I don’t even know where to start with this book. I guess I will start with a summary. John Stott outlines in this textbook-size theology book everyth I don’t even know where to start with this book. I guess I will start with a summary. John Stott outlines in this textbook-size theology book everything you would ever need to know about Christ’s death and what it means to us today. It’s all laid out in a precise and logistical manner. It also has plenty of scripture on every page to back up the statements Stott makes. This constantly allows the reader to know where he is coming from and how it’s applicable to a Christian’s faith. It’s a massive read but the payout is well worth it because not only is it rich in knowledge, but it’s rich in knowledge that will strengthen your faith.
It’s hard to rate this book based on its literary technique because it is like reading a test book. However, since it is based on scripture so it makes an impact. If you’re a Christian who is serious about your faith than I would almost say this book is a necessity. It explains the central event of our faith in so much detail that it will change your outlook on the bible as a whole. And for an unchristian, you will find it a long read, but great starting point if you’re interested in the core of the Christian faith....more
Why not start off my reviews with a classic, huh? In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhousse-five” He tells the story of Billy Pilgrim and why He has becomeWhy not start off my reviews with a classic, huh? In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhousse-five” He tells the story of Billy Pilgrim and why He has become unstuck in time. The majority of the novel is based in WWII where Billy served as a soldier and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He then is taken prisoner to Dresden. However the story expands to Billy’s entire life and the many events He has been through because, remember, He has come unstuck in time.
The book is written masterfully. Vonnegut is able to use black humor in a way that has you laughing at things all the while feeling guilty for laughing. This ability shines in Slaughterhouse-five. It exposes the darkness associated with war making it comical in a way that isn’t funny. It is far from being an inspirational novel about war, instead it’s similar to a Bob Dylan song in that it accuses war to not only killing soldiers but killing their spirit. It’s a chilling look at war with intense imagery and deep emotional struggles.
The other segments are written brilliantly as well. It ranges from Billy marrying a women because no one else would, to Billy being abducted by aliens and learning the true nature of time. It all adds up to bring home the point that Billy truly doesn’t care about anything in his life. He shrugs off death and pushes away any family or friends. Billy gives an interesting and fresh view on time, and yet it leads him to closing himself off from those around him. It gives an insightful look into the psyche of the human after trauma.
All-in-all this book needs to be read. It will give you perspective on how traumatic war can be and ultimately how we should charish the relationships we have. Vonnegut is able to use this dark war novel to encourage us to be open with the ones we love. And it will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. You will not be let down by this one....more
Let me start off by saying how much I absolutely love C.S. Lewis. He is arguably my favorite author of all time. However, this may be my least favoritLet me start off by saying how much I absolutely love C.S. Lewis. He is arguably my favorite author of all time. However, this may be my least favorite “book” of his. I use the term book loosely because of how much it reads like an essay. I think that is perhaps why it is my least favorite of his works. It definitely has a treasury of valuable information like all of Lewis’ works. It offers perspectives and explanations on multiple aspects found within the psalms, which is fitting since they are in essence poetry, and Lewis being one of the greatest poets of our time.
It starts off with a bit of a disclaimer by Lewis explaining that he is hardly an expert on the psalms and that the book is not a definitive explanation of scripture. All the book is, is his perspective from a literary point of view which, of course, he is an expert in. There is no doubt that his understandings on this book in scripture is far above my own so I found this disclaimer to be irrelevant. It is impressive, however, to see such humility in a man I admire so much.
The rest of the book is more of an essay on the different literary techniques and expression which the ancient poets used when writing these passages. He uses specific examples from scripture which help the reader to understand where he is coming from with the ideas he is putting forth. Even with the dry explanation he uses for most of the book, this was one of the greatest studies into the psalms I have ever read, and a great theology book for anyone who would want to explore the poetry used in the psalms....more
While I loved the personal writing style present in nearly all of the poems here, they definitely are not the best poems ever written. They are sloppyWhile I loved the personal writing style present in nearly all of the poems here, they definitely are not the best poems ever written. They are sloppy and vulgar, and yet those aspects strangely give the poems personality and zest. You really get glimpses into Ginsbergs thoughts whether or not they are pretty thoughts or not. I can see why it was met with so much controversy, and that truly makes me sick. Ginsberg obviously pours himself into these poems and creates real, provocative art. The poems have great rhythm and evoke emotions while reading them, which is really what poetry is all about. ...more
I have found myself returning to this book for inspiration and peace many times over the years. Although he is most well-known for his Narnia novels,I have found myself returning to this book for inspiration and peace many times over the years. Although he is most well-known for his Narnia novels, this is C.s. Lewis' greatest achievement in fiction in my mind. There is something so powerful in the way that he takes the framework of a myth and uses it to develop his own thematic messages. While it doesn't have the mass following that Narnia books (deservedly) have, that's okay because it means that I can constantly be pointing someone new toward reading this book. ...more
There is so much style and finesse bursting off of each page that it has resonated with me more than any other novel has. It's deliciously crafted proThere is so much style and finesse bursting off of each page that it has resonated with me more than any other novel has. It's deliciously crafted prose have as much flavor long after you've read them as they do the very first time....more