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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: MAD Publishing (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989302105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989302104
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like my bacon crispy and my potatoes salty. I believe in Bigfoot, God, grace, and the giant squid... not necessarily in that order.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Hoffman on June 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I appreciate the author's ability to express himself in a creative way. Max Dubinsky opens himself up to inspection and at the same time brings us along in his search to understand the intersection of faith, religion, church, and responsibility to those around us in the wider world. My feelings are that this however is a horse that has been beaten too many times. I understand the anger that many (maybe especially in younger generations) have towards the church, but I am a little tired of what seems like a somewhat self-righteous superficial caricature of the problems in the church. I have worked in a number of cities, and I have seen the homeless in these cities being offered food multiple times a day, homes being provided, clothing provided, treatment for those who are wanting freedom from life-controlling addictions and issues - all being done every day by many, many churches. Most of our charities are Christian church based - not just here in the U.S., but around the world. So for me to hear (again) how selfish and uncaring the church is, gets tiring because it is only telling part of the picture. It is as if those who criticize have only looked at the bad examples and have purposely ignored the good ones in order to justify their own angst. This is how I felt with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aidan Rogers on June 5, 2013
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I read a lot of books, Christian non-fiction almost exclusively, and this is hands-down the best book I have read in a long time. This seems to be a theme among Christian books lately, this enconter with the homeless and the streets and all these things you ought to learn from people less fortunate than you, but how often do you get these words from the streets themselves? Those other books seem so clean, someone so proper looking down on it all in good charity. What I love about this book is its dirt, its mess. It's just real - a guy out there looking for something, looking for God, and finding all of this beautiful stuff along the way that you just don't get unless you're at least a little dirty.

The truths that Max shares, through his own journey and through the words of new friends along the way, are poignant. They are the kinds of things you need to hear, whether you think you're right or your wrong or you have all the answers or you still have questions. They are the kinds of things you need to let sink into your heart for a little while and just let them sit there for awhile, heavy in the way they bear so much truth down on your life.

If you're looking for the "point," if you're trying to discover the plot or the theme or the message of this book...it's probably not your book. There is no message; there is no point. Nothing you're supposed to take away except for all of these quiet, simple little truths that tug at your heart and wreck your comfort and you walk away from this book changed and you know you loved it but you couldn't really explain to anyone exactly why. You tell them they've just got to read it. Really.

You have to read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on June 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Once again, Max Dubinsky has completely blown me away with his ability to tell a story about what life is all about - Grace. And the reason why we need grace so very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bert Savarese on May 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I started this book (a free review copy from Story Cartel), not being entranced by the writing or style. Then after a few pages, I could see and really hear Max from the Heart... just the crack split open enough to let me slip in and actually see/hear him. It began to wrap a rope around my mind and heart as I listened to his questioning about his own life, then God, then finding Grace was part of his understanding, after all. His life wasn't all about homelessness, or who he meets on the street but it was as though he felt the gentleness of Grace within his own questioning, especially about the church. I think Grace was reflected in those he encountered, the homeless ones. Often we stand aloof, thinking our perceptions of Grace is a cut above this world, when its actually right in front of us, sometimes on a street corner, drunk but wanting a contact with those that walk in front of them... and we avert our eyes because we miss God's Grace he gives us through them.

What worked for me in this book was 1) Max's writing. At the beginning I was put off by his style, then grew to understand it; 2) He didn't mind plunging to the bottom of his soul and stripping pretenses to expose himself; 3) His humanity. Simply his willingness to be human to another who could do nothing for him, but ended up giving him more than he gave. What is a plate of pasta when you hold it up to a homeless man who can give you nothing but his own honesty? Its so rare to get honesty in humanity's exchange nowadays. And Grace. Struggling with the often gracelessness of church, while the bible lays it out pretty simply:

First,Commandment #1: Love the Lord God first with all your heart, mind and soul. Commandment #2: Then love your neighbor as yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @micahjmurray on June 18, 2013
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Max is not kind to language.

While some of us smoothly layer sentences into pleasing paragraphs, Max brutally slams words together until they bleed.

If you're afraid of profanity, honesty, or hard questions with no answers, this book is not for you. This book is for the broken, the disillusioned, the wondering, the hoping, the saints-turned-sinners. This is for those who have tried to cling to life and hope and faith and failed. In ten thousand bloody words, it's whispering, "You're not alone."

In An Anthology of Madness, Max Dubinsky has collected a dozen poems and stories that share glimpses into a journey winding thorough church, brokenness, doubt, and love. He writes with a dark, almost vulgar courage that I've rarely seen - especially from Christian authors. I guarantee Anthology will make you squirm. It will mess you up. But at then end, all you'll see is grace.

My only complaint about this book is that it's pretty short. I don't often like shelling out $5-$10 for something I can read in an afternoon, but I think it was worth it this time. Not only for the words, but to support a very talented word artist.
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