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New Tricks: Complete BBC Series 10 [DVD]
New Tricks: Complete BBC Series 10 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alun Armstrong
Price: £13.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun -great chemistry, 22 Jan. 2014
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What can one say -don't worry about the plot -just enjoy the acting and chemistry of the UCOS team .Most enjoyable .


The Origins of Hertfordshire
The Origins of Hertfordshire
by Tom Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent history of early Hertfordshire, 22 Jan. 2014
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excellent detailed account of the early history of Hertfordshire based on up to date research .Tom Williamson know his material well and gives an absorbing story that gives a general reader and excellent introduction to the considerable body of research that has been built up in the past 40 years .Well illustrated and full of new and helpful inisghts .


The People's Pilgrim: John Bunyan Autobiography
The People's Pilgrim: John Bunyan Autobiography
by Peter J. Morden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars good fast moving introduction to john bunyan, 13 May 2013
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Peter Morden writes a stimulating account of the life and writings and impact of John Bunyan whose pilgrims progress is second in numbers published to the Bible as Christian books .He applies Bunyans message to our own lives showing how the Christian life is a battle but also a journey guided by Jesus Christ .

Well illustrated and gives a good introduction to all of John Bunyan's writings for follow up as well as encouraging the reader to visit the Bunyan Meeting and his cottage in Bedford.

a book for the general reader rather than the historian which gives a wider appeal


Woodbine Willie: An Unsung Hero of World War One
Woodbine Willie: An Unsung Hero of World War One
by Robert Holman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a moving read about a great and unusual priest, 13 May 2013
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a well written stimulating account of the life of a radical and influential Christian minister who reached millions outside the doors of the Church in the trenches as a chaplain and after World War 1 as a wide ranging travelling speaker ..His message of the reality of the living Christ as one who suffered and died for us all regardless of our culture of class made a huge impact and is the same today .His insights on the senseless of war and means to bring reconciliation and peace are still much needed today.

Bob Holman has researched the book very thoroughly including talking to relatives and people who knew him and the book also forms a fine introduction Stoddert Kennedys writing -still very much worth reading today .


Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day
Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day
by Abhijit V. Banerjee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a practical and pragmatic approach to development aid, 20 Aug. 2012
Many books on development aid expound a broad theory based on soem key assumptions about development aid being ideolgically "good" or " bad".Poor Economics is a very interesting and stimulating book that reviews the empirical evidence of "what works" (or does not)in development aid.This makes it a very useful for busy aid workers or commentators on the value of the different measures deployed in the quest to give the right kind of aid to help underdeveloped countries tackle their problems.

This is a very useful and up to date book to get an overall picture of what is effective and also has excellent references to follow up on particular subjects -not just books but websites that contain date on ongoing research .


Beyond the State in Rural Uganda: Development in Rural Uganda (International African Library)
Beyond the State in Rural Uganda: Development in Rural Uganda (International African Library)
by Ben Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars explring community life in a ugandan village, 28 Feb. 2011
Beyond the State in rural uganda is a detailed award winning study of the way a remote Ugandan community functions based on substantial research .The author in his PHD research set out to discover what the impact of the much praised Ugandan government approach to economic development played out on the ground in the village of Oledai near Ngora town in the Teso region of North East Uganda .His discovery based on many interviews with local people and leaders was that government programmes and initiatives did not touch the lives of the community at all .Rather the government was regarded as totally uninterested in their problems of deep poverty and their struggle to survive .

Jones finds out with masterful detail that the key players in leadership and community strength were the three Churches and the recently formed community organised burial society .He shows the slow recovery that the area is going through from the devastation of the Karamojong insurgency is achieved by the hard labours of the local people led by Church leaders.The role of the newly emergent evangelical Pentecostal Assemblies of God is especially noted.

Most studies of sub saharan African development ignore the role of the Churches and it is refreshing to find an independant study that highlights the Churches wide impact in tackling community renewal at a grassroots level .
This excellent book deserves wide readership by those interested in tackling poverty in Africa.


When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves
When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves
by Steve Corbett
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars provocative and incisive study of key issues in tackling poverty, 26 Oct. 2009
When Helping Hurts is an excellent and thought provoking look at how Christians should tackle community povery both at home and overseas.So many Christian missions and Churches try to help the poor in a patronizing and insensitve fashion with negative results and much waste of effort and money .

This book takes us in to where so much has gone wrong and how Christians can start to get it right .A key area is that Christians rightly give aid as welfare in a crisis e.g handing over food,clothes,clean water at a time of flood or acute hunger but then do the same when it comes to recovery and development where the aid agency should be working sensitively with the poor and help them mobilize their resources .Western groups are too often not working with the cultural grain of the people they are trying to help with disastrous results .Corbett and Fikkert give lots of excellent examples of how to be really effective

Though written for the US market this book is full of valuable ideas and insights for any Christians from the west engaged in mission and relief.Good pirce and some helpful illustrations with some scope for follow on in study groups.


Primitive Methodism (Exploring Methodism)
Primitive Methodism (Exploring Methodism)
by G.E. Milburn
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to the history of primitive methodism, 18 Aug. 2009
The Primitive Methodist Church was a revivalist group that formed out of John Wesleys Methodist Church in the early years of the 19th century out of a deep desire to reach people with the Gospel of Christ and use the talents of all gifted people in their congregations.Through vigourous sacrificial evangelism and their appeal to ordinary working class people ,they grew to become a major UK Church in a matter of two decades centred especially in industrial and mining areas of the country .This book gives a lucid account of their story with many illustrative case studies of their organisation,impact,hymnody,missionary zeal and dynamism and can be highly recommended to those looking for a quality and accessible introduction to this vigourous revivalist Church.


No Line On The Horizon
No Line On The Horizon
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent U2, 1 Jun. 2009
This review is from: No Line On The Horizon (Audio CD)
Thought that U2 might have been over the hill given how long they have been doing their stuff -how i was wrong on this new album.-the first five tracks are especially good .Magnificant is just that .Moment of Surrender awesome.No line intriguing .They have managed to do it like they used to do but kept the songs and sounds fresh and challenging.
Great stuff -worth every penny.


The Music 1972-2008
The Music 1972-2008
Price: £17.94

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant manzanera!, 10 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Music 1972-2008 (Audio CD)
This twin album and DVD is a must have for any roxy fan as it gives a great overview of the range of music that Phil Manzanera has done and still produces .Some great roxy tracks phil leads on but a great introduction to lesser known material such as from his solo and collaborative albums with Eno ,Andy Mackay and a number of south american bands.
The DVD gives PMs story and reflections on where hes come from and how his music has developed but also some great performances that are a bit different and show his latin roots.Guantanamera is a particularly dynamic rendering with a frantastic cuban group of musicians

Altogether a great production from PM


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