If you were seeking comfort, would you want the person offering it to accept you for who you were, or to offer a list of all the ways you need to change? When others come to you for support do you harp on all the reasons our world is screwed up or just offer to listen? At any given moment would you rather be encouraged or discouraged by the person you’re with? What if a better, more loving world is no farther away than individual acts of kindness? We like how Mother Teresa put it in this quote. Continue reading
Ever felt like you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time? Was that a consequence of luck, fate, or something more significant? Ever felt wronged, snubbed, or pushed around? Did it leave you feeling like the world was out of control? Ever felt so hurt by someone it left you thinking the damage couldn’t be undone? Is that really the way the universe works? In truth, aren’t we ultimately the sum of all our decisions? And if so, then does any decision ever need to be complete in itself or forever unchangeable? When you blame others for your circumstances you give away your power and allow others to hold you hostage to it. When you truly come to understand the power in making decisions, you see no one else has more ability to change anything and everything about your life than you do. We like the way Steven Covey put it in this quote. Continue reading
What exactly do we mean by the word reality? How do we know what’s real and what isn’t? How do we determine what’s true or false? How do we know if we’re paying attention to the right things? How do our senses play into the equation? In the book Woe Man, author Bob Anderson writes on the topic of reality. We like the way he summed it here. Continue reading
Today our very own Bill West starts a new column to review books here on Javabird.com. Here’s his first entry.
I’m giving Woe Man 5 Stars and heartily recommend it.
Woe Man is a blockbuster first novel by author Bob Anderson. It’s a science fiction techno-thriller that at first glance appears to be about a woman’s epic struggle over her past and how it shapes her view on God and life. However, as we sink deeper into the plot we soon discover there is a whole lot more going on—that the story isn’t so much about overcoming the past as it is about the incredible promise and risk of technology.
Woe Man is a fascinating read from beginning to end. The story thread kept my interest throughout and was undeniably entertaining. Some of the technical ideas and innovation bordered on amazing, yet almost all seemed feasible. The author also presented a variety of original and challenging ideas about human sexuality and identity that added tremendous depth to the plot line. Continue reading