Some bandwagons are good to hop on. Like when 45 insulted John Lewis “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”, this book topped sales even thougSome bandwagons are good to hop on. Like when 45 insulted John Lewis “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”, this book topped sales even though it came out a few years ago. I hadn't heard of it but we checked all three out of the library (reviewing them together). Ok, we are both finished! So good, so hard. Lydia liked how it was historical and hearing the stories. I was pleasantly surprised at how many women were leaders of the civil rights movement. Why had I not hear of Diane Nash or Fannie Lou Hamer? But then I realized that most of us only know the names of MLK, Jr and Rosa Parks, if you had a great teacher than also maybe Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges. I have to admit that I hadn't heard the name of John Lewis until he dramatic sat on the House floor over gun control in June 2016. But now after reading this I know their stories and contributions! And wow, what force. I LOVE that they stayed committed to nonviolence to the end. Random thoughts over the course of reading it: I looked online to see if it was ok for 10 years and Lydia is reading them with me (need to check them out again when Gloria is 10). This is taking our new favorite genre, the graphic novel memoir, to the entire next level! It is tough, it is a heart wrenching topic. Lydia did come to me and say it has one of the worst cuss words. And we got to discuss the historical context of the N word and how we never use it. Some complaints about the small text and Lydia had a hard time with the jumping back and forth between the Obama inauguration and his childhood. Though once you get in the grove of it, that is very powerful. These stories are so needed for our children in today's world. The other day I mentioned that C's shorts looked like the Blue Lives Matter logo, Lydia said-don't you mean Black Lives Matter. We got to tell her there is also a group about police lives, but how no one has ever debated whether polices lives matter, except criminals and that is illegal already, but reading these stories show why a Black Lives Matter group is needed: for the entirety of our nation to worth of black people has not been upheld by authorities and citizens. John Lewis walks us through the civil rights movement in a very personal and honest way. Everyone over ten get these books and read them!...more
"We lived a clean life, but good Lord, we had fun." May the same be said of me!
This was such a good book, I'm trying to think of good adjectives to des"We lived a clean life, but good Lord, we had fun." May the same be said of me!
This was such a good book, I'm trying to think of good adjectives to describe it: delightful, inspiring, charming, funny, heart wrenching, empowering, interesting and authentic. It chronicles to lives of two sisters of color in their own voices and gives great personal perspective on American history. They also do a great job of holding the tension of being proud to be Americans and loving their country and still being realistic of the hardships, past and current sins of Americans and the country as a whole. I highly recommend this to everyone.
A perfect book to bridge Feb & Mar-Black History and Women's History months....more
I finished my fantasy novel before the cruise was over, I had the option of reading a real life story but wanted to continue the escapism, and the shiI finished my fantasy novel before the cruise was over, I had the option of reading a real life story but wanted to continue the escapism, and the ship had a library with this book. Ohhhh a computer/intelligence book written before 9/11 and smart phones :). Like DB's other novels, it was fast paced with lots of twists and interesting characters, so I read the whole thing, but I won't advise anyone to go out of their way to read this one....more
I read this as a child and enjoyed it, but didn't remember many details. As a movie is being made I thought it would be a good time to reread it. It wasI read this as a child and enjoyed it, but didn't remember many details. As a movie is being made I thought it would be a good time to reread it. It was an interesting story of a family and an adventure. I want to read the next ones in the series. It is funny that many of the same topics such as multiverse and time travel are still being discussed in popular books, movies and podcasts....more
Carpool book, I missed some on my travels but it started it way too prophetic...someone not qualified wins the presidency and has no idea what he is sCarpool book, I missed some on my travels but it started it way too prophetic...someone not qualified wins the presidency and has no idea what he is supposed to do. Only difference, the kid's only desire is to do good for the American people and the world. A cute story that teaching kids about government as well. The girls all liked it....more
Carpool book. I thought the book was supposed to be crazier than the movie and in ways it was very nonsensical, but in other ways less wild. It was fuCarpool book. I thought the book was supposed to be crazier than the movie and in ways it was very nonsensical, but in other ways less wild. It was fun to hear the original with great Jim Dale voices (thought it felt like we were listening to Harry Potter some). The girls enjoyed it, Gloria said she liked all of it. I often thought it was tedious and wanted to shout, just move on! But I also often laughed out loud at some pun or turn of phrase. Definitely a book all should read once. And now I want to watch the cartoon again and maybe show the girls the new life action. ...more
Another sweet Mitford story, I read it to escape to a pleasant place. It is the wedding and lots happened, I couldn't keep up with all the people. SheAnother sweet Mitford story, I read it to escape to a pleasant place. It is the wedding and lots happened, I couldn't keep up with all the people. She switches points of view so often and doesn't identify who is talking until a few paragraphs in, that kinda bothers me, but I know she won't change it. It was a nice quick read if you like Mitford....more
Lydia brought this home and told me to read it. I really like the graphic novel, memoir of girl coming to age genre (and I didn't know it existed til tLydia brought this home and told me to read it. I really like the graphic novel, memoir of girl coming to age genre (and I didn't know it existed til this year) and they can be read in one sitting. Again funny, insightful and great to look into others' childhood to young adulthood as mine are entering this stage! ...more
Carpool book. I really liked the relational aspects of the story, between him, his sister, kids at school, the teacher and parents. It was cute, short,Carpool book. I really liked the relational aspects of the story, between him, his sister, kids at school, the teacher and parents. It was cute, short, funny and encouraging, which is a super combo for a kid audio book. Lydia doesn't really like it for some reason which she can't express....more
Audio book for our Christmas driving. It was written like a memoir and Lydia asked if it was real. It was well written and humorous and a good look at wAudio book for our Christmas driving. It was written like a memoir and Lydia asked if it was real. It was well written and humorous and a good look at why we do things and to think about our choices and who we want to be. Jacky is in middle school and there were some older themes like boyfriends and the father possibly going out on dates than we are used to. And it was set in the first Gulf War, I had forgotten how much JP likes veterans. ...more
This is one of those books where I have so many thoughts it is going to be hard to capture them. It is a really good read, heartwarming, insightful, smThis is one of those books where I have so many thoughts it is going to be hard to capture them. It is a really good read, heartwarming, insightful, smart, funny, painful and inspiring. Mike tells his personal story interwoven with science-lots of brain stuff-and culture. Then he ends topically with things that were hard for his faith and how he views them now. I think this book is perfect for someone who has a similar journey: grew up in a conservative church, then learned things in life that don't exactly match up (whether full blow atheism or just something like-what rapture theology is super new?) and now are seeking and following Jesus in some new ways. I think it is a great for someone who might not be back to their faith but is open to hearing others' stories. For conservative Christians to hear what progression some people go through (though some reviewers' mentioned that if someone is completely satisfied with their fundamentalist faith that reading this book could really shake it in a damaging way, I'm not sure if I agree with that, but I have long gone down the rabbit hole of listening to progressive Christian thought so nothing was shocking to me). For atheists to better understand the science of people's experiences in faith. The one group who might not get as much out of this is faithful people who grew up in progressive churches, the whole thing might be a big duh. But of course hearing stories is always good.
I love that Mike has honest, positive things to say about all groups-his southern baptist roots and the people of his home church, atheists on the internet, his new progressive church, his mom and wife who originally did the 'wrong' thing for the right reason but stuck with him and loved him through it all. He truly sees the benefits (and of course shortcomings) of each stage of his life and I like that he doesn't paint any group as all bad.
Several months ago a friend told me about The Liturgist podcast, where Mike is a co-host, specifically their one on race (probably the best podcast episode I've ever listened to) and I began trying to catch up on three years of back episodes, so I already knew Mike's story. If you do then the book is still worth reading as the fleshes it out more. I don't know if I would have liked it more without the knowledge of how it all ends up or not. The praise at the beginning is a parade of podcast contributors and interviewees-fun to keep it in the family. And in listening to the celebrity podcast, I know that I have a parasocial relationship with Mike. He doesn't know I exist but I know about so many details of his life and have his voice in my ear for hours. And that's ok as I admire his work and realize I don't know him AND if he does something I don't agree with (like parts of the book), I don't take it personally, attack him or reject the things in his work that are beneficial :) I also can link some of his struggles in this book to being an Enneagram 9 (my second highest) and just wanting peace with all people. This would be a super short story if there was no struggle and he said, who cares about all yall, I don't believe...hen, well no I'm okay with some of this and this is how I practice.
I got the Austin Public library to purchase this book (because I am cheap and want to share it with others) but I wish I could have underlined and I really want Caleb to read it to. But here are some passages I would have underlined: Prayer: when people experienced a prayer going unanswered or being answered via a redemptive perspective on suffering, the way they prayed changed. Prayer became less about asking God for something and more about being in God's presence. How we can condition our brain: the hours I spent researching and analyzing God were beginning to rewire the neurological network that made up my faith...I spent so much time analyzing God that I didn't have time to experience Him. Over time, this caused the feelings I had about God to fade...the process of losing God took months of reconditioning. He goes on talking about the importance of meditation and how if we want to believe the best things we can do are (as his grandmother told him) pray, read the Bible and go to church. But of course that has to be done from a place of health and he recommends finding: a church that can share or accept your views on evolution, same-sex marriage, social justice, and environmental concerns (to be safe) and also has to challenge you to become all you can become...to embody the Gospel...to serve the world with grace and to see that world with ever-more-loving eyes (to challenge you).
Some people have issues with his axioms because they aren't super orthodox but I think he gives proper disclaimers that they were his stepping stone to be able to believe again and I think they are great for those who are lost about what the Christian faith can be reduced down to. Also others said they were totally tracking with the book until he got to Jesus and the Resurrection so I was waiting for something totally crazy and I didn't feel like it was.
For now, Mike is fine with the tension of faith and mystery and science, so there are no ready answers for you to pull out to impress friends. This is not an apologetic book but a personal story but I think one that is beautiful to read and know we are not alone in this journey. Ha if anyone is still reading this besides me later to refresh my thoughts, I really recommend it. ...more