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Wed May 12 00:00:00 MDT 2010southernsomeone Rating:5.0
I have seldom ever in my life said this about any book...but every American must read this book. Regardless of being old, being young, having children that left the 'nest' long ago, single, or race or religion or region..every American should read this book. It is a necessary platform for ideas of our society to come forth and debate and acknowledge and cherish our ways of life as individuals and as communities. It stresses real ideas about our current local societies and our global assimilation as a people in the new century. If you don't think our schools should be reformed, still read this book. If you think our schools are beyond repair, read this book. If you think the problem is too big, read this book. I have always believed that Education and Schooling are not synonymous and this book goes beyond my thinking exploring why so many children graduate and enter our society without the basics of a simple education even though they have attended (expensively) so many years of school. I cannot stress this enough..READ THE BOOK!!!!!!
Fri Feb 22 00:00:00 MST 2008leslei Rating:5.0
A stunning book! Part breathtaking adventure yarn, part journalism/history in the making, part inspirational tale of a man who's sort of stumbled into a passionate mission that consumes his life--and has probably been a more effective weapon in the war on terror than all the world's guns and bombs. Greg Mortenson builds schools, especially schools to educate girls. And he does it in Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Muslim villages and with the blessing of the Islamic Council, using donated local labor, listening to what small isolated communities need, so that the school building becomes community building becomes bridge building. A great read, an inspiring story, maybe a blueprint of sorts for a better world.
Sat Jun 05 00:00:00 MDT 2010badbird99 Rating:5.0
If you truly want to understand the American economy, fed reserve, interest rate manipulation, relationship with global economy (specifically china), etc, etc ---then read this book. Its written in the simplest of language and the whole thing is explained as a series of humorous stories. Why? Because Peter Schiff believes that EVERYONE should be able to understand the economy, and it shouldnt just be for the "economic elite" (my words not his). A must read---truly awesome engrossing book. Should be made mandatory reading for everyone in college (and high school).
Sat Jan 11 00:00:00 MST 2014inspiremichelle Rating:4.0
Elusive Hope Book 2 of Escape to Paradise by MaryLu Tyndall This is my first book I have read by this author. It is Christian Historical Romance Fiction. Elusive Hope is set in the jungles of Brazil, in 1866. After the war a group of Americans start a new colony called New Hope . What they discover is so much more, they find love, friendship, community, faith, and face spiritual warfare. Hayden Gayle set out to find his father to get revenge for past sinĎs. Magnolia Scott wants nothing more than to return to America to a life a privilege and servants to wait on her hand and foot. I enjoyed watching these two grow up as they faced a checkered past and learned beauty comes from within. It was interesting to see how they used one another to gain something for themselves only to learn what they thought they were seeking was not what they really wanted after all. Although it is a part of a series it can be read as a stand along. I had no problem following and have not read the first book Forsaken Dreams. I found the authors writing style to be realistic, believable and funny. I give this book four stars. I want to give a high-five to the author MaryLu Tyndall and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
Thu May 16 00:00:00 MDT 2013moonpie72 Rating:5.0
Her Good Name is more than just a superbly entertaining novel; it holds spiritual truths that are important to remember. Social boundaries were heavily drawn even in the late 1800ís when this story takes place. The wealthy worked hard to keep their group elite and unspotted by those of lesser means. This is the situation Espy Estrada and Warren Brentwood found themselves in. Espy was a beautiful and intelligent daughter of an American mother and Portuguese fisherman. She had her 11 siblings lived in poverty. After an accident her father had developed a serious drinking problem to the point he was rarely at home. It fell to Espy and her older sister to support the family. Her dreams for an education had been cut short. Warren on the other hand came from a wealthy family that had given him the best education possible. They had his life planned out to take over the family business and marry the girl (of course an aristocrat) of their choice. He had been taught since he was young that this was his destiny. Although he felt obligated to comply with his parentís wishes, he was made of a different cloth than his family. He was kind and compassionate and saw value in people no matter what their station. Espy had liked him since they attended grammar school together many years ago. He had just returned to their hometown from college and she finds ways to run into him on a daily basis. Warren is shocked at the beautiful young woman she has become and the strange affect being near her brings. They are suddenly thrown together when their pastor asks Warren to start a youth group to bring young people back into the church and proposes Espy be his assistant. They become very excited about bringing both the wealthy and the working class together not only to learn Godís Word but also to help the poor in the community. Alas, trying to combine the two social groups is like mixing oil and water. In spite of the difficulties, Espyís enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude are encouraging and impressive to Warren. His family is very upset at him having any type of interaction with her. He becomes torn between his growing feelings for her and his familyís expectations. Espy feels she is moving up in the world when Mrs. Stockton, the wife of a respected local high school professor hires her on as housekeeper. Espy knows Mr. Stockton has a large library and hopes to be able to read some of his books. Unfortunately the professor has other motives and his wife catches him making inappropriate advances on Espy. Rather than tell the truth they spread lies about her and she becomes shunned by the entire town including Warren. She can stand it no more and moves to a nearby town where she lives with a missionary and his wife. God begins to work in both their lives in amazing ways. The author beautifully illustrates truths in Godís Word warning us not to judge others by how things appear. I loved Espyís strength in facing such condemnation and as she grew spiritually, allowing God to defend her good name. I admired Warrenís strength in choosing to please God no matter who he might displease, even those closest to him. Two scriptures that this story brought to mind were: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 And of course, A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 I was also very impressed that although this was a romance novel, it was written very clean and purely. An excellent book! "I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review."