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C. S. Lewis: A Biography
C. S. Lewis: A Biography
by Roger Lancelyn Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need and want from a biography..., 31 Aug. 2012
This biography has been read and re-read in my household. It is a thorough narrative of the life of C.S.Lewis, providing detail, humour, insight of the life of a great writer, theologian, academic and debater. You will enjoy the engrossing nature of the prose that draws you into the multiple facets of the life of C.S.Lewis, who is now known for the Chronicles of Narnia, but had many interests beyond children's literature. As the book brilliantly tells, he was a lover of medieval romantic literature and Old Norse, studied at Oxford and taught at Cambridge, and of course fed the spiritual lives of millions through his accessible books on theology and Christian living. I would recommend this biography by Walter Hooper as the first port of call for a budding inkling or curious browser - a reliable introduction to the life of C.S.Lewis and a doorway into the mind of a remarkable man, who was able to tackle demons, talking beavers and the nature of love in his broad library of works and still enjoy a pint with his friends (including J.R.R Tolkein) at an Oxford pub. A good read.

Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead [1991] [Dutch Import]
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead [1991] [Dutch Import]
Dvd ~ Gary Oldman

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Witty, 24 July 2010
This was first a stage play and then became a film, all inspired by two minor characters from a play by Shakespeare. So lets bring some order to this story. Tom Stoppard, the author, is acclaimed as one of Britains' greatest modern playwrights. In this production he has told a story of Rosengrantz and Guildenstern, and their gradual realisation that something is wrong with their world. It is a slow movie, relying on verbal wit rather than explosions and 3d circus acts that you will find in most blockbusters. It is set in those 'olden times' but has modern language (with a *little bit* of Shakespeare added in for good effect) and numourous running gags, both visual and verbal. I have seen the original stage version and would rate this as just as good. Buy it for a good laugh, a brilliant example of theatre and writing. Note: it is a film, not a filmed stage piece.

Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box
Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box
by G.P. Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Mixed Feelings, 22 Jan. 2009
Shadowmancer by G P Taylor was my first introduction to this author, and that was a fantastically original read. So I came to Mariah Mundi, seeing the premise for the book about a boy trainig to be a magician, with some high expectations. It did seem like the plot resembled Harry Potter slightly, and thus leant weight to the oft-repeated claim that G P Taylor is 'the next J K Rowling.' It started really well, and the author's ability to paint a picture is amazing. Its very atmospheric, with the train station and the Prince Regent described in wonderul ways. So that sets you up for a good story. However, I felt the plot lacked order and continuity. You are told Mariah is studying to be a magician, and this is placed (seemingly) as the central plot focus of the book, yet I didn't really feel it stayed with it. The plot hurtled off in completely another direction, leaving you wondering if that bit about training to be a magician will ever happen. The desccription sometimes lags a bit, although more atmospheric locations are introduced which is good. I counted about 7 typo's, and got as lost as Mariah did in the labyrinthe's of the caves. I felt the structure of the book was rushed, and I think many younger readers will find it difficult at times to understand or follow it closely. However, the ending (or at least a plot line that emerges to carry Mariah through further books) was extremely satisfactory. In fact, I was quietly hoping for it, since it does indeed reminisce of Harry Potter and (without giving anything away) expands on something that is lost after the Harry Potter series finished. Any Harry Potter reader will understand what I mean (*the badge*) and will agree that it sets the whole series up well for more adventures. Overall, its a pretty good read. Perhaps rushed? but no doubt a sterling book from a great British author.

Reading with God: Lectio Divina
Reading with God: Lectio Divina
by Dom David Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

220 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sitting with God, 10 Dec. 2006
I never thought that monastaries held anything relevant for the modern spiritual life, yet David Foster proved me wrong.

In an engaging written style that does not assume you are an oxford university professor, Foster brings to the reader a precious spiritual discipline that has helped me draw closer to God.

He explains, in essence, that reading the Bible should not be the same process as reading any other book. The Bible is God's letter to us, and can therefore bring deep change in our hearts and lives. Lectio Divina is an ancient practice still used in monastries today. Basically, it is 'reading with God'; you let God talk to you through scripture, and then you talk back.

It isn't some strange, mystical practice that we should be weary of. In fact, its something that you begin to hope will be used more widely in the church. It can be done by anyone in any place. All you need is a bible.

This book is a solid introduction to lection divina and is really all you need in order to learn how to do it.

The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God
The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God
by George Eldon Ladd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom of God, 10 Dec. 2006
`The Gospel of the Kingdom' is a theological work that addresses one of the most important and possibly least understood messages of the Bible. As George Eldon Ladd explains in the opening paragraphs, the gospel of the Kingdom of God is not an irrelevant concept applicable only to the Jews of the day and their messianic expectancies. We come to realize that Christ's proclamation of the kingdom is in fact the answer to what Ladd says is the modern man's question: "what is the meaning and the goal of human history?" This is a profound question, since it encapsulates into one sentence the deep fears, insecurities and needs of modern society.

To begin his discussion with such a universally relevant question requires that the author continues in a style that is accessible to the average reader but not at the expense of academic integrity. It is then helpful that Ladd attacks this subject from an academic viewpoint, but also with the intention of making it applicable to the average readers own life without the assumption of his readers having prior theological training. He presents his knowledge and revelation in a lucid style that increases the relevancy of his discussion to the readers mind and life. "This is the primary concern of these expositions, that the reader might meet the kingdom of God, or rather, that the Kingdom of God might meet them." (p23)

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