2013 Summer Giveaway Comes to an End

I still have too many books left over                                                                           Found on Flickr

Congratulations to Patty for winning the last book in this year’s Summer Giveaway! She has a choice of:

  • Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (signed)
  • Selected Poems of Robert Frost
  • Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  • The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss
  • Overheated by Andrew Guzman
  • Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

Thanks to everyone who participated this year. I hope you stick around! All the prizes will go out next weekend as long as I can get to the Post Office on time and it hasn’t randomly closed for some reasons (you never know with the USPS…)

 

The Myth of Persecution, 2013 Summer Giveaway

This was a wildly exaggerated incident

Congratulations to our third winner, Felix, he’ll have his choice of book from the list below:

  • Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (signed)
  • Selected Poems of Robert Frost
  • Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  • The Myth of Persecution by Candida Moss
  • Overheated by Andrew Guzman
  • Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

The giveaway marches on! Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a book of your choice from the list. Below is another short review for one of the books in the giveaway, The Myth of Persecution. This review originally appeared in the San Francisco and Sacramento Book Review.

Candida Moss’ new book, The Myth of Persecution is going to raise hackles in the small, exclusive halls of Christian history. Why? Because it attacks one of the foundational tenets of early Christianity: the persecution and martyrdom of early converts to the new religion.  Ask any Christian, Protestant, Catholic, and other and the conversation will eventually turn to the persecution of Christians, contemporary and historical, almost always accompanied by a shout out to Nero, and sometimes Diocletian.  This piece of historical trivia is always presented as a given and no one ever disputes the “fact” that before the ascension of Constantine to the Imperial crown Christians were singularly and systematically persecuted by Pagan Rome. Dr. Moss begs to differ. In this exhaustively researched yet accessible book Dr. Moss presents the thesis that this ‘persecution’ of the primitive church is a myth created by later government sanctioned, early Christian sects and used as method to impose orthodoxy, attack sectarian opponents, and bolster their own doctrinal claims. The popularity of martyr stories among the laity only fed the use of the myth and their exaggeration into the grotesque stories we have today, Dr. Moss’ book lays bare that truth and presents us with the opportunity to instead of retelling myth begin to explore the actual history of this era.

The Second Annual False(B)logic Book Giveaway Comes to and End

You’ll have to wait til next year’s giveaway to get your hands on more free books!
First, I want to thank all the people who spent a little bit of their time reading the blog over the last month! If I could afford to mail everyone a book I would but that is a little too rich from my blood! Second, thanks to those of you who entered and congratulations to all the winners. If you entered and didn’t win, I’m sorry about that and I hope’ll you will try again next year.

Second, a congratulations to the our last five winners: Andy, Austin, Pointzeroeight, Shivam, and Skoce! E-mails are on the way and as soon as I hear back from them their books will be going out as well.

Finally, False(B)logic is returning to its regularly scheduled posts of video games, books, gardening, and some my own private projects. I’m especially excited about Star**** **Oop**s, a poetry project. Please check it! As wells as subscribe to the RSS feed for the blog as well!

Thanks again!

The Second Annual False(B)logic Book Giveaway, Final Round

Still plenty of books for everyone!
First, I want to extend congratulations to the winners of last round: Gahitsu, Elfir, Kalir, and Adam! Emails have been sent and as soon as I hear back from them books will be on their way in the mail! This will be the last week of The giveaway until the summer of 2013. The rules remain the same comment on this post or any of the following posts next week and you’ll be entered to win one of five books I’ll be giving away. I want to thank everyone who has participated so far and encourage the rest of you to leave a comment. Free is free, right?

Thanks again!