God is real. He created the world and all life upon it in the span of six 24-hour days. Israel was promised by God to the...

The Voice of Creation

Mitchell argues for biblical literalism in this debut work examining Christianity.

God is real. He created the world and all life upon it in the span of six 24-hour days. Israel was promised by God to the descendants of Abraham and remains the capital nation of Earth. The universe was not brought into being via an accident (the Big Bang) but is rather the result of an intelligent creator whose hand can be seen in the perfect and orderly systems that govern the structure and behavior of all things. These and other realities, claims Mitchell, are true and conveniently knowable, contained within the Bible for readers’ own edification. Over the course of this book, Mitchell attempts to prove to the unbeliever how the contents of the Bible represent literal, historical, and verifiable truths and how scientists who disagree are simply spreading misinformation. The author includes a section on what she considers the mechanisms of Satan, including the works of public atheists like Richard Dawkins and the fact that people in the modern world spend too much time at work, leaving their children unattended to watch TV and listen to CDs that subject them to “unwholesome shows, news, and stories that overstimulate their curious minds.” She also includes a section on early scientists and philosophers who demonstrated some faith in God. Mitchell’s goal (and her degree of flexibility) is summed up in the introduction: “It is my fervent prayer that this book will touch those who do not believe in God….For others who are crippled by overwhelming confusion because of modern teachings by so-called intellectuals, I pray that their minds may find clarity about who God is.” The author decries modern science and biblical skepticism even as she seeks to disprove them with little more than quotes from Scripture (for example: “Through him all things were made. Without him nothing was made that has been made”; John 1:3). She uses these quotes extensively, as though no one had tried that technique before. Her arguments are messy and difficult to follow, building in one direction only to veer off into another and even stumbling into confusing contradictions. She is unlikely to convert anyone to her way of thinking with this unpolished book. Other proponents of biblical literalism will likely be disappointed in the way Mitchell represents their contentions.

Pub Date: Feb. 16, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5127-2457-8

Page Count: 214

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: March 6, 2017

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS

AND OTHER ESSAYS

This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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