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Insight into each missionary's past and their hopes and fears are all spelled out. No romanticizing here.
Her tendency to sound like an automaton when she was reading the men's diary excerpts was offputting. I was always thrown off by the "I'll now sound like a matter of fact man's thoughts".
I appreciate Elliot's second epilogue where she says it's not really cut and dried regarding the whys and wherefores of what happened-- the truth was that some good things came of it and some bad things came of it. God's word and salvation brought, but also diseases introduced, etc.
Amazing that she can live with God's truth and know that she'll need to learn from Him why He led them the way that He did.
I'd recommend this book. It's engaging and the characters of Kathniss and her games partner are engagingly interesting
It's somewhat like the Girl Who... series. However, Kathniss isn't quite so hardened as Lisbeth Salander. She is hardened to relationships in completely different ways and for different reasons than Lisbeth S.
She's easy to understand and I can walk around, cook, even play music sometimes as I listen.
I always moves me when Kathniss places other peoples' lives above her own -- especially her games partner.
Pip is so much like me, like any of us. He gets caught in his obsessions, ignores what is beautiful in his life, and then misses every great opportunity for love and fulfillment.
Joe, his adopted fater. It's hard to fathom that such a humble and humbled character should be able to embody such profound self dignity, such forgiveness, and such sweetness over every other character in the book
Magwich. His voice would be difficult to speak in the same way that the character would have done. It probably would have been unintelligible so I'm glad the narrator made it easy to understand -- yet at the same time it conveyed the gruff character etc
Joe told Pip he wouldn't be coming back to dinner and immediately afterward Pip experiences repentance and then "self-swindling". At that point Pip gives an elaborate description of his obsession with Estella and decides that his "devotion" or obsession with Estella is his greatness. Fortunately, the mature writer notes that this "devotion" was actually the young Pip's smallness and meanness.
Dickens's ability to describe the nature of obsession is frighteningly real and I think that reading Dickens could substitute for a therapeutic relationship. Obsession is so real in so many peoples' lives and Pip's character shows how it can suck the life out of a person.
The extraordinary insight into the French Revolution
When Mr Curtin, unable to recognize Lucy as good, beautiful, and desirable accepted his wasted life with bitter, painful resignation. The remainder of Sidney Curtin's tale is what he is to later become through Lucy and Charles -- what he had only once seen and had not been able to lay hold of -- it was only a mirage for him. I love the influence that Lucy had on him. It shows the power of friendship and love.
Charles. Charles, the son of a perverse father and a compassionate mother. I love what he became - a man who worked for a living, fell in love, and always served the best interests of those around him.
Yes, many times. Dr Forward prescribes a very very effective set of exercises to break the habit of obsession. It's worth learning
Yes, and I believe I have listened to it... well in maybe two sittings
Great insight into people. It's sad that we can misplace our dignity to such an extent. I think we have accepted behaviors in our relationships that could lead to no other result but obsession. We hurt ourselves and each other in culturally condoned ways. I find this book to be a great tool for recognizing it and stopping it.
Yes. I never read the print version. I'm so glad it's on audible. So very helpful to me as I live my life
Helps me to develop the discernment I need
Teaches me to become a Safe Person.
I have to listen to books because when I read I become immobilized and sit and sit and sit. Before bed I can do that but not on every day that I have off. So I listen as I drive, do dishes, etc.
When "mother" just gave up and stopped walking the activity board. When there's no hope it's hard to keep on.
What past society / culture hasn't believed "it can't happen here"? To think that is human nature. Yet historical reports illustrate that when it happens it happens quickly. We need to pay attention to the local and municipal trends regarding private property, the right to use self defense, the right to worship. We have the most precious gift of all: personal freedom. Let's keep our eyes on the ball.
The plot did keep me wondering and anticipating. I look forward to a sequel... please
I'm learning from a scholar whose work spans a good part of the 20th century. It's particularly enlightening to learn the specifics and the philosophical underpinnings throughout this analysis of socialism vs the American way.
I don't know of another book with this breadth, this depth, and this degree of scholarship that could compare.
When I read I stop and ponder too often and so often don't continue. Listening helps me to continue on to hear the main points and so I get a better overview of the subject matter.
I've wanted to read this but was afraid to buy it because I thought I'd get bogged down. Instead, I'm finding it to be an easy listen, it makes great sense, it's understandable, and I gain an appreciation for what I've grown up with here in the USA.
My dad was in the Korean "War" and I very much appreciate having a resource to go to to find out what he went through as a young man barely out of his teens.
He'd been in the Merchant Marines in WW2 and then Korea. Now I have a historical perspective of his life as a soldier.
My dad has already listened to this audible book several times. Several of his friends were interviewed for the book.
I've downloaded another book for him by the same author.
Breaking free now.
Prince teaches you to be your own prayer warrior. On your own behalf.
He also teaches you how to pray effectively for others so they may be freed from their own darkness.
This is the first I've hear Adams narrate. It was like listening to Prince himself. Great job.
Yes. I've listened to it many many times and will continue to do so.
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