Thursday, December 11, 2008

honk if you love jesus?

So I just got done reading this crazy ass book. One of my favorite Christian authors (can’t say I have a lot of them), Melody Carlson has done it again. She continues to amaze me that reading her books, though based on Christianity and filled with excellent messages, don’t make me want to throw up in my mouth.

Seriously, her book “The Other Side of Darkness” is about this chick that develops serious mental problems (that were a long time coming) but got INSANE once some honk if you love Jesus (not in a good way) pastor took over her church. It basically turned into a cult, and she went outside of her dammmmn mind. At first I was thinking I couldn’t even read it, it got me feeling so frustrated that some churches ARE psycho. Some do make people in their congregation go nuts thinking they always have to live in fear of Hell. It’s healthy to have a fear of God or whatever, but they take it to a whole other level.

This is a must read for those who enjoy the Jesus loving books, and those who just like to read, period.

DeMille's 'The Gate House'

In the end, Nelson DeMille’s “The Gate House” was worth reading, especially if you read the first installment “Gold Coast.” You may have to give this one a little push to get through, but trust me, in the end…you will not ask for those hours of your life back. Or maybe you will, and in that case I am sorry about your luck. I’ve come to the realization that DeMille writes a little uneven, distracted maybe? But hey, I get distracted all the time, so I enjoyed myself.

Just make it to the end. That’s the best advice I can give you.

The White Tiger

In his first novel, Aravind Adiga takes on some crazy intense issues: the unhappy division of social classes into haves and have-nots, the cultural imperialism of the First World, the powder-kegged anger that seethes among the world's dispossessed, and entrapment. But his skills as an author protect the novel from becoming one of those super-boring stories that focus only on educating readers. Not that I don’t enjoy being educated, but I don’t want to be bored out of my damn mind in the process either. The White Tiger entertains and gives pause for thought. Pause for thought? Yes, I stole that line from someone else.