Book Reviews – August Edition

I read through 4 books in August and considering how busy I’ve been, I think that’s an accomplishment!

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Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe
by Louie Giglio

Rating: 5 stars

This book is a great book for a quiet time. Each chapter dives into some aspect of the universe and how amazing our God is. The book has pictures of space and they are absolutely stunning. This book is titled correctly: between the scientific discoveries and the images science has taken, this universe is truly indescribable. This could be a quick read, but it really should be taken in slowly. There is a DVD as well, and I’m considering getting it!

What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars
by Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan

Rating: 3 stars

This book is about Jim Paul, a trader who failed miserably. He had much success, but held on to long. It’s a great look into the human condition and why we struggle to make good decisions. This book begins with his story and then towards the end tries to bring it together in to some specific lessons. Okay read, but too indepth to his problems and not enough on our human struggles. I think the book is right that our struggles come from errors in analysis and errors in application. That’s it. The analysis means we thought wrong. The application means we didn’t act on what we knew. We become jaded by our human nature. If the book would have worked in Jim’s story, great. But I felt the format left a little lacking.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
by Gary Taubes

Rating: 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I came across this author after watching a Netflix documentary and was intrigued. Taubes has another book that had a lot of success and I’d considered reading before. Luckily for me, this book works like a condensed version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. Why We Get Fat jumps into the world of health research and it really is an eye opening tail. Taubes starts in the 1800s and discusses how different elements in society effected how we viewed our diets. I won’t go through the details but it comes to this: the narrative we’re fed is wrong, and really needs to be more closely examined. Taubes is big into essentially a no-carb diet, but I like his approach. We cannot live our lives counting calories, but if we eat the right foods, our body does the work for us. We were built to control ourselves, and the massive increase in obesity can only be from what we eat. Since the current narrative isn’t working, it must be wrong. He proves it out, pretty much scientifically, and it’s a facinating read.

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
by James L. Swanson

Rating: 5 stars

I haven’t finished this book yet, but holy cow… it is good. This book is an indepth look at the chase for John Wilkes Booth. It gives great information on the characters involved and reads more like a novel. It’ll keep you hooked and you won’t want to put the book down. It goes into motivations and really paints the picture of the time. I’m obsessed with Lincoln, but I think this will be entertaining even if you aren’t.

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