Review

Four Gospels, One Jesus by Richard A. Burridge

A wonderful study, superbly executed.

Burridge places the gospels in the time of their writing. He expertly discusses the four styles, along with their individual symbolism, whilst making his academic work accessible to all. To achieve this he employs comparison with a modern, familiar subject. By so doing, he unites all four gospels in a manner that anyone can understand. Very highly recommended.

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Quote from Habiatat by Vanda M Denton

Casually, unfazed by knowing they disliked this part of his job, Dominic walked over to hold out his hand to the nearest calligrapher. She frowned in irritation but made no comment as she handed over her two neat sheets of writing. Dominic took no chances; not even amongst these honest, placid people. He read every word, checking for hidden messages. He found only an extract of a play he recognised as an old classic: The Merry Wives of Windsor. As always he was courteous. He handed it back with a smile and a thankyou before moving on to the man next to Isla who seemed to be hastening his clearing away. Again when he held out his hand he was greeted with a frown and reluctance with handing over the script. Once more Dominic studied the text with care. These were words he hadn’t read before, including in the latest briefing for new literature passed for publication.
‘What is this?’
The man took a breath, ‘It’s a simple story for children struggling with their reading.’
Dominic glanced around. One or two had stopped to watch, a couple nudged others to keep their attention away from the scene but most were supremely unaware of the drama as they continued to pack their work and materials away.
‘Stop,’ he called to all. ‘Put all papers on your desks and stand by them.’
Gleaming eyes surveying the scene told all the writers that this Keeper would be missing no infringements and that included the mildest disobedience right now.
Dominic read the new words. It was a brief story about a sower of seeds and how they will set down roots and flourish only in good, well-prepared soil.
His posture demanded eye-contact with the writer of those words. ‘This has not been passed for publication.’

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Book Reviews

Hearing the Voice of God by David Chadwick 3*

OK in parts.

At times I found Chadwick’s interpretation too simplistic rather than pleasant and easy to read. He made some points I really could not agree with but in other places I found myself enjoying his take on John’s Gospel.

Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

Inspiring.

A pleasant, relaxing read concerning the free gift of God’s grace.

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from DCZ: Designated Conservation Zone

Blackfriars Bridge was gridlocked … It seemed as though everyone had been on the opposite side of the Thames that they wanted to be. People were in their vehicles leaning on horns, out of their cars yelling and inside trembling as they listened to that same message over the radio.
As the traffic crept into Upper Thames Street I began racking my brain for a safe place to leave the car so that I could take the Millenium Bridge.

Thrilling, eco-fiction in multi-narrative

Who, and what, is Gaia?

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The Vinctalin Legacy Book 6

Zan stood, straight back to his face, and told him, “It is your laws that are a disgrace. In his society I would never have been abandoned to the likes of Roc, by my own people.”
Then she turned to look him dead in the eye, so that she could finally offload a little of the heaviness in her heart.
“When I first saw you on Tarin’s ship, gliding around with that superior attitude, I put a face to what had hitherto been an abstract object of hate. But then the longer I watched you the more I thought about what you were, and what your cronies had done to me. And my hatred grew. Until now I thought that hatred had attained a natural limit. I thought my whole being was full of it. Yet I was wrong. Because my loathing just reached new heights.”

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The Vinctalin Legacy: Survival, Book 1 Harvest by Vanda Denton

Any other authors out there re-reading their earlier work?

I wrote my first book after I’d watched Star Trek and Stargate so many times I could quote the scripts. At that time I could find nothing comparable to take their place. So I began writing my own very different tale. Unlike my favourite TV shows The Vinctalin Legacy Book 1 is an alien invasion story. I had no plans then, that it would be the first in a fifteen-part series. I’d love to hear from anyone else, any genre, who unintentionally began writing a long series of books.

Survival: Harvest
They awake to the grisly sight of alien invaders silently, methodically collecting the bodies of their victims.
When forced into a life of slavery three desperate heroes stand out as leaders.
With courage, determination and ingenuity they launch a daring counter-attack and against all the odds, emerge victorious, only to discover their masters also were in bondage.

An overview of the fifteen-part series is written in logs by the characters, on this website. There are no spoilers.

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From A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love By Martin Luther King Jr.

The hardhearted individual never sees people as people, but rather as mere objects or as impersonal cogs in an ever-turning wheel. In the vast wheel of industry, he sees men as hands … He depersonalizes life.

Review

A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. 5 stars

Wonderful, Informative, Inspiring.

Out of the sixty-five reviews I’ve written so far, I have given five stars to only five books. I save them for the most exceptional. I wish I could give this more than five stars. It is by far the most inspiring, moving book I have ever read. Second only to the New Testament. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby 5stars

A book to make you think.

In this excellent book Archbishop Justin Welby warns of the power given to financial gain in the lives of many individuals, at the cost of a quality of life to be found in the love of God. Far from being anti-capitalist, he merely points to the dangers of favouring the material world, whilst challenging the reader to answer questions concerning their personal life.

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Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby

Those who, in the late 1940s and in subsequent governments, sought to ensure that every sick person would have free medical treatment (though they paid tax for it – my words), that every child would have an education (ditto on the tax), that every person in poverty would be given a sufficiency with which to combat the extremes of poverty and hunger, were enthroning Christ over mammon. … seen not merely as acceptable but as right in society.