"You cannot place blame on sin for one simple reason: If you blame one, you must blame all. If that is the case, we are all guilty."
"There is no book,...more"You cannot place blame on sin for one simple reason: If you blame one, you must blame all. If that is the case, we are all guilty."
"There is no book, there is no script. There is no Godly Guideline."
"You might ask yourself, 'Where the hell is he going with this?'"
Welcome to Seven Deadly Sins, a whole book devoted to Corey Taylor's random ramblings about what he thinks of religion. This book is full of hypocritical and completely ignorant statements, the first two quotes perfect examples of it. And not only is he hypocritical and ignorant, but there is no flow. He even admits at one point that he has no idea what's going to come out of his mouth next. Many times I found myself wondering where he was going with one of his stories. The first few times I figured he would make his point at the end, but most of the time it turned out just to be a pointless story. It's like he was trying to write a biography.
One of the biggest issues I had with this book is how aggressive he was. He didn't try very hard to get his point made(or if he did, he did a terrible job); it was more, "Agree with me or you're a motherf*****." He said that he wanted you to question what he was saying, not just blindly believe him, but at the same time if you didn't believe him, well, screw you!
He also shows how ignorant he is throughout the whole book, saying things like back in the day they rested on the Sabbath, Sunday(the Sabbath used to be Saturday, not Sunday), or with just my first two quotes up there. The "we're all guilty" one is ridiculous. Does he not get how the Bible works? Yes, we are all guilty, that's the point. You can't say it's not a sin just because everyone does it. And saying that there's no guidebook... wow. Ever heard of a thing called the Bible?
I could go on and on, but I fear I'm becoming just as disorganized as Corey Taylor himself is, so I'll end with just about the only good thing in this book: the ending. That random little part with him being all crazy and fictitious and not making any sense? That was awesome. Maybe if Corey Taylor wrote fiction I would read it. (less)
If you're looking for a light, fluffy, quick read, this book is certainly not for you. However, if you're looking for something thought-provoking and...moreIf you're looking for a light, fluffy, quick read, this book is certainly not for you. However, if you're looking for something thought-provoking and deep, pick this up.
One thing I kept thinking while reading this was that it reminded me of Markus Zusak. It focused more on the characters and their thoughts than what was actually happening. Sure, a lot of things happened in this book. But it wasn't necessarily the outcome that mattered, it was more what Jimmy and Christy took out of the experience.
I didn't find either of the main characters particularly likable, which is one of the reasons this has three star instead of four. I also felt like there was needless obscenity at some parts. But I loved the writing and ideas it brought up, and I think overall it was worth it and I'm very happy to have read it.(less)
It scares me to think that some Christians are eating this book up, not stopping to think if it's actually real or biblical and accepting that you sho...moreIt scares me to think that some Christians are eating this book up, not stopping to think if it's actually real or biblical and accepting that you should have faith that it happened. But why? Why should I just believe a person met the God-Head just because he said so?
Before I started reading this book, I thought I was going to be immersed into a place where everything is perfect, where everything that was said would be a new inspiration, and there were no faults. Not with the writing, but with what actually happens. I mean, if God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit actually came to this guy, they must have something new to say, right? Otherwise, what's the point? Why would this happen if nothing new was going to be revealed?
As I read more and more, I realized that nothing new was going to happen. Most things they said could be found in the Bible, or were just plain wrong. You can read more about that here. One of the most startling things I read was that God couldn't forgive the person who murdered Mack daughter until Mack himself did! Whatever Christian read that and thought it was right... wow. I'm utterly stunned that whoever edited this book didn't catch that, and that the writer himself didn't, either. I would hate to think that God wouldn't forgive me for something I've done just because some other person won't.
Let me give you some advice. If you are looking for a God-inspired book, just read your Bible. Even read a different edition to spice things up if you want, but don't read this.(less)