February 2010

Joe’s #3: Scarlet (the King Raven, Book 2)

February 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

I bought the first book in this series with a touch of apprehension. I love the Robin Hood tale and enjoy fresh takes on old ideas. I loved the first book. Stephen Lawhead is at his best when he is telling a rip roaring story of love, adventure, battles and human issues. He achieves that in the first book. In Scarlet though he reminded me why I didn’t like his King Arthur series. This book was a chore to finish for me. The plot itself is intriguing but the delivery lacks. The story is told from the first person POV of Will Scatlocke (Scarlet). Occasionally the book will drop back into a third person POV and actually move forward but when “Ole Will” is telling the story it’s slow and painful. I just didn’t like it. Love, battles, human intrigue; they’re all in there, they’re just buried under a mountain of unnessary words and terrible tempo. It does end with a cliffhanger and I know that people are raving about the third book so I’m hoping Lawhead will right the ship with that one. ** Share on Facebook

Mark’s #8 – Too Small To Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by Dr. Wess Stafford (285 pages)

February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

In preparation for our upcoming mission trip to serve orphans in Thailand, I assigned the team this book to read. Dr. Wess Stafford is the president of the world’s largest to poor and oppressed children across the globe – Compassion Internationl.  In this book Dr. Stafford not only makes a compelling case for God’s heart for children in general, but for the poorest of the poor.   In so doing, he recounts his life growing up in the middle of Liberia, Africa. For the first seven chapters, Wess leads the reader to believe that though he lived an isolated life with a small African tribe while his parents served as missionaries there, he loved every minute of his childhood.   However, in chapters eight and nine, Wess recounts the very painful experiences he and his fellow classmates had at the missionary kids boarding school each year, hundreds of miles away from his family.   Here he recounts nearly every type of abuse imaginable (physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual). I found myself getting very angry as I read these chapters.  Actually, rage might better describe my thoughts – even my heartbeat.   For years these abuses went on… most of which […]

Joe’s #2: I Hate You. Don’t Leave Me

February 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

This book was first recommended to me to by one of my professors in my Counseling program.  I find that while her and I agree on the bigger issues we often nuance it differently. This book is no different. I found it to be a quick read (less than two days) and I will probably re-read sections again and there were sections that I outright dismissed and will probably never visit again. It deals with the issue of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A little outdated (the book still refers to the DSM-III and we’re about to get #5), this book evokes strong reactions from both those who suffer from BPD and those who strive to treat it. I like that fact. A little controversy is never a bad thing and this book proves that once again. This book does a good job of giving an overview of BPD and what it is like to live with someone who has it and love that person.  People who are living with someone who has BPD, will find some good insights in the book.  I also like the fact that the author does put the responsibility for a person’s actions on their own […]

Joe’s #1: Sold by Patricia McCormick

February 22, 2010 // 1 Comment

Twelve thousand Nepali girls are sold every year into the sex slave trade. Sometimes by families that think they are sending them to work as a maid for a wealthy family in the city. This fictional book about Lakshmi is meticulously researched and extremely well written. Short, poignant vignettes capture the reader and draw you into a world that is both disturbing and haunting. The thought that kept me up at night was the fact that this story was real for thousands of girls. I hated reading it and I think that everyone should read it.Read it in light of Proverbs 24:11-12 ***** Share on Facebook

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