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Cold- Case Christianity
Cold- Case Christianity
by J. Warner Wallace
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.93

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detective work on the Gospels, 2 Jun. 2013
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This is like Who Moved the Stone by Frank Peretti which I found very convincing many years ago. However this author is a detective not a lawyer and so he picks up different threads of evidence and makes a great presentation of the facts about the Crucifixion, non Christian sources and other evidence.
Very insightful. I recommend it very much.
What I particularly liked was that he shows the evidence and doesn't try to make it fit a conclusion but gives other possible conclusions helping you to make your own mind up.
In passing he also explains some of the differences between the gospels.
A great book!
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Who Moved the Stone?
Who Moved the Stone?
by Frank Morison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 15 Dec. 2012
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This book argues from a lawyer's perspective the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A very useful book to help explore whether the history happened just as the bible claims. I recommend this book.


Questions of Life (Alpha Course)
Questions of Life (Alpha Course)
by Nicky Gumbel
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Talks, 15 Dec. 2012
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This book accompanies the well known Alpha course. Useful to have around if you miss a week or want to know what's coming up next. Nicky Gumbel's stories and illustrations make this an easy introduction to the Christian faith.


The Elements of New Testament Greek
The Elements of New Testament Greek
by Jeremy Duff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Useful, 15 Dec. 2012
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I am struggling through a NT Greek course which uses a different textbook and I wish we had gone for this book instead as it seems to be far more logically presented and usefully laid out. Vocab is given in order of occurrence and tables are given as well as top tips. Buy this one!


The Christian Priest Today
The Christian Priest Today
by Michael Ramsey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Seminal Text, 15 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed this book although it is twenty years or more since these addresses were given to ordination candidates.
Consisting of material which was originally sermons, sometimes the wording has an aural feel to it and some issues are mentioned briefly rather than explored. Ramsey does discuss Christ but this is mainly applicatory. Inspirational and forward looking in tone rather than expositional but this suits the occasion on which these addresses were given. I believe they were given on the eve of ordination for the candidates. Some humour would have lightened the messages so four stars not five. This is a book recommended for those considering ordination but for myself Pritchard's The Life and Work of a Priest was more helpful.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a bit pricey, 15 Dec. 2012
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This was a bit expensive but a good pen overall and my left handed daughter said it was easy to use. It arrived quickly. No complaints.


Water That Divides: Baptism Debate
Water That Divides: Baptism Debate
by Donald Bridge
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, 15 Dec. 2012
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I found this book very useful as a discussion of the issues around baptism. The case for each side is presented clearly and references to Scripture are used. I knew much of this already but it filled in a few gaps.
What I found really helpful was the historical chapters running through what famous Christians through history have thought and how it became such a divisive issue. I loved John Bunyan's approach from all of these but to see the battlegrounds was interesting.
Also helpful were the scenarios from today - people from different traditions marrying, the salvation of children, the conflicts were grounded in reality and I could relate to them. This was thought provoking from both sides. I think this book works for peace and appeals to all who have views on this issue to try to understand and work with others who may have different views. Intelligently written by the two authors, clearly respectful and friendly but from opposing views.


A year of biblical womanhood
A year of biblical womanhood
by Rachel Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and challenging, 15 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much and read it quite quickly. Rachel basically sets out to obey every injunction in the bible for women. She looks at one topic each month explaining what she does to apply it to her life and what happened. She discusses the bible texts and tries to draw out conclusions. Sometimes she discusses what modern day Jewish women or other groups such as Amish women believe about issues such as head coverings or purification rites. It covers issues I have never read about elsewhere such as the many women in Scripture who are badly treated, raped, sacrificed and so on. She also interviews some polygamous Christians.
Rachel deals with these divisive issues sensitively in the main, but occasionally she stretches the bible meaning to make a point, for example sitting on her house roof as a penalty was a bit strange to me (the verse referred to implied to me that the man would sit on the roof to escape from the nagging of his wife), which is why I have given it four stars not five.
A timely book trying to ask what churches are expecting from women and what churches are preaching to women.


Tortoise in Love [DVD]
Tortoise in Love [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Mitchelson
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, clean and comical. Delightful rom-com., 29 Jun. 2012
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Well I admit I am in it as a very minor extra - meaning I have seen it three times now and I have to say it still makes me laugh out loud in places! The male lead looks a bit like a young Hugh Grant and does understated incompetence pretty well. The story revolves around everyone else's desperate attempts to get the lovestruck young man to make a move, since he doesn't seem to have two clues to rub together.

Some pithy observations on men and women result, the humour has some great one-liners which I won't spoil for you and there is the extra delightful fact that you can watch it with your kids as I did (preteen girls) since there is no sex, no violence, no nudity and no bad language (well, there is just one occurence of one slightly obscure swear word, which I am told is responsible for it being a 12A). Take the kids to the cinema or buy this DVD for an extremely pleasant evening in with them.

Overall it's pretty, set in a lovely background, charming, clean and actually funny. The way a film should be, really. It's slightly pantomime humour (think people dressed as horses and jockeys) and builds nicely through the story as the village gathers round to ensure a happy ending. Lots of cameos - including the current local MP Ed Vaisey who is now the Minister for Film.


The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire Trilogy)
The Wind Singer (Wind on Fire Trilogy)
by William Nicholson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Predictable Ending, but a Great Read., 18 Dec. 2007
This story starts off very imaginatively, with loads of clues thrown out and a lot of mystery, some of which is developed later in the book and some of which is never explained. The three children at the centre of the story evidently have a zest for life and refuse to live in the norm of the society, which is great. I wasn't enthralled by the long section involving life in a sort of below-city sewerland (too much detail) but the cities which fought across the plains in wind-propelled boats and without anyone being killed was very well imagined. The journey continues and gets rather involved and a lot darker - some of the images are very bleak, but it all ends happily in the fantastic predictable fashion of a fairy story. It would have been nice to have had a final twist to complete the story. However I think I shall read the next in the series, because the characters and their development over time is so well developed.


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