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i herrera

Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
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  • 139 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr

    Containing discoveries heralded as greater than the wheel or fire, Dianetics has remained a best seller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, it's indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind. Dianetics enables you to discover and eradicate these harmful experiences so they never affect you again, revealing the one person you've always wanted to know: You.

    Jeff says: "Repetitive nonsense"
    "Way too rhetoric"

    I'm one to give everything a chance, but this book is just too full (in my opinion) of WAY TOO MUCH rhetoric. Allot of the references are made to "research" which is not supported by the text. Just allot of "we found this or that in our study". The book is also full of countless theoretical examples to try to explain what the author is trying to say. I kept feeling like "yeah I got it the first 20 times you said it" was something I kept repeating in my head. official sounding terms and labels fill the book, and really don't serve to convince me that the author was really on to something. I picked up a couple of helpful tips on how I can manipulate how my mind may perceive something, but other than that I really couldn't wait to finish the book, to just put the dam thing behind me. I'm not one to mess with folks beliefs, but how they built a "religion" around the ideas put forth by this book is beyond me. The text really has nothing to do with a belief structure, but reads more like a case study on the mind and how the author believes it works. Finally, when one thinks it maybe beginning to finally get interesting (more mind rhetoric), the book then turns itself into a instructional manual. As if by reading the dam thing, one might be able to or even more bold, be qualified (eeek) to treat folks for various different mind "psychosomatic" illness. Just from reading this! Scary! Anyway, I've always been curious about this book, and now that it's finally behind me, I can honestly say, that it's not for me, and how it became what it has, and what's sparked is both a shock and a very sad thought.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Jefferson
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the early 19th century, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements. To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus.

    i herrera says: "I liked it. Just the man's story."
    "I liked it. Just the man's story."
    Any additional comments?

    What I liked about this book, was that Jefferson kept to telling what Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John said about Jesus. A kind of "sticking to just the fact" type of book. No mystification of the man, just what events took place in his life his as per these four disciples, and what Jesus actually was said to have said. As Jefferson put it, a look at Christianity based on Jesus's teachings, not the pile of other stuff the new testament in full of that came from folks who lived far after Jesus's death.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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