Mark Stockwells

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (111 of 121)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,979,957 - Total Helpful Votes: 111 of 121
Times and Seasons: Trusting God in Your Changing W&hellip by Trevor Newport
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just terrible, 9 Aug 2007
Please save your money and buy a different Christian book - one that shows signs of having a genuine Christian as its author. This offering follows along the lines set out by the Christian Science cult, ie telling you to live in a state of denial ("victory") - denying you're ill and so on, which could have, of course, very serious consequences. There is an arrogant tone throughout: anyone who is disabled, for example, or poor, is "not living in victory". The book says this man is a "pastor" - if that's true then I feel sorry for those poor souls in his church.
Citiescape Asia: Hong Kong (Lonely Planet Pictoria&hellip by Andrew Burke
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There are few books I can honestly say I feel cheated by, but this was one of them. Bought quickly as a present for someone who used to live in Hong Kong, I felt almost ashamed of giving it to them. I thought they'd think I'd picked it up in the bargain bucket! Being more precise: this very small book contains a couple of dozen photos (if that) of "Hong Kong", but not much you'd actually find interesting. Close-up shots of door handle or a hand are the kind of thing. Or a shot of a chef. I'm sorry, but this really is rubbish - as I say, don't waste your money.
Undue Influence by Anita Brookner
Undue Influence by Anita Brookner
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I thought "Undue Influence" a joy to read - finding myself immersed in Claire's thoughts and life - just how a good book should draw the reader in. Life can be - and often is - full of disappointment and not every person fits the media-pushed image of the shiny, plastic couple-with-kids. Thank God that Brookner is the one novelist I know who acknowledges this truth. Even though I guessed the surprise at the end, I identified with Claire in her shock and disillusion. Brookner's consummate skill is to make the thoughtful reader empathise with her heroines.

Regarding some of the earlier, scathing reviews - I have some thoughts on why these reviewers have such difficulty: I think… Read more

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