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Banished by Lauren Drain (3/5)
I’ve been fascinated by the Westboro Baptist Church for a while now. I doubted there was much new information that this book would enlighten me to. I knew the basic structure of leadership at their church, much of their doctrine, I knew of the pastor’s highly acclaimed position as a lawyer during the civil rights movement, and essentially felt as though I had a good grasp on this cult.
This book presented a fascinating perspective unlike the numerous documentaries I have seen. In this instance, Lauren Drain, a former member of the WBC, recounts life before, during, and immediately after her time at Westboro. Being able to study the church from an inside perspective was extremely interesting.
However, it should be noted that while interesting, the book itself is not necessarily well written, it is choppy in its format, and could have gone through a few more rounds of edits. But the memories of the church she presents are so gripping in themselves that the style of writing won’t be of much distraction.
If you are fascinated by the inner workings of one of the strangest cult groups in modern time, this book will be of great interest to you.
Abraham’s Four Seeds by John G. Reisinger (5/5)
One feels foolish to attempt to review or comment on a book that they themselves have yet to fully grasp, and this monumental work by John G. Reisinger certainly places me in that uncomfortable predicament.
Being a younger Christian with no formal theological education, I do not shy away from the fact that I do not know everything.
At times I find myself grasping at every book I see, hoping to learn and understand what I can of some of these deeper concepts.
I was not heavily familiar with the finer points dispensationalism upon reading this book, and my knowledge of covenant theology, though stronger, still falls short of what could be considered thorough understanding.
From this position, I was able to pick up Abraham’s Four Seeds, and from a baseline level, follow along with the thought processes and ideas presented by Reisinger.
His writing style is VERY readable, and informative, yet it is FAR from shallow.
It is one of those books anyone could understand, but on return to it’s pages for second reading, would recognize vast troves of rich information that they missed the first time around.
Reisinger really strips bare the weaknesses and presuppositions of dispensationalism and convenant theology, (while also applauding their strengths) and draws us back to the Scriptures as our source of truth.
It was a fantastic eye opener, and is sure to make you re-consider the positions you may have, and will certainly make you think twice about blindly accepting traditional religious doctrine without checking it against Gods Word.
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman (4/5)
Neil Postman begins his book with Orwell’s prediction that in the future books would be censored and kept from us, and then juxtaposes it with Huxley’s view that, in the future, this would not be necessary, since no one would care to read them anyway.
Although this book was written in the late eighties, it is still extremely relevant to the current age. Postman creates with articulate, well-crafted arguments, a call to caution for a society that has allowed entertainment to become our culture.
From the church to the schoolroom, the effects of a television society are increasingly apparent.
Neil Postman simply wants to encourage you to ponder the ramifications of an entertainment-based society, and he certainly accomplishes his goal.
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