Really enjoyed this. Don't get the whole controversy with NT Wright and justification. I thought this was a well written, challenging, encouraging, gr...moreReally enjoyed this. Don't get the whole controversy with NT Wright and justification. I thought this was a well written, challenging, encouraging, grace-filled book. I plan on reading more NT Wright.(less)
Every Christian should own this book. Every church should have a dozen copies in their library. This is an extremely important book that will only get...moreEvery Christian should own this book. Every church should have a dozen copies in their library. This is an extremely important book that will only get better as it's read over and over again. It has now made my short list of books I must reread every few years. We miss you, Michael Spencer. Thank you for this amazing legacy.(less)
I'm not really finished, I'm just sick of seeing something from 2011 still in my current reads. What began as a year long blogging project to reevalua...moreI'm not really finished, I'm just sick of seeing something from 2011 still in my current reads. What began as a year long blogging project to reevaluate a lot of my beliefs following my exit from a very cultish and often heretical church became a burden as former church members came to critique my writing and Grudem's theology. This combined with one particular chapter on the nature of God that literally took hours to read through has left this book untouched for quite some time. I still plan on finishing it, but at this point, I doubt I'll agree with as much of it as I did a year ago. We'll see.(less)
Started reading it for a men's bible study, but we mutually as a group decided to give up reading it about halfway through. Some good material, but of...moreStarted reading it for a men's bible study, but we mutually as a group decided to give up reading it about halfway through. Some good material, but often confusing and following thelogical lines of reasoning we didn't necessarily agree with. Still, I plan on finishing this book one day.(less)
I decided to write some thoughts down on The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level because I've been looking forward to reading this book for some...moreI decided to write some thoughts down on The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level because I've been looking forward to reading this book for some time, but wanted to buy one when Chris Hardwick brought his Nerdist podcast to Minneapolis; unfortunately, he didn't bring any copies with him, so I got him (and Matt Mira and Jonah Ray) to sign my ticket for the evening, and quickly made a promise to Chris I'd have him sign my book next time he's in town. So the next morning I visited my local book store, which didn't have any copies, so I placed an order online and received it the next week.
The Nerdist Way is equal parts self-help book (from a nerd perspective) and comedy biography. Chris has been known to the nerd community for years now, even before his incredibly successful podcast, but it was a long road for him to get here, from failed TV host to chubby "Peter Hardwick" (more like "Petey", he probably never weighed more than 200 lbs). A few years ago, he began putting his life back in order, and The Nerdist Way is a distillation of the process and techniques he used to turn his life around and become a successful D-level TV and A-level podcast star (Big C level comedian).
I got a lot out of this book. It was awkward to have Chris' voice forced into my head while reading, as it's very much written in his voice, but after I got over that, the book simply flew by. It's inspired me to take better care of myself in many areas, to quit being afraid of change and the future and decisions, and to spend more time working on projects instead of crossing items off of my book and video game checklists ("read Nerdist Way: check!").
Addressing some fellow reviewers: yes, Chris is an atheist, and brings several popular atheist reactions to faith in this work. Full disclosure, I'm a Christian, but still love Chris and respect his views and beliefs, and I think he respects mine. Sure there were some cheap shots in the book, but it's not supposed to be a balanced interaction between atheism and religion. Chris, after being a nerd, is a comedian, and comedians use caricatures to create jokes and humorous exchanges. There was nothing in this book that should offend anyone who isn't the most strict fundamentalist who forgot that God has a sense of humor. (But it would be cool to bring some nerdy or open Christians on The Nerdist Podcast...there have been a handful on there, but faith issues never came up. I'd propose Theology can be one of the nerdiest topics out there.)
Somewhat knowing Chris and nerd ways, I'm guessing his nerdism will make him read this review eventually, so to Chris I say: Congrats! This book is awesome, I loved it, and I'm looking forward to having you sign my copy in the coming months or whenever you come back to Minneapolis. You've been an inspiration, are a great nerd friend indeed, and are doing your damndest best to create superior human beings. I'd love to work with you and Nerdist one day. Thank you.(less)