Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

I completed the book Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I’m not a follower of Bill O'Reilly, but he appears to an entertaining author. Joint author Dugard seems to represent the historical research side. His authorship in recent years has contributed to millions in books sales. His focus has been on historical figures.

This book isn’t meant to be a biblical account, as in based on the Christian Bible. What is does is, use the Christian Bible as a base and wrap it with other historical accounts from the time period. Such as lifestyles and personalities of leaders, and key figures, information the Bible doesn’t record in detail. It also brings to the forefront the politics of the day within the Roman Empire and the state of Judea.

For the reader there’s more context around the Judaism of that time period and the workings of the second Jewish Temple, the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book functions as neither and both, a religious and historical book. It was a rare joining of perspectives.

The complaints I’ve read about the book are sometimes along the lines of “too much history about the Roman Empire.” If you want a 100% Jesus book, this isn’t for you. You will either like it or have no interest.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

I completed reading Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed. The book is written by Jason L. Riley, a journalist and a member of the wall street journal editorial board. In short, the book makes an effective case that government assistance often impedes more than it helps. A worthy read.