Recently, Blogging for Books contacted me about a book club reading guide for “Quiet” by Susan Cain. Susan’s book has gained a lot of popularity; so much so that she won a Goodreads award. While I didn’t think her book, however well researched, was that riveting, I want to pass on the book club information for any of Susan’s new or old fans. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/X8Kuwr. Want humor?
Matt Mikalatos has written three books. Two of them—My Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian—were my personal favorites. Recently, he published a new young adult fantasy book called, The Sword of Six Worlds (released early January in paperback). I hope to be able to read that soon. What can you read to understand today’s world and it’s consequences?
I recommend reading several books to understand today’s world and how we came to be with this kind of government and culture. December 1941 by Craig Shirley basis his research on pages of old newspaper articles and journals to what was happening days before December 7 and afterwards when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. It shows how this is not the first time progressives and uber-leftists have tried a power grab. According to Shirley, President Roosevelt managed to shut down businesses among other things using his presidential powers by manipulating the emotions to mobilize an entire nation to go to war. While I don’t doubt Roosevelt’s sincerity, I disagree with his methods. Compare history to Obama using children to manipulate the emotions of the American people for his own agenda to Roosevelt who used the tragedy of Pearl Harbor and you’ll realize some things haven’t changed.
Tried by War, Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson is excellent insight into the struggles Abraham Lincoln suffered politically during the Civil War and leading up to the Civil War. It seems politics haven’t changed much. Then, there’s al qaeda and Hamas.
Some want to view Israel as the cause of everything wrong with the Middle East. Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef shows how even the bloodthirstiest hearts can come to Christ. It also gives insight into Hamas from the point of view of a son of a Hamas leader. You can also follow his blog here. What about George Washington? Was he a deist or a believer?
According to his own words, Washington was a believer and quite the prayer warrior. The only way to answer this question is to actually read his letters. You can find an excellent book called The Real George Washington by Jay A Perry, Andrew M. Allison, and Skouson. It’s 928-pages long filled with his letters and an excellent index in which to look up key words like “God” or “Prayer.” It’s always good to go by the words of the person themselves rather than by others who will always have a bias or an agenda. What about the Founding Fathers?
American Patriots by Rick Santorum lists stories of the heroics of our Founding Fathers. You can apply the lessons in these stories to today. I even did a week long blog posting here so impressed I was by this simple read. And can we refer to the Holocaust in both Germany and Russia in order to prove that where we are headed is just as ugly?
A resounding yes, I say. You need to read, The Unknown Black Book. This is different than the first time it was published after World War II. Russia didn’t want to advertise it’s involvement in the Holocaust or look bad and so many of the journals and letters from Holocaust victims and survivors in Russia were locked in a vault until Gorbechev released it during his ruling. The Unknown Black Book is dark. It’s so dark you will have a hard time reading too much at one time. As an example, here’s one story: A Russian man buried his Jewish wife alive to save her life, feeding her for six months in her underground prison until the Red Army won against Germany. Then, he dug her out. She had to learn to walk again which took another six months. What about escaping into fiction?
Not long ago, I reviewed Keven Newsome’s Winter. You can read my review here. He has a sequel out to that novel called, Prophetess. His writing is riveting. Also, any of my reviews here will give you an idea of what fiction to read depending upon your mood. I read all genres in both fiction and nonfiction, except books that are very sexual.
One should read all genres as reading even unpleasant truths can help you see more clearly on what’s going on now in our world. History repeats itself and for those who ignore it’s warnings, the consequences hurt us all. There’s also no harm in escaping in fiction as long as you aren’t living with your head in the sand, hoping the dark things in this world will pass us by if we just ignore it long enough. We are all responsible for the outcome of our nation good or bad either by our lack of action or wrong or right action. And as I wrote here, it’s up to you and me to change this culture.
What are you reading?