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Blessed are the contrarians, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. But they must be very, very careful in these Interesting Times!
Contrarians are those who go against the current (as the dictionary states), who take opposing stands from the majority: in the stock markets they buy when others sell and vice-versa; in religious matters, if they are Christians, they continue t
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by CreateSpace (first published December 20th 2012)
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Diana Stevan
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first ran into author, Rob Piccoli, on a now defunct bloggers website. At the time I was very impressed by his intellect and his curiosity. Both shine through Blessed Are The Contrarians, a book of essays which covers a wide range of topics—nature, beauty, politics, art, and religion. Though I consider myself to be well read, this book introduced me to writers I’ve missed. Among them—Montaigne, G.K. Chesterton, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. By sharing who’s inspired him, Rob has now inspired me to ...more
Kristin Spencer
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book by S. R. Piccoli is actually based on a collection of blog entries that are dedicated to different “Contrarians.” Contrarians, as Piccoli explains, can be generally defined as those “who take opposing stands from the majority.”

Although his book is written from the standpoint of a Christian, I don’t think that someone coming from a different worldview would find his beliefs or writing style imposing. He is a philosopher that sometimes takes on the role of historian, and spea
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Dan Salerno
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
The only reason I gave Piccoli's book a relatively lower rating is that I'm not really that philosophically minded. But, if you are, I am sure you'll thoroughly enjoy his collection of essays (blog posts?) that cover a wide range of subjects, many of them from a Christian (specifically Catholic) point of view. His writing is clean and understandable, particularly for the subject matter! It's always interesting to get another person's point of view, especially someone from Italy, writing about wo ...more
Darrell Newton
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading “Blessed are the Contrarians,” I wanted to sit down for a cup of coffee and a long theological and philosophical discussion with Rob, the author. (He signs his book as S. R. Piccoli, and the initials stand for Samuel Robert, or Rob for short.)

Since the book is a compilation of blogs that were reflections on art, philosophy, theology, and current events, the reader may feel lost. The political and cultural events (primarily American and Italian) were fresh in the mind of
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Blessed Are the Contrarians: Diary of a Journey Through Interesting Times by S.R. Piccoli was quite the eye opener for me. It revived old memories of past events, some that I could relate to and some new enlightening facts. After reading the dedication I knew this was going to be a most unusual read for me.

The diaries are compilations of his past blogs of actual current events at the time of writing these blogs, infused with his point of view. "The "diary" entries are not arranged in
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Gregory Brown
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blessed Are the Contrarians, by S. R. Piccoli, is a collection of essays from his blog (www.windrosehotel.com). Picolli is an intellectual and a philosopher. His focus in the book is to consider “contrarians” and current and historic controversial issues. According to his definition, contrarians are:

“…those who go against the current (as the dictionary states), who take opposing stands from the majority: in the stock markets they buy when others sell a
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Erica Kramer
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The compilation of blog posts assembled into this one book are deeply thought out and very well written. I recommend this book for those who are philosophers at heart.

I find it refreshing to read the outlook of a "thinker" to have faith filled views in such cynical world.

I also want to point out that I very much enjoyed the personal take Piccoli related his thoughts and stories. Including personal stories made the book more likable and not obnoxious.
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S. R. Piccoli (the initials stand for Samuel Robert), aka Rob, was born the 13th November, 1950 on the Island of Maddalena—one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean—off the northeast coast of Sardinia. But his origins are nuanced. His mother—an American citizen, although her family was originally from Liguria in northwest Italy—was born in Philadelphia, PA, and his father was born nea ...more