Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would
Author: Chad Thompson
4 of 5 Stars
This was a tough book to deal with. The first half of the book is Thompson recollecting what it was like to grow up realizing he was homosexual, and wanting to change that.
He gave some real, concrete advice on how to show love. He also made very plain that we are not to show conditional love, conditional on their changing. We are to show love and let the Holy Spirit do the inner work.
I have to admit that there were several times that I reacted to what Thompson was saying without really reading WHAT he was saying. That in and of itself was an eye opener for me.
The latter half of the book was more “fact” oriented. He shows how many of the rejections that homosexuals deal with, he deals with from the homosexual community as an ex-gay.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fantastic read! A lot of fun, intense action and techno-suspense. I’d like to thank Jeff for recommending this book to me.
Take the basic Terminator plotline of a supercomputer and sublimate that AI into a yes/no program that has been programmed by a genius now dead and see what it can do. If the programmer is smart enough, it can do almost anything.
And Sobol is a world class genius. It is fascinating to see all that he planned before he died. He recruits the right people for his cause and makes use of their training in various areas. It was kind of scary actually, to see the plan unfold.
Then you have the opposing team. A police detective, a mystery hacker, a government woman authorized to take the Daemon down. All interacting, failing and being overwhelmed. And seeing the almost inevitable march of the daemon is great. It gave me a sense of doom, which is hard to do.
The couple of things that kept it from being a 5star. Technobabble out your ears! I’m sure it is accurate, as Suarez thanks some programmers/hackers at the end of the book, but it become a little overwhelming. A scene of an underage girl being drugged and used for a sex video. Not “super” graphic, but graphic enough that it stood out in my mind. And finally, the completely overwhelming’ness of Sobol/Daemon. It was just too smart imo. Several times I felt like it was the bogeyman with unlimited threat power.
One warning. It does end on a cliffhanger, so make sure you have the sequel, Freedom (TM), on hand.
The Brotherhood Of The Rose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read a scanned copy on my Nook, and the format was something awful. So I KNOW that affected my reading. Mainly because with all the jumping around the story does I had to pay over-attention to make sure which/who/what storyline I was following.
I saw this as a movie/miniseries for tv back in the early 90’s when it was a rerun. I don’t think I saw the whole thing, just enough to burn the idea of it into my mind.
The idea is awesome! 2 orphans, now brothers, superbly trained as the best of the best, carrying out covert missions for their father figure. And then, betrayal, backstabbing and the harsh reality of the intelligence gathering world.
Sadly, I wasn’t as enamoured of the carrying out of this idea in this book. It was pretty cool, but there were quite a few times where I was wondering when the action would start up. There is a sequel, The Fraternity Of The Stone and I’ll read it to give Mr. Morrell another chance.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first couple of chapters left me feeling “meh”, as the main character was not that likable. Then it gelled and became a standard Sanderson book, which being translated, means it was AWESOME!
This is steampunk. I hate steampunk. And Sanderson made me like this book.
Age of reading is definitely a step above the Alcatraz books, but not the full on adult world of say Mistborn.
Really cool ideas that are well thought out. Characters were interesting, engaging, true to life [ie, even complete dicks have their good points] and fun.
The plot was twisty, turny with just the right amount of sentiment, hints of young love, pathos and courageous determinism.
The main reason I didn’t give this a 5star is because it is the first of a series. Maybe the series will suck later and affect my thoughts on this book. Maybe Sanderson will die partway through book 2. Who knows. So I reserve judgement for that final star…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The whole time I was reading this I felt edgy, like something was off. I kept waiting for that nasty surprise to pop out of the closet and make me wet my pants.
It didn’t pop out of the closet. It crept up, unawares, until the last chapter, where it proceeded to throttle me.
I don’t like books where the main character is the badguy. Especially this bad guy. He was lazy, ego-centric, selfish and the image presented by himself to the readers just didn’t quite add up, until the end, where suddenly it all made sense.
Of course, his complete collapse didn’t fit in with his personality and how he’d reacted earlier in life. Oh well, Christie can make her characters act how she wants them to. 🙂
Eyes Wide Open
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Once again, for the final time for me, Dekker disappoints. We get some weakwilled teens who must decide what is real.
From a theological perspective, Dekker vanilla’fies his theology so much [so as not to be preachy and turn off non-christians would be my guess] that I’m not sure if he’s talking about Christianity or some sort of Zen-Buddhism/New Age/Love Yourself thing.
So while I’ve enjoyed Dekker’s past books, his recent books just don’t do it for me.
I am glad this was my third book by Dekker, cause it blew me away and now I have very high expectations for everything else I read. Tempered by what I’ve already read. Incredible!
One man, 3 completely distinct personalities, battling it out. A psychological take on the Trey Nature of Man[at least according to Dekker]-ourself, our sin self and our regenerated self.
I don’t agree with his conclusions, for I believe that once a man is saved, he is Regenerated, a completely new being. The flesh is not a “nature”, but an outer garment. But anyway, this was an excellent book even if I did want to kill Kevin for being such a wuss and stupid idiot throughout most of it.
I don’t get tired of this book. Period. And the cool cover doesn’t hurt any either.