Legacies of Social Thought - Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc - Books
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Mon Sep 18 00:00:00 MDT 2006Rating:5.0
We are what we eat, and that is a scary thought based on the description of our "food chain" in this book. The book follows the growth of heavily subsidized corn (up to 40% of the cost of production) that is fed massive amounts of chemical fertilizer derived from oil (again, up to 40% of the cost of production). The corn then is fed to cows in confined, unsanitary areas. Since cows are not adapted to eating corn or the unsanitary conditions, they must be fed antibiotics to keep them from dying before slaughter. So why feed them corn if it's not good for them? Because it's cheaper. Why is it cheaper? Because the corn is subsidized, to the tune of $4.6b in 2005 (source: NYT on September 16, 2006). That's about $12-15 of tax dollars from every American. So what to do? Try to find beef from cows that ate grass, probably at a farmers market or a farm.
Fri Apr 13 00:00:00 MDT 2007kzm211 Rating:5.0
Ran through this book. Great story line, fabulous characters. It was very evident that the author did a lot of research into the social customs of the times, the landscapes, lifestyles. I highly recommend this fascinating read. It was hard to believe that the United States actually thought this premise might work back in 1835. the storyline gives a view from both sides of the coin.
Thu May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2010farqs Rating:5.0
This book was recommended to me by a friend. It is one of the best books that I have read. If you are into shamanism and the spiritualistic side of life then you will truly enjoy this book. If you arent, then you will still enjoy this book by getting an insight into that type of belief along with being enlightened on Pinchbeck's journeys around the world. His experiences alone make a great read, but combined with his knowledge and heavy interest in the field of spiritualism makes this book a must read. Every sentence he is dropping knowledge to the reader about thoughts and facts that I would never have imagined existed.
Wed Mar 28 00:00:00 MDT 2007republican Rating:5.0
I wanted to find out about a politician that makes you curious to find out about him. His honesty, values and political thought process can only help you think of JFK. Obama is not just an intelligent and honorable man but will be a great leader of this country and is a rising power to be reckoned with.
Wed May 12 00:00:00 MDT 2010southernsomeone Rating:5.0
I am a homeschooler and find this book to be a very good science resource. My daughter is seven; however, other parents who have children that attend school feel the book should be labeled for a fifth grader. It has one chapter each: physical, life, earth and space, science and technology. It also discusses basic concepts (hypothesis, metric system, etc), health, history, nature and social perspectives. Each topic is one page of reading and one page of questions/discussion which is a valuable reinforcement of reading comprehension and thinking skills since at least one question asks a child to explain their own thought on a particular subject. Finally, there is a review test for each chapter and a final test at the end of the book. This is a great standard for test preparation. I would recommend this book to curious school children to use over the summer (grades 2-4) or a child struggling with science concepts (ages 7-10) or any homeschooler as a basic go-to science book to 'ground' your home curriculum as it is a great starting point for introducing projects. I personally use three workbooks and a textbook in my curriculum but my children are very curious and interested in all science concepts, much to my dismay :)
Thu Dec 22 00:00:00 MST 2011haelie Rating:5.0
Here's something new for me. I have not yet reviewed a fiction book--until today. And this takes place in the perfect setting for starting off my summer: a three day holiday weekend in a beach cottage. Here is the publisher's description of the story: The Fine Art of Insincerity features three Southern sisters with ten marriages between them and more looming on the horizon. It takes a "girls only" weekend spent closing up Grandma's treasured beach house for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind. And a bit about Angela Hunt, the author: Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than 100 books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Her nonfiction book Don't Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She and her husband make their home in Florida with their dogs. You can learn more at AngelaHuntBooks.com. So, with the introductions out of the way, my thoughts. Like the characters in this book, I also have two sisters. And, I was reading this book over the long holiday weekend in a southern home very similar to the beach home they stayed in for their holiday weekend--complete with porch swing and all. Setting and characters aside, or included, this story stirred up emotions in me which I thought were dormant or even non-existent. It had me considering my relationship with my own sisters as well as other family relationships and friendships I hold dear. As the title suggests, ultimately these sisters had been insincere with each other and actually with everyone else including they themselves their whole adult lives. Honestly, I kept mistaking the title of the book to be The Fine Art of Insecurity every time I glanced at the cover. Truly, that mistaken title is not too far off as well. Angela Hunt so creatively developed her theme and storyline with these sisters that the reader can sense that the one of the main reasons for each of their insincerity truly is their own insecurity. This book is not only a good summer read because of its setting but is also a great wake up to facing the reality of life and relationships before it is too late. As is clearly portrayed in this book, we never know how little time we may have left to truly show our love to those who need it most. Don't assume that because they are your family or lifelong friend(s) they know you love them. How have you shown them? Not how have you said it? How have your actions and unspoken words proven (or disproven) your love for them? Trust me, I am preaching right back at myself with this one. Because of the wake-up call from this delightfully intrusive book, I pray I will make this the Summer of Love Lived Out toward my family and dear friends. Disclosure: I received this free from Glass Road PR Blogger reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sun Nov 16 00:00:00 MST 2014moonpie72 Rating:5.0
I am consistently amazed at Ms. Kirkpatricks historical fiction books. They not only bring to light the person they are written about but many social and cultural differences in that time period. I had never even considered all photography in the early 20th century involved until I read this book. Jessie Gaebele was a bit of a modern woman in the sense that she wanted more than anything to pursue a career in photography. Women just didnt do that; they werent supposed to have careers at all! Even though she still lived at home under the watchful eye of her parents, she managed to follow her dream. I believe her confidence and poise came from her all-consuming love of taking pictures. In that era it was a bit more than just grabbing a Polaroid or digital camera. I had never considered how dangerous it was until I read about Jessie. The chemicals used to process the pictures were toxic not only to touch but the fumes were poisonous too. Photographers often suffered from chemical poisoning that made them very ill and ultimately dementia and organ failure. In addition to the chemicals there was the danger of explosions and fires from the flash powders that could kill or maim. Given how protected women were during this time, you can understand how bold Jessies pursuit was! This doesnt even take into account that she was only 15 years old at the time! Her opportunity came when she is hired as an assistant to Mr. Bauer of Bauer Studios. She would gain experience and knowledge to hopefully someday open or studio. Although she was young she proved herself a quick learner, talented and responsible. I learned right along with Jessie as she apprenticed. I never thought of how the only lighting they hand was natural light from windows, or how skilled one would have to be to pose subjects considering this. Her new job brought her face to face with something she had never dreamed of; she became emotionally attracted to her employer. Matters were further complicated because he was not only married (albeit very unhappily to a petty nervous wife in fragile health) but he was also 26 years older than Jesse! Before long Mr. Bauer returned that attraction. This was not a sordid tale as one might think. It is a beautiful story of having self-control in the face of strong, sinful temptations and staying true to God rather than giving into fleshly desires. Her close familys intuition and Gods convicting hand kept Jessie from straying. The author was very tasteful in handling this. The book is made even more exciting because it is based on the life of Jane Kirkpatricks grandmother who was a photographer during that time and even owned her own studio! The vintage pictures placed at the beginning of various chapters were so special. They were actually taken by the authors grandmother! I always look forward to Jane Kirkpatricks books. They are in a league of their own! Be sure to go to http://www.jkbooks.com/ and check out more of Jane Kirkpatricks wonderful books! I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Sun Jul 15 00:00:00 MDT 2007Rating:5.0
When you open the book and begin to read Einstein, you are treated to a vivid picture of life in Germany in the early 1900s when Albert Einstein was a child. Fortunately for us, he left a vast legacy of letters, notes and notebooks detailing his thoughts. The author has used them throughout the book to give insight into the brilliant genius who developed many theories of physics, including the most famous one -- the theory of relativity E=mc2. But expect much more than the story of Einstein the scientist. This biography reveals his tumultuous personal life, his longings, and his love of Switzerland. Did you know he was a citizen of three countries? Moved often, living mainly in Swtizerland and Germany. He lived through the first World War in Europe. He managed to avoid persecution for being Jewish by denying he had any religion. On one application to a university, he wrote "Mosiac" for his religion. The author's style is fairly smooth and makes good reading, but if you are not fascinated by matters scientific or quantum mechanics, it may be tough going through some passages. If you keep going, you will be richly rewarded. The book is one of the most important ever written about the man who defined physics and quantum physics, affecting generations of of scientists, theorists and mathematicians. Well worth reading by anyone who wants to know Einstein, I highly recommend this book.
Thu Sep 10 00:00:00 MDT 2009monkeygirl89 Rating:5.0
i liked the book...i liked it because the two main characters didn't care on what others thought of them and didn't listen to people that said they didn't belong together. who ever wants to read the book should really read it. i think you'll like it.
Thu May 03 00:00:00 MDT 2007lizsoup4 Rating:5.0
I normally do not read but everyone was talking about this book on a forum for a tv show. I thought I would check it out. This book was amazing! I read in in two nights and I loved every second of it. The book tells a story of a high school girl falling in love with a already out transfer student. Holland has everything going for her, a great boyfriend, great friends, and a star student. But as the story continues, every thing becomes a little shaky. Julie Anne Peters, is an amazing writer and I can't wait to read another one of her books. SO what are you waiting for, stop reading this and buy the book already.
Tue Jul 07 00:00:00 MDT 2009mrschuckbass Rating:4.0
I began reading this book when my eight year old cousin brought it over my house and even though I'm sixteen, I can say that I throughly enjoyed this book! Nikki (the main character) is completely believeable as an eight grader and absolutely loveable. Even thought this book is geared towards the younger set, I would recommend it to young teens, or those who are young at heart like myself.
Fri Dec 02 00:00:00 MST 2011ravenblaze Rating:5.0
This book covers the female body, female desire and basics of how to pleasure a female bodied person. While every body is different and will react in different ways the chapters in the book cover not only how to, how it works, but also some of the thoughts and emotions behind pleasuring the female body. Of all the books I recommend to friends and people looking to pleasure a female body, this is the one I recommend the most
Tue Dec 23 00:00:00 MST 2008shymeeka Rating:5.0
I bought this for my granddaughter. Thought this would encourage her to read more. She loves the book, so I ordered the rest of the series for her. She can pass this on to her younger sister
Fri Jun 19 00:00:00 MDT 2009chitham84 Rating:5.0
An amazing and thought provoking story - an incredible journey that everyone needs to take.....
Sun Sep 03 00:00:00 MDT 2006Rating:5.0
A wonderful, thoughtful story about the breaking down of walls (in this case, fences) between two races. Told simply , but with profound symbolism, this is an excellent story to use with children 8-12 to begin discussions on prejudice and how children can innocently lead us into new ways of thinking and acting. The illustrations are as profound and beautiful as the story.
Mon Dec 02 00:00:00 MST 2013markcelentino12 Rating:5.0
this book is amazing. I have been reading it for a couple of days and have been totally amazed. I thought it was a bit expensive but I am so glad I bought it. I think it is totally worth the money. I am going to buy a few more because they will be great Christmas gifts. Hope you will enjoy this great book as I have I sure think you will.
Fri Apr 25 00:00:00 MDT 2008pview Rating:5.0
Readers wil rejoice in the wisdom found within these pages. The Power of Now is a riveting message that grabs the reader, shakes them around a bit, and says "Wake up!" "Wake up!", wake up to life, the the power of the present moment and the infinite possibilities that lie therein. It addresses the individual at any level, social, religious, cultural, etc and provides the clear Truth that exists above thought and beyond existence.
Tue Mar 13 00:00:00 MDT 2012thomas28230 Rating:5.0
This book changed my view of Church History and was greatly encouraging to me personally. I had always thought that the history of Christianity was like this: the first few centuries were pretty good, then the Church became gradually worse and worse until finally the Reformation was a great liberation which brought things back to the Scriptures, changed the face of the world, and was the greatest event of the past 1000 years. But as I saw more an more how far from the Scriptures much of the "Reformation" and subsequent cultures affected by it really were, I became more and more perplexed. Until I read the accounts of those who never departed from a simple obedience to the commands of Christ--found in this book. Suddenly the whole thing came into focus. Just as Jesus said, "I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" even so throughout the years there have been many who have followed Him. This is a record of that line of Christians. Mercilessly slaughtered, first by "pagan" authorities, then by nominally "christian" authorities, they were many. THERE'S is the story of the Church. Interestingly, what we know as "the Reformation" receives only a few sentences of attention in this volume, for when the movements led by Hus, Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli went to war in the name of Christ, these faithful Christians departed. Anyone who longs for true Christianity--anyone who feels like a perpetual outcast because they just want to obey the New Testament at face value and feels alone amidst a sea of compromise--anyone who wants to have a true 20/20 on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ--anyone who wonders why what is called "the Church" so little resembles the Bible--should partake of this chronological record of those who gave their lives just because they wanted to follow Jesus completely and simply.
Wed Oct 12 00:00:00 MDT 2011peguinhappyfeet Rating:5.0
Good quality printing.Good reading. Eazy to handel. The story I thought it would be,classic.
Tue Jul 09 00:00:00 MDT 2013chandyb Rating:5.0
I thought that the book was great and very addictive to read.the book can relate to a lot of kids out there. I also think that it had a good twist to the whole book.
Sat Jun 14 00:00:00 MDT 2014moonpie72 Rating:5.0
A couple of years ago my uncle died. He was an intelligent articulate man that had published many articles in his field. While going through his belongings, my cousin found a treasure. It was his memories beginning in childhood, through part of his later years. She graciously sent me a copy. Reading it was wonderful! Not only did I find so much about his life I never knew, I got a glimpse of my fathers family and part of his life. Writing my own memoir to leave for my children and grandchildren has always been in my mind. His motivated me further but where and how do I start? Thats why I was so happy to get this book. It not only gives me a starting point but also direction. I know it wont be written in 30 days as the title suggests, but in 30 days the book will help me produce a rough skeleton of my life story. I liked it that the author says just write, get it down on paper, and worry about punctuation, spelling, and grammar later. That is such a hindrance to many who write, thinking it has to be perfect the first time. The beginning of the book also opens the door to the idea that there can be many different types of memoirs you might want to write. Each day focuses on a different aspect of your life to think about. For me, I have many memories and thoughts but they are jumbled together in my mind and come forward when triggered by some outside source. The author had lots of thought provoking ideas to delve deeper into those recollections therefore giving more meaning and detail to my writing. There were also samples of other peoples memoir writings to illustrate what the author was suggesting and avoiding mistakes. In addition, I found them as a springboard to further organize my thoughts. This book helps you do more than tell your stories; it helps you share your emotions, feelings, and experiences at a deeper level. I am a writer. I love to write, but I think this book would be a great help to someone that writing does not come easily. I want to leave a written legacy as my uncle did for our family. I found this book very helpful and inspiring! I received this book free from FBS Associates which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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