A couple months back, while browsing around a local bookstore, I happened to stumble upon a book, entitled “Desirable Daughters,” by Bharati Mukherjee. The storyline caught my attention, so I finally got around to reading the entire book. It is a fictional story of the main character–and narrator–Tara Chatterjee. Tara is in her mid-thirties, divorced from her husband from an arranged marriage, and residing in San Francisco with her only son. Although she is adjusted to her current life in California, Tara continues to struggle with moving on from past traditions of her life in India that she’d left behind.
Tara fears that she and her son are in danger when a young man, named Christopher Dey, comes into her life, claiming to be the estranged son of one of her sisters. Because there is no relevant evidence to prove it, Tara considers different sources, but comes up empty-handed. Her sisters are of no help, leaving Tara in fear for her and her son’s life. Eventually, she turns to her ex-husband for comfort, all the while trying to get answers from her sisters.
Although this book is very well-written, in my opinion, the story was a little too detailed. Tara’s narration was decent, with a bit of humor, as well. However, the character development could have been better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really grasp the ending of the story, either.
I’m not suggesting that you not read it. In fact, I recommend that you read it because of the storyline. As I’ve mentioned, it is well-written. However, the story should have focused more on the plot.
“The Real Deal or a Cheap Imitation?”
“The best way to identify a counterfeit bill is to know the real thing. The same is true with the gospel. We need to know the truth if we hope to discern the imitations.”
In “Counterfeit Gospels,” Trevin Wax talks about the most common assumptions people make when they think of the gospel. Other people, on the other hand, have felt misled in the topic, causing them to question their faith or to walk away from it. What Wax points out is how common it is for people to be confused because they, more likely, don’t understand the entire story. He suggests that we need to learn the entire story from the very beginning. When describing the gospel, Wax refers to it as a “three-legged stool”: the gospel story (the narrative of Scripture); the gospel Announcement (about Jesus Christ); and the gospel Community (God’s church).
The six, most common counterfeits mentioned are: Therapeutic, Moralist, Activist, Judgmentless, Quietist, and Churchless. Wax states, “Counterfeit gospels are appealing because they cost us less in the eyes of the world.” His solution is for people to understand what the gospel really means in order to truly welcome Christ.
Although I am neither spiritual nor religious, I did like reading this book. It isn’t really for me, to be honest; however, other people may appreciate the book. I would recommend it for those who would like to educate themselves more on the topic of the gospel, or for those who want to read it for personal development.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Moody Publishers, free, in an exchange for an honest review. The opinions are based on my own experience.