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Sir Michael Barber has been chief education advisor at Pearson since September 2011 and is the founder of Delivery Associates. In 2001, he founded the Prime Minister s Delivery Unit in No10, Downing Street, which he ran until 2005. In this role he was responsible for ensuring delivery of the government's domestic policy priorities across health, education, crime reduction, criminal justice, transport and immigration. The sustained focus on delivery from the heart of government, and the processes the PMDU developed, were a significant innovation in government, of interest to numerous other countries and global institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank. Tony Blair described the PMDU as utterly invaluable. From 2005 to 2011 he was a partner at McKinsey and Company where he played a leading role in creating a public sector practice and founded the global education practice. In 2009 he founded, in Washington DC, the Education Delivery Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that works with more than a dozen US States to apply systematic delivery approaches to improving outcomes in schools and public higher education. Since 2009, on behalf of the British government, he has visited Pakistan over 30 times to oversee a radical and, so far, successful reform of the Punjab education system. He is the author of numerous books and articles, such as "How to Run a Government "published by Penguin" "in 2015 and "Instruction to Deliver (Methuen 2008)", which tells the story of his time in Downing Street, and was described by the Financial Times as one of the best books about British government for many years. "Deliverology 101" is the textbook on how to deliver in government and was written as the curriculum for the Education Delivery Institute.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193101826X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931018265
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William G. Bledsoe on February 14, 2009
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I am a cradle Catholic that drifted away and later got involved in several Protestant denominations before feeling led to investigate Caholicism afresh and coming back. This book is very insightful and refreshing compared to all the protestant books I've read on the subject. Nice to get the perspective of the first 1500 years of Christianity instead of just the last 500. Makes it much more balanced and in my opinion much more logical sense than what protestants are putting out there.
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This is an engaging book, and one aimed at the general reader. Even if you do not have an extensive background in biblical studies, you will find this book easy to understand.

In order to grasp what is going on in Revelation, it is necessary to know a little historical background. In the gospels, Jesus says very clearly that an apocalypse would occur and that those listening to him, "this generation will not pass away till all these things take place" (Mt 24). Yet the end time of the world did not occur within, say, the lifetime of John. So was Jesus mistaken? Other biblical scholars, such as Renan and Schweitzer, have indeed argued this.

However, Barber offers an alternative view--a modified preterist view, in fact, and one which points to an end of one covenant and the beginning of a new one. He explains that Jesus was correct. The generation who was warned that the temple would fall within their lifetimes, did, indeed, see the temple fall. First in the body of Jesus Christ, who was crucified, and then, in the temple, when it was burned to the ground by the Romans in 70 AD.

The destruction of the temple ended so much of what had been the old covenant forever with Israel. Gone forever was the Levitical priesthood, for in the temple were the documents proving the lineage of every priest. Gone forever were the sacrificial rites that the priests performed. Gone was the very center, the heart of Jewish worship.

These would be replaced by a new chief priest, the pope, a new priesthood, now open to the gentiles, and a new system for the forgiveness of sin. As Barber explains, "This brings us to the image of the Church as the Bride of Christ. Christ truly reproduces His life in the Church, so that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ...as...
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As a Protestant evangelical, I have tried to make sense of Revelation using a number of approaches, without much success. Barber's Catholic-oriented commentary makes more sense than anything else I have encountered. Revelation is still problematic in my estimation, as far as its legitimacy as Scripture, but Barber offers coherent and persuasive interpretations of the book's message.
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As a Catholic Christian you only hear the Christian prospective on the "end times, rapture, mark of the beast, the whore of Babylon, the four horsemen (not the wrestlers)...etc". Catholic theologian Michael Barber has done an excellent job explaining what each on of these (and more) mean along with there implications in our life time. I highly recommend this book along with Dr. Scott Hahn's Lamb Supper. CATHOLICS: "ALWAYS BE READY TO GIVE AN EXPLANATION TO ANYONE WHO ASKS YOU FOR A REASON FOR YOUR HOPE ...

1 Peter 3:15-17
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The book is an excellent study of the book of revelations. It is direct and to the point. It is easy to read and understand. My only concern would be that the study questions are not as thought provoking as I like in a bible study.
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Finally a concise explanation of an often feared book of the Bible. It is great to have an interpretation of this book that reflects the teachings of the Catholic Church. After all of the misinterpretations from Proteatants, here is the explanation from the Church who wrote, canonized,and preserved this last book of the Bible.
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My small group is currently about half-way through this book, and we are all enjoying it very much! Michael Barber does a great job going through what can be a confusing,frightening and often misunderstood book. A great study for either small groups or individuals wanting to learn more about St. John's Revelation.
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The author gives a consistent commentary on the literal meaning of Revelation and a good explanation of the spirtual senses (i.e the loving moral view, a faithful analogical/typological view and a hopeful anagogical view.) Particular care for the liturgical elements in the book and their relation with the Divine Liturgy (the Roman Rite Mass) is developed and applied, showing the biblical basis for the New Testament Church's Liturgy.

My only criticism of this book is that Mr. Barber sometimes doesn't develope the relationship between some things as strongly as I think the text indicates. For exmaple the releationship between Jerusalem and Rome in Revelation 17 is connected much stronger in my view than in Michael's.
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