Greatly enjoyed the perspectives this book offered on the human condition, why men sin, and I thought it was very original. Lewis is, of course, a genGreatly enjoyed the perspectives this book offered on the human condition, why men sin, and I thought it was very original. Lewis is, of course, a genius. ...more
It's okay if you like being preached to - which is what it felt like. Instead of getting the warm advice and charming anecdotes I wasFirst-reads book.
It's okay if you like being preached to - which is what it felt like. Instead of getting the warm advice and charming anecdotes I was expecting, I got a sprinkling of psychology and some heavy-handed "with God all things are possible."
I'm even a religious person - I would classify myself as someone who is deeply religious and has a strong faith in God. But even I don't like being banged over the head with it when that wasn't why I picked up the book in the first place.
And it was difficult to pick up this book after putting it down. It took me nearly three months to even review it. I'd say I was disappointed....more
Very instructive book, though not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a collection of world-wide myths but instead found it to be a history ofVery instructive book, though not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a collection of world-wide myths but instead found it to be a history of myths - the author gives the textbook history of a specific group of people or region, the history of the discovery of the myths, and then sprinkles in some of the stories, and finally puts in notes about how the "myths" could be related to factual events. Instead of sitting at the feet of a story-teller, I found myself in a lecture hall with a very well-read professor - or that's one way to explain it.
This would be an excellent book for anyone interested in anthropology or a general knowledge of world myths. I quite enjoyed it, but would never add it to my personal library or read through it more than once. ...more
Perhaps my review is most appropriate for non-Catholic Christians. I was very excited to receive this book through first-reads, but I found it to be lPerhaps my review is most appropriate for non-Catholic Christians. I was very excited to receive this book through first-reads, but I found it to be like several other books with the same purpose - more personal prayer, greater communication with God, the spiritual benefits of mediation, etc. The author has a very charming style, which made it easy to read, but there was nothing new discovered or anything that made me stop and think.
I would not recommend this book to people of other denominations - like me. It's VERY Catholic, and while that's certainly not a negative thing, it makes it a little more difficult to get through if you are unfamiliar with Catholic practices. I would say this is a great book to give to someone who is just coming to know God and their relationship to Him, as it gives excellent advice on how to commune with God and feel his influence in your life.
I really don't like being the first to review this book, it makes me feel like I'm being too hard on it. This is a book that I will pass along to another who will enjoy it as it deserves to be enjoyed....more
I was absolutely floored by this book. I admit I went in to reading The Road Show with low expectations - LDS fiction usually reads very formulaic andI was absolutely floored by this book. I admit I went in to reading The Road Show with low expectations - LDS fiction usually reads very formulaic and without depth or daring, since it's written for a very specific and set audience. But this book by Braden Bell was different.
I saw myself in one of the characters, and I saw those I knew in the cast as well. I cried, because I was touched by the sadness and despair described, and then I felt moved and humbled when the words of the Scriptures and the Savior were applied to the lives of those in need of the atonement.
The author did a wonderful job conveying the appropriate tone and spirit for each different situation. And who says that the ending wasn't very realistic? I know I saw that comment somewhere... Miracles can and do happen every day, and in far simpler ways than a ward Road Show. ;-)
I will be passing this one on to friends to read; for me to do that, a book must really impress me. Very enjoyable work of fiction!...more
I learned a great deal about the Amish culture, far beyond what I thought I would. This book delves in to the actual tragedy that occurred in the FallI learned a great deal about the Amish culture, far beyond what I thought I would. This book delves in to the actual tragedy that occurred in the Fall of 2006 at Nickel Mines, handling the situation with respect and sensitivity while still telling more of the story than I knew. I was glued to the television the week this horror story unfolded and then, miraculously, when the world learned of the Amish "forgiving" the murderer and extending a hand of support and fellowship to his family. Like so many other people, I asked, "How can they do that? How can they lose their innocent children in such a horrific way and then immediately forgive?" It bothered me, and it bothered me that it bothered me b/c I consider myself a follower of Christ.
Reading this book helped me get a better idea of what they were thinking, how they have "forgiveness" deeply ingrained in their every day lives, and how healing such a process was for them. I also appreciated that the authors of this book did not seem to express in any way that they thought this was the superior method, they merely wanted to explain to the world at large why this works for the Amish and introduce us further into the Anabaptist/Amish way of life. I appreciated the interviews with the Amish, the explanations of the authors, the history, and the philosophy in this book.
Excellent read - I enjoyed it and felt like I learned something new. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Amish people/culture or who - like me - tried quite hard to understand what happened that awful day in 2006 and the response that was literally discussed all over the world for weeks afterwards....more
Absolutely stunning! I greatly enjoyed going through these photographs of a place still so far-removed from my own culture. The architecture, the artiAbsolutely stunning! I greatly enjoyed going through these photographs of a place still so far-removed from my own culture. The architecture, the artistry, traditional costume, landscapes, and people of India are absolutely beautiful in these pictures. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this book is a visual library of the culture, history, and beauty of the East. The essays weren't half bad either. :-)...more
It was interesting to read - though I admit to skimming a few of the entries that did not appeal to me. And, though I did not agree with all of Dr. EiIt was interesting to read - though I admit to skimming a few of the entries that did not appeal to me. And, though I did not agree with all of Dr. Einstein's views, I found it incredibly interesting - and intellectually stimulating - to read his opinions, ideas, and theories. It was almost eerie to read some of his predictions concerning the United States in regards to a second world war (which happened), a Cold War (check), a Nuclear War (please, no), and even our economic and political issues. He had a great mind and it is plain to see how he could have been so famous and sought after both in life and death.
Perhaps my favorite passages were the lighter ones - about friendship, romance, happiness. I found it moving to read what he wrote about Germany during WWII - his resignation from the Prussian colleges and their responses, and his emotionally charged words after the battle of the Polish Ghetto was valiantly fought and horribly lost.
Zionism, scientific theory, religion, politics, friendship, life and death are all considered by Einstein in this collection of his views. An excellent read!...more
I went to find the book after watching the movie - a habit of mine. I found the book was very disappointing as it lacked the qualities I found most reI went to find the book after watching the movie - a habit of mine. I found the book was very disappointing as it lacked the qualities I found most redeeming in the film. The book had a much darker tone, with the protagonist never quite being happy and the antagonist never quite redeemed. There was also a touch more of the occult - mainly the tarot cards - that made me uncomfortable. A little too dark, too bland, for my personal tastes....more
I greatly enjoyed this novel and the way in which the author portrayed the Amish way of life, beliefs, and struggles. I especially liked the characterI greatly enjoyed this novel and the way in which the author portrayed the Amish way of life, beliefs, and struggles. I especially liked the characterization of the protagonist. Leah isn't a perfect saint, facing struggles and even temptations with uncertainty that I found to be true to life, but she is humble and kind, putting her trust in God. As trial upon trial is put upon her shoulders, with everyone expecting "Teacher Leah" to be able to solve things, she does not grow bitter or bemoan her state as some would be tempted to do. She bows her head and goes to work.
Having lived near Amish and Mennonite communities when I was younger, I have grown up with a great deal of respect and fascination towards their faith and their culture. The sense of community and family relations Perry describes is what I have witnessed, and the (correct) explanation of shunning and other "traditional" Amish beliefs is much appreciated.
I anticipate reading Marta Perry's other works with pleasure and hope they are just as refreshing and uplifting as Leah's Choice. ...more
This was an incredibly interesting read. The only thing that surprised me about this book was how very ignorant the women seemed to be of each other'sThis was an incredibly interesting read. The only thing that surprised me about this book was how very ignorant the women seemed to be of each other's faiths. I tend to think that everyone thinks the way I do, or has the same habits of study and attaining information about other cultures, religions, and traditions. I guess that makes me pretty close minded going the other direction.
I enjoyed reading how these women from three very different backgrounds were able to come together as friends, work through their differences, and even strengthen each other's faiths. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it for anyone who wishes to be uplifted spiritually or learn the basics of these three beliefs....more