The New New World

Attack Mars!Title: “The Martian”

Author: Andy Weir

Rank: 1

Blurb: “After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”

Review: “I don’t really read that much, but after reading The Martian I’m beginning to think that maybe I should pick up reading as a hobby.”

Customers Also Bought: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Footnote: Yes, yes, explorers, adventure, the New Frontier. Speaking of which, the European (and European-descended) track record with various forms of colonization ain’t exactly encouraging.

The Martian [Amazon]

Prince of Peacemaker

Neither shall they learn war metaphors any more.Title: “The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies”

Authors: Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

Rank: 76

Blurb: “Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort.”

Review: “Written in the format of a true battle plan, the book is divided into seven sections. Enlistment, Basic Training, Conditioning, Strategies, Targets, Ammunition and Reinforcements.”

Customers Also Bought: “Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfare”

Footnote: We want to read that awesome Bible where Jesus hung out with mercenaries instead of fishermen.

The Battle Plan for Prayer [Amazon]

5280 Feet Nearer My God to Thee

But does she have a dog? Everybody in Denver has a dog. It’s like some residency requirement.Title: “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People”

Author: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Rank: 11

Blurb: “Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people — a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.”

About the Author: “Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.”

Review: “I personally think the tattooed, foul-mouthed, Harley-riding pastor fad is tiresome.”

Customers Also Bought: “Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church”

Footnote: Even the Christians are cool in Colorado.

Accidental Saints [Amazon]

Understanding Today’s Complex World of the Future is a Little Like Having Bees Live in Your Head

But, there they are.Title: “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload”

Author: Daniel J. Levitin

Rank: 87

Blurb: “Levitin turns his attention to an issue that affects everyone in the digital age: organization. It’s the reason that some people are more adept than others at managing today’s hyper flow of data. The Organized Mind explains the science behind their success and — with chapters targeted specifically to business readers — shows how all of us can make small but crucial changes to regain mastery over our lives.”

Review: “At times Levitin may appear longwinded in his narrative.”

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Footnote: One effective solution is to wait for half the Republican candidates to drop out before paying attention.

The Organized Mind [Amazon]

Failure is My Business

Why aren’t you at The Hague?Title: “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America”

Authors: Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney

Rank: 55

Blurb: “The Cheneys reveal the damage done by President Obama’s policies and demonstrate how his unwillingness to defend and protect American power has weakened the nation and diminished the ability of future presidents to defend us.”

Review: “It also explains how U.S. strength promotes peace, and what U.S. leadership has accomplished, from World War 2 through the Age of Terror.”

Customers Also Bought: “Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey” by Carly Fiorina

Footnote: Seventy years of U.S. leadership in the Middle East speaks for itself.

Exceptional [Amazon]

Ars Longueur

Fired Island.Title: “Trump: The Art of the Deal”

Authors: Donald J. Trump and Tony Schwartz

Rank: 88

Blurb: “Even a maverick plays by rules”

Review: “Hope he wins the Presidency. Voting for him. Was wavering toward others but they have a lot of serious crimes against humanity, the business world in their past. A couple politicians committed murder. I won’t mention who. Anyone can do a search-investigation. Its covered up due to the money they pay, people they silence.”

Customers Also Bought: “Commercial Real Estate Investing For Dummies”

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They Learned It From You

Everybody must get stoned.Title: “It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate”

Author: Glenn Beck

Rank: 3

Blurb: “Drawing on quotes from the Koran and the hadith, as well as from leaders of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood, Glenn Beck seeks to expose the true origins of Islamic extremism as well as the deadly theological motivations behind these agencies of destruction.”

Review: “Do you think that Islam is a religion of Peace? Examine the teachings.”

Customers Also Bought: “Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America” by Dana Loesch

Footnote: “And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.” (Leviticus 24:16)

It IS About Islam [Amazon]