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Give a Dog a Home: How to make your rescue dog a happy dog
Give a Dog a Home: How to make your rescue dog a happy dog
by Graeme Sims
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you truly love dogs this is a book for you, 26 Feb. 2014
A wonderful read with all the joy and sorrow of sharing your life with dogs.
This is the story of a man and his dogs with hints and tips on living with dogs. Graeme loves his dogs and this is key to establishing a good relationship with dogs. He also explains his approach to finding your dog's magic button that will reinforce your bond with your dog and enable the way you and your dog work together to be transformed.
Not an instruction book on dog management but a book that any true dog lover will enjoy, after reading it once for pleasure you may need to read it again to locate the many tips embedded in the text.


Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir
Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir
by Stanley Hauerwas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A theologian's autobiography that is a wonderful read, 13 Oct. 2013
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I read this from cover to cover within days of buying it. Two reasons why you may wish to read it. The first is, as other reviewers have suggested, it is a captivating story of the life and development of a leading theologian. He explains how his many friendships provided the support that enabled him to work through the more difficult times in his life. The second is that Hauerwas provides valuable details of the people and texts that have influenced his thoughts.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value guitar strap, 9 Nov. 2012
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These straps are excellent value, a good fit to the guitar and most importantly they are very comfortable in use. I have bought one for each of my guitars that I use regularly - an obvious option at this price.
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Towards a Theology of the Environment
Towards a Theology of the Environment
by Paul Haffner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for serious environmentalists, 20 Nov. 2008
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A very uneven and disappointing coverage of issues of environmental concern with statements such as "global warming is not the devastating threat to the planet it is widely alleged to be" not inspiring confidence in the authors' authority on this topic. Students adopting a conservative approach to Christian teachings may find some of the quoted and cited work a useful lead to more serious study.


Good as New: A Radical Retelling of the Scriptures
Good as New: A Radical Retelling of the Scriptures
by John Clifford Henson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most readable New Testament ever, 11 Feb. 2008
There is no doubt that this is the most readable translation of the New Testament in print today. An easy and enjoyable read but with many thought provoking passages that will encourage more serious reflection.
As with other commentators I find some of the names used do grate and the glossary is neccesary at times.
But an excellent book with never a dull moment and highly recommeded. It will have you reaching for your more conventional translation to answer "did Jesus really say that ?" and then leave you pondering on John Henson's modern recasting of biblical events.


The God Problem: Alternatives to Fundamentalism
The God Problem: Alternatives to Fundamentalism
by Nigel Leaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A concise account of the religious alternatives to orthodox Christianity, 25 Oct. 2007
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Nigel Leaves presents a very readable account of his ongoing study into the alternatives that have been developed by those who feel the pull of religion but cannot deal with aspects of orthodox Christianity.
He covers the work of Bishop John Shelby Spong who retains a belief in God but is highly critical of Church dogma. Then on to the more austere non-realist views of Don Cuppitt and Lloyd Geering. This is followed by grassroots spirituality and religious naturalism. The ideas presented can be complex but are explained in a straightforward manner with the minimum of jargon.
The book is concise, with refreshingly little undisclosed bias and well referenced for the many who will undoubtedly like to read further.
An excellent read.


Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong
Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong
by Louise Pojman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory text, 10 Aug. 2007
An up to date and comprehensive introductory text. Pojman writes with engaging style and excellent clarity across the full range of moral philosophy. The "further reflection" sections aid learning consolidation and encourage further study. There are useful notes and "further reading" recommendations.
An important point for readers to consider is Pojman's objectivism, hence 'Discovering' Right and Wrong and I would strongly suggest complementing this book with something like Mackie's "Ethics:Inventing Right and Wrong". Pojman, a one time student of Mackie, clearly (but respectfully) rebels against his teacher.


The Great Questions of Life
The Great Questions of Life
by Don Cupitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.50

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality without doctrine or the supernatural, 18 Dec. 2006
Don Cuppit established himself with the TV series "The Sea of Faith" in which he explored the changing role of religion in the modern world before continuing his exploration in a series of books.

Now well down the road Don outlines his strongly religious views but they are not based on doctrine or super natural belief but to be found in the ordinary language and mode of living of everyday life. He takes this viewpoint and considers some of the so-called "great questions" and comes up with refreshing if somewhat challenging answers.

An excellent introduction to Don's "theology" for those who are uncomfortable with conventional church religion but who believe that there is a spirituality to life that is not to be found in alternative "pop" spirituality.


Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the World in the 20th Century (Global century)
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the World in the 20th Century (Global century)
by J. R. McNeill
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb but worrying read, 4 Dec. 2006
This must be the most readable account of the history of humankind driven environmental change in existence. An excellent and comprehensive review of the full range of human impact on the various spheres of earthly existence. Extensively supported with dates, figures, references and many examples.

If I have one criticism it is that it is easy to be left thinking that no good at all has come from any of the earth shaping endeavours of humankind. However do not that put you off, this book is an excellent lesson in the need for caution before we charge headlong in to the next great ideological earth reshaping project.


You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
by Howard Zinn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational tale of the life of a man of conscience, 14 July 2006
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I read this book to follow up a reference and expected to do just that but ended up reading it from cover to cover.

Howard Zinn has lived through interesting times and his coverage of the US college campus student demonstrations against injustice makes gripping reading and the response by the college authorities is deeply disturbing. Well worth reading and will inevitably give you food for thought for some considerable time.


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