This was a frustrating one to rate. On the one hand, I found Siegel's dream-like Atlantean underworld utterly useless. I couldn't stand the characters...moreThis was a frustrating one to rate. On the one hand, I found Siegel's dream-like Atlantean underworld utterly useless. I couldn't stand the characters, I couldn't make heads or tales of her descriptions, and nothing happened for at least 80-100 pages in part two. On the other hand, I enjoyed the secondary characters (Will and Gaynor) immensely. And I couldn't put it down during some of the real world scenes. Still, I found the overall plot boring and not being able to stand the main character means I couldn't give it more than a 2 rating.
I remember liking Prospero's Children so much... WHAT HAPPENED? I doubt I'll be reading the next one anytime soon, if at all.(less)
The writing was a bit simplistic but I guess that can be expected for a young YA book. Not as interesting as some I read a long time but good enough t...moreThe writing was a bit simplistic but I guess that can be expected for a young YA book. Not as interesting as some I read a long time but good enough to keep me reading.(less)
This book is very close to my heart. It tells the story of a faith that can be greater and a world that can be stronger together. When I started it, I...moreThis book is very close to my heart. It tells the story of a faith that can be greater and a world that can be stronger together. When I started it, I was amazed by the courage Shane Claiborne had to live a radically different lifestyle that really took to heart the idea that Christians should “be in the world, but not of it”. That being said, I did find that although very inspirational and a great way of showing how to do something, rather than just saying we should do something, there was something missing.
For me the missing pieces of Shane’s revolution lie in what he cannot tell us because he focuses too much on his own experiences. It is clear that Shane comes from a fairly well privileged middle class American background. Because of this, one can at times feel left out of the loop. If we want to live in God’s world, see God in others, and strive to love one another because we are all God’s creation, then there has to be more to this “revolution” than social activism, communal living, hanging out with the homeless and lonely, etc, etc. We all might have a part to play, but that includes all of us who may have a different set of people to look after or in fact be the one who needs looking after. I want to know more than what Shane is telling me. I want to know what the homeless can do to be a part of his revolution and give rather than continually receive, I want to know what the love of a capitalist tycoon looks like, I want to know what a person with social anxiety would feel about his very extroverted ideas of love and community, I want to know what this love looks like when our country/family/village/etc. already live a communal lifestyle sharing and taking care of each other, I want to know what it looks like when we love our enemies and they still want to blow us up.
Most of all I want to know what it looks like to be on the receiving end of every experience recounted. In fact, while reading this book, I was given the opportunity to be on the receiving end of one person's (a stranger) love and concern, which probably fueled my knowledge that this book IS inspirational but there is more to it than what can be said in a few hundred pages from one dude’s perspective.
So, I love this book, I’m inspired by everything that he says. But I can’t drop everything I’m doing to live like Shane because I have my own personality, my own circumstances, my own gifts to give, and my own community to take care of me as well. And so does everyone else. And even if we don’t…well… like Shane points out from his many experiences, we will be missing out on something amazing - but as he doesn't point out so well, at the end of it all, we still wont be missing out on God and I think that’s more important. (less)
I bought this because I wanted to knit without always using other people's patterns. There's a lot in here and I love that there is a good picture of...moreI bought this because I wanted to knit without always using other people's patterns. There's a lot in here and I love that there is a good picture of every stitch. I only have two problems.
1) A lot of the stitches are very similar so the promise of "250 stitches to knit" is just a little decieving 2) And I think this is what bothers me the most -> There is NO legend for the stitch abbreviations. So when it comes time to use some of the stitches I really like, I may have to look beyond the book, somewhat defeating the whole "reference" aspect which made me buy it in the first place.(less)