Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee

 Many call the United States a Christian nation, while others argue against this premise.  Dr. Lee brings the history of the founding of the United States to light as he explains just what roll Christians had in the settlement of our country.   We have watched our country slip further and further into debt, immorality has become the norm, and the loss of individual liberty grows daily.  Average citizens are now rising up and taking action.   Not a revolution of guns and war, but with responsible political action. 

The Coming Revolution is more than just a history lesson.  It is a call to action with specific positive approaches we can take to put our country back on the right path.  The author doesn’t believe that it is too late to stop the downslide of America.  History is not my usual genre, but the author explained just enough to hold my interest and explain his points.  I liked that he talks about specific steps we can take to make a difference in a positive way and without violence. Even if we can’t do everything he lists, there are some things that we can all do.

Dr. Lee is a pastor and Christian speaker.  His book represents the Christian perspective of how much it should mean to us to be an American and to possess not just the American spirit, but a personal spirit of independence.  His outlook is one of optimism and not doom and gloom. The book contains pages of footnotes and is indexed for quick reference. 

Note:  I received an advanced reader copy of The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg by Doug Bremner

Accutane was a drug that was prescribed for the treatment of severe acne.  There were, however, a significant number of teens that committed suicide while on the drug, including the son of Senator Bart Stupak.  The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg looks at the attitude of drug company, Hoffman-La Roche, and their cover-up of the side effects of Accutane.  The author, Doug Bremner, was asked to research the possible link between Accutane and suicides and was also involved in presenting his findings to the courts.  This was an interesting and frightening look at the length that drug companies will go to prevent the loss of dollars in spite of the loss of lives.

The book also looks at the author’s family history and genealogy.  As a genealogist, I found it interesting to read about his search for family members, but I had trouble keeping his extended family straight.  I have trouble keeping my own in order, so trying to remember who is who for another family was impossible. Still, it had good tips and links for others researching their family members.  The author also included information about his personal family tragedies and emotional issues.   

It was difficult at times to take seriously a book about the science of drugs and the tragedy of teen suicide when the author is also talking about “Indigo children” and other new-age non-scientific subjects. 

I think that the book traveled too much from its original purpose. It had an important message about the drug companies, but that aspect of the story did not give me a satisfying resolution.  I wanted to know more about the drug, its continued availability, and the legal ramifications surrounding Hoffman-La Roche. That said, I did find the book interesting, and I think it has an important warning we should all heed when we take what we assume is a safe prescribed drug.
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