Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature follows the story of Mena, a Christian girl who's been ostracized by the other teens at her church. ThroughEvolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature follows the story of Mena, a Christian girl who's been ostracized by the other teens at her church. Throughout the book, Mena is stuck in the middle of a battle between right-wing, conservative Christian creationists who believe only their answer is the right answer, and left-wing, liberal evolutionists who believe that creation is a stupid non-scientific view.
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature was a well written, enjoyable read. The premise was unique and interesting. However, the characters sometimes felt fake, because, I felt, proponents on both sides of the issue were too polarized.
By the end of the book, I felt like the characters were a little more believable, but I should have felt that sooner.
I would give it 3.5 stars if I could, because I keep bouncing between three and four stars....more
Three years ago, I attended a spring retreat with my youth group in the US (the Attic). The speaker at the 'camp' used this book as his 'sermons' forThree years ago, I attended a spring retreat with my youth group in the US (the Attic). The speaker at the 'camp' used this book as his 'sermons' for the week. He spoke as if he was Screwtape, and as if we were his nephew who needed help in entrapping humans. Ever since that rather intriguing introduction to the book, I've been meaning to read it; a book written from a demon who is tempting a Christian's perspective? Sign me up! I finally got my hands on a copy of the book two weeks ago, and read it.
It was a highly interesting read -- I might even go as far as to say more interesting and salient than I was expecting.
The main contention of the Devil is that if one can get a human (Christian or otherwise) to view Christianity as a club, or to get into a habit, or to only access God at church, or to slowly ignore God, or to slip into sins, or to conince themselves that something is okay because of some 'Christianese' reason, then the Christian will never truly know God, and won't really be a Christian....more