First of all if the "F" word or any mention of sexual body parts offends you, this isn't the book for you but if you want to think of our county in a new light, give this book a try. Not only are his "rules" good advice to live by, his essays give unique ways at looking at what is presented to us on a platter in the evening news. It's worth being offended to be prodded to think.
I would listen to "Cooked" again because there were so many metaphors about cooking and life that it was hard to put them all in order. It was very good to see how we are shaped by our culture reflected in our food.
If the section on bread doesn't make you want to go out and sample a good loaf of artisan bread or better yet to make you yearn to learn how to make it then something is wrong. While listening to this section I could almost smell the bread baking.
There was an ease to what he was saying.
I listened to it in two sittings, so that was close. It is that good.
Two things threw me off on this book narration. One, it wasn't just a few words being mispronounced it was many words. Everything from place names to personal names to chapters in the Book of Mormon. The author gave suggestions on how to talk to your Mormon friends but if you pronounced things like he did, you'd lose all respectability in your discussion. Second, the discussion on polygamy was good up to the second manifesto but after that the majority of the chapter was spent on splinter groups who are no longer a part of the Mormon Church. Again, if you are going to talk to your Mormon friends about polygamy there is plenty of problems to talk about within the church and time frame when it was part of the church but including anything after that and saying it's part of the church will not get you anywhere in your discussion.
I'm listening to 50 Myths Proven Wrong.
He couldn't or didn't pronounce correctly "So Many" words from the Mormon culture that his message was lost.
I would have corrected the pronunciation of words throughout the text to make it lest distracting to Mormon readers and more helpful to those wanting to learn about Mormons and talk with their Mormon friends.
I listened to this book and wondered if Rachel Resnick was going to find a solution to her issues. She did a good job explaining the how and why she became a love junkie and she was successful in explaining the insights she learned along the way. What I found hard to understand was that in the end she didn't really solve her issues with being a love junkie just transferred it into a different less destructive form.
This book had it's good points but it took a long time to get to the point of joy. It was written in a language that was complicated and sometimes hard to follow with the points that author wanted to make separated by long distances from his examples.
I really enjoyed this book. There were numbers, statistics, history, trends, and comparisons that were used to show their 23 points. It made sense.
I didn't mind the parables in the Bible. They made sense and seemed to fit life but this book's creation of a parable or story was nothing more then a justification for their political views. Of course everything makes sense in the story but in real life there are many other variables that come into play and there story either ignored them or glossed over them. I felt talked down to listening to this book. It did not open up my understanding of the economy or the way things work in our society.
The Civil War didn't start in 1861 and it didn't end in 1865. The war started before our Revolutionary War and is still being fought today throughout our nation. It was great to be able to listen to this book and see that the war wasn't a black and white event but was an example of the constant give and take we have still today. The book was just a slice in time of our constant struggle as a nation to realize what it means to be "We the People..."
When a child under terrible circumstances has a vision and then begins sharing it with his father, I thought I'd be inspired. Instead though I found that the child said things he didn't comprehend and then just walked off to play while the father was stumped only to justify his own beliefs with what his son said. It was frustrating to me to hear. I felt manipulated by the words of a child, which if I didn't like the explanation of, I'd be cast as an unbeliever his father the pastor. It wasn't so much the story of the child and what he saw that bothered me, it was the interpretation of the story by his father. If heaven is for real then I believe it will be open to all good people whether they have accepted Christ as their Savior or not. If not, is that really the kind of heaven you want to be in.
I've seen Malcom Gladwell speak twice and read both "Tipping Point" and "Blink," which I really enjoyed but "Outliers" is his crowning work. The book is written in an organized way yet displays profound out the box thinking. Many of us like to think of our heros as truely exceptional people but Mr. Gladwell shows us in his book that many times it's taking what's been given to us, practicing, and being in the right place at the right time. I enjoyed the entire book but what most impressed me was his personal tale about himself, his mother, and grandmother and how being an Outlier has more to do with what went before us then what we actually were able to do ourselves. I liked how the book made me think about how even if I wasn't an Outlier that by me providing opportunities as a teacher or a parent that I may help a future Outlier.
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