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Winner, I've got one word for you : WOW!!
December 7, 2012
I wrote this review a couple of minutes after finishing this book.
This is food for thoughts. Excellent food.
Lately, I've been taking an interest into theology and I was really intrigued by this book the first time I saw it.
I took my time to read it and what can I say now? I. loved. reading. Still!
Winner has a different perspective than mine on some subjects but on the other hand, there were MANY things she said that made really reflect and that truly hit me deeply. Still is the kind of work that deserves a re-read just so a reader like me can fully grasp the heart of the message.
Lauren is very transparent, very intellectual (and very funny at times!). This journey was really fascinating as it exposed some truths that I would not have remarked before reading this. (Heavens, she really researched before writing. WOW!)
Also, the author definitely is a wordsmith. She's one of the best I've read. (You might need a dictionary (a lot!) while reading)
I would recommend this book both to those who are going through a mid-faith crisis or not. I don't know how to fully explain how much I enjoyed it.
The author does not, thankfully, write like a seminary professor. Unfortunately, she still doesn't write clearly, and she doesn't write much like a Christianâ€”not a mature one, anyway. I know it is the nature of "inspirational" books like these for the author to reveal her inner life, but as I reached the midpoint of the book, I couldn't help thinking: This woman is deep deep DEEP into herself--and loving every minute of it. I know we all go through introspective times, but for most of us the cure is, turn outwardâ€”God, neighbor, etc. At the risk of sounding like a simplifier, I would tell the author that she might find God more "legible" (her word) if she stared into the mirror less often. I don't know the full story of her failed marriage, but I'm guessing her delight in stewing in her own emotions probably wasn't a plus. (Husbands can get very peeved with a wife who seems to be constantly writing her autobiography.)
Shortly before reading this, I re-read a biography of Martin Luther, who spent his life post-1517 surrounded by a hectic household--wife, children, admirers, theology students, friends, etc. Our modern take on that would be, "Poor manâ€”had almost no time for himself!" I don't think Luther would see it that way. His situation ensured he couldn't get TOO self-absorbed, and the world can be thankful he didn't. (If you're familiar with Luther's chronic "hygiene problem," you'll probably agree with me that a painfully detailed Luther autobiography would not have been a good thing.)
I can't fail to mention that the writing is, frankly, sloppy. Granted, in a book like this we expect a few literary rules to be broken. But here the sloppy writing works in tandem with sloppy thinking to produceâ€”well, slop.
One closing thought: recall the old George Bernard Shaw quote: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. I find it ironic that the author teaches "spirituality" (and, for all I know, might be good at her job), yet she presents her own inner life as a shambles. Physician, heal thyself.