This is one of those books that was hard to stop listening to. I had started listening to audiobooks when I started running out of time to just sit and read. This book, on the other hand, had me stoping just to listen to it. In particular his insights into how the "mainstream" Protestent and Catholic churches crippled themselves by moving away from their respective core values were thought provoking. I am a Catholic who joined the Church as a late middle age adult. Personally I am aware of some of what he talks about in the Protestent churches but have not seen much of it in the Catholic churches. Nevertheless this is well worth looking at and listening too!!
An enjoyable listen with just enough humor to keep it light and entertaining. Recommended for anyone with a taste for military si fi.
I would be the first to state that the tech and social norms are dated (not so much when I first read these as a young teen though). If you are looking for stories about cutting edge tech and so on then this is not for you. If you are looking for brilliant writing and still reverent ideas then this is well worth the time. Buy and enjoy!
Been a Jack Campbell fan for a long time. Did not know what to expect from him in this genre but was pleased with this. Looking forward to the next volume.
One good old school story. Do not try to dissect it, just sit back and enjoy! Recommended for listening enjoyment.
Read this a long time ago and found it interesting. This time it is much more engaging. Perhaps it might be that it is because I am a practicing Catholic, but the questions that are raised resonate and interest me. Do get this one.
Took a chance on this one being I was not familar with the author. Overall this was very enjoyable. I will grant that the writer used events from our real world history in the plot but that is okay. What he did with them is what matters. Am looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Ian Douglas continues to deliver. Picking the story up several years after Singularity he delivers a great story that is well paced and diffuct to put down (or stop listening to). Do not start unless you have time on your hands!
What struck me was that this book seemed balanced. No doubt many will say that the author has some kind of agenda but I did not get that impression. Yes he is a commited capitalist with liberatian views, but he kept them checked. This is a fresh look at why nations fail, recommended.
Let me first get this out of the way, I am a committed Catholic. I also firmly beleive what the church teaches and do my best to practice that. I also can not imagine living in a country where there is no seperation between religious and civil law, such as Iran. I also beleive that seperation of church and state is a fundemendal principle that should stand firm. What Faircloth brought to light are disturbing trends in America that anyone watching should notice. What I object to is that he gives scant acknowlagement of the good the Church, Catholic and Protestent, has done while highlighting the scandal that has plaged it recently (and I do wish to point out that it is something we Catholics should be shamed by and pray that it never happens again). Having said that I do agree this is something that has to be countered before we find ourselves living under Christianed Sharia style law.
What stood out for me was not so much what our Lord did as a child but the roles that Mary and Joseph played in his early years. Pope Benedict took what could have easly been a dry, theological work and brings it to life and makes it relevent to all of us. In particular I came away from this short work with a very new impression of Saint Joseph and the role model he provides for all Christian Fathers and indeed any man no mater their faith. A must Read!!!
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