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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: David Crumm Media, LLC (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934879118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934879115
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DR. BENJAMIN PRATT, A retired United Methodist Pastoral Counselor, has spent much of the last nine years in a caregiving relationship with Judith, his wife of 50 years. A Guide For Caregivers reflects his gleanings from his successes, trials and failures as a caregiver, a pastor and a pastoral counselor. They reside in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Make sure you share a copy with a friend - you'll need someone to talk with about this book!
Jessica MacNair
The questions Pratt poses are contemporary, relevant and perfect for a small-group Bible study setting.
Gordon W. Marchant
This book is a fascinating study of human nature and evil in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels.
Joyce M. Gubbins

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordon W. Marchant on February 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't generally give any book a 5-star rating. However, in this case, I felt as if I owed as much to the author because of my initial skepticism. "A Bible study with James Bond? I think not." I once met a Christian who was enthralled by the Star Trek movies and prided herself with her ability to speak Klingon. "Seven Deadlier Sins and 007's Moral Compass" had to be just another example of a Christian infatuated with movies.

I was wrong. Take a look. This book is much more than James Bond. It is about our society and you - the strengths and weaknesses of our moral compass.

Do you have the courage to open your eyes to the "many guises of evil in our times"?

The questions Pratt poses are contemporary, relevant and perfect for a small-group Bible study setting. Don't get hung up on the immorality portrayed in the James Bond movies. Read the original literary texts of the James Bond series (which are so much more satisfying than the films) and you will recognize the Biblical themes which Benjamin Pratt desires for us to consider.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Schlenker on November 25, 2008
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Many of us are familiar with and think we understand the stories of James Bond - because we have watched many of the James Bond movies - not because we have read the original novels by Ian Fleming. Reverend Ben Pratt recognizes that Ian Fleming wrote a series of complex, allegorical stories which align in many ways with the 'traditional sins' as contained in the Bible. Further, Reverend Pratt illustrates that Fleming moves on in the Bond novels to even 'deadlier' sins, such as 'accidie' - or the loss of dreams. Pratt has created a fascinating course in seven parts that contains his analysis of the Bond novels, complete with biblical references, discussion topics and related questions. Ian Fleming's Seven Deadlier Sins is not only a thought-provoking course, but also offers a path for anyone to explore some of life's basic issues - how do we recognize and deal with moral cowardice - that of others as well as our own? Our church, Providence Presbyterian, offered this course and found it to be a most rewarding experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. Gubbins on November 18, 2008
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I love "Looking for God" in contemporary literature. This book is a fascinating study of human nature and evil in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. It is written in a style that confronts with specific descriptions. The study questions at the end of each chapter are an excellent guide to further exploration and reflection.

The chapter on Accidie is especially relevant to senior citizens. For many, it's very easy to give up when life has not turned out the way they had envisioned it. Ben's treatment of this subject is in-depth and very helpful.

Thanks, Ben, for a great book, beautifully written! I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty Ernst on November 9, 2008
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Ian Fleming's Seven Deadlier Sins & 007's Moral Compass is an unusual and thoughtful blend of pop-culture and spiritual morality. I was never a fan of the Bond books and must confess to having read only 1 or 2 and then just to find out what the noise was about. Adventure and excitement were never my favorite genre although they can be diverting. The movies were even less interesting--just one car chase after another with some clever technology. But listening to Benjamin Pratt talk about his new ideas regarding the underlying text of the novels caught my attention and inspired me to further reading. If you ever have the privilege to be in a workshop with Dr. Pratt, you will be delighted by his scholarship and candor, Even if you never have that chance, you will find this book full of new ideas to discuss with friends or even to ponder on your own. I highly recommend it in this day when our lives are bombarded by evil and corruption on all fronts. Where and why do these evils exist and are we ourselves part of the world's problems? And what do the Christian scriptures tell us about our moral responsibility? If you are already a James Bond fan you will be delighted to read them again in a new light, but old reader or new, trust me, you will not experience accedie.
Betty Ernst, retired English teacher and family counselor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Chartier on November 5, 2008
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Just when I thought anything and everything worthwhile had been said about Ian Fleming's James Bond stories, Benjamin Pratt has come along with a book that presents a surprising new way to read and appreciate these classic adventure stories. Who would have guessed that "007" hints at the classic 7 Deadly Sins of Christianity and that Fleming sprinkled clues throughout his stories to suggest that the battles of Bond and his enemies symbolize the timeless war between the noble St. George and satanic dragons of evil?

In "Ian Fleming's Seven Deadlier Sins & 007's Moral Compass," Benjamin Pratt skillfully, movingly and engagingly navigates a course through the James Bond books that appeals to readers with secular as well as spiritual interests. Pratt's pastoral lessons, drawn from the struggles of good and evil within and surrounding the James Bond character, bring fresh insights both for readers familiar with the Ian Fleming novels as well as readers who only know 007 from the (mostly bad) movies. For Christians, Pratt provides an entertaining and provocative structure for Bible study, complete with scriptural references and probing questions; for those approaching the Bond stories from any other religious perspective regardless of creed, Pratt provides a thoughtful path for using the Fleming stories to explore universal theological themes; for those of no specific faith or no faith at all, Pratt's book shows how the adventures of the literary James Bond raise modern moral questions about facing down the demons within and around each of us.

Pratt writes in a surprisingly personal and confessional tone about his own moral struggles, which makes his book at times read less like a stimulating classroom lecture on literature and more like an extended conversation with a friend.
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