This was a book that I waited to review for over two weeks. I couldn’t wait until the review release date! I have another blog site where I was even thinking about doing a bible study with a group of teens.
When I received the book in the mail, my first thoughts were of disappointment. The paperback is not even a full book size; it’s more the size of a big postcard. I then checked the price on the back cover and again, disappointed. It’s $15.99 for a 229 page book. What’s worse is the full page dated pictures throughout the book!
When you look at the cover, it would appear that the author was targeting women as their main reader. How I really wish this book would get in the hands of women, but I’ve got to say that even I was taken aback by the dated material. Let me give you some examples. See if you recognize these movies or people:
- U.S. Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, True Grit.
- Jane Eyre (movie from 1847)
- Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha (movie from the 1600s)
- Captain Horatio Hornblower (he provided arms to “El Supremo”, a leader in Central American, so that he could rebel against Spain. This is the era of the Napoleonic Wars.
- The Magnificent Seven (Western movie from 1960).
I could list more, but you get the point. I have never heard of any of these movies that are listed above. I’m in my 40s and I often wonder how old the author is.
The weird part of the book is a devotional on leadership. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was the example. I couldn’t help but think, “You’ve got to be kidding me! This is the best that the author could come up with?”
The only reason that I’m giving this book two stars (and not lower) is because the very first devotional is relevant to most readers. It takes about Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk. I’ve got to admit that I’m not a Star Trek fan, but what was written about friendship was outstanding.
The other devotional was about Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. I was surprised. The author should have stuck to this type of recent movies, or at least common heroes that most readers will know.
In conclusion, I don’t know who the author was trying to target (other then what I noted above), but she’s way off target. I don’t know of any women who would want to read this outdated material. Readers want to identify with the written page. No Cape Required missed the mark on both price and content.
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