I loved this book. It's a simple read, but the author does a good job of helping to provide guidance on issues related to money and how we might addreI loved this book. It's a simple read, but the author does a good job of helping to provide guidance on issues related to money and how we might address them with our children. It's not a "you should do this" manifesto; instead he draws from his experience as a financial blogger/journalist, and from the experiences of parents whom he interviewed and who comment on his articles, blog posts and Facebook page, sharing examples of things they are doing with their children. You are free to do what you will with the information.
You may not agree with everything that is recommended, naturally. As parents, we are free to raise our children the best way *we* see fit. Some of the ideas suggested may be too expensive for your current financial situation (Lieber is definitely in a higher tax bracket than I am in - lol). But as a parent who is always concerned that I am raising materialistic children, I found this book extremely helpful - full of simple ideas I can implement with my children. I especially liked the focus on giving and helping those less fortunate, and helping our children to develop an attitude of gratitude. He gives practical suggestions for dealing with the questions children may ask about money and reminds us that our example (what parents do with our money) speaks louder than anything we say, and that we only have about 18 to 20 years to get them a solid financial education before they're out on their own.
It's an easy read. Pick up your highlighter and start today! :-)...more
I picked this book up because I am growing weary of listening to fellow church members portray God as some tyrant-type person who picks random peopleI picked this book up because I am growing weary of listening to fellow church members portray God as some tyrant-type person who picks random people to go through horrible things because He has some lesson to teach them. They ignore a basic tenet of our Christianity - sin exists in this world. The majority of the bad things that happen in this world happen because of sin - not because God has decided He needs to teach us some lesson.
Why would God need to teach me a lesson by giving me a disabled child? How does that help the child? That's cruel to the child. We know that God is love. Those two things are not congruent. Disabled children are born because the genetic combinations needed to produce a non-disabled child mutated. That happens because sin exists. Not because God pointed His finger and said, "You! You need a lesson in patience." Someone walks into a church and shoots people because he doesn't like the color of our skin - that's not God teaching a lesson to anyone. What lesson did the dead people have to learn? The man who shot them was evil. He was a racist. He is that way because of sin. It had nothing to do with God teaching anybody anything. We go to church for years and years but don't really seem to understand or apply the things that we say we are learning about God.
So off my rant and to the book review. Lol. Rabbi Kushner does an awesome job of a couple of things. He drives home the point that bad things don't happen to us because God wants to teach us some lesson. Bad things can happen because of decision we make, but the school bus accidentally running over your neighbor's child? Yeah, don't give God credit for that. He also tries very hard to teach us to stop saying silly things to people who are going through suffering. Our purpose is not to explain or defend God, or to explain why the person is suffering - our purpose is to be there and provide support and love. And the majority of the time that means shutting up.
It is a very powerful book that I would have given four stars except for the fact that he gives no acknowledgement to sin in the world. He chalks things up to random happenings, or the evolutionistic nature of our world. He also, as Skylar Burris eloquently reviewed, does not accept the fact that "God exists, is good, and is all-powerful, but for reasons we cannot now fully comprehend, chooses to allow suffering". He chooses instead to believe that God is not powerful enough to stop bad things from happening.
Despite that, I would recommend this book to someone who is going through a difficult situation, and to anyone in general. If you overlook the theology issues, it provides sound, powerful advice for dealing with suffering. The question isn't "Why did God do this to me?" (He didn't; sin did), but "How will God help me to get through this?"...more
I am not taking on a new leadership role in an organization, so everything in this book didn't apply to me, but I was still able to take away some poiI am not taking on a new leadership role in an organization, so everything in this book didn't apply to me, but I was still able to take away some points for use in a new role.
I believe the information provided would be very useful for a new leader. The writing is clear and easy to follow. The author also does a good job of "making it personal" - throughout the book there are questions and activities for the reader to answer as s/he goes through the material and applies it to the situation / new leadership position. Good information....more
Giving 4 stars because of the excellent job she does in Part I showing how America has come, from it's early days as a colony, to the place it is todaGiving 4 stars because of the excellent job she does in Part I showing how America has come, from it's early days as a colony, to the place it is today where we have to have #blacklivesmatter hashtags....more
Pearl Cleage has been one of my favorite authors, but I for some reason assumed she only wrote fiction. This book. Short and powerful - smacks you aboPearl Cleage has been one of my favorite authors, but I for some reason assumed she only wrote fiction. This book. Short and powerful - smacks you about. A very good friend of mine introduced me to Miles Davis by having me listen to Davis' iconic album - Kind of Blue>. Cleage opens her series of essays on black men's violence against black women with this quote:
"[Davis] is guilty of self-confessed violent crimes against women such that we should break his albums, burn his tapes and scratch up his CDs until he acknowledges and apologizes and rethinks his position on The Woman Question."
When she makes this comment two paragraphs into the opening essay, you kinda roll your eyes and think..."but everyone has issues....does that mean we should throw away everything they've created because they lied/cheated/stole/. But by the end of the essay, after she's made her points and repeated the quote several times for emphasis, you may just find yourself in a quandary.
She doesn't stop! "Can we make love to the rhythms of "a little early Miles" when he may have spent the morning of the day he recorded the music slapping one of our sisters in the mouth?" Ouch, ouch, ouch! Don't make me make these decisions, Pearl!!
It's a really short book - only 42 pages - but I think if it had been any longer, she woulda killed us! Lol.
The second essay - about an experience she had with her daughter when they rescued a woman running down the highway from a threatening male - is harrowing in its reality.
When Cleage wrote the book in 1990, she quoted stats saying that five women a day are killed by the men in their lives. Huffington Post reported in 2014 that the number is now 3 a day. That's great. But they also state that 1 in 4 women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. 1 in 4. That's me, Tam, Carla and Lara. Damn, damn, damn.
The essay on sexism might be a little hard to swallow in its entirety. But the book was still an awesome read for me for two reasons. One - in her intro, she explains that she wrote the book after a man in Montreal walked into a school and shot up the female students only - just because they were female. She said she was so shocked, she didn't know what to do, and all she could do was write. I felt the same way after seeing Alton Sterling shot in the back while laying face down on the ground. I just started writing. Two - domestic violence in our community is still an issue - no matter how other things may downplay it. And we need to do something about it....more
Kevin Powell went through a lot in a really short period of time. The book is well written and really personal - he doesn't attempt to hide his, or anKevin Powell went through a lot in a really short period of time. The book is well written and really personal - he doesn't attempt to hide his, or anyone else's for that matter, shortcomings. You get the good and the bad about everything. Definitely an interesting story and I'm happy for how he pushed through his issues and eventually found some resolution. For those who do audiobooks - I listened to this as an audiobook, and I really didn't like his voice as the narrator; it was quite annoying to me. Lol. Doesn't detract from the content of the book at all! :-)...more
This is my second Jon Ronson book. Definitely liked this one better than "Lost at Sea". Lots of great questions in here about shaming and the role socThis is my second Jon Ronson book. Definitely liked this one better than "Lost at Sea". Lots of great questions in here about shaming and the role social media plays in chastising people for their behavior. Ronson likens it to the public shamings of Puritan days, and does a good job making that correlation. We can be quite brutal - to people we've never even met. There are times when the Twitterati and Facebook paparazzi have done good stuff. But mostly, this book is a reminder that NOTHING you post on social media is PRIVATE. I truly wish people would remember that. Good read. ...more
Excellent little book about empowering those we are trying to help, not just putting band aids on societal problems. Quick read. Good examples. ThoughExcellent little book about empowering those we are trying to help, not just putting band aids on societal problems. Quick read. Good examples. Thought provoking. ...more
This was a book from earlier in the year for my book club. The one thing j can say is that purchasing this caused Amazon to recommend "Dear White PeopThis was a book from earlier in the year for my book club. The one thing j can say is that purchasing this caused Amazon to recommend "Dear White People"; I watched the movie and loved it. This? It couldn't keep my interest and I put it down. I picked it up this week while on a business trip and finished it because I hadn't read a book this month and need to keep up with my reading challenge. I couldn't tell where she was going with the book and what the point was. I could relate to some of the stories about her Sengalese family, because traditions from many African countries are similar to those of the Caribbean. I could relate to some of her awkwardness as I too am an awkward black girl (can't dance; fashion style was less than nonexistent when I was in high school; my mom didn't want me watching R-rated movies or listening to rap) - but you wouldn't want to read a book about that....that's what this was. Maybe it's because I'm old. Lol. Nope!!! You can do much better. Dear White People - go for it!!! :-)...more
Interesting collection of stories. Some of them were quite humorous, while others left me feeling pensive. It wasn't what I'd expected, but I'm not suInteresting collection of stories. Some of them were quite humorous, while others left me feeling pensive. It wasn't what I'd expected, but I'm not sure what exactly I'd expected. :-)...more
Well, I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but you can't with Goodreads, so I didn't downgrade him. :-) It's not that I didn't like it - I did. He's aWell, I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but you can't with Goodreads, so I didn't downgrade him. :-) It's not that I didn't like it - I did. He's a very good writer, very vivid storytelling, and I listed to it as an audiobook and he was the narrator - so I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed very much the section about his time at Howard - as with most Howard grads I know, they view their time there with something akin to fanaticism. The book revisits the Prince Jones murder, and reminded me how easily we forget the bad things that have happened, and continue to happen to black people at the hands of the police, and how, given that Prince died in 2000, nothing much has changed. He reminded me that I need to get up and act.
People on Amazon have given it bad reviews because he's an atheist. Lol. He makes no secret of that. I actually picked it up because he's an atheist. People also don't like the fact that he doesn't feel that the 9/11 police and fire officers are heroes. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Give it a read - I think you'll appreciate it. He's definitely hot on the circuit right now....more