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So, after months of reading (been working A LOT of overtime lately), I’ve finally finished Corey Taylor’s Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good. I’ve gotta say, even after being a fan of Corey’s music for years, I’m stilled awed by his talent…musically and, now, as an author.

He takes on everyone in this book: God, religious fanatics, politicians, bad musicians, etc., in trying to undo the millinia of brainwashing making us believe natural human behavior is a sin. And while I disagree with some of his musings (a diatribe near the end of the book against Republicans deregulating industries while they’re in power is, in my opinion, misguided), he makes you rethink what “sins” really are.

He uses personal experiences- some good, some bad- and his ability to overcome them to prove his point. And while I’ve been leery of the validity of “deadly sins” for years, I now have more ammo in my arsenal while discussing the matter.

If you’re a deeply religious person who is closed-minded to anything athiest related, move along. You won’t find a safe harbor for your beliefs here. If you’re like me, however, and have a thirst to strengthen your knowledge base, no matter the source, you should read this book.

Nothing he wrote shook my faith. For years, I’ve held the belief that since man is fallible and man transcribed the Bible (or whichever religious faith you ascribe to), there’s a good chance much was omitted from the final version, or much was written down incorrectly, so all we really have to go by are our gut feelings and life experiences. I still believe in a Creator. I just don’t believe he wants us to live our lives sheltered from life.

So Corey, I commend your effort to open the minds of the masses. I’ll do my part to help you get your message across.

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I just finished reading Glenn Beck’s Common Sense and I was actually brought to tears. Although not quite as good as Thomas Paine’s, Mr. Beck hits the nail on the head throughout the six chapters. He sets the tone with the introduction:

“In 1776, Thomas Paine’s words sparked a revoluti0n. Today, a new revolution of thought begins right now, with you…

You might find yourself wondering what can be done to change our nation’s course. I lay out several options, but I want to be clear that none of them include violence. Thomas Paine and his fellow revolutionaries shed their blood so that future generations would have access to weapons immeasurably stronger than muskets or bayonets: the weapons of democracy. Those are the tools that we will use to usher in a second American revolution, a revolution that won’t be fought on battlefields, but in the hearts and minds of the three hundred million people lucky enough to call America home.”

I will warn you: if you consider yourself an “early 20th century Progressive”, you won’t like this book. If you’re  a politician, Republican or Democrat, you won’t like this book. But if you see that the vast majority in Washington are taking us down the wrong path, a path leading farther away from our founding principles, this book is a must read. If you’ve read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, you should read this book. If you haven’t read Thomas Paine’s version, it’s included with Glenn Beck’s.

You probably think he just wrote this to capitalize on the history of Common Sense. Would it surprise you to learn that he originally planned to release it anonymously on the internet for free? While the cover lists the price at $11.99, my cost was just $6.58 from Books-A-Million. Does selling a book at half-price sound like a good way to make money? I have no idea what it costs to publish a book, but I’m guessing he won’t see much profit from this. Maybe he’s just trying to get his message out there. I believe the initial printing was 980,000 copies. I ordered mine two days before it went on sale and had to wait ten days later. It was on back-order for nine days. There are now 1.1 million copies in circulation. It would appear as if his message is getting out there.

He ends his part with a look at the 9/12 Project, an ending note, and books he recommends.

“Let Your Journey Begin Here

I hope this book serves as a solid starting point in your journey to learn more about your country, its history, and what needs to be done to put her back on course.
But this book can be only that: a starting point. You must continue your education and learning so that you will recognize those people whose plans and policies promote personal freedom and responsibility, along with the danger signs of those whose policies will do the opposite.”

I highly recommend this book, whether you like Glenn or not. Especially if you don’t.