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Save Send Delete is a debate about God between polar opposites: Mira, a poor, Catholic professor and Rand, an atheist author and celebrity. It s based on a true story. Mira reveals gut-level emotions and her inner struggles to live fully and honestly and to laugh in the face of extraordinary ordeals. She shares experiences so profound, so holy, they force us to confront ou ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by John Hunt Publishing
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Julie Davis
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I became excited when Moyers identified you as a skeptic who questions everything. I actually put down my fork and stopped chewing my pasta fazool. I question everything, and I find that makes me very lonely. If you want to talk about Islam and terror, for example, you know that the Politically Correct, self-identitied "Patiots" won't allow any critical statements about US petro-dependency. Abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage: people bring so many agendas to these matters that real, probing quest
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Karen A. Wyle
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

As I neared the end of Danusha Goska's Save Send Delete, I started pondering what rating to assign it. I thought I would give it four stars, but when I finished the last page and my Kindle prompted me for a rating, I found myself giving it five. This is not a perfect book, and if five stars imply perfection, I apologize -- but it is a fascinating, moving, and profoundly thought-provoking work, and I was quite reluctant to admit it was over. (I am now rereading a book I could recite in my sleep,
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Danuta
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Save Send Delete is an epistolary novel for the digital age. Mira is an adjunct professor at an American university (read poorly-paid, insecure). She sees a well-known pundit on a TV show expounding the case for his own atheism and e-mails him. Her e-mail is witty, combative and insulting, comparing their relevant statuses, and insisting on her right to equal time to present her own case as a questioning, deeply spiritual Christian. To her amazement, he replies.

What follows is a developing relat
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Peter Bradley
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology, apologetics
My Amazon review is here - http://www.amazon.com/review/R6QIQW20...

This is an unusual book of apologetics.

There are other "correspondence-style" books that consist of the exchange of correspondence between believer and non-believer, or between varieties of non-believers. Such books used to consist of exchanges of letters, but e-mails have taken over. What these books have in common is that they are published with the agreement of both sides and the "form" of the exchange is only in the backgroun
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Emma Bull
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I'm not particularly a fan of epistolary style writing, especially when you are reading only from one persons angle. I found that although I was frustrated that I didn't know exactly what Rand was writing to Mira, it made me think, and look between the lines and use my imagination. I can't actually remember the last book I read, if any, that has made me truly concentrate on what the author has written/not written. She has inspired me to go and read all the references, I actually googled Rembrand ...more
Matthew
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most unique and amazing reading experiences I've ever had.
Nicole Chase
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are some books that you pick up, read, think, "that was nice," and go on with your life. Then there are others that capture your imagination all the way through and make you wrestle with questions long after you put it down. Save Send Delete is decidedly one of the latter.
Even if I were gifted with the kind of mind that could follow the painstaking, philosophical steps Thomas took to justify belief in God, I would not believe in God because of Thomas' steps. ... I'm of the lower orders. I
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Sharon
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intelligently written by an author who has traveled extensively. The story is based in fact but isn't strictly nonfiction, I understand. I loved the writing. It's hard to believe anyone would write such lengthy emails to another person, pages and pages. The format is emails from the author to another person, without benefit of the other person's responses, explained briefly in the Preface. This wasn't a 5-star story for me but the writing was. Emotions came through clearly. An online "relationsh ...more
Melissa
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. I found it to be un-believably faith affifrming, moving, emotional, and un-expected. Ms. Goska's stories captured me so completely right from the start and made me look at myself and how I live out my faith. Without giving any spoilers, I was surprised by what she reveals towards the end of the book, not that it has a 'twist' conclusion, but it was truly un-expected. She is a survivor and I am inspired by her to be a better Christian, a better Catholic, a better person. She is ...more
Denise Barney
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this.book. I enjoyed the apologetics, the stories, and the way Ms. Goska relates several religious traditions with the Catholic faith.

Mira is a fascinating character, someone I could listen to over a bottle of wine. Her adventures are fascinating, her life hard, yet beautiful and full of amazing experiences.

The ending was a bit of a comedown; however, there is a lot to mull over.
Krystyna
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and original book. Very highly recommended reading.
Jeanne Piquet
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Save Send Delete” by Danusha Goska is a diamond of a book that shines a bright light on our own personal relationship with God and the universe. It is rare to find books written today that are so brutally honest and so bravely written; a book that has ability to affect its reader at so many different levels. Based on a true story, Goska (a.k.a. Mira, the story’s protagonist) forces the reader to openly confront and internally discuss their own belief system through her “fated” year long e-mail ...more
Toni
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Save Send Delete is an epistolary novel based on the author's life experiences. However, throughout the book , we only get to read the letters/e-mails written by the author, a catholic professor, and not the emails written by her pen-pal, an atheist. So we must infer his opinions and arguments via her responses to his notes.For me , I would have preferred the give and take of the conversation. I feel that I would have become more engaged with the characters. I know that the author did not feel i ...more
James Chappell
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful

This is not an apologetic for the existence of God. The author is Catholic, but her arguments with the aristocratic-physicist-atheist Rand only serve, amidst their banter (which you see only Danusha's side of and have to infer what Rand wrote), to explain how Danusha struggles with the suffering in the world and in her own life. She doesn't flinch and is, from what I could infer of Rand's side of the argument, a more than adequate foil for his charms. This is not a warm and fuzzy read,
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Carrie
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Still mulling this one over. Some very insightful sections, a window into a life that is far from my own experience. I read it all at a dash in three sittings partly because it's not broken up into parts - just one long series of emails. It's not my kind of ending, but how else could it end? The story is seems to be a revelation of the building of genuine intimacy but then...it's not.
The author of this autobiographical book is a professing Catholic. She has experience, both lively, honest faith
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Heidi Garrett
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysticism
Danusha V. Goska is an extremely talented writer. I began reading this book while I was in the midst of a deep personal transformation. I got through the other side of my transformation before I finished the book; since my perspective completely shifted in the interim, I became less personally invested in the book's subject matter: a conversation between a Christian and an atheist, However, my personal landing place did not and does not alter my respect or admiration for Goska's work.
Angela
I have mixed feelings about this book. Have changed my rating once (4 stars to 3) but it could go down or up again from here. Some great food for thought mixed with less edifying material. I'm glad I read it, but I am not sure I'd recommend it.
Joe
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Wow I have not disliked a book in a long time, but for me the format of emails was nauseating and boring, some confessional like truth but once again I could not get into this.
Mike Erickson
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting take on inter-religious dialogue.
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