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Mon Aug 13 00:00:00 MDT 2007paul540 Rating:5.0
After having marked profound reflections and new things I've learned on almost every page I've read of Fulton Sheen's book, 'Life of Christ,' I can't delay recommending it to you any longer-- I'm highly recommending this book not just because of the clarity and power of his words or the strength and insightfulness of his scholarship, but also because he sheds light on aspects of Jesus that I think are often lost, misunderstood, or severely under-appreciated. No matter what your perspective is on God's relation to the world and who Jesus is, I think you would find this book a treasury of wisdom and well worth reading. Quoting the inside cover, 'When a gifted author comes to grips with a mighty theme, readers can anticipate a work of unusual merit and value. That anticipation is more than fulfilled in this moving story of the greatest life ever lived as told by one of the most dedicated scholars of our day.' Also, the cause for Fulton Sheen's canonization as a saint is currently being pursued.
Thu May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2010ritso Rating:4.0
Don't know if enjoyed is the right word for the subject matter of the book, but I enjoyed it. You gotta love Lester Ballard with all his flaws.
Thu Nov 12 00:00:00 MST 2009extrapurpose Rating:5.0
A wonderful labor of love from my generation's most-easily recognized cartoonist. This book is a bargain at the sheer volume of detailed and meticulously hand drawn depictions of the 1st book of the bible with every verse covered. R. Crumb is a living wonder and anything he draws is of interest not only to me but to hundreds of others. Imperfect work by an admittedly imperfect artist of an obviously imperfect world from which we have come. The text and subject matter is well-documented and often published but the art work is completely original and breathtaking. No vistas are too demanding; no details are too trivial for his sensitive pen to convey. Mere words fail me.
Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 MST 2009andee633 Rating:4.0
It's an interesting read. I enjoy the author's descriptive words,, so I slow down to enjoy the words. However, the subject matter is not for everyone and I would be selective as to whom I recommend it.
Thu Dec 22 00:00:00 MST 2011haelie Rating:5.0
Unexpected interruptions in life and schedules...truly the story of my life. In writing Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected, Priscilla Shirer has practically written much of the story of my life. And she has never even met me! How is this?! Apparently my life situations and struggles are not quite as unique as I once thought. What a comforting realization. Of all of the books I have read in the past few months, I would say this one speaks most specifically to me. As a matter of fact, I believe that you may discover the same for yourself if you so choose to venture into the waters of Jonah's story as told by Priscilla. Jonah's story may be a bit familiar to most who have read the Bible or even heard Bible stories throughout their life. However, I have never read nor thought of Jonah's story in quite the way Priscilla Shirer presents it in Life Interrupted. For probably the first time ever, I actually found myself identifying with Jonah rather than judging him. Have unexpected, even unwanted interruptions come your way causing your life course to be frustratingly altered? Have you had a very large virtual fish swallow you in order to force you back on a path or mission you were trying to avoid and even run from? Then I share with you something Priscilla says on this matter, "...No matter how remote and relaxing, nothing fills the void of the abandoned purpose. Nothing feels the same anymore when you're running from God." Have you made a mess of your life in the past? Then, I echo a quote Priscilla shares by a lady named Carol Kent when she says, "My mess has become my greatest message." If you can say yes to any or all of the above, you may identify with Jonah more than you think. And you will definitely identify with Life Interrupted. Additionally, I would like to leave you with an encouraging and true reminder from Priscilla, "When we respond to our second chances by obeying Him with new determination, entirety, and abandon, His Word and work can do amazing things through us, enough to spill over into second chances for lots of others." Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Tue Feb 26 00:00:00 MST 2008joyc360 Rating:5.0
If you have read "the secret" and long for more information, this is the book for you. It gives you the tools and understanding to really put the law of attraction to work for you. This has truly changed my life. No matter how you feel about Abraham, you will know that the words in this book are true.
Wed Oct 05 00:00:00 MDT 2011holling1992 Rating:5.0
Very moving story in the words of the captive. As horrible as this man was, and the woman for that matter, she was brainwashed to think that they cared for her.
Thu Feb 23 00:00:00 MST 2012peacockjp Rating:5.0
Without revealing secret and unspoken truths of the craft, Margo has written a book that is not only very informational, it is also completely captivating. It seems strange for me to use the word intertaining when referring to a book written about ones religion. This book, however, is worth a close look at folks already elevated in the Craft or Paganism no matter what the tradition of that particular person or group, and to those who are just interested -- It is fun and it will certainly keep your attention. Ms. Adler was given entry to the most important levels of this relition. If you are new on this path - there is lots to learn from this book - it's a must have. I personally am very grateful to Ms. Adler.
Wed Jun 11 00:00:00 MDT 2008kutiekoot Rating:5.0
This book is well worth the money, I highly recommend it. As a matter of fact I let a girlfriend borrow it and I am sure her husband will love me for it. Wonderful tips and pointers, great techinques. Wish I would have read this book years ago, and I am sure my husband will agree. If he knew I got the information from a book he would have bought it for me, but I didn't tell him. Just surprised him and well, lets say he was very appreciative. I am sure he is wondering what changed, but unless he asks, Mumms the word. ; ) Enjoy.
Sun Jan 06 00:00:00 MST 2008leslei Rating:5.0
This book would be worth buying just for Barbara La Valee's gorgeous illustrations, but it's also charming, funny enough & well-written enough so that parents won't mind the multiple readings kids demand, &reassuring to children that mama will love them no matter what,.In addition to all that, it gives, almost as though casually, a view of the traditional Inupiak way of life, in words and pictures. This has been a favorite with us, our children, & now our grandchildren--so much so that we, each of our children, and our older granddaughter own at least one Barbara La Vallee print apiece. This copy of the book was bought for our 5-year-old granddaughter, since none of the others will part with his or her copy!
Thu May 02 00:00:00 MDT 2013ancientmarinerdlc Rating:1.0
The dust jacket comments on this novel were obviously written under the influence of one or more hallucinatory substances -- for example "Death in Breslau is a stylish, intelligent, and original addition to the canon". I typically read twenty or more books a month and have done for years. This unfortunate effort has to be the absolute worst of the hundreds, maybe thousands, I've read. I finished it only because I finish books I begin, but fortunately until "Death in Breslau" (and environs) none has been as painful to complete. Every character in in the book was detestable, weird, contemptible, perverted, or various combinations of all four, and about whom it was impossible to care what happened to any of them no matter how painfully they may have suffered or died. They were all such miserable examples of humanity it wouldn't have mattered the tiniest whit to me if they had all been eviscerated and their fresh bodily openings stuffed with berserk scorpions. (That's what happened to a pair of unfortunate ladies who, in an allegedly centuries old ritual, became part of the "Death" in this "novel's" title.) I suspect the translator shares responsibility for why the book is as bad as it is. Too many utterances were "hissed." Smiles, if any, were sneers, leers, or at best grins. (One of its many low points portrayed a linguist after a long effort to translate a particular ancient Hebraic word or phrase who finally "uttered the Archimedean cry.") I apologize for equivocating about how I feel about this book, and I realize I should have been more direct. Fortunately, reviewing it was cathartic -- even if it didn't take away the ache of having read it.
Tue Oct 12 00:00:00 MDT 2010advisor24 Rating:5.0
The CEV Large Print paperback Holy Bible was exactly what I needed to re-vitalize my personal home bible reading. Having studied the bible and having read it through in KJ and NIV versions, at times it seemed all too familiar. This version provides a study in plain English, while still challenging your need to confirm familiar passages. Also, it still leaves enough space to allow for spiritual revelation in God's word. The passages are clear with good references and it is easier to remember the general subject matter from the plain English. The physical characteristics of the book are that it is attractive but not so flashy that it becomes a conversation piece; it is comfortable to take to church or study with at home; and the binding is firm and secure. After buying the first one, I was compelled to go back to the site to get one for my wife as well. We both love them.
Sat Jan 28 00:00:00 MST 2012ikw4 Rating:4.0
Maya Angelouís memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings retells the rough childhood Maya faced and how it pushed her aspire for a better life. Maya Angelouís purpose for writing her story is to prove that it doesnít matter where you come from and what you go through, you can always make your dreams come true. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a memoir depicting Maya Angelouís youth and upbringing in rural Stamps, Arkansas with her grandmother and the visits to St. Louis with her mother, and San Francisco with her father. Maya Angelou approaches her book as simply a woman telling her story. She doesnít write for pity or sympathy, only for inspiring and motivating. The main theme of the book is overcoming odds; her odds being a difficult childhood. Her experiences motivated her to tell her story of self-discovery and realization. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is aimed toward young girls who also may have struggles in their youth. The basic premises that Maya Angelou had for writing her memoir were her adolescence and the life-changing events that took place. The Depression, her parents divorce when she was three, her virginity unwillingly being taken away at age eight, and the racial segregation and discrimination of the blacks throughout her life were just a few. Some themes that emerged include racism and prejudice, religion, and also the abandonment by her parents. All these parts of her life cause her to act and create the ultimate idea of striving for greater. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is written very clearly with an apparent intent to move you with her story. In my opinion Maya Angelou did achieve her goal because after finishing her story I realized that I shouldnít give up no matter what comes my way. Maya Angelouís most important points in her book are that you can take on whatever may come your way as long as you believe in yourself and that your dreams are important and you should never let anybody else tell you differently. She proved this by not letting people tell her that she couldnít be a conductorette on the streetcars. When the Railway office refused her she kept coming back until they finally gave her the job. This proved that as long as she believed that she could get the job and she kept fighting for it, she would succeed. The possibilities that the book suggests to the reader is that you can do anything. The one thing that the book leaves out is the epilogue. In fact, that is the reason that I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars. There is no follow up on the rest of her life so there is a sense of it being incomplete. Truth be told, that is the only thing I disliked about the book. What I liked best about the book is Maya Angelouís in-depth description and unique point of view that makes everyday moments seem so important and meaningful. Her writing style is one of a kind; full of soul that can be read through her words. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a heart touching and soul strengthening book that I would recommend to anyone. Whether you have been or are currently in a situation like Mayaís you will enjoy this book immensely and certainly be inspired.
Thu May 16 00:00:00 MDT 2013moonpie72 Rating:5.0
Her Good Name is more than just a superbly entertaining novel; it holds spiritual truths that are important to remember. Social boundaries were heavily drawn even in the late 1800ís when this story takes place. The wealthy worked hard to keep their group elite and unspotted by those of lesser means. This is the situation Espy Estrada and Warren Brentwood found themselves in. Espy was a beautiful and intelligent daughter of an American mother and Portuguese fisherman. She had her 11 siblings lived in poverty. After an accident her father had developed a serious drinking problem to the point he was rarely at home. It fell to Espy and her older sister to support the family. Her dreams for an education had been cut short. Warren on the other hand came from a wealthy family that had given him the best education possible. They had his life planned out to take over the family business and marry the girl (of course an aristocrat) of their choice. He had been taught since he was young that this was his destiny. Although he felt obligated to comply with his parentís wishes, he was made of a different cloth than his family. He was kind and compassionate and saw value in people no matter what their station. Espy had liked him since they attended grammar school together many years ago. He had just returned to their hometown from college and she finds ways to run into him on a daily basis. Warren is shocked at the beautiful young woman she has become and the strange affect being near her brings. They are suddenly thrown together when their pastor asks Warren to start a youth group to bring young people back into the church and proposes Espy be his assistant. They become very excited about bringing both the wealthy and the working class together not only to learn Godís Word but also to help the poor in the community. Alas, trying to combine the two social groups is like mixing oil and water. In spite of the difficulties, Espyís enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude are encouraging and impressive to Warren. His family is very upset at him having any type of interaction with her. He becomes torn between his growing feelings for her and his familyís expectations. Espy feels she is moving up in the world when Mrs. Stockton, the wife of a respected local high school professor hires her on as housekeeper. Espy knows Mr. Stockton has a large library and hopes to be able to read some of his books. Unfortunately the professor has other motives and his wife catches him making inappropriate advances on Espy. Rather than tell the truth they spread lies about her and she becomes shunned by the entire town including Warren. She can stand it no more and moves to a nearby town where she lives with a missionary and his wife. God begins to work in both their lives in amazing ways. The author beautifully illustrates truths in Godís Word warning us not to judge others by how things appear. I loved Espyís strength in facing such condemnation and as she grew spiritually, allowing God to defend her good name. I admired Warrenís strength in choosing to please God no matter who he might displease, even those closest to him. Two scriptures that this story brought to mind were: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 And of course, A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 I was also very impressed that although this was a romance novel, it was written very clean and purely. An excellent book! "I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review."
Fri Feb 18 00:00:00 MST 2011jeremiahbenedict Rating:1.0
To Train Up a Child, written by Michael and Debi Pearl has been linked to Abuse and Murder cases. The Authors claim to be teaching an Amish tradition in child rearing (p 10), that is based on Amish mule training (Introduction). Parents who are fleeing from the anti spanking teachings by experts in modern child psychology mistakenly seek comfort in the teachings of the Pearls. What the Pearls are actually transmitting is a suspicious view of human nature gained from Freud, protestant reformers, and the application of punishment techniques gleaned from early 20th century behavioral psychology, animal training, and their own upside down version of Christianity, where God often acts like the Devil. These become their inspirations for teaching the use of systematic over-punishment techniques in child rearing--that lead to abuse and murder. Most Parents don't think they can train their little children. Training doesn't necessarily require that the trainee be capable of reason; even mice and rats can be trained to respond to stimuli. Careful training can make a dog perfectly obedient. ......... If you wait until your dog is displaying unacceptable behavior before you rebuke (or kick) him, you will have a foot-shy mutt that is always sulking around to see what he can get away with before being screamed at. Where there is an absence of training, you can no more rebuke and whip a child into acceptable behavior than you can the family dog. No amount of discipline can make up for a lack of training (p 2) What the Pearls are forgetting here is that Dogs reach adulthood in one to two years. Rats reach adult hood in only a few months. The simple things that animals have to learn as they approach maturity are not a suitable direct comparison for training an infant human or small toddler. By development itself, infants and small toddlers are not suitable for training exercises like that described above. They do not understand, they generalize the anxiety to unplanned "stimuli," or household objects, or to the parents themselves. Although animals might be trained this way without damage to the master/animal-servant relationship, entering this strategy to the parent child relationship seems counter intuitive at best. Moreover, they are not similar to "head strong young men (p 3)," who enter the military at adulthood, at age 18, who respond with full attention at the words "Tenn-Hutt (p 3)," as the Pearls suggest. Nor should the over use of bodily punishment be likened to the training exercises these young men go through, where the military uses "real bullets (p 53)," as the Pearls also suggest. Analogies can be good if applied correctly. So far the Pearls do not apply them correctly since it gives them license to advise doing unethical things to children. The Pearls attempt to make pious their mix of early modern behavioral psychology and animal training for child rearing by errantly proposing that God tempted Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden to partake of the forbidden fruit: "But that is tempting the child you say!" you say. Did not God do the same for Adam and Eve? (p56) The Pearls have given us a mix of modern behavioral psychology, animal training, and upside down Christianity where God is the tempter: When God wanted to "train," his first two children not to touch, He did not place the forbidden object out of their reach. Instead, He placed the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" in the "midst of the garden" (Gen 3:3). Since it was readily accessible in the middle of the garden, they would be exposed to its temptation more often. God's purpose was not to save the tree, but rather, to train the couple. Note that the tree was not just "knowledge of evil," but "knowledge of good and evil." By exercising their wills not to eat, they would have learned the meaning of "good" as well as "evil." Eating the tree's fruit was not only the way in which they would come to knowledge of good and evil, but it was a forbidden shortcut. No, Adam and Eve were not oblivious to the meaning of Good and Evil except for God's supposed "training" exercise. Before we explore all this let's see where the Pearls are coming from for their belief in Adam & Eve's supposed state of stupidity: At their creation, Adam and Eve were complete physically, but morally undeveloped. A four-month fetus, still in the mother's womb, is a living soul. Though all of its tiny members match those of a mature adult, it is yet an incomplete creation needing further growth before becoming distinct from its mother. In like manner, a three-year-old child, in its soul has all the tiny features of a morally responsible adult--a knowledge of right and wrong, a sense of justice, accountability, conscience, duty, guilt, shame, etc. Yet, none of the moral faculties are developed to the point of being fully operative and independent. (p17) Again the Pearls confuse the abilities of adults (Adam and Eve) with those of toddlers. This explains the Pearls' pious reasoning for prescribing severe punishment for training infants and toddlers. To them God punished Adam & Eve who were purportedly like three year olds, with INCOMPREHENSIBLE severity--cursing the ground, casting them out of the Garden etc. But why are the Pearls wrong? Adam and Eve were created in the Adult state (Ott, 104-105) and most adults have no problem in not touching trees. But that is the depth of thought given to this story by the Pearls. But the matter was more serious. The tree contained knowledge that was only proper to God, which as sons of God, Adam and Eve had no problem honoring God's wishes for this. In fact, Adam & Eve were quite smart (104, 105, Ott): God brought Adam the animals for him to name (Gen 2:20). Adam knew the status and tasks of the woman (Genesis 2:23). Adam & Eve knew how to till the Garden etc. God gave Adam and Eve, "the first educators of humanity (104, Ott), " infused knowledge for their natural aims (to glorify God) and their supernatural destiny--to be with God in Heaven (104, Ott). Thus when God told Adam and Eve about not eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil lest they would surely die, they understood completely. They knew Good and Evil already from the standpoint of the information given them--"Do not Eat. . . or You will surely die." But it was not simply knowledge that God infused into Adam & Eve to pass this test of their Honor for him. Adam and Eve had virtuous hearts: The elevation to the state of grace is indicated by the intimacy between God and the progenitors of the human race in Paradise. A scriptural proof is provided by St. Paul's teaching on the Redemption. The Apostle teaches that Christ, the Second Adam, restored what the first Adam had lost, the state of original holiness and justice. But if he [Adam] had lost it, he must previously have received it. CF Rom. 5:12 et seq.; Eph 1:10 ; I Cor. 6:2; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15; Rom 5:10 et seq. ; 8:14 et seq (Ott, 103). For more of my book review, go to- *******
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She loves to see the world, lives for thrills, and can't get enough of the outdoors. The mom in your life, be it your mom, your spouse, or even just a good friend, is an adventure-seeker, and the gift you get her this Mother's Day should reflect that. Whether her idea of a good time is a vacation far from home or a backpacking trip with her family, she'll love these gift ideas.