Patch Adams M.D. Book vs. Movie Review

Patch Adams is a hippie doctor that believes in communal living and happiness as a way to wellness. The movie was supposed to help with Patch’s dream of a free hospital coming true. It did not raise any money. In my opinion, the ending of the movie killed the entrepreneurial aspect of the movie. The message came out completely wrong.

The message at the end of the movie is “don’t trust strangers” as Patch’s girlfriend gets murdered by a man she is trying to help. The message of Patch’s life is the opposite. In real life, Patch married his girlfriend. They had a baby and lived 26 years of mutual respect and happiness until a respectful divorce. Both are still alive and Patch never questioned his mission to live communally and help everyone.

This book is a biography of Patch’s life; he really did contemplate suicide and wear funny costumes. It is also a manual to healthy living and his vision for a free full scale hospital and commune. While Patch may seem like a flaky idealist, he lives life in an extraordinary way. He started “clown visits” to Russia. He rides a unicycle during medical assessments. He loves people and life with no regrets and no limits.

He doesn’t believe in mainstream health care. He doesn’t believe in malpractice insurance, 3rd party reimbursement, or power of provider over patient. He believes that laughter is just as, if not more, important than medicine. He believes in being friends with his patients. Even though his hospital hasn’t reached his full vision, his vision has grown to a global outreach of bringing laughter and loving care to communities around the world.

Check out his website here: https://www.patchadams.org/ to learn more and even contribute to one of his many causes and outreach programs that continue to this day.

The Search for the Green River Killer: The True Story of America’s most notorious serial killer case ever by Carlton Smith and Tomas Guillen

This isn’t the type of book I usually read but it was good to expand my horizons into new territory: true crime. My neighbor knew I like to read and that I really like nonfiction; she brought the book to me. I took it as an assignment with just a bit of intrigue. The intrigue grew with every page. I chewed through half the book the first weekend it was in my hands and read a couple chapters after work during the week.

This book goes into fascinating detail of the investigative work that
occurred during the entire ordeal. I believe it went into such detail because as of first print, it was still an unsolved mystery. Only in the added material in the end do we find out who dun it. 

I had no idea so much politics were involved in these types of investigations. It’s all about funding and that comes from the hands of the politicians. The media and public opinion also played a major role in the investigation. Media drove public opinion. Public opinion swayed political decisions- to keep the votes mainly! Isn’t that politics?

It ultimately took 20 years and only one of the multitude of investigators was still working on the case when the killer was convicted. One of the investigators had to retire for mental health reasons due to the extraneous matters in this case. Another died from a freak scuba diving accident. This true psychopath murdered 48 females, mostly young prostitutes (who were respectfully portrayed in the book). The killer saw the corpses as his property after he killed them. The book includes graphic depictions related to the murders so reader beware: rape, necrophilia, etc… Despite, passing a lie detector test, science eventually caught up with the killer through DNA samples. 

If you like true crime and can stomach real gore- check out this book. 

 

Thoughts on “My Life is a Book” by Christina B.

First, I just have to say that I’m super stoked to have this collaboration with a fellow writer. This is the first book review for book exchange that I’m typing out. I have another book on it’s way to me in the mail for review. I reached out to both authors and just asked, “Hey, can I have your book in exchange for a review?” and they said “Yes.”! This is so fun for me as an avid reader. So, thank you Christiana B. for being open to this collaboration and thank you to WordPress for making these connections happen.

In “My Life is a Book”, Christina B. talks to us like a friend. She tells us personal stories and gives life advice. Christina begins the book by saying why she is writing it and who it is for and may not be for. She states: “You will not find tips on how to become rich and famous. Instead, you will find tips on how to accept yourself, love yourself, nourish your soul and put some boundaries in your life.” Christina talks about how a medium helped to encourage her to write this book. As a Christian and a former medium myself, I do not personally condone going to a medium. I believe there are demonic sources behind mediums’ psychic powers. The author’s belief system also includes numerology, reincarnation, karma, guardian angels, and spiritual awakening. I continued to read this book because I know that’s not what this book is all about. There are enough gold nuggets sprinkled throughout the book to still make reading worthwhile even if my worldview is different.

Some golden nuggets from the book:

don’t live for society, live for yourself.

you might be surprised by what you can learn if you just allow yourself to accept others.

Life has shown me that the evil we have experienced does not define us and that we have the power and the right to want to change our destiny.

You are seen, you are needed and you can do everything that you want to and more.

Chapter 2 touches on how we were raised vs. what we choose to do with that. We don’t have to repeat bad behaviors but we can learn from them; we can improve and change. Chapter 2 also includes experiences and words of healing from domestic violence and postpartum depression. Chapter 3 covers friendships and breaking up with toxicity. Chapter 4 is primarily a real, raw, and poignant letter to Childhood. Chapter 5, Dear Sad People, is a nonjudgmental letter that made me smile and feel like I was just given a soft warm hug. It made me feel respected and given space to feel and breathe- like a good therapy session. I related to Christina a lot in this chapter. It’s a good read for anyone that has dealt with, is dealing with, or knows someone dealing with depression. Chapter 6 is a great chapter for people in dating mode; the author shares her knowledge, experience, and perspectives on love. However, this love she speaks of goes far beyond dating relationships. Chapter 7 is the chapter I most looked forward to reading. It turned out to be both about mental health particularly related to work. I’m so proud of you, Christina! And you will be proud and inspired too after you read through this chapter (and book). Chapter 8 talks about negative/positive thinking, materialistic/nonmaterialistic, and gratitude.

Christina’s Self-care List: read, color, hot bath/shower, yoga/meditation, write, & massage.

Christina even added wonderful drawings for you to color in her book!

I feel privileged to have got to have an insider’s view in the thoughts of the author. The book left me motivated, inspired, and thoughtful; all perfect feelings after the reading of a good book.

Read the book by ordering here.

Check out the author’s blog here.

Is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens good entertainment for Christians?

If you want my quick and easy answer: it’s a solid no. This is a popular book. It’s become a hit movie. But, I do not recommend this book for young people and I warn adults to proceed with caution. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is a coming of age, romance, murder mystery with courtroom drama. The book is whimsical, detailed, interesting, intriguing, artistic, and captivating. It is absolutely beautifully well written in a perfect package from beginning to end. I love the descriptions, the intertwined poetry, parallel timelines, and foreshadowing. But is this something you would read with Jesus in a book club, if He did that type of thing. Nope.

Sexual Content– My first “what have I got myself into” moment reading this book when I got into reading the sexual desires and experiences. There is a moment where the main character, Kya, has a sexual experience with the water. There is explicit pre-marital foreplay and sex, sexual assault, loss of virginity, attempted rape, and ultimately a disregard for marriage itself.

Christian Representation– One Christian character, Mabel, shows compassion to Kya but another, the preacher’s wife, shows extreme prejudice against “the dirty Marsh girl”.

Worldview– While Kya has a Bible, she worships nature. The Bible is only used as a way for her to know her siblings names and birthdays.

Rating– The movie is rated PG-13. The book should be rated R. I am leery of the PG-13 rating because I believe that young people will watch the movie and want to read the book.

Language– While it references animals, the f-word is used multiple times. The B–ch and S-word are used. There is crude language toward African American characters as well.

POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT– My analysis of the entire book is that the murder was justified. We come to love Kya through the book but because of who she is, what she has been through, and what she learned in nature vs. the nurturing that she never received- it is assumed that she deserved the good life that she was able to achieve.

This book is good in a worldly sense but, as Christians, we are to discern the worldly from the Godly and strive for Godliness in our lives, thoughts, and entertainment.

Book Review of “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” by Brene Brown

The heart of “Atlas of the Heart” is a 20+ year research study by a social worker, however, it reads like poetry and looks like art. Any lay person can read this book, understand and benefit from the concepts that are beautifully mapped between the covers. I recommend this as a slow read, to sip and savor, sometimes just one page, or even one sentence at a time.

Brene believes that language, specifically the language of emotion, is crucial to improving relationships. She breaks down 87 emotions into 13 chapters defined as “places we go when…” The places we go include when things aren’t what they seem and when we self-assess. The 87 emotions are listed and explained in a way that pushes both our emotional vocabulary and intelligence. Schadenfreude is pleasure from another’s misfortune. Jealousy and envy are not the same thing. Brene defines, compares, and examines each emotion so the reader sits in the emotion with her. I believe that this sitting, this potent and precise feeling, is a powerful practice for the soul.

Here are a few samples to sit with. I recommend giving each paragraph its own slow digestion:

“The greatest threat to story stewardship is the two near enemies of building narrative trust: narrative takeover and narrative tap-out. Rather than building trust by acknowledging, affirming, and believing, we shut people down when we experience discomfort or disinterest, or when we take over the narrative and make it about our perception of what happened.”

“Power within is defined by an ability to recognize difference and respect others, grounded in a strong foundation of self-worth and self-knowledge.”

“Look people in the eye. Even when their pain is overwhelming. And when your hurting and in pain, find the people who can look you in the eye”.

“Pride is a feeling of pleasure or celebration related to our accomplishments or efforts. Hubris is an inflated sense of one’s own innate abilities that is tied more to the need for dominance than to actual accomplishments. Humility is openness to new learning combined with a balanced and accurate assessment of our contributions, including our strengths, imperfections, and opportunities for growth.”

Brene Brown, the author, doesn’t believe that we can walk in another’s shoes. She doesn’t believe that humans can read each other’s emotions but that we need to utilize precise language to cross that barrier of misunderstanding. What emotion do you think is most commonly misunderstood (please comment below)?

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