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Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Malise Ruthven
Edition: Paperback

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent pocket guide, 31 Oct. 2000
This is one in a series of introductions to various world religions. It is a very useful book for either the student of religion or the interested person-in-the-street. I should declare a personal interest in that the author was one of my lecturers two years ago before he moved on to better things. The book is written in an accessible style with enough information to inform but not drown the reader. The problem with a book such as this is what to include and what to exclude and although there is nothing missing that should be there, the problem is that the appetite is whetted rather than satisfied. The book discusses a variety of current issues and treats the Islamic position with respect. Well worth buying.


Pelagius: Life and Letters
Pelagius: Life and Letters
by B.R. Rees
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent review of the Pelagian controversy., 30 Oct. 2000
This book brings together Rees two previous works on Pelagius into one value for money edition. This is one of the very few modern works about Pelagius in current circulation, and it includes various treatises of the man himself. The book is aimed towards the serious bible student rather than anyone casually coming across it. That said, it is written in a clear and lucid style, with modern translations from the Latin. It gives an excellent review of the Pelagian controversy, and for the student interested in this area, then this book is a must-read. It should aid discussion in an area that has troubled the church much for many centuries, and is currently to the fore with the revival in "Celtic Christianity".


Das Boot (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Das Boot (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Lothar Gunther Buchheim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you have plenty of time because, 23 Oct. 2000
this is the sort of book that is hard to put down. The story differs from the film in a few ways, but that adds to the suspense if the story is familiar. The tension of life on the boat is almost tangible as we get involved with the characters and situations. The writer evens manages to make us feel that we are the 'baddies' as the British use dirty tatics like a plane mounted radar. Being stuck on the ocean floor was a scene that gripped on the film, but in the book the tension is close to unbearable. I would not want to go on a submarine now, even in peacetime.


The Letters of Pelagius: Celtic Soul Friend (Little Gidding Books)
The Letters of Pelagius: Celtic Soul Friend (Little Gidding Books)
by Pelagius
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The words of Pelagius, with no comment or background, 23 Oct. 2000
This is a small pocket sized book, with a selection of 'thoughts' taken from writings of Pelagius. There is no added comment, and no background information given either. If the reader wishes to place the excerpts into context then a previous knowledge of Pelagius' writings is essential. That said, the excerpts speak for themselves in many cases. If the reader just wishes a 'thought for the day' then this book can offer that. There are not many hints at the great controversy surrounding the name of Pelagius and this book would only cause offence to those 'in the know', and who are biased. The production of the book is of the cheap and cheerful variety, with the occasional misspelling. It is good value as long as the reader does not require background or historical details as well.


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