Terrible. I wouldn't recommend that anyone waste their time on such a disappointing book.
This book is dire. Lots and lots about women should not do -Terrible. I wouldn't recommend that anyone waste their time on such a disappointing book.
This book is dire. Lots and lots about women should not do - no dressing like a prostitute at church, ladies, no going to church to find a man, no dressing like a prostitute at church, no authority, no dressing like a prostitute at church... about 25% of the book is spent on this. So what is God's high calling for women, other than not wearing stripper shoes on a Sunday morning? Apparently God's high calling for women is 'the role of subordination and subjection'. The arguments used by the author are so full of flaws and blatant, deliberate misreadings of Scripture that I find the book highly objectionable. The author claims that 'when Eve stepped out from under the protection of Adam, she wad highly vulnerable and fell'. No. Eve was tempted by Satan and chose to disobey God. Genesis 3 makes it clear that conflict in the relationship between man and woman came as a result of the fall. The argument that women should not prophesy in church begins with mentioning a Scriptural basis and then misinterpreting a whole lot of other Scripture. 'There were loads of women prophetesses in the Bible, but they don't count because they were women and women have never been prophetesses because only men get to do that!' It's not exactly the world's best argument. Why not just discuss the relevant passage in the NT and leave it at that?
I'm not a fan of Scripture being twisted to support an argument. Not everything needs to backed up with sixty different irrelevant quotations. I think the author needs to remember the story about the man who decided that he would live his life by the first verse he set eyes on when opening his eyes to a random page, and opened the Bible to 'he went and hanged himself'.
I'm also not a fan of 'here is a passage from 1 Corinthians. Odd numbered verses should be considered in light of the cultural traditions of the day, but even numbered verses should be taken literally'. Although there are many parts of the Bible where an understanding of the culture of the day does shed light on the Scripture in question, choosing whether or not to consider this based on whether or not it fits your argument gets you nowhere.
In summary, this book says almost nothing about God's high calling for women. It says a lot about what women shouldn't do (REMEMBER, NO PROSTITUTE DRESSES IN CHURCH) but pretty much nothing else (there is a very brief mention of the need for women to be well-educated in Scripture so that they can raise their children to know God's word, but this takes about a fifth of the time devoted to the no stripping in church thing).
TL;DR Full of blatant misreadings of Scripture, and about as enlightening as a broken lightbulb. And remember: no dressing like a hooker in church.
I should make it clear that I'm not fundamentally opposed to much of what the author tries, and fails, to say. I actually agree that the New Testament teaches that women should not take on public preaching roles in church and that it is a blessing for a woman to be able to raise her children to know God and the Scriptures. I'm also pretty sure that church is not the place for dressing like a prostitute. I just have a really big problem with how MacArthur twists Scripture to the point where some of what he says (i.e. Eve fell because she disobeyed man, not because she disobeyed God) utterly contradicts the word of God. ...more
When I think of M.C. Beaton, I think 'harmless fun suitable for guilty binge-reading', and I mean that in the best possible way. This was a very pleasWhen I think of M.C. Beaton, I think 'harmless fun suitable for guilty binge-reading', and I mean that in the best possible way. This was a very pleasant way to spend two hours waiting in the library for an appointment. It's fun, light-hearted, and the characters are likeable (with the exception of the ones that aren't meant to be). What's not to like?...more
More biography of Geoffrey Mutai and a who's who of recent Kenyan marathon champions than anything else, but it did make for an interesting way of looMore biography of Geoffrey Mutai and a who's who of recent Kenyan marathon champions than anything else, but it did make for an interesting way of looking at what it would take to break 2 hours for the mens' marathon. Kind of 'this is how these runners have achieved so much, and here is how this greatness could be further harnessed' with a generous helping of hero-worship, but interesting all the same. Although the extent of the biographical content was a bit unexpected, it did make for a very interesting tale of human achievement and fallibility. Despite Caesar's obviously strong admiration for the Kenyan runners he writes about, he presents his discussion of the rumoured doping problems within the sport in an open way that leaves the reader free to draw their own conclusions, whether in agreement with his own or not. Definitely a book I'd recommend....more
I'll begin with what I liked about this book. It offers a short reflection, one page per day, on one of the daily readings. I bought this expecting anI'll begin with what I liked about this book. It offers a short reflection, one page per day, on one of the daily readings. I bought this expecting an in-depth Bible study and that really isn't what is on offer here - it's more along the lines of food for thought than deep study. However, it does food for thought very well and I have quite a number of pages marked for re-reading. The reflections tend to be about responses to the Bible passage rather than interpretation, which again I wasn't expecting but did come to enjoy. A number of authors contributed to this book, and I did find that I found some of their perspectives more interesting than others. I also liked the simple forms of morning and night prayer at the front and back of the book.
Now, on to what I didn't like so much: The bittiness. Now this is mostly the fault of the Common Worship Lectionary, but it did bug me at times. I tended to read the book of the Bible - or a chunk of it at least - and then come back to a chunk of the reflections so that I had some idea of the bigger picture. Daily snippets are fine if you're already familiar with the book in question, but not so much if you're new to, say, Judges or Hebrews. I would have really liked to see an index of some sort at the back listing the Bible passages that were reflected on. There were a lot of isolated passages not part of the normal course of reading that I'd really like to go back to, but it would be a bit of a pain to hunt through the whole book for that one single page.
In short, Reflections does what it says on the tin and I've bought the 2016-7 book....more
Delightful in many ways and, appropriately, a good train read, but the Zerstor-as-Beast metaphors were a bit overdone and the focus of the book just dDelightful in many ways and, appropriately, a good train read, but the Zerstor-as-Beast metaphors were a bit overdone and the focus of the book just drifted sideways halfway through. Half of the book is about how much Guylain hates his job and the machine and his repulsive boss, and the reader is supposed to feel sorry for him (I have to admit that I never find self-pity a very appealing characteristic in a protagonist, but Guylain's small rebellion against his boss and against social norms is quite endearing). All well and good, until he finds a stranger's personal and unpublished diary (left on a train, not rescued from being pulped) and decides to read it to a bunch of strangers in the hope that the author might be on the train and recognise her diary being read out to a group of avidly listening commuters. If I heard someone doing that with my diary, I wouldn't be charmed. I'd be very, very angry....more
Somehow I didn't manage to find this series of mem and women who have achieved remarkable things the slightest bit inspiring. I would have liked moreSomehow I didn't manage to find this series of mem and women who have achieved remarkable things the slightest bit inspiring. I would have liked more of what they did and less of what they overcame - after the first dozen or so it was the same old, same old......more
The best of the series. I would have liked things wrapped up a bit more thoroughly - although the future of Mademoiselle Geraldine's is wrapped up andThe best of the series. I would have liked things wrapped up a bit more thoroughly - although the future of Mademoiselle Geraldine's is wrapped up and the future of the characters is outlined, I wanted to know more about the characters than just a brief Jane Austen-esque 'and this is what happened to this one, and this is what happened to that one, etc). I wanted to know more about Felix Mersey and Agatha and all the others that had interesting stories that weren't really finished off satisfactorily. That said, I really did love the ending - I just wanted more....more
Two nineteenth-century essays which hold very true today. Obesity is caused by an excess of food and a lack of exercise - surprise, surprise - and itTwo nineteenth-century essays which hold very true today. Obesity is caused by an excess of food and a lack of exercise - surprise, surprise - and it helps to actually think about what you've read if you don't want it to go in one ear and straight out of the other. Although these essays don't say anything world-changing, I do like a good bit of plainly-stated common sense, and these deliver....more
Very good, but I'm not sure how useful the discussion points would be in a group setting - I didn't find working through them on my own to be very helVery good, but I'm not sure how useful the discussion points would be in a group setting - I didn't find working through them on my own to be very helpful....more