I can't say that I don't agree with most of what Mcelvaine has to say about the people he calls out in this book. But I think true Christianity is somewhere between what the author seems to imply (just be nice and helpful) and the radical, angry fear mongering of the book's subjectsFor instance, he insists that the biggest problem with the leaders of right-wing "Christians" is that they don't follow the teachings of Christ (which is true), but he ignores one of Christ's teachings (being "born again") and rails against those who insist on it. He accuses them of only following the teachings they find convenient. (Again true) but he himself ignores one that he doesn't agree with.But overall I think he makes some very valid points.
American History in the vein of Ian Frazier's "Great Plains." Rinella does a good job with the basic history of the American Bison and mixes it well with his personal story of a Buffalo hunt. My only quibble is that I don't get a broad sense of who the author is.
This book came to me highly recommended from several people. The reviews were anywhere from 'life-changing' to 'brilliant.' Sorry I can't agree. I was expecting a more practical explanation of how moving to the wilderness and eliminating the corrupting influences of society could work in my life. Instead I got a rambling series of anecdotes and hard to swallow 'conversations with God.' Also, a lot of what the author says God helped him with are things that are just common sense. He builds a makeshift snow plow for his truck and when it breaks and causes a series of mishaps he senses God working on his character as he deals with the frustrations it causes. I think God may have really been talking to him through a man who asks him something like, 'Why don't you just buy a real plow?' In another instance the author says he should have listened when God told him to put his work gloves in his pocket. He doesn't and leaves them behind. God tells him to take his car keys out of the ignition. He doesn't and locks his running car. His son feels impressed to take a flashlight along as he leaves for the afternoon. When a tire goes flat and he isn't home until after dark he is thankful he took it with him. All common sense stuff, friends. Who *doesn't* keep a flashlight in their car already? When Hohnberger does delve into deeper issues he just tends to get preachy and vague. This was a largely unhelpful book. I give it two stars for Hohnberger's awareness that the problems with modern churches are largely the result of a lack of true spiritual living from the membership. Unfortunately he doesn't offer much valuable help or practical solutions. Just learn how to listen to God and quit listening to yourself.
An entertaining, enlightening, and moving journey. I was glad that Jacobs was sincere in his quest and not just another snarky, cynical writer looking for cheap laughs. His thoughts are honest and have depth. He doesn't pretend to get all the answers and he never gets preachy. Well worth the time to read it.
The most intriguing part of the book is the description of circus life which is, I presume, well researched.Unfortunately, the circus life envelops a cornball melodrama with paper thin characters (All Marlena seems capable of doing is sobbing and saying, 'Oh, Jacob!' before collapsing into his arms in every scene.) I also don't like the modern nursing home segments. I'm more interested in the circus.Okay and readable, but not a classic.
A little slow going at first and this book feels more like an interlude between book 10 and 12, but the second half has some nice (if a bit predictable) twists and turns. The series has come a long way from a few less than inspiring episodes early on. I hope the last two titles aren't big letdowns.
I was about to give up on this series feeling that it had petered out at Book the Fourth, but after taking an extended break I picked up Book the Fifth and kept going. I'm glad I did as the series spun into a new, deeper, complex, and entertaining direction. The last two books have been the best of the series and as I approach the final stretch I only hope the "Denouement" is worthy of the well crafted build up.
Not quite the "whiz bang" ending you would expect, but it was satisfactory. Mainly because it's the end of one story, but not "THE END" of the Beaudelaires' story. There are still a few loose ends that don't get tied up and that's nice because life is like that.I thoroughly enjoyed this series which I thought was petering out around Book the Fourth, but things turned around.
Fascinating story of idealistic back country park Ranger Randy Morgenson and the search for him after he disappeared in King's Canyon National Park. The author paints a wonderful picture of Randy throughout his life; his love for the true wild places of nature and his struggle to balance his desire for summers alone in the wilderness and the stress it put on his marriage. Morgenson is a tragic figure and proof that dreamers and idealists will struggle mightily in our cynical society.
I picked this book up after a discussion with a friend over the word "unique." Is unique absolute or are there degrees of uniqueness that require modifiers? "so unique" "not as unique" "very unique" etc....The question on my mind was "am I grammar snob?" After reading this I would say no. It is clear that I have several language pet peeves, but I am not the stickler or "jerkwad" the language elites are. Even if you do follow all the rules it isn't necessary to be constantly correcting everyone unless you are their editor.A light and funny read that still mangages to cover all the grammar rules in an understandable way and also urges you to forget them all. I already have.