Good book, but I lost my interest and ended up skimming the last half. It highlighted many problems people have with church, but those of us who already see these issues and love it anyways may find the book unengaging toward the end. This book convinced me to stick to nonfiction that has stood the test of time, because a fine test time has turned out to be.
My take: read it if you’re having doubts about organized religion.
I decided to revisit this ever so clever series to break from another book I was reading. Refreshing and witty, Sir Doyle continues to amaze me. The ending is sad, which is surprising the first time through. I read the collected works in middle school, so all this is a repeat.
My take: so clever and cunning, with dashes of brilliance to take the edge off. Then he dies. (oops, spoiler alert!)
One of my favorite quotes is from an article by David Murray:
Here’s a test: Spend one day surfing the Internet and spend another roaming your neighborhood. See how many good dinner table stories you have after each. There won’t be a contest.
Yesterday I walked to the Convention Center. In that one half hour…
- I saw Tom hitting up Abraham for a job shoveling his walk.
- I chatted with Tom as we headed down 11th. He told me all about the places he goes to shovel, what folks give him for it, how he gets new clients, etc. He’s a very talkative fellow.
- I walked past a drug deal in progress. One guy says “why don’t I just buy from him?” “It’ll be 20 minutes, just wait.” I kept walking.
- A man asked me for money.
- Another guy, who was likely mentally hindered in some way, walked across Franklin with oncoming traffic. They stopped and honked, while he talked to himself about how people need to be aware of where they’re driving.
- A woman was walking her dog, talking to it in a really high pitched voice. She went down about 3 octaves to say hi to me.
- A business man glanced at me, and walked on.
Through the eyes of a young adventurer in search of the North Pole, we hear the tale of Frankenstein.
This is a story of perfect joy brought to complete despair. Victor Frankenstein is one of the more respectable, hardworking, brilliant, blessed men you will ever read about. In a fit of genius and shortsight, Frankenstein creates life. But instead of being a beautiful thing, this life belongs to a monster who plagues all with pain.
My take: a brilliant story, and an excellent read.
Would you pay $500 so one person would know Jesus in a saving way?
How about $1000?
How about $5000?
How about everything you make in a year?
Would that be worth it?
2 years and $720 later, 6 people now know Jesus.
I’ve done it before, and I’m doing it again. Here is all the music I tagged in Shazam between March 24, 2010 and yesterday .
- Wouldn’t It Be Good, by Nik Kershaw
- Funkytown, by Lipps, Inc.
- Crazy, by Seal
- The Rhumba Jumps, by Billy May / Mel Tormé
- Misery Business, by Paramore
- In My Head, by Jason Derulo Feat. Nicki Minaj
- Gimme Sympathy, by Metric
- Clone, by Leo Kottke / Mike Gordon (just silly)
- Layla, by Eric Clapton
- All I Have, by Mat Kearney
- The Rake’s Song, by The Decemberists (this song is messed up)
- Vertigo, by U2
- I Will Follow You Into The Dark, by Death Cab For Cutie
- King Of Anything, by Sarah Bareilles
- Wonderwall, by Oasis (I’m so ashamed that I had to tag it to remember the name)
- Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, End Movement “a Clockwork Orange”, by OST / Keine Künstlerinformation (that means Original Sound Track / no artist information)
- Doubt, by Delphic
- Maybe I’m Amazed, by Wings
- Kodachrome, by Paul Simon (even more sad since it was discontinued)
- Free Life, by Dan Wilson
- Major Tom, by Peter Schilling
- Let There Be Love, by Oasis
- One Night In Bangkok, by Tim Rice (while my roommate was in Thailand)
- The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, by The Script
- The Fear, by Lily Allen
- Barracuda, by Heart
- Bad Day, by Daniel Powter
- Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, by U2
- In My Head, by Jason Derülo
- Sweet Disposition, by The Temper Trap
- Polite Dance Song, by The Bird And The Bee (this one is awesome)
- The Only Exception, by Paramore
- Neckbrace, by Ratatat
- Black Balloon, by The Goo Goo Dolls (by far their best song)
- One, by Three Dog Night
- Sunshine, by Johnathan Edwards (not the theologian)
- How You Like Me Now?, by The Heavy
- Before The Morning, by Josh Wilson
- Be Mine, by David Gray
- Tempted, by Paul Carrack
- Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, by Spin Doctors
- Neckbrace, by Ratatat (it was just as good the second time)
- The Story, by Brandi Carlile (she’s really cute)
- Forget You, by Cee Lo Green
- Neckbrace, by Ratatat (it was just as good the third time)
- I Belong To You, by Muse
- White Blank Page, by Mumford & Sons
- Cooler Than Me, by Mike Posner
- Trouble, by Coldplay
- Fugitive, by David Gray
- Amie, by Pure Prairie League
- Airplanes, by Local Natives
- Forever, by Chris Brown
- Fresh Air, by Brother Ali
- Gimme Some Lovin’, by The Spencer Davis Group
- Black Horse & The Cherry Tree, by KT Tunstall
- Do You Realize??, by The Flaming Lips
- Whataya Want From Me, by Adam Lambert
- Ready For The Floor, by Hot Chip (these guys have the best creepy music video ever)
- Everything Is Everything~, by Lauryn Hill
- Where It’s At, by Beck
- Just Dance, by Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
- The Only Exception, by Paramore (not as good as the first time)
- Go Do, by Jónsi
- Secrets, by OneRepublic
- Dare You To Move, by Switchfoot
- Run, by Vampire Weekend
- My Love, The Bird And The Bee
- Conversation 16, by The National
- Close, by Art Of Noise
- Dynamite, by Taio Cruz
- Rolling In The Deep, by Adele
- Please Forgive Me, by David Gray
I forgot how much I liked some of these songs. And how little I cared for others.
How often do you read that in the Bible? It is never put in a flattering category, nor looked highly upon, but the opposite. Yet it is so prevalent in the lives of men.
This book dealt in very stark terms with the horrors and consequences of sexual immorality, and sought to help those who want to live apart from sin.
I found the most effective advice was to starve the imagination. Wandering eyes throughout the day gives the mind ammunition for lust. The casual glances, the outright stares, the ogling of attractive women, these things are fodder for the beast within, and can lead to devastating sin. Stop temptation at the gate of your eyes, before it can get to your heart.
While the book was written mainly for married men, it still serves to warn and instruct those of us who are single. Women may find this book helps their understanding of men’s struggles too (not to say women don’t deal with lust).
My take: a helpful read for one who wants to change.