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Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ
Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ
by Peter Kreeft
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.63
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2 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Better title would have been Socrates and the strawman, July 11, 2009
What a terrible terrible book. The idea is great, the writing style is very good. The author totally blows it. Rather than take on the real challenges that face Christianity the author chooses to play the strawman game.

When defending Christianity rather than deal with substantive objections, the author chooses to place in the mouth of critics the most inane, uninformed arguments possible. This means that either as an author he did not have the chops to deal with truly difficult questions or he specifically choose strawman arguments. In either case there are much better books to read. If you want to read a good book on Christianity choose something by Yancy.

There are too many good books in the world and too little time. Doesn't waste your time on this one. "
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The 360 Degree Leader Workbook: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization
The 360 Degree Leader Workbook: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization
by John C. Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.93
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 50 Miles Wide & an Inch Deep, December 31, 2008
This book a lot of good ideas. That is one of the problems with this book, it is filled with a lot of good ideas that are not really developed. The book is 50 miles wide and an inch deep.

It is no surprise, the author at one point talks about how important ideas are. I have found that a lot of people have a lot of ideas, the value of a leader is the ability to turn those ideas into reality. Since before history man has had the idea of human flight, it took the WRight brothers to turn that idea into a reality.

It is also clear that the author is part of the religious right. I didn't expect that while reading a book on leadership that such a bias would bleed through.

There are better books out there.


Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't)
Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't)
by Michael J. Gerson
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, March 7, 2008
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I was disappointed with this book. As a liberal, I was hoping to read a book that would give me a clear understanding of what it means in the post-Bush era to be a conservative. I wanted to understand the conservative vision for the United States. Unfortunately, this book did not satisfy that hope.

In terms of what I did not like about this book, let's put first things first. It is frustrating when an author quotes someone without providing any footnotes. None of the quotes provided any reference. There were some quotes that I found hard to believe. Now I am not saying that the author was not quoting accurately, but I was very interested in seeing the context of the quote. Since there were no footnotes or endnotes it would be difficult to follow up on the quote.

Also, he would state things as if they were facts, but I am not sure of the basis of those facts. For example, he noted that a person was a constitutional expert. Who says? I looked up the person on Google and I found some one with the same name who is a law professor in Florida. Even if that were the right person, which I am not sure, does that make them an expert? I could find no writings by that person. Maybe that person is a constitutional expert, but I see nothing that supports the claim.

All that aside, what I disliked the most about the book is the very heavy bias. It was more of a defense of the Bush administration than anything else. When referring to liberals they were judged most harshly. I would expect that from a liberal, but when evaluating the conservative position the author glossed over some very big moral failings. For example, he referred to what the Bush campaign did to John McCain in 2000 as a "hard fought campaign." Another example is that his evaluation of Iraq is that the "contagion of Liberty" has taken hold and democracy is on the march. Well, recently there have been some political success, but there are huge challenges for democracy and human rights.

What was most disappointing is that there is a lot here where liberals and conservatives can find agreement. In fact, if it were not for Iraq and abortion, this guy would be a liberal. I guess this is why I am so disappointed in this book. It would be great if liberals and conservatives could come together and find those points where we agree and work towards those goals. I had hoped this book would be one step in that direction, but it wasn't.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.46
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Then a Miracle Happens, July 25, 2007
The biggest problem I have with Rowling is that she often pulls a rabit out of a hat. She makes a common mistake of novice writers. She paints her characters into a corner and then suddenly a miracle happens and the problem is resolved. Suddenly we fins something major about a character that we never knew before, or some magical rule appears that has never been stated in earlier books.

When she get stuck she just sticks in something that fixes it.

Also her characters don't act like real people. In addition to constantly arguing with one another, they reacted in illogical ways.

Once you accept these flaws, the books are well worth the read. Very enjoyable.
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Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
by Jimmy Carter
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read, March 17, 2007
President Carter is a truly insightful, intelligent, articulate man. I am a huge fan the man, so I may be a bit biased in my review.

With this admission, I would strongly recommend this book. So often "values" boil down to one or two hot button issues. President Carter broadens the discussion. This books discusses what are the true values of Americans and Christians.

If more of us had the understanding of President Carter the world would be a much better place. If the current administration had Carter's insights the United States would not be in the situation we are in.
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The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure
by James Redfield
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Claptrap and Balderdash, March 9, 2007
This books is a load of nonsense. A prime example of pop spirituality.

There are things in this book that are factually WRONG!!

This nonsense is to philosophy and spirituality what a fastfood hamburger is to cuisine.... you know what? That comparison is unfair. This book is far worse to the spiritual well being of a person than hamburgers are to the physical.


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1.0 out of 5 stars This is USELESS, April 8, 2005
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Don't waste your time or money. All the Figures have been omitted from this article. How can you write about UML and not have any graphics in the article!!! The author may have done a good job on article, but who ever put this publication together really really messed up.


Oracle JDeveloper 10g: Empowering J2EE Development (Expert's Voice)
Oracle JDeveloper 10g: Empowering J2EE Development (Expert's Voice)
by Harshad Oak
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.14
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment, September 9, 2004
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I am hesitant to write a really bad review, but some books deserve it.

The point of a book like this is to teach you how to use a tool. The problem is that this book doesn't do it. The authors do not fully explain the examples. For example, on page 45 they display a dialog box, but never tell you how to get to it. The examples don't work; on another page we are told that if you double click on a combo box that certain code will be generated. JDev doesn't generate the code. The book is also based on a beta release of JDev!!! I am not sure why anyone would base a book on beta software.

After struggling with the book for hours I gave up. This was really a disappointment for me.


Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule
Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule
by Shanthi Kalathil
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.00
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Difficult Read, April 4, 2003
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If you are interested in this subject, it is certainly a book that you want to read. It provides an excellent analysis of the situation. In the `90's the irrational exuberance of the economic potential of the Internet created the dot-com bubble. There is also an inflated perception on what the Internet means socially, a condition that still exists. This book is a pin that pops that bubble.
One warning, this book is not a page-turner. At times the way in which the authors deliver the information is somewhat dry. This made the book difficult to read at times. This is not to suggest a fault, you just need to be prepared for what you are about to read.
If you are looking for a fun filled read, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a book that delivers factual information and insights on the implications of the Internet on closed regimes, then this should definitely be part of your library.


Knockout Kings 2001 for PS1
Knockout Kings 2001 for PS1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price, March 24, 2003
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It may not be the best computer game ever written. There are some with more realism and better graphics, but what the heck it isn't all that expensive. My son and I are having a good time beating each other up.
There is one very cute thing in the program. EA put in a boxing stadium in Redwood Shores California where they are based. The funny thing is that there is no bxing arena in Redwood Shore!! It is just where EA is based. I thought that was a nice touch.
Go ahead and get it, just don't expect it to be an earth shattering experience.


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