Book Review: Days Like These, Kristian & Rachel Anderson

An honest account of a middle-aged man’s struggle and gradual ebbing losses in life, based on an online journal he maintained;  he was struck with cancer in the colon and the liver in middle of a happy life; the book is a result of Kristian’s wife’s work at stringing together blogposts from his website.

Kristian Anderson quotes the bible pretty often and loves music.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
LEONARD COHEN, “ANTHEM”
He started out as a workaholic trying to come to terms with the truth of his diagnosis. He would come home to run into his children’s toys and cherish them. His faith proved to be his footing that spurred him on to stand and keep standing if not run, keep standing and fight.
The wife remains a colossal support and reads up on chemotherapy while her husband undergoes the drudgery of the drug injection everyday. He finds strength in family and hopes of a divine end to a draining, violent struggle. As he writes at one point,
days
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil,
for you are with me.
PSALM 23:4 CE
I now know what it means to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. But the thing about a shadow is that it is vaporized by light.
First John 1:5 reads:This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
He falls apart, gathers himself and walks on: Continue reading

Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hitman, John Perkins

The Britishers were stealthily trumped in their own centuries-old game of possession and submission that played out on multiple scales and uprooted all semblance of –.

 
They were trumped by the United States of America. Not really long ago, just these 40 odd years, maybe more. Imperialism donned a modern garb and set about pillaging the world country by country, strategy by strategy. They relied on special men and women who initiated and carried out this deception – economic hitmen.
 
In a work that is astounding and yet is not, John Perkins attempts to come clean and confess his role in the fall of human civilization, and divulge the secrets of a certain corporatocracy. 
 
How, I asked myself, did a nice kid from rural New Hampshire ever get into such a dirty business? Continue reading

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