Sam Simpson IV

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (20 of 21)
Location: Greensboro, NC United States
Birthday: March 17


Top Reviewer Ranking: 396,380 - Total Helpful Votes: 20 of 21
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel by Dan Brown
First the good news. Brown should recieve an award for "strategic writing." This book has all the elements of the best seller it has become. The chapters are short, each ending with a tantalizing foreshadow of what incredible event lies just beyond the next page. The story is faced paced, uninhibited by lengthy character or setting development. The events are just to the other side of incredible. You won't be able to put this book down.
Now the bad news. This book could not be footnoted, Brown takes enormous license with historical facts. He takes as fact all the claims by the marginal political groups with personal agendas, while dismissing as false any respected… Read more
The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Orig&hellip by N. T. Wright
If you are not reading NT Wright's Seires of Books on the People of the New Testement and the Question Of God, you are not taking your beliefs seriously. Even if you are an atheist, agnostic, liberal or conservative believer. Wright is reframing the discussion about Christianity, if you want to participate in the future discussions you will need to address his arguments. his ideas are a fresh new perspective based on the newest information. How he interpetes the breadth of material will send scholars and theologians running to the presses.
This book is the third of the series, and the previous two are required background (New Testament and People of God, Jesus and The Victory of… Read more
Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
Yancey's work is a quick, enjoyable read, but can be disjointed and shallow. He is adept at conveying a theology based on a non-critical evangelistic reading of the New Testament. He ignores the bulk of fresh research into the Jewish situation of First Century Palestine and Second Temple Judiaism.
That said, evangelicals and fundamentalist Christians will find the book both challenging and affirming to many of their basic ideals. Yancey is critical established Christianity and the historical atrocities committed in its name, as non denominationalist will agree. He also appeals to the social activists in his indictment of the church for not being more of an advocate in the AIDS… Read more