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How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life (Voice from the Monastery)
How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life (Voice from the Monastery)
by Br. Benet Tvedten
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Sep 2014
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It seems to comprehensively answer the question it poses.


The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis
The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Resistance, 21 July 2014
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This is a first rate read. Like many complacent British people, my belief was that the French Resistance was a case of too little too late and that many French people were decidedly cynical about the German Occupation and looked after themselves and did precious little to help the Jews in their midst. Certainly some French people do merit that blame but this book in a scholarly and well balanced way sets the record straight, emphasising the great difficulty that many ordinary French people had in knowing what to do once the Germans took over and the very great dangers to which anyone who dared to challenge the Occupation exposed themselves to not only from the Nazis from the collaborative Vichyites. The account is rent with the inveterate French tendency to factionalism among the Resistance workers but also their huge heroism and readiness to face horror and death. This is a very moving testimony to a terrible time in the history of France.


Casio A164WA-1VES Men's Digital Bracelet Watch
Casio A164WA-1VES Men's Digital Bracelet Watch
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good, old fashioned Casio, 3 July 2014
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This is a good, old fashioned Casio watch which I have always found useful. The only slight snag is a rather fiddly clasp on its wrist strap which, if you are not careful, easily comes undone. Otherwise it is fine.


The Story of the SS
The Story of the SS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the SS, 19 May 2014
At 55 p I was not expecting this to be a very intellectual read and my first impression is confirmed. This is basically a potted history of the SS via a collection of short biographies and descriptions of events that offers no historical analysis or interpretation of the story except the utterly obvious that it is one of horror and madness. As such it is not without value. The short biographies are of some interest in that they display the extraordinary cross-section of German society that participated in this hideous organisation. Quite why an otherwise normal and civilised society managed to summon up such a collection of psychopaths and perverts and that in such numbers is still a mystery to most people including many Germans - recommended for those who like their history thick, curdled and bloody. For a penetrating analysis look elsewhere.


Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe
Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empires and Barbarians, 14 May 2014
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I am giving this book five stars as it is another splendid effort by Peter Heather. This is not to say that it is always an easy read. A certain amount of intellectual slogging over the rough country of statistics, archaeological finds and the analysis of ancient texts is needed before you reach Heather 's conclusions, which are worth reaching. Sorting out the different types of Goths, Heruli, Tervingi or Greuthingi, burial customs and barbaric leaders can be hard work and there were times when I felt like giving up. Those who find the technical stuff interesting will find this thoroughly enjoyable. Others may need patience. That said, what Heather has concluded is valuable and stimulating. I never knew that ancient Germania extended as far as Russia, that the Celts were initially more civilized than the Germans and that slavery was quite so important to the economy of early medieval Europe. Heather 's account of the emergence of the ethnic distributions of modern Europe is convincing and enlightening. So also is his explanation of the fall of the Western Empire. The collapse of the Roman Empire was built into its interactions with the barbarians. It was not because they couldn't tear themselves away from the Circus Maximus or the latest orgy (boring moralists) or went soft and retired into monasteries after becoming Christian (Gibbon) - which is nice to know.


Stoicism and the Art of Happiness - Ancient tips for modern challenges: Teach Yourself
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness - Ancient tips for modern challenges: Teach Yourself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, 26 April 2014
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This is an excellent introduction to the principles and practice of Stoicism. It is written in the "Teach Yourself" format and is seen as an ancient foreshadowing of cognitive behavioural therapy. Nevertheless it is a fascinating introduction to the theories of Stoicism itself and sets forth its ideas with clarity and precision, introducing much that is relevant and timely for today - an excellent buy.


Mens Boys Milk White Face Black Leather Analogue Automatic Mechanical Wristwatch + Gift Box
Mens Boys Milk White Face Black Leather Analogue Automatic Mechanical Wristwatch + Gift Box
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4.0 out of 5 stars Men and Boys White Face Black Leather Analogue Watch, 6 Mar 2014
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This is a handsome little watch and nice to wear. The left hand winder seemed to break soon after I unpacked it but this does not really matter. It is a cheap little watch and I do not expect it to be faultless.


A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to the Good Life, 6 Mar 2014
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This book will appeal to those seriously interested in Stoicism who, as I did, will persist despite its rather simplistic style. Those who want a deeper analysis will probably turn to other books, worthy as this book nevertheless is.


The Crowd Is Untruth
The Crowd Is Untruth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crowd is Untruth, 8 Feb 2014
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This is one of the most perfect and succinct of Kierkegaard's fundamental beliefs that only as individuals can we come into a true relation to God. Kierkegaard's words here must be understood as they stand. They must be either accepted or rejected. To grade them is to misunderstand them. It is best to profit by them.


The First World War - The War to End All Wars
The First World War - The War to End All Wars
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The First World War, 7 Feb 2014
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This book is primarily a military history. For those who like sentences such as "Haig failed to consolidate his gains in the first hour because he had positioned poorly trained troops on his left flank" will find this book interesting. Those who do not will find it less so. It may make a useful textbook for officer cadets at Sandhurst but those who like conventional history books with in depth political, social and, of course, military commentary it will prove a plodding read, not particularly enlivened by decent if not enlightening mini-biographies and military maps which do not clarify the text much. I did not find out much about the First World War that I did not know already. Stick to AJP Taylor or Max Hastings if you want a good holiday read.


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