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Uncle Sam’s Plantation by Star Parker



Star Parker, a miracle through the welfare system tells her story of change from poverty and liberal ideology. The author also details how she believes how many America’s poor are destined to stay poor because the government chooses to keep them in this situation.

This book surprised me with the author’s harsh criticism. She is definitely not gentle. But some surprises were good. The information covered in the book both statistics and stories is very educational and bolsters the author’s points. The author does not stray from the ideology of the books endorsers on both the front and back covers (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Larry Kudlow, and Dr. Laura Schlessinger). I recommend this book to anyone willing to indulge the Star Parker’s sharp tongue because there is a lot to be learned from her in depth analysis of America’s poor and the government that keeps them poor. If you can’t bear to listen to the endorsers listed above, you will not be able to finish this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Your Money God’s Way by Amie Streater


Your Money God's Way

Amie Streater, a journalist turn financial counselor, shares her journey to financial peace and lessons learned from individuals while serving as associate pastor. The recommendation from Dave Ramsey, a financial guru, emblazoned across the cover and the goal to reveal “7 myths that keep Christians broke” drew me in immediately. Unfortunately, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
Streater quickly replaces the word, myth, for “counterfeit convictions” (and I believe she covers more than 7 – consider it a bonus) as she talks the reader through her experiences with several “broke Christians”. She also occasionally adds in Bible verses to emphasize her point. Overall, the book is very disjointed, switching from 1st person to 2nd and 3rd person perspective and never really creating a theme for each chapter thereby making it difficult to follow at times. The saving grace in the book was the review questions at the end of each chapter giving the reader something to mentally process and grapple with.
My biggest disappointment with the book is that it is directed to a very small group of people, Christians in America who have fallen for the “prosperity gospel”. She is wisely harsh on these folks. If this isn’t you (and it wasn’t me), you’ll find better Christian finance books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Pascal

“For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed. ”

Blaise Pascal, Pensées #72


NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket

Because some (not really anyone) are eager to know my thoughts on March Madness, here’s my bracket:

Chad’s Bracket