Tuesday, June 30

Book #20, 22, and 23

If you noticed, book #21 isn't listed in the title. That's because it requires some deeper thinking than I'm in the mood for today. I'll get there, eventually. It's life-changing, deep insight I'm prepared to offer here, people, so pressure me to write this review before I forget it.

Until then......

Liberty and Tyranny
rating: A

This is subtitled: A Conservative Manifesto. I took notes while reading this book so I could write a great review....lost those, but it's still a great book. What I appreciated most about this book was that it did not portray Democrat against Republican, but instead tackled the viewpoints of Federalists vs. Statists. These terms were new to me. Oddly, the word Statist refers to someone who supports a strong centralized goverment being in control of policy and finances. A Federalist is in support of this power residing with the states. Our founders were Federalists. The constitution was labored over and written in an effort to prevent Statism ever becoming a reality.

This book covers so much ground and in a very clear manner. I have only recently begun my education on politics and I appreciated how well this book presented the issues. The book ends with a quote from Ronald Reagan. It is inspiring and frightening:

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.

I have always assumed my freedom would always be there because I had been blessed to be born in such a wonderful country. It never occured to me that anyone born in the United States of America could ever desire it to be anything but the land of the FREE. I forgot that it is the land of the free because it is the home of the brave. It's time for some bravery.

Um, that's not in the book. I'm just feeling uppity.

Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank
Rating: C+

It was funny, yes, but there are no gems of wisdom here. It was more like a series of blog posts of wise-cracked memoirs. It read in the style of Irma Bombeck, only this author is a potty-mouth. And yes, I'm a prude that way. An occasional word here and there for effect, sure, but this book rang my trashy bell. In all honesty, I can't say I even read the whole thing; Lots of skimming.

Rating: B+

This is a richly written spin on the Robin Hood tale. The languages are delectable. If you are a language buff, you'll drool your way through this one. This book was very slow going and only brought me to the beginning of the Robin Hood adventures. It is a first in a series that is classified as Christian Fiction, but I didn't read anything that remotely lent it toward that genre. Still, an excellent read and I plan to continue the series with the 2nd installment: Tuck.

I actually read this one back when I read The Shack, so I'm wayyyy late with a review. I'm not sure how I managed to skip this one.

1 comment:

MamaMahnken said...

Celia Rivenbark writes a newspaper column - everything from her books was written for that first, so really, you weren't far off with your blog-post assessment ;) I am goign to reccommend that first book to DH....

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