Parsons’s book caught my attention right off the bat - I don’t live in peach country, and I don’t buy them much at the store (the disappointment just...moreParsons’s book caught my attention right off the bat - I don’t live in peach country, and I don’t buy them much at the store (the disappointment just isn’t worth it...they’re mealy and tasteless and hard little buggers every time I’ve tried). But the thought of searching for flavor...that was something I could get my hands around.
Oh yeah, and he used the word “farm.” Not just in the cutesy sense, either, but with a feeling of actually having been on a farm. (Different farms than the sort I’m familiar with, but farms all the same.)
And what followed was a literary delight for this non-foodie farm girl.
I was annoyed by the Zen stuff, but when I stepped back from that and took what she was saying just as wisdom, it was pretty good. It gave me some gre...moreI was annoyed by the Zen stuff, but when I stepped back from that and took what she was saying just as wisdom, it was pretty good. It gave me some great ideas about how to approach writing and how to keep on plugging along. Reviewed on my blog, here.(less)
In this book, Randy Hain taps into the wisdom he has access to as an executive. It goes across faith traditions (without shoving any of them down your...moreIn this book, Randy Hain taps into the wisdom he has access to as an executive. It goes across faith traditions (without shoving any of them down your throat), ages, and the industries. In his search to clarify what a "meaningful life" is all about for busy professionals, Hain truly captures some gems and a lot of advice everyone could use. This is a business book unlike any I've read before, and I enjoyed it and will recommend it to the business professionals in my life.(less)
Screwtape Letters remains one of my favorite books. With each rereading, I find new reasons to appreciate it.
The premise of the book is that a senior...moreScrewtape Letters remains one of my favorite books. With each rereading, I find new reasons to appreciate it.
The premise of the book is that a senior devil/tempter, Screwtape, is writing to his nephew, Wormwood, about Wormwood’s “patient.” Everything is backwards – what’s good to Screwtape is NOT good to us. When he refers to Our Father Down Below, he’s talking about Satan, and the Enemy is God. This alone is enough to delight me as a reader.
But wait, there’s more!
The Screwtape Letters struck me, the first time through, as though it was one of the best examinations of conscience I have yet found (admittedly, I hadn't looked very hard). It made me consider sin in a whole new way. It made me think about angels and demons – especially demons – as workers with a stake, and as forces that I can beat, but not alone. It made me see the need for God in my life ever more, ever more.
The second time through, I was reading more carefully. Since I had listened to the audio version the first time, different things leapt out at me when I went back through it with the paper copy. I was again struck by the fact that this was, in effect, a description of ME, and it was a starting place for an examination of conscience.
This remains a book that inspires an examination of conscience in me. It’s also a good reminder that there are forces of evil working against us all.the.time.
I love having a book that makes me think differently about the world around me. This book has the advantage of also inspiring a number of other works, and I am a sucker for reading source material. Besides that, C.S. Lewis is just fabulous. Need I say more?
Be sure to make time to read this book. It’s relatively short, available even at my small town library, and the audio version is quite stunning.(less)
Two of the younger readers in my life have been raving about the Maximum Ride series, and I was really looking forward to joining the discussion.
Wow,...moreTwo of the younger readers in my life have been raving about the Maximum Ride series, and I was really looking forward to joining the discussion.
Wow, was I ever disappointed.
Not only is this book poorly written, but it presents an unreal picture of the young people I know. For one thing, they don't talk that way. Maybe the young people I know aren't representative of the ones this book is marketed to, but it smacked of "adult trying to write for teens" to me.
Though I was curious about some of the outcomes that will surely be revealed in future books, I was so disgusted with the writing that I won't be reading them. I can live without knowing.
I don't know that I have any real objections to the books aside from the fact that I am always annoyed to spend time reading something that's not good.(less)
I read this because Julie and Scott were reading it for A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast (you can listen to them discuss it here).
I was surprised...moreI read this because Julie and Scott were reading it for A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast (you can listen to them discuss it here).
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, and it definitely made me want to read more of Neil Gaiman's work. In their conversation about it, Julie and Scott mentioned that this is the sort of book kids love and that adults find creepy. That, in fact, probably explains why I can't handle horror or certain kinds of suspense novels the way I used to.
It is creepy, true. This book treats evil and shows, ultimately, that there is hope. Even if you're a kid. Even if the odds look like they're against you. Even if you think there's a big chance you'll fail.
The Catholic truths underlying this book are great, though I doubt it was written with that in mind. Gaiman said, in the introduction to the copy I read, that he wrote it for his two daughters, to show them that there is always hope and that you can be scared and still brave.
Isn't that something we ALL need to hear? I think yes. Because I needed it.
Highly recommended and a book I'll be adding to my own library.(less)