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The Best Things in Life Paperback – August 12, 1984
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"Any reader sitting down to persue these dialogues . . . [will] find himself roused, amused, entertained and instructed. Peter Kreeft does what all great teachers do: he returns us, again and again and again, to what T. S. Eliot called 'the permanent things.' " (Thomas Howard)
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--------- AUDIO TALKS --------- $1 each (MP3)
Peter Kreeft MP3
---"Beauty" -- The branch of philosophy dealing with aesthetics.
---"C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity" -- C.S. Lewis' masterpiece
--- Charisms: Visions, Tongues, Healing, etc. (feat. Dave Nevins)
---"Christianity in Lord of the Rings" -- The cleverly disguised role of God
---"Culture War" -- A call to arms, mapping key enemies and battlefields
---"Existence of God" -- A magnificent overview of the arguments
---"Good, True, Beautiful" -- C.S. Lewis on three great transcendentals
---"Happiness" -- How do you get it? Christ's version vs. the world's
---"Heaven" -- The heart's deepest longing
---"Hollywood Screenwriting" -- Encouragement to film's creative storytellers
---"If Einstein Had Been a Surfer" -- Rediscovering intuitive thinking
---"Lord, Liar, or Lunatic" -- The famous argument for Christ's identity
---"Problem of Pain" -- C.S. Lewis's brilliant exposition on suffering and evil
---"Sex in Heaven" -- Imaging the fire of God's love
---"Sexual Reconnection" -- Healing the link between sex & love
---"Shocking Beauty" -- The live character of Christ
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Highly recommended for young readers.
That is just the beginning; the names are all puns in the book, as we have seen from our two main protagonists(Peter and Felicia). The puns continue through all the professors and personalities encountered. The president of Desperate State University is "Fudge Factor" and is as inept as his name implies. We also meet "Marigold Measurer", the scientist who is addicted to data but without really understanding its purpose or use. Felicia has some mentors in her life - "Pop Syke" who is the guru of pop psychology, and "Karl", the communist who is brother to "Adam", the Capitalist.
Having read a number of Kreeft's other books, this one was a bit of a letdown. The puns with the names got to be so trying and tiring that it was hard to finish the book. The same information could have been conveyed in conventional prose, with half the words. The dialogue grew boring and irritating. I just wanted the meat from this book and had to go through a lot of bone and grist to get to it.
The book has a lot to offer in the examination of why someone does what he does, and to help one live a more examined life. But the book often does it in a very long, roundabout way.
I never like to give a book a bad review, and often go back and read a book a second time before I will do so. This book, though hard to get through the first time, was more than worth it the second time.Read more ›
The premise of the book is contained in its title: What are "the best things in life?" The modern mind is exposed as one that is so introspective that it is oblivious to the workings of logic, reason, and basic self-understanding. Thus an irony is exposed, namely the inclination toward the self-delusional of the "me" generations.
Socrates' famous dictum: "the unexamined life isn't worth living," is the central tenet of the book. Two people closely evaluate their lives and realize that everything may not be as it seems.
The hopeful effect this will have on a reader is for he or she to turn and examine his or her own life. The book makes some interesting points, and is a "lighter" read than some of Kreeft's theological and philosophical treatises.
All in all, I like the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. Excellent book. Should be in everybody's library.Published 6 months ago by K. A. Bailey
An update of the Socratic dialogue with modern propositions and dilemmas. It provides the reader with good thinking and
the opportunity to do your own.
I have a hard time writing reviews for books such as this. I've said this in another Kreeft review: if you like Kreeft, you'll like this. If you don't know him, try reading him. Read morePublished 23 months ago by skyewalker
I like the logic that surrounds Socrates arguments. Another thing I like is how eye opening it is and how Socrates is refuting a big problem in our current day and age. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bob
'The Best Things In Life' is a very entertaining and educational book by Peter Kreeft.
In this volume, the author has Socrates come to a modern day American college... Read more
Bought this book for my son for school and it is exactly as promised. It was reasonable priced and shipping was quick.Published on December 27, 2013 by Daniel Killmer
One of the most important and life changing books I have ever read... it was the book that introduced me to critical thinking and logic and began my real quest for truth and... Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by KIllerShrew