My Take: The Introduction

I’m a writer.  And before I was a writer, I was a big reader.  And as a writer, I firmly believe that you need to be widely read, not only in the genre in which you write, but also in other areas, be it books for research or simply to widen your horizons.

And it recently came to me as I thought about all of the recommendations I get and the way that I discover new authors to read (new to me, that is), what a better way than to share recommendations than in my blog!  So is the birth of My Take.

Some things to keep in mind about My Take.

  • I’m no expert. I’m not a theologian, a PhD in anything, and not even an English major.  No, my major was physics.  What I’m trying to say is that I’m simply a good reader who wishes to pass on my take.
  • Everyone is different. One book may produce a thousand different reactions by the thousand people who read it.  This is because each person is unique, and novels and nonfiction may speak to each person in a unique way.  So just because I may like or trash a book doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good or bad.  It’s simply my take on the book.
  • I’m not trying to push ideology on anyone. Yes, I’m a Christian.  But that doesn’t mean that because I rave about a book about my faith that I’m trying to push my faith on anyone.  However, God uses any way He pleases to reach people, and if someone reacts strongly, defensibly, to something I say, take heed.  God may be working in your heart.  But remember first and foremost, this is my take.
  • I accept recommendations. If someone has a book suggestion, feel free to post in the comments.  I may or may not take you up on that read.  I’ve already got a backlog, but I’m happy to add to that backlog.  It just doesn’t mean that I’ll get to it any time in the near future.

So here’s my scoring system.

  • 5 bones out of 5:  Awesome book!  I loved it, and not only will I strongly recommend it, but I’ll probably read it again at some point in the future.
  • 4 bones out of 5.  It’s a really good book.  I’ll recommend it, but most likely, I’ll tuck it away on my shelf somewhere.
  • 3 bones out of 5. The book is okay.  There were some issues, but overall, a decent read.
  • 2 bones out of 5.  The book is not good and really not worth a recommendation.
  • 1 bone out of 5.  I didn’t even finish the book and would never recommend it to anyone

First up?  The Shack by William P. Young

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