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One: On Native Son by Richard Wright

This was a terrific book that does an excellent job of artfully illustrating the ways that all humans are connected. One common criticism of this book is that it tackles racism by using, as its case study, a murderer and rapist. However, that is an unfair criticism of the book. There are plenty of books… Continue reading One: On Native Son by Richard Wright

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Thine own understanding: A review of Educated by Tara Westover

"I believe finally, that education must be conceive as a continuing reconstruction of experience; that the process and the goal of education are one and the same thing."                                                      … Continue reading Thine own understanding: A review of Educated by Tara Westover

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On Sapiens by Yuval Harari

This was a terrific book; like Guns, Germs, and Steel, it’s a book every human should read. That said, I found his perspective on human history to be quite disorienting. The most troubling part was the realization that a lot of what we build our lives upon and take for granted as objectively true is… Continue reading On Sapiens by Yuval Harari

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Fowler’s Stages of Faith

  "But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"                                                                                  … Continue reading Fowler’s Stages of Faith

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When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

For most of my life, I had believed that male supremacy was always the order of things, from the very beginning of time, and that everything we women would ever have would be because all the men got together and said "Okay. We agree that you can have birth control and that 70-cents-on-the-dollar job." (Or… Continue reading When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

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Mormon Feminism: A Review

I was pleasantly surprised to discover this collection of essays, poems, and scholarly articles written by Mormon feminists over the last 40+ years. (Mormon feminists, you might ask? Isn't that an oxymoron? No. We are actually OxyMormons.) Having grown up in a culture that taught me that women don't have anything of value to say,… Continue reading Mormon Feminism: A Review

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Thoughts on “The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life”

The book presents core Mormon beliefs: a profoundly loving Father in Heaven, a vision of the Fall as an opportunity to become more like God, rejection of original sin, and a view of mortality as one part of God’s larger plan for us to become like Him. These straightforward tenets of Mormonism are no surprise… Continue reading Thoughts on “The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life”