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807, 43. Let Me Out! I'm a Prisoner in a Stained-Glass Jail ...
Posted by alissaameth, Mon Jun-14-10 02:26 PM
Religion, 126 pages.

I really liked this book, for two main reasons: 1) layout and 2) content. (There isn't much more to like, huh? :) )

Layout - It looked boring from the outside, but when I picked it up and looked inside, I knew I would have to read it. It's printed like poetry: some words are printed bold, bigger/smaller, in all caps, underlined, etc. It is laid out on the page very intentionally, with some lines centered, others flush left, others indented... He also makes use of white space, especially to add pause for thought. (E.g. two pages facing each other that each have one line on them, asking the reader a question.) I love experimenting with placement of words on the page, and I love reading works that do this successfully. What I described above about bolding etc. might sound cluttered or overwhelming, but I didn't feel like it was too much. It put emphasis in all the right places.

Also, there are pictures here and there that match the words and add more creativity to the layout.

Content - The book is designed to get you to think about your role in the church and the church's role in the world. There's a lot about not being a Christian only on Sundays, and not making Sundays a boring chore, either. Different sections address different occupations and try to inspire ways that they can involve God in their lives and be involved in the church and its outreach. Though I'm soon to be a teacher by profession, I found the section for "you people in the arts" the most thought-provoking.

What I like best about using such a non-conventional layout for this content is that it made it easier to digest. If the author had written an essay on this, it would be easier to not think. It would be easier to let certain parts skim by, because no single part is emphasized (visually). With this format, the author puts the emphasis right where he wants it, and even the parts printed in a smaller font size receive a whisper of emphasis that makes it all the more important in the contrast. There are several questions posed, and the white space encourages you to stop and think about it. It was still a quick read, because of the formatting. (I also liked that part!)

I recommend reading this. Absolutely loved it, though there were a couple of spots where I wasn't sure if I agreed with the author or not. It certainly gave me plenty to think about, and thus achieved its purpose.