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I Am With You: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2016
I Am With You: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2016
by Kathryn Greene-McCreight
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Everyone, 23 Feb. 2016
Why are readers so sharply divided in their views on this book? The first thing to note is that it was written by an American PhD and endorsed by a senior archbishop: expect it to be intellectually challenging at times. The language may be simple but the ideas are sometimes like slippery fish.
The main problem for me is that it adopts a highly orthodox stance when reflecting on the nature of Jesus and assumes that the reader will share this viewpoint. The author says that God was with the patriarchs, Abraham and his descendants. She then goes on to meditate on God's presence in Jesus, assuming total acceptance of the doctrine set out in John's Gospel: that Jesus was in the beginning: he somehow was God.
'Jesus is the same One who calms the floods and sets Noah's little ark safely on the dry land. He is the same One who leads Israel through the Red Sea waters to safety.'
A little later she considers the question of whether God really did abandon Jesus on the cross, concluding that he did. How could God abandon himself? According to the author, by 'self-emptying', whatever that may mean.
The cover illustration of Caravaggio's very physical angel instructing Matthew as he composes his Gospel implies the divine inspiration of Scripture.
For the hungry and willing explorer, the book offers food for thought. On page 140, for example, we read: '...Evil is not the opposite of good. Rather, evil is the absence of good. God's blessing is presence. Evil is void, emptiness.'
Now, gentle reader, make your own decision!
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Eshow Men's Retro Canvas Flapover Messenger Bag, Black
Eshow Men's Retro Canvas Flapover Messenger Bag, Black
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Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 27 Aug. 2014
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Smart and convenient. Good value for money. Speedy delivery as well.


Regatta Men's Ad Cruise Walking Sandals Roasted / Dark Spring 12 UK
Regatta Men's Ad Cruise Walking Sandals Roasted / Dark Spring 12 UK

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy, 27 Aug. 2014
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I've been wearing them every day for over a month and they are really light and comfortable. There's no sign of wear or damage and I've been for several walks over rough ground. Like other Regatta products, they are excellent value for money.


Cowboys Can Fly
Cowboys Can Fly
by Ken Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For teenagers rather than mature readers, 4 Aug. 2014
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I suspect that a good many adults will read it, but many of them will find it largely unsatisfactory. The ms would have gained from a proper editing, the language hovers uncertainly between that of the sixties or seventies and the present day, and the honey-sweet treatment of the women may put them off. I think the story's ending was unnecessarily tear-jerking. When are we going to throw off the convention that all gay novels have to end in tragedy and heartbreak?
Apart from that, teenage boys themselves will probably devour it with relish, especially if they sense that they have gay leanings themselves. There is a strong sub-plot which keeps us on the edge of our seats wondering whether the boys will ever actually make love and the novel's message is clearly supportive for boys who sense that they are gay themselves. The language is sensuous in a way that boys will appreciate, and is studded with swear-words.
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Size 12 X-hiking Men's Ballack Ms Textile Strapped Sandals
Size 12 X-hiking Men's Ballack Ms Textile Strapped Sandals
Offered by FYFO
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big feet? Beware!, 19 July 2014
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These sandals look like a real bargain, but be on your guard to see that the actual size matches the label. Like another buyer, I ordered 12 but was sent a pair that must have been nearer 7 and had to return them. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!


Child Without Love
Child Without Love
by Jamie Southern
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape from Sorrow, 15 Aug. 2013
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Liz's memoir shows clearly how influential figures in our childhood and teens can set us on a path towards either good or evil. Her account of growing up in a children's home in the nineteen-forties and fifties contains some comic, but also some harrowing scenes, and is dominated by the cruel Matron, whose only purpose seems to be convincing the young girl that she is ugly and unwanted.

Later on, we are charmed by some of Liz's memories of living on the streets of London, but also forewarned of the gathering spiritual darkness as she is drawn into the shadowy world of modern witchcraft. Her vivid and authentic accounts of this should serve as a warning to anybody who is at risk of becoming involved.

One of the book's fascinating characters is Mike, the protective leader of a commune that adopts the girl. Fiercely patriotic and monarchist, he takes Liz to see the Coronation procession but also proves to be a coven leader and drugs dealer. Opposing him in this spiritual tug-of-war is the motherly Salvation Army Major who struggles in vain to draw the girl into Christianity.

We follow Liz through her adult years, a captive in the web of pleasure-seeking, voodoo and violence, yet strangely aware of an eternal presence which is watching over her. This growing awareness of something divine prepares us for the final conflict between good and evil, as she listens to the urgent pleading of the Christian woman who seeks to lead her towards redemption

This is a fascinating and enthralling insight into shadowy worlds that few of us, thankfully, have experienced. Thoroughly recommended.


London Clock - 25118 - Traditional Mahogany Wood Finish Pendulum Wall Clock
London Clock - 25118 - Traditional Mahogany Wood Finish Pendulum Wall Clock
Offered by ESR CHESTER
Price: £164.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but elegant, 10 Jun. 2013
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I bought this to replace a mechanical clock which had stopped working, and I am delighted with it. It keeps perfect time without the bother of regulating and has the traditional attractions of a swinging pendulum and hourly chimes that can be adjusted in volume to suit the individual. The case is well-made and a fine example of modern craftsmanship. Delivery was very prompt, too.


Roberts MP53 Sound 53 CD/DAB/FM Digital Sound System with Dock for iPod-Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Roberts MP53 Sound 53 CD/DAB/FM Digital Sound System with Dock for iPod-Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Purchase, 19 Jun. 2010
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I spent a while reading the reviews of other Amazon buyers and I can only add a few personal comments.
It is everything I had hoped for. I live in an area where digital radio reception is problematic and I am delighted to find that I receive strong signals on all the stations that interest me. At first I was unable to receive either of the local stations which only broadcast on FM, but after removing the telescopic aerial (according to the instructions in the manual), replacing it with the wire one provided and extending it with an extra length of wire as I did with my old set, I now have perfect reception there too.
The smooth, rich sound quality promises many hours of happy listening, although I have had to turn down the bass to -3 to suit my own taste.
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Port Isaac's Fisherman's  Friends
Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends
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Price: £3.25

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harmony and Discord, 3 May 2010
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This is, on the whole, a pleasing collection of traditional sea songs presented by a very accomplished group of male singers. Most of the items have their origins in the labours and sufferings of fishermen and sailors who struggled to take a bare living from the sea in past centuries, and it is very fitting that they are brought to us by the modern inheritors of that tradition.
The group is at its best, I think, in simple presentations which allow them to display their skills of harmony and expression, and I particularly enjoyed "Brightly Beams" and "Cadgwith Anthem." I was disappointed, however, to find that some of the work-songs, such as "The Mingulay Boat Song" and "Pull for the Shore", which are meant to accompany a steady rowing rhythm, are taken rather too fast. Most disappointing of all, the traditional feeling of too many songs is destroyed by the heavy percussion, which strikes me as being incongruous and distracting.
I later bought their earlier release, "Home From the Sea", and found it much more to my taste: very similar content but without the horrible, booming accompaniment.


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try to Understand the Author's Intentions, 1 Jun. 2009
Some reviewers are scathing in their criticism of this book because they simply do not understand the intentions of the author. It is rightly described as a fable and not a novel: that is to say, it claims to have neither historical accuracy in its detail, nor probability in the events narrated. It is a poetic reflection on genocide. The final ironic punch-line is 'Nothing like that could ever happen again... not in this day and age',and of course we know it has happened, and is continuing to happen. It happens not only to adults , but to children as well, which is what makes the story so poignant, and its ending so distressing.
Bruno's innocence and naivete is a literary device to emphasise the tragedy of children being caught up in adult hatred and evil. His perception that the two boys are like brothers since they share the same birthday is also a poetic device to bring out the concept of universal brotherhood or shared humanity in a way that any reader, young or old, should be capable of understanding. The simplicity of the language is a highly effective device for teaching us all an essential lesson about human nature.
It is a masterpiece in its own right, and will probably become a classic on a par with "Lord of the Flies", which also a fable rather than a novel.
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