I was hoping for a book on letting go of material things and instead I got a retread of Jimmy Carter's 1970s "Malaise" speech. Richard motivates Letting Go through either easily disproved assertions or foundational principles that are temporary. We're too materialistic these days, so we need to let go of things. So if we lived in, say, the Great Depression, it would be OK to party on? Franciscan attitudes should be preached independent of political leanings and current events, but Richard cannot let go of these. The book is dragged down by them to the point where I tried each chapter, looking for something free of Richard's personal ax-grinding, but never found it.
Probably not. His political world view permeated what I hoped would be a spiritual book.
Richard may well be a gifted theologian, but he's no voice actor.
Leave out the chapter and verse numbers. Really. Whoever thought this was a good idea was a complete idiot. I actually listened for 10 minutes before I realized the chapter and verse numbers were going to continue on and on and on and on and on ....
Something without any numbers in it at all. I've had a numbers overdose listening to this rubbish.
1. He read chapter and verse numbers
2. No, really, that's what he did
3. After each sentence
4. Was another number
5. Because he wanted to drive us all mad
6. Or something like that
I love numbers now! So much!
Clarence Thomas gave a brilliant and moving interview to a progressive blockhead, Jan Greenberg. Jan is a liberal ideologue of the first water, and was unable to process most of what Justice Thomas was saying. In spite of that, the interview is well worth hearing. No doubt, Justice Thomas had plenty of experience with this kind of thing and navigated it with grace and charm. It's frustrating because Jan misses most of Justice Thomas' points and her follow-up questions come from the echo chamber in her head rather than the person sitting across from her. After hearing this, I went out and bought "My Grandfather's Son" immediately. I just wish there was an Audible version of that, read by Clarence Thomas.
What a fabulous overview of Thomism! It's going to take me a few times through, but this series of lectures presents the brilliant work of St. Thomas Aquinas in a very understandable way.
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