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Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500
Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500
by Art Garner
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on auto racing, May 7, 2014
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This book is a historical narrative about the 1964 Indianapolis 500. Two excellent race car drivers tragically lost their lives in a fiery, chaotic accident at the end of the second lap, in view of thousands of spectators. The author expertly describes the number of activities, conditions and factors that lead up to that horrible moment, starting with events associated with the 1963 Indianapolis 500. It is rare for a book on racing to have such a sustained, engaging narrative. The arc of the book covers several months and many chapters examine deeply what was then a full month of action at the Speedway.

At the center of the story are the two drivers, Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald. Both these drivers were excellent and successful. The latter, a veteran; the former a rookie (at Indianapolis). Sachs was outgoing, an extrovert, a salesman, a conversationalist and one very fine race car driver, particularly at Indianapolis (he almost won in 1961). MacDonald was quiet, unassuming, even humble and yet a driver of such natural talent that if he had lived subsequent strong newcomers would have been compared to him.

Regarding the book: Garner can write. He knows how to tell a story and structure a chapter so that it moves the plot ahead and keeps the reader interested. He is respectful of his subject. He seeks to be comprehensive; this is no summary of events, this is the full three hour movie, which is so rare in sports' histories.

The reader learns much about the Indianapolis 500 circa 1964 and the key competitors of the era including A. J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, and Jim Clark.

I've read it through twice now and have only one small quibble with one small fact that only matters to racing aficionados, Regarding Jim Hurtubise's almost fatal accident a week after the 500, Herk's car did not come to a rest upside down. Mr. Garner, got so much right that I only mention this to demonstrate an unbiased, objective review of an outstanding project.

The author has earned and deserves congratulations for a well-researched book, respectful to its subject, written in such a way that it warrants interest beyond the close knit racing world.

Highly recommended.

As The Spirit Moves: A Daily Devotional
As The Spirit Moves: A Daily Devotional
by Stephen Chapin Garner
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Resource for Daily Prayer, June 13, 2013
As The Spirit Moves: A Daily Devotional by Chapin Garner is my preferred daily prayer resource these days. I need time with God before I get too deep into the day. This daily devotional focuses my attention on Scripture and God. I read the daily entries and reflect on the clarifying question. After this silent contemplation, I read the provided prayer that leads me to more personal petitions. The daily selections represent someone who has prayed alongside others. The observations and counsel represent the Biblical witness as unique and authoritative. I find the short comments wise in the sense of respecting both human potential and human sin. I write the daily question that is offered in my daybook so that it stays with me. I find that the daily question leads to a number of answers and possibilities leading to more prayer. The book reminds me of a small daily prayer book offered by Eugene Peterson several years ago. It was on the Psalms. It became a trusted resource, just as this daily devotional is becoming. I highly recommend this resource. If you are interested in reading about the contemporary church and its challenges and opportunities, I recommend other works by Chapin Garner too.

A Holiday Carole
A Holiday Carole
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Holiday Albums of Any Year, November 2, 2011
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This review is from: A Holiday Carole (Audio CD)
Carole King is responsible for so much good music. This album is her first studio recording since 2001's Love Makes the World. A Holiday Carole is one of her best releases. Which is saying alot for she was responsible for a mighty long string of excellent albums in the 1970's - from Writer through Thoroughbred. The selection of songs are about the holiday season, actualy more like a holiday state of mind, than any single religious theme. The musicianship is extremely high with great keyboard work by Robbie Kondor (he's channeling Carole's own piano sound from those 70 Ode albums, drums by Russell Kunkel and several other top session musicians including Dean Parks.

The album is a family affair. Daughter Louise Goffin produces (excellent taste, excellent arrangments, excellent mixes) and she co-wrote three of the songs including New Year's Day which is a wonderful song about starting anew while remembering the old. Grandchildren appear in supporting roles and their performances are all top notch - vocals, drums and guitar.

My favorite songs are My Favorite Things (incredible arrangement, love Ms. King's phrasing, also The Chanukah Song, Christmas in the Air, Everyday is a Holiday and New Year's Day.

This is a first class album, from the excellent album art to the selection of songs, to the way Ms. King interprets the songs with her voice, to the high level of musicainship.

Put two previous Carole King albums together: Really Rosie meets Tapestry [in December]. And this wonderful work is what you get.

Mr. Lemons
Mr. Lemons
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I Want, May 6, 2006
This review is from: Mr. Lemons (Audio CD)
An interesting, introspective, mellow and obviously excellent album by one of our best songwriters. The style of the songs are hard to describe, a kind of alternative folk that are given appropriate, almost perfect arrangments. This album starts with "Everything But You;" a love song that may be about a friend, a woman, or the Higher Power. Set like all these songs with guitar led lines, Phillips sings in fine voice that "everything's a crutch, everything but you." He is helped out on the album by the Neilson Hubbard, Garrrison Starr and Kim Richey among others. Other stand out songs are "Thank You," "Marigolds," "The Last Sunset," and the luminous "The Next Day" - which if this was a major label release would be a sure-fire single. Thankfully, excellence is sometimes homegrown and not renown. It can surprise you with its own integrity. Mr. Lemons - I believe a reference to a family pet and now a household studio - is both splendid and likely not be spoiled by over exposure.

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce
Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce
by Elizabeth Marquardt
Edition: Hardcover
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superior work on an important topic, October 28, 2005
Our society is fast losing the ability to talk deeply about important matters. This book provides a model of how to talk about something key in a way that will make a difference. The issue is the inner lives of children of divorce. Here's how the author provides a model for civic conversation: there is real data (and the author provides it), the book is incredibly well written (think Peter Kramer or Kay Redfield Jamison who write this well in somewhat related fields) , and the author provides experiences from her own life. So, the result is a rare mixture of someone attending - with excellence - to a difficult but essential issue drawing from both quanitative and qualitiative data. What does the author describe? She provides plenty of disclaimers that she is not interested in "blaming" divorced parents. What she is interested in is making sure the inner thoughts and feelings of children of divorced parents get heard. What is it like to live between two households when most of the people you know only see you in one arena? What is it like to carry the secrets of your parents' relationship? How do you manage growing up a bit too fast? The Publisher's Weekly comments about bias don't hold very long. Such comments suggest that researchers can somehow put aside all their subjective experience. That's not possible. What is truly problematic is to have research presented with no acknowledgement of one's own experience. It is the disclosure not named that is misleading. This author is clear about where she has been and where she now stands. You can then enter the conversation knowing with whom you are talking. One theme of the book that transcends the issue of the inner life of children of divorce is the call to face truth squarely. The author advocates for something that we dare not lose. The ability to be accurate.

Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces: Putting God in Place
Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces: Putting God in Place
by Jon Pahl
Edition: Paperback
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on space and meaning, July 29, 2005
The author takes the reader on a tour of the Mall of America, Disney World, and the suburban home and shows how each of these places communicate a whole world of desire. Of course, these places provide fun, entertainment, and comfort. Yet, these places also provide a different kind of world than say, the world depicted in the most grace filled texts of grace. So how do we reconcile what these very worldly places communicate and a faith filled, theological understanding of the Kingdom of God? This book is rare in that it is deeply theological and at the same time highly accessible and personal. Pahl does serious research but it is based on lived experience (you go with his family to the Mall of America). Ever wonder why malls make you "want to buy" or give you a headache or make you think really hard as to where you parked your car? Or how about this, how is the desire the Kingdom of Disney provokes different, strategically different, than the Kingdom of God? Read the book. Perfect for your own reading, or study it as part of a book club, or get your adult education church group to take a look. You'll learn.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phillips Shines Post-Toad, April 11, 2001
This review is from: Abulum (Audio CD)
I find this CD very thoughtful, melodic, with an original, sparse sound that does not try to duplicate Toad the Wet Sprocket. Phillips not only continues his knack for designing a good melody, his lyrics are as fine as ever; the songs tell stories about people who are just off the mainstream. The arrangements are subtle, yet you can hear every instrument clearly. "Back on My Feet," "Darkest Hour," and "Maya," are quiet, introverted songs. "Men Just Leave" and "Drive By" mix humor with the odd situations people get themselves into. This is the best and most original sounding singer/songwriter CD I've heard in a long time.

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