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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
by Peter Scazzero
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and personal guide to spiritual growth, 2 Sept. 2012
This is a practical and personal guide to spiritual growth. Though there are lots of books on spiritual growth and Christian living out there, a lot of them fail to address the issue of emotional baggage. That's what makes this book superior in many ways. It deals with what you bring from your upbringing into your faith, and it realistically portrays suffering as something that should not be ignored, but rather compel us to wonder and grow.

Beware, it's not a very theological book. Peter Scazzero gives theological basis for some of his ideas elsewhere, and I recommend people check out some of his sermons and seminars (a lot of them can be found online). Yet, I don't consider his claims that controversial or in need of great justification, and I doubt many people will object to this book for theological reasons. Maybe for personal ones.


Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed [DVD]
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stein
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £8.81

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the content seems a bit random, but still interesting, 6 April 2010
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This movie makes people mad, perhaps even more mad than was necessary. The topic is polarized and all the biased 5 stars and 1 stars reviews are to be expected. I bet a lot of people condemning this movie haven't even watched it.

What the movie does well: Introduction of the ID movement. Showing the peer-pressure within the scientific community. Interviews with interesting people (both Dawkins and Stephen Meyer appear in it). Pointing out some of the most obvious shortcomings of neo-darwinism. Great illustrations showing the mechanisms of cells.

What the movie doesn't do well: Not as funny as I thought it would be. The connection between the neo-Darwinian community and the human experiments during WWII does indeed seem like a stretch, at least the way it's introduced in this movie.

I loved the Dawkins interview, especially when he admitted that "Intelligent Design" could come about in a certain way -- if ALIENS created us! He even found this idea intriguing and said we might find their signatures in our cells. I'd recommend this movie just for that particular sequence.


NRSV Gift and Award Bible Black
NRSV Gift and Award Bible Black
by Hendrickson
Edition: Leather Bound
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best translation out there, perhaps the worst leather cover, 5 April 2010
I really have no additions to the title of this review.
The NRSV is the Bible to go for if you want an English Bible that stays faithful to the original text and is still quite readable. It is much better than, say, the NIV.
However, this particular Bible has a really bad leather cover. Easily worn out. So if you buy this, handle with care...


Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide: Secrets and Strategies from Successful Couples Who Have Gone the Distance
Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide: Secrets and Strategies from Successful Couples Who Have Gone the Distance
by Kate Brauer-Bell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.47

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too discouraging though it does contain some common sense advice, 5 April 2010
Your first question when encountering a book would be: Who wrote it? What are their credentials? What makes them experts on the topic (because, of course, if you write a book about a topic, it means you'd know what you're talking about, right?). In this case, I want to emphasize that this book is not written by people with any psychology or counselling training. These are ordinary people who may have done some research among long distance relationships, but it doesn't seem like any competent psychologist was ever involved in this project.

I'm in a long distance relationship, and we're happy to be together (though physically apart a lot of the time). We've been having some difficulties a number of times--but thankfully, we've survived as a couple and learned a lot, and I consider our connection pretty strong today. My girlfriend is studying psychology and when she learned about attachment styles, it was very helpful to both of us. Personally, I've been reading another book by psychoanalyst Stephen Mitchell, and it's been very helpful as well. This is just to say that there's a lot of help to be found out there (in Psychology) for people who are struggling with their romantic relationships. Sure, some (not many) things are different for long distance relationships, but a lot of the things are the same, too.

The problem with this book is that it does, to an extent, enforce public myths about what it means to be "right" for each other. I suspect that a lot of couples will pick up this book because they're struggling and want to find some encouragement. But the book starts out by asking, 'Are you sure you're even right for each other?' What kind of encouragement is that? People pick up a book like this to give the relationship a chance, not to be fed even more doubts. And as I said, it's based on the public myths, not on psychological research. The book is stuffed with Western, individualistic, Hollywood romance ideas of what love means and how people are compatible. Interviewing a lot of couples won't change that because they are part of the same community and have many of the same cultural presuppositions about love, but some basic psychological research about how we actually work as human beings would've caught it straightaway.

Of course, when you read on, you'll find both good and bad advice. Some things are just ridiculous and shouldn't be in a book of this kind (like the "how to know your partner is cheating on you" guide--I suppose that's not even meant as a joke). On the other hand, the book does give you some "common sense" tools regarding how to communicate effectively and manage your time, and so on.


The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation
The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation
by Norman L. Geisler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool, 5 April 2010
I bought this book as a present to my girlfriend, and she's been very pleased with it. She didn't look much at it at first, but when she encountered a Bible difficulty (in Exodus, I think), she looked it up and found a plausible explanation. There are, however, still difficult texts that this book does not deal with. I guess there's no objective way of determining what makes a particular passage "difficult", and so it all comes down to the authors' determination. The book lacked some humility, in my opinion. I would've liked if the authors admitted that the Bible has a human element to it and is not considered "infallible" by the Christian community the same way way the Quran is considered "infallible" by the Muslims. It seems this book wants to persuade you into thinking the Bible simply dropped down from heaven.
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Surprised by Hope
Surprised by Hope
by Tom Wright
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Creation, 6 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Surprised by Hope (Paperback)
Tom Wright sets out to describe his whole world-view in this one book, and he does a good job. If one should sum up the book in one term, "new creation" would probably be very appropriate.

One of the book's weaknesses happens to be one of its strengths as well. You often get the impression that Wright could've written much more on a particular subject, but then he chooses to go on to something else. In this sense, the book deals with a lot of issues, but from a somewhat general perspective. Let it be said that Wright is a man of "the big picture".

I particularly like how he provides a balanced view on the old fight between "saving souls" and "making this world a better place". Wright recognizes that these two ideas are closely connected according to the New Testament. I was very intrigued by the idea that God actually sets out to save the world, not just the people in it. Yet, people are part of what's being saved, and they're part of his way of saving everything and everyone else.

I would encourage all ministers to familiarise themselves with Tom Wright (sometimes called N.T. Wright) and his theological approach to the New Testament. He really is one of the most knowledgable theologians of the 21st century.


There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
by Antony Flew
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but concise book presenting basic evidence in favor of God, 13 Nov. 2009
When I opened this book, I got scared. Big letters, big spaces, few pages. But once I started reading I completely changed my mind. Despite its looks, the content of this book is neither simple nor general. The arguments are carefully developed, and many points of criticism are considered as well.

Lots of books on Atheism turn their attention towards Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens. While Dawkins is mentioned a few times, this book was not formed as a polemic towards these people. He spends little ammunition on Dawkins' popularized, simplified, childishly aggressive attacks on religion. Instead, this book is concerned with Flew's own conversion and the greater intellectual minds of philosophy and science.
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Basics of Biblical Greek: Vocabulary Cards (Zondervan Vocabulary Builder) (Zondervan Vocabulary Builder Series)
Basics of Biblical Greek: Vocabulary Cards (Zondervan Vocabulary Builder) (Zondervan Vocabulary Builder Series)
by William D. Mounce
Edition: Cards
Price: £10.50

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 4 Oct. 2009
I doubt there are better tools for learning a language than cue cards like these. It seems to include the most basic words of Biblical Greek, making it possible for anyone who practice on a daily basis to, eventually, understand the New Testament in its original language. However, these cards are only good for increasing your vocabulary. You'll need other tools to practice your grammar skills.
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