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E. Reltso has a PhD and performs boring research for a living. He has five children, three of whom are teenagers.
on Dec. 23, 2012 :
From looking at this book's cover, and reading the opening paragraph to its prelude, I couldn't help but chuckle at this book. It was clear early on in my reading of this book that Mr. Reltso chose a very tongue-in-cheek method of getting his message across that can be disarming, and generally works well.
As mentioned in the book description, The Anti Stupidity Book discusses six different forms of stupidity, including thinking there are no moral values, denying the existence of God, and establishing pride, vanity, and ego as watchwords to live by. All of these are presented as an ongoing dialog between the author and an imaginary reader that rarely agrees with him. It is pretty humorous how the different topics are presented, but sometimes I thought the author came off as rude and presumptuous to his imaginary reader. This occurs in Mr. Reltso's discussion on addictions as one example.
Despite these few moments, the author is generally successful in presenting his arguments well. Although he does mention the Bible, and references some verses from it, it takes a back seat for the majority of the book. Mr. Reltso mainly uses a logical series of questions and examples to make his points, rather than scripture. This can be helpful if someone is just looking into the Christian faith, but it can also be problematic. He uses he uses very little scripture to back up some of his points that would warrant more. His definition of damnation is one such example.
Of course, in the dialogs, the author regularly convinces his imaginary reader of his major points. I wasn't necessarily convinced by everything I read, but I think Mr. Reltso did a good job of making it so the reader would have reason to consider that which is presented. I think his chapters on pride and valuing things over people were among the best in the book. The connection between forgiveness and pride is one of the best parts of the book as well.
The book has a few shortcoming, but it is still entertaining and makes some good points.
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on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Great title. Great book!
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