February 14th, 2015

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Back a couple of days, I finished reading another book, this being Osprey Fortress #8: Defenses of Pearl Harbor and Oahu 1907 – 50 the gist of which is pretty obvious in the title. This was an early title in this series of books and I'm sure that they expected it to be pretty popular, but it didn't really spark much interest in me. I guess I just looked at it as an example of failure, since these defenses didn't protect the Pacific Fleet from Japanese carrier aircraft. Anyway, there it is.

Book #8: Why Christians Should Support Israel by Mike Evans

The subject of the conflict going on in the Middle East is one that has caused various celebrity Twitter storms, so I'm going to be careful what I say on this subject.

However, I got e-mailed with a link to the e-book version of this book to see what author Mike Evans had to say about it and his justifications for what his views were.

Not surprisingly, this is all very politically charged with a lot of anger expressed at the influence of ISIS, and the oppression of the Jewish people. My assumption is that Evans is himself Jewish.

His arguments about why Christians should back Israel are mostly about how God said he would protect his people, and how God hates anti-Semitism. Mostly I thought his arguments were well set out, although there was some stuff I disagreed with, such as the implication that any church that does not have a Jewish flag is immediately a "bad" church.

It was an enjoyable enough read though, and it got me thinking.

Next book: A Vision of Fire (Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin)
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Books 23 & 24 - 2014

Book 23: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Seventh: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket – 256 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Dear Reader, You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children′s lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

I continue on my challenge to read this series. This one sees the children shipped off to a strange village to be raised by the entire village, which sounds strange and only gets stranger. As it turns out the village only wants the children to be their personal cleaners. They get taken in to live with one strange man who nonetheless tries to help them solve the riddle of V.F.D and where the children’s friends are, and avoid another run in with Count Olaf. These stories are fanciful but it’s quite amusing to see the things the Baudelaire children come up with in order to get out of trouble.

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

8315 / 15000 pages. 55% done!

Book 24: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 313 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, `The Fault in Our Stars` is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

I read this book because everyone is reading this book and because there was a movie coming out. I’m still to watch the movie, and whilst I wouldn’t say this book is the groundbreaking amazing masterpiece claim it is, I did still really enjoy it. Part of this was because of Green’s writing style and dialogue, which was both laugh out loud funny and reminded me more than any other writer of my own writing style. The story itself is an interesting one, mostly because you can see how it could be possible. Two teenagers in a terrible situation bond – because of their illness or because it really is love? It’s a fascinating question and one Green doesn’t choose to (or really has to) answer. In many respects, the plot meanders and the whole story with the writer sometimes feels like it was put in there to fill the story out. The fact that she goes to Amsterdam got me a little excited though, given I’m half Dutch and I’ve never read a story set in any way shape or form in the Netherlands before. I don’t know. I enjoyed it but at the same time, it didn’t blow me away. Nonetheless, I can see why it was so popular amongst the teen girl market.

24 / 50 books. 48% done!

8628 / 15000 pages. 58% done!

Currently reading:
-        The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss – 323 pages
-        Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton – 596 pages
-        Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics by Paul Street – 272 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
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Book #1 of 50: "The Goddess Has Your Back" by Moonwater SilverClaw

Here was my Amazon.com review of the book, which I think says it all:

I have purchased this book and read it, so this review is based on an actual buyer's testimony.

"The Goddess Has Your Back" is my non-fiction pick of the year, and I will be recommending it to everyone I know. This is a superb guide for emotional growth and for understanding how belief --in a higher power, yes, but also, and more importantly, in yourself-- can lead you to a place of self-acceptance, of equilibrium and peace, and of prosperity. This isn't a book that promises instant gratification in romance, 'tout de suit' restored/reinvigorated relationships, obscene riches, or supreme cosmic enlightenment. It instead directs you, the audience, to turn your desires into opportunities for self-improvement, and to rally and channel your faith (through ritual) to achieve your goals.

Among pages filled with exceptional insight into how personality shapes spirituality, Moonwater takes you through her own life's emotional journey, sharing her pain with the reader as a gentle reminder that good mental and physical health is possible... with a little positive effort on your part. She also calls on you to believe in the concept of 'betterment' and to act upon that belief, rather than passively wait for fortune to land in your lap. She reminds you to be realistic and methodical -- to plan, to act, and to hope.

I enthusiastically give this book the FIVE GOLD STARS it so rightly deserves. Well done, Moonwater! More, more!

1 / 50 words. 2% done!