Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quarantine Reads (Non Fiction)

The Year of Living Biblically - A.J. Jacobs

One of my absolute favorite books of all time. I have read this book a half dozen times at least. A.J.Jacobs dedication to these quests he puts himself through is endlessly entertaining.  
In this book A.J. decides to live one year by as many of the biblical laws as possible.  While doing this he dives into various aspects of his family and religious sects.

The Demonologists - Gerald Brittle

THE  SCARIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. The Life and career of Ed and Loraine Warren famed demonologists as told by Gerald Brittle.  This book starts out with the true story of Annabelle the doll made famous from the Conjouring films and follows that up with encounter after encounter with the strange the paranormal and the demonic.
I don't believe in ghosts but I do believe in demons and that made this book absolutely terrifying,

Black Dahlia Red Rose - PIU Eatwell

Even If you aren’t familiar with the black dahlia murder this is still a very interesting tru crime read.

Young Elizabeth Short moved to Hollywood like so many others, to be a star. What she didn’t know is that she would be famous just now how she thought. Elizabeth Shorts nude body would be found discarded and cut in half days after she went missing. Labeled the Black Dahlia murder this case has went seemingly unsolved for years…. Or has it?

PTL - John Wigger

Following the rise and fall of mega pastors Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker this book is a master class in bad decisions and double crossing.
It all started out simple and with great intentions, it turned into a multimillion dollar scam and lead hundreds to lose a fortune and even more to lose faith.

CASH: The Redemption of an American Icon - Greg Laurie

The biography of one of Country Music’s most iconic figures, Cash will give you a new respect for the man in black.
Following the format of Greg Laurie’s biography of Steve McQueen, Cash sets out to not just tell you a the story of life but one of faith.  

God Has A Name - John Mark Comer

Ok, I knew He had a name, I just never gave ti much thought until I read this book earlier in the year and it opened up a huge door in my mind to what I thought or thought I knew.

More Than the Tattooed Mormon - Al Carraway

Part biography part spiritual journey I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in one sitting.
While I do not agree with her theology in the slighted I am enamored by her love of Jesus and her overall optimism. 
You can feel the love emanating from the pages and she describes how much Jesus means to her. Even when her pursuit of him cost her seemingly everything.
I still read everything she puts out be it book or blog and I follow her on most social media for a daily dose of optimism.

Love Does - Bob Goff

Take Al Carraway’s optimism and enthusiasm then triple it and you have the unconquerable spirit of Bob Goff. 
If you read this book and didn’t feel a total attitude facelift I’d be shocked.
Bob Goff will change the way you look at the world and its for the better.
You’ve heard the saying “the world would be boring if we were all the same”
Well, not if we were all Bob Goff.

Misreading the Scriptures with Western Eyes - E Randolph Richard & Brandon J O’brien

This book gave me a lot of insight into the culture of the biblical figures and indeed colored the way I read the Bible from that point on.  I would encourage everyone to read this book.

The Devil in Pew Number 7 - Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Being raised in small churches there were always that family that ran the church. Every one knew it, whether it was because the amount of money they donated or just their mean-ness. This book is the true story of one such person and the living hell eh put a family through over the course of years. When the dust eventually settled one person was dead, one was in a mental institution and a whole family was shattered.

Read how it started, how fast it escalated and how forgiveness is ALWAYS available in this must read.

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