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The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Nov. 2011
I had great expectations for this book, but was disappointed.

The book starts of well enough with the basic premise that we are what we think. Our subconscious mind influences our decisions and actions every day, and changing our mind-set can bring "silence, harmony and peace" to our mind. So far so good, but then the author starts to greatly oversell his case.

Astounding medical cures are quoted e.g. a relative who had tuberculosis, a minister who had lung cancer, a woman who was blind because her optic nerves were atrophied. All were restored to health through the power of their subconscious. Unfortunately insufficient information is given to allow the reader to find out more about the cases quoted. The author boldly declares "There is only one process of healing and that is faith. There is only one healing power, namely, your subconscious mind".

The author also describes help available from the subconscious to find missing objects. He gives an example of losing a valuable ring and his subconscious telling him to "Ask Robert". Robert turns out to be a boy who had picked up the ring while playing. Another example was a young man who asked his subconscious to help him find his dead father's will. He subsequently had an overpowering hunch to go to a certain bank where he found the will in a safe deposit in his father's name.

There are also many supporting quotes from the Bible However, the interpretations he places on them do not seem to follow any mainstream Christian beliefs. For example he quotes from the Book of Proverbs "Whosoever trusteth in the Lord, happy is he". He then suggests that the Lord is "the power and wisdom of your subconscious mind". Elsewhere he says "The Lord is an ancient word meaning law - the power of your subconscious mind". I don't think so!

The subconscious mind is certainly very powerful, but some of the claims here are hard to believe and difficult to substantiate without much more information. Sadly this book was a disappointment.


Love Jesus, Hate Church: How to Survive in Church- or Die Trying
Love Jesus, Hate Church: How to Survive in Church- or Die Trying
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a Difficult Style, 2 Nov. 2011
The author, Steve McCranie, is an American pastor and minister. He feels that the modern, visible, church "system" is a far cry from what it was intended to be, and what it should be. In his book, he explains in great depth what has gone wrong and what can be done to put it right.

The author makes many valid points and raises issues which you have probably seen, or become involved in, at your own church. However, the book's style begins to grate after a while (e.g. "They fired him! Bam! Hit the road, Jack! You're outta here, Bub! Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out!"). For a UK reader there are also some cultural American references which are difficult to understand (e.g. "If MVP awards were given for church service, my dad would have received the Heisman"). I also found some of the chapter titles a bit startling (e.g. "Projectile Vomit and the Sunday Morning Worship Service", "Is Masturbation a Sin?" and "Blowing Snot Bubbles").

Although the book raises many interesting issues, in the end its rather loud, "in your face" style put me off.


The Time Machine by H.G.Wells: Vook Classics
The Time Machine by H.G.Wells: Vook Classics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi, 2 Nov. 2011
This is a classic English science fiction novel written by H.G. Wells in 1895.

Most people probably have an idea of the story, as two films were based on the book. Briefly, for the most part the story is told by the narrator (only referred to as the Time Traveller) who tells his dinner guests that he has built a time machine and used it to travel into the future. Here he meets the descendants of the human race, the Eloi and the Morloks. After numerous adventures, he travels further into the future to witness the final moments of a dying earth. He returns to his own time, but later sets out on a further journey, promising to return shortly. Three years later he has still not returned.

This is a great science fiction story, which popularised the concept of time travel and led to many other stories on the subject.


Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See
Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating History, 2 Nov. 2011
This excellent history of Wells Cathedral, written by Revd. Percy Dearmer, was first published in 1898. Obviously Revd. Dearmer did not have the benefit of later research carried out during the 20th century, but nevertheless has produced a fascinating history of the Cathedral.

Separate chapters deal with the general history of the building, the exterior, the interior, and finally the history of the Diocese and information about many of the Bishops of Bath and Wells. Each chapter is very detailed, and at times Revd. Dearmer strongly states his opinions of previous restorations, alterations, historians etc.

My only disappointment with this Kindle edition is that the numerous illustrations are not included (although listed in the contents).

This is one of a series of studies of the great English Cathedrals, so if you're not interested in Wells look around for the study of your own favourite Cathedral.


Churchwardens' Manual their duties, powers, rights, and privilages
Churchwardens' Manual their duties, powers, rights, and privilages
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Glimpse into the Past, 21 Oct. 2011
The original edition of this book was written in 1890 by the Bishop of Guildford and was the first manual intended to help Churchwardens with their duties.

It was obviously written long before the era of Health and Safety, Fire Risk Assessments etc, but it does demonstrate that even in the 19th century Churchwardens still had many problems to deal with.

Its main interest now is to give the reader an historical perspective on the role, but some of the advice given still applies today. For example, how to work together with a new incumbent could have been written yesterday.

The only niggle with the conversion is that occasionally spurious page numbers are left in the text, for example: ".... in a friendly spirit and with words of wisdom he is always page 23 ready to meet the Rector ....".

That said, this is a fascinating glimpse into the past, and recommended reading for present day Churchwardens, or anyone interested in church history generally.


One Step Closer (infinity plus singles Book 1)
One Step Closer (infinity plus singles Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story, 18 Oct. 2011
Storytelling at its best.

A bank robbery turns bad and becomes a hostage situation. Ward gets caught up in this nightmare situation and has a decision to make.

The story moves at a blistering pace and you really feel that you're there, in the bank, with the hostages.

This short ten minute read is an excellent filler for a coffee break. Recommended.


Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish
Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Murder Mystery, 18 Oct. 2011
This is a classic murder mystery.

A guest is found murdered in his room. The doors and windows are locked and the corridor outside is monitored by CCTV. How was it done and who did it? Inspector Zhang of the Singapore police has been waiting all his life for a "locked room" mystery like this.

Well-written, this is an excellent 30 minute read. I particularly liked the explanation by Inspector Zhang of the seven possible solutions to a "locked room" murder.

More Inspector Zhang books are available for the Kindle, and I'll certainly give them a try.


No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories
No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, 19 Sept. 2011
There are three short stories in this collection, all written by MJA Ware.

The first is "No Way Out" about events in an old house at Halloween when two boys break in. Second is "The Price of Friendship" about a stranger who buys memories and the consequences for those involved. Finally there's "Hobgoblin Horror"; the story of what happens to two boys when they hear a terrifying tale from an old man in a retirement home.

All three stories are very well written, with humour and a light touch. Importantly, they all have good endings which will bring a smile to your face.

This collection is recommended for anyone who enjoys stories with a light fantasy/horror theme (nothing too heavy) and I look forward to reading more stories by this author.


Future Speculation (a short story)
Future Speculation (a short story)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci-fi, 17 Sept. 2011
This sci-fi short story goes at a ferocious pace from the very first sentence. There's hardly a moment to catch your breath as you follow the battle between Joel and Oskar. Who are they, what are they doing in the factory, who is the time traveller - all is revealed as the story rattles along at breakneck speed. Be ready for the unexpected key change partway through the story.

All in all, a very good short story. I look forward to reading more from this author.


BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 1 (Bestsellerbound Short Story Anthologies)
BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 1 (Bestsellerbound Short Story Anthologies)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 16 Sept. 2011
This anthology consists of ten short stories, all by different, relatively new, authors.

As you might expect there's quite a difference in the quality of these stories. Three of them are very good, with unexpected twists; others are fairly average. One or two of them left me wondering "What was that all about?"

That said, if you just want to read a short story to fill in a few minutes this anthology may be worth buying.


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