Profile for I. B. Paul > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by I. B. Paul
Top Reviewer Ranking: 620,961
Helpful Votes: 21

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
I. B. Paul "Dean of Studies" (Nottingham)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Relationology: 101 Secrets to Grow Your Business Through the Power of Relationships
Relationology: 101 Secrets to Grow Your Business Through the Power of Relationships
by Matt Bird
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for many contexts, 25 Mar. 2015
Others have argued for the importance of relational capital, but Matt Bird’s book is rather different. Instead of arguing theoretically, it is intensely practical, with 101 short chapters of only a page or two. Each chapter offers a reflection on one aspect of either building, sustaining or growing relationships, and includes a story or anecdote, a summary sentence, and suggestions for practical action. If you are unfamiliar with the world of business relationships and networking, no doubt some of the language will jar with you. There are sections on how to ‘work a room’, on making a good entrance, engaging people in conversation, and how to move on. But what is really fascinating is how this is interlaced with wise advice about what makes for strong relationships that have integrity.

This means that Matt engages directly with some quite profound observations about authenticity and sincerity in relationships, and Christian readers will be able to trace this back to Matt’s own Christian faith. But the ideas are presented in such a way as to be well integrated into the whole text, so would not grate for the average non-Christian reader. Some of the striking observations include:

Compliment people: in general, people do not think of themselves as highly as they should (p 32).

Authentic listening is actually a gift rather than a learnt technique (p 40).

Being vulnerable and putting yourself at risk says to the other person that you trust them and that you want to know them at a deeper, more meaningful level (p 46).

Being your own unedited self won’t only change the way that people respond to you, it will change the way that you respond to them (p 95).

Integrity is what we do when no one is looking (p 121).

Taking risks requires you to trust your instinct despite the presence of uncertainty (p 164).

You might recognise some of these insights. I think I spotted the influence of Simon Walker’s The Undefended Leader at several points, and the comments on integrity owe something to the writing of Bill Hybels. Matt even managed to slip a quotation from the New Testament at one point, as a motto from ‘an ancient writing’!

All this made for a refreshing read. Matt here offers us something that can stand up with credibility within his own context of business relationships—but offer something distinctly Christian within that, which will be of use in bringing something positive into that environment. Matt’s own work is testimony to the effectiveness of prioritising relationships. Alongside his other business interests, he is the founder of the Cinnamon Network, which enables churches and other organisations to have a positive impact on their own communities. In 2013 it was given a Big Society (remember that?!) award by Prime Minister David Cameron, who commented:

I’m pleased to be able to give The Cinnamon Network this Big Society Award in recognition of the huge difference they have made across the country. From jobs clubs to street pastors, by supporting churches to address the most pressing issues in their neighbourhoods The Cinnamon Network is transforming communities for the better.

I have offered fuller comments on my blog here: http://www.psephizo.com/reviews/putting-relationships-first/


Classic French Inspired Antique Gold Overmantle Mirror With Elegant Ornate Frame complete with Premium Quality Pilkington's Glass - Standard Size: 36 inches x 50 inches (92cm x 127cm) - ITV Show Supplier - BEST PRICE ON AMAZON - ONLY AVAILABLE FROM SHABBY CHIC MIRRORS
Classic French Inspired Antique Gold Overmantle Mirror With Elegant Ornate Frame complete with Premium Quality Pilkington's Glass - Standard Size: 36 inches x 50 inches (92cm x 127cm) - ITV Show Supplier - BEST PRICE ON AMAZON - ONLY AVAILABLE FROM SHABBY CHIC MIRRORS
Offered by MirrorOutlet
Price: £109.67

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor--don't purchase, 28 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The heading says that this is 'Premium quality glass' and it is not. It is thin, flexible glass that does not give a flat reflection. The picture also clearly shows the glass is bevelled. It is not. In that sense, the picture is not of the product you buy.

I did complain on receipt and the company picked it up. But you are not buying what you are being sold.


3M HDMI Male to SVGA VGA M Converter A/V Cable Lead
3M HDMI Male to SVGA VGA M Converter A/V Cable Lead
Offered by Accessories Arena
Price: £12.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the other bizarre reviews, 31 May 2011
It is nonsense to say that you cannot convert an analogue signal to digital. Anyone with an Apple Mac does it all the time--it is the only way to project.


What Is Stronger Than A Lion?: Leonine Image And Metaphor In The Hebrew Bible And The Ancient Near East (Orbis Biblicus Et Orientalis)
What Is Stronger Than A Lion?: Leonine Image And Metaphor In The Hebrew Bible And The Ancient Near East (Orbis Biblicus Et Orientalis)
by Brent A Strawn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £157.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis, 12 April 2011
This is a very thorough and engaging work. After an introduction exploring the significance of metaphor in language about God, Strawn looks at lion imagery in the Hebrew Bible, and sets this in the context of both the historic context of lions in the near east in antiquity, as well as perceptions of lions in imagery and writing across ANE contexts. He rightly concludes that the meaning of lion imagery needs to be understood *both* within its literary context within the text of the Hebrew Bible, *and* within its cultural context in the ANE.

The book includes several very thorough appendices, which explore not only the occurrences of lion imagery in the Hebrew Bible, but also a thorough examination of the lexical terms for lion, and an analysis of the semantic range of each of the ideas associated with the term. There are also more than 120 pages of images from inscriptions and decoration which Strawn draws on within the argument.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Digital Camera - Black (8.1MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Digital Camera - Black (8.1MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 28mm Wide-Angle Lens

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can compacts get any better than this?, 31 July 2008
This is an amazing buy. I have resisted buying a DSLR, and am glad I did since this camera is so good.
. It is really light and easy to handle.
. It has some simple but intelligent features, such as reminding you to remove the lens cap, and automatically rotating pictures you have taken portrait- rather than landscape-style. No more tedious rotating of photos in iPhoto!
. The zoom is simply astonishing-from 28mm to 504mm SLR equivalent.
. The image stabilisation software is a wonder; I have taken crisp shots at very low shutter speeds. There are no problems using the full zoom hand held in decent light.
. The face recognition feature is truly impressive, saving work and eliminating errors of mis-focussed shots.
. The lens has a good wide aperture. It is never going to be quite as good as a big lens on an SLR, but it is good enough to give a narrow depth of field at long range and isolate your subject.
. The menu system is really easy and straightforward--much easier to find the settings you want than my previous ultra-zoom compact.
. The layout of buttons in the back is obvious and logical.
. Screen and digital viewfinder are large and clear.
. Battery life is excellent, and in these days a rechargeable is a must--no more AAs! Even the recharger is distinctively neat and effective.
If you shop around, this is amazingly good value for money.


The Message of Mark
The Message of Mark
by Morna D. Hooker
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent short but sophisticated introduction, 17 Aug. 2001
This review is from: The Message of Mark (Paperback)
Morna Hooker, now retired, has been a leading scholar of the New Testament. In this short introduction she treats all the main theological themes in Mark's Gospel. She addresses what are often simplistic comments of others (eg that Mark's account of Jesus has no theological coherence) and provides an exciting read.


Page: 1