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The Essential Guide to the Short Team Mission Trip
The Essential Guide to the Short Team Mission Trip
by David C. Forward
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars For Missions Team Leaders, 9 April 2004
Maybe you are a missions pastor teaching a class on short-term missions and are looking for a textbook, or you are leading a team overseas. You might be going on your first trip and want to know how to approach the whole matter.
"The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip" by David C. Forward explains with examples the sorts of things which those in missions leadership at a church should be thinking about.
The points made in this book could avert disasters. What good is spending a lot of money to go overseas only to find you've no idea what you've got yourself into? While it is true that having a flexible personality is key to any missions effort, it is also a good idea to prepare when possible.
Some readers may cringe at the strategic sensibility of David Forward. "The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip" is all about practical thinking. St. Paul prepared practically for his trips. He knew where he was going, how long it would take, and how much food to being along. Forward helps think like Paul.
Noting that many going on the trip may be first time short-termers, or first time airplane riders, he discusses travel tips. For example, bring a spare pair of glasses, remember to bring a list of people you intend to write (Like your supporters), and how to deal with lost luggage. He even outlines how to run a team meeting, with suggestions for topics.
He spends time on the complex matter of money, and how support should be raised, and what a church's financial involvement should be. He is not dogmatic, but points out the pro's and con's of the various positions.
Forward's missions experience has taken him primarily from Britain to Romania, with stopovers in Budapest. He cites from this experiences fluently, and helps the reader see how the essentials in this guide can be applied. He gives anecdotes about cultural sensitivity, like how in Romania, the real Dracula is considered a national hero for reasons other than what Bram Stoker's novel talks about. Jokes, Forward writes, about the morbid side of Dracula are unappreciated by locals.
The appendices are useful, helping the reader think through the incidentals. Some things, like having calling card codes and travel insurance numbers with you, should not be overlooked.
I fully recommend this excellent tool for preparing a team for short-term missions. For a solid text helping the sender church, see "Serving as Senders" by Neal Pirolo.
Anthony Trendl

No Man's Land [DVD] [2001] [2002]
No Man's Land [DVD] [2001] [2002]
Dvd ~ Branko Djuric
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £5.04

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Men and a Buried Mine in a Trench, 19 Mar. 2004
"No Man's Land," starring Branko Djuric as Ciki (pronounced Tcheeky) and Rene Bitorajac as Nino shows the pragmatics of war. These two men represent each side of the Serbian-Bosnian conflict.
Both are convinced that the other side started it, and later, both are convinced the other side is bombing them directly. Both learn of the injustices done in the name of war done by their own side.
The tension of the story is not the war, but the survival of three men, Ciki, Nino, and Cera (pronounced Tsera, played by Filip Sovagovic).
Ciki, a Bosnian, and Nino, a Serb, end up in a foxhole. Neither wants to be there, and both need the other to get out alive. They don't care about the other, even as they find some common ground like a former lover they each had. The war and its wage of death is the vault between them truly acknowledging the other's humanity, but they lean on each other awkwardly, but effectively to persuade the UN to save them, and Cera, also a Bosnian.
The trouble is that Cera lays upon a mine that will detonate when he moves. Naturally, then, he stays still. The fear of the mine blowing up provides the need for them to work toward a solution. With no obvious fix, they attract the UN, who are a mix of competent and incompetent, passive and intentional leaders. The UN's indecisiveness jeopardizes the soldiers, and their philosophical unwillingness to resolve the problem only exacerbates the anger between the soldiers.
It carefully stands away from the divisive, bitter fight, indicating that the both sides aren't pure in motivation. Each character is so far removed from whatever started the conflict, that any ending becomes a tragedy.
There are two sides to any war: those who are governing it, and those who are fighting in it. Within that war, among those fighting in it, are two more sides: those who believe in the fight, and those conscripted to be there. All are part of this movie.
"No Man's Land" shows that the Big Muddy, as Pete Seeger once sang of WWII, is not just in 1942 or Vietnam. In the trenches, as a force of war's reality, evil occurs. It is the default of war that men are asked to kill, and it is the default of man that the living will die.
I fully recommend "No Man's Land." For a look at a similarly powerful movie about the Irish conflict, see Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson in 1994's "In the Name of the Father."
Anthony Trendl

How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Carnegie Influence You, 18 Mar. 2004
From an era when 'self-help' books had genuine depth, Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" influenced the world. No book in the self-help category matters more than this one.
Learning to relate to people in the ways Carnegie instructs will help you personally as well as professionally. In "winning friends," Carnegie means more than being liked, or being slick, but through genuine relational and/or professional courtesy, you will create connection. You will learn that inspiring someone is important, and how it can be done. You will also learn the value and process of creating win-win dynamics by understanding the other person's position and needs.
This book is a classic because Carnegie says timeless truths in timeles ways.
I fully recommend "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. Whether you are lemonade salesman or UN diplomat, what Carnegie teaches in this little book can help you do it better.
Anthony Trendl

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
Edition: Board book

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Par with Make Way for Ducklings, 18 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Goodnight Moon (Board book)
Your youngest children will love the alliterative style of "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd.
The repetition and sing-song quality will help your child remember and process language. The colorful pictures will help keep him or her involved, and you'll both love this book as a tool for bedtime preparation.
On par with "Make Way for Ducklings"? You betcha! "Make Way..." is for a slightly older reader, but the same connections of pictures and words, though in very different styles, can be found.

Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center
Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center
by Dennis Smith
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic, Journalistic, Compelling, 18 Mar. 2004
"Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center" by Dennis Smith provides a poetic-journalistic look at a tragedy which still continues to shake America. You'll find the book stronger in intensity than most photographic collections of September 11, 2001.
His descriptions are more than photo-realistic versions of what he saw, but brings forth the anguish and passion, and the smell of wet ash and burning debris. Smith manages to connect with the reader beyond the hype and politics. You will not be able to read this unaffected.
The people in the high-rises, on the planes, and the policemen and fireman all were real people. Even the foolish young men who hijacked the planes, the ones who believe Bin Laden's lies... all real people who died pointlessly. Smith draws out the real, draws out the essence as well as the actual accounts of the awful events.
I fully recommend "Report from Ground Zero: The Story of the Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center" by Dennis Smith.
Anthony Trendl

The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed and Why It Will Fail Again
The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed and Why It Will Fail Again
by Caleb Carr
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts Terrorism in a Historical Context, 18 Mar. 2004
Terrorism is terrible, and never less than shocking, but Caleb Carr puts it in the light of history.
"The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed and Why It Will Fail Again" shows us how terrorism has been used, and why terrorist efforts like the World Trade Center tragedies will accomplish nothing but carnage.
While America sees the evil ugliness of world terrorism, Carr notes how, thoughout the years, terrorism has been a tool by most militaries, even our own in the US. His emphasis on the military side of terrorism, as opposed to a few radicals will be alarming. His analysis of various US civil and international wars and conflicts isn't pretty, and, on such a short book, not easily agreed with at face value. Still, he forces the reader to see past the result of the war, and see the process of war with moral and ethical truth, one way or another.
It is a frustratingly short book, but necessary nonetheless. His points are substantiated, but with his thesis so broad-stroking, it would be good, if in subsequent editions he likewise broadens his support of these points. Timelines, charts, tables all would help.
Just the same, Carr courageously asserts that terrorism is not unique to foreign political and miliary entities. He tries to avoid the public relations skews that we have put on our own actions. Boldly, his is unafraid to say what both liberals and conservatives already are too keenly cognizant of, that we've not always played wargames fairly.
Don't accept Carr at his word, nor expect to agree with every argument. I certainly don't. I do agree, however, that we need to consider the defining and perspective of terrorism with a honest look at what the US has done and is doing.
I fully recommend "The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed and Why It Will Fail Again" by Caleb Carr.

The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading by Writers and Editors, 18 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Elements of Style (Paperback)
"The Elements of Style" is necessary for any student of style and grammar.
Succinct in a world filled with verbose grammars and style manuals, Strunk's famous little book provides the basics on which good writing is based. From writers to copy clerks, from communications professionals to managers of corporate marcom... you will all find it valuable.
Add it to your library. It won't be a mere dusty volume of platitudes never considered, but a well-thumbed tome of timeless truths for the English language.
I fully recommend "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr., et al.
Anthony Trendl

Robert's Rules of Order
Robert's Rules of Order
by Henry M. Robert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Robert's' Is Important To Know If Management is Your Bag, 18 Mar. 2004
While there certainly are other options to understanding parliamentary procedure, "Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised, 10th Edition)" is a traditional key to knowing the ways things are done.
True, true... this isn't exactly the sort of book you bring to a coffeehouse on a Saturday. However, it is also true that if you are part of an organization that has organized meetings, 'Robert's Rules' is a great place to start. The liturgy of meeting procedure starts and finishes with the rules set forth in 'Robert's Rules.'
Get this book, but consider getting one of the plain English versions as well. If you are new to parliamentary procedure, you'll find both books in tandem quite helpful.
I fully recommend, "Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised, 10th Edition)" by Henry M. Robert III.
Anthony Trendl

Mac OS X:  The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Mac OS X: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by David Pogue
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Required Reference, 18 Mar. 2004
If you are reading this review, you are like I am, a devoted Mac fan. Furthermore, you probably own a David Pogue book. It is time to buy another.
"Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" is a necessary addition your technical libary.
Technical manuals for the Mac OS are abound, but Pogue manages to steer clear of the techie-talk that so often plagues the other books. In keeping with the tradition of Apple, and the creative nature of Mac users, he approaches "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" with a tongue-in-cheek sensiblity.
Pogue sorts out the pros and cons of OS X, while acknowledging the future of the Mac OS. He keeps his explanations simple, honoring the basic truth that Macs are easy to use.
Users new to Macs will be pleased as Pogue points the way to a transitioning to from a Windows-based OS. No reason to be intimidated by the 400+ pages. The book is organized well, and will be comfortable to use either as a manual, or as a reference book.
I fully recommend "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" by David Pogue.

The Robe [DVD]
The Robe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Burton

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Redemption Enrobed in Staid Script, 17 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Robe [DVD] (DVD)
In a film slowly becoming dated and due for a remake, we are told the story of a man's struggle to reconcile his guilt with his doubt, and his doubt with the persuasive faith of those he meets. Can a broken man be redeemed?
When watching newer movies, like Mel Gibson's "The Passion," it is easy to forget that it is movies like "The Robe" set the stage, and motivates modern moviemaker to bring in realism.
With Jesus Christ's death and resurrection in the backdrop, with a Roman Catholic-esque tone, Marcellus grapples with the reality of spiritual power. He believes it is in the robe Christ wore, but he quickly learns the robe is nothing. He feels angst and anguish when he touches it.
He meets Judas Iscariot, Simon Peter, Miriam and unnamed disciples. Like "The Mission," this movie is filled with complex characters, less wooden than first glance might lead a viewer to believe.
As guilty as any man could be of Christ's crucifixion, Marcellus knows the passion of his emptiness. He sets to find out what it is that is freeing Christians from circumstances beyond reason, like the joy one woman has despite her paralysis. Why do the Christians continue on, even though they face persecution?
The messages in the movie are more than Judeo-Christian. Hollywood blacklists come to mind as people are commanded under duress to give up names of followers. Living life with and for a purpose, and knowing what we really believe is encouraged. We are shown humility, desire for freedom and messages against bigotry and greed.
As a concept, the story has potential. The plot is strong, but falters in script form. Even the great Richard Burton is denied the opportunity to win an Oscar with dramatic sequences that only whisper could've been more boldly written. The sets may be award winning in their day, but now, we can see the painted stage walls that are meant to seem like a city.
I recommend "The Robe," with hopes that it will inspire a great filmmaker to pick up the script, rewrite it and show us what could be.
Anthony Trendl

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