Every sometimes, we'll put out a challenge for you to try something new, think differently, or save money.
It's so very important that beliefs are decided and not defaulted. True beliefs are tested and still hold firm. To test your beliefs, you must expose yourself to opposing viewpoints.
Balanced and smart people familiarize themselves with the other side. One, so that they can truly audit their own beliefs. Two, to try to understand why others have his opposing belief. Three, once familiar with opposing core beliefs, they can better convince others.
This is a reading challenge. Read a new book about a belief/philosophy/practice you subscribe to and then read an opposite point of view. Choose a subject you have never truly examined before or the opposing position baffles you.
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Decision Points by George Bush
President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and his personal life. Reveals the guiding principles and his goals for his time in office.
The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
Written before in office, President Barack Obama’s vision of how to remove divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity, racial and religious tensions, and the transnational threats. He includes stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Once an atheist, Strobel explains his spiritual journey to believer. He speaks with a dozen experts with doctorates who are specialists in the areas of old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies. Strobel uses his journalistic background to answer any skeptic's biggest questions.
The Case Against The Case for Christ by Robert M. Price
New Testament scholar Robert M. Price exposes and refutes Strobel's arguments chapter-by-chapter. Price goes beyond a simple rebuttal of Strobel's claims to dig deeper into the huge amount of scholarly Biblical research that has been done over the past 200-300 years.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Dawkins, one of the world's most outspoken atheists, asserts the irrationality of faith in God and the harm that religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Presbyterian pastor, Timothy Keller addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring on religion. He uses literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and reasoning to assert how the belief in a Christian God is rational and justified.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and MD Thomas M. Campbell II
The premise is simple, change your diet and change your health dramatically. Nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team conducted the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease. Their research uncovered the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the unparalleled health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.
The New Atkins Made Easy by Colette Heimowitz
This is not a cookbook. This book describes how and in what order your body burns fuels and the science behind why Atkins is the best diet to start losing weight immediately. Heimowitz outlines an effective way to reduce carbs and slowly add them back into your diet.
The Death of Punishment by Robert Blecker
Though in favor of the death penalty, Blecker, a criminal law professor, examines legal philosophy and the current state of the prison system, ultimately calling for a complete overhaul.
Against the Death Penalty by Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Breyer argues that the death penalty violates the ban on "cruel and unusual punishments" specified by the Eighth Amendment. Includes a history of capital punishment and facts & figures.
Bones of Contention by Marvin L. Lubenow
Lubenow explains the evidence showing how the "human fossil" records are manipulated to spread the lie of human evolution. In this book he exposes the holes in radiocarbon dating and flawed scientific conclusion-jumping and sloppiness.
Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
Coyne addresses common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms the scientific truth that supports this process. This discourse provides evidence from genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy to make the case for the truth of evolution.