Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: Five Loaves & Two Fish

Five Loaves & Two FishFive Loaves & Two Fish by Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A truly amazing and inspiring book.

For anyone feeling overwhelmed over the assaults on our Faith, this collection of prayers and autobiographical reflections by persecuted Vietnamese Catholic Bishop Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan will lift your spirits and open your heart to discipleship.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Review: A Decent Ride

A Decent Ride A Decent Ride by Irvine Welsh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My first impression upon finishing this book: It ain't no Shakespeare.

Of course, I don't mean the language. Welsh has a unique voice, and that's why I've always enjoyed his novels. What disappointed me about A Decent Ride was that there was no moral arc to the story.

Juice Terry suffers through the torments of Job (sort of) and, surviving these travails, he learns nothing. This is unfortunate, since there seemed to be so much room for personal growth. I am willing to give Welsh the benefit of the doubt, since I respect him as a skilled craftsman of fiction, and accept that Juice Terry is meant to be irascible, but that is small comfort for the two weeks I spent reading this story.

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