An excellent book by Frank Schaeffer detailing his life and experiences during his time as one of top evangelical leaders of his time. My favorite chaAn excellent book by Frank Schaeffer detailing his life and experiences during his time as one of top evangelical leaders of his time. My favorite chapter was forty-six, because it starts detailing how Frank and his father, Dr. Francis Schaeffer, became famous in evangelical circles for their filming of "How should we then Live?" Both him and his father bringing the abortion debate to evangelical america and turning believers into voters that political candidates would clamor for. It amazing that the events of the 70s, 80, and 90,s seem to be repeating with the coming 2016 election. Frank tells of his time inside with the evangelical elites and why he left. I look forward to reading his other books....more
This book was very moving, informative, and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed how the author used fairytale character as examples, along with real life accThis book was very moving, informative, and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed how the author used fairytale character as examples, along with real life accounts, while explaining the issues with borderline personality disorder and the affect it has on the children, family, friends, and loved ones. Lawson explains the different types of mothers with BPD. Lawson shows how the waif, hermit, queen, and witch find themselves in the forest of BPD and uses stories such as Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Hansel & Gretel to define the personality types of the BPD Mother. While much more research still needs to be done this book lays out the topic in an amazing way and I found it to one of the books that was most helpful. This book will be on the shelf next to "The Great Mother." by psychologists Erich Neumann and works by Carl Jung. Hopefully by understanding BPD one may save themselves or others from the dark forest of the BPD mother.
Gretel ran to set her brother free as fast as she could, opened the cage, and cried, "Hansel, we are saved!" The old witch is dead!" Hansel sprang out like a bird from its cage when the door is opened. How they did rejoice, and trow their arms around each others necks, and dance around and kiss each other!" -Hansel and Gretel...more
This little book sat on my shelf for over five years before I came to read it. Little did I know the kind of punch Becker placed between it's covers.This little book sat on my shelf for over five years before I came to read it. Little did I know the kind of punch Becker placed between it's covers. If you enjoyed reading Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Erich Neumann, and Erich Fromm you will almost for certain enjoy Beckers ideas on the human psychology. Simple but enlightened chapters dealing with heroism, religion, consumerism, evil, and man's motivations for transcendence, are clearly laid out. Reading this book made me enjoy Becker so much I purchased his more popular book The Denial of Death. Becker's research, eventhough dated, is still very much relevant today....more
An excellent overview of the idea of Anti-Christ and apocalypticism starting with early Hebrew literature, through Dead Sea Scrolls, and into the eraAn excellent overview of the idea of Anti-Christ and apocalypticism starting with early Hebrew literature, through Dead Sea Scrolls, and into the era of Roman Christianity,and concluding with evanglical apocalypticism in the late 1900's. Published in 1994, this book gave an overview of the many works in Jewish and Christian history that show the changes of the anti-christ theme, eschatology,and apocalyptic views in attempts to interpret both history and future. The book is rather short so it would be good for the reader to delve more into the actual texts that were mentioned, because McGinn left a clear trail of motifs and themes which resulted in the type of apocalypticism we have today. Some added, some took away, some redirected, some used it for political means, some for pessimism, and some for optimism. To pick up where McGinn left off I would personally recommend the book Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession by Robert C. Fuller. The book was dry history at times, but this text was not built for entertainment but for information. After seeing the early schools of though on the Anti-Christ it is amazing that certain streams can be found that the reader can follow back to their sources. And some of those sources did not start in the early Jesus communities as most assume....more
An excellent book documenting the destructive side to Scientology. It is important to also view the BBC documentary that this book was based on. WhileAn excellent book documenting the destructive side to Scientology. It is important to also view the BBC documentary that this book was based on. While some belief systems enhance the life of the believer it is also important to look under the rug, or ask the ex-wives of belief systems to fully close the circle. Sweeney does an excellent job pointing out these issues while being hassled by the church's devout, some who later leave, and then come back to Sweeney for interviews against the current Scientology organization. Excellent sources were given on the topic of brain washing one of which is "Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of 'brainwashing' in China" Paperback – July 31, 1989 by Robert Jay Lifton . It is hoped that readers of this book will also read the more up to date and well documented book "Going ClearClear" by Lawrence Wright....more
An excellent well research book on the topic of Scientology. While the romanticized versions of history presented to us by belief systems are helpful,An excellent well research book on the topic of Scientology. While the romanticized versions of history presented to us by belief systems are helpful, we must not content ourselves with them. One must always look to see what is under the rug also.
"There is no question that a belief system can have positive, transformative effects on people’s lives. Many current and former Scientologists have attested to the value of their training and the insight they derived from their study of the religion. They have the right to believe whatever they choose. But it is a different matter to use the protections afforded a religion by the First Amendment to falsify history, to propagate forgeries, and to cover up human-rights abuses."
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. pg 354 ...more
An excellent account on how Jenna Miscavige navigated the labyrinth of Scientology and eventually found her way out. We cannot be content with the romAn excellent account on how Jenna Miscavige navigated the labyrinth of Scientology and eventually found her way out. We cannot be content with the romanticized version of history and accounts of belief systems. Jenna's story was very informative and moving. I could not put the books down and read it all in one sitting on a snow day. This book underscores the fact that extremism takes on many forms and navigating the rings of it's inferno can cost you your all, and at times even your life. ...more
An excellent introduction to the topic of how Jesus became God. In this book Bart Ehrman attempts to unravel the rats nest of Christology from the teaAn excellent introduction to the topic of how Jesus became God. In this book Bart Ehrman attempts to unravel the rats nest of Christology from the teachings of Christ and his followers up to the 5th century C.E. I personally enjoyed how the book was written and will have to dive into the footnotes for some further study and research. One of the more enjoyable sections I found was concerning the different theological views of the Pauline writers and early confessionals and hymns that maybe buried in the texts. Also seeing more clearly the views of the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, compare to that of the Johannine community. It is clear that who we believe Christ is or was is still being formulated even still today and what might be "orthodox" today might be "heresy " tomorrow. ...more