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Laptop 54mm Express Card Expresscard To 3 Ports USB 3.0 Card Adapter 5Gbps
Laptop 54mm Express Card Expresscard To 3 Ports USB 3.0 Card Adapter 5Gbps
Offered by Hielec(Ship from China)
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good hardware, problem with the disk, 3 Jan 2014
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I initially had a problem installing the drivers for this device, as the driver disk caused my laptop to crash - some of the files seemed unreadable. I copied the disk using my PC which seemed to read the disk without difficulty and copied them to the laptop and ran the two setup programs. The card is now working quite happily under Windows 7 (64 bit).

Drupal 7 Explained: Your Step-by-step Guide
Drupal 7 Explained: Your Step-by-step Guide
by Stephen Burge
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Combines a clear step-by-step guide with great web support, 6 Sep 2013
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Although I have been designing websites since 1997 content management systems were a new concept to me. So when I was asked by my boss to learn Drupal I looked online for a suitable book to give me the basics. After reviewing several options I chose Drupal 7 Explained and was not disappointed. The writer gradually explains the functions of the many inter-related features of Drupal in a very clear and comprehensible manner. The key modules that are needed to make Drupal useable are introduced to the reader without the need for a neebie to search the Drupal website for them. Once the basic functionality is established the author gives helpful hints on how to find and evaluate additional modules and templates without which hours of time could be wasted.

At a couple of points I struggled to get the modules to work, even though I followed the instructions carefully. However, as the book is linked to the author's website and reader comment forums I was quickly able to find solutions. The problem I had was not not the book, but the rapidly updating nature of Drupal's components, not all of which work with the latest versions of other required modules. I found the text combined with the on-line updates and additional material an extremely helpful combination.

I would therefore recommend this title to anyone wanting to start designing their own Drupal-based website.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
by Michael Hyatt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 28 Jun 2012
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I have read a lot of material on how to promote a product on the Web, but Michael Hyatt's book stands out from the crowd. Having bought the audio book I was so impressed that I bought a hard copy in order to access the web addresses in the footnotes. I found it particularly helpful for the following reasons:

* Although its content is not explicitly Christian in focus, having been written by the head of a major Christian Publisher I have confidence that his advice will work in a Christian context on-line.

* I was encouraged by the number of things he recommended that I was already doing or just needed minor tweeking for optimal performance. This showed me that his advice was in line with that I had already received, but added something more to what they had said.

* Hyatt recommends a selection of third party apps (some free, some not) which I was not aware of. Given the plethora of apps available it is extremely helpful to hear from someone who has tested and evaluated them in the course of his work.

So, if you are at all interested in making your voice heard on-line for whatever reason, I can heartily recommend this title.

F.F Bruce A Life
F.F Bruce A Life
by Grass Tim
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.21

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Overdue Book on an Influential Biblical Scholar, 11 Aug 2011
This review is from: F.F Bruce A Life (Paperback)
There has long been a need for a full biography of the F.F. Bruce, a scholar whose work proved deeply influential on the development of the Evangelical church in the 20th Century. For that reason I was delighted when Paternoster sent me a review copy of Tim Grass's F.F Bruce: A Life.

Having spent a considerable time interviewing friends and colleagues of Bruce around the globe, Tim Grass offers a thorough and at times humourous account of FFB's life. This is combined with a judicious analysis of both his writings and the development of his thought on a wide range of theological subjects. With such an influential figure it will, I am sure, prove tempting for some to tick-off those subjects on which one agreed or disagreed with Bruce. However, the author attempts to identify how Bruce's background and upbringing influenced his theology in a number of ways and so will perhaps help readers to recognise their own presuppositions more clearly. The author discusses both Bruce's strengths and weaknesses and so presents a well-balanced picture of Bruce as a deeply committed Christian and a professional scholar. It is difficult not to be impressed by someone who proofread the entire text of the English translation of Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament whilst travelling on the train to work each day!

The final chapter provides an evaluation of Bruce's profound influence under three headings: His impact on the Brethren; on evangelicalism generally and, finally, on the world of academic biblical studies. An extensive bibliography of FFB's works rounds off the volume.

FFB is an inspiration by his example as a biblical scholar seeking to be true to the message of Scripture and I highly commend this book to anyone who, like myself, has benefitted from his works.
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Why God Won't Go Away - Engaging with the New Atheism
Why God Won't Go Away - Engaging with the New Atheism
by Alister McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.48

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful overview of the "New Atheism", 11 Aug 2011
This book provides an overview and assessment of the "New Atheism" promoted by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. After introducing its origins in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the movement's major proponents, McGrath moves on to examine its claims and attraction. Part 2 focuses attention on the New Atheism's three core themes and demonstrates how the movement fails to deal adequately with historical, philosophical and scientific challenges to its assertions. Finally, the author sums up the present state of the New Atheism which, and concludes that while it still continues to have some popular support (particularly on the Web), its intellectual drive seems to have run out of steam.

I found this a very helpful introduction to a movement of which I was before only dimly aware. McGrath applies his broad knowledge of history, science, theology and philosophy to test the claims of the New Atheism. Again and again the movement is demonstrated to be nothing more than hot air; an elitist group increasingly unpopular even amongst atheists. The movement has some appeal at the Sixth form debate level and excels at ridiculing religion, but has little or nothing new of substance to offer.

The one minor grumble I had with the book was on pages 67-68 where McGrath approvingly quotes Professor Robert Pape's findings in order to demonstrate that the 9/11 attacks (and all other suicide attacks) were political rather religious in motivation. This really does not pass muster as in Islam it is not possible to separate religion and politics into two separate sources of motivation. The 9/11 attacks were therefore motivated by both religion and politics. This undermines McGrath's argument somewhat at this point.

Apart from this one point I found Why God Won't Go Away a helpful and enjoyable read and recommend to anyone engaging with the New Atheism, or studying the influence on the Internet on religious thought.

The Unquenchable Flame
The Unquenchable Flame
by Michael Reeves
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pithy Introduction to Reformation History, 25 Feb 2011
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I picked up a copy of this book because I was wanting to develop a resource site for students of Reformation Church History. However, as I have never studied this period before in any detail I needed a pithy overview that covered the important facts. I am happy to say that that is what I got!

Michael Reeves has done an excellent job of summarising the background, major characters and politics of this turbulent period in European history in style that is both witty and engaging. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone starting a course on the Reformation.

The Heresy of Orthodoxy
The Heresy of Orthodoxy
by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael J. Kruger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Summarisation, 26 Aug 2010
This is a timely work for those wishing to answer the stream of recent books and articles arguing that we cannot know what the first followers of Jesus actually believed. What we can be sure of - writers such as Bart Ehrman assure us - is that the Church in the third and fourth centuries imposed is own interpretation of Jesus and suppressed the earlier "original" Christianity - which is now lost forever. As fictional as this interpretation of history might be it does require a considerable amount of time and effort to refute. I for one and very grateful for Köstenberger & Kruger for doing so in this volume.

The book is divided into three sections, answering in turn the three assertions of the Bauer-Ehrman hypothesis. Section 1 asks what is the evidence for a plurality of "Christianities" vying for supremacy in the early church. Drawing on some superb recent research by Richard Bauckham (Jesus and the Eyewitnesses), Larry Hurtado (Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity - now sadly out of print) and others, the authors make a convincing case that there was substantial and very early unity in the church about central issues of faith. Section 2 answers the issues of whether the later church decided which books were canonical in order to exclude "true Christianity" from the church. It demonstrates that the concept of "canon" is found within the New Testament itself and that even before the NT was complete parts of it were being recognised by apostolic witnesses as being of equal or greater authority than the Old Testament scriptures. Although a small number of books were still disputed until fairly late on, the core of the NT was very quickly accepted as Scripture. The third and fourth century church did not therefore invent the canon, they simply listed those books that had already been recognised as being authoritative.

The third and final section turns to the subject of textual criticism and focuses quite narrowly on how texts were copied in the ancient world and whether it was possible for a theological change made by a scribe could have become universally accepted without modern textual critics being able to identify it. Because of the vast number of NT manuscripts available and the speed in which they were disseminated throught the Empire we now know that this sort of theological change would have been impossible.

This book would prove a valuable addition to the library of anyone involved in apologetics today and anyone starting a theology course this Autumn. Some knowledge of early church history would be helpful, but not essential, as the authors do their best to explain who the characters they discuss are. It is a masterpiece of summarisation and deserves a wide readership.

I would like to leave the last word to D.A. Carson, who writes on the back cover:

"In the beginning was Diversity. And the Diversity was with God, and the Diversity was God. Without Diversity was nothing made that has been made. And it came to pass that nasty old 'orthodox' people narrowed down diversity and finally squeezed it out, dismissing it as heresy. But in the fullness of time (which is of course our time). Diversity rose up and smote orthodoxy hip and thigh. Now, praise be, the only heresy is orthodoxy..."

Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution
Warrior of God: Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution
by David Muhlena
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should become a standard course book for all studying pre-reformation history, 17 Oct 2009
Victor Verney, Warrior of God. Jan Zizka and the Hussite Revolution. London: Frontline Books, 2009. Hbk. ISBN: 978-1-84832-516-6. pp.240.

When I was first offered a review copy of this book I was somewhat surprised, because the publisher specialises in military rather than religious history. Having read the book I would have to say that it would be a great shame if this meant that those interested in medieval and reformation history overlooked it because of its publisher.

The book covers the life of Jan Zizka, a man instrumental in the survival and the success of the Hussite revolution in Bohemia following the martyrdom of Jan Hus. The introductory chapter places the story of the Hussites in the larger context of the political and religious turmoil of the 14th Century, while chapter one introduces Zizka and explains the significance of his military innovations. Zizka proved to be a genius at utilising whatever was at hand in warfare. At this time the significant role in battle was conducted by opposing knights. These engaged one another on horseback as they saw fit and the peasant infantry served mainly to be mowed down by the cavalry.

Faced with a situation where his forces consisted almost entirely of peasant infantry Zizka equipped them by converting their wagons into mobile fortresses and (literally) turned their pruning hooks into swords and a variety of vicious clubs and other weapons. Faced with Zizka's battle wagons drawn up in formation strategically utilising the terrain, cavalry charges proved useless and knights were forced to dismount and attack on more equal terms with their opponents. In such circumstances the knights were invariably routed.

Chapter 2 describes the career of Jan Hus and includes this significant passage which is worth quoting in full:

"Before being burned at the stake, Hus declared `You are now going to burn a goose [the meaning of his surname] , but in a century you will have a swan which you can neither roast or boil.' Copies of Wyclif's writings were used to kindle the fire. One hundred and two years later, Luther posted his theses, and today the swan is a symbol of many Lutheran churches. The seeming prescience of Hus's remark, served to heighten his saintly stature with subsequent generations of Bohemians, and Protestant iconography commonly connects Wyclif, Hus, and Luther. Has Hus lived longer,he would have presided over difficult times for his followers, and his memory might be less revered. Some feel that Hus left the historical stage at the proper time and in the proper manner to ensure everlasting fame respect. A living Hus would have been a valuable voice for the movement, but the dead Hus embodied a spirit of pride and resistance, inspiring the Hussites and steeling them for the coming doctrinal a military assault upon their beliefs." [p.36]

These military assaults came from without, in the form of the five anti-Hussite Crusades, and from within as divisions in the Hussite cause led to discord and civil war. The brutality of these wars - on all sides - was incredible and one has to remind oneself that the Hussites were literally fighting for their lives as their "heresy" was a capital offence. Through Zizka's leadership the Hussite armies finally subjugated almost all of of Bohemia and after his death invaded Moravia and Austria.

Victor Verney does a splendid job of translating the incredible complex events of this period into an engaging account that is a delight to read. He describes the origins of the various Hussites sects, the Orebites (Orphans), Taborites, Pichards, Adamites, etc. in such as way that one is able to understand clearly the historical and religious context of each.

Towards the end of his book Verney sums up the significance of the Hussite revolution in these words, which again are worth quoting in full:

"Continual Hussite victories also sowed widespread religious doubt, ultimately more subversive to Rome than their military incursions. Many could not understand why, if they were fighting for God as the Pope, the Emperor, and their nobles and clerics kept assuring them, they kept losing. If the Hussites were indeed sacriligious heretics, why was God permitting them to enjoy such success? These widespread misgivings about the Vatican's omnipotence and righteousness prepared Central Europe for Martin Luther a century later. The Hussites, particularly Tabor, exploited this by distributing thousands of pamphlets throughout Western Europe, explaining themselves and making their case - a remarkable exercise in mass media four decades before Gutenberg's printing press." [p,222]

In summary, I would like to highly commend this book to anyone interested in medieval and reformation history and hope that it becomes required reading on all courses dealing with these subjects.

Healing Through Deliverance: The Biblical Basis v.1: The Biblical Basis Vol 1
Healing Through Deliverance: The Biblical Basis v.1: The Biblical Basis Vol 1
by Peter Horrobin
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An unbalanced and unhealthy book, 3 Mar 2008
Possibly one of the most biblically unbalanced books I have ever read. While it claims to provide a biblical basis for a deliverance ministry the conclusions are read into and not out of the texts under discussion. It argues that all of Jesus' exorcisms were carried out on believers and that exorcism should never be carried out on unbelievers. Those who oppose this view are dismissed as demonised, pharisaichal or otherwise theologically unbalanced.
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