Sunday, January 6, 2013

God Explained In A Taxi Ride - Paul Arden

'God Explained in a Taxi Ride' by Paul Arden goes with a line on the back cover that says that it is the world's second best book on god. The first one is whatever you choose of course.  Also this 125 page illustrated book tries to explain 'once and for all' what god is in the length of a taxi ride. It takes you about half an hour to read.

Paul Arden builds up his case and says we don't need middle men to find god, especially if they cannot answer certain questions like why we cannot see him or who is the holy ghost. He talks clearly of war, atheism, religion, heathens and the connections, argues for more sense of humour, more tolerance and understanding for peace to exist. He talks of how we pay for our faith in religions and concludes that perhaps we can find our own concept of god. His take - whatever you call it, words describe only the force behind creation - the one that made the sunrises and sunsets and all else that we take for granted in our lives. God. And that's what he believes in.
Paul Arden was Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi and now a writer who has written two other books 'Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite' and 'It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be.'

The title of 'God Explained In A Taxi Ride' is interesting and hooks you, the presentation is fun and easy on the reader, and it gets over quick, as promised. But the content is ordinary, and it  certainly is not the second best book on god by any length of imagination nor does it explain the concept of god once and for all. To me its a collection of thoughts on god that did not have a logical structure and thereby did not lead up to the big answer. But the disclaimer comes early in the book - there are no answers. So what was it all about? But the book does not take up too much time during or after the read so its worth a flip.
Would I buy it? No.

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