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Forbidden Friendships: Retaking the Biblical Gift of Male-Female Friendship
Forbidden Friendships: Retaking the Biblical Gift of Male-Female Friendship
by Joshua D Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, men and women can be friends, 6 Aug. 2017
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Culture views romance as the highest form of love and so has lost the concept of deep friendship – confusing philia (friendship intimacy) with eros (romantic intimacy). This, together with Freud and the sexualisation of culture has meant that “men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way” (according to Harry from “When Harry Met Sally”).

Furthermore, this sexualisation also means that close friendships (including touch) between same gender are interpreted through this lens as homosexual and between men and children are labelled a paedophilia.

And so to avoid suspicion in our over-sexed culture we refrain from pursing intimate friendships and have become increasing under-touched and isolated. It is no wonder the porn holds such sway.

The church, rather than being a beacon of light, has instead reacted to the pornification of culture by introducing various rules under the banner of integrity to prevent problems.

However, well-meaning these rules (such as gender boundaries) are – they are based on fear of sin and lead us away from godly filial relationships. They throw out the baby with the bath water. Furthermore, such man-made rules are powerless to change hearts (Col 2:20-23).

This book is a breath of fresh air calling the church to be the family of God. To embrace spiritual brother/sister, mother/father relationships that are both godly and needful to our well-being.

Joshua restores us to the Biblical concept that our needs should be met through God and the community rather than one romantic partner. That Jesus called the church to be one (Jn 17) and not just married couples. This godly view embraces singles as part of the family rather than ostracising them.

The power of such deep affectionate and trusting friendships will liberate us from the power of romance and porn. They will also shine out as a pure light to this dark world.

I can genuinely say that this book opened my eyes to how suspicion and fear has been ruling me. Yes there’s the need for wisdom – but there’s also the need to embrace God’s changing grace so that we can love others as Christ loved the church.

I recommend this book without reservation.


You Can Hear the Voice of God Clearly: How to go from the still small voice to the voice of God
You Can Hear the Voice of God Clearly: How to go from the still small voice to the voice of God
by Kevin Winters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.97

4.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't have to be a quiet voice any more..., 4 July 2017
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Even though I am prophetic and regular receive "words" for other people, I had grown up with the teaching that God spoke with the teaching that God speaks in that "still small voice" and so that is all I've ever heard.

By examining the story of Elijah this book blows that myth out of the water. It is clear that Elijah only heard a whisper of God due to, amongst other things, his disobedience. When he was obedient he heard God's voice clearly.

This book works through this issues that prevent us from hearing God's voice clearly and then gives encouragement of how to begin and steps to help us on the journey. It also contains a brief introduction of how to distinguish God's voice from our voice or Satan's voice - but this is more fully covered in his book: God, Is that You, Me, or the Devil: How to Confidently Know God's Voice.

I think this book can be summed up with "We have become satisfied with a whisper" whereas "The whisper is a call to keep looking deeper".

Recommended.


Life To The Max
Life To The Max
by Jon Cox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A story of stepping out to bring life to others through adventure activities, 24 Jun. 2017
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This story covers one man's stepping out from his own career dreams into God's dreams for him which turned out to be more exciting than anything he had planned for himself.

It all started with one of his mates who at 25 had no vision of anything other than working to get paid so he could get drunk at weekends and saying "there must be more than this". This set Jon down a route to starting up Adventure Plus, an organisation that aims to help people develop a passion for life to the max through activities such as archery, climbing, kayaking and camping. Whether that be school parties, vulnerable children or ex-offenders.

It's a good story of faith and sacrifice and the profits from this book go to a good place - in particular I'm excited about their vision to engage youth through parkour which I have just recently found out about. My only wish would be that this book would have contained far more stories of the impact Adventure Plus has made on individuals lives.


Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA)  Module 0 Practice Papers (With Solutions)
Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) Module 0 Practice Papers (With Solutions)

1.0 out of 5 stars Off syllabus and poor product, 9 May 2017
A quick glance through this e-book shows that the papers include questions on topics such as differentiation of trig functions which are not on the syllabus for CAA Module 0. Hence these are clearly not good practice papers for CAA as they won't get asked. :(

The formatting of equations is also ghastly (it looks like some parts are screen shots of other materials and some are newly typed in a different size and font) and this together with the above gives the impression that the author is just trying to cobble together material to make a quick buck from desperate students rather than taking the time and money to have it properly checked, edited and formatted.
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Integral Xpression Owls Design 8 GB USB Flash Drive
Integral Xpression Owls Design 8 GB USB Flash Drive
Price: £5.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like duracell - still going strong..., 27 April 2017
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Bought one of these for my eldest daughter to use at school about 5 years ago and it's still going strong.

You can't ask for more at this reasonable price - highly recommended.


CHiPs - Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007]
CHiPs - Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Erik Estrada
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still shines for a new younger audience, 29 Mar. 2017
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A lot of TV shows of my childhood have aged terribly and can only be watched for nostalgia. However, this one still shines in terms of acting, speed and content. My eldest old son absolutely loves it and we have repeatedly watched it between ages about 10-12 - cops on bikes, crims and 70s funky music, what more could you want?

Still great "family values" TV where the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad and good always wins out in the end. Also the classic pairing of the straight cop Jon and and an immature Poncherello who learns lessons the hard way.

For those who want a further breakdown the rating is PG for all but one episode which is a 12 where a female hitch-hiker is sexually threatened. Also one episode features a nudist volleyball team but nothing is shown though much is inferred.


Ana and the Prince: How a Girl Found her Royal Identity (The Lost Parables Book 2)
Ana and the Prince: How a Girl Found her Royal Identity (The Lost Parables Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful little parable about identity., 6 Feb. 2017
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In this short parable Ana's ordinary world takes a dramatic turn after an encounter with the Prince. This sets her on a collision course with her step-father's who seeks to keep her under his control.

As a story in its own right is it captivating but as a parable it contains so much that speaks to children and adults about who they are and what voices they listen to.

There are questions for discussion at the end for children and more for adults on the linked website which will keep the conversation going long after this book is put down.

Highly recommended.


Light Over Dark
Light Over Dark
by S J Heald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening, 6 Feb. 2017
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This was an eye-opening little book. It was such a page turner that I finished it all in one day. It details the story of how a girl looking for more and not finding it in traditional Christianity which denied the supernatural, found it first in a psychic, then Ouija boards and finally a spirit guide.

However, it was to be some time before the true nature of her guide was revealed and the awfulness of the pit she had sunk into discovered. It was only by divine intervention she was saved from darkness.

This book is an eye opener to the nature of the conflict in the spirit world and a wakeup call to those who think it is something only the superstitious believe in.

I would have liked to hear more of SJ’s journey into complete deliverance as it felt that it was just a glimpse into this aspect together with a summary of good teaching on the subject of spiritual warfare. For me this made it feel like the book didn't quite have enough of the light to balance the dark experiences mentioned. But perhaps this is to be the subject of a follow-up book....

Still recommended though


Broken By Religion, Healed by God: Restoring the Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal, Social Justice Church
Broken By Religion, Healed by God: Restoring the Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal, Social Justice Church
by Gordon Dalbey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Together all the denominations show us the full image of Christ, 6 Feb. 2017
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Another excellent book from Gordon Dalbey where I seem to end up underlining almost everything.

In this book he talks through his journey from being a liberal pastor whose focus was on social justice ministries and who scoffed at other denominations that were "wrong" to being born again in the evangelical church, receiving the power of the sacrament from the Roman catholic church to receiving the Spirit from the Pentacostal church.

He writes how each denomination gives a valid method of receiving grace from Christ - but we have insisted "our" way is the only correct way rather than realising how all have something to offer Christians.

He concludes that the issue is our own inadequacy and trying to hide our shame by seeking our own righteousness instead of falling on our knees before Jesus.

A beautiful book that walks the dividing line between "conservative" and "liberal" to Jesus. Recommended.


The Light Princess
The Light Princess
by George MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, appalling printing, 6 Feb. 2017
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The story is both whimsical and yet deep and has left me thinking for days afterwards. I can see why CS Lewis was so taken with his writings.

But the book layout is horrible - it looks like they just dumped a text file onto the pages. This makes it downright hard to read and frankly disgusting to look at. How could anyone take such a beautiful story and then not ensure the presentation is also of the same quality is beyond me...


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