Book Review: GOD Life After Death by Tom A. Wilson #BookReview #GodLifeAfterDeath #Spiritual #IntelligentDesign

GOD Life After Death

by Tom A. Wilson

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My thoughts:

This book came across my Twitter feed and I was instantly intrigued. You can pick the ebook up for .99 cents right now on Amazon.

It’s a quick read about God and the afterlife that really packs a punch. The author argues against disbelief in God and gives the main reasons why we should reconsider if we aren’t believers. He keeps religion completely out of it.

I found parts of the book a little repetitive at times–mainly the repeating information regarding Intelligent Design. The interesting thing is, I’ve been walking around thinking about it ever since. My children are studying the boreal forest right now and we all marveled at the crossbill–a bird with a unique beak that helps it obtain seeds from coniferous trees (cones). What also grips me is how these crossbills are evolving and adapting to the world today. Although evolutionists have their own beliefs, I personally find it hard not to think about Intelligent Design when looking at nature.

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Red Crossbill (allaboutbirds.org)
Some of the information in this book was common knowledge but really provokes you to think deeply.

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Book Review: The Doubt Factor by Renée Paule #TheDoubtFactor #BookReview

The Doubt Factor

By Renée Paule

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My thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed all of Renée Paule’s books, but The Doubt Factor has become my favorite this far.

Having an analytical mind, I always tend to question and find myself in deep thought often. It’s probably true that anyone can benefit from deep thought in one way or another. I personally believe that it can better lives, but the challenge for me has always been acting on it. Perhaps this is what draws me back to Renee’s books: she always has a way of directing my mind toward profound thoughts because it’s easy to resonate with her, yet I still remain a seeker.

In The Doubt Factor, Renée Paule includes essays on habits, boredom, diet, escape, authority, and other subjects on human nature. It’s a fairly short book, but overflows with some thought-provoking ideas and, dare I say it, harsh realities that many of us probably won’t feel comfortable admitting to.

What are rights? If they belong to any one of us, then they belong to each and every one of us – no one human being has the right to cause the suffering of another. To cause the suffering of another human being is a terrible thing that reduces us to a state of barbarian, and we do cause the suffering of others – sometimes deliberately and sometimes inadvertently – to such a large extent that I often feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. To spend small fortunes on for example, going into outer space, when we haven’t ensured the right of every human being to have adequate food, water and shelter saddens me beyond the realms of grief. If we can’t live intelligently on our own planet, what atrocities are we destined to commit on others? We speak of ourselves as ‘advancing’ but when we look at this objectively, it couldn’t be further from the truth – technology is advancing, yes sure, but humanity is in rapid decline; what’s the good of the one without the other, and to whom?

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Music Monday: Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” From “Say Anything” #MusicMonday #SayAnything #Music #80s #PeterGabriel

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last time I shared:

Lauren Daigle “Rescue”

Today’s share:

Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”

Over the weekend we watched Say Anything, one of my favorite 80s movies featuring John Cusack, Ione Skye, and Lili Taylor.

In the movie, Lloyd stands outside Diane’s house holding a large boombox which plays this song. This comes just after their breakup.

“The rain on my car is a baptism, the new me, Ice Man, Power Lloyd, my assault on the world begins now” –Lloyd Dobler

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Book Review: Free Your Mind by Darryl D. Diptee #Anxiety #Depression #Selfhelp #Book Review #FreeYourMind

Free Your Mind

By Darryl Diptee

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My thoughts:

I’ve read a ton of self-help books on anxiety and controlling emotions. This one tops the list. Not only does the author explain how to get yourself out of negative mental states, but he also explains how we get ourselves there in the first place, and how to recognize the patterns. I’ve been suffering on and off with anxiety and depression for nearly 14 years. I never realized the power of one tiny thought and how it can cause so much pain.

ALL thoughts should uplift you and the current situation in a positive, supportive way, and if they don’t, then immediately reject them as toxic, poisonous, garbage! Why? Because in a life that can end in any given moment, why would you ever deliberately allow unhappy or painful thoughts to take root in your mind and manifest in your body for even a second?

Some of the book contains common advice that I find (for myself) a need for reiteration, so none of it felt repetitive to me, but others might find these parts redundant. Having a chronic illness seems to almost redirect my brain toward anxiety with each new ailment; then the need to distract my brain arises. It’s interesting how the author explains the brain and how it works in a survival pattern to remove us from pain, and how these thoughts are truly unintentional. I found these sections most helpful for myself.

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