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text 2017-03-23 00:43
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
If You Really Loved Me - Ann Rule

Sometimes I get in a true crime mood. I recall watching the Lifetime movie about this when I was a kid. The whole case is tragic.

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review 2017-03-21 21:29
Unplanned by Abby Johnson
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line - Cindy Lambert,Abby Johnson

This book has been on my TBR for quite some time, and I finally made it a priority to read it after having the opportunity to hear Abby Johnson speak at a local event. Her story is in turns tragic and inspiring on many levels. While it is no great literary work, I didn't expect it to be, and, with a story like this, it doesn't need to be.

It is no surprise that this book rates higher with pro-life readers than pro-choice, but what I really appreciated about Abby's point of view was that she humanizes both. Turned off equally by extremism on both sides, Abby points out that most people tend to be doing what they truly feel is best for women. That is what put her in her increasingly awkward position with Planned Parenthood.

At one time, PP was possibly more pro-woman and less pro-profits, but, as happens with many not-for-profits, they began to see themselves as a business rather than a charity. As we all know based on news since Abby has left PP, abortion is big business. She joined PP as a college junior because she believed that the organization cared about women as much as she did. Maybe, at that time, they still did.

When you give the devil a foothold, he has a way of taking over, so it didn't take long for abortion to become a necessary evil in Abby's mind. She even courageously confesses to having two abortions herself. She chides her younger self for her way of thinking.

If I have this child? Why wasn't it obvious to me that I already had a child, who was growing inside of me? Once you are pregnant, there is no if. That child, though tiny and in an early stage of development, already exists! But I didn't yet see that. What I saw, and by now was reinforcing in the minds of other young women as part of the Planned Parenthood organization, was that I was in a condition of pregnancy, not that I was now the mother of a child already dependent upon my own body for sustenance. I am amazed at how semantics can shape thought.

Abby talks a lot about semantics in this book and how the PP talking points are designed to minimize the decision that women in crisis situations are making. Yet, for years, she believed that compassion was their driving force, that providing education and birth control was PP's chief goal in order to perform as few abortions as necessary. It was how she justified her position there. She was helping women.

Of course, Abby isn't the only one to work at PP because they want to help women. It is easy to vilify the organization based on their misleading statements and illegal practices, but there must still be good people working there who truly believe they are doing what they can to help women in their time of need. Abby is no longer one of them.

I'd begun at Planned Parenthood, as many of my coworkers had, out of a sense of idealism and a desire to help women in crisis, but it seemed to me the emphasis had shifted at the organization. It seemed like maybe that's not what a lot of people were believing anymore because that's not where the money was. The money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention, the money was in abortion, and so I had a problem with that.

She could no longer keep her blinders on when a combination of things happened. First, she gained the position of clinic director and was given an insider's view of how decisions were made and what organization priorities were. Second, the abortion quota. No longer could Abby believe the lie that PP wished to minimize abortions through education and birth control when she was informed that the number of abortions at her clinic needed to double because "that's how we make our money" and free birth control needed to be cut back because it was too expensive. Finally, Abby was asked, despite a complete lack of medical training, to assist with an ultrasound guided abortion. Watching that 12 week old baby fight for its life only to be torn apart as the doctor made lighthearted jokes was more than her conscience could take.

Throughout this story, Abby doesn't pull punches when it comes to the actions of the "other side" either. She and her husband were denied membership to their church because she worked for an abortion clinic. Instead of reaching out in love, these Christians closed their doors. She also expresses anger toward pro-life protesters who use graphic signage and guilt instead of prayer and kindness to spread their message. Since she was working at PP when Dr. Tiller was murdered by a pro-life extremist, she knows what she is talking about.

In the end, Abby became a spokesperson for the pro-life movement, largely due to actions of PP. She would have quietly gone away, but PP made a media spectacle out of it. They attempted to damage Abby's reputation (after naming her employee of the year the year before) and create public sympathy for the organization but ended up creating a much larger pro-life stir.

Over the course of more than a decade, Abby has endured attacks from PP, negative media attention, loss of friends, and public scrutiny of her life. Yet, when she talks about her decision to leave PP, it is without regrets. She has learned to trust that, "He had chosen to demonstrate through me, that He redeems the foolish, the broken, the sinful, and then uses them to accomplish His purposes."

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review 2017-03-21 02:10
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! - John A. Scieszka

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs provides a new take on the traditional story of the three little pigs. Alexander T. Wolf offers a new perspective on the classic story.

This book received a Lexile score of AD570L, making it a book to be read by the teacher to a group of students. This book can be used to teach about perspectives, and that there are multiple sides to each story. 

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review 2017-03-17 13:08
All the strangest things are true // Wink Poppy Midnight!!!
All the strangest things are true. - April Genevieve Tucholke,Anne Brauner

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

German and english review

 

 

Ich bin mir immer noch nicht sicher, was ich über das Buch und die Geschichte denke. Oder über die Charaktere. Aber erst mal zum...

 

Inhalt: Wink: ein bisschen seltsam, zurückhaltend, mit wildem rotem Haar und einer ausufernden Fantasie. Poppy, das schöne Biest, das alle manipuliert, aber den nicht bekommt, den sie eigentlich haben will. Midnight, ein unsicherer Junge, hin- und hergerissen zwischen beiden. Sie alle erzählen ihre Geschichte. Eine Geschichte, in der die verrücktesten Dinge wahr sind. Was ist wirklich passiert? Jemand weiß es. Jemand lügt. Wem kannst du trauen?

 

Anfangs war ich total begeistert, die Charaktere waren alle drei ziemlich spannend. Wink hat sich von Anfang an in mein Herz geschlichen.Doch im Laufe des Buches, je weiter wir in die Geschichte kamen um so weniger wusste ich was ich von den einzelnen Charakteren halten soll. Was wahrscheinlich auch so gewollt war, schließlich soll in dem Buch keiner so sein, wie es auf dem ersten Blick scheint.

 

Was mir von Anfang bis Ende wirklich gefallen hat war die Art wie die Geschichte geschrieben wurde. Der Schreibstil war wirklich anders aber wirklich unheimlich schön. Fast schon poetisch. Und das hat am Ende auch das Buch für mich ausgemacht. Nicht die Charaktere, nicht die Story an sich, sondern wie alles geschrieben war.

 

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I'm still not sure how I think about the book and the story. Or the characters. But first...

 

Summary: Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

 

In the beginning I was totally excited, all the three characters were really intriguing. Wink stole my heart in the very first pages. But the more I got into the book, the more I got into the story, the less I knew what to think of the characters. That was probably the intent, since the book is about people not actually being the way they seem to be.

 

What I loved from the beginning until the very end, was the way the story was written. The writing is just so different and so beautiful. Almost poetic. And that was what made the book for me in the end. Not the characters, not the story itself, but how everything was written.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-16 18:30
Zerbrochen
Zerbrochen: True-Crime-Thriller - Michae... Zerbrochen: True-Crime-Thriller - Michael Tsokos,Andreas Gößling

Klappenbroschur, Knaur TB 

 

01.03.2017, 432 S.

 

 

Diese Ausgabe ist lieferbar

 

 

Der dritte True-Crime-Thriller von Deutschlands bekanntestem Rechtsmediziner und SPIEGEL-Bestseller-Autor Michael Tsokos - basierend auf echten Fällen, authentischen Ermittlungen und der jahrelangen Erfahrung des bekanntesten deutschen Rechtsmediziners.

 

 

 

Ein besonderer Tag für Rechtsmediziner Dr. Fred Abel: Viele Monate, nachdem er bei einem brutalen Überfall fast zu Tode kam, tritt er erstmals wieder seinen Dienst an. Sofort wird er vom täglichen Wahnsinn der BKA-Einheit »Extremdelikte« in Beschlag genommen: Der sogenannte »Darkroom-Killer«, ein Psychopath ohne Skrupel, hält Polizei und Bevölkerung in Atem. 

 


All dies verblasst jedoch, als Abels gerade neu gefundenes Familienglück auf dem Spiel steht: Seine 16-jährigen Zwillinge, Kinder aus einer längst vergangenen Affäre, besuchen ihn in Berlin – und werden Opfer einer Entführung. Wer hat mit Abel noch eine Rechnung offen?

 

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich habe die beiden vorigen Fred-Abel-Thriller ja auch gelesen und war daher sehr auf den 3. Teil gespannt. 


Es ist in Mehrteilern ja immer so, dass es ein Wiedersehen mit den Charakteren gibt. Das find ich gerade bei dieser Reihe toll, da ich Fred Abel als Charakter wirklich sehr gelungen finde. Das hat der Autor wirklich gut hin bekommen. 


Man erfährt als erstes, dass Fred Abel sozusagen über Nacht Vater von Zwillingen im Teenageralter geworden ist. Sie wollen ihn das erste Mal in Berlin besuchen und werden prompt entführt. 


Schade fand ich an diesem Teil, dass es nicht wirklich um Mordfälle ging, sondern mehr um die Entführung der Zwillinge. 


Von den drei erschienenen Teilen hat mir der zweite Teil am besten gefallen. Im zweiten Teil wurde nach meinem Empfinden am meisten das Thema Rechtsmedizin behandelt. 


Alles in allem war dies wieder ein solider Fred Abel-Thriller, der spannend zu verfolgen war, für mich aber auch leichte Schwachstellen hatte. Ich kann dennoch eine Kauf- und Leseempfehlung für alle Thrillerfans und insbesondere Thrillerleser, die sich für die Rechtsmedizin interessieren, aussprechen. Aufgrund einiger genauerer Schilderungen sollte man aber nicht zu zart besaitet sein. Für mich selbst war es völlig okay. 


Von mir bekommt das Buch 4 Sterne. 

 

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