Doctor Strange

You need your head examined.Title: “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties”

Authors: Ben Carson and Candy Carson

Rank: 9

Blurb: “I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the U.S. Constitution. And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery.”

Review: “America needs his wisdom and evidence-based problem-solving skills.”

Customers Also Bought: “Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of Days” by David Jeremiah

Footnote: Where’s the evidence that suggests rushing a gunman who bursts into your classroom is possible, or even conceivable in the moment?

A More Perfect Union [Amazon]

The House that the NRA Built

In pondering the significance of the Umpqua Community college tragedy, one of a seemingly unbroken string of mass killings to shake the nation since the shocking Columbine massacre 16 years ago, the first and perhaps most distasteful truth we have to acknowledge is that this shooting will not change anything. I’m sorry to be so blunt. I’m sorry if this sounds defeatist. But any honest assessment of the politics and the culture of firearms in America must come to the simple and inescapable conclusion that thanks to our nation’s out-sized love of firearms, at this very moment somewhere in the Midwest a mother is preparing dinner for a daughter who won’t live to see her 21st birthday, somewhere down South a father and son are restoring an old car that will be completed by just one of them under a somber cloud of loss, somewhere in New England a young couple are planning for a future life together in a world that has a place set aside for only one of them, and this is a scene that is being replayed hundreds, if not thousands of times this very moment all across our country.

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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]

John Boehner (2011-2015)


Boehner says he is leaving “for the good of the institution.”

How is letting the mental patients take over “good” for the “institution?”

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.”

Customers Also Bought: “Lewis N. Clark Travel Laundry Soap 10 pack”

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

The Organized Mind [Amazon]