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This is an excellent book to help understand that the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, those that must be blindly "believed" in order to be "saved" and get into "heaven", are the product of a few delusional and power-hungry white men and have very little to do with the actual teachings of Jesus. They are simply interpretations by mere mortals - fallible, flawed and weak like everyone else - ,that through the ages have calcified into rigid dogma that "must be believed" in order to be "saved". This book sheds much needed light on the development of early Christianity. Thank you, Elaine Pagels
Alan Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to protecting big cats around the world. He is uncompromising in his devotion to trying to prevent the further diminution of habitat essential to the survival of big cats. He is a precious global resource, a genius. This audio is deeply moving and well-worth listening to.
Coulter once again spews her far right wing freakish amalgam of utterly stupid fundamentalist republican tripe. She has nothing of value to say and what she does say is actually dumber than Palin's worst, which is saying alot. Is she supposed to be sexy in that cover pose? Frightening, is more like it. Maybe she wouldn't exhibit so much anger and bile toward her county and her fellow citizens (on the Left) if she dropped the skinny shrunken look and ate some carbs. She should stop writing books and stop speaking in public.
Not for the feint of heart, this book is an extremely well-written (and performed) analysis of why Bush is who he is, why as President he's acted the way he has and made the choices he has -- virtually all of which have had negative consequences for the United States, many of them horrifically negative. Jacob Weisberg explores the historical and present day Bush/Walker family dynamics and makes credible comparative analysis with great works of dramatic literature, including Shakespeare's Henry plays. This is a highly entertaining and intellectually challenging character study. Highly recommended.
Mark Epstein is a brilliant psychiatrist (Harvard undergrad and Harvard Medical) and a practicing Buddhist. He first began to practice buddhism during his undergraduate days at Harvard, spending time at Naropa in Boulder, CO, and with various Buddhist teachers in the Boston area. His world view of what it means to live an enlightened life, to be present, is deeply informed by the intersection of the best of Buddhist and Western psychology. This intersection is a very fertile place for us. Mark reads his work in a delightful and engaging style. This, and all his books, are highly recommended.
Jim Harrison's novels are great American stories filled with richly drawn characters. His writing is deeply literate and honest. He writes about fundamental truths. "Returning to Earth" is a beautiful story set at the end of one man's life. It focus's with Harrison's usual poetic brilliance on how he and his extended family choose to deal with that ending. It has profound life lessons for all. Highly recommended.
Ellis' book is spectacular in its breadth and depth of analysis of George Washington's life and times. It's a true must-listen for anyone interested in American History, important military and political leaders, and in-depth character studies. Ellis paints a full and vibrant portrait of Washington the man - not the myth. The listener comes to a deeper understanding of Washington as a real flesh and blood man of his time. It makes Washington's achievements all the more remarkable to know about all the missteps and less-than-stellar choices he made along the way. Superbly written and performed.
A well-written and well-structured and paced story, with many characters you care about and an interesting if whacky premise. Not great literature by any means, yet not a mere throw-away pot-boiler - rather, more like a good Hollywood popcorn movie. The performance of the reader is excellent.
Roth has written yet another brilliantly full-blooded character in this engrossing story of a man at the end of his life. Examining his own history, his family, his friends and his choices the protagonist is revealed as flawed and vibrantly real person. Who isn't. This is great writing, great literature and the story is filled with tension and release, making ita terrific listening experience. Highly recommended.
Thurman breaks down the essential daily practice of Tibetan Buddhism into a wonderfully simply set of steps - literally the enlightenment engine - of how to practice. His genius is taking what can otherwise be difficult concepts and making them understandable, actionable and ... beautiful. Its not necessarily for the beginner but it can be. It is well worth the effort, giving the thoughtful listener essential tools for living an enlightened life. Highly recommended.
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