This is a fantastic book to keep on your kitchen table and skim through during meals.
Bowden's book is easy to understand, straightforward, and has anThis is a fantastic book to keep on your kitchen table and skim through during meals.
Bowden's book is easy to understand, straightforward, and has an upbeat focus on the benefits of eating healthy (rather than condemning the reader or going too much into the doom-and-gloom associated with certain foods). Its simple format will motivate the reader to continue healthy eating habits as well as start new ones. There's such a great variety of foods mentioned in here, that I'll bet even the most unhealthy reader will find several foods that he or she loves.
Not being an expert on nutrition myself, I can't say a whole lot about the downfalls of this book. I'm convinced there are a few. But for a generation that lives on fast food and microwaved dinners, the benefits of this easily-accessible health book certainly must outweigh the bad....more
Although I agreed with the book's overall message, I think it was about twice as long as it needed to be. Almost every chapter repeated the same messaAlthough I agreed with the book's overall message, I think it was about twice as long as it needed to be. Almost every chapter repeated the same message and included a lot of unnecessary, repetitive explanations. There was one chapter--the chapter about Love--that I really enjoyed. I think if I had read this one chapter instead of the entire book, I would have gotten more out of it.
Mr. Piper writes a lot of statements that seem to be purposefully misleading, and then spends several pages explaining what he really means. The most obvious example is the phrase "Christian Hedonism," which he repeatedly explains isn't like the world's idea of hedonism. Instead of trying to redefine "hedonism" and spending entire chapters explaining this, I would have appreciated it if he just used a different word. Call me stupid, but I frequently found myself confused. I would have benefited more if the book was more straightforward.
That's not to say that the book was without merit. The idea of service, obedience, and humility as a source of joy is unthinkable to many people, including Christians. It is a subject that deserves to be delved upon! There were times while reading this book that I had to shout, "Yes!" Mr. Piper writes many things that need to be heard.
Unfortunately, Mr. Piper's book might not be the best way to relay this important message. I'm afraid that this book might only further confuse readers. I obviously can't speak for everyone, but it did confuse me....more
So the plot doesn't really happen in this book until about the last three pages. If you're looking for an action-packed story, full of mystery and advSo the plot doesn't really happen in this book until about the last three pages. If you're looking for an action-packed story, full of mystery and adventure and intrigue, do not read this book.
If, on the other hand, you appreciate authors who use words like an artist uses a paintbrush--if the smell of dirt and gray mornings inspires you--if you have not forgotten what it is like to be a kid, exploring the neighborhood with a growing sense of wonder, as if there's a whole world lying beyond every fencepost--you must read this book.
This book is really an experience rather than a story. It is lovely....more
Loved the artwork and loved the story, though I thought the "Twilight Zone"-y nature of the story was a little unnecessary. The artwork is somewhat crLoved the artwork and loved the story, though I thought the "Twilight Zone"-y nature of the story was a little unnecessary. The artwork is somewhat crude, which made the characters and the setting feel more real. The plot itself took a relatable, familiar topic (protagonist wrestles with past tragedy) and gave it an unconventional twist. Add to that sympathetic but flawed characters and you've got yourself just a wonderful graphic novel....more