In an effort not to post anything about Phil Robertson or where Christmas really came from, I shall post about the last three books I've read.
Night by Elie Wiesel
This one was really sad. Eleazar Wiesel was just a boy when his family was crammed into a cattle car and shipped off to Auschwitz. Wiesel was a devout Jew, praying and studying for hours a day. Suddenly, in this Holocaust hellishness, he comes face to face with doubt. Doubt in the God he's always been praying to, doubt that he will be able to stay strong enough for his father, and doubt that he will ever make it out of this alive. He does, but not before watching his father die, along with his faith in God. This book, while beautifully written, really shows the awful hopelessness of someone who has not made Jesus his savior. When there is no solid foundation, the moment trouble comes, any "faith" cannot stand the test.
Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns by Glenn Beck
If I read anything even slightly political, I usually get my brain tied into a knot within the first chapter. That's how confusing it is, or how uninformed I am. :P Glenn Beck is my new best friend for actually writing stuff that is understandable to an average 20-yr-old violin player. This book is not one to read in one sitting. He divides it into two parts, with the first taking up the majority of the book. Basically he lists many accusations or controversies on the whole gun control issue and then counters them with stats, quotes, and of course, his own opinions. All his sources are listed in the back for further research. Obviously, we like to read or listen to people we know we agree with already, and while I already shared most of the author's thoughts on gun control, I now had significant stats to back them up. Very, very good book.
Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government by Glenn Beck
I tell ya, I like this guy. Something about his sarcasm and satire just kind of lures me in every time.... This book was even better than the previous one. The presentation is awesome. Glossy, colorful pages full of hilarious comics, "A.D.D. Moments," and caricatures of *ahem* the man in the White House all make this highly educational book a super fun read. Each subject is a different chapter - "The Constitution," "Unions" (that one was awesome!), "Owning a House," etc. He follows a style similar to the Control book, taking assumptions or arguments and following them with statistics, quotes, and history. Thick book, but totally awesome.