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Posted August 31, 2009
Love of God, love of family by the guy who wrote Basic Instincts. Unforgetable.
I really liked this book. Having grown up Catholic, I found so many similarities in the way I feel about my religion. I've never wanted to throw out the baby with the bathwater... I love God, I love so many aspects of Catholicism, but I am sad and angry about the patriachy. This book helped me to openly love the goodness of the church. Joe's eyes and my eyes are wide open about the negativity of the church, but he has found a way to embrace the holiness without condoning the actions of the hierarchy. I have found nothing else quite like the mysticism of Catholicism to bring me closer to the 3 persons of God. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your touching story of love of God and love of family with us. This is an unforgetable book for me. I am purchasing my 3rd copy to give as gifts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2008
I loved Hollywood Animal-it was brutally honest-I spent an entire week at the beach reading it. I neglected to do much of anything else that week and I wanted to enjoy my vacation, but I just couldn't put it down. I remember thinking that I just couldn't stand it when the author left his first wife and made a new family, I just felt awful liking the guy still after reading all about it, and it brought up way, way too many painful memories on my side. In spite of myself, when I finished Hollywood Animal, I could not help but hope that everyone in both families would live happily ever after. I was really annoyed with myself with that one, but the book made such an impression that a couple of years later, I actually looked up to see if Mr. Esterhas had written anything else. <BR/> <BR/>And so I found Crossbearer and I loved it much more than Hollywood Animal. It is a story of true redemption in our dearest Lord Jesus Christ. And now I'm on here buying a copy for my dad. Mr. Esterhas is no whiner, and that has turned me, a hardliner, into one of his fans. One can sense his kindness towards his first wife, and his expressed and great love for his second. I can forgive that truth, and that says a lot about this man. I hope so much for him that his older children find the Lord also and that his granddaughters stay well as can be, and that his little children stay close and watch his journey.<BR/><BR/>I'll be waiting for the next installment.....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2008
A Review of the Book and the Man
This will be an unusual review. My name is Vince. Yes, the same Vince from page 181 of Crossbearer. In February of 2007, I was at the lowest point of my life. For escape, I turned to books. I had purchased Hollywood Animal when it came out. As a closet screenwriter for nearly a decade, I had long admired the man who wrote one of my favorite films: Telling Lies in America. His autobiography had been on my bookshelf for a while awaiting my attentions. But I ran a company and my hours were long. When the company folded and I lost my job, I had time¿ the kind of time I didn¿t want. The kind of time that knows no peace. I needed nepenthe. So I read Hollywood Animal at night, expecting the lavish adventures of one of my favorite screenwriters. And it was. But it was more. It was the story of a man who had risked everything for love... and then given up the most compelling forces of his life to stick around for that love. The honesty necessary to craft this memoir was boggling. I found the book enabling and inspirational. I was moved from my depression. Valentine's Day brought a blizzard to Cleveland and I wrote a 'love' letter. Joe documents my letter in the book. And as stunned as I was the first time I heard his voice, there was never a doubt in my mind that he would contact me. I felt that deep a kinship with him from his book. Joe read my scripts. He met with me and told me how much he enjoyed them. My Hollywood story was beginning. And as he guided me through the gates of the Hotel California, I had numerous occasions to thank Joe Eszterhas. Joe has a humble and gracious generosity that is rare upon the earth. Once, I thanked Joe for everything he had done for me, wondering why, of all the numerous requests he must have had to read scripts, why he read mine. 'You're a terrific writer,' he said, 'you wrote a terrific letter. You wrote some terrific scripts.' Then he added, 'But I never would have responded before. There was more. It was an Act of God.' Irony. We'll get to the irony later. A few months ago, Joe invited me to his home and took me out for lunch. Sushi, of course. Joe eats a lot of fish and sushi is a favorite of mine. Back at his home, he set me down at his table and put a manuscript in front of me. I read the story of how Joe and I became friends... but from his point of view. Sometimes I get so trapped in my own head that I am puzzled that another point of view could actually exist. It really is quite something to see yourself through the eyes of someone else, let alone someone you admire so greatly who is so capable of expressing themselves so profoundly. 'I can cut anything you aren't comfortable with,' he said to me. 'You don't need to change a comma,' I said as I hugged him. Later, he gave me a copy of the galleys and I finally got to read the entire book. The man who wrote Basic Instinct, Jade, and Showgirls... the man who gave voice to Bill Clinton's member in American Rhapsody... had written a memoir of his faith. For some, this might seem a bit surprising. Perhaps it was most surprising to Joe himself. But, like most surprises, this book was as inevitable as a sunrise¿ and as bright¿ as beautiful. Irony is one of my favorite things...and, ironically, one of my least favorite things. You see, I am not a person of faith. I would very much love it if there were an all-powerful, all-loving being in charge of the universe. I would very much love it if this being were my best friend and that I could have a word with him about Diabetes and cancer and all that ails the world. But when I imagine what a world run by such a divine being would look like... it isn't very much like this one. That said, we can all recall books and conversations with friends who are trying to share their religious experiences with us... and if that's what anyone expects from Crossbearer, that expectation will be shaken. Joe Eszterhas is not a presumptious mWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.