What a disappointment. Foolishly, I assumed that this book was going to be, um, more "scientific". I thought that there were going to be detailed scie...moreWhat a disappointment. Foolishly, I assumed that this book was going to be, um, more "scientific". I thought that there were going to be detailed scientific drawings about pure science. Not really. Sure, there is some but there is a WHOLE LOT more than that in there and as the parent of a youngling, I wasn't expecting there to be so many hot button political issues inside.
I wasn't expecting an entire page on pheromones. Interesting, but the "illustration" was more like an artistic cartoon than a scientific illustration and, of course, it was explicit about the sexual use of pheromones. I wish that the text had been a little more child friendly in the descriptions. There was no explicit need to refer to things in their sexual titles.
Blushing. Why does the picture of blushing have to be a cartoon of a man covering his gentials? Is the illustrator so uninspired that they are unable to think of any other situation in which their poorly drawn cartoon character might blush?
Homosexual attraction. Really? That is one of the great wonders of science? We have to have a 1 page essay on something that science is not yet decided on presented as fact? Extremely disappointing. That was not science, it was an agenda.
I returned this book and took the loss on the shipping. What a royal shame. (less)
My kids have a budding love for origami and so I have been looking for books that will give them some cultural perspective or encourage their love for...moreMy kids have a budding love for origami and so I have been looking for books that will give them some cultural perspective or encourage their love for origami. This is a very tender and sweet true story. I cried through most of it. It is well-written and tells the story in such a way that the children are able to relate to the main character. I understand that the Golding crane was supposed to serve as a symbol of hope. None the less, I felt rather hopeless listening to the story. Knowing that the young girl does not understand death or afterlife and watching her live with so much fear. The story saddened me on two levels: the death of the little girl and the hopelessness with which she entered that death.(less)
I didn't really expect to love a sailor's story but clearly I didn't have any idea how much Leadership Education can be cultivated on the dangerous fi...moreI didn't really expect to love a sailor's story but clearly I didn't have any idea how much Leadership Education can be cultivated on the dangerous fishing lines of the Atlantic. The book is totally different than anything else I have read by Kipling. It is an American story (as opposed to his more typical Indian writing), high adventure, perfect for boys (I couldn't keep my 7 year old away) (not to say that girls wouldn't enjoy it too) and chock full of timeless lessons in how to become a real man. I cannot more highly recommend this as a Leadership Education classic that is family friendly and accessible as young as 6 or 7 as a family read aloud.
I did find that I struggled to understand the lingo on the ship. I purchased the David Stuart Brilliance Audio version from Audible and it came to life for me. Stuart sang, spoke in accents and clearly articulated the jargon in such a way that I intuitively understood more of the meaning than I would have had I just been reading a spine. The audio was a treat! (less)
I loved this book. Really. It is quintessential Phil Robertson. He is raw, honest, humble, honorable, courageous, resourceful patriotic and faithful....moreI loved this book. Really. It is quintessential Phil Robertson. He is raw, honest, humble, honorable, courageous, resourceful patriotic and faithful. Phil tells his story with great illustration, genuine humility and a healthy dose of humor. His candor is enjoyable to read because he clearly knows how to tell a story. I closed the book feeling inspired to read more about the Robertson's and eager to share this book with anyone and everyone who is working on cultivating true family culture.
The first third of the book is really all about Phil's childhood and his road to drunkenness. There are no indicators from his childhood that he would find himself in such a dark place as he later does. Even in his retelling of his sister Jan coming to visit him at the Honky Tonk that he and Miss Kay were leasing, his mean old bearish self treats his sister with great love and protection. Clearly, Phil learned from his parents the keys to loving deeply and loving well those with whom God calls you to share your journey on planet Earth.
The middle section of the book is about the climb into the pit of darkness and the climb out. His honesty is admirable. His deep respect for Miss Kay and how she did all that a human being could to keep him from killing himself or someone else is tangible. His struggle to climb out and stay out is short lived because he realized in a hurry that he needed to not only learn about his faith and keep his promises but that he had to restore himself to his frightened family.
The last portion of the book is about the business of Duck Commander and the family dynamic going forward. He understood and acknowledges that his success as a father, husband and business owner are all because of the Good Lord. He talks about how having a family business was very bonding for them. His comments at one point that no one was immune from helping. If you came over to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal from Miss Kay, you were likely going to be sitting around the living room (the one we see on Duck Dynasty) packaging duck calls.
Phil has a master's degree and was a teacher. It is obvious from his writing. He is an educated man who did not need a ghostwriter for his memoir. The tone of the text is as if you were sitting next to this fascinating and good man in a duck blind, fishing boat or across the living room.
As a Catholic, I should be a bit put off by the home church stories of baptism and "taking confession". I am not. I think that Phil's faith is about as genuine as it can get and I admire him for living out the Word as passionately as he can. To my fellow Catholics who find him "too preachy" or "too Evangelical," I would challenge them to show me why (less)
I can appreciate this for its lively dialogue, it's interesting insight into the jungle and it's expression of Indian culture. The stories are loosely...moreI can appreciate this for its lively dialogue, it's interesting insight into the jungle and it's expression of Indian culture. The stories are loosely connected and interesting. Nonetheless, I do not find this book to be particularly compelling. I'm sort of just reading it to get through it. I understand that at the time that it was published it drew back the curtain on a culture that was not well known. I can see why it was popular at the time of publishing and I can see why he continues to have some value today. I just don't particularly enjoy it or get much out of it. (less)
This is a truly excellent offering from Simcha. I am naturally predisposed to disliking Simcha. I respect her, I enjoy her wit, I appreciate that she...moreThis is a truly excellent offering from Simcha. I am naturally predisposed to disliking Simcha. I respect her, I enjoy her wit, I appreciate that she tackles tough topics but I also feel that she too often borders on the vulgar, the crass, the disrespectful and the banal. She simply is not my style. I don't object to her morally or socially but I also don't feel terribly uplifted or inspired by her writing either. This offering must be said to be the very best of her. She takes an incredibly difficult, often misunderstood and certainly uncomfortable topic and walks it out with the warmth, respect and skill of a venerable old mentor. She exudes understanding, respect, friendliness, joy and authenticity. My expectations were utterly outdone and I am so glad to have this in my library!
In the very beginning of this text, Simcha sets us up for her approach with great directness and enthusiasm. She is crystal clear that she is not writing a book on theology, morality, politics, sexual technique or charting. She is not stumping for NFP nor is she writing a layman's Theology of the Body. What she is doing is addressing the fact that a growing number of people (Catholic and not) are feeling called to practice NFP and many of those people are finding it to be anything but the "honeymoon effect" so often advertised in NFP classes. As such, it is her intention to frankly and lovingly break down the myths, the stereotypes, the questions and the hurts and try to offer the reader perspective, understanding, inspiration and hope. She makes no apologies about being Catholic and cites the catechism and several church documents without making it a "Catholic issue".
Simcha draws upon her own experience and a multitude of anecdotes from others. She is able to present a truth or a question and then provide 3-5 unique and divergent real life scenarios that help the reader understand the nuance of the situation. She is clear that there are some things that are totally forbidden in Catholic marriage (she never says what - she refuses to be cited as an expert on cannon law, theology of the body or NFP mentoring - I appreciate this approach) but that most things related to NFP are very relative to the couple themselves. She helps us to see how even in the course of one life, a situation may evolve through many different chapters.
What I love about this book is that it is neither prudish nor vulgar. It is funny. Warm. Informative. Inspirational. Practical. Packed full of understanding. She *does* say things that are as old as Adam and Eve but does so in a way that feels incredibly new, fresh and authentic. I particularly appreciate how PG this book is. I feel not only comfortable but compelled to give it to every bride at her bridal shower. There is nothing scandalous in here and her approach to explaining NFP is really what NFP is all about - communication between partners centered on genuine love and respect.
Her conclusion is really sold. NFP is about becoming excellent communicators, loving partners who are absolutely committed to each other's wholeness and humble children of God who are willing to take the blessings and the crosses of this life because it helps us to grow in holiness.
NFP is hard. NFP is complicated. Sex is complicated. But, as Simcha says, that is not a Catholic problem; it is a world problem, and if someone is telling you otherwise, they are probably trying to sell you something that will be the center of a medical class action lawsuit in ten years.
A note for Kindle/Audible users. I purchased this in Kindle and added the Audible to it. Simcha, herself, is the narrator for this offering - and it is absolutely perfect. Her tone and voice are perfectly suited not only to deliver what she intended but also to be heard and appreciated. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and her tone is warm and friendly.(less)
As a young homeschooling Catholic family, we read quite a few saint biographies. This one, however, really is at the top of the pile. This story is ex...moreAs a young homeschooling Catholic family, we read quite a few saint biographies. This one, however, really is at the top of the pile. This story is exciting and told so well. We are looking forward to reading more of the biographies in the Ignatius press Vision Books series, but we will always love this one as being a favorite. (less)
What a book! What a challenging and hope-filled and inspiring book. I was terrified to read this book. Our world feels incredibly unstable at present...moreWhat a book! What a challenging and hope-filled and inspiring book. I was terrified to read this book. Our world feels incredibly unstable at present and I was certain that this book would be incapable of giving me anything other than additional stress and anxiety. I was so wrong. Mercifully, I was so very wrong.
The most valuable lesson for me personally: there are no hopeless options in a nuclear war. This may sound trite but for me personally, it was a powerfully inspiring lesson to learn. I know that fear has no place in our lives but that doesn't mean that I do not wrestle with it. What I was able to see play out (and therefore was able to connect with and relate to) was that each path through the chaos has some human advantages, therefore, no path is without hope.
Instant death would be a gift because of the blissful ignorance and absence of suffering. Radiation poisoning would be painful and awful but a powerful opportunity to suffer with dignity and (in my Catholic tradition) suffer for sanctification. Survival would be challenging and brutal but life would go on and we would find Easter sunrise services to attend.
While this story is highly technical it is also rich with personal story lines. By the end of the text, we know and care about the cast of characters and are more than rooting for them.
I can honestly say that I did not want this book to end. I wanted to hear more about this incredible story of survival and human spirit.
Charming, moral, funny and exciting. Classic E. Nesbit tale that is sure to delight everyone in the family. Mrs. Nesbit is such a craftswoman and this...moreCharming, moral, funny and exciting. Classic E. Nesbit tale that is sure to delight everyone in the family. Mrs. Nesbit is such a craftswoman and this one showcases her very imaginative spirit! (less)
Practical little book that helps the reader to make sense of mystical ideas in a way that is practical for non-cloistered pilgrims. This little book p...morePractical little book that helps the reader to make sense of mystical ideas in a way that is practical for non-cloistered pilgrims. This little book packs a big punch. I thought it was stronger or spoke to me more directly in the first half and my interest in it waned in the second half but there were still some brilliant gems in there. This is a great resource and I'm glad to have it and plan to revisit it often. (less)