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The Purpose Driven Life : What on Earth Am I Here For?
The Purpose Driven Life : What on Earth Am I Here For?
by Rick Warren
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Microwave Christianity, 19 April 2008
The 'Purpose-Driven' franchise has been incredibly successful, in terms of shifting units. There has to be a reason it's done so well. Simple answer. It's a generic product. It's Bird's Eye Fish Fingers. It's Heinz Baked Beans. It's Chicken Tonight. The book jacket promises a lot and there are certainly a lot of excitable reviews of it, by all means give it as a gift to a new Christian but if you have any level of maturity you will be left frustrated.
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The Prophetic Imagination, 2nd Edition
The Prophetic Imagination, 2nd Edition
by Walter Brueggemann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Dense, 19 April 2008
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This is the first book in a long time that I've tabbed the pages of with labelled post-its. It's a book I expect to return to again and again in years to come. Journeying through the scriptures by tracing the steps of the prophets a strong theme develops, that it's the prophet's task to startle and excite those who are numb and depressed into believing that newness is possible, imminent, even tangible. 'The Prophetic Imagination' contains more delicious quotes than I could ever mention. So why only 4 stars and not 5? The one drawback is that for all but the most academic of readers the language is very dense and at times even verging on inaccessible. Definitely worth having a crack at it anyway though.


3 Keys to Empowerment: An Action Guide
3 Keys to Empowerment: An Action Guide
by Kenneth H. Blanchard
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Put it out as a pamphlet Ken., 19 April 2008
I like Blanchard's Situational Leadership model. Sadly this book tries far too hard to formularise it's principles. Some useful stuff in here but way too much repetition and padding. Skim, learn and dispose!


The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future
The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future
by Charles Handy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, relevant and constructive critique of 'work', 19 April 2008
Handy always seems to find a unique perspective on the world of work but even so it's hard to believe this book has been around for well over a decade, it just feels so fresh and relevant. The first half of the book is an excellent analysis and critique of the challenges facing anyone who frequents a contemporary workplace. More than that though it offers a whole load of useful insights on why and how to change things for the better. The second half of the book gets a bit too broad and loses it's cutting edge. Still worth 4 stars just for the first half though.


Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
by Eugene Peterson
Edition: Paperback

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning how to read again, 19 April 2008
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I read a heck of a lot of Christian books. Very rarely do I ever give a book 5 stars. Why is this book worthy of that honour? Two reasons: First, the content, it tackles a subject of primary importance - how to read the bible for 'formation' not 'information'. Peterson highlights that our basic tutoring in reading is with the aim of extracting information. That's not what the bible is for. It's a gift to us for the shaping of our daily lives. Second, the style, it is written by a master of words, someone at the peak of his craft. I found myself re-reading lines and phrases just for the sheer pleasure of letting the words dance again through my mind. The ultimate worth of the book though is that I found it worked. It taught me valuable lessons in how to read my bible again, afresh. My lazy habits have been corrected, I've received new techniques of engaging with the text, I'm a whole lot richer for spending an tenner on this book!


Panasonic NV-GS320EB-S Mini DV Digital Camcorder (3 x CCD, 10 x Optical ,3.1 MP Stills, SD Slot) 2.7" LCD
Panasonic NV-GS320EB-S Mini DV Digital Camcorder (3 x CCD, 10 x Optical ,3.1 MP Stills, SD Slot) 2.7" LCD

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Value, 27 Dec. 2007
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As an entry-level customer I wanted the best I could get for under £300. First I bought a Sony HandyCam Hard Disk version. However the picture quality was appalling so I sent it back. I bought one of these instead and the difference couldn't be more profound. The 3CCD technology gives really lucid colours and very sharp detail. OK, if the light is failing the image will deteriorate quite quickly but on the whole for daytime use, including indoors in well lit rooms it is superb value.


12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
by Elizabeth Hand
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eliminate boredom whilst travelling, 26 Dec. 2007
This review is from: 12 Monkeys (Paperback)
Cracking little thriller that does well to avoid playing to the sci-fi gallery. Accessible, engaging, anything but boring!


Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope
Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope
by Brian D. McLaren
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An evening class with McLaren, 26 Dec. 2007
This is the third Brian McLaren book I've read. I thought 'A Generous Orthodoxy' was absolutely superb. Conversely 'A New Kind of Christian' turned me right off. So knowing what McLaren is capable of, both good and bad, this book would tip the scales one way or the other. Verdict? Its a mixed bag. It feels a bit like attending an evening class in 'Jesus & The World Today' delivered by a tutor who is generally enthusiastic, at times prone to rambling anecdotes or detours into obscure technicalities but with frequent golden nugget of brilliance that keep you wanting more.


Manchester, England: The Story of the Pop Cult City
Manchester, England: The Story of the Pop Cult City
by Dave Haslam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious book for an ambitious city, 27 Oct. 2007
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Haslam takes on a big project here. He could've stuck to his niche and just covered more recent developments on the music scene but he digs deep, really deep, and the book is so much richer for it. If you love Manchester you love 'Manchester, England'.


Are You Experienced? (Penguin Essentials)
Are You Experienced? (Penguin Essentials)
by William Sutcliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When in India..., 27 Oct. 2007
I read this whilst backpacking in India and it did help kill the boredom on some long sweaty train journeys. But that's about all it's good for. Think 'Hale and Pace' trying to do Michael Palin. Exactly.
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