Sunday, May 22, 2016

A CONSERVATARIAN MANIFESTO by Charles C.W. Cooke



A CONSERVATARIAN MANIFESTO: Structure of This Book

This is a political book. It's an ideas book. The author, Charles W. Cooke, is a writer at National Review. His work has focused especially on Anglo-American history. It also focuses on Bristish liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment and American exceptionalism. Cooke also co-hosts the podcast Mad Dogs & Englishmen. He has broadcasts for HBO with Real Time with Bill Maher, as well as podcasts for BBC, MSNBC, FOX News, The Blaze, CNBC, CTV, ABC, Sun News, and CBS. In addition to National Review, Cooke's writings have also been published in The New York Times, National Interest, the Washington Times and the New York Post. Cooke begins this book with an Introduction on what this book is about. His book includes ten chapters. He defines "conservatarian" in the second chapter. Cooke concludes this book with an Epilogue as well and Acknowedgmements of those who made his book possible.

A CONSERVATARIAN MANIFESTO: My Experience Reading This Book


This book is not light or entertaining reading. It's academic. I had trouble maintaining interest for the first part of the book. It was pretty much what I expected, cerebral, political and serious. This book was written before the beginning of the 2016 Presidential campaign, but the author mentions several of the candidates. They are the ones who suspended their campaigns early. I would have liked to see subheadings that would have made it easier to read this book. As I read this book I couldn't help but wonder what this author would have said about the past candidates. What would he have said about Donald Trump? I wasn't clear about what "conservatarian" was supposed to mean exactly. This author clearly is libertarian, which is a conservative person who is "hands off" about social issues. The libertarian worldview wants to get the government out of all our social lives. It believes in the total separation between church and state. Libertarians believe in "live and let live." They are fiscally conservative and want small, limited government. On abortion and sanctity of life issues, this author DID draw the line and seems to favor making abortion illegal. He is openly atheist. This makes clear that one can use science, not religion, to argue successfully for why life must be safeguarded from conception to natural death. But he is "hands off" about "LGBT rights" and makes clear that these should be left alone. It's not a matter of life and death. IT seems that the author would agree with most of the positions of John Kasich, the Ohio Governor. Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate who is currently surging in the national polls. Aside from abortion, this author would seem to agree with Gary Johnson more than with most of the other candidates this primary season. That's only my opinion.

A CONSERVATARIAN MANIFESTO: Recommendations for This Book

This book obviously appeals to a narrow audience. It seems of interest or use to those interesteed in politics. It's not a general audience book. Anyone who is a "political junkie" will probably be interested in this book. This book should be required reading for political science students in colleges and universities. If you intend to vote for a libertarian candidate in the November general election, you may want to read this book. You will get the drift of what your candidate believes and how this candidate would approach positions and policies.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through BloggingForBooks, in exchange of my honest review of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review of this book.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BLACK AND WHITE BIBLE, BLACK AND BLUE WIFE by Ruth A. Tucker



This is a domestic violence memoir. It is written by an author who recounts her own domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband. She challenges the way that the teaching of male headship is done in the Christian Church, and makes the case for mutuality in a Christian marriage. Ruth A. Tucker, the author, has a PhD. from Northern Illinois University. She has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She has written dozens of articles and 18 books, including From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya. She begins her memoir with an Introduction. She writes 12 chapters in all. Each Chapter opens with a relevant and notable quote. Each chapter ends with a brief poem. She closes this memoir with an Afterword, and Acknowledgements of those who made this book possible. Then she wraps it all up with Notes from sources she consulted for each chapter.

This book was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be mostly a momoir mainly about her experiences. Tucker actually doesn't say much about her ex-husband; she describes her abusive marriage as a Christian marriage. Her ex-husband was a pastor. Instead, the book seems to be mostly her reflections and findings about domestic violence. She occasionally refers to or weaves in her own experiences. Maybe she has to be guarded if her ex-husband is still alive. I don't know. She does a good job of bringing in some church fathers in relation to their view of Biblical feminism. She stresses that the submission the Bible commands is mutual submission between wife and husband, not wifely submission to husbands. She interprets the Biblical command of wives to submit to husbands, as a cultural matter. Biblical feminism seems to be the central theme of this book. I was disappointed that the author raises the bar on what she calls abuse, to appy to only physical abuse. I know that the word abuse has to be used responsibly, or the word becomes meaningless. Tucker raises the bar on what she defines as abuse, to severe physical abuse. The title of this book is too long, though I think I understand the intent behind it. I found this book mildly interesting but as I was disappointed at the narrow definition of abuse, I think the book will resonate only with those experience severe physical abuse, or those who want to help them. I know of other books on abuse which are much more informative and helpful. Some of the theology in this book is questionable, though I agree that pastors and Christian leaders have failed married couples. They have failed them by not clearly defining the roles of wives and husbands. They have failed to teach men how to love their wives. They have especially failed to teach wives about what Biblical submission is and how to apply it.

Because of this author's questionable theology and narrow definition of abuse, I hesitate to recommend this book to many women facing difficult marriages. Or to husbands. I do recommend it to pastors and Christians who are sound in their faith and can discern Biblical feminism as it relates to Scripture. I recommend this book to Christian men who are sound in their faith to learn about physical abuse and control from a female point of view. I received a complimentary copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Monday, May 2, 2016

LOVE THAT BOY by Ron Fournier



This is a parential memoir. Ron Fournier, the author, is a political columnist for the Atlantic and the National Journal. He began growing his family and started his career in Arkansas. He covered then-Governor Bill Clinton before he moved to Washington in 1993. Fournier reported on politics and the Presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George w> Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier also also served as a Fellow at Harvard Insitute of Politics where he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Applebees America. He is four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' ASsociation Merriman Smith Memorial Award. The author begins this book with an Indroduction which gives readers a flavor of the book. THe first six chapters are grouped under Part One. They are the author's narrative. Part Two include two chapters, each about experiences with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively. The final chaper is the conclusion and is called "Acceptance." Fournier closes the book with History lessons, tips for parents in parenting. He includes Acknowledgments, a Bibliography, and an Index.

This book has been a fast read. That's because its chapters start out with italicized narratives. The rest of the chapters are part memoir, part musings. This book isn't quite what I expected in its content. The author had appeared on MSNBC to promote this book. He had mentioned his son's Aspgerger's. Because of this, I expected the book to be mainly about autism. I expected it to be about how autism had affected his family, his son and himself. While Fournier integrates hs son's Aspergers/autism into the book, it isn't the focus of the book. The author focuses on his family relationships in general, his expectations of his children and its impact on them. He reflects on the soul-searching he has done in this regard and has made the needed changes to show each of his children his unconditional love for them. His love for and great pride in his only son is reflected in all this book. He calls his son his "teacher" and his "hero." Throughout the book, I found myself feeling a touch of envy for each of his family members especially his three children. I fully agree with him that children should be valued for themselves, not for what they can do for us. It is more important to raise them to be good than to be accomplished. While I'm in a working-class family, for decades we have attended worship services with more middle-class and upper middle-class families. We have observed many parents pushing their offspring to be accomplished. From early childhood, they enroll their children in ballet, tap, and jazz, or voice lessons. They sign their children up for the performing arts or for sports like track, soccer, baseball, basketball, and much more. They expect their children to get A's and B's, or straight A's. Average has become a dirty word and no one wants to be average or raise average children. This must-win, must-succeed mentality has seeped into this 2016 election. We have candidates who are bent, it seems, at winning at all costs. They "adjust" positions on key issues to get votes, say what voters want to hear, and can't admit that they can lose. I know that this is the case in every political race but it seems to be intensifying with this 2016 Presidential race. Are winning and success everything? No. We often forget this and lose perspective when our team or favorite political candidate lose. This book's target audience seems to be solidly middle-class and more affluent parents.

I recommend this book for one certain people group. Ron Fournier seems to target this book to one certain audience. I highly recommend this book for every solidly middle-class and more affluent parent. They need a perspective on what it does to children when we expect too much of them. Poorer families, as the author admits, don't have this issue. They are too busy trying to survive to spend time involving their children in many extracurricular activities. These activities also cost money. This author, being a political columnist and having access to politicians among his other activities, by definition faces the temptations affluent parents face, to expect too much of their children. I recommend this book for anyone interested in politics as this book gives us a different dimension of two former Presidents, former President Bill Clinton and former President George W. Bush.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through BloggingFor Books, in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a favorable review of this book.

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