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The 13th Tribe (An Immortal Files Novel)
The 13th Tribe (An Immortal Files Novel)
by Robert Liparulo
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Oasis in the Desert; Engages on Every Level!, March 16, 2012
So often we, as humans, get caught up in the endless cycle of always trying to be good enough--always trying to earn both God's and others' favor by being perfect. It's a vicious cycle, an arid desert. A barren wasteland empty and void of any true life.

But Robert Liparulo's The 13th Tribe--and God's message to us through it--is like an unexpected oasis in the all-consuming heat. A source of hope, salvation. Grace. And once you venture in--once you throw caution to the wind and dive head-long into its icy depths--the experience is both immensely shocking and utterly numbing. But, slowly, and surely, your body begins to adjust. You realize the pool isn't so bad after all. It's refreshing, amazing. In fact, you realize, this is where you've belonged all along, and you simply can't imagine life before jumping in.

That's the kind of experience this story elicits. The kind of shock the world needs.

This is, truly, home.

The 13th Tribe is, by far, Robert Liparulo's best work to date. The story is both visceral and heart-wrenching, a tale chalk-full of both staggering plot twists that will leave your mouth gaping and some of the most genuine and convincing characters I have ever read. They--coupled with the subtle, but staggering, spiritual truth Liparulo weaves seamlessly into his tale--are the reason the story is so powerful, so moving. The reason it is, truly, a masterpiece.

The 13th Tribe engages on every feasible level--intellectually, emotionally, spiritually. A reader cannot take this journey without being utterly changed. I certainly couldn't.

And that is something I am eternally grateful for.

Passion: White Flag
Passion: White Flag
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5.0 out of 5 stars Other artists should be waving THEIR "white flags.", March 13, 2012
This review is from: Passion: White Flag (Audio CD)
It's that good. And while, of course, that isn't the goal of the Passion Movement (and this humility makes the album's "victory" all the more resounding), the analogy fits. "White Flag" surpasses ALL in its scope and heavenly grandeur.

At times powerfully intimate in its vivid and emotional display of worship, it's also quite musically diverse and a lot of fun in the process. The lineup is perfect; it's more varied than last year's "Here For You," but it seems natural that, with Chris Tomlin being attributed lead/major songwriting credit on at least nine of the songs, the album still feels something like a personal EP for the Texas native (which I'm nowhere near complaining about). Each of these nineteen songs (including the bonus content and two extra music videos) feels fresh and every artist is at the top of his or her game--all pointing to a God who's always been at the top of his. I can't speak for anyone else, but this album--and the beauty and passion displayed within, as well as the movement's commitment to end modern-day slavery throughout the world--has again reminded me of why I waved my own "white flag" in the first place. It has stirred within me a desire and passion for both God and his unrelenting love, and to share that love, unconditionally, with every person I encounter.

"White Flag" is, without a doubt, the best addition so far in the 268 Generation's repertoire of modern worship anthems, and it will certainly find its place in a Sunday morning, corporate setting. Every song in this collection serves as poignant, heart-wrenching worship that speaks directly about a message of hope and life--true LIFE--found in surrender, in laying down one's life before the Cross. Before a God who laid himself down for us--who waved HIS white flag to buy OUR victory.

To buy OUR freedom.

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