Sunday, January 17, 2010

52 Books in 52 Weeks: Week 3, book 2

A week behind and the year has just started. Ah well. I'm plugging away and knocked out a few words this week-end.

Finished Habibi , by Nye yesterday, which is a lovely book. Beautiful, actually. The author is a poet and the book was full of rich imagery. Another peek into pre-post modern and even pre-modernist thinking. Wouldn't it be fascinating to live in a world that thrived on relationships rather than production?
Went from Palestinian Middle East tensions to The Wrong Side of the Door: Why Ideas Matter by Everett Piper, Ph.D. Dr. Piper is the president of Oklahoma Weslyan University, an educator, Christian and apologist. He relies heavily on the writings of C.S. Lewis, which is always a bonus from my pov. The book is a seris of essays, broken down into 3 parts: Education, Politics & Pop Culture and Q & A. The chapter on "Change" is worth the price of the book alone. Excellent piece. Any invested in it or who voted for it, really should take the time to read his thoughts.
The main premise of each essay is that all ideas have tremendous potential and power and that they are always directional. Consequences follow ideas. This is completly antithetical to the world of postmodern thought, where opinions mean everything and truth is as you see it. A good read and one I'm adding to my high schoolers required reading list for the year.
To read other book reviews for week three, head over to 52 Books in 52 Weeks.


Daisy said...

This sounds like a great book! Now see, you've added to my reading list also. LOL.

You are not behind. Week three doesn't end until Jan. 23. You have all week to read a 3rd book. ;-)

Michelle said...

I will have to keep an eye out for this book. I am a C. S. Lewis fan.