Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Review: Larryisms: Book 1

I am sorry to say that I really didn't like this book.

First off, the concept of having a person's random thoughts on anything is, in my opinion, a little odd. Don't we already have our own thoughts? What makes his better?

Second, many of his comments show opinions that not all people will agree with. Several quips look down on people who aren't the brightest. Others are definitely anti-politics, or at least anti-Bush. I don't think this is quite the place for such opinions.

Third, and by far the worst, were his opinions on God. It's very clear that he's athiest or at least not religious in the traditional sense of the word. "Never trust a God who"... comes up many times. And often they are either wrong, quite biased, or contentious inisghts. For example, "Never trust a God who wants you to believe that sex is evil." MANY Christians will say that the God we serve doesn't have any problem with sex, but only when it's used wrong. Others go right against core Christian beliefs (for me at least, and probably many others), such as one that suggests we're already in Hell. I find that offensive. I counted 55 such quotations. With an average of 5.7 quotes per page times 127 pages, that's 55 anti-Christian quotes out of 724, or 7.6%, using ONLY that structure. Note that God is capatalized; therefore he is referring to the God of Christianity. The quotes show at best a shallow understanding of our faith, or, at worst, outright heresy.

In short, if you are either right-winged in politics or a professing Christian and don't like mockeries of your faith, this book is not for you.

2 stars out of 5

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