Review

John for Everyone Part 1 by Tom Wright

Pleasant and insightful

Tom Wright discusses chapters 1-10 of John’s Gospel

I enjoyed reading one of these accounts each day and have eagerly purchased Part 2.

The writer’s use of personal experiences was for me both entertaining and illustrative, of the Gospel narrative. I particularly enjoyed Wright’s insights into this Gospel writer’s experience of life and the times in which he lived.

I suspect this guide could be too simplistic for some scholars but it was just right for someone who has read this gospel, and discussed it a number of times, but now realizes they have not understood John and his message so well as they thought.

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Quotes from the best novel I’ve read in years. This book is amusing with a serious message. These quotes are from the serious message aspect, but you could simply enjoy the story.

Answers from Alyce by Mistral Dawn

“The corporations that run our government find it more profitable to form monopolies, so people don’t have any choice beyond purchasing from them or not purchasing at all.”

I’ve been trying to remember what happened to the Monopolies Commission in the UK.

Next, Alyce is required to explain a dramatic setting to her abductor.

“Educated people are often portrayed in such propaganda as people who are cold, socially awkward, detached from and unsympathetic towards the problems of ‘real people’, and impractical.”

“This type of propaganda makes some people, mostly those who aren’t well-educated themselves, distrust education and those who have it. And it dissuades them from trying to educate themselves.”

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Quotes from the best novel I’ve read in years. This book is amusing with a serious message. These quotes are from the serious message aspect, but you could simply enjoy the story.

“Why is everything in your society given to caveats and conditions?’

“A ‘wallet biopsy’ is when a doctor in a hospital focuses on a patient’s financial condition instead of their medical condition.”

We in the UK would do well to take notice of this in view of the possibility of American insurance companies buying into our National Health Service.

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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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Losers in Space (Episode 1: Genesis) by Scott Pixello

Possibly because I don’t usually read humorous books, I found this to have a slow start. I’m glad I stuck with it though. I smiled all the way through the biggest part of it, with many an out-loud laugh. I particularly enjoyed the style of conversation given the characters, along with comments on modern society which were accompanied by a deep level of comprehension.
From the outset, Pixello creates, in my experience, a unique scenario from which he builds a fascinating story. There’s even a big surprise at the end.
As with all good sci fi, philosophical questions are posed: what’s real and what isn’t? How did these non-astronauts come to be where they are? Where are the heading; and why? Why has something extraordinary happened to their life-cycles? I’m going to have to continue with the series to find the answers. It will be fun.

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Reflections for Lent by Jane McFarlane 4*

Beautiful reading for any time of year.
This book is one that I read frequently. It has beautiful passages in it, without the sugary sentimentalism I find difficult to digest in some devotionals. I recommend it very highly.

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Luke for Everyone by Tim Wright

One of my rare 5star reviews.

I thoroughly enjoyed Tim Wright’s style of writing and I found his interpretation of the gospel enlightening. Tim Wright made sense of some aspects of the gospel I had previously found confusing and he brought out for me some parts I’d been unaware of skipping over without comprehension.

I recommend this book very highly.

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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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