Friday, June 22, 2012

Coming Apart by Charles Murray

The author takes five decades of data and research to track and trend a new pattern, mainly focusing within white Americans. The primary focus in this book is on the new upper classes and the new lower classes. Looking into the new classes and how they came about, regarding their core behaviors and values. These behaviors and values are barely recognizable from behaviors and values let us say that would have been seen within the 1950 or prior. My first knee jerk reaction was this was this was caused by the financial differences but it was not. You will have to read the book to find the true reasons why these classes formed. Part of the book compares the cultural differences between the top and bottom of white American. The author goes into detail about how the upper class now lives in an isolated pocket. This pocket surrounds them with their own kind. This creates a lack of understanding about the mainstream America and the lower classes suffering from deteriorating family structures and community life. The book contains a great deal of data to support the findings of the author. If you are interested in what is happening in America today, this book will give you a view you may not have thought of before.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.

What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy by Max Anders

While the title of the book is rather intimidating, once you get into the book it’s surprisingly well laid out and informative.  The author in the beginning of the book states the book is easy to read, topics are easy to teach, it thoroughly biblical, it respectfully presents different evangelical positions and allows you to follow up with your own convictions and distinctions on a given issue.  At first I thought that was a lot to expect but the author comes through on everything he promises.  The material is well written and the best part is you can identify your position within each topic.  From a teaching standpoint, the author has provide research and shares other key points of views and why they believe as they do.  The amount of material presented in this book can provide for many weeks if not months of teaching materials.  If you have an adult bible study group or some form of religious discussion group this book has many topics that will provide hours of discussion points.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review of the book.