Social Sciences

twister group

The next category of the Dewey Decimal System explores a very wide array of social categories and systems. This section is so broad that I will need to split it up for comment. Today I’ve chosen to comment on the first two Dewey subcategories of Sociology & Anthropology and Statistics.

In the beginning of the 300 section, there are many books about specific groups of people. I read about what it takes to have great relationships, a whole generation of Millennials, the Red Hat Society, women in general, the poor, and people trapped in dead end jobs (aka the working poor).  Books with numbers from 300-309 make up the Sociology and Anthropology books. I’ve chosen to mention just a small  representative cartload of books in this category .

Cart Close Up

Brief comments in Dewey Order follow:

The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships by David Niven, Ph.D:  Sharing simple secrets of great relationships, this book claims  to share what scientists have discovered and tell you how to use those discoveries in your own relationships. A quick read, the book has some interesting secrets.

The Millennials Connecting to America’s Largest Generation by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer : This was a very positive and informative book about the millennial generation. I was born pretty much on the dividing line of the Baby Boomer/Millennial generation. In some ways I’ve always felt I have a foot in both generations and it was interesting to me to see how much of the overlap is significant to my life. Additionally I have a tadpole who is a Millennial and it is interesting to see how her world differed from mine growing up. I have read other things about Millennials which basically forecast the gloom and doom of our changing world, but I found this particular book to be a refreshing, hopeful, and positive statement of the people who are taking over the next generation.

The Red Hat Society’s Laugh Lines Stories of Inspiration and Hattitude by Sue Ellen Cooper: This book pokes fun at women over 50 who do not want to grow up and still want to have some play time. It is a good illustration of  life to be lived after 50.

Fake It More than 100 Shortcuts Every Woman Needs to Know by Jennifer Byrne :This is a quick read and somewhat humorous book about women finding time to accomplish everything they need to accomplish. While many of the shortcuts are helpful, some are more tongue-in-cheek.

Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich: This book explores the fact that millions of Americans work full time for poverty level wages and can’t make ends meet for even the most basic of necessities. The author took the unique approach of going undercover and living among the working poor in order to research this topic. It is interesting to note that she herself would not have been able to make it without the safety net she kept in place for herself; a net not available to the working poor. In my opinion, everyone needs to read this book.

Real Questions, Real Answers About Sex The Complete Guide to Intimacy As God Intended by Dr. Louis & Melissa McBurney: The authors have divided this book into six sections and leave no stone unturned. This book is appropriate to engaged as well as married couples and is filled with good advice. In my read through of the library, I have come across many books on this topic and this is by far the best book of them all. I highly recommend it.

Even though I am reading through the library, there are certain categories of books that I dread reaching. When I saw that statistics was one of the Dewey categories, I was rather dreading it. I did not enjoy statistics in college! As it turns out, the statistics category has been shrinking in most libraries and I found only 3 (!) books  numbered from 310-319.

Statistics Books

These books have been moved to the Reference Section of the library. As these actually are used as reference books, there isn’t much “review” to be done. Instead I will just comment that the probable shrinkage of this category of books is due to the Internet and information being readily available. This type of information could change by the time statistical books are published. You can probably surmise by these surviving books that Fulton County Public Library is located in a rural area of Indiana.

Advertisements

Full Circle

religion pie chart

I’ve now come full circle back to the religion section. I temporarily skipped part of the religion section to explore other library resources in front of it. Picking up where I left off, I resumed reading through the library in the 240’s and completed the rest of the religion section.  The following broad topics have been covered:  Christian Practices & Observance, Christian Order & Local Church, Social and Ecclesiastical Theology, History of Christianity, Christian Denominations, and Other Religions. As you can imagine, this was a lot of reading! There is no way I can cover in one blog post the many, many books I’ve read through.  Instead, I’ve chosen to share a few of the books that have really stood out to me in the remaining portion of the religion section and share a brief synopsis.

Religion Books 009

Going in shelving order of the books I’ve chosen, the first one up for comment is Heaven Has Blue Carpet by Sharon Niedzinski.

Religion Books 003

This is a delightful book about a woman and her family who left suburbia for the wide open spaces of country life. The story details how the Niedzinski family bought a run down centennial farmhouse and equally under cared for farmland.  This homestead was developed into a working sheep farm and a comfortable home. Throughout her description of this process Sharon describes being a shepherd and what it takes to look after a flock of sheep. True to her background in Christian ministries, Sharon draws some very interesting parallels to Jesus and his flock of followers.  This book has a conversational tone which is easy to read and is entertaining as well as challenging.

Next in this line up is Uncommon Marriage by Tony & Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker.

Religion Books 004

To be honest, this wasn’t a book that I really thought I would enjoy. As most of you are aware, I’ve been reading my way through the entire Fulton County Public Library. No one could possibly read every single book in a library, so my strategy has been to read many representative books from each section. I usually will shelf browse-in order of the Dewey Decimal system-until I’ve selected 5 books at a time. I picked this book up for it’s title, Uncommon Marriage. At the time I had no idea who these people on the cover were. I had absolutely no idea that Tony Dungy was a professional football coach, the first African American head coach to win the Superbowl, or a sports reporter. If I had, I probably would have skipped this book altogether.  I know nothing about football! However, because of my commitment to read through the library and broaden my reading horizons, I read the book anyway. I am glad that I did. The Dungys are a wonderful example of what it takes to truly be committed to a marriage in the good times and the bad. The Dungys are a Christian couple committed both to each other and to helping others grow spiritually. They are an excellent team and share their ways of supporting each other in achieving goals and dreams. They talk about the importance of staying connected to each other and how they’ve managed to do that despite grueling schedules. They truly can help others to have an uncommon marriage.

Moving on we come to Weird Because normal isn’t working [sic] by Craig Groeschel.

Religion Books 005

This is a fairly easy read book. It talks about how normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Relationships are stressed or nonexistant. Normal people are living pay check to pay check and just can’t seem to break out of a miserable cycle. Many people claim to believe in God, but are not living out Biblical teachings. This book is like a breath of confirmation that lets the reader know he or she is not alone in being caught in a style of living that just isn’t working. Written by a pastor, Christ-centered topics which cover diverse topics from money to scheduling to purity and many others which will help the normal person break out of the rut and live with God’s grace and truth.

Confession Brings Possession by Dr. Norvel Hayes is a tiny little quick read book.

Religion Books 006

There are powerful Scriptural truths contained in this little book. For this summary, I’ve chosen just to share what’s written on its back cover:

“All of the promises of God belong to the believing Christian. Whether we receive them or not is our choice. Learn how to affirm the Word of God in your hearts and release the power of God through your faith-filled words.”

and

Confession Brings Possession is a powerful book that will give the reader insight into how to release the power of God in their life.”

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic is a very inspirational book.

Religion Books 007

Born without arms and legs, Nick shares his emotional and physical struggles related to his disability. Nick has found his passion in inspiring others and credits his faith in God as the source of his strength. Nick encourages others to accept what they can’t change and focus instead in what one does have control over. The reader is challenged to live a life without limits.

The last book I’ve chosen to share is Grieving a Suicide A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope by Albert Hsu.

Religion Books 008

The author wrestles with his emotions and theological questions after the suicide of his father. Hsu acknowledges that there are no easy answers, but found hope in God Who comforts and offers hope for the future. Anyone who has been affected by suicide should read this book.

There are obviously many other books in the religion section and I encourage you to check them out!