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The Cosmic Machiavelli, written by Thejendra B.S., was originally published under the title of God is No Angel in 2011 and re-released under this title in 2012. I have to first start off by saying that this book will not be for everyone. It takes conventional western religious thinking and turns it on its head. The Cosmic Machiavelli is one man’s option of God’s answers to our eternal questions. The book is laid out as a one-on-one conversation between an author who is having a bad case of writers block and God, in the form of an old man. The entire conversation takes place on a bus during god’s 6 hour vacation, which he gets every 10 years.
This book touches on a lot of subjects, but some that are discussed are creation, evolution, jobs, violence, earthly disasters, heaven and hell, religion in general, and even touches on aliens. Now, I am not going to give all the answers away, but I have to say some them are worth thinking about. I thought a few times during reading the book, “Hmmm, I wonder if that is really how that really works?”
Now, even with that being said, I would still only give this book a 2 out of 4 rating. I was unable to stay focused on this book. I found my mind wandering a lot, so I had to re-read portions of this book over again. I also thought that the “God” in the book was very repetitive and would never give a straight answer. There were long comparisons that I thought were unnecessary. One or maybe two comparisons would have been more than enough. The back and forth between the man and God got very hard to follow from time to time. God also seemed to contradict himself A LOT, “yes and no” was the answer to a lot of questions.
In the end I had to remember that this was just one guy’s option of how he thought life’s questions should be answered by a higher being. Finally, the last chapter was the most informative… and the most true!
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