[Netflix] Movie Review – The Da Vinci Code

As Robert Langdon puts it at the end of the movie, “It’s whatever you believe”, and while the question proposed throughout the movie is controversial, it does make for a good movie. I would liken it to Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies as they are all a search for “treasure” of one kind or another.

Symbols, codes, clues, and secret societies fill this movie with intrigue and interest. I also love all the history (however true it actually is) reported throughout the movie to prove the religious theory that the Holy Grail isn’t an object, it’s a person.

I also love the ending, where everything is revealed, and all the mysteries are (somewhat) laid to rest. Tom Hanks, while not a favorite actor, is one I do enjoy watching on the big screen, and Ian McKellen has been in some great movies too. Paul Bettany even makes an appearance. No matter what you believe, it does make a good story and gives us all a little food for thought.

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Asgard Stories by Mary H. Foster

Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse MythologyAsgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First off, the author specifically states that this ebook was formatted to introduce young children to Norse Mythology. It was developed by teachers for teachers and others wanting to teach their kids about mythology from our northern ancestors.

As such, it is very much a beginner’s guide to Norse Mythology. It gives all the more famous stories, most notoriously the ones leading up to Ragnarok and the one with Thor in a dress. Having said that, a lot of the details are missing – there are a lot of duels during Ragnarok which the book glossed over. Mythology is also notorious for violence, killing, raping, and torture, which the book also glosses over.

If you want to get into Norse Mythology this might be a good place to start, but you will need find other resources for more in depth research.

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The Shack by William Paul Young

The ShackThe Shack by William Paul Young

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I avoided reading this book as I do all books I’ve never heard of until they’re made into movies, but a friend lent me a copy and I couldn’t avoid it any longer. Long story short, this book is deep.

It goes into a deep discussion about how the world and God works through humans. It takes on serious subjects such as independence, freedom, fate, judgment, love, and relationships. I’m not going to lie, I’m in the process of rereading this book again because I know I missed some things because this book goes into such deep discussion.

It’s presented as a true life story, I’m not entirely sure I believe that but given I’ve read the books by Crystal McVea I can’t entirely rule it out either. I’ve not had the opportunity to watch the movie, but now I kind of want to, just to see how it turns out.

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The Book of the Goddess by Anna Livia Plurabelle

The Book of the GoddessThe Book of the Goddess by Anna Livia Plurabelle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a very short little ebook that can only be found at www.sacredtexts.com (look under the women’s tab). I read it one day while looking for a different text on the site. The author starts out by saying that she cobbled together a belief system from other belief systems (which she claims is how all other belief systems are made).

However it was refreshing to read about a relief system based on the feminine given that modern religion is all based on the masculine (not saying that it’s bad, it just is what is and as a women I liked her take on things).

It made for an interesting religious read as she had compiled some hymns and prayers to the Goddess and all her various forms as the author has laid them out. It is a quick read for the open minded person.

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The Buddhist Catechism by Henry S. Olcott

The Buddhist CatechismThe Buddhist Catechism by Henry Steel Olcott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As someone who has only briefly brushed the topic of Buddhism (Karma & Reincarnation) this little ebook answered a lot of questions and fleshed out some the things I only knew a little about.

Presented in question and answer style with several introductions included and an appendix this is a handy little book for those of us wanted to know more about Buddhism. I found it informative, but I believe this is made for more of an introduction or primer to Buddhism as there are several aspects that could have been delved into further.

If you are like me and want to know more about Buddhism, for curiosity’s sake or maybe you’re looking at it as a new religion, this would be a good place to start.

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Bullfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bullfinch

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry (Laurel Classic)Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a very good introduction into mythology. I’ve had a long interest in mythology, Greek particularly, which had led me to already know many of the stories contained in this novel. I will admit that some of the myths were told in a new way to me, which made them new to me.

I’ve not had much experience with Norse mythology or the legends of Charlemagne, so both of those were quite fun to read as they were new to me. I’ve read the free little Amazon ebook on King Arthur and his Knights, so many of those myths were familiar, but I enjoyed rereading them again anyway.

However, I wasn’t impressed by the lengthy discussions on The Illiad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, and other epic poems. Granted, they are important pieces of mythology, but I feel that they should be studied on their own, not in collection with other mythological stories.

Overall, it’s a good introduction into mythology, and a good resource.

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