Ashlie (ardaigle) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 12-14

Title: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Author: A.J. Jacobs
Themes/Topics: Bible, Judaism, Humor
I picked this up as an audiobook to have something to listen to on the long drive from Tennessee to Louisiana.  As someone who is exploring spirituality, I think it's interesting to explore different viewpoints and methods for understanding religion.
Jacobs previously read the entire encyclopedia and wrote a novel about that as well, so at first his quest seemed a little gimmicky, but I believe that he learned more from the experience than he possibly thought he would.
I found his experiment to be interesting, and at times, hilarious.  I would recommend this to anyone with an open mind who wants to get a unique look at the Bible and has a good sense of humor.

Title: Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person that Ever Lived
Author: Rob Bell
Themes/Topics: Christianity, Heaven, Hell, Love

Read this book on the recommendation of a friend.  Bell is controversial in some circles, but I didn't see anything heretical about his book.  I found it to be a refreshing look at Christianity because he doesn't try to give you answers or "rules" or doctrine, but just asks endless questions.  He posits answers to those questions, but at least the way I've interpreted it, he leaves it up to you to decide what "truth" you will have faith it.  I definitely think I will reread it because it is a bit of an exhausting read: Bell throws out question after question for a while without pause.  Good food for thought.

Title: The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray
Author: Walter Mosley
Themes/Topics: Death, Dementia, Closure

This book affected me greatly.  Having recently had someone close to me pass away, it was difficult to read a book about someone preparing for the end of their life.  I liked the protagonist, Ptolemy, and it was interesting to see his transformation back into reality from his dementia.  Because my grandmother had dementia/senility it was certainly a tough read, but one that I enjoyed in a bittersweet sort of way.


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