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« Reply #1920 on: March 06, 2017, 11:23:29 PM »

Quite a list!

Did you find "Hillbilly Elegy" believable?

Hi, yeah, I like to try and gain some insight where I can....

 I guess Hillbilly Elegy is believable enough, sometimes a little heavy-handed  towards the end with its 'pull yourself up by bootstrap' treatise, but interesting nonetheless.  Believability is a relative term I guess.  Having grown up in the South, I can attest that this culture does exist to varying degrees all over the country - not just in the rust belt - folks who have just sort of been left behind (for whatever reason).  Funny, when I was a kid of about 19 or so, I read a great book called 'Futureshock' (Alvin Toffler) followed by 'The Third Wave'. These books and others eerily foretold the transition from what was called a 'post-industrial' culture to a 'Technocratic' society - predicting the changing roles of the working class, the need to shift emphasis to more tech-based pursuits, the need for educational redesign, even industrial outsourcing.  Many folks just didn't get a chance (or chose not) to grab the groundswell as it happened.  Then, too, the Gov't hasn't helped at all by keeping blue-collar wages stagnant and manipulating the public with tales of boogeymen behind every tree.....(remember, the American wage earner has been losing economic ground since mid-60's - true fact)....Jeez, I could talk about this for hours - bet you're sorry you asked!

Anyway, all the books were good reads.  The Piketty book (Capital) was a tough but enlightening read (if you like 600 pages of economic charts and graphs, that is). Others - The Divide is a great read albeit a bit of a rant (but that's Taibbi - a very bright Rolling Stone writer a who throws the 'BS' flag pretty quickly).....

This month I am taking a (needed) break and reading a David Baldacci mystery. ....  Thanks!


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« Reply #1921 on: March 23, 2017, 03:28:48 PM »

I've been slowly working my way through Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission by Bret Baier (of Fox News fame).

Baier is a good writer - the story moves along, there's lots of interesting background info on Ike and his family, and Baier get's into the many personalities (from President Truman to General MacArthur and others) that Ike had to deal with along the way. Also some great historical reference to Ike's leadership during WW II, which led to him being a sought after candidate for the presidency (something he himself avoided for as long as possible).

I said I'm working my way through it - I think I'm taking it slow because I'm enjoying it so much... a good read about an important time (the Cold War - Ike's concern about the "military industrial complex's" growth) - and presidential transition (from Ike to Kennedy) in our history.
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« Reply #1922 on: April 04, 2017, 04:33:03 PM »

Also currently reading Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright. A thoughtful, helpful explanation of the Christian faith and why Christianity is different than other monotheistic faiths, and different than pantheism and other generic "all roads lead to God" religions or belief systems.

N.T. "Tom" Wright is one of the most prolific and brilliant, cogent writers about Christianity today. Prolific - he seems to write books faster than any normal human could read them! I don't know how he does it...I seriously can't keep up (I have at least half a dozen of his books that I haven't been able to start (or if started, finish) yet!

But he's a good writer. I don't know if it's fair to compare him to C.S. Lewis - but he is one of the top apologists of the faith today, as Lewis was in his generation (and like Lewis, he's British).

Another of his books that is significant because it reorients our thinking about what will happen in "heaven" is Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. This should be read, taught and studied in every church.  We're really got some weird - even silly - ideas about heaven that aren't biblical. Wright gets us reoriented to what scripture actually says about resurrection, eternal life, the kingdom of God and heaven, and it is hopeful, exciting and life changing in the present day.

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« Reply #1923 on: May 23, 2017, 03:12:44 PM »

Reading a book that would be a great gift to give to all fathers on Father's Day (I'm giving it to both of my sons-in law): Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need. Just published this month, May 2017.

It's written in a style that men will easily digest, with lots of stories they'll be able to relate to (even though the author is a woman: she knows how to talk to men). I'm halfway through the book (one of the copies I'll be passing along) and already ordered another of her books on my Kindle: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. (She also has one for Mothers to understand how to relate to their sons.)

I'm a couple chapters into this one as well (written before Hero), and it's just as good, and covers other ground, so it's worth reading.

My four kids (two sons, two daughters) are all raised, but there's still relevant info in these books - because you never stop being your kids' dad - they always need you to encourage them and tell them you're proud of them and you love them.

Anyway - a GREAT gift idea for Fathers Day - it will have a lifetime of impact on them - much more so than a tie or a wallet...
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« Reply #1924 on: May 23, 2017, 07:39:41 PM »

Though to be fair, Lewis was *not* a theologian, while Wright is most certainly. 

Also currently reading Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright. A thoughtful, helpful explanation of the Christian faith and why Christianity is different than other monotheistic faiths, and different than pantheism and other generic "all roads lead to God" religions or belief systems.

N.T. "Tom" Wright is one of the most prolific and brilliant, cogent writers about Christianity today. Prolific - he seems to write books faster than any normal human could read them! I don't know how he does it...I seriously can't keep up (I have at least half a dozen of his books that I haven't been able to start (or if started, finish) yet!

But he's a good writer. I don't know if it's fair to compare him to C.S. Lewis - but he is one of the top apologists of the faith today, as Lewis was in his generation (and like Lewis, he's British).

Another of his books that is significant because it reorients our thinking about what will happen in "heaven" is Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. This should be read, taught and studied in every church.  We're really got some weird - even silly - ideas about heaven that aren't biblical. Wright gets us reoriented to what scripture actually says about resurrection, eternal life, the kingdom of God and heaven, and it is hopeful, exciting and life changing in the present day.


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« Reply #1925 on: May 23, 2017, 07:51:27 PM »

Though to be fair, Lewis was *not* a theologian, while Wright is most certainly. 

Indeed - there are a lot of things C.S. Lewis is *not*,  but who's counting?

Now I'm re-reading The Screwtpae Letters and The Four Loves
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« Reply #1926 on: May 23, 2017, 11:37:20 PM »

Finally getting around to Eric Metaxas' biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... I don't often read biographies, think I might be missing something - this is excellent!
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« Reply #1927 on: May 24, 2017, 02:21:21 AM »

Finally getting around to Eric Metaxas' biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.... I don't often read biographies, think I might be missing something - this is excellent!


Agreed - it is excellent. I learned a lot about both Bonhoeffer and WWII.
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« Reply #1928 on: June 04, 2017, 09:40:48 PM »

Just finished A Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner.  A memoir.  Now starting A Long Day's Dying by the same author.  This one is a novel.  I love him as a writer, but haven't read his fiction til now.
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« Reply #1929 on: June 14, 2017, 03:02:13 PM »

Recently picked up Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life by Scott M. Marshall (on my Kindle).

Very thorough look at Dylan interviews and set lists from his shows in recent years. Marshall - while not claiming any complete knowledge or authority on Dylan's spiritual journey or current spiritual state - does give lots of compelling evidence that Dylan continues to embrace some kind of Christian faith filtered through his Jewish roots and commitments. Very well documented, and, as I said above, thorough - an in depth look at the hard data, not wild speculation that fails to take into account what Dylan is actually saying and playing these days in his mid-70's.

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« Reply #1930 on: June 15, 2017, 12:52:00 AM »

Reading that big Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.  About 1/2-way through.  Reading this one after reading "To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History".  Hoping there are some redeeming moments in the 2nd 1/2.
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« Reply #1931 on: June 15, 2017, 02:13:10 AM »

 
"Backyard Chickens for Beginners",  by R.J. Ruppenthal.
I am building a coop, pictures of which I will not share, and the future of our chicken raising effort probably not be shared either.
Unless it is a total success, then I will rethink.
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« Reply #1932 on: June 15, 2017, 04:32:33 PM »


Unless it is a total success, then I will rethink.

Mike


Well, if it's a total success, you can change your name to Mike Tyson... 
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« Reply #1933 on: June 19, 2017, 06:24:33 PM »

Finished the previous Dylan book, which was very good.

Have started Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades a Biography by Clinton Heylin. This book was highly recommended in the other one I just finished (this one was published in 1991). Picked up this used hardcover copy in very good condition for $3.99 + shipping -  a bargain.

So far it's very in-depth and well written, with lots of quotes from Dylan and others who knew/know him providing historical information. Debunks some of the Dylan myths by providing accurate accounts of what really was happening early in Dylan's life/career. I think Heylin has also written either an update or a second volume on Dylan... will probably get to that one as well.
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« Reply #1934 on: October 18, 2017, 08:47:55 PM »

Read an abridged Moby Dick. I wanted the story and main characters, so I'd know what folks are referring to.

   For my birthday (the really big one, 65) one of my twin daughters sent me Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Looking forward to reading it, possibly on one of my iron butt rides.
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« Reply #1935 on: October 19, 2017, 12:02:38 AM »

Shell Shocked, My life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.

Autobiography of Howard Kaylan.

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« Reply #1936 on: October 19, 2017, 06:16:25 PM »

Reading John Prine "In Spite of Himself".  An interesting, historical, and entertaining read for anyone who likes the man. 
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