I write, "finally" some decent answers, and yet this book has been around since before World War II. The author, an agnostic-turned-Christian explores the knotty questions of whether God is good, powerful, and omnicient all at once, and whether and why such a god would permit pain in the human experience.
This is one of those I'll read/listen to several times.
This is a decent allegory that answers some of the basic questions of faith. It is short and "readable", and well narrated. It is not great literature and you may find some of the phrasing to be awkward and the narrative too simple. But the author isn't going for great literature here, he's working to explain some of the mysteries of faith in ways that almost anyone can understand. These are the questions of evil, omnipotence, omniscience, predestination, nature of God, trinity, and more.
Probably one of the best theological musings I have read in a long time. The author is not afraid to ask tough questions and doesn't provide pat answers. If you're a Christian, you'll find this challenging. If you're not, you'll find it refreshing. If you hate those labels, you'll love this book.
This is another compelling story of Afghanistan, well written and read. The author has an incredible gift for capturing the complexity of Afghanistan from the time of the Russian occupation through 9/11. His use of metaphor is remarkable, but never so obvious that it distracts. I only wish my own writing could be so compelling.
The story itself is disturbing... hard to read at times. But the ending is well worth the effort, and what you will learn about Afghanistan will be enduring.
I picked this set of stories as a change of pace from the technology, politics, history, and biography stuff that has become my staple food. I thought this might be good for me, like eating my vegetables.
I must be clueless. Though these were well produced, I found the stories to be dry, uninteresting, and without a point. I know others find this set of stories to be like nuggets of gold, but I can't for the moment see what others see in them.
Read these if you love Checkov, I guess. Otherwise, check in with your English teacher first.
I like what I see about Powell as a leader. The book is clearly written and the style is OK. But there is nothing fundamentally new here for those who have been practicing leadership for a while. It may be an excellent book for those just getting started as leaders. Those who have been around the track once or twice will find this to be a rehash of the usual management book yada yada.
The premises of this book are largely unproven hypotheses, but they match so well with my personal experience that they are hard to deny. At a minimum, it has given me new ways to think about simple things like how I manage to type these words with almost no thought as to how they get from my head to the screen in front of me.
It is remarkably accessible to a lay audience, and meaty enough for my appetite for detail.
I wondered whether this was just a book for women and hesitated before clicking on "buy." I was not disappointed. The book was much more engaging for me in the first part of the book. I found the story dragged a during Sayuri's adult life. In the end, however, I have a sense that I got a decent story with some nice insight into the world of pre-WWII Japan.
The narration was quite well done though some of the Japanese word pronounciations were a little off.
The title, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, is really the topic for the first of a series of essays on Tim O'Brien's Vienam experience. The collection conveyed some of the pain and irony of US soldiers in that period.
I was especially struck by how clearly he conveys the idea that stories can convey truth even if the details of the story are not true.
Extremely well read. Worth my time.
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