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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by tuttle » Thu May 13, 2021 10:12 am

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Live Not by Lies: A Manual For Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher

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I’ve listened to a few podcast interviews with Rod about this book. I hadn’t been a follower of his writing previously, but did enjoy what I heard. From the reviews I read, it reads more as a catalog of stories from Christians facing persecution in former Soviet states than any kind of how to. Makes sense given that he is coming from the orthodox tradition where that kind of guidance would be more personal/come from your spiritual father. Curious how you’re finding it. It’s on my long list.
Yeah, that matches my experience. I wasn't familiar with him until hearing him on a few podcasts. Al Mohler did an hourlong interview with him on his show Thinking In Public, and highly recommended the book. Also, one of the Elders at my (PCA) church said it was really good & recommended it to me a couple weeks ago.

Just started it yesterday and I got to page 34, which puts me halfway through the 2nd chapter. So far I'm really liking it.

Link to a few passages I highlighted while reading last night: http://bit.ly/LiveNotByLies
I've never read any of his books but I swing by his blog on The Conservative American every now and then. I enjoy his commentary on culture and Christianity and mostly find his comments pretty spot on. But he is a tough read. He takes the long road and some weird routes to get to the point.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by adauria » Thu May 13, 2021 10:28 am

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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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That's been on my TBR for 25 years. Not exaggerating. I'll get around to it one day. Maybe.

I'm going to use a Psaki-ism and ask you to circle back and tell us your thoughts about it later :lol:
Midway through as of now and can confirm it's a winner.
I don't even like the concept of historical fiction, and I LOVED that book!! Highly recommended.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Adam Z » Mon May 17, 2021 2:01 pm

Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

I've heard so much about Goodkind & his Sword of Truth series over the years. Lots of polarized opinions. The first guy who recommended it to me years ago was gushing about how much more he enjoyed this series over Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time (possibly my all time favorite series) - so that got my attention. Since then I've learned that those who love this series really love it, and those who hate it really hate it - and sometimes it's author - with a burning passion. I want to see what the fuss is about and make my own opinion.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Mon May 17, 2021 4:08 pm

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Demon Theory by Stephen Graham Jones

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Re: What book are you reading?

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Ingenious Mechanicks by SchwarzImage
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The Snubby Revolver by Ed Lovette, a former CIA weapons training officer
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Fri May 28, 2021 8:30 pm

"What Is the Bible" by Rob Bell.
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Re: What book are you reading?

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"What Is the Bible" by Rob Bell.
I'm actually kinda scared to hear what Rob Bell thinks the Bible is.
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Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz


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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by coco » Sat May 29, 2021 7:29 am

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"What Is the Bible" by Rob Bell.
I'm actually kinda scared to hear what Rob Bell thinks the Bible is.
Love Wins was one of the most heretical books I have ever read. I would be interested in knowing whether he has moved closer to orthodoxy in this one.
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Re: What book are you reading?

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An excellent study of human nature. You should read this one.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Sun May 30, 2021 8:35 pm

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"Person and Act" and Related Essays: The English Critical Edition of the Works of Karol Wojtyla / John Paul II: Vol. 1 by Karol Wojtyla

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by sweetandsour » Sun May 30, 2021 9:38 pm

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa,
by Eugene Sledge.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Hovannes » Mon May 31, 2021 6:38 pm

Dear Bob...Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence the GIs of World War II
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Re: What book are you reading?

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This is a story of an Army infantryman and his time of service. It could have been set at most any time in history but Heinlein decided to set in the future. The book is controversial, as Heinlein argues in favour of a democratic totalitarian government. If you serve in the armed forces, you get to vote. Anyone who steps out of line is beaten. Both the particular democratic method and the form of punishment are seen to be maximally advantageous based on the Theory of Evolution. It is a decent story, though Heinlein's justification for the democratic totalitarianism was problematic, at best.
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Re: What book are you reading?

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This is a story of an Army infantryman and his time of service. It could have been set at most any time in history but Heinlein decided to set in the future. The book is controversial, as Heinlein argues in favour of a democratic totalitarian government. If you serve in the armed forces, you get to vote. Anyone who steps out of line is beaten. Both the particular democratic method and the form of punishment are seen to be maximally advantageous based on the Theory of Evolution. It is a decent story, though Heinlein's justification for the democratic totalitarianism was problematic, at best.
Heinlein advocated consensual pedophilia too. Questionable stuff.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Eruannu » Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:08 pm

On the subject of folks with questionable ideas this is one of the things I'm reading right now.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Adam Z » Sun Jun 06, 2021 1:17 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa,
by Eugene Sledge.

Let me know what you think of this. We watched the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” a few months ago, and Eugene Sledge was one of the principal characters. This book was one of the books used as source material for the writers of the series.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Adam Z » Sun Jun 06, 2021 1:20 pm

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+JMJ+

"Person and Act" and Related Essays: The English Critical Edition of the Works of Karol Wojtyla / John Paul II: Vol. 1 by Karol Wojtyla

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Silly question perhaps, but I’m wondering if you know the correct pronunciation of “Wojtyla”. I’m of polish heritage, but all the polish speaking relatives whom I could have asked are now deceased. My best guess has been something like “Woightla” (first syllable rhymes with “Voight”) [shrug]
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