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Broken & Brave
Broken & Brave
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Music from Amazing People, August 7, 2006
This review is from: Broken & Brave (Audio CD)
Broken and Brave is the latest release from Holyfire, Christian Rock/Alternative group from New Haven, CT. The music is excellent and the message is God-centered. I have been singing the songs in the shower and in the car since I heard them perform in New Hampshire this week. And this is much more than just great music. Justin, the lead singer, is a man of God with a powerful ministry. Holyfire is bound for great things in the music industry, and even greater things in the Kingdom of God.

The River Within: Loving God, Living Passionately
The River Within: Loving God, Living Passionately
by Jeffrey D. Imbach
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion of the Trinity is Expressed in Our Hearts, December 2, 2001
A good friend recommended this book to me. I bought it and read it slowly over 4 months. It is an insightful and compassionate description of spiritual formation rooted in the character of the Triune God. It has profound applications to how we relate to God and to one another.
There are several significant themes and messages woven throughout the book, which could not be expressed sufficiently in a short review, except to give a short description of a few of them. The theological foundation which Jeff Imbach continues to build on throughout the book is that the passion which is expressed among the persons of the Trinity is the source of our own passion. This becomes the thematic center for the rest of the book as Imbach tries to 'rescue' passion from the chopping block of traditional discipleship. Passion is not all bad, argues Imbach. In fact, passion is an essential element in our spiritual formation as we seek to be connected to and formed by a Passionate God.
Imbach describes the "Union and Uniqueness" of the Persons of the Trinity and effectively argues that this characteristic of the Godhead expresses itself deeply in our own hearts and lives. For example, as people we have a longing for "Union"; we desire to be connected to a larger whole, to belong to a body of intimately relating friends. However, we also have the sometimes competing desire for "Uniqueness"; we long to be recognized as valuable individuals. For myself, this was the most significant theme of "The River Within". I connected well with his description of God here and with his many examples from real life experiences (both his own and others').
The image of the "River Within" becomes an important one in the book as Imbach describes the flowing of godly passion in our lives as a river with its source in God. The "river banks", then become an important symbol of the necessary boundaries of passion which, if distorted or completely unhindered, can become dissipated or destructive to our spirital lives. Imbach explains that it is up to us to carefully discern the banks for passion on our own lives.
Sometimes the examples and stories became slightly repetitive, which made the book drag a little. This is especially true while Imbach is pounding on the point that our passions are God-given and God can redeem them as an integral part of our spiritual formation.
When I first began to read chapter 12, which describes the role of Creation in our spiritual lives, I was a little uneasy about such an emphasis on nature and our role as stewards, etc. After finishing the chapter I was still not completely at home with all of the ideas, but I was able to truly appreciate some of his observations about the intimacy and presence of God which are made evident in Creation, and also about our connectedness to the earth. In fact as my wife and I were celebrating our first anniversary in rural New Hampshire, I took the book along with us during an outdoor hike and we read a section of this chapter together.
Imbach brilliantly concludes the book with chapters describing what it looks like to live passionately in community, in relationships, and with God. It is in these chapters that his wisdom and experience in listening to people becomes most evident.
There were times when this book became somewhat of a chore to persevere in, but it was worth the effort. "The River Within" was definitely good for my soul and I don't doubt that many lives would be transformed and many personal burdens lightened if believers could spend time with Imbach's ideas in this book.
After reading "The Sacred Romance" and other books describing the role of passion and "the heart" in Christian Spirituality, this book fit well into this "conversation" (as my friend would call it). Thanks Rob.

Elementary Turkish (Dover Language Guides)
Elementary Turkish (Dover Language Guides)
by Lewis V. Thomas
Edition: Paperback
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Turkish Text, And Still The Best Available, November 19, 2001
Almost 10 years ago I went to Turkey for the first time as an exchange student with the Rotary Club. I was living with a Turkish family and I was determined to learn the language. One day I met another American woman in Turkey who spoke fluent Turkish. She sent me home with this book and a few words of advice. "Elementary Turkish" is truly a classic in the world of Turkish language acquisition. The book proved to be extremely helpful to me, especially as it gave me grammatical categories for all of the words and phrases that I was learning from the Turks around me. Lewis Thomas understands the language well, and his book explains it in very readable, but challenging lessons. After receiving the book, I spent about an hour with it every day for around 3 months. It was an integral part of my Turkish language acquisition.
Now as a fluent Turkish speaker, I use this book often to help train people who are going to Turkey, either long-term or short-term. In some of the vocabulary lists and colloquial expressions it is somewhat dated, but overall this short textbook is still the best. It is packed with helpful vocabulary and language lessons and exercises. It can be used either to study over a long period of time (as I did), or to peruse for vocabulary and basic grammar (as I have used it to train others).
If you have no exposure to spoken Turkish, buy this book along with one of the many cassette tape courses available. If you plan on learning Turkish in Turkey, then this book is all you need.
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Meaning of Jesus, The
Meaning of Jesus, The
by Marcus J. Borg
Edition: Paperback
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just A Readable Introduction to the Jesus Debate, November 17, 2001
This review is from: Meaning of Jesus, The (Paperback)
Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright have written more than just an introduction or a summary to the Historical Jesus Debate. Although this book does summarize well the issues surrounding the increasingly controversial "Debate" between 'revisionist' historians/theologians, and more conservative believers, Borg and Wright make this book a significant contribution to the discussion.
The 'friendly' tone of the book is particularly striking and gives the reader the sense that these authors are more interested in dialogue than in debate, meaning that each is honestly interested in the contribution of the other, while coming to different conclusions. Despite this non-combative character of their discussion, Borg and Wright do not minimize the urgency and importance of these issues in the life of the church.
Wright's contributions are significantly more compelling than Borg's, while Borg makes some interesting points regarding what symbolic meanings might have been applied to the events surrounding Jesus' life. Wright, on the other hand, makes excellent arguments for the vital role of the crucifixion and resurrection to the Christian faith. He does not approach the text, as Borg does, with an anti-supernatural bias. Wright is also more interested in painting 'the big picture' of the life of Jesus, and His significance in the plan of God than he is offering token defenses of Christian dogma. Wright's eschatology is also refreshingly void of sensationalism and speculation. He is careful to let scripture tell its own story.
The final section of the book deals with "Jesus and the Christian Life", and is particularly good. Wright brings his previous arguments to conclusion by describing the broad implications of Jesus to our lives. He begins by describing "the two poles of Christian living in terms of worship and mission", and continues to elaborate on Jesus impact on our spirituality, daily living, politics, and healing.
The 8 parts of this book carry the folowing titles with a section from each author:
1. How do we know about Jesus
2. What did Jesus do and teach
3. The Death of Jesus
4. "God raised Jesus from the dead"
5. Was Jesus God?
6. The Birth of Jesus
7. "He will come again in Glory"
8. Jesus and the Christian life
I am grateful for Borg and Wright's contribution to the "Historical Jesus Debate" with this book, and I recommend it to scholars and students alike.

The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an (Volume One: A-D)
The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an (Volume One: A-D)
by Jane Dammen McAuliffe
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection of Current Scholarship in Islamics, November 14, 2001
The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an represents the most current knowledge available regarding Islam and Qur'anic Studies. Jane Dammen Mcauliffe has done an excellent job compiling contributions from an impressive list of scholars. Andrew Rippin, G.R. Hawting, Patricia Crone, Herbert Berg, Bowering, Beatrice Greundler, and a host of others all weigh in on issues ranging from the Chronology of the Qur'an to its Compilation; and from Exegetical issues to the controversial questions of the Origins of the Qur'an. Excellent Scholarship marks the first volume's entries on the topics of Arabic Scripts, Language, and Paleography. It draws on recent research and scholarship, including the "paper grave" of manuscripts discovered in Sana'a Yemen which are currently being analyzed by German Professor Gerhard Puin. This first available volume covers topics from "A" through "D", and makes many references to future entries in the volumes which are to follow. While the entries are based on thorough research and academic study, several of the conclusions and observations will be quite controversial in the Muslim community, particularly those which call into question the reliability of Muslim Literary Traditions, and those which are damaging to the traditional understandings of the nature of the Qur'an as a monolithic, unevolved (or even uncreated) source of Divine Revelation. This volume, and those which follow, are certain to establish themselves as instant classics in the libraries of scholars and academic students of Islam around the world.

Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News
Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News
by Rick Richardson
Edition: Paperback
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Paradigm for Evangelism to This Generation, September 1, 2001
I'm just finishing up this book, and I'm already excited about its implications in my own style of evangelism. Richardson seems to articulate what anyone who has been involved in evangelism has probably already suspected... that something is radically changing in our culture which should change the way we approach evangelism. Richardson isn't saying anything totally new, but his synthesis of the information is what makes this a valuable book. He describes well the characteristics of a postmodern generation and then outlines the implications for effective outreach.
A striking point in the book is the observation that eloquent arguments for the resurrection and the existence of God are often not as compelling as they used to be to a "pre-Christian". The urgent questions being asked by postmoderns are not about what is objectively true and verifiable. Rather they are asking questions of identity and belonging, and Richardson explains how Christianity can answer those questions in a meaningful way to this generation.
Richardson's application of Wesley's approach to outreach is also tremendous. Again he is synthesizing the observations of other brilliant Christian writers, but his application is excellent. He has adapted Wesley's "Four Steps into God's Kingdom" to be relevant to outreach today. In Richardson's approach these steps are: "Soul Awakening, Community, Conversion, and Transformation". The key points here are that people's interest in spirituality can be awakened by strategic events and encounters, and that "belonging comes before believing".
I have been strongly recommending this book to the evangelism ministry at our church, and they are going to use it. They are already using Mark Mittleberg's "Building a Contagious Church", so this should be a valuable supplement to that approach.

The Idea of the Holy
The Idea of the Holy
by R. Otto
Edition: Paperback
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A daunting but brilliant book focusing on the Divine Mystery, August 8, 2001
This review is from: The Idea of the Holy (Paperback)
Few theological books have made the impact on the fields of theology and philosophy that this one has. Its impact and importance are for good reason.
"The Idea of the Holy" is not a terribly long book, but it is certainly not a casual or quick read. It is not aimed at a popular audience, and for many people it will require a dictionary close at hand.
In this book Otto embarks on the paradoxical task of describing the incomprehensible qualities of God. It is not written as a Systematic Theology categorizing doctrines that can be deduced from Scripture. Rather, it describes philosophically what it means for God to be "wholly other", or transcendent. Often the technical language is difficult to process and the ideas are not simple ones to grasp, but still it is worth wrestling with.
As Otto describes the Mysterium Tremendum, he examines the emotional response of humans as we encounter God in his Holiness. The reader is reminded of the Awe-Inspiring God who we claim to believe in and serve. This is perhaps the most memorable and humbling aspect of the book.
Take a copy of this book on a long trip and spend some time with it. Expect it to be difficult and when you're tempted to quit... keep reading!
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Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross
Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross
by Norman L. Geisler
Edition: Paperback
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise manual for addressing the key issues, August 8, 2001
Geisler and Saleeb have written a very practical and concise guide for understanding the points of conflict between Christianity and Islam. The particular focus of the book is how Christianity answers Muslim accusations and objections against it. While it is in no way comprehensive, each section is well written and contains information which would be immediately practical to anyone interested in the subject.
The most valuable contribution that this book makes is in its positive defense of Christian doctrines such as the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and the authenticity of the Bible. These sections are written with Muslim objections in mind, making them very useful.
This is a meaty book which is a good read and then a great reference for anyone who is interested in Christian/Muslim apologetics. Geisler is certainly a trusted name in aplogetics, and his partnering with a former Muslim for this book makes it twice as valuable.
While this book does spend some time giving a background to Islam, it is from a decidedly Christian perspective. In order to understand Islam and Muslims first hand sources are obviously indispensable. There are countless books written from a Muslim perspective about Islam. Any one of them would be an excellent companion to this great book.

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, Simple, and Absolutely Revolutionary, July 25, 2001
If you applied Evelyn Wood's technique to this book, you could finish it in 10 minutes... and you would probably gain nothing from it. This is a book to take your time with, think about, and come back to.
Nouwen was asked to speak at a conference about "Leadership in the 21st Century" and this book is the text of that speech.
The book tells the story of Nouwen's journey from lofty chaplain and teaching positions at Harvard, Notre Dame, and Yale to a "lowly" position as the Pastor at a community for the mentally handicapped. He uses this experience to outline a radical paradigm for 'leadership' characterized not by ambition and 'upward mobility', but by humility, vulnerability, and servanthood.
The book is a simple one, but the concepts are truly revolutionary and counter-cultural. This book deserves some real attention.

Ultimate Portuguese (LL(R) Ultimate Basic-Intermed)
Ultimate Portuguese (LL(R) Ultimate Basic-Intermed)
by Lourdes Filoco
Edition: Audio Cassette
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Reasonably Paced, July 25, 2001
My wife and I are moving to Brazil for two years this month, and neither of us speak Portuguese. We plan on spending the first few months of our trip focusing on language learning, but we wanted a head start before we left. So we spent hours in bookstores this week looking for the right program. We settled on this Living Language set and we're happy with it.
We put the first tape in on the way home from the bookstore. The tapes are ONLY Portuguese, which allows you to be saturated with the sounds of the language. The book lets you follow along with the tape and read the English translations. Once you've gone through a lesson on the tape and have read the lesson in the book, you can play the tape over and over again without the book to practice pronunciation and memorize the words and phrases.
Perhaps what I liked best about this program is that you can use the book without the tape. The book is a real language textbook which can be read and used without listening to the tape. So, when you can't listen to a tape, you can still be reading dialogues, memorizing vocabulary, and learning grammar.
The lessons are paced well, accomodating any level of learner. If you want to focus on one lesson you can do that easily. The lessons are broken up into 10 minute or so chunks. If you want to keep going and soak up several lessons at once you can do that, too.
The vocabulary and grammar is immediately practical. From the very first dialogue you are learning everyday conversation. It's not just a "phrase book" however since the book also covers the grammar that is introduced in each dialogue.
We're happy with Ultimate Portuguese, and I'm sure that it will be a worthwhile investment.

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