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Fairyland: (Text Classics)
Fairyland: (Text Classics)
by Sumner Locke Elliott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a pawn in the game, be a Queen., 1 Jun 2014
This is a book that teaches us the importance of not weakly acquiescing to other people, about not becoming a bit part in other people's hopes and dreams, but in having our own lives and being true to ourselves. Elliott wrote at a time when his sexuality make him feel inferior, but the book speaks to everyone who feels they don't fit in today. It shows us that being a pawn only means you'll get surrendered at some point in the game, which his semi-autobiographical hero Seaton finally does. Be who you are!


Thomas Cranmer: A Life
Thomas Cranmer: A Life
by Diarmaid Macculloch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 17 Nov 2013
This review is from: Thomas Cranmer: A Life (Paperback)
A simply marvellous piece of scholarly biography, written by a man with a thorough knowledge but a lightness of touch which made the reader feel that they were included at all times. Dashes of genuine humour in the narration make this excellent biography a modern masterpiece.


The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.80

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a minor adjustment, 17 Nov 2013
This is another well-written novel within the series and, as always, there are episodes of charm, colour and nostalgic brilliance for all to enjoy. The developments in the lives of Mme Ramotswe and her friends continue to bring a big grin to my face and 2 cases investigated were interesting and fun. However, they felt very rushed towards the end, as if McCall Smith had been asked to heavily edit the book in order to reduce its size and so there was a certain hollowness to the close of the book which was rather upsetting. If it needed editing, why not just a minor adjustment?
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The Problem of Pain (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic) (C. Lewis Signature Classic)
The Problem of Pain (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic) (C. Lewis Signature Classic)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg, 28 Oct 2013
Like the proverbian "curate's egg", I found this little book to be "good in parts". Aspects of Lewis' narration are very vivid and ring true even today, especially those drawn from the author's own experience. But I also found some aspects frustrating, dated and - in the case of the chapter on animal suffering - utterly out of touch.
Lewis never claimed to be a theologian, so it's important to remember he is writing from his own heart, and much of what he says has great spirit and vitality, but it is best read in conjunction with more modern texts to gain a more balanced view on this very difficult subject.


Transforming Priesthood - A New Theology of Mission and Ministry
Transforming Priesthood - A New Theology of Mission and Ministry
by Richard Higginson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Depth and detail, 14 Aug 2013
Robin Greenwood puts his tremendous experience of lay and ordination training into this treatise on the future of the Anglican church. There's a lot of well-researched depth and detail to this, but essentially he explains that the model of stipendiary parish priests is not tenable with changes to society and dwindling funds. Instead he suggests stipendiary clergy work within larger teams, assisted by lay ministers, readers and - in particular - he advocates a much more proactive role for the laity. There are occasions where I felt like I needed more knowledge to do the book justice, but he does a very good job of explaining the main concepts. My sole criticism (and it's one that cannot be addressed) is that the book was published in 1994. It would be interesting to know how many of the changes he advocates in modern parish ministry have been implemented as a result of his work.


Spirituality, Intimacy, and Sexuality
Spirituality, Intimacy, and Sexuality
by John Galindo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspectives but muddled, 12 Aug 2013
An intriguing little book, useful in terms of counselling and communication with people who may be experiencing problems with their marriage, partnerships or just in being single. However, it really would have benefitted from a good proof-reading. There's a lot of repitition and muddle that could have been addressed with some simple editing.
Saying that, the sentiments and advice are well-researched and evidenced. It has clearly been written by experts but in such a way that everyone can understand it, and that should be applauded.


The Penguin History of the Church: The Reformation: Reformation v. 3 (Hist of the Church)
The Penguin History of the Church: The Reformation: Reformation v. 3 (Hist of the Church)
by Owen Chadwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Readable overview with stunning details, 11 Aug 2013
A very readable book summarising an extremely complex period of Church and State history in less than 450 pages (which is something of a miracle given the upheavals of the time) and yet it manages to include some stunning details and pithy quotes. Highly recommended for people who need a good overview of the subject.


Choosing Life?: Christianity and Moral Problems: 8 (Exploring Faith - Theology for Life)
Choosing Life?: Christianity and Moral Problems: 8 (Exploring Faith - Theology for Life)
by Jeff Astley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting observations without the academia, 25 July 2013
This is one of the few moral/ethical summaries out there which you can read without needing to have waded through a few academic textbooks to understand. Saying that, having a working knowledge of a few ethical models will make matters easier to digest.
The author's observation on children's aquisition of morality is particularly interesting and posits the theory that providing a framework of moral guidance for children - "laying down the law" as it were - will only truly succeed if children are also in the company or people they respect who are regularly making good moral choices of themselves and for others.


CHRIST IN THE MARGINS
CHRIST IN THE MARGINS
by GATELEY
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Orthadox meeting distinctly unorthadox, 15 July 2013
This review is from: CHRIST IN THE MARGINS (Paperback)
An breath-taking book, summarising the contributions of highly unusual, eccentric and unorthadox people all drawn from the margins of society, who have shown us the beauty and truth of God's word through their courage, tenacity and downright bloody-mindedness. Each character is denoted in an icon reminiscent of the Russian Orthadox church, only adding to the power and majesty of the achivements of people shunned or ridiculed in their own time. These characters include such diverse characters as a gay rights activist and politician murdered for trying to improve the lives of all the minorities in his city, a 15th century Aztec craftsman whose drive and vision caused 8 million native Amerians to turn to Christ and the outspoken and unconventional chaplain of the New York Fire Department who died administering the last rights to a fireman on 9/11.
With additional reflections and poetry from Ewina Gateley on each group of these unique individuals, this book is a wake-up call to all of us who leave relatively comfortable easeful lives. What makes the book really special is that it does not chastise, but instead inspires us to do our little bit to help humanity, no matter what our faith.


What Do Christians Believe? (What Do We Believe)
What Do Christians Believe? (What Do We Believe)
by Malcolm Guite
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and thought-provoking guide, 3 July 2013
This is a very short guide yet somehow manages to effortlessly summarise an enormous and usually bewildering array of Christian historical context, modern application and future direction in less than 120 pages. I was particularly impressed by the way the author cuts through complexity and deflated fundamentalism, reducing the message of Jesus to the "fundamental" of love - something easier said than done in this modern world of materialism and compromises.


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