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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 31 July 2010
This review is from: SHACKLED WARRIOR (Hardcover)
The 'Shackled Warrior' is a collection of articles written by Caroline Glick originally for "The Jerusalem Post." She has chosen some of her articles and has placed them into categories that comprise the chapters of the book. Her articles speak not just to political and cultural currents in Israel, but in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Her articles show she has an understanding of the strategic importance of the events she writes about. And when you look at the dates of the articles you see that her insights were correct.

This journalist allows you to gain a clear and precise understanding on complex situations that have been allowed to take place to enable the terrorist and explains this as a struggle for freedom over oppression; right over wrong. She is also critical of her own adopted country that she loves. Israel's policies of appeasement over the last two decades and its own part in the enablement of terrorist. The articles show the strength of the citizens and soldiers of the United States and Israel and the self-serving and destructive policies of the "enlightened" elite of these countries and Europe. Of course in this complicity of the 'enlightened elite' falls most of the mass media that she explains empowers Palestinian and Arab propaganda tactics to work. Most of the world media seems not only willing but eager to put forth the terrorist propaganda and hide or subvert the truth.

It was a pleasure to read columns by a real journalist that does not worry about political correctness, but has an emphasis and concern on being correct with the facts presented in her columns. Glick is up front in her desire to insure the security of Israel and is cognizant of the true threats the nation face. Born in the United States, educated at Harvard and having served as a member of the Israeli Defense Forces gives her a good understanding about her subject material. She also worked as an embedded journalist with an American mechanized Infantry unit at the beginning of 'Operation Iraq Freedom' and gives a very clear view on the American soldiers view on the war and what they face as they moved quickly forward. If the free world's fight against Terror is of importance to you this book has to be on you reading list.

Can One Person Make a Difference
Can One Person Make a Difference
by Charles R. Swindoll
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A Motivational Study, 23 July 2010
Swindoll has provided a useful template for the individual to be important in the correct context, the church, and in the right perspective, a godly, biblical one. The goal is not to "feel good" but to accomplish God's will by becoming all that He commands and wants.

St. Margaret Queen of Scotland and Her Chapel
St. Margaret Queen of Scotland and Her Chapel
by Unknown
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Oldest Chapel in Scotland, 20 July 2010
This is really an anthology with the works included of the listed authors. This small booklet has a description, photo's and history of Saint Margaret Chapel located within the walls of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland and it is still and stand alone structure. The next section is a wonderful biography of Saint Margaret Queen of Scotland and how she came to become Queen and change the landscape of what would become known as Great Britain and even Europe. A small write up reminds us that Saint Margaret is the wives' saint and a statue of her can be found at Lourdes. This is followed with a list of references for further reading and study as well as prayers. The last section gives a very detailed description on the symbolic meanings on the altar covering. All in all a very informative booklet.

Going Rogue: An American Life
Going Rogue: An American Life
by Sarah Palin
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Journey in Politics, 19 July 2010
This seem more of a memoir than an autobiography but it gives us a quick introduction to Sarah Palins' life in Alaska growing up, how she met her husband. She seems to be very open about her family and friends. You can tell by the writing style that Mrs. Palin wrote the book herself as the structure is in her conversational tone and not that of a professional biographer that many use and claim as their own writing. I found this rather refreshing. She shared with us those who had influenced her and assisted her in personal and political life. An interesting story of an American that saw a job that needed to be done and accepted the challenge.

Sarah Palin shares her drive to help her community that first got her into local politics that would eventually take her into the Governor's mansion of Alaska and then the campaign trail as candidate for the Vice President of the United States on the McCain/Palin ticket. Her competitive no non-sense spirit and practical view of life is one many Americans can relate too. Her record as Mayor and Governor speak for themselves and she does write about how she was able to move through some of her policies for the benefit of the people she governed. But for a quick synopsis of her accomplishments as Governor she allows a rather forthright letter written by an Alaskan Citizen to itemize her gubernatorial accomplishments.

Besides the focus on her family and her ethics what I found very interesting about this book was the behind the scenes look at the national political scene and what transpires to those even when they think they are out of the lime light. The affects on Palins' political and family life that a national election can elicit were amazing. It is not that the reader is not already aware of how the media and certain individuals are not ethical and only know how to destroy persons instead of debate policy; but we see all the affects on a person who is doing all she can to help.

The false allegations that were used to attack her on the campaign trial and when it was over and she tried to return to governing the state. The unethical attacks on her in an ever mounting filing of ethic violations that would cost her more in legal fees than she had ever earned in public office to defend. And to me what makes it worse is that not one filing was a valid complaint, she was found to be free of all wrongdoing and it was she that promoted the ethics procedures. Which as we read apply in Alaska only to the executive branch with no punishment for those who file false claims.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and found that she was just another hard working faith-filled American. But the greater truth of the book in my opinion is it shows why good people will not run for political office. It is amazing that people like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, are willing to go through all these unjust attacks and false allegations for the good of their constituents. It is a tribute to their strength and sense of duty.

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Ouf-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Ouf-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
by Glenn Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.21

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Common Sense, 11 July 2010
Mr. Beck's small book, slightly longer than Mr. Paine's Pamphlet, which is included, are both very fast reads. Thomas Paine's pamphlet published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. Mr. Beck uses the plain and simplistic language of today so that all who read his work should understand his points, which was the same goal Mr. Paine had.

Whereas Thomas Paine was placing into words the inspiration that would aid the nation in its revolt for independence much of what he wrote had been discussed and known by the people of his time for a long while. The same is true of Mr. Becks booklet, everything he writes about are known or felt by most citizens. They both emphasis in their own way and relative to the times in which they live the responsibility, accountability, and liability of government and how they are to be answerable to the people.

Mr, Beck has many valid points and hopefully this small work will start an open dialogue on the sate of the U.S. Federal Government and its perpetual state of expansion. How far has the Republic fallen from its original founding and the Natural Rites of the people. The author does not use his platform to defend his political party but rather warns as the founding father did that a two party system is not good for a healthy Republic.

The author points out that both prevalent political parties have contributed to the problems we face today as a nation. The main focus of the book is that all the branches of the U.S. government are acting in their self interest. The politicians are not concerned with the well being of the country or their constitutes whom they are suppose to represent. But only interested their reelection, power and progressive agenda. Which of course he relates to their the out-of-control spending currently taking in place in Washington now that started over sixty years ago. This is not tied to any one political party, both major parties are equally to blame.

This is not new knowledge and why I feel he used the Common Sense addition to his title for no person or government can survive through excessive spending far beyond their means. But it is not just the out-of-control spending, the author very plainly lays out the case against the continually increasing size of government resulting in the erosion of individual liberties. Liberties that were won with blood.

To rectify this Mr. Beck advocates a non-violent revolution to hold our elected representative accountable and make the government act in interest of the American people and not their own. He suggest this revolution use the hard won rights of our Republic through Free Speech, the electoral process and vote out all who work for there self-interest instead of the people they were elected/hired to represent. He only ask that you do your homework and vote for the person that tells the truth and then is closes to how you wish the country governed. The U.S. Politicians of today have shown they have no interest at all to listen to their constituents.

All Americans must remember the words of James Madison, "..the House of Representatives can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society...If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty." It seems that all in America has forgotten this and Mr. Beck in his own way is trying to remind the people. And the same issue of The Federalist #57 Mr. Madison wrote, "Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives? Not the rich, more than the poor; not the learned, more than the ignorant; not the haughty heirs of distinguished names, more than the humble sons of obscurity and unpropitious fortune. The electors are to be the great body of the people of the United States. They are to be the same who exercise the right in every State of electing the corresponding branch of the legislature of the State."

Thomas Paine's Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects
Thomas Paine's Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects
by Thomas Paine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.94

5.0 out of 5 stars A Call to Independance, 9 July 2010
Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.

Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession
Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession
by Anne Rice
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Memoir, 9 July 2010
This is a spiritual memoir by the author of many novels on vampires, sexuality and pagan themes; Anne Rice. Rice begins by recounting her devout Catholic upbringing in New Orleans where as a child she had considered becoming a sister cloistered within a convent. The author is descriptive of her childhood life in New Orleans and the Catholic upbringing she had. She shares her fascination of various saints she was drawn too. She was a Catholic up until the time she went off to California to attend college.

The author then seems to lose detail and gives a brief glimpse of her loss of faith and turning to the atheism she proclaimed for decades. There is not explanation of what jolted her to not only question her faith, but to turn her back on Christ. Though she reference a key turning point was a comment from a single person which I found as a simple excuses to not explore the real reasons she ran into the darkness. But then again she was attending the great liberal colleges of today, the San Francisco State College and University of California Berkeley, where peer pressure most have been great especially during the 1960's..

As the memoir quickly moves beyond this part of her life, thirty-eight years, she starts what I believe is the reason she wrote this book. To share her path back to the light, faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. With the words of a well versed novelist she shares of her desire to travel and how where ever she went she always sought out Catholic churches to visit and how they moved her. The imagery that brought back the memories of her childhood faith that would drive her to seek what was missing in her life, the Word. She shares openly her hard road back to her faith and the one true Apostolic Church of Christ where she renews her faith and rejoin the body of Christ in the Roman Catholic Church.

As Mrs. Rice open her private life and struggles with faith to the world I see it as another step she feels she must take on the right path to developing her true faith. And if by chance it aids others to not only understand the transformation she is going through but perhaps even think for themselves and read or re-read the Gospels she would have accomplished her unspoken goal.

It does not matter if you agree with the author, for this is her memoir and struggle with her personal faith. The book reads as an honest self examination that she needed to see in the written word in order to aid her in her quest to reclaim her christian faith. I pray that this writing has helped her in her spiritual growth and that it may help others in theirs. And as she found a renewed faith in God where she learned that Christ commands us to love one another.

Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776
Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776
by Rod Gragg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.69

5.0 out of 5 stars National Roots of America, 7 July 2010
This book is a excellent introduction to the English colonization of North America by Christians. Though this book focuses on the English colonies that would become the foundation of the United States of America (USA), the author does give reference that the first Thanksgving was not observed by the Pilgrims. For history records that the first Successful Colony in the North America that would become part of the USA was the Catholic City of Saint Augustine where the first Thanksgiving in America was observed. Rod Gragg has written a history that is easy to read and concise with a lot of supporting documentation that shows how the Christian faith shaped the birth of the nation during the period from 1607 to 1776.

The strong desire to worship the Holy Bible as the various Christian sects thought and a chance to earn success was the main factors in the finding of most of the colonies. Which worked well in England as they wanted these dissenters to the State Church out of England. The author covers the religious persecution that was transpiring in England and parts of Europe. Mr. Gragg also documents both the physical and the religious conditions faced by the colonies as they sought to survive and form their colonies.

All colonies formed were founded on Christian principles and believed that Christians were biblically obligated to submit to the ruling authority as long as that obedience did not lead them away from God's Law. The first was the exodus of the Puritans from England that agreed to abide by the Christian based Mayflower Compact. Each colony was formed by different protestant sects and a Catholic colony. The profusion of Christian denominations was the driving force of faith that lead to Religious tolerance to all. Religious Liberty is a corner stone in the foundation of the USA. The forming documents of the original colonies all express a common faith in the Christian religion.

As the colonies started to expand and grow self-interest and secularism started to seep into the fabric of the colonies extremities and sections of large cities. In the 1700's preachers like George Whitefield attracted thousand with their preaching and awoke an evangelical fervor for Christ. This period is known as the Great Awakening and is what brought the colonies back to its Christian based foundations. The foundation that would unit in faith the thirteen original colonies.

John Adams wrote that when the Continental Congress was formed among them was an occasional Universalist or even one or two Deists and Atheist; but they were the tiny minority. The majority of the delegates consisted of Catholics, Quakers, and various Protestants denominations. The philosophical foundations of the Continental Congress was a Bible-based faith. The country consisted of Christians and a some Jews whose faith permeated their lives and allowed the USA to be founded.

The author shares with us some of the founding fathers fears and one was that someday America's historic faith might be diminished -- along with the freedom it inspired. " 'While the People are virtuous they cannot be subdued,' Samuel Adams wrote, 'but when once they lose their Virtue, they will be ready to surrender their Liberties....' " It seems that the minority who have gain control of the USA have forgotten these principles.

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
by Doug Stanton
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riviating Story of Tragedy, 28 Jun. 2010
The USS Indianapolis and the horrific events surrounding its sinking are well known by most, even those who know nothing about the history that lead to this tragedy. It is made reference too in prominent in cultural events like the movie 'Jaws'. In this book the author uses first hand accounts from survivors of this tragedy whose burden was laid on the shoulder of the late Captain Charles Butler McVay. A man and commander you will learn had perform his duties well and ended up being a scape goat for the mistakes of the U.S. Military Intelligence service, erroneous assumptions by General Staff Officers and a series of unimaginable omissions by communication offices that received the ships messages and more. That these mistakes leading up to this incident could take place are unthinkable for a capital war ship.

This old cruiser was sitting in dockyard in San Francisco getting repairs after a direct hit by a kamikaze attack. The shipyard rush estimate was four months to make repairs. For not only was their a large hole in the structure but the fuel cells and water desalinization plant had been damaged. Unknown to the crew of the USS Indianapolis they were about to become infamous for not only transporting the first Atomic bomb that would be used to attack Japan but for what transpired once they had successfully completed their highly secretive mission at record speed. All this in a ship that was at that time given four days to get ready to sail instead of four months required.

The tragedy these 1,196 men stand out to other ship sinking because of all the aforementioned sequences of errors. When the I-58 submarine launched its spread of torpedoes at the USS Indianapolis no one in CNINCPAC knew where the ship was, what its true destination was or even what its arrival time was suppose to be. The damage to the ship caused by two powerful torpedo included both radio rooms so there would be no search and rescue for these men. Of the 1,196 men only 321 men survived to be rescued; it is assumed that 300 died from the attack while the remaining succumbed to the savages of the deep open sea.

From there, unfortunate coincidence turns to bitter irony and real tragedy. Damage to the radio rooms was so great and the ship sank so fast, that they did not get a chance to radio for help. Meanwhile, again for security reasons, port authorities had been ordered not to relay messages every time a ship arrived and had interpreted the order to mean that they shouldn't report non-arrivals either. Of the 1,196 men on board, 300 probably died immediately, but while the other 900 struggled in the water, no one yet knew of their dilemma. Eventually the remainder who perished succumbed to sharks, salt water, hypothermia, injuries sustained in the sinking, fights among the men, and a host of other maladies. Of the 321 rescued four died almost immediately and others would take decades before the nightmares of that time drove some to suicide.

We get to know about the staff and crew of this ship as the crew boards the USS Indianapolis when repairs were ordered accelerated and their time record breaking sail. The author brings the ship to life and makes us feel as if we know these sailors. The books is written in such an engaging narrative that it is a book you will not want to put down. For such a horrible tragedy it is a wonderful read that shows the endurance, strength despair and loyalty of the human spirit to survive. In the same light you will see the US Navy hide all their mistakes and lay it all on the shoulders of Captain McVay who killed himself in 1968. This was the only ships captain to that point in US Naval history to be brought before a Court-Martial for having been sunk by an act of war. And this at a time of war! Thanks to a High School student in Florida class project the US Congress finally passed an amendment exonerating McVay and recommending citations for the crew on 12 October 2000.

Why Catholics Cannot be Masons
Why Catholics Cannot be Masons
by John Salza
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent with Church Teachings, 27 Jun. 2010
The Catholic Church has issued two dozen Papal Condemnations of Freemasonry since 1738 'In Eminenti' through 1983 'Quaesitum Est' under Pope John Paul II and signed by the now Pope Benedict XVI. Freemasonry as we know it today was formed in 1717 with the founding of the Grand Lodge of England. The author of this book John Salza is an attorney who was a former 32nd degree Mason. He clearly writes about how joining the Freemasons/Masons means embracing a false religion. From personal experience he explains Masonic doctrines, history, rituals, oaths and curses, showing that Masonry is totally incompatible with Christianity and the Catholic Faith. In 2007 the Church restated that membership in Masonic associations are forbidden.
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