The Iliad is awesome, but takes getting used to. I am giving it five starts, but I could see how some people might not like it. I loved it. You have to be ready to enter into the weird, poetic, pagan and violent world of the bronze age greeks. You can't expect a modern book from it. If you are up for poetry and imagery this is the book for you. Like a fleet footed gazelle when it springs up the side of a rock covered hill in the early morning and Zeus that all powerful Father of gods and men fills it with strength and speed as it races itself to the top to catch a glimpse the rising sun. Just so did my fingers flit over the keys yearning toward the submit button as I wrote this review.
Boils down to love God with your whole life. Delivered in a boring, frustrating way.
I agree with all of Chan's main points. It is the message of the new testament and the most important message in the world. But hundreds of others have written on the same subject and done a better job.
Much of the book is chan quoting the bible and saying, "I know you've heard this before, but have you really THOUGHT about it. Stop reading right now and think about it." Come on.
A book on the primary message of the bible should do the work of bringing this message to life for me in a new way. This book did NOT do that.
I have heard a lot about Francis Chan and was excited to read his most popular book. I can't think of when I have been so disappointed. I cannot understand why so many people have reviewed it so positively. Are we all just writing nice Christian reviews?
This is my issue with lots of comics. He is so funny and then he has to throw out fifteen fbombs and nasty sexual references. Oh well. It was still hilarious. It is dated at this point but well worth listening to if you remember the bush era or maybe even if you don't.
This book is one of the funniest and best I have ever read and I cannot say enough about the performance.
I had tried to read this book before and honestly could never get into it. The performance brings it to life. I laughed out loud for a third of the book. At the end I clapped even though I was alone in my living room. I am astonished at both Mark Twain and Elijah Wood. Well done.
Summary: Western culture thinks extroverts are better than introverts. The truth is that both types are necessary and complement each other. Our extrovert bias causes lots of problems. These two personality types have a physiological basis and can be identified even in infants. We need to realize how introverted or extroverted we are and plan our time and energy around this. Asian cultures value introversion the way we do extroversion. Introverts can learn to ‘fake’ extroversion. This is useful but unhealthy if done too often. We should teach children who are introverts how to be themselves.
Huge boost to anyone who is an introvert in North America. You will suddenly see all the potential in your personality type. Your personality is not defective. Your strengths may be undervalued, but they are powerful.
Section entitled, “Does God Love Introverts? An Evangelical’s Dilemma.” Highlights the sometimes extreme bias towards extroversion in evangelical churches. The good people are always happy, talkative, friendly and talking about Jesus to everyone they meet. Was Jesus an extrovert?
Advice on how to fake extroversion is brilliant. This is necessary in western culture at times. Also good advice on how to do it without burning yourself out.
Chapter on Asian culture gives great insight into cross cultural communication. My favorite quote from this chapter from an Asian woman in a university class in the US, “Ahh, I see. In America as soon as you start talking you are okay.”
The end of the book is a good warning for extroverted parents of introverts. Try to help them but don’t try to fix them. They aren’t broken.
Complaints: Not many. This book is awesome.
Conclusion: I highly recommend this book to those who are quieter or like to be alone. Introvert/Extrovert is a powerful lens to view the world through. Introverts are devalued in western society and Susan Cain strikes a powerful blow at that kind of thinking. Quiet is balanced and very well researched. We really need extroverts to read this book as well. Probably knowing that many of them won’t Cain kindly made a TED talk video on the same subject. Although, to be honest, the book is much better than the TED talk.
It is hard to say what I loved best. It is full of useful and even life changing information if it turns out to be correct. Even if it doesn't the book was hilariously funny, super motivating and just plain fun.
I laughed out loud while running every single day I listened to this book. People on the trail kept looking at me and smiling.
I laughed so much while reading this. Driscoll is super bold and very funny. If you are in church leadership I highly recommend.
This interview is from the 80s and just doesn't have much to it. Berry's work usually has deep insights and perspectives I have never considered before. This interview does not.
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