I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book Review - The Enoch Factor

I feel sort of bad about this review, because it's not going to be pretty.  I promised Speakeasy that I would review all of the books that I received though...
The Enoch Factor by Steve McSwain
I read about four chapters before I gave up on this one.  It was the "insanes" that did it for me.  McSwain has a very lax writing style and after using the word, "insane" as a descriptor for the fourth time, I just couldn't take it anymore.  Seriously, I felt like the book was fulfilling an assignment that he really wasn't interested in and was just filling it with as much generic, spiritual filler as possible.  On each page, there are quotes from famous philosophers that don't seem to have much to do with anything else on the page.  I got the feeling that he was trying to fill a certain page quota, which was very annoying.

McSwain also seemed to be insensitive to those who may have mental health issues.  Besides using "insane" as a descriptor, which is ableist, he seems to not realize that there is a difference between feeling or experiencing Godde and actually following Godde.  McSwain talks about how great it feels to experience Godde, but he does not seem to acknowledge that no person is going to feel great all the time.  Even if it were possible, where does that leave depressed people?  If someone is unable to feel an euphoric oneness with Godde, does that mean that there is something wrong with them?  It seems no one told McSwain that Mother Theresa spent the majority of her life incredibly depressed and did not "feel" God.  That fact points to something deeper than McSwain's new age-y feel good philosophy.  Reality is deeper than our feelings.  Godde is with us, no matter how we are feeling.  "Knowing God" is not about feeling good, but about knowing that throughout all times of trouble, all shall be well. 

I do not recommend this book, unless you want to cut out the quotes for crafting purposes....

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