Jedidiah Palosaari

"Not My Real Name"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (45 of 61)
Location: Fes, Morocco
Birthday: Oct. 16
In My Own Words:
I'm a Quaker, grew up in a Jesus People Commune, and studied Marine Biology and Islamics. I'm old-fashioned. I believe that Amazon should be about books, and reviews and rankings should also, so most of what you'll find here is books, unless the ocassional movie or CD really catches me.

gender reconciliation, marine life, Holy Sister Poverty, pacifism, intentional community, Islamic Middle Eastern culture, Yemen, Suqutra, and Jesus


Top Reviewer Ranking: 362,196 - Total Helpful Votes: 45 of 61
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic &hellip by Geraldine Brooks
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an exquisitely written book. Brooks has great talent for pulling the reader into the mind of the people she tells about, and especially, I found as a man, pulling you into the minds and lives of women. I found myself empathizing with the women in ways that only real life can provide. It is amazing what Brooks has experienced, but it is far more amazing what the women she tells of have experienced.
Brooks writes honestly and directly about the good and bad of Islam, and how it influences women. She doesn't pull any punches, but also is not writing to denigrate, as she finds aspects of official and folk Islam that harm women, and aspects that help women. She speaks of the… Read more
What the Bible Really Says about Love, Marriage, a&hellip by John Temple Bristow
His first book, What Paul Really Said About Women, changed my life, so when I heard he had written another, I was eager to check it out. Although not as redemptive and indwelling as his first, it's still a 5-star read.
As the title suggests, here Bristow takes a broader look at gender dynamics, from the Old and New Testament. This includes investigating sex, treatment and male thoughts on women, different models of marriage and Biblical treatment of divorce, and Jesus' thoughts on family. Throughout the text Bristow seeks to reveal what the author was originally saying, and what the audience was originally hearing, to pursue eisogesis and avoid exegesis. He looks for what is… Read more
St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography by Omer Englebert
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
t is with great trepidation that I attempt this review. I dearly love St. Francis. My favorite movie is of his life, Brother Sun Sister Moon. Much of what my family and people group did and lived was based on his life. But I found this, supposedly the definitive biography of Francis, a rather unhelpful work.
Englebert does give a lot of details into Francis' life- and give a much more accurate picture of him than the movie. I came to understand more for the first time how all the events and random stories I had hear fit together. I found, again, Francis to be inspiring in his example, encouraging me into Holy Sister Poverty, and pursuing humility, and serving others. I… Read more