The author's humor, mixed with her own deep desire to understand what it means to be a biblical woman helped me think about this complex and often controversial issue.
The author made intentional decisions to explore various examples of women from the Bible, including sleeping in a tent in her yard during her period (seriously, read the book to see why) and visiting with Amish women.
One of my favorite scenes is when she describes cooking a dinner, doing it entirely from scratch, trying to follow a perceived biblical ideal. She tries to do it entirely without her husband's assistance, but then is frustrating that he's not helping. It's a comical and realistic portrayal of the conversations that happen in many homes, mine included, whether or not we're trying to follow an ideal of biblical womanhood.
At the end, the author discusses the various positions that are held within Christian circles regarding the role of women, and identifies her own conclusions based on her experiences and study that was part of the book project. Overall, I would highly recommend the book for those who want to think about this issue in a light-hearted but challenging way.
The closest comparison I have is the fiction work, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, because it, too, gives the reader insight into how the mind of a person on the autism spectrum thinks.
I have not, so cannot make a comparison.
A Different Perspective on the World
This book gives the reader an interesting perspective into how the mind of one high-functioning person on the autism spectrum works. The concept of "thinking in pictures" was new to me, but it helped me understand this way of thinking. The author includes research information that has been updated since the first edition of the book, which helps keep it current with progress in the field. This book is helpful for teachers, parents, and others who wish to better understand the unique ways that persons with autism think.
The book provides case study examples to illustrate the principles at work.
Not applicable; this is non-fiction.
The reader did a fine job, but again, as this is non-fiction, it is difficult to find the experience enhanced by the narration.
Because this is a non-fiction, how-to kind of leadership book, I will want to review the book in print form. It was very helpful for me to listen to it on my commute so that I could glean major principles and ideas. I'm sure for some learning styles, this will be optimal. But for me, it will be helpful to see this in print to get a visual mental imprint as well.
I'm not usually a person to re-listen to or re-read most books, so my answer to this question is "no." However, the more important question, I think, is would I recommend it or do I regret reading it, and the answers are yes and no, respectively. Kevin Roose's look at Liberty University was respectful and thoughtful. As an evangelical myself and a professor at another Christian college, this look at how an "outsider" might view the evangelical sub-culture was enlightening and sometimes painful. His descriptions gave well-written word pictures that made me, as a reader, feel as if I knew the characters and the university.
Besides Roose himself, who was the narrator, my favorite character was "Jersey Joey." Joey is a likable character who is a believer but a bit rebellious. He welcomes Roose into his group but is perceptive enough to be a bit suspicious of Roose and his intentions. I was glad to read in the Epilogue (spoiler alert!) that he and Roose remain friends after Roose tells him the true nature of Roose's semester at Liberty.
It's got to be Jersey Joey. I loved the accent and attitude, both of which made me feel like I knew him.
I was rooting for Roose and Anna to get together, while at the same time glad that Roose was respectful enough of her and her beliefs to not get into a romantic entanglement under false pretenses. I was sad when they broke up, and later delighted (another spoiler alert) when they talked openly at the end of the semester and Roose risked a kiss on the cheek as they parted.
This book is an enjoyable read and a thought-provoking one too. It is well worth a listen.
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