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POPE GABRIEL: A Counterfactual History
POPE GABRIEL: A Counterfactual History

4.0 out of 5 stars Just about believable, 10 Mar 2013
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Good exploration both of the possibilities but also the possibilities of imaginative nonviolence. Especially interesting to read on the eve of another conclave.


The System Of The World (The Baroque Cycle (3 volume))
The System Of The World (The Baroque Cycle (3 volume))
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn nicely told, 13 Feb 2013
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Some say Stephenson writes long. 'Tis true but turns of phrase of wit and elegance lie sparkling among the prose and should be savoured. 'Tis a satisfying end to a plant'sy o'er three books and much did I enjoy the sense of growing understanding engendered of the system of the world from its origins following the Commonwealth and the Glorious Revolution. My gratitude to Mr Stephenson for introducing me to Leibniz and climatology and also the birth of cryptography and information processing.


The Memory of Snow
The Memory of Snow
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and nicely paced, 11 Jan 2013
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This is a well paced read interweaving three story strands bringing them together in the present day with a resolution. It's a ghost story of sorts but with a lot of focus on the lives of people in Roman period and the 17 Century. I found it food for thought to notice how the women in the story while being brave and self-possessed, still find themselves victimised because they don't have power -except the hopeful note in the resolution. It's also a sobering reflection on the way that religion can be co-opted for ill-will and greedy power games.

There's some nice historical detail and a plausible reconstruction of what Mithraism might have involved.

All in all a good read.


The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer
The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring historical contextualisation, 13 Dec 2012
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The background in the history and socio economic realities of the time is very helpful and enlivened prayer. Also helpful and exciting is the way that themes are cross referenced to other parts of scripture particularly the Hebrew Bible and especially Isaiah and other prophetic material. What I found slightly less convincing was the "two halves" division which worked in some ways but not in others. The way it didn't"t convince me was in seeing the hallowed be clause as precautionary rather than as qaddish. I think that the tension between the structures of the Lyman version and the Matthean would,in this case, be good to explore further as it seems to me that the Lyman structure has to be thought of somewhat differently.


TeckNet® Kindle Keyboard Premium Folio Case / Cover for Amazon Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 - Brown
TeckNet® Kindle Keyboard Premium Folio Case / Cover for Amazon Kindle Keyboard / Kindle 3 - Brown

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting, 29 April 2011
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I was looking for a not-too bulky cover to protect my Kindle 3 while I travel which was nice-enough looking and didn't cover up the portholes. That's what I got. It's robust, the straps holding it in are good for the job and don't get in the way and it is helpful to have a few pockets in the cover for odds and ends -I keep plastic screen covers in the big pocket and my card with contact details in the window pocket. The only thing I don't like is the way that the clasp sticks up and tends to gravitate towards the screen, but that really is a minor point. The thing to recall with this design is that it doesn't give you a back support while reading -but most of the cases that do that are too bulky for my purposes.


Genesis, Vol. 1 (DSB-OT) (Daily Study Bible)
Genesis, Vol. 1 (DSB-OT) (Daily Study Bible)
by Gibson
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bite sized chunks, 14 Dec 2010
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I've been enjoying both the scholarship of this and the fact that it is delivered in chunks that can be digested in brief sittings each day. So it's good to be able to take one issue away and think about it. There is good attention to the likely genesis (pardon the pun) of the texts which is helpfully related to the theological meanings. It's good too that in doing so it makes clear that reading the text as if a science text book is simply a category error; it's far more interesting to understand the way the text was likely used and understood in a pre-scientific, ideological/mythological culture.


Culture Making
Culture Making
by Andy Crouch
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good way in to the subject, 17 Feb 2009
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A good introduction to a range of issues about culture for Christians. It gives a helpful theological approach and a sensible set of attitudes to culture, principally avoiding moral panic approaches that so marr much Christian cultural engagement. Overall this gives a really helpful way forward for constructive Christian cultural engagement.


A Matrix Of Meanings (Engaging Culture)
A Matrix Of Meanings (Engaging Culture)
by Craig Detweiler
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Provacative and engaging, 30 May 2004
The various chapters set out different areas of popular culture to be examined with a Christian concern running. However it is not a simplistic kind of concern which is about identifying popular culture as a realm of evils to be exposed and denounced but rather as an arena where God-given desires and perhaps even the pull of the Holy Spirit are at work along with fallen-ness.
The tools of cultural analysis are well used and show a sympathetic account of how positive and Gospelly things can be found in various areas of popular culture. Sometimes these analyses issue in suggestions of threads that Christians might want to pick and trace along in engaging with popular culture. Sometimes we are given insights into the internal logic of the things looked at.
The authors write knowledgeably about their subjects and show an astute understanding of culture which is both appreciative and yet able to be critical. The critiques are, however, not shallow and dismissive.
I would like to have been able to push the authors to analyze a little more; from time to time I felt that the analysis was good but felt as if it was going nowhere very much in terms of uncovering gospel linkages. sometimes I think I would have liked more that could have helped me to unpack popular culture into worship, outreach and discipleship. However, it does give the tools to think through the issues and I think to make a constructive engagement with culture which honours that of God in popular culture; and that is a very important contribution especially to the USAmerican Christian engagement with culture.


Praying the Lord's Prayer
Praying the Lord's Prayer
by Terry Virgo
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A workbook worth praying through, 29 April 2004
I liked this book: it made sense of the Lord's prayer and wasn't justwords thrown at you but was interactive and the exercises really wereengaging and informative.
It's basic thesis is that the Lord's prayer is not meant to be parrotedbut each bit is meant to be kind of a phase of prayer, the whole giving awell-rounded prayer time. The approach he takes to interpreting what theprayer is about is fairly mainstream. The only real eyebrow raiser -thoughI happen to agree- is interpreting "hallowed be your name" as aninvitation to praise God rather than asking that God's name bepraised.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting out in prayer,seeking a new way forward in their own praying or just looking forsomething to use over a period of time as a spiritual growth tool.


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