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The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.60
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Human, October 5, 2014
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
Zusak brings humanity to World War II, through the story of a young orphan girl who discovers the magic of words. With very little sugarcoating, Zusak presents the horrors of war, the separation of death, and the intolerance of those who are different or hold different views. But still, there are acts of beauty seen amidst the destruction. Though some of the dialogue feels more modern than I would expect for the 1940s, the story carries the book through.


Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning
Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.65
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will shake up your view of your business, August 24, 2014
Csikszentmihalyi will certainly get you thinking about your work differently. He has some wonderful concepts in this book to help one navigate the many options in business, and the various attitudes we can bring to the table. The book is full of interesting quotes from business leaders. Csikszentmihalyi has some trouble incorporating them into his narrative, but overall this a wonderful read.


Kingdoms in Conflict
Kingdoms in Conflict
by Ellen Vaughn
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Worth Reading, August 18, 2014
This review is from: Kingdoms in Conflict (Paperback)
This classic shows Colson at his best, with a well-reasoned approach to the roles of the church and government. Taking position that not all conservatives will appreciate, Colson brings balance to the separation of church and state argument, showing that the church needs the government, and that the government needs the church. There are some sections of the book that go on a little long, but the writing is compelling throughout.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book In Many Ways, July 27, 2014
Angelou has a unique, interesting story to tell, and her amazing writing makes every page a joy. Recounting what it was like to be raised in the South in the 1930's, then moving to a more progressive California, Angelou relives the angst of growing up, the shame of segregation and the beauty of a dream, in her own poetic, singing, voice. Do not miss this one.


Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
by Mel White
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.63
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Story, July 6, 2014
This wonderfully told story, of a gay man who grew up in a conservative, fundamental Christian home, will be enlightening for any reader, no matter what side of the homosexual argument you fall on. White tells his story truthfully and with bold honesty. I applaud his bravery. The book is at its best when it is recalling the emotions of adolescence, sexual frustration in a marriage, and choosing passion over employment. There is something here for all of us to learn. Towards the end of the book, as White lashes out at those who have spread false information about the homosexual community, we do find White falling into the same patterns he accuses his opposition of abusing: Half-truths, disrespect for other’s views and rights, and wanting to use tools he does not want his opposition to use. Still, I think White generally wants to see reconciliation, and his work has certainly moved the church closer to that.


Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Lynn Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.43
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Proof Anyone is Looking For, June 26, 2014
Though this book is well written and the story unfolds nicely, all the hype about what a 3-year-old experienced during a major medical crisis is almost silly. I have heard amazing things from 3 and 4-year-olds, but I don’t believe them without some hard investigation. It seems like the adult Burpos accept what their son says, then try to find ways to justify his description of Heaven, Jesus and other people he “met” in Heaven. I believe in Heaven, but I don’t need, nor do I really want, the report of a questionable witness who is more interested in playing with his superheroes than he is talking about the focus of this book..


I Hate Religion
I Hate Religion
by Michael Jarrell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Hate This Book, June 17, 2014
This review is from: I Hate Religion (Hardcover)
This is one of those books that should be a short article. It is the same message on every page – don’t try to earn God’s love with works. I don’t know where Jarrell is from, but the people I hang out with get this concept. We don’t argue over music style, clothing or what our church looks like. The more disturbing part of the book is that all of Jarrell’s complaining about those who want to do things differently than he does, makes him come across exactly like the people he is complaining about. It is unfortunate that I Hate Religion is an accurate title. I would rather read I Love Those I Disagree With.


Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
by Thomas L. Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.76
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but misguided, June 17, 2014
Though I have always enjoyed Thomas Friedman’s writing, his view of government’s role in the economy and the environment is far from useful. The book dwells greatly on how our current production of energy, called “dirty fuel”, is harming the planet. He then describes how we got to this point, in part because of an agreement with the US government to give a monopoly to power companies, to guarantee a return on investment, and to incentivize over building of power plants. Now, Friedman wants the government, who helped cause the mess, to step in and fix it. What makes anyone believe, with all the money involved in energy, that the government will be effective at this? What history has proven over and over is that consumers need to demand the change and then be willing to pay the associated price. We have done this with mail delivery, transportation, and even, on a small scale, energy. Think about what consumers have done for technology, the music industry and healthier foods. Clean energy will become scalable when the price point is right and when the consumer is convinced that it is a needed change. Friedman even hints at this, agreeing that any energy policy is dead on arrival if it does not have popular support. Still, an interesting read, but one that shows even very smart people can make the wrong assumptions.


Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
by Brigid Schulte
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gripefest For Those With Children, May 26, 2014
This book has a great premise – why do we all feel that we do not have enough time to do all we need and want to do – as well as some interesting research. But the structure of the book never brings all the elements together. This type of writing, which Malcolm Gladwell has mastered so well, asks questions, looks for answers, and provides personal anecdotes that come back to the thesis of book. However, Schulte’s approach at this simply comes off as griping that our corporations, government and society are not doing enough for working mothers. It is a book that emphasizes entitlements over responsibility. Really nothing insightful between these pages.


The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
by Bret Witter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.14
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story To Tell, May 12, 2014
An amazing story, basically told well by Edsel, about humanity in the midst of war. The story is massive, so it is sometimes hard to follow who is doing what where, but the mystery of the hunt, and the audacity of the Nazis, moves the narrative along. The ending feels like a sprint at the end of a marathon, trying to tie up all the loose ends in a few pages, and Edsel uses a minor character, Harry Ettlinger, to try and tie the opening and closing of the book around a human interest story, that almost becomes a roadblock in the way, but the fascinating tale will keep you turning the pages.


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