Thoughtful and clever. Unfortunately the action was lacking a bit; slightly difficult to follow, and not well signposted. But the characters were veryThoughtful and clever. Unfortunately the action was lacking a bit; slightly difficult to follow, and not well signposted. But the characters were very well-drawn, and the dialogue was spot on! I felt the actors' performances from the films in every interaction. For an Old Republic, New Canon story, this book is quite a catch....more
Why don't women report sexual assault? Consider this.
Rachael Denhollander, a woman with a strong, supportive family, who was raised to be strong andWhy don't women report sexual assault? Consider this.
Rachael Denhollander, a woman with a strong, supportive family, who was raised to be strong and to stand up for what is right; a woman who is educated, licensed, and experienced as an attorney; a woman who has faith and truth and love on her side, waited the better part of two decades to report her sexual abuse because she didn't think she could win.
Denhollander had to use her legal skills to ensure that the case proceeded as it needed to for her assailant to be removed from a context where he could cause more harm. She had to work a very demanding job for no pay for years on top of her real job in hopes of getting her assailant placed out of reach of his targets by the long arm of the law.
Denhollander, along with 250 other women, attained victory in this fight, finally putting their abuser behind bars. The mental and psychological trauma and toil they face *even in victory* are painful to read about.
Yet still, despite being rightly vindicated by the US legal system, the organizations which made it possible for the abuse to happen are treating Denhollander and her fellow survivors as unworthy of calling for change.
Most women are not attorneys. Many don't have supportive families. Very few have the support structure Denhollander has, and even with that structure the trial of Larry Nassar nearly broke her.
Most women don't report because it would destroy them.
Even—perhaps especially—if they are telling the truth. We must believe them, because a girl, a person, a bearer of the Imago Dei, is worth everything.
This book is remarkable and crucial and emotionally challenging. It's important for every human who hasn't faced abuse to grapple with Denhollander's battle, why it happened, why it will happen again, and what the survivors are going through when it does. It's important for the same reason that it wrecked me emotionally.
Like Sherlock Holmes meets The Art of War in a galaxy far, far away. This was a fun read, and a good palate cleanser between two heavy books. TheLike Sherlock Holmes meets The Art of War in a galaxy far, far away. This was a fun read, and a good palate cleanser between two heavy books. The three main characters of Zahn's book—Arihnda Pryce, Eli Vanto, and Thrawn himself—are complex, layered characters, self-reflective, and unique within the galaxy. The New Canon galaxy in which Star Wars now takes place is perhaps less gritty than the Legends continuity, but also saddled with less baggage; this "second draft" of the expanded universe is more accessible and equally compelling....more
What a way to start the year. This is the first book of (hopefully) at least 50 I'll read in 2020, and it was a doozy. Challenging, gripping,What a way to start the year. This is the first book of (hopefully) at least 50 I'll read in 2020, and it was a doozy. Challenging, gripping, painfully honest; it's a cliche, but I couldn't put it down. I have many thoughts, but most importantly: thank you, Megan, for writing what was clearly a difficult and intimate account of your life.
Some of the biggest things that struck me were, in no particular order:
1. The absolute importance of faithful application in any kind of teaching.
2. The ever-present necessity of wise and intellectually honest oversight for leadership.
3. The perpetually destructive nature of an us-vs-them ideology.
4. The pain that a family can bestow on their members, even amidst a deep and broad adoring love, simply by not listening.
The fact that I'd readily affirm, or at least affirm the siblings of, so many Westboro doctrines is shocking to me. They teach them in despicable ways, justifying those ways by an unmoving and uninvestigated dogma that doesn't come from the Bible. But our Bible is the same (well, they're KJV-only, but whatever), and much of our confession would be the same if they held to one; but their mission statement and core values are nothing like that of my church.
While there's definitely closure, it doesn't feel like it has an ending; in fact it feels like the end of a first act of a blockbuster epic, and I'm excited to see the other two.
This is one of the most infuriating, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, moving, intelligent, witty, grounded, painful, necessary books I've ever read.This is one of the most infuriating, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, moving, intelligent, witty, grounded, painful, necessary books I've ever read. It messed me all the way up and changed my mind on a lot of things. What a remarkable work. Please read it....more