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I am a minister of Peace and Love, and here to expand my understanding of those topics.

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Vincent Curcio: Henry Ford (2013) 4 stars

Review of 'Henry Ford' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Title: A complicated asshole. If only he’d stayed on the farm…
I started this book after reading about Ford’s anti-union enforcement in Loomis’ History of America in Ten Strikes. I learned a lot about pieces of Ford’s life outside of automobile production, like his hatred of banks, excess and waste. I also found out about the myriad people whose work Ford claimed credit for. It was completely unsurprising that he was a good friend of Edison, whose primary claim to fame is standing on the right people to loom large.
His primary focus throughout his life was reducing waste, and things he deemed wasteful. This led to him saying in his later years, “A great business is really too big to be human.” I think what he meant was “humane”, as his treatment of people on his assembly line looked very much like Amazon’s does now. Turning people into mere …

Elliot Page: Pageboy (2023, Flatiron Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Pageboy' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Highly recommended! Each chapter is a story, but the book jumps around in time. It's not a linear story because it reads like somebody telling their story; some chapters could have started with "That reminds me of the time...". While I'm non-trans myself, I remembered some similar situations in my life when I was told to shut down my authentic self so other people wouldn't be uncomfortable, so those moments in his life really connected with me.

Some of it was tough to read, and I had to take a few breaks after particularly emotionally charged chapters, but because I knew he finds himself in the end, I kept coming back. It definitely highlighted for me how fast the world is (and isn't) advancing toward inclusion and acceptance. It's emotional, and sometimes heartbreaking; but in the end, Pageboy is a triumphant story of a boy who slowly learned to love …

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me 5 stars

Review of 'Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

As a white man, and a father, this was an incredibly important book for me to read. My kids appear and are treated as white, so I don't have to deal with the same kind of fear for them that Coates does. I look at the world a little differently because of reading this. Learning to notice the barriers between the "American Dream" and reality is incredibly important. Each story I hear from those that have always seen that barrier helps make me a better ally, and a better person.

Nick Vujicic: Be the hands and feet : living out God's love for all his children 3 stars

Review of "Be the hands and feet : living out God's love for all his children" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This book has some interesting perspectives, but a lot of the stories include the same lack of curiosity that I see among many Christians.

In some ways, Nick's relentless encouragement shows through in his stories; but where he doesn't see simple answers to his questions, he seems to believe that answers are impossible (or forbidden) to find.

The God of my understanding isn't afraid of my questions, and I'm grateful for that.

Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh (The Wisdom of Pooh) (Paperback, 2003, Egmont Books Ltd) 4 stars

The Tao of Pooh is a book written by Benjamin Hoff. The book is intended …

Review of 'The Tao of Pooh (The Wisdom of Pooh)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The Tao of Pooh is one of the most interesting concepts for a book that I've ever read. The author writes in first person, but includes Winnie the Pooh as a character with whom he's having a conversation about what works and what doesn't.

Winnie the Pooh has always been a great collection of characters, with Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl and Pooh all having drastically different outlooks on life, and managing to maintain friendships all the same. I think what this book highlighted for me was how useful it is to be able to see multiple perspectives on life while acknowledging that they all have strengths and weaknesses. Pooh is, in this book, the one who has the "right" perspective, but it's clear that he can't figure out everything on his own. The familiar characters are a very useful tool for looking at life with a bit of detachment, …