Simon Baron Cohen is a specialist in Autism, and he referred to Autism a bit in the book and I'd be really interested to read more of his work in this field. His book was quite thought provoking. In my personal interpretation of the book, it seems Mr. Cohen believes evil is not a spiritual matter at all, but rather a chemical/medical one. "Evil" doesn't really exist, it's just that some people have lower levels of empathy.
He also seems to advocate for criminals who commit crimes due to their mental illnesses to have less severe punishments, since they can't help being sociopaths/psychopaths, or as Mr. Cohen would say, low on empathy.
I'm not a tennis fan but I do love a good autobiography. I found Agassi's life story very interesting, and his telling of his story comes from an honest and humble place. Although I definitely wouldn't call it a "tell all". He was very respectful in talking about his relationships with Streisand, and for the most part, Brooke Shields, although his disdain for her is evident. The only thing I didn't like about it was the constant, unending play-by-play of seemingly every tennis game he's ever played. But those parts would probably be interesting to anyone who loves tennis. All in all I found it a good read.
Women should listen!
OK I listened to Dr. Laura on the radio several years ago and initially really liked her until she started becoming high on herself, b*tchy to callers (another radio personality on the same station referred to her as the "Dragon Lady"!), and had her child co-host her show. But at her heart she is straight talking and has a lot of wisdom. I enjoyed some of her other books, so I gave this a listen. I think this book is extremely valuable to all wives, soon-to-be brides, or even hoping-to-be brides!
I just love Kay Arthur's books and I love that she read this herself! This book is very substantial in biblical teaching, wisdom, and grace! I love that Kay is so honest and transparent about her own life, and mistakes that she's made.
I listened to this as well as "Get Out of That Pit" by Beth Moore. If you grew up in a dysfunctional family and/or are in one now, I highly recommend Kay's book over Beth's! Just my personal opinion, but Kay is honest about her painful past and hurts within her family relationships, while Beth is forever telling dozens of cutesy-wootsy stories about her own blissfully happy family that I could not relate to at all, and seemed to sort of "rub salt" in the wounds.
I don't typically read romance books, or Christian fiction for that matter, but this book was great! I found myself staying up late because I wasn't able to stop listening! Most books in this genre are pretty light and fluffy for my liking, but this book really had substance.
I love that Beth Moore narrated this herself. Beth describes all the ways we can get ourselves into "pits" in a very frank and non-judgemental way, which in my experience is unusual in the Christian (particularly the mainline, evangelical denominations such as Beth belongs to) community. But more importantly, she offers help on how to get out of the messes we sometimes find ourselves in.
I wish Bear had narrated himself. But I enjoyed this autobiography quite a bit. Bear starts with his childhood and helps us to understand how he became the adventurer he is today. I particularly liked hearing about his life at Eton, as so few of us get an inside view of the life of the most exclusive and privileged boys school in the world! I enjoyed all the personal stories of his friends, his Everest adventure, and his personal life.
This book covers quite a bit of ground. I had to take some breaks to process all of the info and do some fact checking here and there. But as a "news junkie" and daily reader of local, national, and international news, I can see Mr. Marrs' claims unfolding!
I seriously misunderstood what this book was about when I purchased it! I thought it would give me tips on being less inhibited with my husband! I really tried to stick it out and keep an open mind to see if it had any redeeming qualities. But it's basically an instruction manual on how to lead a sexually deviant "lifestyle".
No disrespect to Stephen Sizer, who has written a scholarly and important book. But this "audio book" is not an audio book at all, but a VERY BAD recording of a 45 minute "speech" that he gave in a room full of more than one screaming baby and people coughing. The sound quality is beyond bad. Shame on Audible for mis-representing this.
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