Friday, July 8, 2011

3-in-1 Book Review: The City of Joy, The Year of Living Biblically, and Outlive Your Life

It's been a while since I did a book review, so here are three short reviews from the last three books I've read:

My sister-in-law recommended this one to me and also warned me it was a "difficult read".  This book is amazing, but what makes it a difficult read, in my opinion, is the truth you can't escape while reading it; the poverty that exists in this world.  It's a lengthy and emotional true story about a 32-year-old Catholic priest named Stephan Kovalski who moves to Calcutta to live among the poorest of the poor.  The book also follows Hasari Pal and his family as they do what is needed to survive, as well as those met along the journey.  I agree with my sister-in-law in that it's "a difficult read, but SO worth it". 
Here is the link to Amazon and to read more lengthy reviews than mine.

I read this one with my small group from church and thought it was great.  The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because of the discussion questions.  I found the discussion questions to be rather shallow and repetitive at times, and didn't dive as deep as I would have liked.  Apart from that, I loved it!  This was the first Max Lucado book I have read, although I had been wanting to, and am looking forward to reading more of his work.  I love Max's writing style and story-telling ability, he conveys his points very well by linking them to relatable stories.  This book focuses on what we were put on this earth to God and love others, and gives us tangible ideas in which to do so.
HERE is the link to Amazon and to read more reviews.

After reading The City of Joy, I wanted a light and easy read and this book delivered.  With Jewish roots, agnostic author A.J. Jacobs decides, for various reasons, he wants to explore religion and the Bible.  This memoir is his 1 year attempt at following the Bible as literally as possible.  As the back of the book says, it "...will charm readers both secular and religious.  It is part CliffsNotes to the Bible, part memoir, part look into worlds unimaginable.  Thou shalt not be able to put it down."  Personal beliefs aside, I loved it!
HERE is the link to Amazon and read more reviews.

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