I finished the book, Losing Moses on the Freeway: the 10 commandments in America.” I must say, this is the best book I have read in a long, long time. Everytime I finished a chapter I would audibly tell anyone around me, “Wow. This is a good book.” The writing is impeccable. Chris Hedges really knows how to engage the reader. He does this by telling stories. Each chapter is based on one of the 10 commandments. He uses a story to illustrate his point about each commandment. For example, in Chapter 2, the chapter about idol worship, he tells the story of a young woman who spent much of her twenties following the band Phish around. She became obsessed with the band to the point that it affected her life and prevented her from achieving goals for herself. She became part of the collective of “phish groupies.” He uses this story to show that everyone, essentially, has thier own idols in their lives that they worship, and that worshiping these idols can have devastating effects.
The book is not written for a Christian fundamentalist audience, although they would greatly benefit from it. Chris Hedges does not hide the fact that he is against the Iraq war and the Bush admin and his corporate cronies. But that, frankly, didn’t bother me at all.
Definately recommended! I am going to go out and buy it and read it again.