Larhiri is India's Jane Austen, and if read with that in mind you'll love these short stories. They are not to be read for a moral or social tidbit but for the dialogue. Her wordplay between family, friends and neighbors paint a beautiful tapestry. Pay attention to what is said and not said. If you do then you'll start to playback your own conversations between family, friends, and neighbors and be better for it.
My only critique is similar to my critique of Austen - conversation is important but constant chitchat never goes anywhere leaving you feeling like somebody gave you a $1 hamburger instead of the $10 one you ordered.
I'd say more but I'll reserve it for another conversation.
If you'd like to get to the root of Muhammad, then Karen's book is the perfect introduction. She smoothly separates the religious from the secular as well as his economic from political strife in Mecca and Medina. She deftly brings in the Quran where the Surahs intersect with his life transitions. It was eye opening to see how inclusive and revolutionary Islam was when Muhammad was alive. He would be labeled today a radical feminist. It is also saddening how after the leader dies the spiritual movement assumes the role of religious power and control limiting the blessedness of what could be so much more.
Christian Classic! This is the measuring stick I read every few years. It's not to be read as a measure for achievement for bragging or boasting but a cultured humility garnered through failing and surrendering into the arms of grace.
Usually I'm a big fan of anything Richard K. Morgan writes. He's truly the current king of Hard-boiled detective style books right now. It has worked very well for him in his own creative scifi settings; however, in the fantasy genre it falters. The pacing is so slow it gets tedious and his raw dialogue and fighting scenes are not even half as good as other fantasy writers. To be honest, it seems out of place, like watching Michael Phelps in a track event. The only good for the series so far is his character development, which is marvelous! Ringil plays the gay Conan/Sherlock to a tea! If you must take a chance, but I would preferred this as a short story/novelette.
If you're tired of the same old mythic fantasy yarn, then look grab a seat and hold on because Martin takes the fantasy, medieval romp and add a heaping of reality. Also, if you didn't catch the HBO series watch it because it is the greatest book to Video adaptation ever! It left out probably a few paragraphs, if that.
Joe Hill (son of King) is on his way to being a great supernatural writer as long as he can conquer the curse handed down from his father. The novel itself contains a little supernatural thriller, a little romance, and a lot of mystery. Unfortunately, he can't hold the tensions together which blends the three together like a bad cocktail.
In this regard he follows his father's curse of having a, great beginning, decent middle, and a lackluster ending.
Yancey introduces several beautiful and poetic stories allowing us to see God's presence has always been with us. While there really is no bad Yancey book this is not one of his better books. He basically reworks many of his articles from Christianity Today, which is still great stuff but doesn't have his usual flow.
A beautiful book describing two young, Christian men that want to explore the homeless condition in America up close and personally. These guys not only take their faith seriously but live it out. Every pastor should read this especially those that oppose social justice. These guys live out Jesus.
Along their journey you'll have their answer to the question should I give money to panhandlers? You'll also hear their critique for churches that don't respond to Jesus' question 'where were you when I was hungry?'
My favorite quote: "Love can't cover wrongs if we let frustration keep us apart." This was Mike's response when they decided to revisit a church that kicked them out but responded with grace the second time around.
If Morgan wrote mysteries in their tradition setting he would be lifted up as a master; however, he tells with the science fiction slant and it will be a loss for thousands.
This however is not one of Morgan's better tales but still a good read. Excellent narrator!
Imagine combining Bladerunner with the punch of Fight Club and the introspection of a Phillip Roth novel. He was a little heavy on the Roth side for me - characters wore the prejudices and brutal racism raw and bleeding from their ragged sleeves.
probably the poorest production (sound quality, recording, reader, etc.) I've ever listened to on Audible. This should be pulled and redone.
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