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Dying to Forget (The Station Book 1)
Dying to Forget (The Station Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, October 28, 2014
The author really draws you in to the story. It's a quick read and leaves you wanting more.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The original work is a masterpiece, but this print isn't, January 26, 2012
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This looks like someone took a postcard snapshot and simply enlarged it. Very poor resolution. I would not recommend this particular print to anyone wanting a quality reproduction of Children's Games. You get what you pay for.

Be Right (Romans): How to Be Right with God, Yourself, and Others (The BE Series Commentary)
Be Right (Romans): How to Be Right with God, Yourself, and Others (The BE Series Commentary)
Price: $9.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great basic commentary, January 6, 2012
I am using this to provide much of the basic framework for teaching through Romans with our middle schoolers at church. Wiersbe provides an excellent basic survey of the book, putting the content into an easily digested framework. This is of course by no means an exhaustive commentary, and I would definitely consult others to zoom in on details. But for a great general summary of Paul's most doctrinal letter, it would be very hard to beat this book.

Commentary on 1st John
Commentary on 1st John
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a great commentary poorly adapted to e book form., January 5, 2012
This is one of the best devotional commentaries I have ever read. See his note on 5:19 for the best definition of worldliness you will ever find. Unfortunately you will have to scroll from the end one page at a time because there is no table of contents. Oh well. For such an obscure book to even find its way to Kindle at all is something to be grateful for regardless. Just leave plenty of bookmarks to allow for quick reference later. For the price it is well worth buying.

Paul (Unrated & Theatrical Versions)
Paul (Unrated & Theatrical Versions)
DVD ~ Simon Pegg
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So let me get this straight..., October 6, 2011
We have here a movie that seems intent on making the point that those who believe in God and the Bible are completely rendered mental incompetents as the result of paranoia, wild eyed speculation, kook science, delusional fantasy, groupthink, and obsessive belief in a messiah figure.

And the one doing all this mental grunt work is an alien. A Grey. Escaped from Roswell. Held by the government for sixty years. Who gave them all srts of alien technology. And he has super powers...

This film is either one of the greatest exercise in ironic self parody ever made or the greatest example of blind stupidity in film history.

The charicatures are so ham fisted that they just don't work. My advice to Frost and co. is to go home and watch Monty Python for a week solid. Ya wanna parody the excesses of religion? THAT'S how it's done. This movie simply makes me wonder what tortuous fundamentalist nightmares the writer endured as a child to feel the need to make such a blunt and frankly inept attempt at satire. The only bonus is I saw this on a plane instead of buying it.

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (Yearbook Edition)
Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (Yearbook Edition)
DVD ~ Linda Cardellini
Offered by Matt's Media and More
Price: $54.08
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, but the subtext throughout is tired and trite, October 6, 2011
I love this show because the writing is superb. The characters are great, except for one: Millie. It's as if Feig and Apatow took every stereotype of a Christian and packed into one ridiculous character. Yeah, they seem to try a few times to make her a bit more 3D, but basically Millie is a platform from which to poke fun at anyone with a religious point of view.

The music is awesome. The show very much captures the atmosphere of early 80's high school. I was part of the stoner crowd and this was how they really acted. Lazy, spiteful, funny, wild, irresponsible, and able to surprise you at times in their creativity and potential. Just like these characters.

The show makes you think more than the average t.v. program, so on that merit alone it's worth watching. But at the risk of riding a hobby horse, it is glaringly obvious that Apatow and Feig have a burr under their saddle about Christianity, and their attempts to criticize it in a few of the episodes are ham-fisted and lame. That's really my only beef with the show. If you want to know the foundational premise of the entire series, it's this: a high school overachiever gets mad at God after watching her beloved grandmother die without any seeming comfort in her religous belief, observes her parents and others in authority living lives of mediocrity and judgmentalism, and decides to chuck God, objective morality, and dominant social notions of success and cast her lot with the outcasts, misfits, and slackers - in short, the Freaks. And despite the fact that this choice often means lashing out in selfish, spiteful, and irresponsible ways, that's okay because she's stickin' it to da Man, so ya gotta respect her for it, right?

Is Lindsay a flawed main character? Of course. Do the writers seem to use her as a springboard for subjects they want to pontificate on at times? What t.v. writer doesn't do that? Are her views on various issues pertaining to relationships, academics, authority, etc. simplistic and overly biased? Yeah. So are the views of just about everyone. In that sense, as much as I might not agree with everything the writers put in her mouth or the moral lesson sought in every episode (and yes, there usually is one. That's just the way drama is), I still see a show that is better than most in its style, execution, and impact. Yeah, I probably seem conflicted in this review. I thoroughly disagree with many of the premises of the show, but thoroughly enjoy how they build a story around them. Well...that's what good art is supposed to be capable of, right? Worth watching.
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A Biblical Case for an Old Earth
A Biblical Case for an Old Earth

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book for the average layperson beginning to question young earth creationism, August 5, 2011
this book makes a good starting case for an old earth. Its chapter on animal death is particularly good, as is the one on the theological implications of his argument. To be clear, he adamantly disavows theistic evolution, affirms the historicity of Adam and Noah, and does not claim that science has the right to dictate biblical interpretation. What he does affirm on the relatonship between faith and science is that yes, modern geology, astronomy etc. did prompt him to re-examine his understanding of Genesis to see if it was correct, and despite the protests of Ken Ham and the like, therereally are exegetical problems with the young earth view. Serious ones.

Some of the material is a bit dated. Most YEC's avoid the appearance of age argument now, and They have dropped the idea of light being slower now than in the past. But overall the points he addresses are still important and his arguments are convincing. His points about how God's character fits into the Old Earth view are especially important.

I would recommend that as soon as you read this book, read the commentary on Gen. 1-4 by C. John Collins. He was the Chief editor of the Old Testament translating committee for the English Standard Version and has the Theological and Hebrew expertise that Snoke does not. He holds a slightly different view called the Analogical Day view,which differs from the Day Age view in only one respect: the days of creation are analagous to human days, not synomynous or long ages as strictly interpreted grammatically. They probably were in fact long ages, but to Collins the word day here is simply a literary device not a concrete term. Interestingly he shows how one major problem with how YEC's handle Gen. 1 is that they misinterpret the first verse ad actually end up doing real harm to the doctrine of creation ex nihilo (creation out of nothing) which is prehaps the biggest single theological aim Moses was aiming for when he wrote the book!

So if you or a friend are starting to consider moving outside the confines of an Earth that's 6000 years old but need to first see if that can be done biblically, read this one, then read Collins. Afterwards if you want to really dig into the science aspect, read Hugh Ross' stuff.
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The Underground Railroad: Lawrence County, Ohio and Cabell County, Virginia
The Underground Railroad: Lawrence County, Ohio and Cabell County, Virginia
by Don Daniel McMillian
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be completely redone, April 14, 2011
We bought this book because my wife is a teacher and is putting together a project for her students on the Underground RR. On the positive side, there is a lot of information here, and a lot of good photos. And that's it for the plus side.
On the negative side, a few things:
1. There is no map of the entire region with all the different historical places of interest marked. This would have been an immense help.
2. Many of the locations are not very clearly identified in terms of address.
3. The biggest problem of all is that this book is the most poorly edited book I've seen in quite a while, and it detracts greatly from the book's usefulness. There are so many syntax errors that I can't imagine how this book was approved for printing. It's almost unreadable in many places. For a writer that is supposed to be serious about historical research, this is an extrememly poor reflection of that. It almost makes me wonder if he simply transcribed some old, poorly written documents from local archives word for word.

KidKraft Train Table - Natural
KidKraft Train Table - Natural
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you want a good train table, here's what you need to do:, November 16, 2010
I'm a woodworker, and have built train tables. Look, this table and almost every other one are made from the cheapest materials imaginable: MDF board (basically pressed fine sawdust and glue) and/or particle board (coarse sawdust and glue), with a very thin laminate on top of it. That means that there is no wood grain in the material, making it both prone to sagging over time and breakage at the joints. If you are set on getting one of these, be sure to use a good wood glue on the joints before screwing them together.

Here's a better idea: build one yourself. Buy some cabinet grade hardwood plywood, 3/4" thickness. Look up the overall dimensions of this or any other train table that looks good to you. Get a good look at one on display at a local toy store so you can see how they're assembled. Then make it yourself. A jigsaw, circular saw, trim router with a 1/4" roundover bit, and a drill driver are really the only tools you need to make one. If you really want the table top that comes with factory made train tables, you can order those separately and still end up paying the same overall price for a table that will be much stronger. Use pocket screw joinery (the jigs and instructions can be found for under $50, and you'll be amazed how well it works and how useful it is). One sheet of plywood can build one of these. The trundles that come as an option for these tables are simple to make too, and you can buy casters that are far superior to what comes with the factory made ones.

Seriously, you build your own and you will come away with a table that is far superior to this product in durability. Assume the kid will climb and jump on this thing, because he/she will! The construction of these factory made tables simply isn't up to that kind of abuse.
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The Pilgrim's Progress (Abridged Christian Classics)
The Pilgrim's Progress (Abridged Christian Classics)
by John Bunyan
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for young readers, April 8, 2010
I use this book to introduce my middle school students at church to the subject of discipleship. This book is superb for that purpose. I could be picky and complain about the fact that it's severely abridged, or that it 'updates' the language - which always takes something away from a work of literature - but the fact is, we're dealing with kids that simply don't read, who spend all their time in front of a screen, so asking them to dive right into a dense work in an antiquated language is just spinning your wheels. There are no chapters, but there are 'breaks' marked in the text. This book is cheap enough to buy in bulk without breaking the bank. Great gift for visitors to a sunday school/kids' church.

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