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message 1: by India (new)

India Clamp Nice review Malia. Raises questions truly, and I liked, " I would be very curious what readers who are religious thought of this book. All in all, not one I would recommend. I realize Aslan cannot provide answers to which there are none that can be given, no evidence to provide, but I still would have wished for something a little more insightful or thought-provoking than what he offered."


message 2: by Malia (new)

Malia India wrote: "Nice review Malia. Raises questions truly, and I liked, " I would be very curious what readers who are religious thought of this book. All in all, not one I would recommend. I realize Aslan cannot ..."

Thank you, India! I had hoped for more, but I guess it's hard to write something truly enlightening on a subject that is spiritual, not factual, or at least the way I see it.


message 3: by Patrice (new)

Patrice Good review Malia. Yeah, I get it. It is hard to "put a finger on it" and figure out why a book doesn't quite engage us. In my humble opinion, spirituality and religion, though often times used as synonyms aren't really the same thing. God is many things to many people and it is always a very personal relationship. Someone can be spiritual and not follow any set or practiced religion. Whereas there are those that claim to be religious; yet aren't very spiritual. Though I myself am a practicing catholic; I consider myself more spiritual than religious. Writing a book about God (other than the Holy books, Koran, Bible, etc.) is also a very personal interpretation (even the Bible gospels are "personal" accounts according to the catholic saints). It seems to me; from your review and the book synopsis that this was something akin to a dissertation.

As you said "it's hard to write something truly enlightening on a subject that is spiritual, not factual"

A very well done review for a tough subject and book. I loved your own insights.

I read Gray Matter and it might be a book that you enjoy better than this one.


message 4: by Malia (new)

Malia Patrice wrote: "Good review Malia. Yeah, I get it. It is hard to "put a finger on it" and figure out why a book doesn't quite engage us. In my humble opinion, spirituality and religion, though often times used as ..."

Thanks so much for this thoughtful response, Patrice, and I agree with your observations! I will definitely look up Gray Matter:-)


message 5: by Tariq (last edited Nov 04, 2019 01:23PM) (new)

Tariq Jawed Your review made me think that you haven't tried to really understand his narrative, even the very sentence “Do not fear God. You are God” answers your question. His personal believe is being a Sufi, and he clearly mentioned that. He explains that there is no creator, "God is not the creator of everything that exist, God is Everything that exist". If this is not thought provoking, then I am not sure what you need? You are trying very hard to stay on your own thought process, rather than listening to his ideas / answers clearly enough.

I suggest you to go through Chapter 10 again, seems like you are missing the point by far margin.


message 6: by Malia (last edited Nov 04, 2019 02:25PM) (new)

Malia Tariq wrote: "Your review made me think that you haven't tried to really understand his narrative, even the very sentence “Do not fear God. You are God” answers your question. His personal believe is being a Suf..."

I think generally people don't respond the way you wish they would if you tell them they just don't get something. I am glad you found in this book that which you did, but I read it thoroughly and did not. This does not make me someone who "missed the point by a far margin", as you so eloquently put it, but rather a reader with a different view of a book than yours. Interpretation is opinion and I am entitled to a different one from yours without either being more right or valid. Let us agree to disagree on this one.


message 7: by Tariq (new)

Tariq Jawed Without getting personal, because that was not my intent. I want to say that you should give another chance and read chapter 10. Aslan clearly didn't believes in the Divine God, so I didn't find him endorsing any particular faith or school of thought, rather with human intuition conveying the idea of pantheism.

For your point, God is definitely a human construct, unless proven otherwise, because all the books about God are written by people like us, unless we can prove that a some supernatural entity or being has written any book, I found no compelling evidence of that.


message 8: by Malia (new)

Malia Tariq wrote: "Without getting personal, because that was not my intent. I want to say that you should give another chance and read chapter 10. Aslan clearly didn't believes in the Divine God, so I didn't find hi..."

I appreciate your response, Tariq! Perhaps I will go back at some point to look at your suggested chapter, however, I feel I will probably not be likely to change my mind about the book as a whole.


message 9: by Tariq (new)

Tariq Jawed No worries, no-one wants to change your mind? I would take your feedback on my review

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