Tuesday, March 21, 2006

some of the Best

4 of the best books I have ever read. In no particular order

The Prophet: Kahlil Gibran
A brilliant man's philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 - translated into more than 20 languages..

"And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

Opening Skinner's Box: Lauren Slater
A very interesting look at what we know and don't know about human nature and the issues surrounding the process in which we find out. A novel that engrosses you in it's telling of some of the most intriguing psychological experiments of the last century.

Quote: "In the unlikely event of a water landing;
1. You, the potential helper, must notice an event is occurring.
2. You must interpret the event as one in which help is needed.
3. You must assume personal responsibility.
4. You must decide what action to take.
5. You must then take action."

The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
A very emotionally involving book. Khaled Hosseini captures your heart with his story of Amir, an Afghani who is forced to flee his country after the Taliban take it over and eventually forced to return to it to purge the ghosts of his childhood.

Quote:".....for you, a thousand times over!"

Losing Faith in Faith: Dan Barker
Losing Faith in Faith' deals with Dan Barker's de-conversion from a fundamentalist Christian preacher to an atheist. He recounts the personal and turbulent story of how he gave up his faith, and how he found new meaning in atheism. Not only does he recount his personal story in the book, but he also provides some chapters with arguments on why a belief in God is not viable, as well as some chapters explaining the concepts of atheism and freethought.
A very powerful book for me personally.

Dear friend, "You probably already know that I have gone through some significant changes regarding spiritual things. The past five or six years has been a time of deep re-evaluation for me, and during the last couple of years I have decided that I can no longer honestly call myself a Christian. You can probably imagine that it has been an agonizing process for me. I was raised in a good Christian home, served in missions and evangelism, went to a Christian college, became ordained and ministered in three churches as Assistant Pastor. During those years I was 100 percent convinced of my faith, and now I am just about 100 percent unconvinced...."

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