While I won't go so far as to nitpick Clare's creative (sometimes too creative) use of adjectives, I do have some critiques of this book. If you've read the fanfiction, you'll be well-prepared for this novel, and in fact you'll have fun recognizing some of your favorite characters back, thinly veiled. This is actually Clare at her best, lots of improbable but fun dialogue, good pacing for once, no long dragged out subplots that make the reader forget what the main plot is, with bits that make the reader laugh aloud (at least me). I read the story straight through, and I enjoyed it. I even bought it after telling myself I wasn't going to. It is the kind of book that you binge on, read… Read more
Crowder and Hogan set out to explain different ideas about grief and grieving in this book, how that relates to musical composition, especially bluegrass, and what it means to us today. In the meantime, they share their own grief over the deaths of many people, go about the business of mourning, talk about what it means to them as current musicians (and as bluegrass folk), and what that means to them individually. Thus, it is secretly post-modern.
I have to give love to any book that is so chock full of pop-culture references (especially a shout out to the very fun but hard to work into conversation term 'magical realism') that I can't help but like it, but I do have a few… Read more
I heard Louie speak at a Passion conference and decided to check out his books, and this one was excellent. I liked it better than The Air I Breathe, but they are definitely on different topics.
This book focuses on humility in the truest sense, coming to know who we are in relation to God. Louie does an excellent job of going through examples of how we try to make our story the center of the universe, turning God into a bit player instead of the star. He is a very relatable guy, and I think it helps to hear someone who could very easily think they are a big deal to seriously discuss how we have to conciously overcome that mentality to be servants of Christ.