There are no bad books.
What are some books to stay away from and why? It's an odd question, one that left Glenn quite puzzled when he came across it. Are there any books you should avoid. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' isn't a book that Glenn is rushing out to buy, but it's certainly not a book he would tell someone to avoid. In fact, one of the most transformative experiences of his life came from reading a book he didn't agree with. On radio this morning, Glenn explained why he would never tell someone to avoid reading something.
"You know, I thought of like 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. I avoid that. And I don't think there's any redeeming value. I haven't read it, but from what I've heard, I don't think there's any redeeming value. It won't make my life better," he said. "But I'm so afraid, I'm so nervous about where our society is going. When somebody poses the question, what books are bad? No books are bad. No books are bad."
Glenn explained that it was actually The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan that started him on the road to finding God in his life. Glenn was Catholic when he started reading it, and it challenged his perception and made him think about what he truly believed and why.
"The books that have made me the most angry, the most frightened, the most insulted are the ones that have come the closest to changing my life. Because they're the ones that I feel something. I can tell you the first one that made me feel that way is 'The Demon-Haunted World' by Carl Sagan. I think of that book all the time. 'TheDemon-Haunted World' by Carl Sagan. I was Catholic at the time, and he was talking about the old church."
"But I remember reading Carl Sagan, and I got so infuriated because he was using the Catholic church as an example of how bad things could really get," he explained. "I actually got so mad, I threw the book across the room. And I stopped. It was like instinct. This guy pisses me off. Where did that come from? I remember I went back and picked up that book and I said, I have to read it now. There's something inside me that's not right now. What is making me feel that way? That book changed my life."
"I considered because of that book, there is no God. And, you know what, I've never considered that before. Why do I feel this way? Because why am I defending something that happened in the ninth century. How could I possibly be upset about something that happened, that I know is wrong? Where is that feeling coming from? Wait. What feelings have been given to me that don't belong to me. Wait a minute. Does God even belong to me, or have I just been given that in doses my whole life? Yeah, I don't know if he's real."
"It started the gears turning. And so the gears were turning and churning and churning and churning and finally, things started going, wait a minute. Click, click, click. And the vault door opened."
"What started as a book by an atheist, who says there is no God, and then going to Yale, where they're saying, there definitely is no God. To being the guy that everybody is like, oh, jeez, the guy is a freaking preacher, shut him up. "
"There are no bad books."