Monday, July 28, 2014
Tristran's comes across as clueless, instead of innocent. When he discovers the star is a person and not just a rock, he hardly hesitates in taking her captive. He has a complete disregard for her feelings in favor of his own ambitions. His personality doesn't develop; he just suddenly comes to realizations at the end.
Tristan's quest for the star, his childhood sweetheart, and his origin come together neatly near the end. I was not a fan of the conclusion of the novel, though. This is a classic fairy tale told by a modern author.
Friday, July 25, 2014
This book is short and not particularly in-depth. Much of the information I read in this book I've read in others that had more detail. Although he gives some guidance on how to make your own subliminal message audio tracks, it's not detailed enough to be all that helpful. The "hypnotic" state is the equivalent to the meditative state found in guided meditation programs.
There are better books on this topic under all sorts of headings.
What Your Childhood Memories Say about You...and What You Can Do about It - Kevin Leman
Monday, July 21, 2014
Parents who are raising their children as Asatru or of Nordic religion will be pleased to find that it does not include the Christian influence, which is a direct consequence of them being based on Sturluson's version of the Edda.
Due to the stiff illustrations and diluted details, I personally feel the D'Aulaires version and many others are preferable.
D'Aulaires' Norse Gods and Giants - Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Jesse Byock
Friday, July 18, 2014
The pacing of this series is fantastic. The characters live in a world of uncertainty with limited supplies, knowledge, and experience. As they encounter both new and familiar challenges, they are forced to make decisions that have dire consequences. As I was reading, I often felt compelled to consider what I would do in those same situations. Gory and emotionally challenging this series is not for the faint of heart.
Books in the Series:
The Walking Dead Compendium 1
Monday, July 14, 2014
The advice, prompts, and exercises given in this book are solid. I sometimes, however, found the author's stories meandering, making it difficult to determine how they related to the topic of the chapter. Despite their ponderous quality, the stories she tells are always heartfelt, coming from the author's own painful experiences and enlightened moments. It's saturated with her Christian point of view, which is wonderful for other Christians but not good for secular readers.
For the right audience I think this is an excellent read and workbook, but it wasn't for me because the way she approaches and views her challenges are not the same way I choose to approach my own.
Keeping a Princess Heart in a Not So Fairy Tale World - Nicole Johnson
Self Talk; Soul Talk - Jennifer Rothschild
Friday, July 11, 2014
Getting into this work was difficult due to the narrative jumping between various points of Raymond's life. In the end all of these pieces come together to give the reader a full vision of Raymond as a person. While I enjoyed the story, I didn't like the way it was written.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Chapters nine through eleven are my favorite as they express how God is in Jesus is in man. She further explains how Christ's love is extended through mankind by their acts.
The eleventh revelation is a short bit about Christ and his mother, Mary, who is incredibly important in her faith due to being the mother of God.
Love is the theme and she returns to God's love of man for the remaining chapters.
The themes of each revelations seamlessly flow into each other, giving a complete view of the Christian God as Julian understood it when it comes to his compassion and love. This particular version can be difficult to read due to the old English translation, where phrasing and word choice are unfamiliar to the modern day reader. Having a strong familiarity with these themes I found it easy to follow, but others may opt for a more modern translation.
For those looking into Christian mysticism or who want to learn about the Divine Love of God, I'd highly recommend this book.
The Mystical Christ - Manly P. Hall
Scivias - Hildegard of Bingen
Friday, July 4, 2014
Hall is one of my favorite authors on metaphysical topics and this book lived up to my expectations. Readers who are curious about the draw of Christianity to others may find this book informative, while readers who are already Christians will find inspiration for their own lives.
The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel