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Clowns for Jesus

Clowning for Christ cover

Clowning for Christ (Revised)
Christensen
1986

Without a doubt, this is my worst nightmare in book form. I gotta say I am not a big fan of the clown as a Christian emissary. Maybe I am going out on a limb, but is this REALLY an effective ministry tool?  If it is, can someone show me some data?

In this particular book, there are a few pages on how NOT to frighten children. The mere fact this is a possibility should be reason enough to re-think packing Jesus’ message in clown form. Maybe the clowns can be an illustration of what Hell is all about. If that is the point, I promise to never skip mass again.

So help me God!

Mary

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Bad Mommy

mommy where are you coverMommy, Where are You?
What could be more important than investing in the lives of your children
Mills
1992

Working moms, this book is for you. Did you know you are doing your children a disservice by being selfish and working outside the home? They will probably become criminals all because you put your selfish need to work above your kids. Lucky for you, this author is here to straighten you out.

I just want to laugh/snap at the author for thinking that all women have a choice in working. The author suggests that women with income challenges should take in sewing or sell baked goods. Of course this begs the question, if they are working at home, are they still giving their children the most of their time? Equally infuriating is implying that fathers just can’t do parenting as well as a mother.

Still irritated that we haven’t progressed as a society,

Another bad mommy (retired),

Mary

Personal Note : 20 plus years ago, I was told by a school official that my kid was a troublemaker because of my high powered library job. (I was a part-time library clerk and working on my MLIS at the time.) I tried to point out that he is a troublemaker because he is 12 and a smart ass, not because I have a job.  So, to that particular individual that concluded that I was going to ruin my kid with my job priorities, I would like to tell you that my kid ended up a contributing member of society, gainfully employed, and NOT sponging off his parents. He is still a smart ass, though.

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Rush Limbaugh, the prophet

Rush Limbaugh and the Bible coverRush Limbaugh and the Bible
Evearitt
1993

Submitter: An entire book that is a treatise on proving that Rush Limbaugh is a “prophet of political conservatism in America.” (page 15) Yet, there is this pesky quote of Rush’s, “The show is devoted exclusively to what I think. I do not attempt to find out what the people of the country are thinking.” This book is filled with with gems that bring people together such as The White Man’s Burden, homosexuals portraying themselves as victims and women not being fit to serve in the military.

The coup de grâce is this quote “So multiculturalism, which portrays American history and even all of Western civilization as nothing but misery and racist, sexist, capitalist oppression, is the tool of revenge of man who have failed to assimilate and fit into the mainstream American Life.”

Holly: Before everyone piles on, and I’m sure Submitter would agree, this book was probably not the worst choice for a public library serving a politically conservative, Christian community in the early 1990s. In fact, any public library building a truly viewpoint-balanced collection in the 90s, no matter what demographics they served, might have had this. That said, Submitter’s examples are definitely eyebrow-raising for many (myself included, although that is honestly beside the point). I’d weed it because it is old and no longer circulating, not because I disagree with its contents.

 

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