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The Question that Never Goes Away: What is God up &hellip by Philip Yancey
Philip Yancey writes of his experiences when asked to talk to people in war zones, and to parents who have lost children in tragic school shooting incidents around the US. He asks some difficult questions, attempting to reach out to people going through appalling circumstances, without sounding trite.

Yancey’s writing is always good; he has a talent for explaining complex concepts to lay people without ever being condescending. He acknowledges that each individual is different, that nobody can go through anybody else’s pain, and that we all deal with tragedies in different ways.

I’m glad I read this; it was a good reminder that life isn’t easy, but that God is still… Read more
Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking-Free Chapt&hellip by Jerry Wyckoff PhD
The assumption of this book seems to be that most parents are inconsistent and harsh with their children; a sad indictment of Western society. The authors advise staying calm, and addressing issues directly, explaining why corporal punishment and yelling are counter-productive.

I didn’t find anything new in this book; indeed, I found the emphasis on ‘rules’ (albeit flexible) to be a bit coercive, and I thought it a pity that the book did not define the distinction between punishment (revenge), discipline (teaching) and consequences (the natural or logical result of some action).

Nevertheless, there is some sound advice about ways of relating to children and engaging… Read more
Hope Springs (2012) [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Meryl Streep
Hope Springs (2012) [DVD] DVD ~ Meryl Streep
Billed as a romantic comedy, this features a married couple, presumably in their early 50s, whose relationship has become predictable and decidedly unromantic. Most of the story happens as they undergo 'couples counselling'.

There are a few great one-liners in this film, although the comedy is somewhat bittersweet The characters of Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) and Kaye (Meryl Streep) seemed all too realistic to me; one of the extras on the DVD stated that probably every long-married couple can relate to at least some parts of their relationship, that may be partly why some people find this uncomfortable viewing.

My husband and I both enjoyed the film, which is quite… Read more

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