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Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 15, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148279
  • ASIN: B004AYCX02
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kasich, a former Republican congressman now running for governor of Ohio, has written a conversational account of the Bible study he organized more than 20 years ago in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus. Reared a Roman Catholic, Kasich drifted away from his religion as an adult but came to embrace an Anglican faith after both his parents were killed in a car crash by a drunk driver. The Bible study's eight members, who meet at a local diner, have changed over the years, but most seem to share his middle-class presumptions. The biggest faith challenge for these men is a preoccupation with theodicy: how can bad things happen to good people? The answers are mostly commonplace, as is Kasich's reading of the Bible, in which all the major characters, from Noah to Paul, are faithful and courageous examples of men worth emulating. For Kasich, the Bible study serves as a kind of therapeutic way to wrestle with perennial questions about mortality. The Christianity that emerges from these pages is tame and has nothing profound to say.
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“If questioning certainties is an art, John Kasich has mastered it in his Stand for Something with eloquence, passion and sincerity.”

—Elie Wiesel



Stand for Something is passionate, principled, and sure to provoke.”

—George Stephanopoulos


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Good food for thought.
Thomas Sanger
If you can manage to stay with it until the last couple of chapters, they are better, but not worth reading the whole book.
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I commend their attitude and recommend this book.
Gretchen Hirsch

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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Dove on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book provides readers with a look at the man behind the former congressman / Fox News analyst / investment banker / candidate for governor. John Kasich really opens up about his personal quest for deep and meaningful religious understanding. While not deeply religious myself, I found that as I read, I was wishing that I knew these "bible guys", that I could have lunch with them, or that I could even just be a fly on the wall for their thoughtful and insightful looks at the Bible and the world.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Hollar on June 16, 2010
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"Every Other Monday" asks the questions we all have at one time or another. Kasich does not purport to have all the answers but he sends us on a journey that will help the reader come to his or her own conclusions.

I suffered a major heart attack in 1989 which led to a heart transplant two years later. I was struck with prostate cancer in 2003. I have asked the questions that are addressed in this book.

It will help anyone who is searching find his or her wa

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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By H2osparkler on June 15, 2010
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This book is an amazing testimony to God's grace, love, and transformation. I cried, laughed, and enjoyed every page. Thank you for this amazing word of absolute faith!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on July 17, 2010
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Because I enjoyed listening to John Kasich on Fox News when he hosted "Heartland", I bought this newly published book about his faith journey out of curiousity.

The print is easy to read tho not well edited. The former congressman formed a group of educated and wealthy friends, after suffering a major turning point in his life, who agreed to meet for lunch every other Monday to discuss the Bible. Twenty years is a long time yet these friends continue to cherish their time together with the Bible as the main subject during their lunch hour.

The book appears to be a tribute to these friends and insights into their varied belief in God, the Bible, and faith in general.
There is nothing new in their debates but I have a great deal of respect for their bi-monthly priority and dedication to Christian principles.

Questioning the Bible, trying to make sense out of the mystery of life, reaching for a deeper understanding of what faith means - this is universal. Modern day life is filled with uncertainty and groups of friends from all walks of life can benefit from this lunch club concept of helpful discourse.

The book is not political or preachy at all. Obviously John Kasich feels people can benefit from lessons learned as they journey along with him and his "Bible Guys" as he refers to his friends! A nice book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2010
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It touched me in a very personal way. It is not a deeply theological book, but rather provides an every day layman's perspective and comments on biblical stories and allows you to really feel as if you are part of the inner circle. I would share this with everyone and Ohio should be lucky to have a man of this character running for govenor..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deb from Iowa on March 20, 2012
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I expected this book to be more about the Bible Study itself - more about the topics discussed. I appreciated the friendships of the men, and finding out how the group evolved - it just wasn't what I expected from the book Also, I know the author was trying to be conversational and "folksy", but after awhile all of the "gonnas", "shouldas" and "wantas" got in the way for me.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lecompte on August 2, 2010
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I was surprised at the lack of depth in the book. There are also a few factual errors when referring to Biblical stories. Did anyone proof read or edit this book? I was expecting to discover some fresh insight regarding God, the Bible and the reality of the human condition but most of the conclusions and propositions were very superficial and routine. There were one or two "nuggets" in the book, worth underlining, but I expected much more. I do not recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Hirsch on July 31, 2010
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John Kasich's Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith and Friendship is a quick and pleasant read with many important life lessons delivered in disarmingly simple and accessible language. As someone who also benefited from a Bible group for almost 12 years, I can relate to Kasich's closeness to his "Bible guys."

However, what strikes me more than the theology is the group's civility to one another when perhaps they don't agree about sticky issues in that most personal area of life: one's relationship with God. Civility is so sorely missing in our society, and when right- and left-wing Christians savage each other, all in Jesus's name, it's pretty discouraging to the rest of us. The members of this group don't always agree with one another on every point of discussion, but they accept their disagreements and continue to treat one another with respect. They see past doctrinal differences to the men behind them.

In a time when, "I don't agree with you" has become, "You're a *&^^&$_(@*%* idiot," this book reminds us what caring for one another is supposed to be about. While I don't agree with every theological interpretation the group comes to, I bet if I told them that, they'd listen and continue to allow me to state my opinions. I commend their attitude and recommend this book.
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