A good Christmas gift of a very good book. Nick Offerman is a pretty funny, wise guy with some awesome stories to tell. Lots of good advice in this boA good Christmas gift of a very good book. Nick Offerman is a pretty funny, wise guy with some awesome stories to tell. Lots of good advice in this book as well, some great insights into life. I'd recommend it if you are a big fan of his character Ron Swanson or just like good memoirs....more
This book is poorly written, at times reading like a series of blog posts strung together in need of edLet me get the bad stuff out of the way first.
This book is poorly written, at times reading like a series of blog posts strung together in need of editorial tightening. The author plays loose with chronology, such as mentioning DVDs in the early 90s. Her excellent point about the proliferation of honorary "doctorates" in IFB churches and schools is played out when every single name has "Dr" in quotes next to it. These and a few other things (such as a major spelling error in a chapter title) detract from the book.
This book is real. This book summarizes so much of my childhood growing up in the IFB. I know personally or have met nearly every major name or player mentioned in this book. Her background history into IFB is a little loose at times, especially her strenuous connections with BJU (it's a very important school, but there are others equally as important). She captures the mindset and demonic theology perfectly, and shows how utterly independent these churches really are.
I waited a day to write this review, and I'm glad my thoughts aren't as fresh as they were. This book, and so much more, really drives the final nail home for me with fundamentalism. By and large, it's made up of some good people, but overall it's a cult. It's not Biblical. It doesn't have any clue what Christianity is. It rejected the God revealed through Jesus decades ago and propped up some false god in it's place.
I should be angry writing this and reading this book. Angry at the injustice, the lies, the false theologies, the manipulations, the bullshit. But I'm not. It's all burnt out by now. Hello, agnosticism.
I reject fundamentalism, it's siblings evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, charismatism, and the rest. There is no truth there. There is no life. There is certainly no Jesus. There is nothing more than death, destroying people's lives, including my own. There is life, joy, and happiness away from it.
I've got nothing else to say. It's not a perfect book, but it's a true book....more
I needed to read this. You need to read it. You'll learn a lot, whether you are a man or a woman. I guessThis book was recommended to me by a friend.
I needed to read this. You need to read it. You'll learn a lot, whether you are a man or a woman. I guess I'm growing as a "feminist", whatever that actually means for a man, but...I don't know. I really don't have the words. This book is important. You'll realize, if you don't already, how women are often treated by men and often other women. And things need to change. Each essay in this book is different but important.
Things are changing. I'm realizing so much more. I'm learning so much more. I'm noticing my own tendencies and habits. And a part of me may always want to push back, "not all men"...but ENOUGH men. Enough men that this is a problem. And I've been that man as well.
I can do better. I have to. I will.
Because me being a man demands it. My calling myself a Christian...demands it. How can you claim to love God if you can't love others?
This book was recommended to me by a friend. Thank you. Bear with me as my rough edges get smoothed out....more
Very informative look at the lives of cadavers both today and through history. Unfortunately the author's writing style gets in the way a lot; her attVery informative look at the lives of cadavers both today and through history. Unfortunately the author's writing style gets in the way a lot; her attempts at humor fall flat and she interjects her opinions into the book too often. Read for the information not for her....more
Recommended by a friend. Jordan Rubin tells an amazing story of how he was healed of his crippling illness through following the Maker's Diet, and he'Recommended by a friend. Jordan Rubin tells an amazing story of how he was healed of his crippling illness through following the Maker's Diet, and he'll share with you all the secrets and tips he's learned as well, plus plenty of other testimonies and recommendations. Obviously the whole book is geared toward convincing you of the effects and benefits of the Maker's Diet, and it does a good job. I'd recommend this book for all the practical advice and insights he gives into health and what the Bible has to say about health and diet and life in general.
However, where I would disagree with Rubin is several areas mostly related to his understanding of scripture, theology, and the world. Throughout the book there are subtle jabs at "man's science" and "tampering" with God's creation. Yet the Bible says explicitly we are to be in this world to subdue and understand it. Sure, we've made mistakes, but fundamentally we are charged to understand this world, work it, improve it, and learn all we can about it. There is no gray area or forbidden area of knowledge in this world; to say otherwise is gnostic heresy, a false duality.
I'd also raise questions about what he means when he leans on Bible verses for healing. There is no Biblical support to just "name and claim" that we have divine healing on anything, no way to justify that if we believe we are healed then we de facto are...none of that. It's not a faith matter at all, it's just a simple fact about the world and the Bible and God. Is prayer beneficial? Absolutely, as is faith that God will heal you. But to just blindly say you are healed and thus you are healed? Ready your hospital bed and casket, the chaplain will stop by shortly. I struggle to understand how others can see it any other way.
Finally, the Bible is not a blueprint for modern life. It never was and was never meant to be. Plenty we can learn from, but the secrets of a healthy and successful life are not hard-coded into some document descended from on high.
Overall, it was a great book though! Rubin really goes in-depth into diet and lifestyle in ancient times as recorded in the Bible, and there's plenty of advice and knowledge we can definitely use in our modern day. But as others have said, take the best and what works for you, and discard the rest. Rubin would be better off if he didn't let so many of his presuppositions read into scripture and life.
Recommended to anyone looking to improve their life, especially from a Biblical standpoint. ...more
Fascinating book with a lot of history I hadn't been exposed to. I'm not sure I agree with all of his conclusions, but that may just be my education cFascinating book with a lot of history I hadn't been exposed to. I'm not sure I agree with all of his conclusions, but that may just be my education conflicting with my upbringing. Most of what he presents is very plausible, and I find his understanding of the central themes and myths in the Bible entirely believable and more than likely true. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars as it does tend to get a little dense and bogged down, specifically in the last two or three chapters, but it's still worth reading at any level....more
I had read the first soft trade of The Walking Dead years ago, and have seen the first three seasons of the tv show, so it was fascinating to go backI had read the first soft trade of The Walking Dead years ago, and have seen the first three seasons of the tv show, so it was fascinating to go back and see the differences between the original book and the show. Fantastic comic, eagerly looking forward to reading Volume 2. My one criticism of the comic is that with so many characters it's often hard to tell who is being depicted. Otis in particular tended to look like Shane after a while to me.
Highly recommended, and glad I have such a gorgeous hardcover to have on my shelf!...more
I've been wanting to read this for a while, so I'm glad I finally found a copy around town. I've been a fan of Mallozzi and Mullie on Stargate, and haI've been wanting to read this for a while, so I'm glad I finally found a copy around town. I've been a fan of Mallozzi and Mullie on Stargate, and have been following Mallozzi's blog for years, so this was a treat. In recent years I seem to have picked up a bad habit of racing through comics and not taking time to sit and savor the atmosphere and pacing, so it seemed like this book just flew by. Good story and one I hope gets continued as it ends on an intriguing note, although far from a cliffhanger. The art style, however, is not really my thing, and left me confused as to what was going on and even who was being depicted at times. Still, a good sci-fi comic....more