Very doctrinally and scripturally thorough, and would be a great reference book. I also appreciated the use of poetic images and literature to add addVery doctrinally and scripturally thorough, and would be a great reference book. I also appreciated the use of poetic images and literature to add additional insight. I was hoping for more reflection and narrative to help with personal application of the principles, but overall a beneficial read....more
Except for the typos, I loved this book. I love the idea that we can make our lives better by living better stories.
We need conflict, and the courageExcept for the typos, I loved this book. I love the idea that we can make our lives better by living better stories.
We need conflict, and the courage to face those conflicts. We need to create beautiful, memorable scenes as well as situations that incite us to action. And we need to recognize God as the master storyteller who allows conflict and pain so that we can change for the better.
The most interesting chapter for me was the one about Jason's rebellious teenage daughter. Jason decided that he needed to help his daughter take a different role than the one she was currently playing. Once he was able to create a new story for his family--through the family project of building an orphanage--his daughter saw a better role for herself, stepped into it, and changed for the better.
This book really got me thinking about the stories in my life, as well as the influence I can have on the stories of my family members and others around me....more
I loved "The Emperor of all Maladies," so was excited to hear Mukherjee had written a new book on Genes. It was also a fascinating read, though not asI loved "The Emperor of all Maladies," so was excited to hear Mukherjee had written a new book on Genes. It was also a fascinating read, though not as tightly woven with human narrative as Emperor.
Many of the stories were already familiar to me, but it was interesting to learn about some of the dark parts of genetic history, such as the disturbing practice of American eugenics and it's influence on the atrocities conducted by Nazi eugenicists. The mistakes of the past can definitely serve as a caution when considering the ethical implications of new genetic technologies.
One point Mukherjee clarified for me was the idea that mutations are essential for species variability. A mutation is simply a statistically less common variant in a population, but not necessarily bad. If we consider "rewriting" genes so that everyone is "normal," however we define that to be, we eliminate genetic variability so that when the environment then changes, which it inevitably will, we reduce our population's ability to adapt.
It was also interesting as Mukherjee transitioned from writing as a historian of the past to a journalist of current genetic progress. I was able to learn more about recent progress in epigenetics, stem cell research, and gene therapy. It does seem that we're on the cusp of incredible breakthroughs in how we are able to both read and re-write the genetic code; reading "The Gene" makes me both excited and apprehensive when considering the implications....more
This was a great book based on the premise that everyone has a story to tell, and that "we all want to know that our lives have mattered and we won'tThis was a great book based on the premise that everyone has a story to tell, and that "we all want to know that our lives have mattered and we won't ever be forgotten."
It shares some of the stories from NPR's StoryCorps project, which I haven't heard but now want to.
There was the story of the bus driver who helped the elderly, confused lady find the restaurant she was going to, and how he helped her to feel like Cinderella in a limousine.
There's the story of the man struggling with depression who prayed to God to just touch his arm, and who soon after received with gratitude a giant hug from a woman he knew to be a prostitute.
And there's the story of the World War II veteran who is told he can't buy a movie ticket because he's black, and how that was the saddest moment of his life.
This is a lovely book about communication, connection, love, pain and joy. A great read....more