I got a copy of this through a Goodreads "First Reads" giveaway.
This book contains good, solid, practical advice about how to successfully approach aI got a copy of this through a Goodreads "First Reads" giveaway.
This book contains good, solid, practical advice about how to successfully approach a career in the entertainment industry. For those who see this as a potential career path, who would love to be able to have a mentor in the industry, Covington has graciously provided the next best thing; the benefit of her many years of experience in a compact reference. ...more
It is a good study of the book of Ruth. The author pulls in commentary from many sources, so the readerI received this free from a Goodreads giveaway.
It is a good study of the book of Ruth. The author pulls in commentary from many sources, so the reader has an idea of what previous thinkers have concluded. Each chapter ends with a set of 'talking points', which will be useful for groups that want to use this as a study guide. ...more
This is a fantastic book that couldn't have come at a a better time. As people are increasingly relying on electronic communications for everything frThis is a fantastic book that couldn't have come at a a better time. As people are increasingly relying on electronic communications for everything from personal communications to education and business meetings, we need to be constantly reminded of the importance of face to face interactions.
Not that this book stops at being a simple reminder. It educates thoroughly, diving deep into the scientific research surrounding human interactions, and the effect we have on each other. I was amazed at what so many of the studies have shown about how our interactions affect our health and well-being, and the ways in which the lack of interaction, and reliance on technology as a substitute, can damage us, and our children.
The author cites a huge number of research studies in this book. There are 60 PAGES of end notes. Needless to say, the book is very well researched. It is comforting to see how much time and effort we humans have undertaken to study our relationships and interactions with each other.
I found myself reading many of the study results out loud to my wife. I couldn't help myself, it was too interesting not to share. And anyway, what better way to share a book about face to face social interaction?
I entered a drawing and won an advance review copy of this book. I'm very glad I did; I might never have encountered it otherwise.
This is a non-fiction book about hoaxes, which are clearly fiction. So I filed it on both my fiction and non-fiction shelves.
Aside from that strange lThis is a non-fiction book about hoaxes, which are clearly fiction. So I filed it on both my fiction and non-fiction shelves.
Aside from that strange little paradox, it was not as entertaining as I would have liked. Not that it was bad, or not worth reading -- there are some very interesting hoaxes described. It just happened to be more hit and miss than I expected. Perhaps the web site is better.
Excellent treatment of the complicated legal battles surrounding a German girl who was believed to be illegally made a slave. The author creates a verExcellent treatment of the complicated legal battles surrounding a German girl who was believed to be illegally made a slave. The author creates a very readable story out of sometimes fragmentary evidence, at times alternating between story telling and factual exposition. Along the way, I found a delightful assortment of vignettes that illustrate life in New Orleans before the Civil War. It fails to answer every question raised, but this is not a surprise. Even those involved in the cases never knew everything about them. Even so, I found the whole thoroughly enjoyable. ...more
This was not quite what I was expecting. From the cover it appears to be a collection of stories of individuals, and "how spiritual life is forming inThis was not quite what I was expecting. From the cover it appears to be a collection of stories of individuals, and "how spiritual life is forming in the deserts of the Arab world in the face of adversity." I expected something like a prose-based coffee table book called "The Splendor of Desert Life," filled with fantastic color photos of blooming cacti, camels, and exotic nocturnal spiders.
Instead, much of it is the history of the AWM organization, along with their visions for the future. There's nothing wrong with that, but organizational history is often quite dry for those who have not been a part of the organization, particularly if you're expecting the life and color of a virtual coffee table book.
It's just fine for what it is, and there ARE a number of stories about people whose lives have been changed for the better. I really appreciated those parts of the book, but I would have appreciated it more if the back cover had set somewhat more accurate expectations for the content. ...more
I had never read an account of what the Spanish really did while they were 'exploring' the New World. This was eye opening. Not everything in this booI had never read an account of what the Spanish really did while they were 'exploring' the New World. This was eye opening. Not everything in this book is an eyewitness account, and some events are not believed to be fully accurate. But if even half of it is true, the atrocities committed by the Spaniards against the native american populations are astounding, perhaps even unsurpassed in human history.
I didn't give the book any stars because I didn't 'like' it. Reading about people torturing and killing other people isn't something I 'like'. And yet, I think it's important to read. My history classes taught only about the Spanish 'explorers', and glossed over the horrible massacres and slavery that went on for decade after decade.
As an alternative to the acceptable history printed in school books, this was worth reading. May there ever be an 'alternative' voice who is willing to remind us of the ugly events of history, the violence and injustice that makes up so much of what we as human beings have done to oppress our brothers and sisters. ...more