Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

Review: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
David Lipsky
Broadway Books
2010

What a trip that was, too!  Exhausting is the first word that comes to mind to describe this book, but in the same way a good workout at the gym might be exhausting. 
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I came to this book with little more than the knowledge that David Foster Wallace (DFW) wrote books, but because I had read one of those samples from an online retailer I went for it anyway.  Glad I did now.  Why? Because it’s like listening in a conversation between Lipsky and Wallace, both writers, both young, and both trying to get something from the other.  The maneuvering was fun to watch.  Insights into what it takes to make it in the book world were excruciating.  So if you think you can write this would be an excellent book to read to see if you can make it in that world.  Eye opening, to say the least.

More important though is meeting DFW, and being there to listen to him respond to Lipsky was worth the effort.  He was quite a guy, gone way too soon, in my opinion.  Conflicted, brilliant, and chewed tobacco.  The conversations do not have all the hesitations, ums, and blue stuff edited out.  Seem like a raw transcripts of the tapes.  (Tapes? Seems like so long ago now.)  So now I am tempted to read Infinite Jest which was the book that the road trip mentioned in the subtitle promoted, just to see what the buzz was about.  

Lipsky et. al. did a good thing with this book.  I’d recommend it for the reasons above.   

I received this book form the publishers in return for a review.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Review: God Is with You Everyday, 365 Day Devotional by Max Lucado



Review: God Is with You Everyday, 365 Day Devotional
Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson
2015

Once again Max Lucado puts forth a devotional book for his readers and maybe some that are new to his writings.  This is a devotional reading for the year organized by month and day.  Each day is an excerpt or based on one of his other publications.  The book I received has a padded front cover and a ribbon marker.  I like ribbons so that gets a mention.  Also it is a nice size and handles well.
God Is With You Every Day  -     By: Max Lucado
What about the content?  Like the Lucado I’ve read before, he can get serious with you, and at other times be lighter to read without losing the content.  That is a plus, I think, because a steady diet of one or the other causes me to put a devotional book down and forget where I left it.  

I do recommend this devotional overall.  Take a peak and see what you think.  

This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: More Than Conquerors: An Interpretations of the Book of Revelation, 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition by William Hendriksen



Review: More Than Conquerors: An Interpretations of the Book of Revelation, 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
William Hendriksen
Baker Books
1940, 1967

This book is an anniversary edition commemorating 75 years of “uninterrupted printing history” according to the information from the back cover.  I don’t know how many other interpretations like this can claim that honor.  Within the biographical tribute the reader will find that a publisher named Herman Baker “presented the first trade copies…to the author in July 1939.” (7)  This is indeed a commemorative edition.  

Given the age of this work I am sure scholarly reviews must be available for those that want to engage in a conversation with the text Hendriksen presents.  This book is accessible to all readers, not just the Biblical scholar, and I enjoyed reading this even though I found his interpretation much different from any I had read or heard presented before.  

The author presents his interpretation in sections that reflect natural break points in the book of Revelation rather than a verse by verse format.  Think of the headers found in most of the Bibles today which serve a similar function.  What got in my way in this book was his tendency to add a bit of a grand flourish to his interpretations, but that may have the style when this was originally penned.  He covered the entire book of Revelation along with the usual purpose, author, and other background material in less than 250 pages.  That alone is a major plus for me.  

I would recommend this book for its historical value if for no other reason.  I would not recommend reading this as an only source of information related to the book of Revelation.  

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.