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Overgorged Flesh Lies Dying Slowly
Overgorged Flesh Lies Dying Slowly
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5.0 out of 5 stars still excellent., 28 July 2016
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While I was expecting something more consistent with the debut album, still excellent.


Where Is God?: A Personal Story of Finding God in Grief and Suffering
Where Is God?: A Personal Story of Finding God in Grief and Suffering
by John S. Feinberg
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Testimony!, 13 July 2016
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It is really a fascinating opportunity to witness the process of how the expert Theologian (specializing in Systematic Theology, God’s Sovereignty, Apologetics, Theology of Evil, and Ethics) is confronted by and has to personally face the cracks in the sinful reality of the world.
It useful testimony explicating way in which the reality of evil is brought home to the author’s soul and mind so that he is simply forced to realize at the same time the reality of the horror of evil and his complete inability to shield himself from it (or anesthetize!?) using the theological phrases and systems he mastered completely.

Author’s struggles remind Paul’s described in the second part of Rom 7… in a sense of dynamics of specific experience that you might not expect from the regenerated person (i.e. the light of faith and theological knowledge seems not sufficient to dispel darkness and confusion caused by pain and suffering). The author definitely represents Reformed position, which helps the reader understand that as a regenerated person he simply and naturally does not even consider “cursing God and dying.”

The book reminds us that what we would like sometimes to interpret (maybe partly in a reasonable and partly in wish-fulfilling way) as God’s will, may be in fact our conscious or not attempt to secure control over our circumstances, as if our will knew better than God’s sovereignty.


My Years with Ayn Rand: The Truth Behind the Myths
My Years with Ayn Rand: The Truth Behind the Myths
by Nathaniel Branden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2016
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No issues, exactly as asked for. Thanks.


The Oblivion Particle
The Oblivion Particle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoable!, 10 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: The Oblivion Particle (Audio CD)
Missing previous singer, this CD sounds like Enchant.


Key Words of the Christian Life: Understanding and Applying Their Meanings
Key Words of the Christian Life: Understanding and Applying Their Meanings
by Warren W. Wiersbe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Key Misunderstanding about Key Words, 10 Feb. 2016
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It escapes me how the author can combine Arminian position stating that that faith precedes regeneration (see Chapter on Regeneration page 44: “Because of his faith in Christ he was born again”) with Reformed position on Election and Predestination and Assurance of Salvation (Chapter on Predestination).

Don’t take me wrong, I went through most of the famous of the BE series and respect it. However, I was always in two minds about Wiersbe writing: it is difficult to enjoy at the same time excellent expository preaching interwoven with theologically incompatible views.
The formula resolving this dissonance seems to be: ignore Wiersbe’s position on regeneration and new birth and focus on everything he writes about that happens in the believer’s life just after regeneration. This is useful and consistent.

Let me quote from J.I Packer to support this: Regeneration is monergistic: that is, entirely the work of God, the Holy Spirit. It raises the elect among the spiritually dead to new life in Christ (Eph. 2:1-10). Regeneration is a transition from spiritual death to spiritual life, and conscious, intentional, active faith in Christ is its immediate fruit and not its immediate cause (Concise Theology, page 158).

In summary: I like the book and hope that the core issue here is that the Editor transcribing Wiersbe lectures based on which the book is based did not check the text with the author against precision standards expected from the Author of such caliber.


Perspectives on Election: Five Views
Perspectives on Election: Five Views
by Jack W. Cottrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Five levels of insight..., 12 Nov. 2015
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If you take seriously presented positions, Calvinist position would seem to be incompatible with the Arminian one. The bone of contention is: either Sovereign God effectually calls predestined individuals to justify and glorify them or they are capable of using their own “free will” to select God and thus to obtain their salvation, retaining the right to dispose of God later and thus reject the offer of salvation.

The authors appear to present a series of reframes, thus attempting to defend their positions by stretching and bending the meanings of terms like faith, grace, “free” will, or depravity so they would add up in defence of their position. While you would expect this type of approaches in the book put together in this format, there seems to be another quite frustrating point about the book.

Most importantly, it seems to appear to the casual reader like me, that the comprehensiveness and clarity of writing is not equal.
For example, while I could easily understand chapters and responses written by Ware and Reymond, those written by and responses to others provided by Cottrell seem inconsistent and incomplete.

For example, while Ware, on top of stating his own arguments considers most typical objections to them, Cottrell seems to have completely ignored them in his response to him. Also, his response to Raymond is close to reduction at absurdum. Next edition of the book should replace Cottrell with somebody who can listen and read – the idea of the book was dialogue and not a lecture.


Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
by Seth Andrews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good as a sample of How To Write A Marketing Booklet, 30 Oct. 2015
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I could not find any de-programming material worthy of the name, i.e. which could be used as a pattern or steps to actually help somebody to clean the mind from the conscious and unconscious shackles set in by religious brainwashing.

I have also issues with accepting this book as Cover Page claim to be a “journey from religion to reason;” unfortunately I have found there neither sound critique of Christian Theology nor new references to solid intellectual and rational claims presented by more refined philosophers, including those representing atheistic position.

I summary, I regret spending my money on this book… and when trying to find some rationalization to make related loss less painful, I realized that maybe reading it gave me a good opportunity to see how writing a book can augment web page marketing material.
In closing - it seems that what has actually happened here was business diversification rather than de-programming. It is such a shame that some atheism preaching oriented businesses cannot survive without securing their survival through fighting a straw man constricted by a caricature of religion.


In Vaults
In Vaults
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5.0 out of 5 stars but it appears to me that “In Vaults” is not only much more interesting musically but also seems to sound better (recording/audi, 17 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: In Vaults (Audio CD)
Sure, it is subjective, but it appears to me that “In Vaults” is not only much more interesting musically but also seems to sound better (recording/audio aspect) then previous CD.

The vocalist managed not only to preserve but also to further develop her sometimes surreal approach to singing, which is one of the signature features of the band. Maybe a trademark.

Also guitars sound different this time, maybe they are most consistent and aligned with the rest of the track – again, this may be just an effect of probably different approach to mixing.

Drums sound sharper, more pronounced cymbals. Happy I bought it, already waiting for the next one!!


Very Much Alive
Very Much Alive
Price: £37.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Fresh, 1 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: Very Much Alive (Audio CD)
Creative drumming at its best. Superb cymbals sound.


Four Views on Eternal Security (Counterpoints: Exploring Theology) (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)
Four Views on Eternal Security (Counterpoints: Exploring Theology) (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)
by Norman L. Geisler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely sseful, clear and informative, 1 Sept. 2015
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Extremely useful volume. The chapter containing the exposition of the Reformed position by Michael S. Horton is most revealing and clear. Also, his devastation of the "Moderate Calvinism" model invented by Norman L. Geisler is instructive and informative; in fact I learned a lot and resolved many confusions in my mind generated when reading Geisler Systematic Theology. Again, Horton demonstrate that all TULIP points are cogently cohesive and systemically integrated, hence eternal security (part of the model under P for Perseverance) understood from TULIP’s angle is consistently defended.


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