Funny how this is the stereotypical day for "new life, new you" thinking, and the day when everybody posts their goals and the things they want changed at the turn of the calendar. Mine's a little different. I am going through my book list and seeing what I should tackle this year (leaving some lee-way … Continue reading Being overly ambitious with your goals, & getting away from that.
My Copy: 9780867195996 (image from bn.com) This volume has a darker tone to it than some others, and that's even after all the death we've read about so far, and the challenges Gen and the other children have faced. Gen and Ryuta are trying hard to keep their families going (adopted and otherwise). I love … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 8: Merchants of Death, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780825429309 (image from bn.com) It's not a long read. Not at all. And the title pretty much speaks for itself regarding what the book is about: answering the question of the prosperity gospel as compared to the Bible's teachings. It's not an exhaustive bit of research (A Different Gospel started that one about … Continue reading Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge
My Copy: 978147874996 (image from bn.com) I've heard of some of the religious traditions mentioned in this book before, but I love the introductory presentation. Yes, some of this is intense and perplexing, but it also makes you try to imagine it and how you'd react to seeing it. That's what I like about Seth … Continue reading Sacred Cows: A lighthearted look at belief and tradition around the world, by Seth Andrews
My Copy: 9781565631328 (image from bn.com) Some people wanting to dig into learning about the word of faith movement, aka the "prosperity gospel," will have a good start with this book. I'm sure this 1994 text has made it into the bibliographies of plenty of books that have come since, whether criticizing the word of … Continue reading A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell
My Copy: 9780199267170 I had a hard time getting through this one. I was confused a little as to the behavior of many of the characters, and finally the ending made me a little mad at first. I had to take some time to read it again, and some analyses made of the story. My … Continue reading “The Taming of the Shrew,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781593083793 (image from bn.com) My stepdad actually recommended this one to me. Safe to say, he probably last read it long before he married my mother, because of the Hindu and Buddhist elements in the story. Siddhartha is a story that is kind of a re-telling of the story of the Buddha. The … Continue reading Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
My Copy: 9781573225328 (image from amazon.com) "If you look on everyone you meet as a holy person, you will be happy." (pg 5) This oft-repeated quote by the Holy Man (named Joe) sums it up just right. This book, and it's sequel, were given to me for my birthday by my mother. She had a … Continue reading The Holy Man, by Susan Trott