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The God with Sore Legs: A perambulation around the roads of Ireland and the soul.
The God with Sore Legs: A perambulation around the roads of Ireland and the soul.
by Adrian A McCartney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A wheelie good read!, 27 July 2013
I ended up recently on a silent retreat for the first time in my life, and this is the book that accompanied my devotions over those 48 hours, and I really couldn't have picked a better read. The basis of the book is one man's attempt to cycle round Ireland. On part of the journey he's alone, on other parts there's 3 or 4 of them sharing the experience. The book works not only as a tour guide of the east coast of Ireland from Belfast to Wicklow, but also as a tour guide through the Gospel of John, and a very good one at that! But this is not just a geographical journey- it's also a spiritual one, told with great humour, painful reality, honesty and a very deep theology. You're left wanting more by the end of it, and left hoping that another journey will spur on another book in the not too distant future.


Beautiful Attitudes: Living Out the Christian Manifesto.
Beautiful Attitudes: Living Out the Christian Manifesto.
Price: 1.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Attitude Changer, 27 July 2013
Loved this! A great book, well written, which focuses on the Beatitudes- the starting point of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. It's a concise but extremely challenging book which allows us to rethink our own attitudes not only towards other people but to ourselves, and God. Great for new Christians, or those looking for a fresh insight into one of the most well known, and sometimes misunderstood discourses of Jesus. One of the most important books of 2013. A must read!


No Ceiling to Hope: Stories of Grace from the World's Most Dangerous Places
No Ceiling to Hope: Stories of Grace from the World's Most Dangerous Places
by Patrick Regan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and hope-filled book, 25 Mar 2012
You're not going to find too many books as inspirational as Patrick Reagn's 'No Ceiling to Hope.' Patrick is the founder of the London based charity XLP which was set up to help fight poverty, support education, and help the young people in the area. Spurred on by his work there, Partrick also travelled to various troubled places around the world, not only to see the plight experienced by so many living there, but more importantly to see the church, and some incredible individuals in action, as they strife to make a real difference in troubled areas, and in places of extreme poverty. The true life stories come from Bolivia, Los Angeles, Bangladesh, Jamaica, and more closer to home in Belfast and parts of London. Some of the stories are not easy to read. They leave you wanting to do something yourself to help them. But the central message of the book is hope! These places have some amazing people working in them to help bring a bit of God's love into so many people's lives. I love the analogy the author uses of concrete slabs, and the fact that life can still grow under and around them. 'There's always something growing and looking for life, something surviving despite the odds.' It's a fantastic illustration that re-occurs throughout the book. It shows that there is hope in this world, that change is happening, and by the end of the book, you're left wanting to help bring that change about.


Ben Hur (4 Disc Special Edition) [1959] [DVD]
Ben Hur (4 Disc Special Edition) [1959] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 14.99

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue movie classic gets the full treatment, 16 Feb 2006
At long last, one of the greatest movies ever made, finally gets released as a collectors edition DVD. And what a collection it is!! The movie, the original 1925 version, and special features including commentaries, 3 documentaries, trailers and speeches from the oscars all crammed onto 4 discs.
What can be said, that hasn't already been said about this epic?? Faultless performances from the likes of Hugh Griffiths, Glengormley born actor Stephen Boyd (Messala), and the excellent Charlton Heston in the lead role. Brilliant music score and breath-taking action (to name but a few!) It's the sort of film that shouldn't just be viewed on a Good Friday afternoon!
The real gem in this collection has to be the restored 1925 original silent version. It's amazing to watch this and to compare it to its more famous remake. The 1925 version seems to focus more on the "tale of the Christ." Scenes such as the nativity and the last supper are particularly memorable with it's beautiful use of colour. It's also quite a shocking film (for it's time) with images of semi nudity and quite grotesque scenes of violence (bodies and heads impaled on spikes and swords). But don't let that put you off. Despite its flaws, even the chariot race is as spectacular to watch. Carl Davis' musical score is superb, and also quite Wagnerian in style. (Any of you musical buffs might recognise the clever use of the 'Dresden Amen' used to symbolise Jesus).
This is a must buy! It deserved it's 11 oscars, and it deserves to be viewed over and over again. Even if, like me, you already have it on video, and the first DVD that was released. I'm still delighted that it has finally come out in a special edition.


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