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The Banned Book about Love by Scott Hughes
The Banned Book about Love is a short and direct book about a variety of things but seeming to center on attitudes and the ways in which we sadly choose hate over love. The book begins with a reference to Brock Turner, the swimmer convicted of multiple sexual felonies. However, this is NOT a book about Brock Turner. It’s a book about love and about hate. It’s a book about how we use hate as a cover for all of the things that we should do but choose not to.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. What I love about this book is that it is, in its basic form, a call to action. And it is, in fact, an effective one. The message that we should do something, as opposed to complaining and spouting our hate for other people, resonated with me. At places, the book got a bit wordy and would seem to temporarily derail such that I thought the effort to keep the book short may have been the issue. It seems that the author had plenty to say and could have made the book a bit longer, giving himself time to fully explain his thoughts and arguments a bit better. Still, it is well written and effective as a call to action for its readers.
Individuals interested in self improvement of almost any kind, those who are spiritual, and those who simply strive to be good people would enjoy the book and appreciate the perspective. Close-minded readers who seek material that only agrees with, or supports, their existing point of view will not be impressed with this work.
Perhaps my favorite part of this book was the analogy of hate = spending money, and love = making money. The question that follows, “which is easier?” draws a clear picture of the author’s point. We often choose hate simply because it is the easiest route to making ourselves feel better. Or, as the author puts it, we use hate as an excuse for our inaction.
Especially given the length of the book and understanding that reading it requires little time commitment from the reader, I would recommend this book to all readers. I don’t recommend it so much because I think every reader will love it, or because I think they will go out and find everything the author has ever written and get their hands on it. I recommend it because I think we all need to read it… whether we like it or not.
The Banned Book about Love
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