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The book opens with a neat small introduction by Walter Hooper which reminds the reader of the intense personality of "Jack." A window into the humor of one of the greatest Christian minds of the latest century does the reader much amazing in empathizing with the writer. This factor is all-important because most readers are not comfortable with the level of detail to which Lewis will go to create his points. In the mind of this reviewer, a lot of millennials will miss much from this amazing writer for this e first address, "The Weight of Glory" is an address on the nature of glory. Lewis begins the address by reminding the reader that they are too often distracted by easy distractions of life and fail to see that something greater remains just out of view. As he makes this argument, Lewis utters his classic statement, that "it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant kid who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased" (26). Point made. Lewis moves on now to the substance of his argument (35). What is the meaning of glory? Lewis answers in one sense that glory is the respond to depth of the human desire for acceptance and admiration. In the Gospel, "only...by the work of Christ" (38), the believer is created an object of glory and is accepted by God. The end effect is that "the door on which we have been knocking all our lives will begin at last" (41). But Lewis doesn't end here, but now turns to another aspect of the concept (42). Glory is the transformation of mortality into immortality, the elevation of the monster to its creative glory. In this context Lewis closes with another of his oft quoted statements. "It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a monster which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and cirpection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations [sic] - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit..." (45-46).The second address speaks to an problem that one would think inapplicable to the modern world, but much here should resonate with the modern reader. Lewis here addresses a group of young men pursuing a university education while bombs fell on the streets. No one knew if their work of education would be an exercise in futility. For a group of listeners who saw their time as an abnormality, Lewis reminded them that "life has never been normal" (49) and encouraged them not to let the concerns of battle dissuade them from the task at hand. He reminded them to take their task as a religious duty for "every duty is a religious duty, and our obligation to perform every duty is therefore absolute" (53). But before glorifying scholarship, Lewis strikes at the knees of the young listeners. The ordinary duty of a believer may also be quite, daresay, ordinary. With a amazing reminder of the perspective of heaven, Lewis states that "all of our natural activities will be accepted, if they are offered to God, even the humblest, and all of them, even the noblest, will be sinful if they are not" (54). He goes on again to strike at the heart of intellectualism. "I reject at once the idea which lingers in the mind of some modern people that cultural activities are in their own right spiritual and meritorious--as though scholars and poets were intrinsically more pleasing to God than scavengers and [shoe shiners]....The work of Beethoven and the work of a [cleaning maid] become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God" (55). Stopping short of wholly discouraging education, Lewis then reminds the listeners of some "enemies" of the scholar. First, Lewis notes that excitement can draw the scholar off to pursue what seems more romantic, but ends up only distracting from a noble cause. "If we allow ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really obtain down to our work" (60). Next, is the challenge of frustration. By becoming unduly focused on the future, scholars may be enticed to demur from the call to education. In return, Lewis calls his hearers to leave the future to God as that is where it has always been. Lastly, Lewis warns the band of students to shake off fear as they pursue education. Battle is just a reminder of death, whose victims cannot be increased or decreased. To let it to control us is wrong, but rather one should let battle to bring to remembrance the reality of e third treatise entitled "Why I am not a Pacifist" was delivered to the Oxford Pacifist Society. Lewis begins by laying out a substantial number of logical arguments versus pacifism. He begins by making an astute observation. The human conscience accepts ideas of right and wrong often without logical explanation. There should be a logical interaction between morality and reason, but unfortunately a lot of simply create decisions with their consciences and come to opposing positions. These positions let for no debate or reasoning. So, from the outset, Lewis admits a degree of futility in his speech. But he begins by cutting down the generalization that battle always does more hurt than good. Quite apropos for the modern age, Lewis agrees that "it is...true that battles never do half the amazing which the leaders of the belligerents say they are going to do" (73), but still holds that battles serve a certain utility. He then moves to the argument from self-defense and the defense of the weak (76). Next, he reminds his listeners that the supposition that death and pain are the worst evils may, in fact, be wrong and suggests another chance or two (77). Ultimately, Lewis argues that if Pacifism succeeds, it will itself be annihilated, because where it wins, the state will be overcome and a totalitarian regime will not tolerate the weakness of the theory. In classic form, Lewis concludes that "Pacifism of this kind is taking the straight street to a globe in which there will be no Pacifists" (78). Turning now from the authority of logic, Lewis reminds the listeners of their human authorities. The weight of the state authority should weigh on the Pacifist to reconsider (80-82). Lastly, Lewis draws upon the weight of Divine authority. Under this head, the topic takes a various turn. Lewis portrays the contrasting points within Scripture and church history where various perspectives are given on the matter. He carefully weighs the evidence and concludes that Christianity does not mandate Pacifism (82-88). In the end, Lewis admits a degree of uncertainty, but ends up finding the Pacifist position "very doubtful" (90).Fourth comes Lewis' heady idea of "Transposition." This reviewer is not going to attempt a thoroughgoing explanation of the concept because the metaphysical argument is still gelling and the reader would likely do better wading in the waters of the argument on their own. The only thought that seems fair to suppose is that Lewis is hinting at something of a fourth dimension beyond sensory perception, but which breaks into the physical universe in spasms of miracles and Divine intervention. This dimension is superior to the physical universe in a related method that three dimensions are superior to a two-dimensional painting. In one of the soaring heights of the address Lewis picturesquely begins by quoting the Apostle John ""We know not what we shall be"; but we may be sure we shall be more, not less, than we were on earth. Our natural experiences (sensory, emotional, imaginative) are only like the drawing, like penciled lines on flat paper. If they vanish in the risen life, they will vanish only as pencil lines vanish from the true landscape, not as a candle flame that is place out, but as a candle flame which becomes invisible because someone has pulled up the blind, thrown begin the shutters, and allow in the blaze of the risen sun" (111).The fifth article is Lewis' speech on the relationship between Christian Theology and poetry. In a attractive turn, Lewis denies that Christianity bears a amazing resemblance to poetry. Yes, there is a sense in which Christianity, in the heart of the believer, becomes a kind of poetry (122), but ultimately the epic of Christianity is something more true and historical (128-129). Christianity is not like poetry (which is fact turned into myth), but Christianity is something greater, something like "myth become fact" (129). To this end Lewis postulates in regard to "the humiliation of myth into fact, God into Man; what is everywhere and always, imageless and ineffable, only to be glimpsed in dream and symbol and the acted poetry of ritual becomes a small, solid--no bigger than a man who can lie asleep in a rowing boat on the Lake of Galilee"(130). So if Christianity is something more like fact, then what can be said for the prevailing theories of the day? Lewis retorts that the theory of naturalistic evolution is more poetry in Christianity. In an epic that simply must be read, Lewis tells the nihilistic epic of evolutionary atheism (123-125). Ultimately, Lewis points out that the atheists have rejected unique creation a priori. Their presuppositions do not let for a Creator, so to let for such a consideration makes no sense; however, Lewis looks on their naturalistic explanation for the metaphysical realm (cf. 139-14) as "immensely unplausible" (137). Versus this backdrop, Lewis argues that after abandoning naturalism he was led inevitably to idealism, which led him to Theism, which led him to Christ. "And when you examined [the claims of Christ] it appeared that you could adopt no middle position. Either He was a lunatic, or God. And He was no lunatic" (138). In conclusion, Lewis summarizes naturalism as poetry and Christianity as myth created fact and soars to his own heights of epic poetry in his final statement. "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else" (140).The sixth address is entitled "The Inner Ring." Here Lewis describes the cliquish nature of human relationships. The rings of acceptance are a natural part of life (148), but "dangerous" (149). Articulately, the reader will see how exclusion and inclusion in the rings of culture drive all sorts of ill behaviors and motivations. Lewis brings this problem to the forefront because he believed that "unless you take measures to prevent it, this desire is going to be one of the chief motives of your life" (152). The end of the rings is twofold. The basic danger is that a passion for achieving the innermost circle makes "a man who is not yet a very poor man do very poor things" (154). The secondary danger is something of a spiral into nihilism. "As long as you are governed by that desire you will never obtain what you want. You are trying to peel an onion; if you succeed there will be nothing left. Until you defeat the fear of being an outsider, an outsider you will remain" (154).Seventh is a fascinating essay on the utter difference between the community of the Body of Christ and the famous expressions of individualism, on the one hand, and collectivism, on the other. Christianity is not a "solitary affair" (160), but neither is it the rush and bustle of our modern society. "We live, in fact, in a globe starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and real friendship" (160). Another aspect of how the church stands out versus the ideas of the day is brought to the surface. In culture, diversity is often sought at the expense of unity or unity at the expense of diversity. In the Body, both unity and diversity are elevated. One body, unified by Christ, has a lot of parts (166-167). This otherworldly love and community only can come from one source, for "if there is equality, it is in His love, not in us" (170). All of humanity is able to draw ultimate significance and value from Christ (174-174) and thereby to search something that is beyond what culture can offer, namely "natural self" or "collective mass," but instead "a fresh creature" (176).The eighth essay was quite challenging. Here Lewis strikes a nerve when he speaks of the Lord's explanation that one will not be forgiven except that he forgive others. This sobering thought is expounded in about seven small strong pages. The writer postulates that humans often approach God not seeking forgiveness, but in offering excuses. In turn, when it comes to human forgiveness there are certainly similarities, but also significant differences. "In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people's we do not accept them easily enough. As regards my own sins it is a safe bet (though not a certainty) that the excuses are really not so amazing as I think; as regards other men's [sins] it is a safe bet (though not a certainty) that the excuses are better than I think" (182). In conclusion, Lewis reminds the reader of the Dominical instruction that "to be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you" (182).Finally comes Lewis' discourse on "A Slip of the Tongue." It is here that the reviewer must again admit his inability to follow the argument of Lewis. As best understood, it seems to be a series of thoughts regarding a failure to look to the eternal. The temporal distractions of life take their toll in drawing one's affections from the eternal. In a stroke of genius, Lewis quotes Thomas More before climbing to another literary peak. ""If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God, it will create in the end no difference what you have chosen instead." Those are hard words to take. Will it really create no difference whether it was women or patriotism, cocaine or art, whisky or a seat in the Cabinet, cash or science? Well, surely no difference that matters. We shall have missed the end for which we were formed and rejected the only thing that satisfies. Does it matter to a man dying in a desert by which choice of route he missed the only well?" (191)In these nine selections, the reader will search a wealth of info on a dozens of topics. The level of understanding for the modern reader will range from easy to highly complex. The mental gymnastics are half the fun of a volume such as this and well worth the cost. So grab some Starbucks, kick back, and enjoy!
This is a beautiful, complex, engrossing, and engaging novel that is more than worth the time it takes to read it. The best part of "The Weight of Ink" is that it doesn't sacrifice readability or hero development for the sake of the story, which takes put in both the 1990's and the 1660's. I'm finding that a lot of latest novels that take put in various eras in history test and "mold" their narrative style so they sound like they were either written in that time period or somehow evocative of that time period, and in doing so they turn the book into one long "accent", sacrificing readability for style.Rachel Kadish did none of that- she managed to weave an engrossing story with rich, compelling characters that come to life on the page. And the fact that this is a 576 page novel about doents and correspondence between rabbis and remains more of a page turner than any latest "thriller" is not lost on e primary plot: Helen is an aging historian, and near the end of her academic career she's called out to the home of one of her students, after he's unearthed a trove of historical doents during a renovation. Aaron, an American graduate student who is finding his dissertation to be a dead end, is tasked to support her.What they found- and the implications of it- astound them both. Through Kadish's skillful writing, the reader is effortlessly shifted between the worlds of both Helen and Aaron's situations in modern-day London, Israel in the 1960's, London in the 1660's and the characters that inhabit all these worlds.I cannot recommend this novel enough. It's beautifully written, a pleasure to read, and the kind of book that keeps you invested from the first page to the last.
This is a series of essays on different Christian questions. C.S. Lewis is my favorite author in this field. I first came to know his writings through reading 'Mere Christianity'. I listen to Christian radio and Charles Colson had commented that it was 'Mere Christianity' that brought him to be a Christian. So I read the book. No one can say that C.S. Lewis is light reading. And this book is no exception. It does take concentration and quiet time to grasp the concepts discussed. But I am enjoying the book very much. The one thing that C.S. Lewis does best is using irrefutable logic to explain his position. After finishing an essay, you are left with a thought of 'Wow' and the desire to read it again.
I first found a battered copy Weight of Glory in my college library and it was instrumental in shaping my understanding of the spiritual world. As time goes on, I have realized fresh insights from the different essays and twenty years later I understand and appreciate aspects of Lewis' insights that did not register with me as a young student. This is worth reading and rereading. It's one of a few books that I still hold in the deadtree ver even in the digital age.
A beautifully crafted story. The characters and life stories were depicted exceptionally well. Admittedly, I am partial to experiencing history through the lens of a fictional hero as it gives the reader more freedom of focus I am now eager to read more Rachel Kadish.
The C. S. Lewis book titled “The Weight of Glory” is actually a collection of essays or lectures created by Lewis. The title of the book comes from the first of these lectures and is also the most quoted of them. Since this book is a compilation, I provide below a brief overview of each essay e Weight of Glory 6/8/1941 – In this address, Lewis first talks about the longings we each have: the deep longing for something which no experience on earth satisfies though we have faint glimpses of, like a memory of something long ago. It’s the desire that beauty stirs within us, the longing to be fully immersed and joined into the beauty. It’s what others have described as the God shaped void within us. Lewis argues that this longing proves that there must be a globe where this longing can be fulfilled and that we are created for that world.Lewis takes some time to discuss the idea of rewards received for work. First, there are rewards which are not directly connected to the work, such as being paid to clean for example. Then there are rewards which are clearly organically tied to the effort to get them, such as a amazing marriage is the reward for loving one’s spouse. Lewis points out that while the former can be accused of only doing the work for the reward, this makes no sense to say in the latter case. Lewis also notes that some rewards, while organically tied to the effort taken to get them, aren’t recognized as desirable until one has obtained them or is at least closer to that goal. Lewis uses the example that one wouldn’t know they have fun Greek poetry until after they had gone through the work of learning Greek.Lewis believes that heaven is like this. I think he conceived of everything in heaven as being of a higher order than things of this world. Thus he talks about how we improperly long for worldly things, which are really a false substitute for the heavenly things we ought to long for.Lewis spends most of the remainder of the lecture talking about glory. He thinks that while seeking fame on earth may be conceited, desiring to please God is not. This is the first sense of glory. The second is in how we will “shine” as God’s masterpieces. Lewis considers this idea that God can take delight in us to be something so awesome that we can barely believe it—the “weight or burden of ly, Lewis discusses how we ought to hold other’s glory in mind when considering those around us and how this ought to hold us humble.Learning in War-Time 10/22/1939 – Lewis addresses how study can seem to be a trivial pursuit during battle time. His argument is primarily that we must engage in normal human activity whatever the cirtances are. And there is always some crisis or matter which may seem more important. For example, the matter of heaven and hell is always show and more significant than war. Study is a important undertaking to which some have been called and which they should work at despite distraction, frustration and fear.Why I’m not a Pacifist 1940 – Lewis first lays a foundation from which he will build the rest of his arguments. The foundation consists of Lewis’ view of the conscious as having two parts: a drive to do what is right and beliefs about what right and wrong are. Lewis next explains his concept of reason by which he will address the latter portion of the conscious. A reasonable argument, says Lewis, consists of facts, “intuition”, and a series of linked, logical propositions. What Lewis means by intuition is that which can’t be argued but with which virtually everyone agrees, such as love is amazing and hate is bad. (Lewis believes that people “must be trained in obedience to the moral intuitions…”, an idea he also addresses in The Abolition of Man.) Authority is also an necessary consideration in deciding a matter, both because we don’t have time to examine every belief and because our beliefs are liable to be ter all this groundwork, Lewis finally begins making his case. First, he considers the fact of whether or not all battles do more hurt than good, concluding that “history is full of useful battles as well as of useless wars.” He next examines whether the intuition of love as better than hate (or helping as better than harming) leads to pacifism or not. First, he recognizes that we are incapable of helping everyone so that to support one means not helping another. He then states that if two parties are in conflict, for an observing party to do nothing would violate the intuition. (He assumes that action would come in the form of physical intervention and violence.) From here says, “The question is whether battle is the greatest evil in the world…”. This shows that he thinks of pacifism as the view that battle should never be engaged in. And the only reason he could see to take this position would be if it could be argued that battle is always worse than the alternative. After this, he argues that pacifism is impractical, because pacifists will be overcome by those who are not.Turning next to authority, Lewis argues that human authority, both specific (England at that time) and general (“righteous war” praised throughout history) help war.Examining at latest divine authority, Lewis argues that current Christian authority and Christian history both help violence. The only verse which Lewis apparently can think of which might help pacifism is Matthew 5:39, “Do not resist an evil person”. Lewis believes Jesus here is addressing private revenge and considers Paul and Peter’s talk about government using the sword as help for Christians using the sword. Lastly Lewis considers his bias and argues that since it would be more convenient to be a pacifist, it is more likely for one to be biased towards it. In other words, not finding a logical reason to be pacifist nor authoritative support, Lewis concludes that people must be pacifist because it is easier and more convenient for them to do so.1Transposition 5/28/1944 – Essentially, as I understand it, Lewis is addressing the argument that since alleged supernatural works of the Holy Spirit manifest as naturally explainable phenomenon, isn’t it more reasonable to believe all such instances are simply natural, not supernatural? Lewis’ argument is that the “higher” spiritual must be transposed into the “lower” natural globe and must therefore use otherwise natural means to do so. He uses the metaphor of how we attempt to represent three-dimensional reality in two-dimensional Theology Poetry? 11/6/1944 – Lewis addresses the question of if our beliefs about God (and even in the existence of God) are merely fanciful and quaint ideas we keep sentimentally but without any real reality behind e Inner Ring 12/14/1944 – Lewis speaks about the desire to be “in” and accepted along with the fear of being left out and rejected. He warns versus the danger of doing wrong in order to fit in as well as the fleeting nature of the sense of being mbership 2/10/1945 – Lewis refutes the idea of Christianity as a private, individual, private matter alone. He takes some time to differentiate between groups whose members are various but complementary (metaphor of church as a body) and mere collections of like people or things. Lewis also touches on hierarchy and authority. Overall, Lewis basically argues versus isolated individualism on one hand and homogeneous collectivism on the other.On Forgiveness 8/28/1947 – Lewis talks about God’s forgiveness of our sins. He explores the difference between excusing (I understand, no huge deal, etc.) and real forgiveness as well as how this relates to forgiving others.A Slip of the Tongue 1/29/1956 – Lewis warns versus the temptation to “play” at Christianity which comes from the desire to keep onto the things of the world. Refusing to allow go of these things causes one to not obtain too spiritual to the point which would require true change in their life.
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis writes with a very intriguing and interesting style, especially in one of his amazing books titled The Weight of Glory. He is a very logical writer that is able to tie in emotions to hold the reader engaged and be able to relate to the topics. The book is organized in various sections with various topics. The title of this work refers to the connection to Christianity in all of his topics. C.S. Lewis is a powerful Christian that directs his writing at other Christians and non-Christians; he makes the reader think about how he/she can change for the better for whatever subject is being discussed. The arguments in this piece are set up from a logical standpoint therefore, the reader will search a lot of powerful warrants for each claim that Lewis states. The subjects that Lewis will be discussed from Lewis’s piece include: “On Forgiveness,” “Learning in Battle Time,” “The Inner Ring,” and “Membership.” The overall background of the writings contains resolving common problems in the context of Christianity. The first subject that Lewis discusses is forgiveness. An example of how he relates the subject of forgiveness to Christianity is how a lot of Christians will ask God to excuse them instead of confessing their full sin and truly believe in God’s forgiveness. Lewis (2001) makes this claim and then backs it up with evidence immediately by writing, “If you had a excellent excuse, you would not need forgiveness; if the whole of your action needs forgiveness, then there was no excuse for it” (p. 179). This is very logical help from Lewis and it is shown by his “if, then” statements.Another subject that Lewis brings up is titled, “Learning in Battle Time.” This reading describes the daily battle that Christians endure. It really struck me when Lewis said he believes that all humans are called to be righteous in the duties we participate in within this war. He then continues from a logical standpoint by saying that every duty is a religious duty, thus it is absolute that it’s our obligation perform every duty in the name of God. This statement caught my attention because it teaches me that I can do every duty I am called to do in my life to the glory of God. The method that Lewis warrants this statement comes from a very emotional standpoint, which gives the reader a powerful example to try their morality in a certain situation. Lewis (2001) attacks the reader’s emotions when he writes, “Thus we may have a duty to rescue a drowning man and, perhaps, if we live on a risky coast, to learn lifesaving so as to be ready for any drowning man when he turns up” (p.53). Not only was I able to relate to this example, but it definitely tested my morality. Before Lewis even said in the next sentence, “It may be our duty to lose our own lives in saving him,” I already thought to myself that I would be willing to die for another person through my own moral/emotional mindset. As mentioned, I was also to be able to relate to the situation. For example, I have taken a few CPR and childhood safety classes because my mom runs a daycare; therefore, I always have to be ready to act if any of the kids ever had any health implications.“The Inner Ring” dilemma is another subject that Lewis presents. Logic is, once again, used by Lewis in the strongest method in explaining this concept and relating it to Christianity. The inner ring represents an individual always wanting to be involved in something for the lone reason of just wanting to be “in.” Unless we can search virtue, happiness, loyalty, and kindness in the things we’re involved in, we will always feel excluded and we will always be looking for more. This is exactly what Lewis explains before he boldly states his two reasons behind this dilemma. The first reason he stated was that passion for the ring is the most skillful thing in causing a amazing man to do poor things. In his second reason, he said that until one conquers the fear of being an outsider, an outsider that individual will remain. He even makes a clear comparison to the reader for better understanding, which is something Lewis is very effective at. He is the type of author that can create the subject easily relate to the reader, which helps with better understanding for the e latest subject that Lewis discusses is the problem on “Membership.” This is another case of Lewis showing his strength in logic by making a statement and then supporting it with two bold reasons. There were two reasons behind why he stated for religion to be solitude is dangerous. He then proceeded with his logical reasoning by quoting the modern world, “You may be religious when you are alone, and I will see to it that you are never alone” (p.160). Of course, he explains in detail what this means by saying it is basically banishing all of Christianity to believe in this statement. Supporting the claim with a second warrant, he says, “There is the danger that true Christians who know that Christianity is not a solitary affair may react versus that error by simply transporting into our spiritual life that same collectivism which has already conquered our secular life” (p.160). When Lewis clearly states a few reasons a claim is true, it shows how sharp his logical reasoning mentioned before, the book appealed to me in an extremely logical way. Lewis also incorporates an emotional result on the reader in a few various subject areas. The writing was very simple for me to understand and relate to, which makes the reading much more intriguing. Even though I am the type of audience that Lewis is mainly targeting (Christians), I do believe that non-Christians would also be blown away by Lewis’s strong writing style. The book, The Weight of Glory, showed the importance of recognizing certain topics/issues show in our globe today and being able to relate them to Christianity to understand how we can create a difference for the better in the glory of tationsLewis, C.S. The Weight of Glory. (1963). Fresh York. (2001) Print.
“The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish lives up to its title in a lot of ways. At 560 tightly-written pages of magnificent prose, this novel can under no cirtances be called “light reading”. Indeed, the only reason I was able to complete it despite the protest of my arthritic hands and aging eyes was because it is unquestionably absolutely enthralling to a person with my specific ose interests contain theology and the wonderful injustices which dogma-driven society has perpetrated versus women, homos, Jews, and others. This book touches on all these aspects, and a lot of more. As the plot summary indicates, Helen Watt, an aging British historian and expert in Jewish studies, is invited by a former student to help in the evaluation of some manuscripts found during the renovation of a house in a London suburb. Helen, suffering from Parkinson Disease, needs support in studying what she realizes is a treasure-trove of doents, and calls upon a colleague to recommend a post-graduate student to assist. Enter Aaron Levy, a young American secular Jew who has run into a roadblock on his own research attempting to search a “Jewish Connection” in the writings Shakespeare. Helen and Aaron search their collaboration both uneasy and deeply rewarding.Further dramatic tension is provided by the fact that Helen’s ploy of having the college (from which she is about to retire) acquire the doents for conservation and archiving immediately raises the specter of academic competitiveness. It soon becomes obvious that the papers contain the writing of Ester Velasquez, the ward of the blind Rabbi Moseh HaCoen Mendes, a Portuguese Jew. Having fled Portugal for the relative safety of Amsterdam after the Inquisition killed his parents and blinded him, Rabbi Mendes has been sent to London to test to help the struggling Jewish community there. The existence of a female scribe writing in 17th Century London just before plague and then fire decimated the town is remarkable enough. However, as Helen and Aaron continue to delve into Ester’s writings an wonderful back-story emerges. This woman was not only a scribe, but a philosopher as well, determined to connect with some of the amazing – and, in the opinion of most other people of that era heretical – thinkers of her time. As the story weaves back and forth between Ester’s traumas and those of Helen and Aaron as they seek to explore the reality of who this woman was and what she really represented (before being “scooped” by other investigators), amazing depth and richness of thought mentioned in my opening comments, this is not a book I could recommend to someone seeking light or trivial reading. However, it is profound, fascinating and deeply engaging for anyone who is concerned with the fundamental problems Rachel Kadish so brilliantly addresses through the words and thoughts of her extraordinary characters.
Either one of the two stories might have been engaging on their own, if they hadn't shown their hand from the very start. A disappointment to know this comes from Kathryn Bigelow. _Final rating:★★ - Had some things that appeal to me, but a not good finished product._
I would definitely recommend The Weight of Glory to any Christian with questions about living a life of faith. Lewis especially targets the college student population with his amazing understanding and use of logical arguments. He deals with practical concerns and pragmatic solutions. He serves the truth of the Bible with the hope found in God. In this book, Lewis attempts to address common problems young Christians struggle with as they test to own their faith in a post-World Battle culture. For example, in the chapter “Learning in Wartime,” he says, “If we allow ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really obtain down to our work.” Procrastination: every college student has experienced it, and Lewis responds to it. He demonstrates an understanding off the issues, along with the feelings and emotions young people would have concerning them. He’s thorough in his logic and has obviously thought things through. In The Weight of Glory, he begins by emotionally tugging on the reader, then hits him with a sound argument, and leaves him with practical tip on how to continue living as an enlightened Christian. He brings himself on the same level as his readers; he doesn’t leave them with the lofty opinions of a scholar, but with the guidelines of one experienced Christian to a younger. In his explanations and arguments, Lewis uses a lot of ogies. This is extremely helpful as he tries to explain himself and illustrate his point, however, he sometimes takes the ogies too far. He overuses some ogies and stretches them too far. This book has created my faith stronger and inspired me to live a more thoughtful life as a Christian. I wish to read more of Lewis’ works and delve more deeply into his doctrine.
C.S. Lewis died 55 years ago, yet much of his writing remains fresh. Unfortunately, these collected lectures (not letters as the Kindle edition subtitle calls them) present they are from a various age. Perhaps it is a matter of audience. These lectures were delivered to all male university audiences in the 1940s and one consequence is that Lewis seemingly has no need ever to say anything positive about women. They contribute small that Lewis didn’t say better in other, better known works. Unless you are determined to read everything Lewis wrote, you can skip this volume.
This book by C.S. Lewis includes a dozens of sermons and essays. Each one follows an impeccable stream of logic, each provides deep meal for thought and each one encouraged me, though in various ways. Sometimes I felt as if a whole fresh globe of understanding opened up before me, and sometimes they caused a weight in my heart to lift and dissipate. I heartily recommend this collection.
I came to this book understanding it to be a selection of letters, when. In reality this was a collection of lectures given by Lewis. I read the first half of the book, and having felt the words on the page to be impenetrable, finished as an audiobook,, which helped with my understanding.While there was some insight to be gained from these lectures, I feel the context was one of which I simply could not relate. A mid 21st Century American has only so much in common with a Globe Battle II era British man. A amazing deal of the references were lost to me.I think I will stick to Lewis's Christian books, like Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters.
Lewis is at his best in some of these essays (like Transposition and Membership) and falls short of that tag in others. When he expresses his original ideas in his characteristic down-to-earth language, it seems like a taste of the Millenium. When he misses, I want I had that time back. But he rarely misses on both. The Inner Ring is an essay that tackles an original observation, but it doesn't keep the reader's attention with ever growing ansposition, on the other hand, illustrates a truth with such clarity and purpose that it's worth multiples of the price of the book and the time to read it. I would love to talk with anyone who has read this because I respect Lewis's ideas as worthy of even more attention. I'm glad he has given us this start. I recommend this collection of essays, but I think that a fresh reader of Lewis's nonfiction would do better to start with another work like Screwtape or Mere Christianity.
First, I need to mention that my arc didn’t transfer perfectly to my kindle. There were some formatting problems here and there, but I was able to read it anyway. I didn’t see them right away. I was still able to follow with the misplaced is is my first time reading anything by K. Ancrum and I really liked it. I actually read it in two days which is faster than normal for me with this type of book. But I really felt invested in the lives of these kids.While this book does have relationships, it really felt more like a story of friendship and family. The characters created the book for me. I also appreciated that the main relationship developed slowly. And it was a hate to love which I always like.Ryann’s mom used to work for NASA before she died. Ryann was always interested in zone and wanted to follow in her mom’s footsteps. But she ended up being a teenager caring for her younger brother, James, and the baby he came home with one day. Jamie stopped talking and Ryann really didn’t know where the baby came from. But they took care of him with the support of a neighbor who watched him a exandria is the fresh child at school. She looks mad all the time and doesn’t talk to anyone. Ryann’s teacher, Mrs. Marsh, asked Ryann to talk to her. She thought that Ryann could connect with Alexandria. That’s because Alexandria’s mom went to zone right after she was born. She was on a mission that took 17 and 18 year old children and was expected to latest 65 years. Alexandria spent every evening trying to pick up transmissions from her mom. Anything to connect with ter Ryann and her mates sort of caused an accident, Alexandria ended up with a broken arm and fracture skull. Ryann takes over while Alexandria is in the hospital and then eventually stays when she gets back home. She invites her into her group of friends. Ahmed is Ryann’s best friend. He lives at home with his two dads and one mom. They have a polyamorous relationship and are really cute together. Ahmed starts dating one of their other friends, Shannon. Shannon was the famous girl from their group. Blake and Tomas were the same age as James. This friendship group was everything in this book. They were mostly outcasts that became a family.“The reason we’re mates is because we don’t have anything in common with anybody, ” Ryann said. “There was no where else to go.”These children obtain into wars and obtain in trouble, but they’ll also do anything for each other. Ryann comes up with an idea to support Alexandria obtain answers. But this opens up an opportunity that may tear everyone is was a amazing story and I enjoyed the writing. I gave this one 4 stars. Thank you to the author, K. Ancrum, for my copy for review.Warnings for talk of suicide. There is , alcohol, language, and (all teens).
Metal Church: One of the most influential and necessary yet, sadly, most underrated bands to emerge from the 1980's thrash metal circuit. They have been around in some form for over twenty-some years, a long enough time to inspire such hugely influential thrash titans as Slayer and Metallica. And on their seventh full-length, the Washington-based quintet obtain a small so, you ask? Well, fear not, because one thing they definitely do NOT do is create a transition album that is assailable to the likes of Metallica's "Load." What they DO do is flirt with lengthy, sustained, drawn out songs with uncomfortably epic lengths. As a result, 2004's "Weight Of The World" is a bit a hard to swallow and digest, as it clocks in at roughly an hour in length. But despite this, and despite the fact that there are a few less-than-irresistible and even sub-inspired moments to be had, here, "Weight" is, overall, another very worthy chapter and appropriate inclusion in the Metal Church e aptly-entitled "Leave Them Behind" is a propulsive, blistering, and extremely crunchy opening blast that evokes vintage Eighties American thrash, what with its fiery, bullying riffage, slamming skins, grumbling bass, and catchy, galloping beat. Two solo sections are also tacked on into the mix, here, as well, with the first being of the wild and shredding variety; and the latter being a much longer, and more involved and melodic solo in the same vein as Iron Maiden. And if that weren't enough, "Leave Them..." is also highlighted by catchy and soaring power metal vocals, a well-executed quick tempo change, and some near "wah-wah" ish/sounding bass licks. It is very fitting, then, that the title track is the follow-up to this song because it, too, overflows with more memorable guitar crunch and epic, soaring power metal vocals. And this is all complimented perfectly by a tasty, shredding solo section, some cool guitar harmonies, and a rock-solid rhythm section. Add some unbelievable and unforgettable choruses to the mix, and the end effect is a track that rivals the above-described "Leave Them Behind" in terms of excellence.But then again, so does "Hero's Soul." After all, it is a song that finds fast, driving, streamlined chainsaw-stutter riffing flow repeatedly into catchy, melodic, and harmonic-guitar-laden choruses iced with uplifting vocals, fantastical lyricism, and followed by a ripping, winding, intricately wailing melodic guitar solo. As amazing as these three tunes might be, however, it is actually "Madman's Overture" that takes the cake for being the set's undisputedly epic highpoint. Written (almost entirely) by Metal Church guitarist Kurt Vanderhoof, "Soul" opens with some melodic strings and calm sing-speak vocals, which in turn give method to the actual song, which boils over with chunky guitar licks, solid, martial-sounding drums, and high-pitched, Bruce inson-meets-Rob Halford-esque vocals. And the bass guitar steps into the limelight, here, too, uncorking a handful of exceptionally strong, humming bass lines and split-second bass solos/interludes. Also included, here, is an perfect guitar solo section that only gets better and more epic the more it plays. It builds well, routinely gaining energy and density off of itself before finally climaxing with a harmonic twin-guitar lead part where the two guitarists are essentially dueling versus one ocking in at a relatively brief five-and-a-half mins in length, the oh-so-Queensryche-ian "Sunless Sky" might be not be nearly as long as "Madman's Overture," but it still is definitely a song of epic proportions. It begins as a power ballad with melodic strings and softly-sung vocals before gaining heavy amounts of momentum and heaviness, kicking things up a notch with driving riffs and Halford-worshipping clean singing. Some nearly-soulful crooning also finds its method into the mix, here, thus showcasing the Metal Church frontman (Ronny Munroe), and his exceptional vocal range. Another good, screaming guitar solo rips the air like a serrated knife, here, too, thus helping to further "Sunless Sky"'s status as being a definite standout, and a very fitting album centerpiece. Next up is "Cradle To Grave," which, despite its name, is not a DMX cover. It begins with fast, energetic guitar chugging, some particularly fat bass lines, and Motorhead-esque speed-punk drumming. And this song later, inevitably, adopts a fine bit of guitar soloing, this one recording a whopping four solos in all (thus making this a fresh album record!). And these solos are also noteworthy for being surprisingly wild and shredding, with emphasis on being a lot more chaotic and careening than usual."Wings Of Tomorrow" is a steady chugger that takes the band's Queensryche influence to a whole fresh level, while at the same time filtering in some powerful thrash and power metal influences. As a result, the song is always very crunchy and up-tempo yet simultaneously in-control and restrained, with catchy, galloping rhythms and mean speed metal riffing held in check by soaring clean vocals. Yes, admittedly, "Wings..." does obtain a small tired and predictable in parts, but a much required quick tempo change kicks in to support spice up the arrangements a bit, as does a careening, vintage thrash-ish guitar solo. But this cut, however mediocre as it might be, is then counteracted by how "Time Will Tell" augments some positively chilling and darkly atmospheric keyboards with some rich and bright-sounding melodic strings, thus helping to make an perfect contrast and friction. "Time Will Tell" does, however, boast an perfect crescendo where the tune gradually gets much louder and heavier, eventually leveling off with punishing electric guitar and thundering bass riffs. As such, this number might follow predictable verse-chorus-verse structuring, but its awesome energy build-up and tastefully clean and winding guitar solo more than compensate for any of its shortcomings.Another standout comes next in "Bomb To Drop," which is centered around a heavy, churning, driving speed metal riff that is flourished with a tip of classic/glam rock (a la Kiss). And even though the song, as a whole, comes across sounding a bit played and monotonous (as it adheres to only one speed throughout), it does victory some points back for its insanely catchy vocal patterns and concert-ready guitar wailing. And there is no doubt about the fact as to whether "The Weight Of The World" goes out on an unquestionably inspired bang, too, as the closing "Blood Money," a piece of straight, brutal thrash bolstered by blistering, machine-gun-fast speedster riffage, rhythmic, foot-stomping beats, and unusually gruff and disharmonic, Dave Mustaine-inspired vocal growls create it the excellent method to conclude this very fine e point is, "Weight" is nothing if not a, uh, weighty metal feast, and it is a nothing if not overlong, and even fairly uneven effort. But there are enough standouts on tap, here, as there are moments that will obtain your air-guitar fingers itching mightily to atone for any inconsistency. And these moments are more than ample enough to warrant this reviewer saying that this is a worthy purchase.
If you’ve seen my review of The Wicker King by this same author, you already know how much I adore her as both a writer and a human being, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review The Weight of the Stars, I could barely stand myself. She told me this book was a WLW love letter to her queer-lady fans, and I remember thinking, ‘Would it be humanly possible for me to do anything other than love this?’Thankfully, if you hadn’t already guessed, that respond was a huge resounding NOPE, because here we are, and I am positively smitten by yet another incredible, poetic, melancholy, queer-as-heck K. Ancrum story. The atmosphere is incredible, the narrative voice stunned me over and over, and the characters are, just as I expected, nothing short of rst and foremost, there’s Ryann Bird, the main character, who I realized within basically half a chapter that I wanted to protect at all costs because how could I not?! She’s this wonderful butch girl (which, WOW, can we please see more butch girls in YA?!), she’s tall and powerful and powerful, and she seems super rough around the edges but she’s a total puddle of soft, warm goo inside. I could honestly write this entire review and never mention anything besides how much I love Ryann Bird. Also, like, she’s unapologetically kind of violent but only when the situation really deserves it, and I will always live in total help of viciously protective #squadmoms.Of course, there’s also her small found family: James, the younger brother who stopped speaking after a trauma, who has a sweet baby he cherishes and takes such amazing care of; Ahmed, her best friend, a soft and goofy Sikh teen (whose polyam family created me SCREAM?! more on this in a moment); Shannon, the famous girl who shouldn’t “belong” in their group but somehow perfectly does; Blake, the self-tattooed quiet one; Tomas, the gangly mohawked queer boy who is so cute and reactive and lovely. And, finally, there’s Alexandria, who is so ly at the beginning that I couldn’t decide if I wanted to slap her or stare at her lovingly (*insert “you’re doing amazing sweetie” gif here*), because honestly, she has every right to be ly, that thing I said I’d come back to? Well, you don’t have to read The Wicker King before this one, but you SHOULD, because a certain very precious and strange and sweet small emo trio shows back up, except a couple of decades have passed and they’re all grown up and married and parenting together and wow, this is the polyam rep my heart has been dying to see. It felt so amazing to see them all again and I literally screamed into a ow when I realized we were going to spend time with them on page and just… *wistful sigh* I don’t even know what else to say besides gushing incoherently.Oh, and honestly, the diverse rep in this book? Just wow, K is a queen and I will cherish her forever. Almost everyone in this group is either a person of color or queer or BOTH and it gave me so much life. I love that, while so a lot of other authors are out here still just throwing in a Token ™, K’s like, “Nah, let’s just have a Token Cishet™ instead.” What a e closest thing to a “complaint” I had is that there’s a huge plot point which I won’t spoil, but it had me glaring at a couple of characters and internally screaming, ‘Why would you do this to me?! To yourselves?! WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS?!’ But, then I remembered that this was a K. Ancrum book, and I knew I was signing up for some variation of heartbreak when I first opened it, and really, it was all amazing and attractive enough to be worth the agony, so like I said: does it even count as a complaint? Nope.
Having just picked this up I was wondering what I'd get. With so a lot of personnel changes over the years it's always a crapshoot with Metal Church. Never fear gentle listener for this album rocks. The guitar of Vanderhoof is wonderful and has been the consistenly amazing factor of all Metal Church releases. If you like no frills metal played like it matters this is one to hunt down. A better album vocally than Masterpeace it was a pleasant surprise. Go to church Y'all.
Being that this album is not with singers David Wayne (RIP) or Mike Howe, a lot of people tend to forget about it. I am a large Metal Church fan, and I can say I was guilty of this as well. I never gave the album a chance, and what a mistake that was! Sure its not as wonderful as the days of 'ore with albums like the self-titled debut, "the dark" or "blessing in disguise" but it is still an all around amazing metal album. Kurdt does a amazing job bringing together a shattered group, and making a true gem, that has a lot of old-school metal elements, while also incorporating modern sound. To top it off, it surprisingly has perfect production comparable to "the human factor" (another insanely unappreciated album). Anyways, bottom line, if you like metal church, especially the albums with Mike Howe, you will love this!
This book took me by surprise and I just adore it!I read this book as part of the Dragons and Tea Book Club and am SO satisfied that I participated! This was an awesome story that I just fell head over heels for. I adore the main characters in this and how complicated they are. They are both really stubborn which I can relate to and are stuck in their method of doing things. But it was just so so amazing and I love it a lot. There is a slight sci-fi element to the story which I didn't think I would love; usually if I wish sci-fi, I wish a lot of it and not just a little amount. But the slight sci-fi element was the best part of the book for me! It really created this story for me and I just love this so so much. I think this is going to be a book that I think about and revisit in the future cause it is just so amazing and I need more!I would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially someone who wants to read a contemporary story with a small sci-fi, complicated and realistic feeling characters, unbelievable plot and pacing and just an overall very enjoyable story.
This wasn't what I expected, but the author always gives us a special take on issues. Hold in mind when you're going into it that this is a contemporary YA, not scifi or even spec fiction. It doesn't have the elements to create it either of those genres. As a contemporary, have fun it for what it is.
Alexandria, a fresh student who is mad with the world. Her mom volunteered for one-way zone exploration across the universe before she was born, leaving her to grow up a furious loner. Every night Alexandria sits on her roof trying to capture radio signals from her mother. After a terrifying accident, Ryann and Alexandria are brought together on this roof and the story of these two and all Ryann’s mates is so amazing and so intense, it is simple to forget it is ople talk about teams in books and this squad, a group of misfits Ryann has collected and fiercely taken under her wing, is probably one of my favorites:- James, Ryann’s younger brother, who hasn’t spoken since involved in a tragic accident that killed their parents shows up with a baby, a year after their death.- Tomas, a independently wealthy boy who has overcome addiction and self hate, still able to keep on to love- Blake, who loves them all without restraint and without limit- Shannon, the most unlikely member of the group, a famous and beautiful cheerleader that proudly sits at their table- Ahmed, a boy living with two dads and a mom that is unflinchingly loyal and understands Ryann better than anyone except her brother- Alexandria, her mother in zone since she was born, in a house so mad and lonely, has to learn is it ok to love and be loved- Ryann, the leader of the group who feels love so fiercely and protects those she cares for absolutely without limit, no matter what the costThere are so a lot of other things I haven’t mentioned that create this book amazing - the book edges that look like radio waves, the method the story is told with a date heading at top providing a story timeline, the very various and interesting family structures of each character, all these reasons and more, create this a 5 star read.
this is not horrible but it misses the tag by a mile not the same old metal church ( heavy,fast,powerful and Melodic ) I can't figure why there is such a revolving door with this band and musicians? When you change so much it's a loss you lose your Chemistry too a lot of original musicans Kurdt Vanderhoof ,Mike Howe ,Duke Erickson , Craig Wells, Kirk Arrington -David Wayne , John Marshall all these band member brought something to the table but I don't hear that with the newer band members from2000 and up. sorry but they don't sound Remotely the same and it's very disapointing.
THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL AND MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER HOPED FOR. I just wish to wax poetic about this book all day. I didn't think anything could top The Wicker King, but WOAH, WAS I WRONG. The two are very various books when it comes to the tone because the characters are different, but there's still a sense of heartache and the longing for friendship between all the characters that makes these stories so beautifully special to the is book takes put years after the happenings of The Wicker King, and while it's not a sequel, it could possibly be classified as a companion novel because the setting and characters do overlap in the most marvelous way. The Weight of the Stars takes put in the near future, where zone travel to the outer reaches of the universe is a possibility. This is a wonderfully woven tale that's a f/f YA where two girls slowly begin to fall in love when they realize they share a love for all things igger warnings for assault and mentions of suicidal ideation.I just wish to cry thinking about this book. And it's been over a month since I've read it. I love it SO MUCH. I love the characters and their story and there's so much thought and feeling placed behind everything that happens in this book, and I AM NOT OKAY.Ryann Bird is a butch girl who lives in a trailer park watching over her younger brother (James), and his baby (Charlie). They lost their parents one fateful day and Ryann did what she had to in order to hold their family together. She took care of James and Charlie, and she would sacrifice everything for exandria is the fresh girl in city and when a teacher asks Ryann to look after her, Ryann doesn't say no. Ryann's mates are hesitant at first to allow a someone fresh into their group, but they're a bunch of misfits who have found one another and somehow they all work, and they know that Alexandria will too. Alexandria is a bit of an enigma when we first meet her. She's quiet, but with a low thrumming anger ready to lash out at anyone who gets too e development between Ryann and Alexandria is a slow burning one. It's something that needs to grow over time and not something that can be rushed. The pacing of this book is unbelievable because it makes you feel like you're living with these characters and going through life one step at a time. It reminds you that high school is hard, but there's more to life than school if you just remember that there's more out there - whether on Earth or in the vastness of ere's so much to love about this book, but one thing that took me by surprise by the polyam rep. At first, I thought it was just cool that that's something in a YA book, but then the pieces started coming together about WHO these characters actually were. And I DIE thinking about it. How are we so blessed to have my faves getting a life with all the happiness they deserve and THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE SOLD IN STORES FOR TEENS?This is such a marvelous thing, and it makes my heart giddy thinking about these three. Ryann's best friend, Ahmed is their son and he is unbelievably precious (as are all the characters in this book) and it both breaks my heart and makes me love him more that he has to be so protective of his parents. He shouldn't have to be the ones to protect his parents from people who wish to judge them and their love, but Ahmed has his own method of looking after them.I love Mrs. Marsh. She looks after her students. I didn't think much of her at first, like oh, she's just an adult in a YA book, but I didn't give her enough credit. She knew that Ryann had a knack of taking in people who might not fit in anywhere else, and she knew that Ryann would be amazing for Alexandria in the long run. I’m also guessing Mrs. Marsh never marked Ryann as absent from her classes either because missing eight weeks seems a bit excessive. But I think all students should have a teacher like Mrs. Marsh who observes and cares so much about her students. She was definitely an unexpected highlight of this book for me and that moment at the end had between Mrs. Marsh and Ryann had me laughing AND e ending is beautiful, even if it is somewhat bittersweet. It's a satisfied ending for the characters, but I could have read a thousand more pages of the characters doing the most mundane things and would have never wanted their stories to end. I do wonder a small about how Alexandria’s dad handled everything at the end there? We don’t really obtain any closure with her dad, and I just wonder how he was with everything, because that has to be rough. I cry just thinking about it. I hope he has found his own happiness.I love the characters, I love their friendship, and I love this story with all my heart. It is attractive and magnificent. There's no sophomore slump here. It's wonderful to think that this is only the author's second full-length published novel, and I am here for all the books to come!
"I spent months trying to unlearn loving you, trying to forget the strength of your hands and the worlds in your eyes. But there is no part of me left that you have not touched. We just spent forever finding out what it meant to have one foot out in the heliosphere and the other here on Earth, testing just how the heart can stretch..."This is a story about Ryann Bird and Alexandria the great. Ryann Bird is a selfless soul who has lived with a fascination for space. Ryan's parents died when she was a bit younger. She is still attending highschool and has custody over her younger brother, James and his 1 year old child. Ryann sacrifices so much to hold them exandria is fresh to the area. She is the kid of a woman who is traveling in zone and goind to the far reaches to a destination that will take 50 years to obtain there. Every night, Alexandria sits on her roof with her radio, hoping to pick up a signal that will let her to feel closer to her mother. Alexandria is defensive and keeps everyone at a is book is a attractive and slow burn saffric romance of two high schoolers. This book is deeply introspective and emotional. This is the second book I have read by this author.I have a very conflicting relationship with this author. I struggle with the slow burn aspect of the story lines and often search myself desperately waitting for things to pick up. In between the pacing we have attractive and profound pieces of life and emotion stashed between the pages. Then things always pick up at the very end and leave an unalterable impression on my person that wholeheartedly resonates with me and reframes my perception. For me, the largest hurdle I have is being patient enough for things to really pick up and the books Ancrum writes sneak attack me emotionally until I'm an unsorted spite of any other feelings I have for her books, the endings are always worth the wait.
The Weight of the Stars is a novel even more special and unbelievable than it's predecessor The Wicker King. But readers will not be disappointed by this novel. With prose so razor-sharp they pierce your heart and characters who create you feel as if they're the only ones on the planet (or in zone to be more precise), this attractive gem of a sophomore novel will blow your mind and break your heart, often simultaneously. Dr. Seuss said it best I think, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." And even though you may cry when it's over, you'll only need to begin up the book again to remind yourself that love is the most strong force in the universe.
Damn this book! Such a amazing read but it completely wrecked me. I’m emotionally and physically exhausted but in a amazing way. I wanted to end the year by reading a few books that have been on my to read list all year long and I’m so glad I picked this one because this book was excellent. Ancrum writes really well and I was completely sucked into the book. I read past 3am and had to hold going until the end, I could not place this ’s interesting that the older I’m getting the more I appreciate YA. I never used to be a YA fan but maybe I like reliving the amazing parts of high school. Actually, what I think it is is that amazing YA can really create you feel and I love amazing books that do that. This book is the excellent example of that and it was crazy emotional. My eyes are so red from crying that people are actually asking me if I’m okay. I went through half a box of tissues but I loved every second of is is actually a slight opponents to lovers (and I mean that in YA terms) romance. The romance is really slow burn and I loved how the characters relationship progressed as the book went on. It is a YA rated romance but I absolutely believed in them as a possible couple and I was rooting hard for them.I was also really impressed by the characters themselves. There is a amazing cast of characters all around with everyone being well imagined and necessary to the story in their own right. Ryann who really is the star of the book is unbelievable and the kind of child you would wish to be mates with if you time traveled back to high school. Ancrum has a very powerful YA voice and I was really is ended up being one of the better books I read all year. I had my fingers crossed but I didn’t expect to be this moved, this emotional, and connected to the characters. I hope Ancrum will write another wlw story again because I would read it in a heartbeat. This book is so simple to recommend. If you are looking for unbelievable YA book look no further, this is the book for you.
First off I can't see how anybody can give this a poor review. Second I know that people have their own taste as far as singers are concerned so I can understand in one way.But in my opinion I think Ronnie munroe is better than David Wayne by far. But I would have to say I like Ronnie Monroe as well as Mike Howe. The melody on this album reminds me of the Mike Howe days and a small bit of the Masterpiece album.I think it is amazing new begin for the band the fresh guys really compliments the music. I also think this album's song writings are better than the previous album Masterpiece. To me there seems to be more heart and energy in this album. With that being said I look forward to the future with the band and their fresh lineup.
This young-adult novel featuring high school seniors shows the massive weight of mistakes, both inherited and self-made. It portrays palpable emotions such as grief, protectiveness, anger, hope, and love, and it does this all with a beautifully diverse cast of for the rating, this novel started out as a 3 for me (mainly because I wasn't quite sure where it was trying to go), the story progression later on had me at a high 4, but that author's note...OMG, a solid 5. K. Ancrum can deliver everything with her writing. So much talent ♡This non-spoiler excerpt from the author's note is all the review you need."I filled The Weight of the Stars with teenagers throttling their trauma instead of drowning in it because you deserve to see your peers being strong....Please look at them and know you too can seize your failure by the neck and look it in the eyes. Know that you can gaze at the you that was and say, "I love you. You can be more than this."Know that you can step forward, even when everything in you is screaming to hold looking are evolving and deserve to."OMG...everything ♡"Figure out what kind of person you wish to be."
Well I had to add this to my collection and I'm so glad I did. The fresh Metal Church has such amazing sound. Not everyone I talk to Like's Ronnie Munroe's voice but I think he's killer. Love it!!!! Love This Show Wasteland as well. Check out rare Wayne's Metal Church it is amazing too with amazing sound!!!
Released in 2004, THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD was Metal Church’s seventh studio album (of eleven as of this writing) and the first of four albums with singer Ronny Munroe spanning from 2004-2013. These four albums, as well as the follow-up XI (2016) with returning singer Mike Howe, are all of about the same tone and quality. THIS PRESENT WASTELAND (2008) is typically cited as the best of these fresh millennium e production on all these albums is fine, as far as every instrument being clear in the mix, but it’s low-key and mature, refusing to milk hooks for all they’re worth in a showy manner. As such, these albums tend to come-off forgettable at first, but the more time you give ‘em the more you’ll like ‘em as hidden gems surface. And I don’t necessarily mean specific songs (that too), but notable sections of tracks buried in the compositional labyrinth. Still, the low-key production tends to prevent these albums from having “Wow!” for the ten songs on THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD, the driving opener “Leave them Behind” is semi-proggy with a jammin’ mid-section. The titular track is a highlight with its bluesy melodic doomish soundscapes and acoustic (i.e. clean channel) chorus. “The Hero’s Soul” is Maiden-ish in a compelling, melodic, thrashy way. “Madman’s Overture” is the requisite epic. “Sunless Sky” is one of the most memorable cuts and is in the mold of “Beyond the Realms of Death” and “Children of the Damned,” although it doesn’t sound anything like those songs.“Cradle to the Grave” starts out related to “2 Mins to Midnight” but takes a various turn. The galloping “Wings of Tomorrow” is perhaps my favorite track. “Time will Tell” is quite amazing too. “Bomb to Drop” has a Ratt-like opening riff, which reappears for the chorus, but it’s hardly 80’s hair metal. The closer “Blood Money” is rather forgettable, but not bad; it has a cool melodic lead over the acoustic y people don’t like Ronny because he lacks David Wayne’s charisma, particular his moving falsetto work, but Munroe’s the same primary style and you obtain used to him. Besides, he’s a amazing live frontman and his vocals have their own points of ADE: B
This awesome and meaningful book chronicles a short period of time in the life of 16 year-old Melati during the heart-wrenching race riots of 1969 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Not only does she lose her best mate to chilling violence and become separated from her mother, she struggles fiercely with unrelenting, undiagnosed OCD. I love that this book provides a mirror for young Malaysian women and anyone suffering from OCD, and that the rest of the globe is gifted with a window to an necessary cultural and historical happening as well as a compassionate presentation of a debilitating disease. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to have one’s neighbors turn on you in an instant, yet there are repeated examples of this very thing event within the latest past in Rwanda and the US (riots in LA after the Rodney King verdict). Among the chaos and senseless violence there are also moments of hope and tenderness, especially by the family who takes Melati in and treats her as one of their own, despite being from the “enemy” side. I appreciate that the author contains "trigger" warnings for the difficult content, but believe it is worth being uncomfortable to confront complex problems that are deserving of our attention.
Love, Love, Love this whole CD. Miranda is not only a unbelievable singer but a attractive woman also. Much better than her X-Husband fresh whatever. I have all her CD's and couldn't wait for "The Weight of These Wings" to arrive. Loved the cover on the CD. She sings with so much heart and soul. I could tell in this CD how sad she is over the breakup. She deserves all the awards she gets. Hope she gets a fresh guyfriend. He isn't amazing looking at all. I play this CD a lot since it arrived. I would love to go to one of her concerts sometime.
Melati faces demons daily, but when the race riots begin, her challenges are multiplied. The book opens with Melati explaining that by the end of the school day, her mother has died seventeen times. A djinn has shown her visions of many, a lot of various ways her mother could die if Melati does not obey its commands. She tries to hold the visions at bay, but is not very successful. Being in Melati’s head is frustrating and a bit torturous. She has a powerful will though and keeps doing what she can to satisfy the djinn, what we would now call OCD, without making it obvious to people around her that she is engaging in this e constant threats of the djinn wear on Melati but everything is magnified with the rapid escalation of violence in their city. Being in the wrong put at the wrong time can have deadly consequences. Between the djinn and the riots, Melati is living on the edge. Even though there are some down times in the story, the book has an almost constant high level of tension. The author created sure to give a very thorough warning in a three page author note at the front of the book. She wanted to be sure that the book doesn’t cause harm. That said, it is not only a potentially stressful read, but it also offers hope. Melati is fighting for survival mentally and physically and she keeps getting back up when she is knocked down. She is overwhelmed sometimes, but she’s stronger than she believes. This is an amazingly strong story and I’m so thankful Alkaf shared it with the world.Historical fiction isn’t always a go-to for everyone, but this tale seems timeless. I appreciated learning about this particular time and place, but it feels very relevant in several areas. Hearing the story directly from Melati provides a method for the mental health problems to be out in the open, at least for the reader. The racial tensions are also timely and informative. The hatred for others is bitter and lethal, but even those who think they don’t hate search that they have prejudices too.Another plus with this book are the people Melati meets along her journey. Tragedy and loss happens almost immediately, but Melati meets a person who treats her with dignity, respect, and kindness even when she doesn’t feel like it is deserved. She doesn’t think she is very capable of making friends, but even in the midst of the turmoil, there are moments of connection.
This is a attractive book about a girl struggling with OCD in Malaysia in 1969. She taps and counts because her own mind is so chaotic, full of intrusive thoughts about her mother's (possible) death. When violence breaks out around her, the chaos becomes all consuming. But through empathy, friendship, and bravery, Melati navigates a fresh uncertain globe to search her mom and support those she can along the way. This is a unbelievable historical fiction and I would highly recommend this for middle school and high school shelves. Alkaf is a writer to watch.
Miranda Lambert surprises fans with so a lot of amazing songs. I can't stop listening to this double album. Worth every penny. She is soulful and honest at once after her life is disrupted. It is a reflective response with all her being even a small subdued but a creatively seeking outlet. The songs are true and it's only listening through the whole album over and over to it do some songs tell a story. You won't be disappointed. You will reach for it until it is in your conscience. She is a real talent. Her voice is quite pleasing.
This is a fascinating book, both from the main character's OCD, which she attributes to having a Djinn inside her, and a look at a week of horrible violence in 1969 Malaysia. Melita is 16 years old and just wants to have a amazing time at the films with her best friend, Saf. Instead, she is caught up in horrific e spends much of the book trying to be reunited with her mother, a nurse, and expending much energy trying to hide her disorder. She, a Muslim, accepts that Djinns exist, as it's part of her religious beliefs. That is much easier for her to accept than that it is a mental illness - for in 1969 in Malaysia, she would not have received amazing mental health care and medication that would support her to deal with her condition. She would have been labeled crazy and shunned or institutionalized. So she tries to hold her inner demon at bay with endless counting, always in multiples of 3. She is taken in by a kindly Chinese Christian woman and kept safe for much of the book, but she must leave the nest to search her mother. It's just been the two of them since her father, a police officer, was killed on the job. That was when her OCD is is a thoughtful read in the current political climate as well, where anyone "other" is suspect. To us European Americans, the difference between people of Chinese heritage and Malaysian heritage isn't necessarily obvious. Cultural and religious differences, sure, but being able to identify someone from their appearance is more difficult unless you're looking at a woman in a hijab and a woman wearing a cross (or other religious symbol). The violence between the two cultures seems as sensible as building a huge old wall to hold out people who are essentially just like us and who only wish a better life for their children.
This is my first time writing a book review on Amazon (or anywhere other than Twitter for that matter) but I'm Malaysian and this is a book that truly, I didn't know how much we required until now. It comes with a trigger warning and honestly, all books should, people have no idea how difficult it can be to dive into any kind of content (books, films, tv, art, etc.) without knowing if you will have to relive your private trauma. That said, it's also so crucial for people to read books like this, to place yourself in the shoes of someone who is struggling with their mental ain, I'm Malaysian and we don't talk enough about race in an intersectional and honest method that this book has. The discussion on race, always tainted by propaganda from the government, is often pushed aside and I believe the happenings in this book, May 13, is a major contributing factor to that. But those things aside, this book is gripping and unputdownable. The protagonist is strong, brave and doesn't need rescuing, the kind of protagonist that young Malaysians need, regardless of their race, gender or rsonally, I'm ready to begin a petition to have this book be the official reading materials in school in Malaysia. It's well-written, can begin up healthy conversations about mental health and racial divide. Please, Hanna Alkaf, hold writing, because I will read anything you write now. This book is wonderful and is only the begin of a lot of masterpieces for you. :)
Outstanding book, highly recommended.I knew nothing about the strife between the Malay and Chinese in 1969 Malaysia. Melati is a compelling hero and narrator, I couldn’t place this book down.I can’t wait for Hanna Alkaf’s next book.Spoiler AlertThis would be a five star book if it didn’t feel quite so rushed and neatly tied up at the end. These are my only quibbles.
I had to exchange due to an problem with the record and even the replacement had issues! The 1st one I recieved: Record 1, 2nd side - skipped the entire 1st song and at the end of the record it flung my turntable arm off the record. It could have damaged my needle! The return/exchange processes was seamless, but then the 2nd one I recieved: Record 1, 2nd side, 1st song - there are 2 loops in the song that the needle can't obtain past. I have to manually move the needle/arm past that section of the song leaving most of the song unable to be played. I should have returned it again because this is unacceptable for a $30 LP! Now it's probably too late.
Did someone say already say "album of the year" b/c for sure this is it! Miranda Lambert's best album thus far. The songs on The Weight of These Wings go though beautiful much every emotion. Some songs got me rockin', some created me laugh and some created me cry. Ms. Lambert is a real artist because she evolves with each album she puts out. Not a lot of people can place out a double album with all the songs worth listening to & this is one for sure.
This book gets everything right — the deep, complex relationships and emotions; the complicated racial and political landscape of 1969 Malaysia; and especially main hero Melati’s struggles with OCD. It’s also a tense, suspenseful page turner on top of all that! I tried to stop reading it at midnight and couldn’t stop until I finished it all in one night. Though it was about an happening in history I didn’t know much about, it resonated with me as strongly as books about happenings during more familiar conflicts like Globe Battle II. There are a lot of YA and adult novels set during the globe battles in Europe, and while I love a lot of of those, it’s nice to read about another time and part of the world, too. I loved seeing a glimpse of Malaysian culture, and really I just adore the main hero Melati and wish everything amazing for her! Seriously, there is so much heart in this book, and I loved it so much!
I came here to review this book as soon as I finished because it's exceptional and the globe deserves to know the author mentions in the content warning note, the topic matter is heavy, but the book still finds ways to present the beauty of humanity alongside the extreme ugliness of violence and hatred and gives glimmers of hope and joy and love amongst the wreckage and despairThis story is beautifully written. The writing is captivating, the characters are vividly true (and so a lot of of them endearing), and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat, even in the "quieter" an American who sadly does not possess much knowledge of Malaysia, I was previously unaware of the race riots that this book takes put during. Though this story is fiction, it brings to light an necessary piece of history that shouldn't be forgotten (and in a lot of ways feels all too applicable to things event around the globe today).I loved this book. It created me tear up with grief, relief, and joy. It's beautifully done. If you are in the right put mentally and emotionally, don't wait another second. Read this book. I truly believe everyone can benefit from it.
Full review @ - A near excellent debut novel. Alkaf gave warnings for graphic violence, death, racism, OCD, and anxiety triggers, and while portions were horrific, it wasn't as graphic as I expected. I've read much more graphic material, or maybe it's because I never suffered from that type of trauma and saw it from a detached viewpoint. Highly recommended, and I look forward to further stories from her.
I haven't bought a CD in years. After watching the ACM awards present and seeing Miranda Lambert so vulnerable, I had to check out this CD. I am so glad I purchased it. It has so a lot of amazing songs. I have listened to it several times and am very happy with it. I live a very satisfied life and haven't had a broken heart for 30+ years but Miranda Lambert has a method of making me stop and listen and feel. I cannot obtain enough! I have been a large Trisha Yearwood fan for a lot of years. My husband asked if Miranda was my fresh Trisha. I have to say, that is a possibility! She is a unbelievable singer. I love that there are song traditional county songs with steel guitars. Love that sound. Thank you, Miranda, for opening up your heart and letting us in.
What a compelling, page-turning historical! This book includes all my favorite things I look for in a YA historical: gut-wrenching tragedy, a window into a various put and time (especially here, with one I haven't seen before in YA), and compelling characters I wish to stay with. Not only does this book provide a glimpse into a terrifying time in Maylasia's history, but it will also resonate with teens today who wish to bring people together in spite of differences. A must-read!
Awesome songwriting. Miranda has never sounded better. Nothing on this double album sounds like anything on top 40 country radio - and that's a attractive thing. Miranda is the kind of artist who grows as an artist with each album, and this is no exception. Perhaps the double album signifies double the growth. I don't know which to rave about more: her voice, her words, or the music. It all comes together in pure country artistry. I knew I would love this album, but I didn't necessarily expect to be so impressed. This review cannot possibly do The Weight of These Wings justice. You really need to buy it to see for yourself. And please do buy the whole album. Lambert has placed these songs in the excellent order to tell a story that is dark, fun, painful, hopeful, and above all else, honest.
I'm loving this album. There are a few songs I don't really care for but those that I do like, I'm over the moon with. Miranda has returned to pure county roots and this will easily be in the running for best album of the year. she sings with emotion that you don't just hear but emotion you can feel. This is definitely an album that deserves to be heard at least once if not on repeat. Each time you listen to it you see a small more insight to the songs and the album as a whole. I would be very interested to hear the songs that didn't create this record.
Could use for sleep as well Very soothing, love his tone and the background melody is relaxing. I am not sure about the weight loss considering I just started listening but I'll modernize if I message a change in my determination to lose weight.
I found this very inspiring. I listened to it for the first time, and felt relaxed and eager to obtain started on my fresh weight loss venture. I am hoping that everyday listening to this will support me to maintain these possitive feelings and to act on them.
This cd is over the top. I have had issues controlling my eating all of my life but it didn't matter when I was younger cuz I was one of those blessed people who could eat an elephant and not gain an ounce. Well after menopause and a sedentary life style that changed and I place on about 50 lbs. I have bought more books and joined weight control groups and went up and down with my weight for the latest 15 years. Finally I decided to test hypnosis as nothing else seems to create a true change. I've been using this now for 5 days and yes I know that's not long but allow me tell you all since the first listening I don't even wish the items I couldn't resist before. Yesterday I ate 1076 calories and I had to force myself to eat a snack to bring it up to that. It's not a matter of controlling myself anymore, I'm just not interested in eating all the junk I did before. In fact I'm enjoying vegetables - I used to have to force myself to eat them - and am not interested in the sweets that I have always been addicted to. This is like a miracle! Furthermore I'm exercising every day!! Another thing I have had issues doing for years, same story as the eating control issue. I'd have to force myself to do it then when the wrong mood hit I'd take a day off, then another and so on. This cd only passes over the exercising but it sure took. The cd has several areas: hypnosis (wonderful!), self hypnosis, several meditations and affirmations. I listen to the hypnosis almost every day and also some of the meditations at various times. It doesn't take long and I've already dropped like 2.5 lbs in one week. If it changes I will modernize this review so as long as there is no modernize you can believe I am still thrilled with this cd. Anyone with issues with their weight should obtain this small cd. Check out my reviews you will see I can give hate reviews as easily as love ones so this is a real review. Nothing given to me, I paid full price for this baby and would pay more.
I buy the cd... because I am not at USA and couldn't obtain the online direct buy unless you are local... ok...no problem, but the cd package came broken (didn't really bother me..). The thing that do bother is that is save in a format that unless you are at a pc you cannot hear it! is a .cda file, so I couldnt hear it on my ipad or my mobile... so of course I have to expend more buying a converter to the normal mp3 voice records... so guys helloooo 2019! and almost finishing, no .cda! modernize yourself, and I bet that if you chose to take out that "most be local" limitation you would obtain much more sales. So now I obtain to obtain it on mp3, and I will see if it works. So amazing luck to me :)
My application works just great. I really love this kind of hypnosis. Now while every persons experience is various I have to say this application is worth trying. Just remember that you have to believe that this application can creates a strong aversion and repulsion to eating junk food.
More motivated by using these sessions. Definitely making more healthy meal choices and wanting to exercise more. Also been keeping a everyday journal in my phone calendar diary to be more aware of what changes are taking place.
regret buying it not a fan of the method he talks and I did not search the sessions helpful. had to focus on what he was saying at certain parts to understand what he was saying. easy straightforward affirmations or statements would have been more helpful.