Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzerwww.openbookreviews.orgEvery child has made the statement, When I grow up, I am going to…I can remember all the time when I would say things like, when I grow up I am going to eat all the chocolate I want before bedtime. When I grow up, I am going to sleep in as late as I want. When I grow up, I am never going to force my kids to go to an antique store after antique store.
The intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earths very core. In his quest to penetrate the planets primordial secrets, the geologist--together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans--discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoric proportions. Vernes imaginative tale is at once the ultimate science fiction adventure and a reflection on the perfectibility of human understanding and the psychology of the questor..
1996 Winner of the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education -[Brookfield] gently demystifies critically reflective learning and teaching with dozens of practical examples from the classroom in different scholarly fields. Lucid, wise, jargon-free, personal and fluently written. Required reading for educators of adults everywhere and for all faculty development programs.- -- Jack Mezirow, emeritus professor of adult education, Teachers College, Columbia University Building on the insights of his highly acclaimed earlier work, The Skillful Teacher, and applying the principles of adult learning, Brookfield thoughtfully guides teachers through the processes of becoming critically reflective about teaching, confronting the contradictions involved in creating democratic classrooms, and using critical reflection as a tool for ongoing personal and professional development..
One of our foremost historians of religion here chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World, tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church that have led to todays distinctly American faith.Taking a unique approach to this fascinating subject, Noll focuses on what was new about organized Christian religion on the American continent by comparison with European Christianity. In doing so, Noll provides a broad outline of the major events in the history of the Christian churches that have filled North America with such remarkable vitality and diversity. He also highlights some of the most important interpretive issues in the transfer of the hereditary religion of Europe to America..
Brilliantly funny and fantastically refreshing. Few of my favorites jokes from the book: First, a marriage-broker was defending the girl he had proposed against the young man’s protests. I don’t care for the mother-in-law, said the latter. She’s a disagreeable, stupid person. But after all you’re not marrying the mother-in-law.