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Love at the Speed of Email
Love at the Speed of Email
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story, beautifully and fearlessly told, 30 Jun 2012
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Lisa tells her interesting and unusual story with humour and charm. She paints a vivid picture of her nomadic life as daughter of development workers overseas and then as a professional psychologist supporting humanitarian workers exposed to great human suffering and brutality, and the interesting and bizarre experiences, relationships and dilemmas that unfold. As someone who married the childhood sweetheart I had dated since age 17 I was captivated by Lisa's long-distance e-relationships with men halfway round the world that often started with email exchanges about a blog post or online essay, led to increasingly intense email communications over several months and then the terrible dilemma of what happens when you meet the person face to face! Will there be the same chemistry as there was with anonymous emails? After a couple of misses that highlighted the perils of this kind of relationship, the question of whether it would be "third time lucky" with mysterious Mike from Papua New Guinea brought the book to a compelling conclusion.

Along the way are some poignant essays on "What is Home?", working out a purpose when so much of life seems transient, and trying to make sense of a bigger picture in contexts of great human misery. In all of it Lisa has a sharp eye for the humorous/ridiculous.

Heartily recommended.


The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God
by Dallas Willard
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to tranform your life, 12 Sep 2009
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This book has had a more profound positive impact on me than any other I have read. It greatly enlarged by appreciation of the greatness and warmth and love of God. It shone light on how our society, and the church, have gone wrong and have become morally disorientated. In contrast the book paints an inspiring and accessible picture of the goodness of God's Kingdom, with very practical guidance on how to approach and enter that kingdom life as a disciple of Christ.

The book is so dense and rich that I have had to re-read parts of it a few times to really understand and appreciate it - but the effort is well worth while. The transforming effects of this teaching when put into practice are real - the 'good' life God wants us to live is available and reachable with His help if we enroll ourselves in the 'Curriculum of Christlikeness' as this book teaches.


The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
by Dallas Willard
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theory a bit dry, but practical material is life-changing, 26 Aug 2009
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I came to this book after being blown away by the brilliance of "The Divine Conspiracy" by the same author. I hoped it would provide some more practical guidance on the spiritual disciplines as a key tool for Christian discipleship.

The first chapter offers a teaser. True followers of Christ want to be like him - want to react the way he reacts to situations and want to demonstrate his quality of goodness. "The secret described within these pages has been placed within your reach" says the author. I read eagerly on, but found the first half of the book disappointingly dry.

The author makes a strong and detailed theological and psychological case to explain how and why the spiritual discplines, which are essentially physical practices, are effective in spiritual development. To be honest I was prepared to take the author's word for this. Other like-minded readers could skip a few chapters to where the author switches from theory to practice. From that point onwards I found the book rich, inspiring and practical. The main spiritual disciplines are explained concisely but with enough information for the reader to start the journey of putting them into practice. The author's treatment is complementary to that of Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline.

The final two chapters of the book address two very important subjects. Firstly, is poverty to be treated as a spiritual discipline - are there spiritual benefits in deliberately giving away our wealth to embrace poverty? The author's strongly argued position might surprise you! Secondly there is an empassioned treatise on the role spiritual disciplines could play in addressing the negative power structures and tendancy to violence of society today, if sufficient numbers of Christians, distributed throughout society, took the disciplines seriously and became increasingly Christlike. It is an exciting, if radical, vision. Dare we believe it to be possible? This book renewed my belief in the transforming work of God's Kingdom - not just in the future age - but right now.


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