"His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS..
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
Not sure what this title has to do with the rest of the book. ?
Other than an occasional nod to Christianity, this book is in no other way representative of Christ or Christians. Honor killing/revenge seem to be the underlying emphasis, while the primary thrust of the story seems to be only to survive in a messed up world without losing one's moral compass; The problem I have with that idea, is that the two main characters who illustrate this notion, have their own individual idea about morality. The dichotomy of Individual morals and Christian morals seems irreconcilable. If the author hadn't insisted on creating a connection to Christianity, and then departing from it, it might have carried more weight.
Performance was Tai Sammons solid and entertaining.
This is the 'first' Alan Furst i have read, and will probably not be the last.
The rhythm and meter of the writing is pleasant to listen to, and charms the reader to follow along (regardless of weather one actually knows where the story is going).
The myriad of characters can be dizzying, and it is easy to lose track of who was who (and where).
Destined to join that long and distinguished line of celebrated, and unread, novels?
Eleanor Catton is a fine writer, but seemingly steeped in the school of the nineteenth century masters. Her language and skills of prose are evident, but over the heads of the average reader today (I count myself included).
The 'astrology' theme, and the waning/waxing phases of the moon, in which the plot is structured is clearly beyond my ability - and inclination - to comprehend.
Some say that when a writer has done something successfully, they should keep doing it. Grisham understands this concept, and he does it well. He does it well.
This reminded me very much of a recent Grisham novel with a similar premise (old man, about to die, leaves fortune to a little known (and somewhat suspect) individual while cutting out his family entirely.
In many ways this seems like a re-write of the same story...changing things here, moving things over there, different names, different places, etc...
Grisham is a talented writer, and knows what his audience wants to hear. It was, however, a little too much the same for me. I was tired by the time is was over (and glad it was done). Who cares about somebody else's millions?
There was much about the book that was commendable. Main character was likable. The thrust of the court case was understandable, and was set-up for logical arguments from both sides. Justice had a prevailing influence on the final scene of the book, and the audience (the reader) was given some leeway to decide how they feel about the events (though they are clearly being steered).
Bottom Line: If you like other Grisham novels you can expect more of the same.
Not a bad detective mystery, but not great either. Drags a bit in the end, so be prepared for a lapse in an otherwise evenly-paced detective fiction.
This was actually an interesting autobiography, with very few dull moments.
In part because it was well-written. In part because Rob Lowe has led a fascinating, and some might say a charmed, life.
There is a lot of inside information on what Hollywood is actually like. Lowe has rubbed elbows with many A-listers early in their career, so it is interesting from that perspective as well.
I came away with the book understanding more about Robe Lowe the man and the actor, but cannot say that I personally "liked" him better. It felt authentic much of the time, but it also had long moments of name dropping, competitive jockeying, and setting oneself up to win (perhaps by writing this book and getting 'back in the public's eye' again).
Excellent narration by Mr. Lowe.
I sat on this review for the book "People Who Eat Darkness" for a few months. I processed whether or not I actually wanted to write a review.
We join the parents of Lucie Blackwood in a hopeless search for their missing girl in the huge city of Tokyo.
This was a compelling read, but not a very nice one. It left me with the desire to wash my hands after having read it, and try to unread portions of this book that left me feeling unclean. For, after all, this book enters the underbelly of Japan in search of a missing girl.
Parry has written a true story, in a way that makes it read like a crime story - one that enters demented minds of people who operate in darkness.
Had to put this one down for a bit, unfinished. If I ever get back to it, I will contact Audible to delete my existing review (thanks Audi) and write a new one. Save a credit on this one.
If you are one of those Audible listeners who think so highly of themselves that you have dozens of followers, and yet follow no one, then I have nothing to say to you.
However, for those of you like myself, who like to follow similar (or dis-similar listeners) so as to find new books to challenge my readership and broaden horizons (etc...), then to you I say "thank you".
"Exoskeleton" was a book I decided to try after reading one of my fellow Audible listener's reviews. It just sounded so different from anything I would otherwise have tried, and for the most part... it was.
"Exoskeleton" was fairly well-written, and the concept was unique. I thought the hero character had a nice build up, so that I felt like I was backing him all the way. The story might pass as a horror novel to some readers, so be warned if 'interrogations' make you uneasy.
However, after thinking about this book, I thought there was a lot of untapped potential that may have been explored that might have made this an exceptional book. For example: the confines of the main setting may have also been looked into more, and explored to some extent (literally). And, without giving anything away, frankly the climax went far-out into the bizarre.
This book seems specifically geared towards men, although that is not to say that women couldn't also enjoy this genre. If you are the kind of guy that likes to read about mentally tough, military-minded warriors who have to fight against impossible odds, this may be for you.
All in all, I can't say I enjoyed reading this (if you try it, you'll know what I mean), but it was not bad. And the concept was more unique than most, which is a credit to the author. I could see this being a movie, but it would be rated R for violence.
Kept my interest, but just barely.
Would not recommend this to many people, unless you enjoy implausible plots and fantastical fictions. Just okay. Probably will not read Koontz anymore, maybe this YA fiction?
“The Book of Mormon is the most important book in my life. I remember it as one of the earliest things I read...I've read it many, many times.
“A few years ago, I was called upon by the Brethren to rewrite the Hill Cumorah Pageant. They told me to ignore the existing script, and instead to go back to the Book of Mormon and find a way to shape a clear and coherent story that would present the book's most important themes for an audience of nonmembers. I've been exploring, analyzing, dramatizing this book for a long time.
“So, it seemed to me only natural that I should write my Homecoming series -- The Memory of Earth, The Call of Earth, The Ships of Earth. These books are really just another dramatization of the Book of Mormon, only transformed into a science fictional setting, where by fictionalizing it I have the freedom to explore questions of character and society in a way that I couldn't in a more direct adaptation.
“Elements of the Book of Mormon have shown up in many of my other works....”
-Orson Scott Card
So, what do Mormon’s Believe?
Most Mormons believe they can become “like” God.
Some have gone so far as to say they can govern their own universe, and speculate as to whether GOD started off in this way also. This has caused confusion, and much debate from both sides, but the problem becomes more complicated with the added Mormon belief that Jesus was a person like us (and not God) and may have married and had children. Although Mormons claim to be Christian, this is contradictory to what most Christian churches teach, and is considered heresy.
Most Orthodox Christians believe:
1.Jesus was God before His physical manifestation on earth,
2.He was God as He walked as a man on earth, and
3.He continues to be God, and always will be God—both co-existent with, and at the right hand of, the Father in heaven.
4.No one is like God (1 Chronicles 17:20)
A well-known statement that helps define a core belief of Mormonism called “eternal progression”, can be summarized by this well-known statement:
"As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become."
If repeated a few times, the meaning becomes clearer. Although, this sounds innocent enough, it is actually considered a heresy to most Bible-based Christian denominations.
"...the great universe of stars has multiplied beyond the comprehension of men. Evidently each of these great systems is governed by divine law; with divine presiding Gods, for it would be unreasonable to assume that each was not so governed."
- Mormon founder Joseph Smith
While such stories make for interesting science fiction, they certainly do not have a place in either the Bible or true Christianity. So, with my heart thus prepared, I entered into the reading of Ender’s Game. (It was the same state I entered into reading Steelheart By Brandon Sanders. And, it is the same state that I would enter the reading of any book by a devout follower of any other religion aside from Christianity.)
Since it’s release in 1985, Ender’s Game has been accumulating Accolades, and not without reason.
"Ender's Game is the story of Ender Wiggins, who is recruited at a very young age for his highly unique traits,and is thusly trained by the Best of the Best, for one purpose only: to save the world from utter destruction. Through a series of personal failures, and personal growth, we see ender become the man, err boy, that he needs to become.
The story is intriguing, and the language doesn't often get in the way of the life of the story. Although it was difficult to imagine a ten-year-old “super-kid” being the main character, it was satisfactorily explained in the end. The conclusion of the main conflict was also concluded neatly, and without ever making itself too apparent (nice surprise).
As far as the audio content is concerned, it was top-notch. Sometimes too many narrators can ruin a good thing, but in this case it was completely professional. It was a thoroughly enjoyable production.
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