Jonathan Davies

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (55 of 70)
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 141,601 - Total Helpful Votes: 55 of 70
Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leav&hellip by Drew Dyck
Reading this book, from beginning to end, has been very useful and helpful to me. Although I am quite alarmed about the ex-Christian trend being as common as it is these days, I am glad that, thanks to this book, I now have a better idea (and understanding) of where today's ex-Christians are coming from. This book has also helped me to get a better idea of what is the appropriate way to interact with ex-Christians, if and when they cross my path, and has given me much needed advice on what I should say and do when interacting with them.

I owe Drew Dyck much praise for writing this book, and for sharing his experiences with interacting with ex-Christians, and the advice he gives… Read more
Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for &hellip by Ellen Dunham-Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging, Sept. 21 2009
I found this book encouraging. The book's author makes a good point by talking about the need to retrofit existing suburbs, as opposed to just making new suburbs less car dependent and more pedestrian-friendly and/or making revitalizing downtown cores. In my opinion, we need to do all of the above: i.e. make all new suburbs pedestrian-friendly and not car-dependent; revitalize downtown cores; and, last but not least, make existing suburbs more pedestrian-friendly and less car-dependent.

While I think that most of what is said in this book makes perfect sense, there is just one thing that I have to question, however. The book's author predicts that in 2050, about 85 percent of… Read more
The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded Am&hellip by Bill Bishop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Nov. 8 2008
It is very interesting to learn from this book how each demographic group in the U.S. has become more and more concentrated in selected suburbs and selected cities, and the reasons for this happening.

Ironically, in the same 30-year period that most cities and suburbs in the U.S. have become more and more homogenious (1970-2000), in Canada, a large suburb in the eastern part of Ottawa, which is called Orleans, has gone from being predominantly French-speaking to about half French and half English. In other words, Orleans has become more hetrogenious (at least as far as ethnic groups and linguistic groups are concerned) during the same time period that most U.S. suburbs have moved… Read more