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[Following is an official review of "Modern Wisdom" by Brian Lipkin.]
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4 out of 5 stars
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Modern Wisdom by Brian Lipkin is a collection of thought-provoking ideas, critiques, and musings covering a variety of modern-day issues and cultural dynamics. He writes about conventional beliefs, societal norms, and aspects of modern culture such as politics, religion, social media, psychological issues like depression and childhood trauma, and philosophical topics like morality and human nature. His viewpoints, while deep and reflective, are also quite controversial.

In the book, Lipkin talks about different political entities and their impact on current politics. He offers strong opinions and criticisms about figures such as Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party. Notably, he maintains a critical stance on Trump’s presidency and leadership and expresses equal disdain for his supporters. Conservative and right-leaning individuals might find the criticisms harsh and potentially offensive.

I’m not an American citizen, but like much of the world, I’m familiar with a fair amount of American politics. I agree with Lipkin’s criticisms and stances on both left-wing and right-wing parties and their leaders, particularly his criticisms of Donald Trump, even though I hold both liberal and conservative views on different matters.

Furthermore, I appreciate his attention to social issues such as fentanyl use among young people, homelessness, male loneliness, parental failures, violence against women and children, and the societal responses to these issues. Lipkin also covers the influence of social media and the internet on human interactions.

In the book, he criticizes Christianity, Christians, and even God numerous times, maintaining a provocative and confrontational stance. For instance, he examines the intersection of religion and social topics, including its stance on abortion, sexual expression, and self-perception. I advise that any religious individuals or anyone easily offended by criticism of religious beliefs stay clear of this book.

While the book covers a wide range of topics, there is no organization, such as chapters and headings, which makes it difficult to find specific quotes to reference. Even though this keeps the reading experience from becoming monotonous, it also makes it challenging to navigate. I wanted to revisit content from earlier, but I had to reread many pages to find what I wanted. I recommend that the author group the various insights under topics or themes to improve the book’s coherence and reference ability.

Some views in the book may be considered extreme, but overall, Lipkin presents many insightful points, even if some are difficult to understand and could benefit from further elaboration. Although the book mentions sexual topics, there are no descriptions of explicit sexual content. However, I believe children and young teens wouldn’t fully comprehend or appreciate the book’s content.

There are a few grammatical errors in the book; it would benefit from additional editing. However, these issues did not significantly detract from my reading experience.

Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, deducting one star due to the lack of organization. I enjoyed reading Lipkin's thoughts on the different topics, whether I agreed with them or not. I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading provocative and controversial takes on religious, social, cultural, and political issues. However, I caution them that it may or may not be offensive to their personal views.

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I read the book last month. It's a provocative book that requires a reader who is open to opposing ideas, interested in global politics and social issues, and doesn't mind religious criticism.
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Post by Sandre Lamar »

"Modern Wisdom" by Brian Lipkin offers bold critiques and reflections on contemporary issues from politics to social media's impact. It's a thought-provoking read that challenges perspectives and goes into the complexities of modern culture.
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