I am admittedly fascinated with serial killers and have read several books about them. Well, I had no idea what I was getting into here. David ParkerI am admittedly fascinated with serial killers and have read several books about them. Well, I had no idea what I was getting into here. David Parker Ray may just be the scariest, most twisted, and worst sadistic murderer I've read about ever. Although I couldn't put down the book, it was very disturbing. My heart went out to all of his victims. I can't fathom what they went through. I'm just angry Ray died a year after his sentencing. There was no remorse nor justice in this horrible tale, but I definitely won't forget it.
It's a great book -- if you can tolerate graphic violence, terror, and true evil....more
This is a book that, no matter what your age or gender (especially women) should read. Becker teaches us that not only do we all have an in-born intuiThis is a book that, no matter what your age or gender (especially women) should read. Becker teaches us that not only do we all have an in-born intuition to detect danger, but also interestingly enough, that intuition is also battling an in-born feeling of denial. These conflicting feelings can lead you into danger, but if your intuition is loud enough, and you listen to it, that denial can be overridden.
There is so much covered in this book, it's difficult to really give a great review. All I can say is that Becker will teach you about how to avoid or survive a danger, but also how to realize what is and what is only perceived to be a threat. He also covers stalking, abuse, obsession, murder, and how these occurrences can be predicted and more importantly, how to safely deal with them, and in some cases, avoided.
Listen to yourself, he says. Your body knows it, but you just need to listen. ...more
I don't know how I stumbled upon this book, but I am so glad I did. I had no idea what it was about, and the book jac**spoiler alert** All the feels.
I don't know how I stumbled upon this book, but I am so glad I did. I had no idea what it was about, and the book jacket was of no help. That confused me at first, but ultimately I'm so glad I had no idea what I was getting into.
I've always been strangely fascinated by the Holocaust and how it came to be, but this book was different, as you slowly learn what is happening through the eyes of a child. It was a heart-wrenching read, but worth it. So worth it. I didn't expect it to end as it did, and as sad as it was, it only made it more potent.
Like the book jacket, I won't tell you exactly what this book is about, or what happens, or even how it ends. But read it, listen to the characters, and brace yourself for a painful yet rewarding read. You, as I did, hopefully won't regret it....more
I am taking the time to review this book because after marinating on its contents for a few days, I deserve to give Ms. Poehler the credit she truly dI am taking the time to review this book because after marinating on its contents for a few days, I deserve to give Ms. Poehler the credit she truly deserves.
I have read a lot of memoirs, but this particular one stands out as special to me. Before Parks and Recreation came to be, I was not really a fan of her when she was on SNL. But I fell in love with her P&R character, Leslie Knopes, and in turn, Ms. Poehler's comedic timing and skills.
I waver about giving her book only four stars; it may deserve five. I went into this thinking it would be along the lines of something Chelsea Handler or Lena Dunham may write. But I was very pleasantly surprised that this memoir was equal parts funny, wise, poignant, (slightly)sad, and just very informative of how hard she worked to get to be where and who she is today.
Ms. Poehler isn't here just to crack jokes and show off her wit (which she does do), but she also truly lets you into her life. She talks about her family, her ex-husband, her children, her career, and how she feels about it all. Everything. Life. The World. The future. At the end, you feel like you really know her and you appreciate her and her career.
Yes, I am already giving this book five stars and I'm not even 100 pages into it. And why is that?
I have struggled since I was a child to understand JYes, I am already giving this book five stars and I'm not even 100 pages into it. And why is that?
I have struggled since I was a child to understand Jesus, his momentous impact on the world, the Jewish faith, and him being "The Son of God." I've always had so many questions that I felt were glossed over by those who answered them. This book (so far) is teaching me so much about events prior to Jesus' birth, Jesus as a person and what leads to his death.
I've read some of the other O'Reilly books: Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. He and Martin Dugard do an excellent job of researching historical events that most of us only know the bare facts about and go into depth about them. And by doing so, you learn so much when reading these books. The writing comes off more as slightly fictional rather than dry and text-bookish, but I've found they are easier to read that way.
This is going to sound crazy: I've talked in depth to my mom, my aunt, and have even gone to a wonderful church to try and believe that Jesus was indeed the Son of God (and not just a humble carpenter who happened to be a great orator and great man), but this book so far has me starting to believe that Jesus truly was the Son of God.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the Romans, the Jewish people, and of course, Jesus himself. And of course, anyone, who like me, doubts the Christian faith.
Although I think you're a pompous man, Mr. O'Reilly, please keep 'em coming....more