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Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
by Tim Suttle
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is the church?, September 22, 2014
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"Shrink" is not just a critique of the "church-growth" movement. It is, rather, at its heart, a deeply ecclesiological work, which, through examining church leadership, always asks the fundamental question, "What is the church?"

As a side note - from someone who has worked on church staffs for many years - it is quite revealing how often this basic ecclesiological question is simply assumed or mostly ignored by church leadership; perhaps because we know an honest dialogue to the question will undoubtedly challenge our strategies for greatness. Kudos to Tim for addressing this common oversight head-on.

"Shrink" proves to be exceptionally faithful to this simple yet hugely consequential question. "What is the church?" Indeed.

Tim's words are truly prophetic in the best sense and severely needed in our current church leadership culture. The book offers an honest critique of the mega-church movement without coming across as brash or condemning. Tim's message is laced with generosity and humility, which makes his arguments even more poignant.

Truth be told, "Shrink" isn't so much a critique of any current church movement as much as it is a cautionary tale for church leaders. Be sure that your dreams and goals for the church are formed by the gospel and not by the surrounding culture. Think twice before assuming that growth is an assumed virtue, a sign of God's blessing, and/or what God ultimately desires for his church.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar Susanna, August 19, 2012
This review is from: Someday (Audio CD)
Amidst the many reviews commenting on this record's maturity, uniqueness, and toned-down production there is something you need to know. This is an emblematic Susanna Hoffs record. It's airy, light, and full of immediately hummable pop tunes. Not nearly as much new here as some of these reviews would lead one to believe. This isn't meant as a bad thing. We buy Susanna's records for the accessibility of her pop craft. It's all here in good (and familiar) form. The much hyped absence of rock drums and guitars (delicately replaced with "softer" sounds and instruments) simply means that this record feels right at home on the same playlist as any Partridge Family album. Listen again and say it's not so. Again, this is not meant as a bad thing.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Rigors of Leadeship...makes for less than exciting reading, July 4, 2012
After reading the latest installment of Martin's series, I can't help but think the main theme is to avoid leadership at all costs. This is a book about various characters who, upon rising to positions of leadership, struggle with the complexities and challenges inherent in leadership. That's about it. The characters struggle and we get to read all their thoughts and inner turmoil about every decision they make. Every character who attempts to lead well with integrity and wisdom gets screwed in the end. The moral of the story? Leadership's a bitch.

Honestly - it doesn't make for exciting reading. Echoing many reviews, nothing happens here. Did I really just read a whole chapter about Tyrion signing papers and scrounging through junk armor to find something to wear?

If I understand the context correctly, George Martin wanted to skip ahead after A Storm of Swords and pick up the action again some years down the road. Apparently there is more amazing story waiting for us about five years after the action of SOS. The problem, if I heard right, was that there was just too much action...too much that happens to these characters in the interval period. It just couldn't be summed up in a mere prologue. It required another - another book wasn't enough to cover the intermittent period between the main stories. It required two books...big books...two volumes. And each book could only deal with certain characters because there's just too darn much that has to be told...

So here I am reading Dance with Dragons and I keep putting the book down after finishing a chapter and wondering, "is this the part that had to be told? Was what I just read really indespensible? We couldn't get onto the main storyline without knowing what Tyrion's thinking when signing papers? Or without knowing what piece of armor he chooses from the scrapheap? Don't get me wrong. Both ADWD and AFFC have some major plot points that I'm sure actually do help move the plot along for the good stuff still to come. But honestly - it all could easily have fit into one book...and maybe even one prologue.

Unless, of course, we are actually concerned about the rigors of leadership and care to read about leader's thoughts...and thoughts...and thoughts...

Bangles: Sweetheart of the Sun CD
Bangles: Sweetheart of the Sun CD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bangles Jeopardy, October 10, 2011

"Uhhmmm...maybe we should just let Susanna sing..."


Comment not heard enough at weekly Bangles get togethers and Sweetheart of the Sun recording sessions.
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Queen 40, Volume 1
Queen 40, Volume 1
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but..., September 4, 2011
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This review is from: Queen 40, Volume 1 (Audio CD)
Like many others, I too am a life-long Queen fan, and I also have been waiting for this (or something like it) for years. I was (and am) so excited for these sets. The music itself sounds terrific and I suppose that's what really matters.

But it seems as if the releases themselves aren't everything they could have been and I find myself slightly disappointed.

For example, the packaging lacks any creativity whatsoever. The cd containers are the same plastic containers that cds have been packaged in since the 1980s. Many bands exercise imagination with reissues...they couldn't come up with something more imaginative and original? This is Queen afterall - a band known for originality.

The amazingly small sample of bonus material is also a major letdown. The bonus material only contains 5 tracks (roughly) most of which is unimpressive. They include live versions which can often be found on Queen live albums (seriously - a track from Queen Killers is included as bonus material?!), and instrumental or "all vocal" tracks of songs. You can't tell me that this band doesn't have an abundance of demos and alternative takes that would be fun to hear as well as make the new discs worthy of a 2 disc reissue.

The only reason I can think of for the miniscule bonus discs is that Queen was always a very produced and precise band. Perhaps these tendencies don't allow them to consider rough demos and the like worth public attention. Too bad...

The Dark Clue: A Novel
The Dark Clue: A Novel
by James Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Provacative Read, December 7, 2003
This review is from: The Dark Clue: A Novel (Paperback)
This is a good book. You need to know that. Otherwise the relatively slow pace will deeply frustrate you and may cause you to quit reading. Don't quit. The payoff is rewarding. The answers and new questions that slowly surface are intriguing...the inner character struggles are haunting. Thank you Mr. Wilson for allowing loose's so much more enjoyable to be left with more questions than neatly wrapped overly predictable endings.

The Golems of Gotham: A Novel
The Golems of Gotham: A Novel
by Thane Rosenbaum
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed, March 9, 2003
It's not quite fair to describe Rosenbaum's latest book as a novel. It actually reads much more like an essay. This is a message book...Rosenbaum has a rather heavy-handed message that he is bent on delivering. There is a tremendous lack of depth or realness in the characters and the plot is overly contrived and uninvolving. The reason is simply that the characters are only devices Rosenbaum uses to further communicate his message. Indeed, the characters are anything but fully fleshed out (no pun intended)...they as well as everything about this book exists for the sole purpose of preaching. Very uninvolving. The message itself is educational and somewhat interesting, but buyer beware - this is an overlong essay...not a novel.

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