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Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page
by Jimmy Page
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $37.95
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!, October 15, 2014
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Beginning with the first photograph, which made me chuckle (who would have thought such an innocent, angelic-looking boy would grow up to be, among other things, an Aleister Crowley aficionado?) this photographic autobiography is nothing less than a visual delight and an aesthetic treat. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is the equivalent of a nothing-but-text book several times its thickness. Get this book, if not for yourself, then for the Led Zeppelin fan in your life.

The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World
The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World
by St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $30.14
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How can this Bible be "Orthodox"?, September 22, 2014
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The only thing "Orthodox" about this Bible is the sectarian notes, like the ones covering Mt 16:18-19, in their attempt to "disprove" the legitimacy of the Petrine Ministry (the Patriarchs of Constantinople had coveted it since before the 500's, and the usurper Photius tried to seize it by excommunicating the entire Western Church, for such "horrible offenses" ranging from the *Filioque* clause to allowing priests to shave or trim their beards). But the real disappointment is that they combined two Protestant translations (English Standard Version and New King James Version) rather than come up with an original translation of their own. *That* would have made it a genuinely "Orthodox" study Bible.
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Oscar Schmidt 10-String Quatro Acoustic Electric Guitar FREE GIG BAG STRAP TUNER
Oscar Schmidt 10-String Quatro Acoustic Electric Guitar FREE GIG BAG STRAP TUNER

4.0 out of 5 stars I love my cuatro... BUT..., September 9, 2014
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I love this instrument. It's acoustic-electric, well-made, and very affordable.

But the following (nothing major by itself) costs it a fifth star:

1) If you want a hard shell case (and any instrument worth having is worth protecting), you'll have to find it elsewhere, and may have to settle for a "soft shell" case (at least it's better than a "gig bag" [ugh!]).

2) When I tried to tune it, I didn't like the tension I felt when trying to tune the A strings. I wound up restringing the cuatro with some Ernie Ball Extra Slinkys, which allowed me to tune the A strings an octave apart.

3) You may find a packet of silica inside the cuatro. I did, but getting it out wasn't that difficult.

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament
by Curtis Mitch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One small flaw in this diamond of a New Testament..., April 28, 2014
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Where are the cross-references to the Deuterocanonical books?

They're inspired, too, like the rest of the Catholic Old Testament, and other Catholic cross-referenced Bibles, like the Jerusalem Bible, have references to the Deuterocanon.

I hope this will be rectified in future editions.
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Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?
Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?
by David W. Daniels
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Great Text for a Course in Propaganda, April 18, 2014
With at least one major historical or doctrinal error on every page (there were no "Vaudois Christians" [aka the Waldensians] until the twelfth century; Origen didn't write the Septuagint; no mention of the Masoretic text, Baptists ARE Protestants; "millions" didn't die during a Catholic killing spree during the "Dark" Ages, etc.), this vicious little volume deserves no stars at all. Having little support for its claims, and heavy demonizing of the Catholic Church, *Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?* is an excellent example of propaganda at its worst.

The truth is that the Septuagint and the "Apocrypha" (ie, the Deuterocanon) were complete before Christ's birth. The New Testament texts were complete before the Apostle John's death. The Councils of Rome, Hippo, and Carthage, which determined the Western Canon -- and included the dreaded Deuterocanon -- were over by 425 AD.

One of the biggest gaffes (and that's saying a lot) in *Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?* is the omission of any discussion of the above mentioned Councils. The author also thinks the Waldensians -- also known as the Vaudois -- were around in the early second century (they were founded in the twelfth century by Peter Waldo as a Catholic piety movement, but over the years it went awry; David Daniels and Jack Chick (yes, THAT Jack Chick) seem to think the Vaudois were an ethnic group). In the bizarre revisionism of Daniels and Chick, Origen and the "Roman" Catholic Church wrote their "perverted" Bible in Alexandria while the not-yet-in-existence Vaudois got the real deal from Christians in Antioch. It's bad enough that Daniels and Chick prefer the error-riddled KJV; but no, they have to go on and -- are you sitting down? -- accuse the Jesuits of infiltrating the world of Protestant publishing, and that's how we got "inferior" Bibles like the Revised Standard Version, New English Bible, and the New International Version (Daniels and Chick don't seem to have heard of any Catholic Bible other than the Douay-Rhiems).

For truth over twaddle, read *Where We Got the Bible... Our Debt to the Catholic Church* by Catholic convert and bishop Henry Graham, and Protestant scholar F. F. Bruce's *The Canon of Scripture*.
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by Jack T. Chick
Edition: Single Issue Magazine
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like collecting extremist literature..., August 20, 2013
This review is from: Jesuits (Single Issue Magazine)
...then by all means, get this item. Chick is so sick, he thinks the Vatican created Islam, founded the Ku Klux Klan, and believes Hitler took orders from Pius XII!

But if you want the truth about the Jesuits, start with the book their founder wrote, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, or the sections on the Jesuits in books like History of the Catholic Church.

Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (Hebrew Edition)
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (Hebrew Edition)
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $35.26
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"!!!!!, August 6, 2013
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Don't believe me? Look at the cover.

This is the second book, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets!

But it is a Hebrew translation of a Harry Potter story. So if it really doesn't matter which story it is, because you just want to study Hebrew, and don't mind having no vowel markings, go ahead and buy it.

For Greater Glory
For Greater Glory
DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest movie someone didn't want me to see..., September 23, 2012
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This review is from: For Greater Glory (DVD)
I'd hoped to see it in the theatres with my father when it first came out (his master's is in Latin American history, and we hadn't been to a theatre since Valkyrie). But it was shown only in three theatres, all quite some distance away (Dad said no way; we'd see it when the DVD came out). Two of them showed it for one week, the other for two. It also got "ho hum" reviews in the papers. Trailers? Only on EWTN.

I think the critics must have seen a different movie. This excellent film should have gotten more publicity and better reviews. Thank you, Amazon, for making the DVD available to your customers.

Characters of the Reformation
Characters of the Reformation
by Hilaire Belloc
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but one caveat, May 4, 2011
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This book focuses primarily on the Reformation in England, not in Germany where it started or Scandinavia where it spread.

For that's what the "reformation" was: Germany, Scandinavia, and England vs. the rest of western Europe.

Upon This Slippery Rock: Countering Roman Catholic Claims to Authority
Upon This Slippery Rock: Countering Roman Catholic Claims to Authority
by Eric D. Svendsen
Edition: Paperback
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17 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A collection of straw man arguments. . ., October 5, 2010
Eric Svendsen's "book", _Upon This Slippery Rock_ (did he get Slippery Rock University's permission to use their name?), repeatedly condemns the "Catholic practice" of avoiding personal interpretation of Scripture (even though this aversion has a scriptural basis, beginning with the story of how the serpent tricked Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit: by "personally interpreting" God's word). It also extends this to other things, such as Church documents. One would think, therefore, that Svendsen would be fair enough to quote the Biblical verse from which this practice comes (2 Peter 1:20-21). He doesn't, of course; after all, that would be the fair and objective thing to do, but Svendsen isn't even trying to be fair or objective -- after all, when did fairness and objectivity matter to anti-Catholics?

_Upon This Slippery Rock_ is a collection of straw man arguments. If one were to remove all the paragraphs in which Svendsen misrepresents the "Roman" Catholic position, and argues with the caricature he has drawn rather than with real Church teaching, there'd be nothing left but a pamphlet. This starts with the introduction, where Svendsen depicts an imaginary debate between a Protestant and a Catholic over how we can know that Jesus loves us. Svendsen says Protestants know because the Bible says so, while Catholics know because the Magisterium says so. But all Svendsen proves is his blissful ignorance of the facts:

1) Protestants may believe "Jesus loves us" because it's Biblical, but Catholics believe it because it's in both the Bible and the Apostolic Tradition. That's why Svendsen's dreaded "'Roman' Catholic Magisterium" teaches it, and would teach "Jesus loves us" even if it _weren't_ in the Bible -- it's part of Apostolic Tradition, which Svendsen and other Protestants dismiss as "traditions of men", 2 Thessalonians 2:15 notwithstanding.

(That's right, folks -- if "Jesus loves us" weren't in the Bible, not only would Catholics still believe it anyway, but Protestants would challenge Catholics over it, demanding to know, "Where's _that_ in the Bible?", as if "not in the Bible" meant "contrary to the Bible.")

2) "Jesus loves us" is not a uniquely Protestant doctrine, unlike _sola scriptura_, "consubstantiation", "the bread and wine are 'just symbols'" (note that Protestants can't agree on whether or not Christ is "really" present in the Eucharist), denying the inspiration of the Deuterocanon, pretending there's no such thing as apostolic succession (that's not what Acts 1 says), or pretending that Church Councils don't matter (that's not what Acts 15 says). A Catholic wouldn't challenge a Protestant to defend "Jesus loves us" in the first place.

Svendsen's book also suffers in the "truth and accuracy" department because his imaginary version of Catholicism has Catholics believing the Catechism over Scripture (that's like saying Svendsen prefers the Westminster Confession or Norman Geisler's _Systematic Theology_ to Scripture). He responds to the "tens of thousands of Protestant denominations" arguments by redefining the word "denomination" (he obviously doesn't know what the word "denomination" means). His "irrefutable arguments" against Catholicism are comically refutable -- after all, they're straw man arguments!

Don't buy this book unless you need to study the mental illness known as "anti-Catholicism".
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