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Equality U
Equality U
Price: $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Important Film, September 10, 2013
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This review is from: Equality U (Amazon Instant Video)
This documentary follows the Equality Ride as they travel around by bus to visit Christian colleges that have discriminatory policies against LGBT students. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, and nonviolent protest the Equality Riders offer comfort to students at the colleges and make the case that policies need to be changed. A wonderful (and heartbreaking) picture of what it's like to be a student on these campuses and an important look into things that still need to change. This film is a great discussion starter for youth groups, Bible studies, and more. Highly recommend.

Songs for the New Depression
Songs for the New Depression
by Kergan Edwards-Stout
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.99
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Terrible, February 24, 2013
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The book tells the story (in his own voice) of Gabe Travers, a gay man who has HIV. The book starts with the end portion of Gabe's life, then the next section is the middle of his life, then the last section of the book covers when Gabe is a teenager. We're made to believe that the reason Gabe is the way he is is because of the things that happened to him in high school. The problem is that Gabe is an entirely unlikeable character from start to finish. He is selfish and arrogant and mean. He is the worst stereotype of what it is to be a gay man.

The book is not all that well written. And Gabe is so, so unlikeable. I didn't care what happened to him; honestly I was rooting against him. The book was filled with sexist stuff, saying that gay men are terrified of vaginas, there was abelist language, transphobic language, and multiple times he spoke as if he could do anything he wanted simply because he had a big penis (there are multiple mentions of the size of his penis).

Such an awful book. And so frustrating because it could have been really good.

Metrospiritual: The Geography of Church Planting
Metrospiritual: The Geography of Church Planting
by Sean Benesh
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.00
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited, August 28, 2012
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I am on page 80 of this book and I have to say this is one of the most poorly edited books I have ever read. There is a typo on almost every single page. It's almost impossible to read because of the terrible grammar and spelling errors. I trust that he has good information, and I am really interested in the topic, but I feel like readers need to be forewarned before spending $20 on this book.
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Moleskine 3 Black Pencils, Black, Large Point (3.0 MM), Black Lead (Writing Collection)
Moleskine 3 Black Pencils, Black, Large Point (3.0 MM), Black Lead (Writing Collection)
by Moleskine
Edition: Misc. Supplies
Price: $12.95
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as pictured, May 21, 2012
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The pencils are cool and look and write great, but the caps aren't included which is disappointing. So just know that if you order this item you will receive a three pack of pencils without the tops.

by Lauren Myracle
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Irresponsible Book, May 31, 2011
This review is from: Shine (Hardcover)
This review contains SPOILERS. Read at your own risk!

The book is about the aftermath of an attack on a young gay man in a rural southern town. His former best friend decides the police aren't doing enough to find out who attacked him and so she sets out to figure it out herself. Interesting plot, okay execution, but something about this rubbed me the wrong way.

The author, in the end, seems to forgive a whole host of things; the attack itself, the rape of one of the characters (even refusing to call it rape), the way that many of the people in the town are addicted to meth. And part of me gets it; people are complicated, motivations are complicated, being high makes you do messed up stuff. But you also have to take responsibility for your actions. You can't blame attacking someone on being high, or rape someone because you're young and confused. I mean, seriously?? This is a book written by someone who writes for a teenage audience. How can you excuse something like that?

There is also hateful speech used throughout the book, almost excessively (and I am no prude when it comes to language) without any real counter to it. I get that people talk that way, but someone should also be calling them out on it. Or even put a freaking author's note at the end to talk about the language.

There are no resources provided in this book to teens who might be struggling with their sexuality, with sexual violence, or with addiction, which just makes me angry.Wwhy are you tackling these topics if you're not doing it to provide information, hope, resources? If it's just for a good story, then quite frankly your story needs to be better.
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