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Star Foster

Minneapolis, MN, USA
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  • Feisty & Feminine

  • What It Means to Be a Conservative Woman Today
  • By: Penny Young Nance
  • Narrated by: Jaimee Paul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Tired of inauthentic prattle, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance is ready to change the way women today engage the culture. In her debut title, Feisty & Feminine, she takes an honest and transparent look at what it means to be a conservative Christian woman with thoughtful commentary on the real issues confronting American women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book But A Lot Of Culture War

  • By Star Foster on 06-22-19

Good Book But A Lot Of Culture War

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-19

I lived this book and ended up absolutely loving the author. Especially towards the end where she flubs a word, corrects herself good-naturedly, and moves on.

I didn’t expect the book to be so heavy on hot topics. I enjoyed it, but it’s not so much a personal story as a sharp cultural analysis and exhortation. That said, I loved it. I just initially expected it to be more personal.

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  • The Evangelicals

  • The Struggle to Shape America
  • By: Frances FitzGerald
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 25 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America - from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election. Evangelicals have, in many ways, defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitzGerald's narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book boring narration

  • By T. Johnston on 06-15-18

Biased Against Evangelicals

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-19

I can’t spend 25 hours of my life listening to someone hate on other people, especially when I thought I was buying an objective history.

I’m sure there is plenty of good history in this book, but I couldn’t make it a full hour.

It amazes me that someone could put so much effort into writing a history of a group of people without liking them a little bit. I’m not an Evangelical myself, but the ill will the author bears towards his subject is too much for me to invest my precious time.

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  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming

  • A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
  • By: Rod Dreher
  • Narrated by: Rod Dreher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming follows Rod Dreher, a Philadelphia journalist, back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana (pop. 1,700) in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. When she was diagnosed at age 40 with a virulent form of cancer in 2010, Dreher was moved by the way the community he had left behind rallied around his dying sister, a schoolteacher. He was also struck by the grace and courage with which his sister dealt with the disease that eventually took her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Masks We Wear

  • By Martha A. Murray on 06-01-13
  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
  • A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
  • By: Rod Dreher
  • Narrated by: Rod Dreher

Simply Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-19

This will cure what ails you. I had a good cry, a good laugh, and mostly felt like I’d kept company with good people. Just what I needed when I was feeling homesick and worried about the future.

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  • Nearly Orthodox

  • On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition
  • By: Angela Doll Carlson
  • Narrated by: Angela Doll Carlson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

From Catholic schoolgirl to punk rocker to emergent church planter, Angela Doll Carlson traveled a spiritual path that in many ways mirrors that of a whole generation. She takes us with her on a deep and revealing exploration of the forces that drove her toward Orthodoxy and the challenges that long kept her from fully entering in.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • All Author, No Orthodoxy

  • By Star Foster on 01-30-19

All Author, No Orthodoxy

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I have no idea what this woman believes. I know she has a fierce loyalty to Roman Catholicism, she has a significant amount of social anxiety, she places a lot of emphasis on her appearance and politics. She says she was a part of a lot of failed churches, but never tells us anything about them. She talks a lot about the stress of her family, but I have no idea if she loves her husband. If she didn’t emphasize how much she does for them I would have the impression she is ambivalent about her children. She spends the entire book coming up with reasons she can’t be Orthodox but none of them are serious. She avoids talking to people in church and only attends Vespers and then wrings her hands that maybe Orthodoxy isn’t for her.

This is more of a memoir or journal than a conversion story or even book about faith.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • War of the Wolf

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,570

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems a peaceful life is not to be - as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe. The old enemy comes from Wessex, where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Sköll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be king of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief they are indeed wolves. Uhtred, believing he is cursed, must fend off one enemy while he tries to destroy the other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By Nicole Porter on 10-04-18

A Stupid Story Well Told

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I love these characters and the time I spend with them. Yet this was the first time Uhtred has ever been remarkably stupid and I found myself seeing what was happening far clearer than him. Like in a horror movie when you tell them not to open the door. It’s enjoyable, well written, the characters as charming as ever, and the narrator is wonderful. But Uhtred behaves like an idiot. Surely he will be less stupid in the next book. Which surely must be the last book? Uhtred has aged to the point of his going to war is implausible. Oh, and the “bishop “ of Lindisfarne is a marvelous new character!

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  • Christianity

  • The First Three Thousand Years
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 46 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Evolution of a Religion

  • By Troy on 10-09-13

Good despite snark

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I enjoyed the history but the snide remarks detracted from the book. Reader was excellent.