Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Musings on….. 2 Books and 1 Bible Study


Finished 2 books recently:

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

This book is awesome! Even if you don’t care what kinds of crap is in your food (and I say that literally) you will love this book.

I didn’t realize how much McDonald’s and other like minded organizations run this country and they are working their way into other countries as well! Country landscapes are being changed permanently by these fast food corps moving into their cities and fields.

Here is the last paragraph in the book (epilogue):

I guess I need to paraphrase so I don’t get into any copyright issues

the author is explaining what needs to be done to get these big corporations out of control.

No one in the US is forced to buy fast food. the first step toward change is by far the easiest, stop buying it.

The executives that run the fast food industry are business men, they will sell whatever you demand. They will sell whatever sells at a profit.

The heads of these corporations should feel daunted, they’re outnumbered. there are 3 of them and 3 hundred million of you (consumers)

A boycott, a refusal to buy, can speak much louder than words. Think about where the food came from, about how and where it was made, about what is set in motion by every single fast food purchase, the ripple effect, near and far, think about it.

Then place your order, or turn and walk out the door. Its not too late.

Fast Food Nation

From Booklist
Everyone frets about the nutritional implications of excessive dining at America’s fast-food emporia, but few grasp the significance of how fast-food restaurants have fundamentally changed the way Americans eat. Schlosser documents the effects of fast food on America’s economy, its youth culture, and allied industries, such as meatpacking, that serve this vast food production empire. Starting with a young woman who makes minimum wage working at a Colorado fast-food restaurant, Schlosser relates the oft-told story of Ray Kroc’s founding of McDonald’s. The author also tells about the development of the franchise method of business ownership and the health and nutrition implications of fast-food consumption. In a striking chapter, Schlosser gives a glimpse into the little-known world of chemically engineered flavorings, both natural and artificial. The coming together of so many diverse social, scientific, and economic trends in a single industry makes this book a relevant, compelling read and a cautionary tale of the many risks generated by this ubiquitous industry. Mark Knoblauch
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Scoop by Rene Gutteridge

Very good book, as was her Boo Series. Cute, endearing a mix of romance, thriller, drama, suspense.

A quick read (I read fast).  I say: get the book!

Scoop (The Occupational Hazards Series #1)

From Publishers Weekly
This humorous novel from Gutteridge kicks off her new series, the Occupational Hazards, featuring seven siblings in a clown family that disbands when the parents die in a freak accident. Twenty-five-year-old Hayden Hazard sheds her protected, home-schooled life to strike out on her own as assistant to Channel 7 news producer Hugo Talley. Her innocence, simple faith and good looks attract the attention of reporter Ray Duffey and ego-maniacal weatherman Sam Leege. But trouble is brewing: an aging newscaster has overdone the Botox, giving her a permanent happy face while announcing the most terrible tragedies, and Ray is assaulted on the air while doing a story on pig zoning. An explosion at the waste-water treatment plant seems simple, but Ray discovers something stinks more than sewage or the pigs. Hugo pops blue pills for his stress, but even his medicated calm can’t quell the looming disaster. As she did in her Boo series, Gutteridge clearly has fun with her story; the pages brim with quirky characters and plenty of laughs. Hayden’s crusade against Hugo’s anti-anxiety meds are the only questionable note in the book; readers may see it as a faith versus prescription antidepressants message. Drugs aside, this is a rollicking evangelical ride through the television news world, reminding readers why Gutteridge is such a delightful read. (Oct. 10)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.


We are doing a study of this series at church on Wednesday nights:

Legacy Institutes,  the Biblicial blueprint for Sexual Integrity.

Workbook and DVD, speakers name is Carrie Abbott. We have only done 2 sessions so far….