First of all, this 2 star rating has nothing to do with his ideas. I agree with everything he says. The problems lie elsewhere.
Have you ever been in a...moreFirst of all, this 2 star rating has nothing to do with his ideas. I agree with everything he says. The problems lie elsewhere.
Have you ever been in a meeting where you were trying to solve a problem with a bunch of people and there is just this one guy that points out any flaw with any idea. They don't give any ideas of their own, they never try to help with a solution, they just shoot other people down. Well, that's what reading this book is like. There is nothing but problems until the last three pages offer what could be taken as hope, but are really more like just predictions for the future. Every little thing is nagged upon and repeated over and over until it just didn't matter any more.
Swanson's citations were head-scratching at best. He liberally uses Wikipedia, which anyone will tell you isn't a credible site. He cites things in the book, but doesn't cite them at the end so I couldn't do any cross referencing. He finds the most obscure and miniscule articles out there and announces that these little problems are taking over the entire Western World. He denounces the world for doing that to Christians, but he does it to other people.
He also totally missed the point on several works of literature that he discusses. His basic summary for Of Mice and Men is just wrong. That is one of my favorite novels, I've read it every year since I graduated college, I completely agree it is not a Christian text, but he couldn't even summarize it right. He builds up to how these philosophers led to the wars of the early 20th century, but then gives Hemingway and Steinbeck no mention of the wars. Their novels were a response to the greatest horrors the world had ever seen, but since Hemingway killed himself he was clearly demon possessed.
Swanson is also the head of the homeschooling society in Colorado, so anyone who has ever been to a public school, worked at a public school, or even seen a public school out the window of their car is pretty much an evil sinner doomed to an eternity in hell. I can't tell you how often he grinded on that ax, and being a public school teacher that got old quick. He also whined about the last several presidential elections, and we all know how fascinating those conversations are.
Any Christian with the Bible can tell you any of the stuff in this book. Our world is coming to an end. Swanson would apparently "solve" the issue by having us all become Protestants and never do anything except live at home, read your Bible, and work on the field. The man is a Chicken Little screaming his head off that the sky is falling. His audience should already be aware of this. Now go read J.P Mooreland and get some ideas on how to actually make a difference in the world for Christ.(less)
First of all I'm a pretty big nerd, but some of the references they were making were way over my head. Secondly, and far more important, this book is...moreFirst of all I'm a pretty big nerd, but some of the references they were making were way over my head. Secondly, and far more important, this book is incredibly crass and vulgar. The description said it was supposed to be something you could read without being embarrassed. It was wrong. Cussing, sex jokes (in poor taste), and no redeemable character arch all signify that this author was just trying to sell out to the lowest common denominator. The characters are terrible. College students still living at home, living off their parents, wasting money like nothing, and then blatantly having sex with high school students. The plot was complete drivel with no real conflict except some girl whining about how nobody likes her despite the fact that she has a boyfriend going to extreme lengths to impress her. We seem to completely ignore a rape scene, and are totally ok with teenagers talking about doing sexually explicit things to girls. This book is a perfect summary of everything that is WRONG with our culture. Honestly, Ready Player One is a much better story, much better characters, and deals with the same ideas. Please pass on this book and just go smash your head into a wall for an hour. Should create the same effect. This book makes me weep for our world.(less)
Very funny, but so crass and vulgar that it loses most of it's well-meaning intentions. Most of the advice he gives his son is wrong, but this will ke...moreVery funny, but so crass and vulgar that it loses most of it's well-meaning intentions. Most of the advice he gives his son is wrong, but this will keep you up at night laughing out-loud at what he says. A comedy book of the lowest common denominator, but fails to become anything else.(less)
Not for kids with fledgling football dreams. His prose is powerful and sad. He really takes you into the dredges of being a football player. The hones...moreNot for kids with fledgling football dreams. His prose is powerful and sad. He really takes you into the dredges of being a football player. The honesty is greatly appreciated and comes out as more sad than boastful. This should really make you rethink your dreams of being an NFL player. Very well written book, but be warned, Nate Jackson is not a man to be looked up to in this story. His actions and choices are wrong. I think now he realizes it, and that comes out well in the writing, but his stories can be down-right shocking, gross, explicit, and crazy. It takes a different kind of person to play professional football. It also helped that I'm a Denver native and love the Broncos.(less)
I read this one aloud to my students. They loved it. However, it does deal with an affair, and everything he learns to survive he learned from movies...moreI read this one aloud to my students. They loved it. However, it does deal with an affair, and everything he learns to survive he learned from movies and TV (YEAH, riiiiiiight). Also, unfortunately, he never seems to come to terms with God. He never has any kind of spiritual realization or battle. A hopeful story without any hope. A very good story, but left me wanting more from this character. Also, you may want to actually look into some real survival techniques before actually doing things like "Survivor Man."(less)
This book was okay. Mildly funny, a bit creepy, VERY raunchy, but I've been a long time fan of Cracked.com and knew it was coming. His problem is in t...moreThis book was okay. Mildly funny, a bit creepy, VERY raunchy, but I've been a long time fan of Cracked.com and knew it was coming. His problem is in the pacing. We seem to start with the climax then peter into a book of short stories, then try to come back around to a point that lost all of it's original intention. Korrak didn't make any sense at the end. Besides all of this, my real problem is the way he wantonly throws around theological ideas without ever realizing that Christ and the one true God actually destroy his final evaluation of the world. He uses religion as an ends to a means without ever actually understanding any of it. Not a place to find spiritual enlightenment, even though the book deals with the spiritual. Food for thought.(less)
At least the girl learns that family is more important than her friends, but the entire book really makes me question some parenting choices and the p...moreAt least the girl learns that family is more important than her friends, but the entire book really makes me question some parenting choices and the power of negative peer pressure. This book really questions and challenges families and we don't really need more of that in today's world, especially when it is geared to such a young audience. Really not worth picking up for your kids.(less)
Hilarious book. I was laughing out-loud this book was so funny. Even funnier with my own time spent on a farm. I had to give this to my wife to read....moreHilarious book. I was laughing out-loud this book was so funny. Even funnier with my own time spent on a farm. I had to give this to my wife to read. She grew up on a farm, and will find it even funnier.(less)
After reading this book here is a list of things I'm not sure this author understands:
guns baseball dialogue teenage angst love age marriage Christianity fire...moreAfter reading this book here is a list of things I'm not sure this author understands:
guns baseball dialogue teenage angst love age marriage Christianity fire weather time forests figurative language casinos antagonists shovels Brave New World
This book read more like a bad episode of Little House on the Prairie (you know, the episodes when they stopped following the books). The most interesting characters were dead and in a coma the entire time. The love story was totally forced, the characters completely hollow, and it didn't make any sense. I have no idea who these characters are, how old they are, or anything else. They acted like they were six years old, then they were fighting and in war like they were in their twenties, only to start acting like winy teenagers. None of this made any sense, and I'm very disappointed. I'd wanted to read this book for a long time and when I finally did I was horribly disappointed. Seriously, go read Cormac McCarthy's The Road and skip this one. It'll be in the free bin at a garage sale soon enough.(less)
I'm a huge basketball fan, and this is not one of the guys we want our kids and young players looking up to. Besides "dating" countless numbers of wom...moreI'm a huge basketball fan, and this is not one of the guys we want our kids and young players looking up to. Besides "dating" countless numbers of women he is egotistical, vain, uneducated, anti-American, and seemingly uninformed of the very game he played at such a high level. The book is terribly written. His "recap" of games is just listing who scored how many points, and he went through every game for his first several seasons. His opinions on the game are anything a typical, casual, fan of the game would come up with. His evaluation of players leaves me shaking my head. I'm a Wilt Chamberlain fan as well, but to give him something like three pages and never mention Bill Russell is completely absurd. He talks about newer players as well, and only gives half a paragraph to Michael Jordan and discusses Allen Iverson for another page.
Monroe was a sad product of his environment who never did anything to change the world or become better than his circumstances. This book should really have been about all the players that were way better than "Black Magic" like Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Wilt, Russell, even Lew Alcindor. Save the money for this book and try to find a book about a real basketball player.
My only complaints were that it was too short and the ending could have been better. I thought this was a great little novella, seemed perfect for a c...moreMy only complaints were that it was too short and the ending could have been better. I thought this was a great little novella, seemed perfect for a class working on characterization or figurative speech.(less)