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Very thought provoking. When her father, drunk, bored and broken-hearted dies, too, Truly and her sister the breathtakingly beautiful Selena Jane are farmed out to local families where they continue the paths already established for them Selena Jane the cherished trophy daughter, Truly the dutiful workhorse.

Nicely written, with a story that reminded me a little of Garden Spells and Lace Reader; a very good first novel. Vampire romance. Interesting interaction between the vampires and the shape shifters. The main vampire character, Reinn Mackenzie, has the job of keeping vampires and shape shifters from intermarrying, a job he hates but has to do. Unfortunately for him, he's just fallen in love with a woman who happens to be a "were-.

I really liked it! Not just dead, but eaten-by-a-bear dead. When he arrives at his father's camp he finds, not a bear, but a group of survivalists who are armed to the teeth and whose artwork on the walls features a picture of Timothy McVeigh. At least his father isn't dead, but a lot of people might be if Zack can't find out just who is being targeted by this group and stop them before it's too late.

Maybe a notch less funny than the first two, but still a must-read. The main character, teenage Mary Fred, is removed from her parents due to their participation in a detrimental mind-control cult her siblings die from lack of medical attention. This is the story of her life once placed with a foster family: how she affects them and how they affect her. The book starts out telling the story from Mary Fred's perspective, and then switches to the foster mother, the foster sister, the foster uncle, and then back to Mary Fred again. Very interesting as the story progresses told from the perspectives of different characters.

We don't all live in the same world, in a sense, and this book illustrates that. The authors are sassy and hysterical. This is a sequel to "How it All Vegan". Just back from vacation, Quinn is sent to tidy up the details following a fatal fire but what he finds convinces him that this is no ordinary job, a conviction strengthened when the killers come for him. Full of spies and counterspies, this is a solid beginning to this new series. When cleaner Jonathan Quinn is hired to dispose of a body in a shipping container he is shocked to find that his friend Steven Markoff is the dead man.

And when his attempt to notify Markoff's girlfriend of his murder sets off a series of attacks on him, Quinn is drawn into a tangle of international intrigue and a shadow group whose purpose is to influence the U. Battles is at the top of his form with this one; I can't wait for the next.

As a cleaner, Quinn's job is to clean up and dispose of any mess that might be left after this meeting However, when an unanticipated and definitely uninvited guest arrives all hell breaks loose, leaving four men dead and the two cleaners up to their necks in an international plot that threatens to disrupt governments at their highest levels. A harrowing, tightly plotted book, this third in the Quinn series races with roller coaster speed. Journey back with Lillian and her eight students in this poetic, delectable read that ends far too quickly.

All fifteen stories can be found in one volume called, 15 Books In 1: L. My personal favorite is Ozma of Oz. Ages 8 and up. I didn't read this one as a child the only one I missed , but from an adult perspective this book is not that great.

The best of the stories were only okay. Compared to the rest of the Oz books, this one lacks magic. It is probably due to being written for younger readers and because it is a collection of six short stories, which are rarely as good as a full-length novel. This book isn't worth reading; the other books are much better.

The graphics are as lewd as the 80's. This graphic novel might be from the 80's; giving an interesting perspective on life as a lesbian in the crazy 80's, but even in I can find myself and certain friends in the characters portrayed in these humorous graphic. Bechdel brings back some old characters from her first graphic novel, "Dykes to Watch Out For" and also some fresh faces. The story is fairly interesting Here's wishing for better next time. Title : Mr. Brilliantly written, this book is hilarious take on life with the Darcys.

A must read, no doubt! Berendt introduces us to dozens of famous and influential people who had their own personal and political agendas. I got bogged down with all the names, but found the Venetian lifestyles and history very interesting. As events unfold it is obvious that al Qaeda won't be satisfied with just one more attack and that this time many more thousands will die. This may be the best spy novel I've ever read; Berenson's style is riveting!

John Wells is a CIA operative who has managed to infiltrate al Quida after years of building his cover. He has met Bin Laden several times but his handler is Omar Khadri, the man in charge of planning and orchestrating attacks on America. After two vicious attacks are carried out, the CIA has even less trust in John and, forced out of the information loop; he strikes out on his own.

Patriots and megalomaniacs abound as Wells goes first to Afghanistan to defeat a threat there, then travels to China to save the world. Despite a world-class first novel in Faithful Spy, Berenson suffers sophomore slump here by making Wells the kind of super hero usually found only in comic books. Here's hoping for better next time. In another so-so thriller featuring John Wells who has already saved the world more than once, Wells is called in to investigate when members of a super-secret military torture team start to turn up dead.

Along the way, Wells finds a trail of missing money, corrupt government officials, Middle Eastern assassination plots, a covert house of torture and a lot of generally whacked-out bad guys. The theft of two nuclear warheads from a highly secure Russian depot, in addition to a stunning attack on Wells, drives this high-octane thriller as Wells tries to track down the location of the bomb before it's too late.

Cleverly plotted, this is another terrific read! Newly married Melanie Travis finds herself--or rather, her standard poodle, Faith--a finalist in a dog food contest they didn't enter. Young children should not have unsupervised access to the Internet. See what can happen? This series usually is centered around the conformation dog show world, so a new main context helps to keep it fresh, although the story still features dog shows so devotees won't be disappointed.

Laurien Berenson is a very good author in this sub-genre. First in the amateur sleuth Melanie Travis series. She's a single mom who enters the world of show Poodles and discovers an aptitude for solving crimes. A time where USO dances, metal drives, and the sense of patriotism is the everyday norm. It is not long before Kitty and Louise tearfully see their boyfriends off to fight in the war and the worry whether or not they will make it back begins.

This tale follows the girls as they correspond with their men. As time goes by, their beliefs, strength and love about everything they know is tested and pushed to the limit. Elizabeth Berg writes a charming story that transports the reader back in time. That just about covers the life of Myra Lipinski. Myra grows up to become a visiting nurse. A job she finds satisfying. One day she receives news of a new patient, Chip Reardon, with an incurable illness who has opted not to continue treatment.

Dealing with the illness together, Myra and Chip forge a tight bond that leads both of them into uncharted territories.

This mother is like no other. She contracted polio while pregnant with her daughter and gave birth while in an iron lung. And what does this mother do? She makes the choice to raise her daughter by herself instead of giving it up for adoption. This story takes the true portions of this mother's life and sets it in a different time and place using fictionalized characters. I found this story very moving and a strong testament of dedication this mother had in taking on the challenge to keep her baby. A definite tale to give you inspiration! Elaine Bergstrum.

They are members of an ancient race, separate from humans. Although the stories are set throughout Europe, they tell the story of the family members living in Cleveland, Ohio. Berlitz Publishing Staff. Think again! This book is excellent for language lovers who want to learn French slang. But be warned, it is uncensored! Janet Berlo. Classification : Biography Reviewer : Carol Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : The title is deceiving because this book isn't really how to quilt but about creativity and overcoming an artist or writers' "block".

Living a good life with husband Tom, her life begins to unravel, especially her marriage. Sharp-tongued, yet smart and funny, Dannie struggles with the balance between family and friends and her need for solitary creativity nurtured at her beach house. According to historical tradition, the Knights Templar amassed untold treasure and wealth, all of which was lost when the Templars were destroyed by the Inquisition on Friday the thirteenth of October, Since that time, various groups and individuals have sought to uncover the secrets and find the treasure for themselves, leaving a multitude of clues, guesses and documents--but no answers.

Stephanie Nelle, a supervisor in the area of National Security in the Justice Department, has been gathering Templar information and takes vacation time in an effort to crack this centuries old mystery. But others are involved in the same quest and have no qualms in attempting a violent attempt to rob Stephanie of information critical to the project.

She calls for help to Cotton Malone, once her top agent, now enjoying life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen. But, the more involved Malone becomes, the more he realizes that the Templar mystery involves far more than just a search for riches and power. Discovery of the secret and its' publication could be devastating to the civilized world. The answer, while thought provoking, is truly radical and potentially far more controversial than that found in Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code.

Don't miss this one!! It details a multitude of safe, natural cleaning solutions and applications, so you'll never again have to use the harmful, expensive cleaners found in stores. The couples extreme self-absorbtion renders the characters somewhat dull although there is some soul searching and emotional growth as the story ends. Please only buy this book if you're up for three hundred pages of failed attempts to produce sympathy for this completely unlikable character, or if you're a masochist. Otherwise, pass. Mark Bittner. Mark Bittner is an old soul living in San Francisco; down on his luck he discovers a flock of wild non-native parrots and falls in love with them.

The story teaches about fulfilling dreams, trust and love. By the end of this book you'll be wishing to live on Telegraph Hill watching these beautiful creatures that could show the work what it is to really live and love. Dark and wonderfully written with a convincing protagonist, this book could be the best of its genre this year. When medical examiner Quirke wanders into the morgue after a night of partying he finds his brother-in-law, respected physician Malachy Griffin, altering a file he has no right to even be reading. With his curiosity piqued, Quirke sets out to determine just what makes the death of Christine Falls worth the risk Griffin has taken and discovers a network of arrogance and deceit The first book written under the Black pen name of Booker Prize winner John Banville, this is a debut not to be missed.

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The curious Quirke agrees, knowing that he won't honor the request and, when he finds a puncture mark in the dead woman's arm, sets out to find the truth about her death. In a meandering, Columbo-like plot, Quirke discovers hidden lives including the one being led by his estranged daughter. Unfortunately, Black dozes off and at the end of the book forgets his own murder sequence, which throws the whole thing into a shambles. Well-written, but not for true mystery readers who will be appalled by this slip.

Quirke is finishing his stay at St. A completely riveting, chilling new mystery set in moody Dublin, this is another winner from Black! This sequel to "Takeover" is suspenseful and will definitely appeal to fans of forensic thrillers like those of Reichs and Cornwell. Upon finding out that her little daughter might still be alive back in Russia, she embarks on a monumental journey from NY City up to Alaska and along the Telegraph Trail to Siberia. Hardship, wit, romance and heart back come together in this unusual yet compelling novel.

So when a beautiful redhead wanders into the local bar covered in bites and with no memory of who she is there's reason for the police to be suspicious. When a bullet is found in her brain their suspicions are confirmed. But with their only witness unable to remember who shot her, or why, will they be able to stop him before he tries again? A very good read.

John and Catherine Cardinal have been married for years, so he knows when his wife's bipolar syndrome is reaching the blackness of depression. He's devastated when, on a routine photography outing, she throws herself off the tallest building in Algonquin Bay. Despite overwhelming evidence that her death is a suicide Cardinal sets out to prove that it was murder and uncovers the dark and twisted truth. Don't miss this one! In fact, I had to special order this: and it was worth the wait! This is the first in the Algonquin Bay series featuring cop John Cardinal, and is as absolutely great as the others.

Cardinal's bipolar wife Catherine is hospitalized, his daughter Kelly away at school, when he's called out to view the most unusual results of a murder: the victim is frozen in a block of ice. Missing for months and almost dismissed as a runaway, young Katie Pine has been found. Set in Canada, this book will chill you as Cardinal tries to find the killer and as he hides a shameful secret. My recommendation? Read this book! Their personal and professional relationships converge as they find the common denominator in two murders. Booth's plot features interesting characters but is somewhat ponderous getting to the point and conclusion.

Only Changez speaks as he relates his promising career in America and his rocky romantic relationship with Erica, a beautiful fellow Princetonian. Returning to his homeland, he struggles with allegiances which bring his story to an ominous end. Life as a pastor's wife is far from smooth sailing, sometimes hilariously so. Don't expect a stained-glass depiction: this novel is usually shelved in regular fiction instead of religious fiction. It has blunt speech and plenty of references to sexuality. This book was a 1 Essence bestseller. Title : Church Folk Review 2 Reviewer : Nancy Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : Stereotypical, racist, this book might have been considered realistic before the civil-rights movement, but today is just insulting.

He has a weakness for women until he finds the right one, but one woman of his past tries her hardest to keep him from moving on. There are those in the church with their own agendas which might endanger the church as a whole as its centennial anniversary approaches. This second novel by Ms. Bowen, although definitely humorous in parts, didn't make me laugh out loud as much as when I read her first book, "Church Folk".

But I liked the storyline of this one better. It is not necessary to read "Church Folk" first, although there are a few references to characters and events from the first book. Very good read. Again, be aware this contains blunt speech and sexual references. Copyright : Reviewer : Beth Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : A beautifully illustrated guide to the religions and faiths of the world. Each religion is deeply explored and explained. She was a fashion super model before there were super models. She married two of the eras greatest rockers-George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

She was one of the school girls in the first Beatles film. She was a rock muse, inspiring both Clapton and Harrison to pen some of their most signature songs i. Her family and friends read like a Who's Who in the fashion, and rock 'n roll world. What a delight to finally have her tell her story! The book is very British in tone, and if you aren't familiar with all the key players from the 60's British Invasion into the music and fashion scene, the book may be a little difficult to follow.

I couldn't wait to read about this icon; yet by the end of the book, I realized she was just a normal person who was truly just lucky to be in the right place, at the right time-over and over again. You wait and see," as nothing more than attempts to get her to behave. But when, as an adult, she is given pages of her mother's memoirs, she learns that her mother lived a secret life and that even now she is in danger. After decades of living quietly in the English countryside Sal Gilmartin has been found by the network of spies for whom she worked and killed during World War II.

A convincing, believable spy novel. Residing in Berlin in 8yr old Bruno and his family move when his father is promoted to head a concentration camp. Naive and unknowing, Bruno wonders about the other side of the fence and all those people who wear "striped pajamas". While exploring he meets, through the barbed wire fence, a boy from inside the camp with whom he forms a friendship, but with devastating results.

Alan Bradley. Her snooping leads to finding a body in their garden, an old episode of death from her father's school days and her own life threatened. Brilliant and incorrigible, Flavia is a character the reader will want to meet again. It seemed as though too much time was spent on the sensual sex scenes - can you say that about romance?? While well written, I found myself wanting to skip to the action and found myself disappointed when it didn't deliver these scenes as well.

After the tragic death of her husband Braestrup decided to pursue his dream of becoming a minister. Mother of 4 young children, she successfully became a Unitarian minister and the first female chaplain for Maine's Game Warden Service. With simple but somewhat unorthodox faith she provided comfort to both the wardens and families in distress. A memoir definitely worth reading. Braffet writes well as she did in Last Seen Leaving , but she has chosen a disturbing subject think Flowers In the Attic, but brutal and presents it in such a creepy, uncompromising way that I was tempted to avert my eyes as I read.

A dark, moody book with perfectly drawn, disturbing characters, but definitely not for everyone. Their daughter Miranda, shut out of her mother's life, drifts from one man to another Anne, desperate not to lose her child, is forced to come to grips with what she meant to her husband, and what her daughter means to her. A well-written, though somewhat predictable story.

Drifting apart over the summer, they are dealing with divorce, unmet expectations and boys. In the end though they find the bond of friendship is strongest. A nice story for tweens and young teens. As the girls are now in college the themes become more mature. Everyone is in town this summer except for Bridget. She found her grandmother and goes out to discover more about her mother's past.

The rest deal with summer jobs, loves, and family. The series continues on a feel good way. It's a pleasant read. Teens, moms and grand moms would enjoy this series. Four girls who are best friends since they were born. These girls have been inseparable until this particular summer. The girls are anxious yet excited about their summer plans. By chance, Tibby notices a pair of blue jeans purchased at a thrift store by Carmen.

These are not just ordinary jeans, but very special jeans. Despite their different shapes, the jeans fit them all perfectly. The girls believe it is a sign of great experiences awaiting them over the summer and they determine to use them as a connection to each other while apart. The book follows the jeans progression as it passes from one girl to the next.

Once again, the girls pull out their magical jeans. This time the jeans do not seem to carry the same magic they did during the first summer. Each girl has to face difficult times and the pants serve as comfort more than anything else. By the end of the summer and the jeans makes the rounds a second time, the magic is back and the girls learn valuable lessons.

Normally, this twin is killed before the body is filled with a soul. However, Miryo discovers that her doppelganger is still alive when her testing ceremony does not complete as expected. She must find and kill her twin in order to "master" and use her skills safely.

This is easier said than done - her twin is Mirage, a trained warrior. The book spends equal time between each of their stories. It is easy to become attached to both characters each is given their own rich, unique personality Mercy finds herself again caught between fae, werewolf, vampire, and police politics as the Tri-Cities area finds itself swimming in a senseless bloodbath created by a rogue vampire sorcerer. Mercy is at her best and is just as engaging as she was in the first book of this remarkable dark urban fantasy mystery series. Mercy finds herself trying to clear the name of her friend and ex-boss who has been accused of a series of gruesome murders.

Mercy is charming, tough and independent, and not afraid to take on any monster that threatens her or her friends. These stories are some of the best in the lycanthrope urban fantasy genre. I really hope this book is just the first of a series! All the characters that interact with Mercy have such depth it makes you wish Briggs would write a separate novel about each of them. Dark urban horror at its finest!

A stand-alone read. I liked the story and the way the characters interacted. I was tickled by the concept of the main character being a female shapeshifting mechanic, and I really liked how she made friends out of the rest of the paranormal community i. I am baffled as to why Patricia Briggs dark fantasy series, featuring Mercy Thompson is classified as Romance. Most likely, I would have passed by this book if not for Briggs.

Her short story entitled, Alpha and Omega is a great addition to the unique lycanthrope world she has created and a must read for all Mercy Thompson fans. The rest of the short stories provide an introduction to some of the emerging paranormal fantasy writers. Emily Brightwell aka Sarah Temple. Title : Mrs. Jeffries series. I typically enjoy this light Victorian mystery series featuring an Inspector whose detective work is helped out considerably by his household staff.

However, this one did not particularly engage me, probably because I so recently read the previous book in the series, and the stories are too much alike after awhile to read one right after another. Jeffries, accompanied by a few friends, who enjoy secretly helping him catch murderers and thus enhance his reputation. In this 21st entry in the series begun by "The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries", set in Victorian England, Witherspoon continues to be charmingly puzzled by "his" brilliant ideas. The assassin, aligned to Middle East terrorists, is an American who once was Kealey's trainee.

Many characters and sub-plots create an exciting techno-thriller filled with personal and political confrontations. Brooks follows March as he leaves home to aid the Union cause during the Civil War. Flashbacks to his younger days and early relationships round out the events that shaped his marriage and beliefs. Our knowledge of Marmee and the girls provide a context for understanding their haunted, conflicted husband and father as he confronts a reality far removed from the safety of philosophizing about the evil of slavery and war.

This is a nearly-perfect period novel. As she discovers tiny artifacts an insect wing, salt crystals, a white hair, wine stains to help her determine its provenance the story moves backward in time, following the history of the codex. Each time segment gives the reader a glimpse of anti-semitism and women's struggle for independence. Intertwined with this long cast of characters are Hannah's personal struggles and relationships.

Brooks, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner"March", again combines popular fiction with serious themes. At their minister's plea the citizens pledged to totally isolate themselves from everyone outside, thinking they could slow the spread of the plague in their rural area. As the illness took its victims the town is gripped with fear and hysteria, sacrifice and sorrow.

As he explores his strange surroundings, he finds the mysteries of the red planet point to his greatest discovery-a relationship with God. This series is a Christian science fiction for teens. This time our intrepid hero is in Rome. My only complaint was with the ending which I couldn't quite buy, but maybe it was just over my head. Title : Angels and Demons Review 2 Classification : Fiction Publisher : Pocket Books Copyright : Reviewer : Beth Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : Dealing with a secret, ancient brotherhood and a plot to annihilate the Vatican city, this book is absolutely perfect for those of you who love fast-paced, thrilling adventure stories.

Controversial, illuminating and thought-provoking. If you haven't read it--go get a copy and get it read before the movie comes out this spring. You know the movie is never as good as the book. Based on the one of the author's previous relationships; it offers humor to what everyone goes through in the beginning of a relationship and even through rocky times and sadly the end.

The pictures themselves are humorous, almost rough sketches. As his debut of many graphic novels, Jeffrey tells it all with elementary drawings. He is naive, jealous, obsessive but all so loveable and honest. He's my new anti-hero. From the start you know they're all wrong for each other. But Jeffrey's hope for his first love is hopeful and vulnerable. After reading three of Brown's graphic novels I wonder if he is doomed for life in the love department. This book is fascinating! Not that his descriptions are always idyllic; he reminds us that "Only one thing came close to matching the fear of teenagers in the s and that was of course Communism.

Worrying about Communism was an exhaustingly demanding business in the s. Whether you lived the fifties, or the fifties are ancient history to you, you must read this book. If you give it as a gift, make sure to buy one for yourself, too! Jimmy Buffett. Title : Swine Not? Unfortunately the hotel does not allow pets, so what is a talented sensitive pig to do? Meant to be a satirical view of American culture it missed the mark for me. Jim Butcher. It is great to be back in Chicago with the amazing P. However, this adventure seems slow to start and lacks the excitement and adventure found in previous stories.

I found myself having to refresh my memory by re-reading the last book in order to follow what was happening with Harry in this book. If you like the series, you will love catching up with Harry and friends in this book. If you are new to the series, this book is not the place to begin. Feels more like filler than a stand alone adventure. Harry comes up against vampires, witches, and werewolves on a daily basis. There is action, adventure, and humor all at the right spots. Although there are only a few story lines dependent on reading the series in order, there are not many spoilers if you read a book out of order.

In addition to trying to find her place in the world, she's trying to decide which man she'll let find a place in her heart. After awhile, she gets a German Shepherd guide dog, Trudy, and attends public high school. The author of this novel was blind herself and therefore well able to express the friendship difficulties that Cathy experiences. There is a sequel, "Gift of Gold. The contributing writers have a lot of insight about how you can attract positive influences in your life.

Topics covered include finances, love, health, and success. These contributing writers all have something to say and it is worth reading despite recent criticism regarding this book. You never know what you can achieve in your life with a little positive thinking.

I am no exception. I also have experienced a few wonderful surprises. I highly recommend this book. The way it is written makes it a fast and easy read. It is one that you could read repeatedly and pick up some new detail you missed before. There is no guarantee of success but it opens the door to possibilities. As hard as it is to believe, another dead body has turned up in her dorm The police, her ex-con father, the school officials, and her P. Her life may be getting complicated, but Heather seems to piece evidence together better than any one else and she can't stay out of it. The story is light, moves quickly and keeps you guessing.

Nicknamed Jinx by the attending physician at her birth, Jinx believes she has had nothing but bad luck all her life. When Jinx arrives in Manhattan, she finds her cousin has radically changed, believing she inherited magic powers from their ancestor and tries to force Jinx to join her high school coven. When Jinx falls in love with the neighbor boy her cousin has a crush on, her cousin takes to revenge.

The stories are contemporary, and always seem to appeal to young women and this new entry is a delightful addition! Life is just getting back to normal when her old boyfriend finds her in NYC and needs her help to find his lost sister. This book is a fantastic finale to great young adult series. Kim Harrison's short-story, Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper gives new meaning to the age-old warning, "Don't get into a car with a stranger!

The mystery in this book is juvenile and the main character redundant. Heather Wells, ex-shopping mall pop star, has taken a job as an assistant residential director at a New York college. Between two murdered coeds and people recognizing the now plump ex-pop star, Heather rants on and on about her crush on her ex-boyfriend's brother and no one taking her seriously in her new role as assistant director. The murderer is apparent from the beginning and the focus on elevator surfing among young college students is boring.

Although I will read almost anything Cabot writes, I am not holding my breath in anticipation for the next Heather Wells Mystery. However, Meg Cabot is such an entertaining writer, that when I wanted to be just entertained, I decided to find out what was happening with pop-star-turned-resident-hall-administer, Heather Wells.

Set in a fictional college in New York City, this dormitory has more bizarre collegiate murders than any I believed imaginable. If you can get past the unrealistic setting, and the first person narration of a 29 year old whose intellect is more like 14 year old, then you will find this mystery has just the right balance of suspense, humor and character interest. Heather's dad is out of prison and now trying to make up for the 20 year absence in his daughter's life. He seems to have forgiven Heather's mother, who skipped town with all Heather's money when the child pop star grew up and failed to land her last recording contract, and now wants Heather to do the same.

Heather is trying to get an education and working as an assistant resident administrator while living with her ex-pop star boyfriend's estranged brother. She finds herself in the middle of these strange murders; this one involving a cheerleader's head found boiling in the dormitory kitchen. Heather seems to have an uncanny knack at getting information and figuring out what is going on before the police, but in the end, she never seems to get the props she desires.

However, in the end, she caught him and tortured him for ten days before she let him go. Now, two years later, he has finally returned to work; she is in prison for life; and another serial killer is loose in Portland, Oregon. Archie is once again heading up the police task force, and is being shadowed by an up and coming newspaper reporter, Susan Ward. The gruesome story is gripping and this police thriller is somewhat unique with its detail of a rare female serial killer.

Normally I shy away from this genre because it is just too easy to figure out what the characters have problems seeing. This story had enough flash backs to the origins of the task force and unique details regarding the horrific, rare female serial killer to keep me reading and overlook some of the obvious clues the trained police kept missing.

He encounters a pig along the road which adopts him, follows him to Aunt Kittys and precedes to dig up a corpse. Sounds promising, and it is witty, but I found it choppy and too bizarre. Knopf Copyright : Reviewer : J Book Rating : Reviewer Comments : 72 Hour Hold is overall a good read about a mother's struggle to save her child from the strangle hold of mental illness. As her child turns 18 Keri can no longer control her child's whereabouts and 72 hour holds are the only thing saving her child and herself from her child's Bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately, in this long-awaited sequel, he drags in so many stereotypical, boring characters that, even if the plot were interesting which it isn't I found myself wallowing in a sea of them. But Ronald had become a popular public speaker in his travels with General Electric, so he kept busy as a paid speaker around the country. His speeches had become increasingly political -- and conservative -- and he was in demand by business groups and conservative organizations. During the presidential campaign, Ronald volunteered almost full time on behalf of Barry Goldwater. Ronald delivered a speech at a Goldwater fundraiser that received a great deal of attention from some wealthy Goldwater supporters.

Together they raised enough money to purchase a half hour of air time on NBC television, and on October 27, , Ronald delivered his speech to a national audience. Ronald had just signed a two-year contract to host a weekly television series, Death Valley Days. By February of , after much discussion with Nancy, Ronald decided to explore a possible gubernatorial run.

He began traveling around the state giving speeches to see if the voters would support him. Polls showed him as a popular contender, and donations started coming in. On January 4, , Ronald Reagan declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor, and went on to win the primary easily. Nancy was involved in the campaign from the beginning. She accompanied him on his trips, and eventually she was encouraged to make her own campaign appearances. She began by taking questions from an audience, and eventually came to enjoy campaigning on her own.

Finally it was Election Day. The Reagans and their friends gathered at the home of Earle and Marion Jorgensen that night to await the election results. Ronald Reagan won the election by a decisive margin, and the election night gathering at the Jorgensens became tradition. Ronald Reagan was sworn into office as Governor of California just after midnight on January 3, in a small, quiet ceremony. A large, public inauguration took place two days later, on January 5 th. Fourteen-year-old Patti was away at school in Arizona, but Ron, age eight, was in the middle of a semester at his school in Los Angeles.

After spending years in the public eye as Hollywood celebrities, the Reagans had considerable experience with the media. The mansion was located on a very busy street downtown, and traffic zoomed by at all hours of the day and night. There was a motel across the street and gas stations on the adjacent corners, and it backed up to the American Legion Hall. It was noisy, and even worse, it was a fire hazard. It was a false alarm, but in talking with the Fire Chief afterwards, she discovered that had it been an actual fire, the only escape from the upper floors would have been by shimmying down a rope from an upstairs window.

Nancy had had enough, and held a press conference in order to address the issue. This finally diffused the situation and the press left Nancy alone for a little while. As her husband settled into the business of running the state, Nancy began to look for worthwhile projects to champion as first lady.

She began visiting hospitals, talking and listening to the patients. It was in one of these visits she learned about Foster Grandparents, a program founded by Sargent Shriver which paired elderly people and needy children. The adults were often lonely, and the program provided them with an opportunity to be a role model to children who needed their patience and experience. The children, often mentally handicapped or institutionalized, benefitted from the attention and love they received from the seniors. Nancy was excited about the program, and was soon helping to raise public and private funding.

Foster Grandparents is still operating nationwide, and has expanded to include deaf children and juvenile offenders. She would go on to be included in that list for several more years, and eventually would be elevated to the Hall of Fame. In , Governor Reagan ran for and easily won reelection, and during his second term President Nixon called upon him several more times to represent America around the world.

Though President Nixon had feared that Governor Reagan might seek the Republican nomination for president in , Ronald threw his full support behind the president and campaigned on his behalf. The Reagans attended the Presidential Inauguration in , and hosted one of the four inaugural balls. The cause most important to Mrs. Reagan as First Lady of California was that of Vietnam War veterans, prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. She was deeply grateful to those who had fought on behalf of our nation, and dismayed that they were not welcomed home by the public as the heroes they were.

She would read to them, listen to them, and call their families for them. She was asked to write a weekly newspaper column about military families, and made sure that the compensation she received was sent directly to the National League of Families of American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. Reagan were waiting to greet them. Nancy organized a series of dinners, held in the Reagan residences in Sacramento and Los Angeles, to welcome them home. Soldiers brought their wives, parents, children -- whomever they wanted to include. They had been held in adjoining cells and had developed a close friendship, communicating by tapping in code on the wall between them.

They met face-to-face that night for the first time. At another dinner, a former POW attended with the aid of his son, a young Marine. The father had been held for years in a tin hut, forced to remain bent at the waist, and had not spoken a word since his release. By the end of his second term as Governor of California in , Ronald Reagan had accomplished a great deal. His welfare reforms had resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being moved off the welfare rolls and into productive jobs.

Nancy had successes of her own. Foster Grandparents was expanding nationwide, and she and Ronald had hosted four dinners for returning Vietnam War soldiers. In , Ronald and Nancy returned to private life in Los Angeles. There was a very small adobe house that had been built in , and Ronald and Nancy spent weekends fixing it up.

They kept horses and a few cattle, and there was always a project going to improve the property. The ranch became a sanctuary for Ronald and Nancy, one that they would return to whenever they got a chance for the next twenty years. Nancy continued her involvement with Foster Grandparents, but was content to be home again in her role as a wife and mother. Ronald was in demand as a speaker, and he also had a syndicated column that ran in more than two hundred newspapers and a five-minute radio program, Viewpoint, that aired weekdays on nearly three hundred radio stations.

It was the perfect job for Ronald, as it provided the opportunity for him to continue to communicate his beliefs, and still allowed him plenty of time with Nancy at their beloved ranch. Eventually, some Republicans began to urge Ronald to run for President in the election. After the resignation of President Nixon, the Republican Party was badly damaged and had suffered losses during the midterm elections in Though Gerald Ford, who had become President after Nixon left, planned to run for reelection, conservatives felt a new, fresh face would give the Republicans a better chance of holding on to the presidency.

If he felt strongly about running for President, she would support him. Nancy campaigned hard on behalf of her husband. She traveled on busses, cars and planes from town to town, usually with Ronald but sometimes on her own. President Ford became the Republican nominee, but was defeated in the general election by Jimmy Carter.

Ronald went back to his radio show and newspaper column, but neither he nor his supporters had given up on the dream of the presidency. By , he was the top contender for the Republican nomination, and on November 13, , he announced his candidacy. Another long, hard campaign was to follow, but this time he emerged the victor. Americans have always looked to the White House as a symbol of inspiration in times of uncertainty and of celebration in times of joy. On January 27, after only one week in office, President and Mrs.

Reagan welcomed home the fifty-two American hostages who had been held in Iran. Though the holidays were by then over, President and Mrs. It was a bittersweet ceremony, as the president and first lady also honored the courage of the eight men who lost their lives in an earlier failed rescue attempt. In addition to the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony each year, Mrs. Reagan served as hostess to other holidays at the White House. The event had a long history at the White House, but Mrs. Reagan expanded upon the event by introducing a collection of little wooden eggs painted by famous artists and illustrators.

At the annual Easter Egg Roll, children hunted for eggs, while clowns and cartoon characters roamed the lawn, handing out balloons and eggs autographed by celebrities. On July 4, , President and Mrs. Reagan had the honor of cutting the official ribbon, and she then led visitors up the stairs for the first time following a two-year restoration period.

She later welcomed guests at the opening of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. There would be many somber moments over which President and Mrs. Reagan would preside during the course of their eight years in the White House. In April of and again in October of the same year, suicide bombings in Lebanon, Beirut took the lives of American civilians and soldiers. The President and Mrs. Reagan attempted to reassure the nation, and to comfort the families of the victims.

In January of , the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff, taking the lives of the seven astronauts aboard. The president and first lady, attending the memorial service in Houston, mourned with the entire nation. In December of , President and Mrs. Reagan officially presented to the American people the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The day had special meaning for the president and first lady, as their connection to the Vietnam War and those who served in the conflict had begun many years earlier. As Governor and First Lady of California, they had welcomed home American prisoners of war and had championed the cause of soldiers missing in action.

Reagan had spent countless hours visiting wounded servicemen in Veterans hospitals. Reagan were proud to dedicate a monument to honor those who gave all in the cause of freedom. Pending the January 20 th inaugural they moved into Blair House, the official guest house for foreign leaders, and Ronald prepared to take office. Meanwhile, Mrs. Reagan needed to hire her own staff, which would number about twenty, including a chief of staff, social secretary, and press secretary.

She reviewed hundreds of resumes and conducted numerous interviews. She and her husband attended various receptions, luncheons and dinners during that week, and family and friends arrived from all over the country. Holding the Reagan family bible, Nancy Reagan stood beside her husband as he took the oath of office. Reagan was surprised and somewhat disappointed at the condition of the White House.

But there were cracks in the plaster, chipped paint, and worn floors and carpet. The White House was badly in need of restoration. Because the nation was in the midst of tough times economically, Mrs. Reagan had no intention of spending public funds for the work and she sought private funding. Donations large and small came in from around the country, and the work began. March 30, began as a typical morning in the White House. He and Mrs. Reagan ate breakfast together as usual, then he kissed her goodbye and headed down to the Oval Office.

His schedule for the day was a relatively easy one — a few meetings in the morning and a speech at the Washington Hilton in the afternoon. Reagan read the morning papers and prepared for a luncheon at the Phillips Gallery. During the luncheon, Mrs. Reagan developed an inexplicable and overwhelming feeling that she should return to the White House. She had never felt this way before, and never would again. She just knew she had to get back home. When she arrived, she sought out White House usher Rex Scouten and Ted Graber, the decorator who was helping with the renovation, and found them in the solarium.

Reagan was determined to be with her husband. By the time Mrs. Reagan arrived at the hospital, doctors had determined that the President had indeed been hit, and that he was in grave danger. When doctors finally allowed Mrs. Reagan to see her husband, he was still conscious and aware of his surroundings. The President was taken into surgery, where it was discovered a bullet had entered under his left arm, punctured his lung and had nearly hit his heart.

Reagan waited and prayed with friends in the hospital chapel. Finally, when the President came out of surgery, Mrs. Reagan was taken to him along with their son, Ron, and his wife, Doria, who had arrived at the hospital. The other children came as soon as they could. President Reagan spent nearly two weeks in the hospital recovering from his wounds before he was able to return to the White House. For Mrs. Reagan, nothing would ever be the same. Her husband had almost been killed, and from then on, she would fear for his safety every day. While First Lady of California, Mrs. Reagan had championed the Foster Grandparents program, which brings together senior citizens and disadvantaged children, and the program benefited greatly from her support.

Reagan helped expand the program on a national level and promoted private funding in local communities. Reagan resumed her work with Foster Grandparents almost as soon as she came to the White House. She attended a few events in her earliest months as first lady, while also handling the refurbishing of the White House and attending other official events.

Soon afterwards, she was featured on the Mike Douglas Show, which helped bring national awareness to the program. With Jane Wilkie, Mrs. Reagan coauthored a book, To Love a Child, and a song by the same title was written and dedicated to her. The song was recorded by Frank Sinatra, and all proceeds from the book and the record benefited the Foster Grandparents program. In October of , Mrs. Reagan hosted a picnic lunch for local foster grandparents and children at the White House, and Frank Sinatra performed the song.

Reagan continued to work on behalf of the program for her eight years in the White House. By , approximately 19, foster grandparents served some 65, children through projects in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, , was one of the most celebrated spectacles of the decade.

Due to the recent attempt on his life, President Reagan could not attend, but he encouraged Mrs. Reagan to serve as the United States representative at the event. Reagan spent one week in London, which is the longest she had been away from her husband in twenty-nine years. She attended eighteen events on behalf of the nation, including a ball at Buckingham Palace, a dinner at the American Embassy, tea with the Queen Mother, and lunch with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Reagan was an especially appropriate delegate for the United States to send to the Royal Wedding. Also, in March of Ronald and Nancy had met Margaret Thatcher, and the future president and future prime minister found they shared a special connection even then. Over the years, President and Mrs. Reagan expressed their immense respect for their British friends in many ways, saving the first and last state dinners to honor Margaret Thatcher. On this occasion, President and Mrs. Reagan received a rare invitation to stay for two days at Windsor Castle with the royal family.

Reagan and Prince Philip took a horse-drawn carriage ride. Reagan aboard the royal yacht Brittania to celebrate an anniversary dinner. Reagan hosted the Prince and Princess of Wales at a White House dinner in November of , which became one of the most memorable of the state dinners due to the impromptu and charming dance between Princess Diana and John Travolta. Earlier that year, Mrs. Reagan first became aware of the drug problem in America when she learned that the children of many of her friends were using drugs — some had even committed suicide as a result. It had a big effect on her.

In a campaign trip she had visited Daytop Village, a substance abuse treatment center in New York. She was impressed by the work that was being done there to help young people recover from drug dependency. She never forgot the experience, and as first lady she began to actively campaign against drug and alcohol abuse. In the early months as first lady, she visited several drug treatment centers, met with the Board of Directors for the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, and attended a meeting of the American Council on Marijuana.

By mid she had addressed the National Legislative Session of the PTA regarding the drug abuse problem, attended conferences in several states, and on October 11, , she attended the first National Conference of the National Federation for Drug-Free Youth. A name for Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs? Reagan traveled more than , miles throughout the United States and around the world. She traveled to sixty-five cities in thirty-three states, the Vatican and eight other foreign countries.

In alone, she made appearances and fourteen anti-drug speeches. She visited drug abuse prevention programs and rehabilitation centers, appeared on radio and television in public service announcements and on talk shows to get her message across. In April of , Mrs. Reagan invited the wives of world leaders to attend a First Ladies Conference on Drug Abuse at the White House and was joined by eighteen first ladies. Reagan considered it a personal victory. And on October 25, , Mrs. Reagan addressed the United Nations General Assembly, urging the United States to do more to solve the drug problem through education and law enforcement directed at drug users.

She said that developing nations must still work with the United States to suppress drug production and smuggling, but the United States could do more to curb the demand created by its own citizens. One of Mrs. She met the Pope with her husband on other occasions, but this time, when they visited Immaculate Conception School in Los Angeles, she met with him alone and they discussed her anti-drug crusade. Of all of her accomplishments as first lady, the reduction in drug abuse by young people is the one of which she is most proud.

Cocaine use by high school seniors dropped by one-third, from 6. More than 10 percent of the members of the class of said they used marijuana daily, but by the figure was only about 3 percent among high school seniors. Upon leaving the White House, Mrs. Reagan established the Nancy Reagan Foundation to continue her campaign against drug abuse. Not long after the White House renovation incident, Mrs. Reagan again found herself a target of the press.

Ted Graber, who was helping Mrs.

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Reagan with the renovation, asked chief usher Rex Scouten what he needed the most. Reagan asked an American china manufacturer to begin the process of designing a new pattern for the White House. A private organization, the Knapp Foundation, heard of the project, and donated enough to cover the costs. Again, though public funds were not used, Mrs. Reagan was criticized severely by the media. It escalated into such a furor that the Knapp Foundation, who had originally donated the funds anonymously, went public about the donation in a futile attempt to spare Mrs.

Reagan the criticism she was receiving. Reagan had always dressed well — it was expected of someone in the movie industry, and certainly as the wife of a governor. Reagan was known for wearing classic styles, and some of her dresses had been in her closet for years. She brought her clothes with her to Washington, but the social demands on a first lady are great.

She attends official luncheons, receptions, ceremonies, dinners and more, and at every event her outfit is photographed and reported upon. Because she needed more clothes than she could afford to purchase, Mrs. Reagan arranged to borrow outfits from some designers and friends. Borrowing from designers was a common practice in the American fashion industry, and it never occurred to Mrs. Reagan that she would be criticized for it. But the press portrayed her as obsessed with clothes — designer clothes, at that — and she endured a great deal of bad press.

Reagan to show the press corps a different side of her. The Gridiron Club, an exclusive, century-old organization representing journalists, holds an annual dinner designed to bring together the press and the politicians of Washington for an evening of entertainment and humor. Members of the press perform skits poking fun at the politicians, and the President often gives a speech at the conclusion of the evening. That evening, Mrs. Reagan arrived with her husband in evening clothes as expected. During dinner, as the skit about her played out onstage, she excused herself momentarily.

Some in the room thought she was upset about the ribbing she was receiving and had walked out. But in truth, she secretly went backstage and donned a ridiculous-looking costume consisting of mismatched clothes — a navy polka dotted blouse topped with a red print housedress and a blue Hawaiian-print skirt, yellow rubber rain boots, a feather boa, a long strand of pearls, and a red straw hat with feathers and flowers.

This gets my standard sort of yes and no review when it comes to worldview takes on current issues. On the positive side, this is a good "one stop" book for contemporary issues of life abortion and euthanasia and sexual activity and identity including the full range of LGBTQ.

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For someone wanting to get started with this conversation or a small group in church, this is a good resource. However, this book is really the beginning of a much more complicated conversation. A lot of the observation This gets my standard sort of yes and no review when it comes to worldview takes on current issues. A lot of the observations are true but not exhaustive and do not necessarily get at the most basic issues. Economic transformation and the larger assumptions of social and philosophical liberalism classical liberalism are not investigated in much detail.

I think Schaeffer's "two story" approach is of rather limited value at least in the basic way it is employed here. Additionally, I think Pearcey confuses psychological and philosophical debates over "personhood" with the legal construct of personhood that US courts follow. After all, corporations are "persons" under US law, and this does not require any grand philosophical claim about their state of consciousness. Rather, they are entities that can be addressed and regulated by the state. Missing that point renders Pearcey's section on personhood nearly inapplicable, which is a major problem given how much importance she places on it.

So again, as a general and beginning book, I would recommend Love Thy Body. But I wouldn't want to ask it to do too much heavy lifting in other settings. View 1 comment. Dec 21, Esther Morrow rated it it was amazing. Nancy Pearcey does a wonderful job of laying out the current position many either implicitly or explicitly take on social issues. It is a frighteningly dehumanizing worldview which separates the body from the person, making life, human rights and the US Constitution safe for no one. She also offers the only hope for turning away from this worldview to reunifying the body to the person: a Christian worldview based on love - love for God, love for self, and love for others.

Nov 02, Lorraine marked it as to-read. Well researched, Biblical view of the body in response to current hot topic moral issues. Nancy breaks down how a secular worldview is actually anti-body and the Bible values our bodies as well as our spirits. If you are looking for a book to help you address issues like abortion, homosexuality and transgenderism in a Biblical manor, this is a great resource.

Dec 09, Emily Carder rated it it was amazing. They can be a rollercoaster ride. A chink in the wall opened, but now a bit further. Just a bit more! Pearcey is an excellent cultural dissector. Love Thy Body tackles issues of abortion, euthanasia, the hook up, sexuality, transgenderism, homosexuality, marriage and parenthood. Pearcey does a thorough job explaining the philosophical underpinnings of the dualist worldview splitting personhood and body supporting abortion that eventually evolves into the cultural disavowal of both gender and body.

People are inundated with rhetoric that Bible is hateful, narrow and negative. While it is crucial to be clear about the biblical teaching of sin, the context must be an overall positive message: that Christianity alone gives the basis for a high view of the value and meaning of the body as a good gift from God. In our communication with people struggling with moral issues, we need to reach out with a life-giving, life-affirming message.

We should work to draw people in by the beauty of the biblical vision of life. This is the wall-breaker. Now what do I do? We speak of Christ, filling in what apologetics opens up. Available at CBD and Amazon Dec 25, Joshua Mingo rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy-reads. Really eye-opening, and very thoughtful. Apr 19, Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing.

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Over and over, I hear from those in the church that they often have no idea how to talk to others about the very complex issues of homosexuality, transgenderism, euthanasia, and a host of other difficult issues impacting our culture and our churches. Enter Nancy Pearcey's book, "Love Thy Body", a well-written, comprehensive resource that provides a framework to engage with these very issues.

The premise of the book is straight-forward, showing how our culture has accepted the lie of a divide bet Over and over, I hear from those in the church that they often have no idea how to talk to others about the very complex issues of homosexuality, transgenderism, euthanasia, and a host of other difficult issues impacting our culture and our churches. The premise of the book is straight-forward, showing how our culture has accepted the lie of a divide between "personhood" and our biological body, where our very body is no longer given value and our feelings instead reign supreme, even when they are at complete odds with our design.

Pearcey patiently tackles each issue in light of this belief, showing that Christianity actually holds a high and respectful view of the body, that biology and the Christian view go hand in hand, and that this informs a loving response to worldviews that differ from Biblical truth.

I greatly enjoyed the way she weaves together science and philosophy along with real stories from people who have wrestled with these issues and found grace along with courage to follow God's Word. Pearcey writes in a manner that is straightforward, without judgement, and seeking the best for people, and I am confident that those who take the time to work through each chapter are going to be truly blessed as they learn from her wisdom.

Quite honestly, "Love Thy Body" should be required reading for every Christian longing to connect with those around us, whether they are family members, friends, neighbours, or co-workers. Pearcey's book will empower us to engage in intelligent conversation seasoned with God's wisdom and his grace. I award this book my absolutely highest rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Nov 23, Ned rated it it was amazing. They seem to be the lost generation. For my part, I think it comes down to showing that Christianity is a relevant, vibrant, and intellectually robust worldview that directly bears on life in meaningful and practical ways.

This is done by engaging the mind, and showing that there are sound reasons for biblical admonitions. A person desiring to change his or her actions must start with the mind, for it is the root of habit. We hack at the branches symptoms while ignoring the root the mind and its underlying philosophy. Scripture tells us that one eager to escape the prison of worldly philosophy must begin by transforming himself through renewing the mind Rom Quoting C.

Pearcey demonstrates throughout her book how and why secular philosophies fail to fit reality, while the Christian worldview fits. To our great misfortune, many are so far gone that they explicitly disavow reality as binding or that we must rely on it as a guide. Many, but not all.

There remains a remnant who still care about objective reality and it is for them that his book is written. The secularist has often trumpeted, loudly and belligerently, his allegiance to science and reason, while accusing the Christian of superstition. But we see that this is a mere caricature. So, the secularist, in this instance, is guilty of the very thing of which he accuses others. Forgive me for using broad nomenclature here, I know that not all secularists are on board with the anti-science transgender movement.

There is much more substance within that I could go on about, but this review is lengthy enough as is. Buy it now! This review represents my unbiased opinion, nonetheless. Nov 30, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-believe-in. Nancy Pearcey recognizes the common question at the heart of our most controversial public ethics conversations: What is our body for? A whole host of timely topics can be traced back to the same philosophical assumption that our bodies are something we simply have instead of our bodies defining who we are.

I don't know of any other public thinker whose thesis better explains what is at stake when we separate the human being into two parts: the "upper story" which houses our emotional and though Nancy Pearcey recognizes the common question at the heart of our most controversial public ethics conversations: What is our body for? I don't know of any other public thinker whose thesis better explains what is at stake when we separate the human being into two parts: the "upper story" which houses our emotional and thought lives, and the "lower story" which contains our physical selves. She's used this thesis to make sense of contemporary art in Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning and to explain how recent history has created our contemporary assumptions about truth in Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity.

Pearcey explains the phenomena of personhood theory--the theory that we are not necessarily persons simply by virtue of being alive, but that we achieve personhood through subjective achievements which vary widely depending on who is determining personhood status. By making personhood a special status, people can justify infanticide abortion , suicide euthanasia , and can divorce physical sex from love or physical identity from felt identity.

When we limit the authority of the body, we increase the authority of our own choices. When we make personhood a status, we increase the power of those who get to determine who achieves that status. As Pearcey says, "When the concept of personhood is detached from biology, it becomes arbitrary, with no objective criteria. Eventually, the definition of a person will be enforced by whichever group has the most power" Because she refuses to shy away from even the most sensitive of political controversies, there were a few times when I cringed at Pearcey's politics because they seemed too narrow, but her celebration of the Christian worldview is anything but narrow.

I don't know of anyone else who explains our worldview as perceptively. In every one of her books Love Thy Body included , Pearcey shows how every other worldview reduces human beings to less than they are. To Pearcey, a human being is always more than the sum of his or her parts, more than just Descartes' "ghost in a machine" but a glorious whole. Our whole selves are designed by the creator, and every aspect of our mind, body, and soul reflects His purpose.

When we see human beings as glorious wholes, "the pressure is off to prove our worth or persuade people that our lives have value" But when we have inherent value, we have to stop excusing misuses of the body. Pearcey is asking the right questions. I agree that "our actions can imply ideas that we have not clearly thought through" and that, as a culture, we often make choices about what is best for individuals without thinking through the worldview that these ideas imply I hate to get political, but I love to get philosophical.

I hope people who agree with Pearcey will be encouraged by the logical, compassionate foundations of our worldview. I hope people who disagree with Pearcey will read this book and examine the implications of embracing personhood theory. I hope this is a book that spurs a thousand lively discussions. Dec 21, Lester rated it it was amazing. We live in a time where we encounter the death of man as consequence of the death of truth, which is the death of God.

Science is in decay since the quest for truth has ceased. Modern anthropology, for example, can not explain who and what man is due to the -separation- of the umbilical cord of his origin and author, God. As a result this entire generation is becoming a victim of the secular worldview that disintegrates and mutilates its identity and human dignity from the body. In this way, eve We live in a time where we encounter the death of man as consequence of the death of truth, which is the death of God. In this way, even modern psychology is a discipline in decline since man does not possess a self and becomes just a complex organism with cognitive abilities developed by physical and chemical reactions, although its matter, its body, has no intrinsic value in society.

In an era in which man has died, Nancy R. Pearcey not only writes about controversial issues of the postmodern worldview, but also brings dignity back to the human being, which has been impregnated from his origin and birth, as she revives and reorients disciplines such as anthropology and psychology to give the effective statements that the human being needs to find his integrity and worth. The audience for this book must be very limited. It is filled with half-backed facts and quotes taken out of context to support a bronze-aged world-view that has had unquestionably had a profound impact on our western society.

If you are a black and white thinker and not interested, or incapable, of expanding your mind beyond the faith of your fathers and perhaps more importantly the politics of your fathers this may be a book you will love. It contains anecdotes and defines confirmation bias. It's a sad attempt to reconcile a conservative Baptist worldview posing as a christian world view with the knowledge of what truly and simply "is.

Very disappointing. View 2 comments. She argues that our bodies inform our personhood and that the Christian worldview is ultimately the one that gives the most honor and assigns the most value to the human body. May 14, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-ethics , sexuality. Summary: Traces how a two story view of reality has led to a dualistic way of viewing human beings, splitting body and person, and traces the working out of this around our understanding of human life, sexuality, orientation, gender, and marriage.

Often Christianity has been accused of prudish attitudes with regard to the body and its functions in contrast with the wider culture's celebration of the body. What if the truth were just the opposite and Christians, in fact, had a truly high view of o Summary: Traces how a two story view of reality has led to a dualistic way of viewing human beings, splitting body and person, and traces the working out of this around our understanding of human life, sexuality, orientation, gender, and marriage.

What if the truth were just the opposite and Christians, in fact, had a truly high view of our embodied life, and the secular world in fact denigrated and reinforced a fallen alienation from our bodies? This is part of what Nancy R. The issue arises at the other end of life as well, where personhood, rather than embodied life define when life should be ended. Then in successive chapters Pearcey shows how this divided view of reality works out in our understanding of sexuality, orientation, and gender.

A hookup culture divorces physical pleasure from mental and emotional bonding often resulting in great pain when we cannot carry this off. Strangely, at the same time, sex becomes divorced from the body in its obviously procreative function. Likewise gender is a fluid product of social forces rather than the physical constitution of the body. Furthermore, marriage is reduced to a contract rather than a covenantal relationship where the union of our bodies expresses the union of our lives and the formation of new families.

In the course of her discussion, Pearcey chronicles leading thinkers from Freud to Foucault, and various educational and governmental policies that have supported the divorce of persons and bodies. At the same time, she writes as a professor who has counselled students and her own children as they wrestle with these realities. So she writes with both conviction and compassion. In her chapter on transgenderism, she writes of Brandon, who still considers himself a girl on the inside, and yet recognizes that surgery will not change who he is, and that much of the problem has to do with how gender is defined.

The breadth spanned by this book to underscore its central thesis means that there is much left to be worked out, and many particular situations that only are cursorily addressed. Yet the common origin of all these issues in a bifurcated view of truth is worth noting for understanding where the real difference lies.

Pearcey's argument for the unity of the human being and the value of the body will not satisfy those for whom the social construction of personhood, gender, and orientation are defining. What Pearcey does is articulate a theology of the body as good and that our biology must not be denied in our understanding of the person, but truly celebrated. She articulates compassion and conviction held in tension, something rare in today's discussions. She also suggests a vision of truth as a seamless garment and a life where what we do as embodied beings shapes the persons we are becoming.

In a climate where Christians often are accused of hatefulness, she poses a most challenging question in asking, "who really loves the body? The opinions I have expressed are my own. Jan 02, Donald McConnell rated it it was amazing. Do you long for a world with greater equality? Better treatment for women?

An end to sexism and discrimination in exchange for a truly inclusive and loving culture? Do you desire a culture that maximizes real sexual pleasure and happiness? Would you like to accept and honor your body instead of seeing it as something dirty? The dominant cultural perspective on the body and on sexuality has undergone radical change in recent history.

Psychologists and sociologists tell us that following our own choices of identity, lifestyle, and sexual expression will make us authentic, free, and happy. University speech codes seek to protect students from any other views on these potentially painful issues, and encourage choices outside traditional boundaries.

The new choice-based attitude toward our bodies promises much! Are you, in fact, happier? Are you without regrets for your sexuality and lifestyle choices? Have your decisions made you feel fulfilled and confident — comfortable, at last, in your own skin? Love Thy Body examines the philosophical basis and statistical results of social choices, with sound support from research and observation. Author Nancy Pearcey points out that Christian ethics is not really about imposing our views on others, but about a biology based, neutral application of equal rights to all.

It is the postmodernist position that says there are no rights; that politics is about power — a view that puts us all at risk. Seldom has anyone tackled so many thorny issues with so much courage, so successfully, in one volume. The book is well written, and a treasury of resources for the seeker, the professional ethicist, and everyone in between.

I strongly recommend that you buy and read this book and then buy copies for your friends, relatives and pastors. Jan 18, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the beginning, she shows that the secular, materialist worldview exalts the person and denigrates the body.

Watching Her Daughter Fight for Life

What this means, is that within this worldview, human autonomy is so exalted that the body is a slave to the fancies of the mind. As Pearcey writes, "To be biologically human is a human fact. But to be a person is an ethical concept, defined by what we value. There are seven chapters--an introductory chapter, and six chapters on the major issues including abortion, euthanasia, promiscuity, homosexuality, transgenderism, and marriage. Each chapter balances theology, worldview, and personal appeal. Christianity is the only thing standing in opposition to the dehumanizing philosophies and worldviews-in-action that seek to tear apart the fabric of society.

It is Christian ethics that oppose the arbitrary power over the life of the unborn, the denigration of sexual identity grounded in biology, the teleology of sex, and exalts the image of God in man.

Pearcey gives us a good and needed reminder that the battle over personhood and sexual ethics is not a battle that we need to win, but the solution is the good news of Jesus Christ. Christians offer healing and the truth. Yes, it is a battleground, but we fight this battle daily when we love our enemies, when we offer hope, healing, and a sympathetic ear. This battle will not be won with powerful rhetoric, but through love, forgiveness, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the casualties of the sexual revolution.

This is a much-needed book that I hope gets the readership it needs to help minister to the sexual brokenness so rampant tody. Jan 17, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: culture , society-politics , books-of , theology. This was quite thorough and very clear and helpful. The premise is that the current trends in pro-abortion, euthanasia, transgender and gay marriage all assume low views of the body. The inner self is primed over the realities of our physicality.

Mar 17, Jordan Shirkman rated it really liked it. Pearcey skillfully exposes the underlying assumptions of the secular worldview and counters it with the beautiful truth of the Christian perspective. A bit long and polemical at times, but certainly well researched and well argued throughout.

Apr 28, Sara Whear rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian , favorites , readchallenge , for-lindsey. This book is so good. Pearcey has one over-arching thesis in this book which is that all of the issues our society is currently wrestling with abortion, transgenderism, gay marriage, euthanasia can be attributed primarily to a postmodern worldview that divides people into bodies meaningless matter and feelings the true self.

She shows how this view ultimately devalues human life and the body, and shows that in contrast Christianity is truly life-affirming, body positive, and fulfilling.