 469 issues,
and I thank loyal as well as my more recent
COLLEAGUES LIST 2014
BOOK NOTICE SUMMARIES,
ARTICLES, NOTES, INTERVIEWS
AND REFLECTIONS (Total of 45)
Please note - in most cases, the first link
is to the CL issue where the notice or
reflection appears. This is often followed
by back-up links to my book notice or article.
Scroll down into the body of the blog to read
what I had to say; i.e. "My Thoughts".
2014 BOOK NOTICES -
(Sub-total of 26)
Mysteries of the Feminine Divine"
by Joseph Campbell
January 12th, 2014
"In Search of Deep Faith -
A Pilgrimage into the Beauty,
Goodness and Heart of Christianity"
by Jim Belcher
February 2nd, 2014
The Invention of the Human"
by Harold Bloom
February 16th, 2014
"The Evolution of Christianity -
Twelve Crises that Shaped the Church"
by Marshall D. Johnson
March 2nd, 2014
"In Bed With the Word - Reading, Spirituality
and Cultural Politics" by Daniel Coleman
March 9th, 2014
"The Hero's Journey -
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work"
March 23rd, 2014
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"
by Eric Metaxas
March 30th, 2014
"A Call to Action -
Women, Religion, Violence and Power"
by Jimmy Carter
April 7th, 2014
"How Jesus Became God"
by Bart D. Ehrman
April 13th, 2014
"How God Became Jesus"
by Bird, Evans, Gathercole, Hill and Tilling.
A Response to "How Jesus Became God"
by Bart Ehrman
April 29th, 2014
"Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy -
on the Legacy of St. Francis"
by Richard Rohr and Tim Scorer
June 8th, 2014
"Fragments of Freedom"
by John Badertscher
June 29th, 2014
Contact the author:
Dr. John Badertscher
Winnipeg, MB, 204-219-2839
"Feisty and Fearless -
Glimpses into the Life of Lois M. Wilson"
by Janice L. Meighan
July 27th, 2014
Getting Started, Getting Better"
by Isabel Gibson
August 10th, 2014
"A Good Ending -
A Compassionate Guide to Funerals,
Pastoral Care and Life Celebrations"
by David Sparks
August 24th, 2014
"A Fair Country" by John Ralston Saul
"Medicine Walk" by Richard Wagamese
August 31st, 2014
"Joan Chittister - Writings Selected"
edited by Mary Lou Kownacki
and Mary Hembrow Snyder
September 14th, 2014
"Eager to Love -
The Alternative Way of St. Francis of Assisi
by Richard Rohr
September 21st, 2014
Goddesses and Heroines"
by Patricia Monaghan
September 28th, 2014
- on a similar theme by Joseph Campbell
"The Emerging Church -
Revised and Expanded"
by Bruce Sanguin
October 19th, 2014
"I Want to Be in That Number"
by Lois M. Wilson
October 26th, 2014
Buy the Book from the Author:
Discuss best way to get your copy
"Thomas Berry - Selected Writings"
Edited by M.E. Tucker and John Grim
November 2nd, 2014
"Fields of Blood - Religion and Violence"
by Karen Armstrong
November 16th, 2014
"Vanishing Grace" by Philip Yancey
November 30th, 2014
"Small Victories" by Ann Lamott
December 7th, 2014
2014 ARTICLES, REFLECTIONS,
LECTURE AND INTERVIEW NOTES -
(Sub-total of 15)
"Looking at a Life - Connecting the Dots
How Colleagues List Helps Me Integrate Things"
A New Year Reflection
January 19th, 2014
"Richard Rohr Interview -
Notes by Wayne Holst"
January 26th, 2014
"Interfaith Dialogue Notes
on 'Green Faith'"
Event Sponsored by the Calgary
Inter-faith Dialogue Institute
Notes by Wayne Holst
January 26th, 2014
"My Book Notices - Reasons for
Introducing Contemporary Titles
on My Colleagues List"
February 9th, 2014
"George Bernard Shaw -
Introducing a Contemporary Dramatist
Through His Play 'Major Barbara'"
February 23rd, 2014
"How Movies Shape our Image of Jesus"
Our modern cultural understanding of
Jesus is shaped largely by the movies
March 2nd, 2014
"Germany's Quincentenary Celebration
of the Reformation in an Age of Religious
Pluralism and Secularization"
- notes on a lecture by
Dr. Hartmut Lehmann Professor of Modern
History at the University of Kiel, Germany
March 16th, 2014
"The Diary of Anne Frank"
Personal Reflections on the Play
Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud Alberta
April 20th, 2014
"Thoughts on a New Cathedral -
The Transition from 'Crystal' to 'Christ'
in Orange County, California"
June 15th, 2014
Note related links in this article
"A Visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake City"
Reflecting on the Latter Day Saints Today
June 22nd, 2014
Note related links in this article
by Mathew Zachariah
July 13th, 2014
Note links to other writings by Mathew
"Beyond Multi-Culturalism -
Grounding Ourselves in a
Native Canadian Centre"
September 7th, 2014
"Personal Thanksgiving Reflection"
October 12th, 2014
"Remembering William Hordern"
November 23rd, 2014
"Holst Family Christmas Letter, 2014"
December 21st, 2014
ANGLICAN JOURNAL REVIEWS/ARTICLES
(Sub-total of 4)
"Zealot" - by Reza Aslan
December 4th, 2014
"INSIGHTS" COLUMNS, 2014
"Living in a post-denominational reality"
November 4th, 2014
"An emerging new sense of Canadian identity"
November 18th, 2014
"A Distinct Advent/Christmas Message"
December 12th, 2014
(end of report)
STUNNING YEAR IN PICTURES
Provided by the New York Times
An American Perspective
December 28th, 2014
CLOSING THOUGHT Jörg Zink
|There’s nothing romantic about the Christmas |
story. If anything, it offers a slice of a brutal
world in which a child is born on the street,
so to speak, with next tonothing in the way
of rights and security, and not even a home.
He whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas
said, even as a grown man, “I have nothing.
I am nowhere at home. Even at night, I have
no place to rest or lay my head”... But now this
man from Nazareth comes to us and invites us
to mirror God’s image, and shows us how. He
says: you too can become light, as God is light.
Because what is all around you is not hell, but
rather a world waiting to be filled with hope