I enjoyed reading this earnest and inspiring memoir by an author who hails from my home country in the Caribbean. I could identify with his humble begI enjoyed reading this earnest and inspiring memoir by an author who hails from my home country in the Caribbean. I could identify with his humble beginnings and relate to the central role faith has played in his life.
There is no preaching or proselytizing. Adams simply tells about his personal experiences and the remarkable things he believes God has wrougt in his life.
Although Adams is an intellectual, he writes in simple, crisp language that the average person can understand. He has been a preacher, professor and Associate Editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Premier magazine, The Adventist Review. Young people as well as old will enjoy this book and be inspired by it, especially if you are Christian with a strong religious background....more
My Beloved World is a fantastic book! I am in awe of Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Coming from the humblest beginnings in the South Bronx, with aMy Beloved World is a fantastic book! I am in awe of Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Coming from the humblest beginnings in the South Bronx, with an alcoholic father, and a detached mother, developing type 1 diabetes at a tender age, she overcame all those odds to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton and obtain a law degree from Yale. Today, she is a sitting Justice on the highest court in the land! Her story is nothing short of remarkable.
Sonia Sotomayor has a big personality which shines through in every page of this delightful book. I admire her brilliance, discipline, self-reliance, warmth, love for family, friends and community, generosity of spirit and strong sense of integrity.
The book is chock full of her life and work experiences and lessons learned along the way. The stories are interesting and the writing is perfect – no words wasted.
Everyone can draw something from this book – young, old; rich, poor; black, white; brown, yellow; male, female. It doesn't matter. Justice Sotomayor believes that she has something important to accomplish in this life and she is giving it all she’s got. ...more
I just finished reading Angela's Ashes for the second time. It's one of my favorite books along with Huckleberry Finn and Cold Sassy Tree. The three bI just finished reading Angela's Ashes for the second time. It's one of my favorite books along with Huckleberry Finn and Cold Sassy Tree. The three books have a lot in common. They are vividly told stories, filled with great humor and pathos about a little boy's coming of age.
In this case, the book is a memoir and I have to say that I sometimes wondered if Mr. McCourt could possibly have remembered his early years in such vivid detail or did he just use his imagination.
Frank McCourt was born into poverty in Brooklyn during the depression to recent Irish immigrants. His father was an alcoholic who couldn't keep a job and whenever he found work, he drank most or all of his wages. The family moved back to Ireland because things were so difficult in America but in Ireland, things were even worse. They lived on the dole and suffered many cruelties and indignities from family members, neighbors and some officials of the Catholic Church. School was no picnic either.
It is a wonder that Frank survived his childhood to eventually find a job and save money to return to America at the age of about nineteen.
McCourt had a wicked sense of humor. You will find yourself laughing and crying while reading this book and you will be amazed at the genius of the author.
My friend's review triggered the memory that I read this book. I know that I was amazed by the incredible story. I remember the circumcision and the mMy friend's review triggered the memory that I read this book. I know that I was amazed by the incredible story. I remember the circumcision and the modeling but that's about it....more
I thought I would give this book less than one star, if that were possible, because it is so trashy. The story is outrageous. I didn't buy a word of iI thought I would give this book less than one star, if that were possible, because it is so trashy. The story is outrageous. I didn't buy a word of it. There couldn't be that many crazy, dysfunctional people in one place, that weren't confined in a mental institution. I have to wonder what kind of person this Augusten Burroughs is, that can write such filth. I was truly embarassed to be seen reading this book.
Yet, the book is not all bad. Mr. Burroughs surely knows how to spin a yarn. And there were some funny moments. He also described the relationship between himself and Natalie so effectively that I ended up feeling very sympathetic toward them, even though they were so screwed up. It was not their fault that they had no boundries set for them and that they grew up in a completely chaotic world. (A world of fiction, of course) The bond that developed between them was admirable. Unfortunately, the relationship ended quite abruptly.
I did get the heebie-jeebies thinking of them working in a restaurant and serving food, though.
I ended up giving the book two stars because when you're not completely grossed out by the vulgar, sexually graphic content of the book, you can see that the author has some skill. But I wish he would put his talent to better use. ...more
This book is all about football and faith. I don't know a thing about football and my faith is questionable so I would not have chosen this book to reThis book is all about football and faith. I don't know a thing about football and my faith is questionable so I would not have chosen this book to read. However, it was selected by my book club so I had to give it a shot.
I wanted to give the book 2 stars because the first 100 pages were very boring, but overall, the book has some valuable lessons about faith, family and building a team, so I'm giving it 3 stars.
If you love football, you might find it interesting....more
Fascinating read. A multi-layered view of Einstein in all his complexities. Well-researched with a very authentic feel. Interesting cast of charactersFascinating read. A multi-layered view of Einstein in all his complexities. Well-researched with a very authentic feel. Interesting cast of characters and a wealth of scientific information. Isaacson did a great job of explaining in laymen's terms (if that's possible), the theories in Physics that made Einstein famous. That is not to say that the layman would understand much of it. In any case, it was a great effort and it caught this reader's imagination.
Einstein's idea of God, in particular, resonated with me. He was in awe of the universe/nature. Here's what he wrote about his personal faith:
"The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man."
Not only was Einstein a genius in physics, but he got involved in the social and political issues of his day and lent his voice to many causes. Despite his genius and status, he was a humble man who cared about humanity. While he had many life-long and loyal friends his relationship with his family was very complex.
I enjoyed reading this well-written book and getting a close-up look at one of the last century's most fascinating men.