Warren's honesty and integrity shine through.
This is autobiographical in a sense but it is also about prison life.
The synthesis in the epilogue gives perspective. I was reminded of the film HANNAH ARENDT and how evil happens whenever we forget our humanity one to another.
The violence of prison, the cruelty and filth were disturbing.
We take our freedoms in the west for granted.
Yes, the story makes a point. Can we be Christians without being black and white on issues? Why do we need a whipping boy or an external enemy (measuring post of our orthodoxy) in order to feel validated as Christians? Are we saved by grace or not?
I had to listen at 1.5 speed.
No because it is too polemical and the characters aren't rounded.
Regarding the issue of choice: Who wants to be gay? Who wants to be bullied and abused? Who doesn't wish they were 'normal' and could be and have all the same things as 'normal' people? On the other hand, Why is coming out so traumatic? Why doesn't it really resolve the internal struggle? Society may say it is open but it isn't: there remains much for minorities of all types to fear.
I wonder if the biblical side of this issue was really addressed through the appearances of the Jesus character? Maybe but I really do wonder what would Jesus say or do with this issue in person.
Underlying themes important to me were: 1. Real selfless caring behaviours were demonstrated by the AIDS Support groups because they were with the sufferers. 2. Forgiveness is needed by all but it is costly to those who have been hurt. 3. Trashing one's marriage, family and community isn't a great job reference.
Be prepared for an Aussie accent. The narrator makes the book.
I've heard it said in several films lately, "Leave God out of this." The title is a non sequitur: the author should have instead titled it, "Be careful what you wish for: One Man's Journey to Find the Truth"
This is a good example of how in the telling of a story, the principles being argued get justified. Just because we desire something doesn't make it the right choice. The message I get from Venn-Brown is that desires trump promises, which ironically fly in the face of his demand for honesty from others. I can't help but want to read a book from the perspective of the wife he abandoned.
Hannah Arendt, the author, was a courageous woman with an incisive mind. I have been weary of accounts of the Nazis but this book (and related film) provide a timeless, dispassionate accounting and analysis of the slaughter of millions of souls. Should we think we've left that gruesome history behind us, the author provides an inadvertent reminder that the very same evil lurks at the heart of every risk-averse yet ambitious network of bureaucrats. Alas, we've already forgotten.
The narrator capture the original pronunciations. His reading was impeccable.
The staunge tongue drew one along.
No, but now shall look for more.
Familiar and yet not... watch, you'll be spellbound.
Like a parable. You'll find yourself thinking about the message because you've heard it.
Yes, because whenever something is redacted or 'blanked', the narrator just reads over it and one still gets the gist of who and what is being talked about.
The inescapable culpability of the administration to trump truth with its own needs. The constitution of the USA is of no account to men/women in power.
There were many points where the authors tip their hat and we know that despite logic and reason the wrong decision would be made: it became comical and yet was tragic.
I was deeply disturbed by the willingness and ease with which government and agency personnel would see themselves as above the law and above morality. They lie.
Don't be put off by the redactions or the blacked out bits. If you saw the film Zero Dark Thirty, you'll put it together.
Solid reading for those wanting to understand the issues underlying the conflict among naturalists and theists and how science and theism are at root allies.
Fascinating learning on the tiger and Taiga (environment), Russia & China (geopolitical analysis) and people and hunters (storying-telling): all wrapped up in one.
Yes, the issues raised need discussion and action. One wonders if the chemical pollution in our world hasn't done more damage than we realize.
MH's reading like Leonard Sax himself. Believed it was the author speaking.
No, I needed time to absorb the ideas.
This was our first Agatha Raisin. Drawn to it because it was on a BOGO sale and because we enjoyed PK in To the Manner Born. We were not disappointed.
Agatha to be sure.
Perfect: PK is Agatha Raisin.
Not taking retirement well?!
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