Thursday, October 12, 2006

Book Learning

I'm the kind of guy who reads numerous books at a time. For example, right now I'm reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam by Robert Spencer, America: The Last Best Hope by William J. Bennett, The Fast Food Diet by Stephen Sinatra, M.D and James Punkre, Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity by Barry Robert Bickmore, and last but not least, The Constitution in Exile by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano.

Wow, the blogger interface wouldn't let me shut off the underlining for that last one. Let me just make a few comments on the above books, or some of them at least. Judge Napolitano's book is a great treatise on the historical abandonment of the Constitutional principles espoused by the Founders. I find it appalling that America as a nation has drifted that far from the original intent of those who drafted the Constitution.
On the other hand, his bitterness toward Abraham Lincoln is a bit much. Bennett's book takes a much more even-handed approach to Lincoln. I think it’s more fair. The book is well-written, researched, and highly readable.
Robert Spencer’s book evaluates the disparities between what the “religion of peace” claims, and what their actual texts say. Interesting to say the least.
The Bickmore book examines the claim by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that Christ’s original church was removed from the earth through apostasy, shortly after the apostle’s deaths. I’m only partially through this one, as with the others, but already Bickmore’s claims have a lot of credence.
The Fast Food Diet is a book for those who must eat on the road, and how to eat more healthily.

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