I absolutely loved this book. I loved (okay, not really, but certainly laughed at the idea of) re-living 7th grade similarities. Loved how ShakespeareI absolutely loved this book. I loved (okay, not really, but certainly laughed at the idea of) re-living 7th grade similarities. Loved how Shakespeare was interwoven into the story. Laughed more than I expected, couldn't stop putting it down when I thought I could. I really enjoyed so many excellent insights about choices, consequences and shaping our own futures.
More than anything, I want my children to read this book (and wishfully hope they'll love it as much I as I do). Maybe when they're near 12ish, and then again 20 years later to compare and contrast their youth and their future.
I look forward to exploring the rest of Schmidt's work and appreciate what he's accomplished with authoring The Wednesday Wars....more
By the end of this book I came away with a sincere respect and gratitude for all that Bonhoeffer did for the German people, and the rest of world, thrBy the end of this book I came away with a sincere respect and gratitude for all that Bonhoeffer did for the German people, and the rest of world, through his writings and the way he lived his life. The only flaws I found were simply related to the very detailed information--it took me much longer to finish it than I expected, but it's so full of great detail that I was very picky about what I did skim (maybe a total of 3-4 pages) in order to avoid the late charges for my 4th library renewal.
I learned a lot more about Germany and WWII, more than I was expecting. I had no idea of the pervasiveness of resistance movements among military leadership, or the many failed attempts at Hitler's life. Likewise, I (re-)learned the depth of the Nazi atrocities and social impact upon Bonhoeffer and his family/associates. Despite these very depressing circumstances, and though Bonhoeffer wasn't perfect, his discipleship to Christ is inarguable. There were stories after stories (in addition to his sermons) of him acting as a disciple all the way up to his very execution.
Finally, I thought that one of the most important aspects of this book was the critical time he spent in America, and while there, the contrasting worship practices he experienced among the various churches he attended. It obviously had a significant, formative, influence on his relationship with God. I felt enriched from the many examples of Bonhoeffer's unwavering commitment (accompanied by the lack of belligerence, bullying or condescension) in defending his beliefs and positions. He was also a kind man.
Rarely am I sad when reading the end of biographies, at least not in the sense of being emotional. In this case, as I pondered the end and everything leading up to it, I was genuinely saddened. But, with hope, I look forward to making his acquaintance in the next life. ...more
I picked this book up from the library on a whim because it was on display. I couldn't believe how engaged I was in reading it every moment possible tI picked this book up from the library on a whim because it was on display. I couldn't believe how engaged I was in reading it every moment possible throughout the weekend. Yousef has an incredible life story, and at 35 (2013) there is a lot yet to be written. He did a good job explaining his background and involvement with Hamas, in addition to the general culture of extremism in the Palestinian territories. There are atrocities on both sides of the fence, and peace seems a long way off. However, his opinion of a path to resolution and how it can be achieved resonated with me. With regards to the many instances of conflict and violence, I thought he did a fine job avoiding seriously graphic elements of violence, but there's enough detail present in just a few situations that I only cringed on two or three occasions. Overall I found it uplifting and enlightening, definitely worth the read. ...more
I really loved this book and I enjoyed the amount of thinking it took to get through it. That is to say, Bonhoeffer puts a lot of work into explainingI really loved this book and I enjoyed the amount of thinking it took to get through it. That is to say, Bonhoeffer puts a lot of work into explaining his thoughts and the consequent result is a book that invokes deep pondering and consideration (of course, YMMV). What I really loved about this book is the concentrated focus on what it means, from Bonhoeffer’s perspective, to really follow Christ. The work is littered with New Testament reference, explanations and a few interpretations. I found many passages that resonated with my beliefs, and more than once I drew a link between this book and The Infinite Atonement. It gave me a lot to consider in terms of how I viewed the sanctity of baptism, sacrament/communion, daily works and grace. In fact, it provides a strong examination of grace in a unique and cohesive way by connecting it with agency, choices, sin, forgiveness and sanctification. While the beginning of the book primarily focuses on grace, the beauty and depth of Bonhoeffer’s contribution in understanding grace is only fully realized through progressive enrichment (line up line) as it is built throughout the rest of the book, with a final capstone and conclusion in the chapter, Image of Christ.
Were there areas with which I disagree? Yes, but I believe anyone can find a gem (if not a load of treasure) by reading this book while journeying to become a better disciple and follower of the Savior.
I found the most valuable sections in this book to be the policy recommendations and information security practices described in the last chapters (deI found the most valuable sections in this book to be the policy recommendations and information security practices described in the last chapters (despite their age). The anecdotal and fictionalized scenarios were effective up to a point, but there are so many of them that it wore me down and I just started scanning them when I was about 3/4 of the way through. Mitnick's "messages" provided helpful suggestions and contextual gotchas interspersed with the social engineering/con situations, but the real meat was at the end of the book. I'll probably buy this book simply because of the security policy information and the easy-to-understand business cases that are easily comprehendible due to their storylike nature. ...more
This book was a huge answer to prayer, research and an anchor to re-establishing a major relationship with one of my pre-teen children. In my experienThis book was a huge answer to prayer, research and an anchor to re-establishing a major relationship with one of my pre-teen children. In my experience I found the content to be quite solid, and even though the writing has just a slight amount of fluff, the value far exceeds those light-y segments. It took a lot of introspection on my part to realize that I was contributing to the repeated issues we were experiencing, but with the help of the book I was able to analyze my approach(es) and re-wire both my thought processes and actions. Frankly stated, it saved us from counseling. But, even better, the paths we started down because of the principles outlined here have lead to an almost perfect outcome (as in, we have had only four cases since really applying everything after four months, and they never escalated past our first threshold of discipline). Plus, it's lead to a greater level of confidence in our relationships, in both dealing with problems and learning from the situations, working through things together. Finally, what we were able to put into practice as a family has had a very positive trickle-down affect to the younger siblings and we really enjoy the increased harmony in our home....more