Author: A.J. Jacobs
Themes/Topics: Bible, Judaism, 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.