Tuesday, October 26

"About" my blog

“About” pages….

I had one when I first created the blog. But it was dry and really boring, and very non descriptive. I laid out my planned ‘use’ of the blog, and nearly completely failed. About all I’ve used it for was to review products for Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program. And that’s been great fun, giving me the opportunity to read many stories that I might not ever have picked up.

Ah. There’s that word. Story, the thing that drives everything. As one of my college professors says, “Story is king.” That is something that I would like to reflect more in this blog, and something I want anyone reading it to keep me accountable. I still plan on posting reviews for Thomas Nelson. But I want to do more than say if I liked it or not. I want to examine the story. Was it a story worth telling? Was it a story told well? If I fail to do that in a review, post a comment asking for that. I hope to become much more involved with this whole blogging thing, but some accountability will be needed.

I also hope to branch out beyond just Thomas Nelson products that I receive from Booksneeze. I hope to actually review other media. I also hope to examine stories that I have written, and offer my thoughts on stories happening in the world around us. Maybe I'll even post a few of the shorts that I've worked on. You'll just have to wait for those though :)

As a side note, unless indicated otherwise all my posts are my own creation and intellectual property. If you wish to republish any part of this blog, please contact me first.

Friday, October 15

Illegals by Darrell Ankarlo

Illegal immigration has become a very politically charged issue in the past couple of days, with both sides engaging in heated debates. Illegals is no exception. Ankarlo is strongly opposed to illegal immigration (though not immigration itself). He is firm in his position and often exudes what could be called ‘righteous anger’ at the problem.

However, what Ankarlo does right is to recognize that he needs to do more than believe in his point of view. He actually needs to interact with the opposing views, and see where they are coming from so he can fully dialogue with and understand people who don’t agree with him. Thus, he travels to Mexico. He actually goes out and speaks with illegal immigrants and with coyotes (people who lead illegal immigrants to the US and help them over the border). He seeks to understand why they do it.

In short: he takes the problem of illegal immigration and tries to put a human face on, even though he doesn’t like it.

He also explains legal problems that arise from illegal immigration. He doesn’t limit it to considerations of drug trafficking and violent crimes against US citizens. He discovers how often the immigrants themselves are assaulted by each other, or by their guides. One heart wrenching moment involves the discovery of a ‘rape tree.’ But I’ll let you read the book to find out what that is, and what it means to illegal immigrants.

Ankarlo closes the book with a list of ideas he has to help solve the problem of immigration. Whether or not you will agree with him depends on your political affiliation. But, I liked that he actually outlined ideas instead of just spouting rhetoric saying that we need to control our borders.

This book was previously released as Another Man’s Sombrero.

4/5 stars.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255