Stone Soup for Five: Book Review--Good God Lousy World and Me

Book Review--Good God Lousy World and Me

I recently got a book to read and review that I was pretty excited about. 

Good God Lousy World and Me

 I love biographies and I love learning about people (especially if I don't have all that uncomfortable "small talk" to deal with), and so I started into this book about a Human Rights Activist with some excitement.  I mean, how does a left wing Human Rights almost Atheist become a believer? This has GOT to have some good stuff in it...  So, I was left a little disappointed when I got deeper into it.


I realize that we are all individual people, with our own faith walk, and our own histories and backgrounds, and I'm okay with that.  No one's faith will look exactly like mine, and it shouldn't. God is working on each of us in our own ways.  So I went into this book realizing that, and trying to be open minded.

But, there were things in this book that I disagreed with (some parts of the Bible that she states as one way, that I see another), other things I was offended at (some language) and some other things that were painful to read (human and sex trafficking--painful to read, but it IS real, and I know that, but some images were hard to get from my mind after reading them).  

So I'll run down my list that I usually do for a book I got for free, because even though it didn't cost me money, it did cost me a LOT of precious time to read it through.  I will rate from a 1 to 5.  5 being amazing.







TABLE OF CONTENTS 
 (was the subject matter relevant to me?)

Since this is a biography, I judge it differently than a non-fiction book.  The subject matter was veiled in mysterious titles.  So this time, this wasn't really applicable.  

Table of Contents: N/A.
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DRAW 
(Did the book draw me in while reading, 
and make me want to come back to it when not reading?)

I have to honestly say, the only reason I finished this book was so I could review it and move on to another.  It was a quick read, but depressing in a lot of areas (sex and human trafficking, mental illness) and confusing in others.

Draw: 1
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PRACTICAL APPLICATION 
(Can I take the information read in this book and apply it to my life right now to make a difference?)

Kind of irrelevant.  I was hoping to get some encouragement about leading even the staunch "against Jesus" crowd to Christ... and there were some areas that were encouraging in that sense, especially when she said she was most touched by the Christians who were just living their life of faith quietly and consistently.  

Application: 2
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DOG EARS AND WRITING 
(How many things stood out to me enough to highlight, underline, dog ear and write?)

Nope, no underlining, highlighting, dog ears, or things I'd like to return to later.

Dog ears: 0
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END THOUGHTS AND WOULD I BUY IT?

I hate to give a poor review to any book, because any book usually has SOMETHING I can draw out from it, and this one did have a few gems in there, but I'm so thankful I got it for free because I would be pretty bummed if I spent some money on it.  If you are wanting to know more about human trafficking (and be overwhelmed and discouraged) this might be a good book.  Or if you are wanting to reaffirm that your faith walk is going to be much different than other people's, again, this might be a good book for that. 

Would I buy?  NO.

Not to insult Holly or her faith at all.  I'm thankful she became a believer and will be glad to meet up with and talk to her in Heaven, but I cannot really recommend this book, unfortunately.  Overall it just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  Sorry, Holly.  

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