guest post: author daniel friedmann

Written by Darlyn Azlinda At Saturday, September 28, 2013 0 bookish peeps...

Was Adam the first man? Was man created by divine act in less than one day almost 6,000 years ago, as the Bible suggests?

Or did man appear 200,000 years ago as the culmination of numerous human-like species that existed during a span of millions of years, as the scientific record shows?

Both cannot be right. Or can they?

Why look at both sources of knowledge?

I initially came to think that science books answered everything. Yet, by my fourth year at university, some fundamental questions concerning our origins began to re-appear.  Teens who experience a very detailed science education on origins seemingly in conflict with Sunday school teachings are confused.  I realized that my nephews were asking the same questions and so where other kids their age. Like me, they were not getting satisfactory answers.

I decided to work through the issue when I wrote my book “The Broken Gift.” The book covers such topics as when humankind appeared, from a spiritual and scientific perspective; who was the first man and what did he look like.  Why we are in some ways similar to apes and in others completely different; What does it mean?

The Broken Gift is based on the Book of Genesis which is part of the Judeo-Christian biblical canon. Genesis is also a major source for the Koran. Thus, The Broken Gift is applicable to Christians, Jews and many Muslims. As well as science enthusiasts and readers who love to explore intriguing possibilities.
There is also a free companion iPhone app, Bible Clock (, enter Scientific time in the Bible Clock to find the corresponding biblical time and explore what other events were going on around the same time.

About the Author

Daniel Friedmann is CEO of MDA Corp., specializing in robotics. He has a master's in engineering physics and 30 years' experience in the space industry. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers on space industry topics. He is also a longtime student of cosmology and religion. The Genesis One Code is currently available on and the Broken Gift at and at his website:

you got to be kidding: the cultural arsonist's satirical reading of the bible by dr. joe wenke

Written by Darlyn Azlinda At Monday, September 02, 2013 0 bookish peeps...
Title: You Got to be Kidding: The Cultural Arsonist's Satirical Reading of the Bible
Author: Dr. Joe Wenke
Pages: 206
Ratings: 3.5/5
Why did God turn Lot's wife into a pillar of salt? Were there no other seasonings available? Why don't we know anything about the early years of Jesus? Did someone lose his baby book? Who reported the desert encounter between Jesus and Satan? Jesus-or Satan? And why does the Holy Spirit like to show up as a bird?

As irreverent as the musical The Book of Mormon, Joe Wenke's YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING: The Cultural Arsonist's Literal Reading of the Bible is an engaging, provocative and hilarious investigation into the bestselling book of all time. Written to "cause trouble" cultural arsonist Wenke, a keen observer of human gullibility, tempts readers to more closely examine the stories they think they know about the Bible.

Drawing upon the same pool of incendiary and cerebral humor as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and the late, great George Carlin, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING is a call for humor to restore our sanity and our ability to think for ourselves. Just as it was written in the Bible-or was it?

My 2 Cents:
Let me get this cleared, I am not a Christian, Catholic etc. I dont know much about the religion and traditions that related to it but I love to get to know new things. I've never try to read any Bible but I have to tell you that his book is hillarious! It has a twist that makes you think even when everything is clouded with humours. My recommendation is please read it before you judge it. I have read a few other reviews and yes, lots of mixed reviews. Some find it very bad, but not to forget that most of readers thought it is great. I understand that a Bible is a Holy book, and I think it would be quite lenghty and need serious understanding. Compared to the author's book,  in my opinion, he has his simple way to make people to understand Bible in such interesting way. Give it a go, and later, you can decide whether it's as good as I claimed it.

About the Author:
Dr. Joe Wenke, an outspoken and articulate LGBT rights activist, is the owner and managing partner of Xperience, a multi-million dollar marketing communications and production company with offices in New York, Boston and Detroit. He is the founder and publisher of Trans Über, a publishing company with a focus on LBGT rights, free thought and promoting equality for all people. His next book, PAPAL BULL: An Ex-Catholic Calls Out the Catholic Church, will be published this summer. He partners with Gisele Xtravaganza in Gisele New World, which produces events for the ballroom community. Wenke began his career as an editor at the Foundation Center in New York City.  He was a speechwriter at Avnet for Tony Hamilton, the founder of the global electronics distribution industry, and wrote speeches for George Conrades, the head of IBM US. As a senior vice president at Caribiner International he served as the company’s lead communications strategist and head of global accounts. Wenke received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in English from Penn State and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.


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