An open-hearted call for a greater emphasis on love in Christianity.

THE LAW OF LOVE

A debut spiritual work addresses the shortage of love in the world—and in the Christian community in particular.

There can never be too much love. In fact, Adderley argues that there isn’t nearly enough. Despite the centrality of the subject in the teachings of Jesus, the modern Christian church has failed to foster love between people or to remind them of the affection God has for humanity. “Whatever you and I are facing, no matter the challenge, let us check into the love rehab center of hope, and change will occur,” writes Adderley in his introduction. “The greatest gift God has ever bestowed upon mankind is his love. You and I cannot walk in love unless we first experience love.” In a series of short chapters, the author examines the negative effects that result from a lack of love in one’s life. He explains the differences between the perfect love that God has for people and the imperfect one that humans have for one another. Each chapter includes several relevant quotes from Scripture, which shed light on the way that Jesus intends for love to illuminate the lives of his followers. By showing that openness to God’s affection can improve individuals, their relationships, and their communities, Adderley provides a path forward for the church in a time when the world could urgently use more love. The author’s prose is conversational and full of personality, giving readers the sense of meeting with a pastor one-on-one: “The Bible says Jesus lived such a life by giving himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice that has become a sweet-smelling aroma in God’s presence. Do not be offended by my next statement, but how do you smell in God’s presence?” Adderley’s arguments are based closely on biblical text yet they manage to feel progressive and accepting. He warns against the conservative trappings of “traditional” values, arguing that love should not be qualified or hypocritical but should be extended to all regardless of their situations in life. For Christian readers, this short work is an effective reminder of how foundational love is to their faith.

An open-hearted call for a greater emphasis on love in Christianity.

Pub Date: Feb. 20, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973614-55-5

Page Count: 110

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Dec. 4, 2018

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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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