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01 August 2016

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I try to like LitHub and the headlines draw me in, but I can rarely make it through a whole story. Why? I'm flummoxed.

No Neil Gaiman item this week?? I so look forward to it every Monday ever since I got hooked on him almost 20 years ago.

Drew,
I blame my ridiculously short attention span. I'm just so glad someone's out there writing literary web sites that I keep trying them out...

Cardo!
Where is my brain! How could I forget Neil and the Obligatory NG Link? I'll go searching. I'm sure I saw some headlines last week...maybe I was confused because last week we had two!

It's rude for me to say it, given the circumstance, but my favorite Tim LaHaye memory was how my theology professor in seminary used to snark on those books every single time anything related to the book of Revelation or end time prophesy would come up. He was not a snarky person in general, but when it came to those books, he couldn't resist.

Well, Teresa, I just picked on Sheryl Sandberg, so I think the rude boat may just have sailed. :)
Tee hee. LOVE the theology professor memory. I did read "Left Behind" and thought it was one of the worst things I've ever read...until I took on "The Shack." Sigh.

You're not a monster even slightly, by the way. It's just true: it's easier to be resilient if you have more financial resources to be resilient with.

The Left Behind books are literally The Worst Books ever. Badly written, badly edited, horrible characters, preposterous world building, tedious narrative, nonsensical plot, and absolutely EVIL theology -- go read Thomas Merton on "The Moral Theology of the Devil" and you've essentially read the "message" of the Left Behind books.

I would cringe (only internally, I hope) every time a patron asked me for one of those. Fortunately the demand has slacked off, and I've been gradually weeding the umpteen copies we own...

There are other books along the same vein that I would always try to recommend instead. I mean, I don't buy their worldview either, but they can be good reads, and don't make me feel soiled when I let them touch my brain.

Hapax!!
I couldn't agree more. This is the tough time I always had with librarianship--I know you're just supposed to give the people what they want, but I have the complete opposite of a poker face--go fish face, maybe?--and I'm sure my face showed something when I had to show people to the LaHaye books. Or maybe they thought I had just eaten a lemon.
In the interest of education, what books might you have offered that were similar but better? Does what Frank Peretti writes qualify as this kind of stuff?

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