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121. Jerusalem:One City,Three Faiths
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121. Jerusalem:One City,Three Faiths
by Karen Armstrong
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Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
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The city of Jerusalem stands as a religious crossroads unlike any place in history. As such, it possesses a volatile chemistry that--as we are made painfully through news reports and television--explodes on a regular basis. Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun who teaches Judaism and is an honorary member of the Association of Muslim Social Services, has compiled a thorough narrative of the city's fascinating 3,000-year history. Though she emphasizes the city's religious turning points, she recounts battles, earthquakes and various other events, such as invasions by the Romans and the Crusaders, just a millennium apart, that nearly wiped out the city. Her comprehensive explanations provide a context to the current strife in Israel. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A history and a meditation
While this is a superb, fair-minded and empathetic history of the city which will be enlightening to all except very knowledgeable specialists, it is at the same time Karen Armstrong's meditation on the "sacred geography" conceived by the three faiths in its spiritual and its material form.She is very sympathetic to and receptive of the spiritual ideals of all three faiths, and is dismayed by how so often they have all been debased by bitter rivalries (between as well as within religions), by demands for exclusivity and domination, as well as by the "idolatry to see a shrine or a city as the ultimate goal of religion".This is something the wisest theologians - few, alas, in number - have taught.At the same time, however, a material shrine is one expression of one's spiritual identity, so that the perceived threat or the destruction of a shrine - let alone expulsions and exile - are experienced as violations of one's spiritual identity.She shows that the potency of religious symbolism is such that even secular nationalism (to which she perhaps does not pay quite enough attention) has recourse to it.She shows how the best periods in the history of the city have been those few when the rulers of one faith or ethnicity have respected the faith, ethnicity and buildings of another.She is not optimistic that such wisdom is available in Jerusalem in the near future.

1-0 out of 5 stars One city, many religions
Well, there are three contenders for whose city it is!Just ask Karen Armstrong.Should it be awarded to the evil Christians, who killed the Pagans and went back on the noble idea of refusing to consider mere terrain sacred?Obviously not.How about to the Pagans?No, of course not.They don't count at all, even though I must admit that Armstrong does refer to them a few times.How about to the Jews?No, these folks are just interlopers who had to invent arbitrary myths to pretend that they cared at all about the place, much less had a right to be there.The winners are ... (envelope please!) ... the Muslims!The Muslim Arabs had no need to invent any myths to "fuel their struggle" because Jerusalem was theirs like a spouse.I wonder if Karen will award Paris to the Germans next.

I was hoping to see a more sympathetic treatment of Aelia Capitolina.Still, I wasn't shocked by Armstrong's lack of concern for the polytheists: she seemed to discuss them only to complain about the Christians.But I was surprised to see Armstrong trying to mislead her readers into thinking that Jerusalem is Arab by right and is in the process of being wickedly Judaized.After all, as even Karen states, Jerusalem was over 60% Jewish by 1900.And, in fact, the Jewish percentage of the city hasn't changed much since then, even though the surrounding area has become far more Jewish.This sort of blatant bias made Armstrong look more like a Hamas gun moll than a serious scholar.

There are plenty of facts in this book, but Armstrong's tendency to invert truth makes it appear that she wrote the book just to attack the human rights of a few non-Muslims.Avoid this paean to hatred, racism and intolerance.

5-0 out of 5 stars All Sides of the Story
In books concerning hot conflicts like the Middle East, it is commonplace to cover only part of the story or to concentrate on one set of events more so than others.This is understandable of course since most people with adequate interest in a topic typically have made up their minds and favor one of the conflicting sides.Not so with this book.I read this book with a critical eye, begging to find any evidence that the author is partial to anyone anyone, but in all of the 430 pages I could not find a single biased reference nor any significant omissions.By writing this wonderful comprehensive and well-researched history of Jerusalem, Karen Armstrong has done all of us concerned about the city a great favor.Throughout the 5000-year history of the city, this book describes in an unbiased tone the enormously interesting history of this hotly contested city.Many remarkable and little-known facts are can be found here.For example, I was surprised to learn that the history of Jerusalem extended for 2000 years before King David, its purported "founder".The book covers all the different eras of the city: the Canaanite, Egyptian, Israelite, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Muslim, and Crusader eras.The last two chapters focus on the 20th century history of the city.

Though the author was a former catholic nun, she displays no bias whatsoever towards Christianity.The book displays the history of the city equally from the points of view of all three religious groups that care about it: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.Thus the book dwells in detail about the extreme agony of the Jews for their loss of the city and their being forbidden to enter it during Byzantine Roman rule.The book also illustrates the relative tolerance of early Islam and how Jews for the first time were allowed to return to Jerusalem under Islamic rule and coexist in peace with Christians and Muslims.If the author displays a bias against anyone, it is against extremists from all religions who are today fanning the flames of conflict and threatening the peace of the city.

The book is a definite page-turner, packed full of information, and well worth a read if you cared about understanding the "whys" and the "how comes" behind the daily headlines.

If you liked this book, you'll like Karen Armstrong's other books, especially "A History of God" which, surprisingly, contains little repetition or overlap with this book, unlike many similarly prolific authors.

1-0 out of 5 stars Biblically Inaccurate
I was unable to finish this book because Karen Armstrong's Biblical references are so glaringly wrong.She has the God of the Old Testament splitting a sea monster in half during creation, and Isaiah telling King Ahaz that the Messiah will be his Queen's unborn son, just to name a few.I eventually came to the conclusion that if her Biblical references cannot be trusted, how can I trust that the rest of her research is correct as well?I don't know what Bible she was reading, but it wasn't the Judaic/Christian one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting from an historical point of view
I walked into this book having read several of Karen Armstrong's books, so I knew of her leanings that other reviewers have pointed out. Of course, if you are going to write about three major faiths, it is natural to expect some bias towards one of them. That aside, I found her history to be very interesting and helped put this city into a perspective I had not had before. She shows how an off the beaten path city became one of the most important places for three of the world's religions, and a contentious site of conflict. What Armstrong does well is to show the shifting lines that have occurred between areas of the city as various religious powers came to control. But more importantly she brings the various pieces of Jerusalem and puts them in a coherent organized narrative. Many of the places mentioned in the bible are put into perspective with each other, and their historical changes are traced over time. Even more useful is that the author generously includes maps throughout the book to show the changes and shifting lines of groups throughout time. As someone who knew little about the geography of Jerusalem, I found this to help keep all the players and movements straight. The book lags at points but overall moves very well through the centuries. This is an excellent overview history of this holy city and would be a very good introduction to the reader wishing to know more. It should not be the only book you read on the region, but rather use it as one view of the history which has brought us to the modern religious conflicts of the area. ... Read more

122. The Physics of ImmortalityModern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead
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Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
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123. Experiencing God
by Henry T. Blackaby, Claude V. King
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This book challenges Christians to experience the fullness of a life lived in fellowship with a loving, personal God. Large print edition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-understand guide to knowing the God of the Bible.
Blackaby makes clear that it is possible to come to know God in an increasingly intimate manner throughout life. Blackaby points out that God is always active around us, and is looking for someone to work with Him to accomplish His goals on earth. Our "yes" response to God's gentle call is the doorway to coming to know Him more intimately. Blackaby drives his theme home by referring to many Old Testament saints who discovered God's love and faithfulness through a living relationship with Him, and shows how *we* can do the same today. What's especially helpful is how Blackaby links the knowledge of God with working *together* with Him to bring about His will; and, how God will sanctify us in this process to make us more like Christ. The whole book can be summed up in Blackaby's statement, "God initiates a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal." This book has helped me understand God's purpose in bringing many things into my own life--that His ultimate desire is not just my sanctification, but sanctification with the ultimate purpose of intimate communion and fellowship with Him *in this lifetime.* You will be radically changed if you read this book seriously and prayerfully!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study for Anyone!
In my humble opinion, Blackaby has written a masterpiece for getting to know God better. Admittingly, this is written from the point of view of a conservative Christian, so people are bound to be offended by the title. But such is life!

The workbook is broken down into 12 chapters:

1. God's Will and Your Life.
2. Looking to God.
3. God Pursues a Love Relationship.
4. Love and God's Invitation.
5. God Speaks, Part 1.
6. God Speaks, Part 2.
7. The Crises of Belief.
8. Adjusting Your Life to God.
9. Experiencing God Through Obedience.
10. God's Will and the Church.
11. Kingdom People.
12. Continuing Fellowship with God.

Each chapter contains five readings for the week with exercises for each reading. Filling in the blanks causes the reader to be more actively involved in the study than just passively reading. While some of the exercises are just a rehash of what was just covered in the reading, other exercises challenge the reader to think more deeply about a response.

I have gone through the workbook several times since Experiencing God's inception in the early 1990s and have been blessed in some way each time.

Buy the workbook, be committed to complete the exercises, and watch for God's movement in your life and give Him plenty of room to do as He pleases!

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT & PRACTICAL! Can be as deep as you want it to be.
With any Christian book that's quite popular, it is guaranteed to bring in criticisms. There are LOTS of positive points about this book. I was evaluating this book by looking on the Internet and saw both rave and grave reviews. I suggest you ignore most of the negative criticisms - these people tend to nitpick (the kind that see specks in others' eyes and forget there's a plank in theirs) on details; they throw the baby out with the bath water; they are likely to criticise Jesus if He wrote a book. Read a couple of chapters (perhaps start with Chapter 5) and you'll see that this book is very God-centred, first and foremost. It is a VERY helpful and practical guide in our Christian walk.

We were looking for a book instead of the arduous question-and-answer format for our Bible Study. We were deciding between Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life" and Henry Blackaby & Claude V. King's "Experiencing God". We found "Experiencing God" much more suited for Bible Study (and even doubles as a devotion - of course, "The Purpose Driven Life" is touted to be an excellent devotional!) for the following reasons:

1) It's practical - the things in this book can be applied in our lives wherever we are.

2) It's flexible - new Christians and mature Christians alike will find it just as applicable. I have been a Christian for 18 years already an still found this book a tremendous blessing.

3) It puts God first - You'll find time and time again, the book gives glory and honour to God first and foremost - everything starts with God. After all, He is the great "I AM" by which all meaning in life is derived from!

I truly believe you will be blessed by God through this book. Kudos to Blackaby and King for producing such a book. It is immensely useful and proves itself a worthy read!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Way to Know and Do the Will of God
I used this book a year ago with a group of four other men in my church. At the onset, we thought that the best way to start our group was to find God's will for our lives. By the end of the 13 week study, 2 of us were in different states serving the Lord, and another one stepped up as a ministry leader.
Blackaby is a great author. His organization and step-by-step guides make it very easy to follow along.
I am so excited that I am ordering 2 more books as my wife and I are going to begin reading it again!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sad that this was seen as so annointed by mature believers
I personally resisted reading this because it was so well received by mainstream christians during its heyday , but finally after coming to Israel I read it when I had nothing else left . I should have went without. The book is geared to first or second year adult believers, beyond that one should already be beyond this. However the book is really into pushing building churches and the many testimonies about it from the author, personally I have little use for such things.

The best part of the book is the glossary in the back which lists all the names and actions describing the L-RD , which is fun to look up each one, beyond that I would recommend not reading this book. ... Read more

124. Conscious Business: Transforming Your Workplace (And Yourself) by Changing the Way You Think, Act, and Communicate
by Fred Kofman
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Proven Tools for Transforming Your Work Life -

Consciousness, teaches Fred Kofman, is the capacity to observe, choose, and act in accord with your values. And "conscious business" means using that ability at every level of your work: in being aware of the needs of others and expressing your own—in seeing the hidden emotional obstacles that may be holding your team back—in making good decisions under pressure—and even in delving into such "spiritual" questions as "Who am I?" and "What is my real purpose here?" On Conscious Business, you will join this visionary teacher and founder of Leading Learning Communities to master these skills.

Higher Consciousness,Real World Results, What if you walked into your office tomorrow and discovered that others finally understood your work challenges and were ready to help you solve them…that every meeting was valuable…that everyone honored the commitments they made to you…and that your strongest talents were finally being put to use? For more than 10 years, Fred Kofman has helped organizations ranging from small nonprofits to major corporations become "learning communities" with these remarkable qualities. Now, you can learn the five specific skills you need to transform your workplace in the same way.

Becoming more conscious in business requires courage and an open mind. It means putting aside the "right way" in order to discover something better. If you’re ready to make that leap—and start turning your workplace into an adaptive and resilient community that cultivates intelligence, creativity, and integrity in every member — Conscious Business is the place to begin. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Could be called 'Conscious Living'
Fred Kofman does an outstanding of job of teaching the essentials of human interaction; communication, negotiation and implementation. His simple but profound insights are delivered in a converstational style and by the end of the program I felt like I had found a friend who inspired me to become a 'conscious leader'!

5-0 out of 5 stars Learning to be conscious. Learning to be.
Consious Business is a wonderful way to understand that the only way of making our businesses and lives be what we want them to be is by doing the effort of becoming aware, of becoming present and becoming completely responsible players.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Kofman presents much in the way of interpersonal relations but is weak in grounding his work in current psychological data.
Great sizzle, not much meat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Stated - Profoundly Moving
This book teaches great lessons on interpersonal relationships. Applying these lessons makes you a more real person both to yourself and others.

Want A real shift in the way you see yourself, your family and your co-workers? Give this a listen, you'll be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and unique
I got the tapes and I believe this is a masterpiece. The way the concepts are integrated is unique. I strongly recommend this to any business leader seriously interested in living life as a player. ... Read more

125. Improve Your Life With Positive Imaging/Audio Cassette
by Norman Vincent Peale
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Catlog: Book (1992-04-01)
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Are you looking for a way to make your life better?To improve your relationships?To solve your money problems?Listen to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking, as he reveals the secret of positive imaging, the powerful way you can change your life.Positive imaging is the ability to vividly picture in your mind a desired goal or objective.As you hold that picture in your mind, its strength ultimately releases your great untapped energies, enabling you to solve problems, banish loneliness, improve health, deepen faith, and relate to others more successfully.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale is the man who has made the "power of positive thinking" a dynamic way of living and a part of the American vocabulary.He has been a prominent lecturer and radio host, as well as the editor and the copublisher of Guideposts magazine.Dr. Peale has written more than thirty books, including The Power of Positive Thinking, which has sold over 15 million copies.He has also recorded The Power of the Plus Factor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Power of Positive Thinking
It was the most inspirational book I have ever read. Norman has such a way with drawing the reader in the most honest and loveable way I just couldn't put the book down. I also recommended the book to many of my friends who needed to change the way thier life was going, especially the way they were thinking. I want most desperately to get my husband to read the book so he can experience what I did whilst reading his work. The techniques he uses are fantastic, but my husband doesn't read English,he can only read Greek. Please help me in finding a Greek copy. Then we can use our mind powers together and he'd understand what I've been trying to explain to him all along.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to use a part of goalsetting, and meditation.
This is a great audio tape, I use it as a part of my goalsetting, and meditation. It is a great tool for relaxing, and riding yourself of the stresses in today's life. No wonder, it has been reprinted so many times. ... Read more

126. The VICTORS, THE : Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II
by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed works about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive D-Day and Citizen Soldiers.

But it is, as always with Stephen Ambrose, the ranks, the ordinary boys and men, who command his attention and his awe. The Victors tells their stories, how citizens became soldiers in the best army in the world. Ambrose draws on thousands of interviews and oral histories from government and private archives, from the high command -- Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton -- on down through officers and enlisted men, to re-create the last year of the Second World War when the Allied soldiers pushed the Germans out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Overview of Americans Helping Liberate Europe!
No one has been more prolific or entertaining in his efforts to bring the gritty, unit-level personal experiences of the Allied drive from Normandy into Germany to the public's attention than Stephen Ambrose. In his series of books including "D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War Two", "Citizen Soldiers", "Band Of Brothers", and the present book, "The Victors", he has masterfully employed a little-known treasure trove of personal interviews with thousands of Allied soldiers to marshal an absolutely absorbing, captivating, and insightful treatise on the nature of combat as experienced by the men and women in the forefront of action as it transpired all along the front.

In this volume he uses vignettes and stories told in the other books mentioned above to weave an overall summary of the American soldier's experience in the eleven-month struggle to liberate Europe. He includes stories of individual battles, personal privations, acts of individual sacrifice and surprising courage, and in doing so with these true accounts of men in battle weaves a tale depicting the unbelievable human cost of the war. This book, as with the others, brings the life of a soldier into bold relief, and relates the spellbinding story of men in combat in a way made more vivid, vital, and personal than is possible in any other way. By filling the pages with men we comes to know better than in his other books, we watch with amazement as they moved into free fire zones where anything that moves dies, and in the process Ambrose paints an indelible portrait of the unbelievable madness of war.

This is a story that should be told again and again, so we never forget what it took to take back Europe from the beasts who first stole it so savagely, of the men who died on the beaches, who fell for freedom in the surrounding countryside, all to prepare for those like this company of ordinary men who relentlessly pushed deeper and deeper into the interior of France, finally pushing the battered and beaten Germans all the way back to Berlin. This was the single greatest adventure of the 20th century, an epic struggle in which millions of Brits, Canadians, Australians, Frenchmen, and Americans took back by force of arms the liberty and freedom that had been wrested away from the mainland so cruelly four years before. This, then, is the story of how that crusade to liberate Europe unfolded through the personal experiences of a small group of American soldiers.

Mr. Ambrose has become a virtual cottage industry in the World War Two section of your local bookstore, while he has also published works such as his recent best seller on explorers Lewis and Clark. Meanwhile, he has become phenomenally successful because many of his books have captured the public's imagination by being so readable, entertaining, and informative. While popular success doesn't always equate to critical worthiness, in his case it consistently seems to. This is a wonderfully worthwhile, eminently researched, exhaustively documented, and superbly narrated book on the most historic struggle in the long and painful struggle to finally liberate Europe. Enjoy!

2-0 out of 5 stars If you've read the other Ambrose WWII books skip this one
I am not that familiar with Ambrose's WW II books (I have read Undaunted Courage)but this book came recommended from a big fan of his and I decicded to check it out. What I found was a fairly straight forward oral history of the D-Day invasion and eventual victory in Europe. It is made clear that this book is a synthesis of many of the author's previous works and I found myself thinking what purpose did this book actually serve if the ground has already been covered in prior books. I came to the conclusion that this was a WWII primer and if you found interest here you might want to go back and check out Ambrose's more detailed accounts of this time period. Aside from the Eisenhower apologies, this was an easy read but lacked depth. Ambrose makes his admiration and respect for these men clear and that makes perfect sense. But this particular book just seems unnecessary.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Victors
From the very beginning of the book I was enticed. I thought it was very well written and an enjoyable read. It includes stories and things I would have never expected. I thought the relationship between Marshall and Eisenhower was most interesting. I had not learned much about Marshall and Eisenhower's personalities. They were opposites yet worked very well together. Their relationship was based on trust. It is inspirational to hear of all that our soldiers went through during World War II. As someone looking back it helped me to better understand what went on and what the soldiers experienced first hand. I thought "The Victors" was a wonderful book and spanned over a good period of time. I would highly recommend it to others as a World War II informative book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fighting in the cold
This covers the European theater from D day to the end.
The futile battles of the Hurtgen forest are documented. A waste of men for nothing. We gave up our advantages of air power and tanks to fight in an impenatrable forest.
What struck me over and over, was what the men fighting endured.
The supply situation was what is was always in the military. Those in the rear get the gear. Those doing the fighting get the remains.
In the battle of the Hurtgen forest, during a visit by Ike, a company of Rangers complained to Ike about the lack of cold weather gear. He got the Rangers cold weather gear, but not the other thousands of men doing the fighting.
The same applied in the battle of the Bulge. The people in the rear out of the line of fire had waterproof, warm boots, and huge overcoats to keep warm. Those doing the fighting had summer uniforms, leather boots, and had to fight without benefit of fire to keep them warm, or get their food warm. The result was thousands of men with trench foot. The men went hungry a lot of the time due to impassible roads, so food supplies could not be brought up.
The men who endured this were heros.
Ike was the first to realize what Hitler was up to when the Battle of the Bulge started, and got Patton moving on a counterattack plan immediately, which succeeded.
Thanks to Steve Ambrose, the suffering of the men who did the fighting is documented.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sort of a best of Stephen Ambrose
I have read most of the books by Ambrose and the material in The Victors is covered better in his other works. It isn;t bad, but the only reader who might find it interesting is someone who was looking to get into Ambrose's WWII works. Anyone else but the completists will probably not enjoy this book. ... Read more

127. Original Prayer: Teachings and Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus
by Neil Douglas Klotz
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Body-Based Meditations on the Original Words of Jesus

The Prayer of Jesus, or Lord’s Prayer, is among Christianity’s most beloved teachings, a daily devotion practiced by Christians everywhere. If we could travel back in time to the ancient Holy Land—and witness Jesus himself speaking and meditating upon these words—what would we learn? On Original Prayer, acclaimed teacher and author Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz immerses us in the language and philosophy of Jesus’ world to reveal a practice with the power to change forever the way we experience sacred scripture.

Neil Douglas-Klotz begins by revealing the rich layers of meaning enfolded within the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic—the language that Jesus and his disciples actually spoke. Through his insightful Aramaic translations, Douglas-Klotz opens a window into the Lord’s Prayer that allows us to hear and understand the teachings of Jesus as he authentically taught them 2,000 years ago.A Way to Experience Scripture Directly, through the Body

Verse by verse, Original Prayer guides us through a series of 24 specific practices of "body prayer"—the original Middle Eastern form of meditation that uses chant, breathing, and awareness to engage the entire body and spirit in contemplation of scripture. These are the same kinds of devotions used by the first Christians to delve into the Gospels—not as a scholarly exercise—but as a living and breathing experience of God.In the fertile spiritual landscape of the ancient Middle East, prayer, meditation, and scriptural study were practiced as a single contemplative path. Now, with Original Prayer, you have within your reach the definitive resource for experiencing this luminous practice, using one of the most enduring cornerstones of the Christian faith—the Lord’s Prayer. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pioneering work to be accepted with caution
If you read all of the reviews on this audio series you will notice a general positive trend, but at least on review which suggests that the author may have taken liberty with the pronounciations and interpretations. I think all these reviews may be true. The bible has existed in two forms - the mostly Greek and Latin version which has been protected by the Roman Catholic church and an Aramaic version which is possibly older and closer to the words that Jesus actually spoke. There are very few scholars who have tackled the latter version. Infact there are only two scholars who have achived significant recognition in this area: Dr. Rocco Errico and Dr. Klotz. As a result I am not surprised to see some disagreement about whose views are more accurate. I do know that Dr. Errico's work has undergone some scrutiny for basically being sloppy and Dr. Klotz's work has been scrutinized as being an overly liberal interpretation. What I like about this series by Dr. Klotz is that he is very open about where his interpretation comes from and only offers his concepts as one version of the truth. I think such comments come from a very insightful mind. I think over the next 20-50 years of scholarship in the Aramaic bible we will better understand where the truth is, but in the meantime this is a very inspiring series that has nothing less than changed my life for the better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wrong pronounciation - fantasy interpretation
Sorry to say, but this work is NOT one of the best. First of all, the interpretations the author gives - may they be spiritually uplifting - are a sufi interpretation and addition. Sufism is the mystical school if the Islam.
If you want to get down to the core of Jesus and his prayer you must look at him entirely through Near Eastern eyes at the time of Jesus.
The pronounciation: a complete enigma! No Aramaic scholar whould know where Mr Klotz got the pronounciation from which he displays here. Abwoon dbaschmaya. The "b" letter as written in both cases must collaps in this grammatical case when pronounced: awoon dwashmeya. And that is only 1 shore example.
The way Mr Klotz speaks the lord's prayer, Jesus has definitely NOT spoken it. There exists a CD with the reliable pronounciation of the Lord's Prayer but I am afraid it is only available ... word by word and phrase by phrase spoken in Aramaic and explained in English by Dr. Rocco Errico (more about him further below), the world's foremost authority in Aramaic studies in relation to Jesus. The title of that CD is "Acht Einstimmungen auf Gott" (Eight Attunements to God).

If you ask me, the only reliable source for Aramaic knowledge is Dr. Rocco Errico, whose many books you can find here ... By the way, Dr. Errico was one of Douglas-Klotz's teachers and this makes Mr. Klotz's pronounciation more than incomprehensible because he learnt it actually from the number one authority in the world.

In closing: if you want a worthwile interpretation of the Lord's Prayer based on the ancient Near Eastern culture and language, trust the book "Setting a Trap for God" by Dr. Rocco Errico. Everything else is coloured by Mr. Klotz's own preferences. But it has nothing to do with Jesus and his times. Jesus was down to earth and a revolutionist, not a sufi mystic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Poetic, Mystic Vision of the Words of Jesus
If you know in your heart that there is something deeper than the language and the meaning you find in the traditional Bible translations . . .

If you're a mystic in spirit, always yearning for a greater, more intimate experience of God . . .

If you're avidly curious about the man known as Jesus, what he really said, what he really meant, how he really experienced life and God . . .

If your heart sings at the thought of chanting, singing, praying the actual sounds used by Jesus as he taught his followers what we now know as the Lord's Prayer . . .

. . . Then this audio series is for you. Built on a strong foundation of scholarship that transcends religious traditions (Douglas-Klotz was raised in, studied and deeply respects Christian, Jewish and Islamic beliefs and practices, and brings all of them into his discussion), this work is warm, deep, accessible, open, and transparent. It is a poet's work, exposing the many interwoven threads of meaning imbedded in every word of Jesus's Aramaic prayer and inviting each of us into our own intimate, deeply personal interpretation and understanding of every phrase, word, sound. This is not something to be "learned" -- it's something to be lived, breathed, experienced. Beautiful!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best resource for The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic
Neil Douglas Klotz provides a 12 lesson, step-by-step, audio program to learn, not only the prayer in the Aramaic language, but also the full meaning.

I truly love Neil's approach to this prayer through his singing of each line and by having the participant feel the meanings through his body prayer methodology.

I play the tapes in my car during my long commutes and have learned enough to actually say the prayer as Jesus said it. My children, ages 5 and 8, happily sing along with Neil.

I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn the Aramaic pronunciations and FEEL the prayer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Thoughts on Praying during the Time of Jesus
Neil Douglas-Klotz presents his research and a view of the spiritual journey in a very gentle but authoritative fashion. His knowledge of the Aramaic used by Jesus, as well as of other ancient languages of that time and earlier, comes through with clarity. Yet his scholarship does not overwhelm his principal theme--that the "Lord's Prayer" or "Our Father," as presented in languages most familiar to us, limits our understanding of what Jesus was actually communicating. While not denigrating the more traditional forms we have learned, he points out how linguistic nuances and cultural flavorings greatly alter what is contained in the original language. He also takes the time to ameliorate what have become issues of gender discrimination in the sayings of Jesus.

For example, when Jesus begins his prayer with the words we have learned as "Our Father", Douglas-Klotz points out that the Aramaic expression has much broader and deeper meanings, such as "Divine Parent", "Father-Mother", "Divine Unity", or "Birther of the Cosmos." Or that the term "kingdom" is inclusive rather than exclusive and is actually linguistically feminine in the ancient Aramaic.

The presentation is pleasant, informative listening. It's not preachy in any way; his sincerity permeates the work. The chants and prayer forms he teaches during each of the twelve sessions are easy to learn regardless of one's musical ability.

This work is very useful for anyone interested in learning about the teachings of Jesus--Christian and non-Christian alike. It provides many fresh and thought-provoking insights which are supported by Douglas-Klotz's solid academic research and his personal, inner reflection. ... Read more

128. Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis, John Cleese
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In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace.Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this book many years ago...
I'd recommend this be one of the first books you read as you start your spiritual journey. This is a profound book that will jolt you awake from your apathetic musings and stir you to the depths of your soul.

I was a Christian for 12+ years before I picked up this little volume and it was of inestimable worth for me, but I regretted not having read it much sooner.

It's one of those books (like E. L. Prentiss's "Stepping Heavenward") that feels like it was written JUST for you. "Screwtape Letters" has that same feel - that C. S. Lewis crawled into your consciousness and described every mental battle you've ever had - and explains that those subtle arguments which steered you away from spiritual growth, were cleverly disguised devilish whispers. As Lewis points out, the path to hell is a gentle slope.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to differentiate between God's thoughts and the lies of evil. "Screwtape Letters" pulls back the curtain and reveals evil's best kept secrets and oh-so subtle tricks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Astonishing
I first read The Screwtape Letters at the age of 15, and two years later I've read the book countless times and continue to find deeper meaning in each reading. Lewis expertly reveals the devices used to tempt the unsuspecting human; and I'm sure I'm not the only one who realizes several more of their own blunders every time they pick up the book. The traps of temptation are laid bare as Lewis ruthlessly exposes the suble art of manipulation.
This book is highly philosophical, so don't pick it up when you're looking for some escape fiction. While some complain that the book lacks "excitment," I hold that you cannot blame a philosophical book for being just that: philosophical. All the excitement needed is in the intellectual stimulation and in the wealth of knowledge provided by this book. The seriousness of this subject is artfully highlighted with Lewis's characteristic wit and humor. This is a refreshing touch to the deep and somewhat disturbing questions Lewis dares to answer. If nothing else, The Screwtape Letters will force you to truthfully examine yourself. I highly reccomend this book anyone seeking Christian literature or philosophy. It is well worth the time you take to read it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book About the Christian View of Demons
This book consists of thirty-one letters written from a demon (Wormwood) to his nephew (Screwtape) who is also a demon. CS Lewis does a great job of picturing how demons think and act. The demons address many different issues, and how they use these issues to further their cause of evil. The book has helpful in that it made the existence and danger of demons very real. It caused me to think, "How do demons try and ruin me?" One of the most important tools of the demons is religion. Satan and his workers tried to use religion to draw people away from God and God's Word. This book was a fun read, but also a difficult read in some areas. Parts of the book are very philosophical, and somewhat separated from the overall narrative. I think the book was very helpful, and would be enjoyed by the Christian who is interested in the spirit world.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like C.S. Lewis . . .
. . . like I do, I strongly suggest We All Fall Down, by Brian Caldwell. Like Lewis, Caldwell takes an intellectual aproach to the concept of Christianity. His novel is very much in the vein of The Screwtape Letters and The Great divorce. I highly recomend it for discriminating Christian readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars So that's what they're thinking
C. S. Lewis takes you into the mindset of a pair of demons named Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, who connive to corrupt an unnamed British man living during World War II. The elder Screwtape is imparting his wisdom on the lesser experienced Wormwood throughout the letters, often agonizing on the effect the "enemy" (God) is having on the subject human. Screwtape discusses a variety of tactics Wormwood might take in pulling this man's soul toward their goal.

The book is very interesting, but somewhat difficult to read. Lewis writes in an academic style which one might expect from an Oxford professor. ... Read more

129. The Twelfth Angel
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This is a story about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, When John Harding's wife and son are killed in a car accident, he loses the will to go on. But encouraged by a friend to coach the local Little League team, Bob finds an unexpected source of inspiration in an uncoordinated, pint-sized 11-year-rid named Timothy Noble. This kid is a slow runner, a poor batter and a mediocre fielder, but he won't give up. His tenacity, and, even more importantly, his faith in himself, is a lesson to all those around him. A modern parable of love and courage, persistence and victory, The Twelfth Angel will touch and inspire listeners everywhere.

Read by: Margaret Klenck, Stephen Newman, Noah Segan, and Robert Sevra, and with thanks to the Little Leaguers of New York's Bank Street, I.S. 44 and Trinity Schools. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Not Enough For SuchA Life Changing Story As This
The Twelfth Angel, by Og Mandigo, is truly an inspiring and heartfelt story. This story left such an unforgettable impact on me that I know I'm likely to ponder it for years. Everyone should absolutely read this book, especially those in need of inspiration and hope. This book leaves you with tears, with hope you never knew you had, and with the wanting to never give up.

I don't want to give away too much, but this book is about a young, diligent, succesful, loving man who moves back to his small hometown of Boland, NH, with his wife Sally and their young boy Rick. When tradegy strikes, John has to struggle to cope. His life is shattered and he ultimately looks to suicide as an answer. Fortunately, his old friend, Bill helps him out of the gutter, which is where his life now lies, by asking him to help coach the boys little league. Uncertain, John finally accepts.

The day of tryouts John notices a boy who is smaller than any of the other kids, whose baseball hat and clothes look about two sizes too big on him. This little boy isn't very good at baseball, but he kept on trying, the whole time with determination and a big smile on his face. Although some of the older and better kids laughed and smirked at his constant mistakes and misses, this little boy was never put down and never stopped. And to John's surprise, this boy was amazingly the splitting image of his boy Rick! At first John had even thought he could have been Rick. This little boy, Timothy Noble, was by far the worst player of all the kids who tried out, and who had managed, almost as if by destiny, to end up on John's baseball team, receiving a jersey with number twelve on it.

Early on in the baseball season, John noticed that there was something very genuine and original about Timothy. What John and Timothy both don't know, is that their relationship will become very close, as they both need each other more than they can imagine.

I absolutely loved this heartfelt story. I even had tears gushing down my cheeks as I neared the end of the book. I think that this book is truly inspiring and comforting. I loved how caring and concerned John was of Timothy, and I especially loved little Timothy Noble and how happy he was. I was truly touched by this story and will always cherish everything I learned from this book. The lesson I think that Mandigo was in a way trying to get across is that you must be positive and have at least a good-maybe even a great-outlook on life, no matter what comes your way. If you are positive, you have a positive feedback, making your life richer everyday and in many different ways.

I really enjoyed Og Mandigo's writing style, as he was very, very vivid with his descriptions. I definitely plan to read more of his books in the future, and I would recommend this book to anyone who can read!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Twelfth Angel
The Twelfth Angel was a very emotional book that portraid the life of a man with a broken heart. It used a lot of forshadowing wich was hard to follow at times but was a main part of the story. It was a very predictible book that at times had you hanging by tip of your seat. I didn't rate the book very high because it was at times hard to follow but had a good plot that showed that he was a deep writer. Over all I thought it was a fine book and suggest that if you like drama and sad books with good endings it is the book to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Read it!
When was the last time that you heard about a boy who never, ever gave up? I don't know about you, but it's not very often that I hear about that. Well, guess what? In Og Mandino's terrific novel, The Twelfth Angel, that's exactly the type of boy you meet.
Mandino exquisitely describes the story of a billionaire computer company's president, John Harding. He is the new and very occupied president of Millennium who is thinking about ending his life after the death of his adored wife Sally and his beloved son Rick in a car crash. As John Harding is thinking about committing suicide, his old kinder-garden friend shows up. After talking for a while, he asks John a question; one that mysteriously, yet extraordinarily changes his life forever. John accepts to be the coach of the Angels, a Little League Baseball team in which he had played thirty years earlier.
As Mandino makes the story move quickly, he draws for all his readers an adorable petit twelve-year old that plays for the Angels. His name is Timothy Noble. Timothy is uncoordinated and can't catch, bat, throw or even play baseball. In spit of all this, he never gives up! John Harding helps him after practice, but he can't get it right. Still, he never gives up and doesn't bother to keep on trying. Little by little he teaches his coach and teammates to be perseverant. He even got them to worry about when he was going to finally make his good throw.
I loved the book, which was pleasant, warm and heart touching. The story reaches all aspects of life including love, friendship, death, emotional strength, self-confidence and perseverance.
I recommend The Twelfth Angel to everyone because I think that no one should miss such an amazing, wonderful, extraordinary and enjoyable book, which was created so realistically. I think that it leaves us with a better view about life and leaves a magical lesson.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another amazing and riveting book by Og Mandino.
I loved this book.I started on Tuesday evening and finished Wednesday evening.It's one of those "just can't put it down types".I found myself totally immersed in John Harding's insufferable grieve, and his compassioned interaction with little Timmy Noble.The ending made one wish there were more people like John in this rough old world. I will be buying several copies for my friends and family to read, along with a Kleenex or two.I've read several of Mandino's book, and think this is by far his best.My niece, Laurie, let me read her copy while we were on vacation.Thanks, Laurie. Love, Aunt Peggy

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Premium Og
Although I enjoyed this story, It wasn't as powerful as any of the "Greatest" series were.I found it to be too predictable. If you aren't familiar with this author and really want to get a taste of his brilliance start with "The Greatest Salesman in the World"I actually think this book would be great to introduce young readers (13 & up) to the wonderful and profound messages that Og teaches, especialy boys because of the subject matter (a lot of info about boys little league baseball) Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book, just not up to par for Og, in my opinion. ... Read more

130. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer Cassette : How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
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The last thing new parents can find time for is quiet reading, so manyhelpful books on infant care rely on bullet points and a "let's get to thepoint" writing style. Tracy Hogg, a neonatal nurse, teacher, and mother of two,uses these techniques to good effect in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.Focusing on newborns and their parents, her simple programs are a blend ofintelligent intuition and methods based on years of experience. The first halfof the book is devoted to E.A.S.Y--her name for creating a structured dailyroutine for you and your baby that makes the most of your baby's awake times andalso leaves time just for you. These concepts aren't designed to force yourbundle of joy into not following her body's needs, but rather to create afeasible middle ground between total rigidity and on-demand food and sleep (andno time for mom to shower). If it still strikes you as too regimented, keepreading. The author makes room for differences in personal style and includesshort quizzes to determine whether you're a "planner" or a "winger", and whatlevel of daily structure you are likely to find helpful. In the same chapter,she identifies five general temperaments of infants, how to get an accurate feelfor yours, and what methods of care are likely to be the most effective for histemperament. Her statement that babies prefer routine is backed up by researchfrom the University of Denver. While most of the book relies on anecdotes to getthe points across, Hogg does find room to back up some of her statements withquotes from various researchers and institutions. Included at the end of thebook are assurances that E.A.S.Y. can be followed even with a colicky baby orone who's been ruling the roost for the first few months. Frustrated parentsmight like to read the last page first: "all the baby-whispering advice in theworld is useless unless you're having a good time being a parent" is anexcellent reminder to enjoy this time with all of its ups and downs. --JillLightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gives confidence
I read this book to help me solve sleeping problems with the 4 month old I am nannying (as recommended by mom).It is easier to read than most parenting books and gives good practical advise.For example, she advises to put baby down before he's asleep but pick him up if he cries and comfort him until he stops and then put him back down - repeat until baby is able to calm himself to sleep.I was worried that picking him up would establish a bad habit, but I found out that after a while, he didn't need me to pick him up anymore.She mentions that on one occassion while teaching a baby to calm himself, she picked-up/put-down the baby over 100 times one night before the baby went to sleep.That's a little frightening, but it's those details - the range of normalcy - that most advise books leave out!Without that information you may get to pick-up # 30 and think, "My baby is different.Surely the author would agree that this just isn't working" and quit.But the example gives you confidence that although it may be tough at first, if you just persevere, it will get better and your life will be easier - and the baby happier.

I thought the advise about talking to your baby (giving it a tour of the house, explaining every touch and diaper change) was a little out-there, but I tried it and found that the baby responded much better and seemed to even understand.She also discusses that most babies' crying will escalate 3 times when putting them to sleep.That was helpful because I could count them in my head and know that after about the 2nd or 3rd, it would end!

The Baby Whisperer approach is neither too child-centered (attachment parenting) or too parent-centered (or rigid scheduling).It doesn't tell you to control the baby, but it also points out how teaching the baby independence is good forand respectful of him.It was extremely helpful to read a book that told me, "Do this and it will get better if you follow through."And it did!It wasn't more than a few days after applying the advise that I was able to get the baby to sleep without a fight.Now he's practically eliminated the whole 10-minute routine I did before naptime and will reach for his crib, find his passy and go to sleep by himself (sometimes with a little crying).I understand more when he's telling me he's ready for a nap and I find it's a fairly predictable schedule, although not rigid.

The explanation of 5 typical baby personalities is helpful, yet flexible.My baby didn't fit into one category, but I understood him better.May especially be helpful for parents with a "grumpy" baby to know that it's nothing you're doing or not doing (although it might be if the baby's not on a flexible schedule).Often it's just a disposition the baby has.

I highly recommend this book.I've also read Gary Ezzo's book and prefered this, even though most of my friends follow Baby Wise.I recommended this to my sister-in-law who was having trouble with her newborn's sleeping habits and it helped her tremendously also.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend it to breastfeeding moms.
Tracy states in this book that formula is about the same good as breastmilk and makes women feel OK if they choose the first one over breastmilk. While I don't criticize anybody for their choices, I believe that a person who has some authority (as Tracy claims to have) should be more objective and give true information regarding that.

Most of her philosophy, when it comes to scheduling and dealing with babies, stems from 4-hour-feeding with formula and has nothing to do with breastfed babies who are less predictable. After reading her book, I felt like my baby was somehow inferior because she wouldn't last typical 2.5-3 hours between feeds and Tracy said that any healthy and normal baby should be able to do so. Well, mine didn't, she wanted to nurse more often and I realized that my baby knows better. I fed her on demand after that and she has a very healthy eating habits now at 15 months. She didn't wean herself as most of "BabyWhisperer" babies at around age of 1 year. I believe that BW babies, when their breastfeeding sessions are scheduled consider breastfeeding strictly for the purpose of eating while "demand"-nursed babies see it also as a source of comfort, therefore are not ready to wean themselves.

Other methods described by Tracy never worked either with my baby. Pick up/put down method made her even more overstimulated and miserable.

I don't like the term Accidental Parenting Tracy uses throughout her book. Most of people choose to sleep with their babies and rock them to sleep out of love and not because they are stupid and ingnorant.

I definitely don't recommend this book to new breastfeeding moms. It can create problems with milk supply as putting a new baby on schedule in first days will decrease instead of increase it. Also there is a risk of withdrawing food and comfort from your baby because you want to keep your schedule.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Supplement to Your Collection of "How To" Baby Books
I thought this was a great book with some refreshing theories.It is not the end-all, be-all book on child care, but offers some great insights into baby's outlook on life and how to nurture accordingly.I was happy to finally read a book that was accepting of parents who choose to formula feed instead of breastfeeding.Most books I have come across enforce the "breast is best" policy and hardly give 2 sentences to those parents who choose to formula feed... talk about guilt!(Now I do believe that breast is best, but it's not for everyone, and no one should feel guilty if they can't or don't want to breastfeed.)

I think this book is best read before you begin mothering your child, as I think it would probably be hard to take on the author's recommendations after establishing contrary patterns.Also, I feel that this book is best used as a supplement to another child care book that will give you the detailed "how to's" on feeding, bathing, etc.

As with any book, you have to apply your own insight and experience when applying it's theories to your own life.This book isn't a HOW TO, but it's definitely supportive to new moms who are figuring out HOW TO.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good advice but be careful...
This is an excellent book that I would recommend for any new Mom. Old fashioned advice that works, and helps Mom be in control instead of baby. However I've only given this book 4 stars instead of 5 stars as sometimes Tracy Hogg's advice is overly could make Mom feel a failure if she can't get the EASY routine to patt in the time schedule's Hogg mentions. As much as Mom's may try, not all baby's will settle into eating once only every four hours. However Hogg's actual routine is brilliant, just don't be too rigid with it and you and baby will be fine. See my reviews for other good baby books and my listmania!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not for me...
I'm not a fan of this book and its theories. I had a very difficult infant (not that they aren't all difficult at some point!) and was told by a friend to purchase this book when my baby was almost two months old.

I tried desperately to get my baby on a schedule with little results. He simply wanted to be held and nursed all the time. I attributed it to my failure to do anything but be an 'accidental parent' as this book likes to call it.

Eventually we determined that my son had a nasty case of reflux. Once we were able to help solve his problem things became easier and then I could just follow his lead to determine what schedule worked best for him. Reflux is a very common problem - in fact most babies who are colicky and fussy usually have some degree of reflux.

Oh and the breastfeeding advice in this book was horrible. Funny, I don't consider myself to be a breastfeeding nut like some womenand even I thought her endorsement of formula over breastmilk was totally over the line. I nursed my son for five months and I'm so glad I did!

I'm sorry I bought this book. I wish I could get my money back. ... Read more

131. Criminal Law
by Joshua Dressler
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This audio CD overviews the sources and nature of criminal law. Examines the theories of punishment, actus reus, mens rea, mistake of fact, and actual and proximate causation. Also addresses various defenses and criminal acts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE MAGIC SUPPLEMENT every 1L needs for Criminal Law
Maybe I just dont like the Lexis-Nexis style review books, but I thought Dressler's hornbook was just not readable to me..

I picked up this audio package on tape today from half price books for $14.95 and figured "hey why not"

WOW was I amazed.Dressler really knows how to explain Criminal Law.I was barely hanging in after midterms but I ended up pulling a very respectable grade in the course because of this supplement.

5-0 out of 5 stars very good review or introduction
This lecture is very helpful as an introduction to criminal law or a fast review. Dressler is very easy to follow and he is a delight to listen to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview
These tapes provide a great overview for exam study.I also used to the tapes to determine how I would structure my essay answers.Worth the price.Note that the content of the tapes is similar to Dressler's "Understanding Criminal Law."The tapes provide an advantage, howevever, because Dressler often gives exam strategies on the tapes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview
The lecture is value packed, a terrific course overview. Methodical and thoughtfully designed.It was a great supplement to my studies. Interestingly, the author, wrote the textbook assigned to my class. I also would highly recommend Dressler's "Casenote" Criminal law outline as source for tons of practical hypo's. ... Read more

132. 109 East Palace : Robert Oppenheimer and the Men and Women Who Followed Him to the Secret City of Los Alamos
by Jennet Conant
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133. The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
by Lee Strobel
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In this abridged audio edition, Strobel uses the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads and his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Times to interview experts about the evidence for Christ from the fields of science, philosophy, and history.Read by Dick Fredricks. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good read. But problems.
A former atheist, Mr. Strobel presents convincing evidence in these two closely related, even complementary volumes to prove that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, the Son of God and Messiah, and that as a result, Christianity is the most logical religion. Using skills he acquired as a reporter in a metropolis, the author details the investigation he pursued.

He did not go to just preachers, or to any kindly old grandparents who have dedicated their lives to being at the church all day on Sunday. He used scientists, theologians, and even psychiatrists to make his cases. Drawing upon little known historical facts, archeology, psychology, and sometimes even gruesome medical evidence, each aspect is presented in a concise, easy to follow, yet intense fashion. Inconsistencies in the Bible are taken apart piece by piece and shown to not be inconsistent at all. Translation, perspective, and factors of history and culture the modern reader would be unfamiliar with are explained.

**** However, there are some facts that are not completely accurate; being stated too broadly, and some of the logic used does not ring completely true. Despite this, the sum total of these two books is sound, and whether read or listened to will provide the skeptic with enough proof to change his or her mind, and the believer to have their faith reinforced. At worst, each book is fascinating. At best, it will lead others to the faith.

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent apologetics but horrible journalism
I wish didn't force reviewers to rate all books with 1-5 stars. Since I was forced to rate Lee Strobel's book _Case for Christ_ I gave it 3 stars, but that's not really how I feel. As an introductory apologetics book I would give it 5 stars, but as a work by a journalist I would give it 1 star. Read on to find out why.

Lee Strobel is an ex-investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune who describes himself as a "former spiritual skeptic." Using his skills as a former legal affairs journalist, Strobel set out to "retrace and expand upon the spiritual journey ... [he] took for nearly two years." The Case for Christ is a summary of Strobel's interviews with thirteen leading Evangelical apologists, including Craig Blomberg, Bruze Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, Ben Witherington III, and William Lane Craig.

In light of Strobel's frequent reminders that he used to be a hard-nosed, skeptical journalist, I skimmed the table of contents and index to see which critics of Christianity he interviewed. In so doing, I discovered a glaring deficiency in Strobel's journalism: Strobel did not interview any critics of Christian apologetics, even though he attacks such individuals in his book. For example, Strobel devotes an entire chapter to his interview of Greg Boyd (an outspoken faultfinder of the Jesus Seminar), yet Strobel never interviewed a single member of the Jesus Seminar itself! Likewise, he repeatedly criticizes Michael Martin, author of Case Against Christianity, but he never bothered to get Martin's responses to those attacks. This hardly constitutes balanced reporting on Strobel's part; indeed, on this basis, one is tempted to dismiss the entire book.

Nonetheless, I was compelled to review _The Case for Christ_, for two reasons. First, it comes with a number of endorsements from high-profile Evangelicals. Second, Strobel interviewed a number of high-caliber Evangelical apologists, many of whom are worthy of consideration in and of themselves. Thus _The Case for Christ_ constitutes a pseudo-anthology of Evangelical scholarship.

I have reviewed Strobel's book in detail on my website, but here I will summarize its major strengths and weaknesses. _Case for Christ_ is a creative, well-written contribution to Christian apologetics. Moreover, Strobel is to be commended for summarizing the work of so many leading apologists for Evangelical Christianity in such a compact and easy-to-read format. Yet Strobel did not interview any critics of Evangelical apologetics. He sometimes refutes at great length objections
not made by the critics (e.g., the claim that Jesus was mentally insane); more often, he doesn't address objections the critics do make (e.g., the unreliability of human memory, that non-Christian historians do not provide any independent confirmation for the deity of Jesus, etc.) Perhaps this will be a welcome feature to people who already believe Christianity but have no idea why they believe it. For those of us who are primarily interested in the truth, however, we want to hear both sides of the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for every "seeker"
THE best father's day present I've ever received. Wonderfully done. Lee Strobel asks the hard questions of world class experts and delivers a compelling case for my God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I loved McDowell's "Evidence that Demands a Verdict", but this is so much more readable. His mix of present day law cases to introduce and illustrate each segment drew me in and his personal interviews with the people who know the real facts about Jesus and the New Testament was entertaining as well as informative. It was like being in on the best conversations about Jesus you could hear.

I'm grateful for this author and this faith strengthening book. Christians: Buy it, read it and give it to others.
Non-Christians: This is a wonderful close-up of the facts about the life of Jesus.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very compelling, but should give more opposing arguments.
Strobel does an excellent job of examining the evidence for the Ressurection of Christ from all angles. His findings are very logical and convincing. This is a really good book to read if you are as confused and skeptical as I have recently become. The methodical way that Strobel presents the evidence in this book argues very very strongly for the truth of the Bible. The only shortcoming as far as I'm concerned is his neglecting to really give the full arguments for the liberals and atheists (or if he did, they sure don't have very solid cases). I would highly reccomend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history and the evidence of Christ and the church.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction into Christian apologetics
Lee Strobel has done a masterful job in tackling some of the most pressing and often heard questions about Christianity and the Christian faith. This book was a very easy read for many reasons. Two of which are: Lee is to the point when answering many pertinent questions; Lee presents it in such a logical and factual way that makes his claim that much more convincing. This is not only a great book to have for reference, but it is also a great book to give to the non-believer. ... Read more

134. Primal Leadership : Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
by Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
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Daniel Goleman’s international bestseller Emotional Intelligence changed our concept of “being smart,” proving that emotional intelligence—how we handle ourselves and our relationships—matters more than IQ or technical skill in educational success. His next bestseller, Working with Emotional Intelligence, proved that career success also depends primarily on emotional intelligence.

Now, Goleman teams with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, experts on emotional intelligence research, to explore the consequences of emotional intelligence for leaders and organizations. The authors argue that a leader’s emotions are contagious, and must resonate energy and enthusiasm if an organization is to thrive.

Through analyses and examples, the authors show that resonant leaders excel not just through industry savvy but by leveraging emotional intelligence competencies like empathy and self-awareness. They also adopt varying leadership styles—from visionary to coaching to commanding—as the situation demands.

Identifying the ways in which resonant leadership can be learned, the authors show how leaders can groom personal and organizational emotional intelligence to ignite outstanding performance. This audiobook transforms the art of leadership into the science of results.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Leading through Emotions, Intellect and Cognitive Skills
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee first correctly remind us about the importance of dealing with emotions in the workplace. To their credit, Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee do not downplay the dramatic impact of both intellect and cognitive skills in building a company to last. Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee then explore the four emotional intelligence dimensions and their associated competencies: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Those capabilities are key to managing others successfully. After exploring each of these four concepts of emotionally intelligent leadership, Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee apply them to the six types of leadership styles: Visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding. The authors convincingly demonstrate that emotionally intelligent leaders are flexible in their use of leadership styles because some styles are more appropriate than others in specific situations. Emotionally sub-optimal leaders who are willing to improve themselves can learn through self-directed learning and with the help of others how to fill the gaps that separate them from emotionally intelligent leaders. Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee also explore how to build emotionally intelligent organizations. Ignoring how to deal with the realities of team norms and organizational culture often is a recipe for disaster as Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee clearly show us. The result is indeed a toxic and rebellious environment that will have a negative impact on both customer and investor loyalty. Finally, Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee examine the process for sustaining emotionally intelligent leadership over time. To summarize, "Primal Leadership" is a good read that brings an additional dimension of leadership to our attention.

5-0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Sound Bytes
The control board 'Emotion' requires balanced computerised system programming of Thoughts and Actions. How Powerful are emotions that override circumstances with ease! The author focus on four domains of emotional intelligence - self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. At a workplace, Management always stands at cross roads and is hard to understand but you got to slowly convince coz they too need to be Savvy in some areas too. In Primal Leadership, the author emphasis on 'smart leaderships' to cultivate emotionally intelligent savvy leaders.
The development of the four EI competencies initiate leadership qualities that call attention to vision for their organization restricting the commanding and authority style which hinders pace setting reach. The author Daniel Goleman discuss on the research done with Executives who render real life examples. The leaders do need to nurture good feelings and develop human relations in those people whom they lead. Though the concept remains the same like in 'Emotional Intelligence', Daniel Goleman implies to repeat the same rule. Most successful leaders are emotionally intelligent but yet remains problems to tackle with new ideas, diversed fields and more and over, Emotionally being stable to balance to lead the organization to par excellence. Communication is the key to success and that is also one factor that misleads many Leaders to stumble the blocks with the correlated managers and staff. Leaders get 'stalled' and hooked off emotionally knocking off the tolerance of the Executives who no longer stick to the rule of 'grudge & grumbles' - No way, flying them off to check out for better prospects elsewhere as we see these days. Daniel's book is an insight to be Emotionally sound and so if you haven't read his earlier book, sure this is the pick! Go ahead, adopt the Leadership styles!

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for leadership development
I have to admit, I enjoyed the first half of the book (devoted to personal leadership styles, competencies, and learning) more than the second half (which focuses on organizational development).

I've assigned this book and related exercises to a number of my executive coaching clients. Even if they only breeze through emotional intelligence domains and associated competencies (page 39) and the styles of leadership (summarized on page 55), we have plenty to work with. Clients come back amazed at how often they employ non-resonant styles (and begin to notice the consequences), at how transparent their moods are to others, etc.

One client, hugely successful in prior businesses, wondered aloud if he should "go back" to his former hard-driving (Pace-Setting) style, given his lackluster experience in his current tech start-up using a softer approach.

It helped him to distinguish between his former endeavors (where his teams were highly self-motivated, competent, and connected to one another) and his current endeavor (where there was less intrinsic trust and some questions about competencies on the team). Rather than the often dissonant Pace-Setting style, he realized the need to emphasize more resonant styles, especially some very specific Coaching style interventions to address competency issues. After working together, it wasn't just about "hard" or "soft" styles in business, but about appropriate styles for different situations.

If you're interested in "integral theory" then this is one of of the ones that counts. Here's a quick mapping of models that Primal Leadership explores and how they relate to the the domains of integral theory:

* Self-awareness and self-management map to the subjective world, my world, the world of "I." While "mood" is covered, I would have liked to see more of a distinction between mood (a person's ongoing "climate") and emotions (a person's current reactions or "weather").

* Social awareness and relationship management map to the intersubjective world; the world of business, culture, and relationships, where many rules are unwritten and must be sensed. Social competence is the world of "We."

* The "neuroanatomy of leadership," with its focus on how the brain works and learns, maps to the objective world, the world of physical phenomena and measurements, the world of "It."

Primal Leadership is an easy read, but it's also a great reference, with models that people "get." Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars We read this book for a class assignment - mixed reviews
We read Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead With Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee. The authors are well educated and actively participate in the organizational field through consortiums, boards, and consulting. Each author has written numerous best selling books, articles, and programs to help leader become great leaders.

The book is broken into three parts: The Power Of Emotional Intelligence, Making Leaders, and Building Emotionally Intelligent Organizations. The main points of The Power of Emotional Intelligence are that leaders are not born, with opportunity and training leaders can be made, and leaders either create resonance or dissonance. Resonant leaders bring positive energy, create excitement and passion for an organizational goal or objective, inspire excellence, and promote collaboration. Dissonant leaders are out of touch with the feelings of others, create emotionally toxic environments, and dispirit by misleading or manipulating. The authors describe four traits that emotional intelligent leaders have in varying degrees: self awareness, self management, social awareness, and relationship management.

The main points of Making Leaders are that many leaders do not get appropriate feedback, training and seminars rarely provide lasting change, and self directed learning is the best way to change behavior. Self Directed Learning is a five step process that address who you want to be, who you are, developing an agenda, practicing, and feedback.

The main points of Building Emotionally Intelligent Organizations are that the most effective teams are those where the leader relinquishes complete control to the team and sustainable changes should be an ongoing process rather than a one time program.

Overall, we felt that the book was well presented. We, each had a different break-through with the book. For instance, one group member felt that the discussion about leaders being made instead of born was beyond prevailing mainstream thinking. Another group member had never heard of the CEO Disease, which describes how, as a leader ascends in power and influence, the quality of feedback diminishes and the leader becomes unable to correctly self assess their effectiveness. Others related to the differences between resonant and dissonant leaders and the realization that many of our leaders are untrained and have no organizational opportunities to grow as a leader.

Our action plan includes making sure that leaders have 360 degree feedback, access to mentors and coaches, establish weaknesses and goals to bridge the gaps between their strengths and weaknesses, and have opportunities both social and professional to practice.

In conclusion, we would recommend this book to some people but not to everyone. The book focused more on theory rather than practice. We would have preferred several different applications of the theories to case studies, and a more in depth discussion of the four main skills used by managers. Overall, the book was relatively easy to follow, but difficult to remain engaged in. There were some discussions about neuroanatomy that some of us found hard to understand and that tended to break the flow of the book. Primal Leadership had great leadership philosophies in it, but we found many of those philosophies were not knew. We agreed that there are other books on the market that are easier to read and provide more application.

5-0 out of 5 stars More connections of "Primal Leadership" and Neuroscience
This is a very interesting and substantial book and I recommend it highly. It illustrates one thing that'd probably be too trivial in the context of child development, yet is very surprising when applied in the context of leadership: a leader would probably be considered autistic if he/she leads by being just intellectually or analytically superior - the leader must connect affectively with troops to be effective, explicitly or implicitly. Having said that, I think the main points can be further elucidated if it spends a bit more time in incorporating more findings from neuroscience. In particular, I find its arguments for the main themes inadequate by just employing brain¡¯s cognitive and emotional functions. In fact, there are two other brain functions that are orthogonal to the fore-mentioned functions, but nonetheless play key roles in the leadership as well: the automatic and controlled function of the brain. Some of leadership behavior can probably be better explained by the following framework: cognitive and controlled, cognitive and automatic, emotional and controlled, and finally emotional and automatic. ... Read more

135. Money and the Meaning of Life
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3-0 out of 5 stars Get the Cliff Notes
There are good ideas, interesting asides, and new philosophical propositions to spare in Money and the Secret of Life. The basic premise--that money is a technology invented, not to accumulate wealth, but to realize human potential--is certainly worth our attention. Needleman is best describing money as the great tool of capitalism and capitalism as a great metaphysical system. The problem with Money and the Meaning of Life is that Jacob Needleman set out to write an inquiry into the spiritual potential of money, then sketched out a history of Western religious thought, and ended up writing a first person narrative full of punch lines thinly disguised as surprise philosophical discoveries. Mixing Max Weber, Guradjieff,Maimonodes, King Solomon, and an anonymous businessman (who really DOES know the meaning of life) could have been a rollercoaster ride full of unexpected connections and insights; what it actually ends up being is long-winded, self-conscious, and pretentious. In terms of the capitalist object, a good product, but, word for word, not exactly a terrific value.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, read chapter 20 onward,
I'd give it five stars but 1) It lacks an index. 2) It borders on salve for gilded yuppies much like Chopra's Seven Laws for Spiritual success. Don't feel sorry about making lots of dough, even if it's a immoral occupation - you deserve it was the main message I got. Ok, I know there's more to it than that.

But when the author in Chap 20 says money can buy you everything even love, I was vexed. Or that ethics and morality can be bought and sold like a pair of sneakers.And that unless we buy them, we cannot understand the things we can't buy! So if you're middle class forget understanding higher concepts, you don't got the bucks to buy enlightenment. Hmmm sounds like Sam Walton meets Eckhart meets The Fellowship of Friends. Everything is reduced to transactionalism. No meanings or values only cost.
Your teacher is the Benjamin Franklin in your wallet.

It's odd that Needleman promotes a idea which would condemed by any authentic spiritual tradition in the world.

Overall Prof. Needleman did a good job, but just barely, his style of writing is as usual, excellent. But content wise it is not up to par with his earlier works on philosophy or religion.
The target audience which again seems to be well off folks with guilt trips, yuppies, dot commies, etc. Ought to love it. But start at chapter 20 cause that's where it gets interesting.

If you work hard at a blue collar job skip it, this book is not meant for you. Only wealthy types with spiritual pretensions need apply, since this book is partly derived from seminars he gives around the country based on similar topics for corporate clients.

He also skipped on the psychopathology of wealth and money obsession. Why are so many of the new wealthy class, anti-charity and greedy to the point of amoral? Witness the fraud on Wall Street, how money corrupted our democracy, Dot com swindles or the S&L scandals. He's seems to ignore the corrosive effect money has on people also or why it's worshipped so much in our society. Money counts not character or essence.


4-0 out of 5 stars in God we trust-fund
This book was an enjoyable exploration of what money means to us and what it stands for...and why it has fallen into the cultural shadow.

The author makes a convincing explanation for the numinous power of wealth, a power partly due to the fact that two thousand years of Christianity turned away from matter and the body, which have now had their revenge via the symbol of the almighty dollar, America's real religion.

I almost gave this book a 3 because 1. it has no index, and I hate that; and 2. no effort was made to edit out gender-biased language ("man," "the nature of man," etc.).Oh, and 3. the publisher needs to spend more on the paper:it's no good for penciling notes on.

I'm not certain that the question of the integrity of one's work comes down to the quality of one's attention, as the author seems to maintain.The dilemma, say, of a scientist who designs nuclear weapons and then realizes one day--perhaps when jobs are scarce--that the work is eating up his soul even though it supports his family becomes a real dilemma, not only a problem of the ego that vanishes in the light of understanding.Doing a job he feels to be evil consciously doesn't make it any less evil to him; and consciously quitting and letting his family starve while he looks for work hugely impacts them.In fact, it's his heightened awareness and its unwillingness to "turn away from truth" that deprives him of his ability to feel good about his integrity no matter what he decides.

Needleman is right, though, that we must make peace with our relationship with money if we're to heal the split between our physical requirements and our thirst for meaning.To do that we need more, not less, "materialism," a more conscious probing into matter, the body, the things of the world, which today's electronicized economics have gone far toward dematerializing.

The book reminds me a bit of a quotation by Walter Kaufmann, who wrote about Shakespeare's solution to the dilemma of vocation vs. occupation (remember that, like Beethoven, the world's pre-eminent playwright was also an efficient businessman):

It has almost become a commonplace that the modern artist
has lost contact with his audience and that the public no
longer supports him as in previous ages...Shakespeare came
to terms with the obtuseness of his public: he gave his pearls
a slight odor of the sty before he cast them. Far from cheap-
ening his art, he turned the challenge of a boorish, lecherous,
and vulgar audience to advantage and increased the richness
and the subtlety of tragedy so vastly that age cannot wither it,
nor custom stale its infinite variety.-- Kaufmann, FROM SHAKESPEARE TO EXISTENTIALISM

5-0 out of 5 stars When Is Money Not Money?
I have been on a never-ending search for a higher-paying, more satisfying job/career my entire life believing totally that this would be the answerto many of my life's challenges and problems.Further, I believed that allof these challenges and problems were for the most part being driven byexternal factors.After reading this book, I appreciate that my searchsurely was and is about more than making money.

The structure of thebook is somewhat like a quilt pieced together of various subject matter,ideas and reflections about money.I had to make an effort to stay withthe flow when I couldn't see where it was going. Perhaps this was astrategy the author choose to use and the one that kept me reading to theend.

It's not a book I was able to rush through because as I read thetruth of what he was saying presented me with quite an accurate and painfulreflection of my own behavior and beliefs about money.I could only read alittle bit of the truth at a time because as I recall hearing once, thetruth will set you free but first it's going to just about kill you.I hadto let it kill me a little bit at a time.

An excellent companion piece tothis book and one that Needleman cites is by Lewis Hyde entitled, "TheGift."

4-0 out of 5 stars The needle can be found in this haystack...
I took the audio version of this book (as read by the author), and have listened to it three times.There are tremendous segements to this book, but since it doesn't start with, but builds toward, the tale of Giveto Caesar what is Caesar's, it takes a while to see where the first half ofthe material is headed. Instead the first half offers a number ofinteresting, thought provoking, reflections that may be useful for one andall.A bit wordy, but worth the time... ... Read more

136. The New Revelations : A Conversation WithGod
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The human race has reached a Time of Choosing. Our options are being placed before us by the tide of events -- and by those who are creating them. We can either move forward, building together at last a new world of peace and harmony based on new beliefs about God and Life, or move backward, separately and continuously reconstructing the old world of conflict and discord.

The New Revelations provides us with the tools to move forward, to pull ourselves out of despair, lifting the whole human race to a new expression of its grandest vision. Neale Donald Walsch urges us to open our hearts and our minds to what may be one of the most important spiritual statements of oour time. A conversation with God that begun as a simple plea from one human being to the God of his understanding, The New Revelations is a life-altering audiobok, given to us when we need it most. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An essential read
I seriously doubt that Felicia read thsi book, or any other by Neale Donald Walsch. Her reviews are a perfect example of a point he consistently makes: people are downright afraid to question what they have been taught, at least religiously. Thank you, Felicia, for demonstrating the enormous importance and need for humanity to read this and Neale's other books.

1-0 out of 5 stars Check the Good Book
I would not put my faith in what man says about God, how we are to move foward into the future when it comes to religion, how we view God.

The Bible not only offers instruction on what God expects of us, but on events that will occur in our lifetime to watch out for. It's the best guide in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Bright Reflection
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In this writing, Walsh offers a grand vision to better the attitude of the world and our lives, to solve our problems, and presents helpful ideas on how people can do this.Overall there exists far too many exceptionally good points about human belief about God and our existence to adequately here mention in this response- obviously, I can only outline my personal overview.According to Walsch, many are mistaken; God does not want our worship, obedience, or service (contradicting everything I ever learned in Sunday school!).He sees the world's purpose as providing "a contextual field within which you may achieve an awareness of your own divinity (85) ". As far aswhat or who God truly is, according to Walsch, "God" and "Life" are simply different names for the same energy."Life is God, physicalized", just as our brain is actually the mind, physicalized. And this unseen, universal energy- to Walsch- comprises everything: is within us, and is us- there is only one energy force that is "an intrinsic and intimate part" of every one of us , meaning- in practical terms- that whatever is good for another is good for you, or bad, or harmful, and so on...(which, if everyone believed this there would be no problems, because Why would we want to hurt ourselves?).Walsch presents this reality as being all One- "One with God and One with each other".One of the most important teachings Walsch presents: All behaviors are created by belief (just as the entirety of our thought is based upon what we believe to be true).False belief.Walsch presents "Five Fallacies About God" that "create crisis, violence, killing, and war", which I do not necessarily accept as divine Truth "sent down from above", but these fallacies I do find to be outstandingly valid, and wish that everyone took this to heart.Some of this book accompanies mention of the radical Muslims, living in the Middle East, who have declared war on Western civilization, declaring "death to America" and "death to Israel"- among other specified enemies.These false beliefs of these radical Muslims about this Life and about God are directly the cause of their evil intentions, and Walsch explains this human belief very well.The cause of all of our problems of the world are rooted in our beliefs- (our mental acceptance of thoughts)- ourfalse beliefs about this world and about other people.This is true, no matter what you believe.Walsch explains that humans have "stitched together in our world a complex interweaving of spiritual, philosophical, political, and economic concepts that pretty much govern our collective experience(214)", and that these are based upon our beliefs, and mental constructions- "ideas about 'how things are"- such as our concept of morality (based upon our beliefs) and when these are false, what are we doing?Our most damaging behaviors are based upon these mental constructions, Walsch writes, which are based upon our beliefs- making them what to change if humans want to solve our problems we attribute to the incorrect causes.Mental Constructions. He explains the reasoning behind, for example, the violence in the Middle East; that people are being killed over belief of the way "things should be"; mental constructions called morals not-shifting (for thousands of years!)This is a problem!Walsch makes good point, after insightful explanation, after valuable analysis- about this God I think I have partially known my entire life- minus all the unwelcome, "scary" aspects. Walsch offers an improved concept that is comfortable for me to nurse within my knowing, which generates my skepticism- what I think I wish to be true, but is what I do now not honestly expect is likely.But, and however, this "higher Truth" I do not concretely know.And seek to, but, really: Who am I? Who are we? Who is every single person?
Personally, I interpret & accept Walsch's point of view as exceptionally insightful and essentially good and very, very well thought-through.Since this author's also written about 20 other books founded upon the same"divine communion" with God, he apparently has a lot to say about the world and the seemingly meaningful things that "God" is saying to us, which do seem quite good.Walsch is not "off his rocker", for he seems- to me- to be a completely logical mind with a sound, confident point-of-view, although, does bravely wear such a testimony he knows is to always attract many skeptics, yet many devout supporters of these beliefs, of course.Because Walsch portrays such an optimistic picture for "God's Overall Plan" of our human existence, to accept his non-demonizing "purpose of the world", what, and who this popularly conceived God of his truly does exist, an uneasy skeptic- I think- would conclude that a reader of such a book is only intentionally accomplishing the satisfaction of their own mind- easing their worries, icing their issues.I do not see it as this, but as just another man's view on this highly elaborate and complex, confusing world in which we live. I am surely far from any satisfying level of understanding, and will dive towards any more understanding that I can get.The world's purpose that Walsch presents, that we are all out to "achieve our own divinity", to me- makes a lot of sense, because I honestly do see"God" within each of us, within our every flicker of thought and action and movement, I see "God" in all moments of our being, every comprehension of our minds evolution, progressively slow- so minute that we do not even notice.I'm just not positive of what this means; for myself, for human beings; I search.The comprehensive canvas that Walsch paints is attractive, but yes, makes this great logical sense notable.Personally, I am in the process of the intellectual motion, partway through completion of "knowing God" or "knowing myself", which can basically be acknowledged as the same thing.Walsch's insight concerning human "False Beliefs" is what I maybe consider the most outstandingly impressive components of this book, although there are many.The in-depth reasoning he provides for all of human beings "being"- that all our behaviors are created by beliefs- which provides the foundation of our very frame of thought.Yet, all of our beliefs by a multitude of other various factors of the the lives we lead- making the origin of ALL human problems tracing back to our beliefs- (what we think is confirmed to be true)- yet when magnified to the cause of the main cause, existing in our minds (our beliefs), this analysis of our own reasoning seems to become a bit more complex, which I am still in the fortunate process of understanding.To conclude this response of Neale Donald Walsch's "The New Revelations, A Conversation with God", I re-iterate my impressive reaction to a book of greatly good ideas by a man I had previously not even known of- but, then again, I am reminded everyday how little it is I know (relatively speaking) about everything in this world and enormous universe, as a tiny, finite human being.Constantly boggling my feeble mind on how there can realistically even exist a God, a Great Reason for us and all of this.Still, when myself and my individual opportunity is compared with the terrible injustice and misery and ugliness of this world at-large- both right now and through-out history- realistically it seems as if the explanation is far too overwhelming for the human mind to handle.Yet, I crave to know. So what am I to do but do the best I know I can, with what it is that I now exist?

4-0 out of 5 stars Revelation 'Change Self'
Books of Neale Donald Neale Walsch is based on spirituality and practical applications in every day. I happened to read his interview in a mag and read his first book Conversations with God Book I which was translated in 27 languages. In this Book 'The New Revelations' Neale Walsch reveals that God has given humanity nine new revelations to help change the present beliefs about God and Life. He says 'Do not seekfirst to change the world but change 'self' and in doing so, you must first decide some important things about yourself, come to new conclusions within and about who you are, about God and about Life and live on those Decisions.' This inner process changes world around you and because we change, people too change around us and Change itself is an act of freedom. The author focus attention that Group action is required now in the changing global crisis and advises how we can not only avoid despair but also help to repair the world. It is not time to follow individual master but master collective consiousness individually. Then work collectively to awaken the collective called 'Humanity'. The author says that the whole world is now linked and entire planet is connected. The rapid advanced technology is threatening to destroy humanity and also which can save it. Whatever the beliefs but the change in self would undoubtedly change the world around and make one work for a humanitarian cause with the perspectives and good thoughts. A great author Neale Donald Walsch and good thoughts. Nice Pick.

5-0 out of 5 stars challenge yourself
It's been several years since I've read the CWG series including Books 1-3, Friendship W/God, and Communion w/God, and reading those can be both interesting and frustrating at times.I don't necessarily agree with everything that has been said in those books, but this one is different.The primary focus this time around is organized religion.This is a must-read for people of ALL backgrounds, and to me, the premise (that these words are coming more or less directly from "God") is basically irrelevant.The message, however, is everything.Every message or truth in the world of relativity and perception must always come through a human filter.Because of this, the details and format of these messages will vary, but the Truth remains timeless and unchanged, and that's what this book represents.As an honest, informal critique of religous, spiritual, and sociopolitical issues, it's logical, practical, and catchy all at the same time w/less punning and play on words than in previous books of the series.While it is characteristically repetitive and Walsch clearly brings up issues that he doesn't side with in order to provide a more well-rounded argument, this helps to drive the point home, which is to say that our collective, worldwide society should examine and question its religious beliefs and values more carefully and modify or discard some of these old beliefs because they're simply not working.This book presents a challenge to its readers; it calls for a paradigm shift in not only how we think of God but how we think of religion in general.Personally, I couldn't agree more.

It is also appropriately preceeded by a quote from one of the greatest (and my favorite) transcendentalist thinkers of our time, Emerson, but don't let the obvious New Age categorization deceive you.The ideas in this book are truly worth considering. ... Read more

137. Dreams of Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature
by Steven Weinberg, Jon Tindle
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Dreams of a Final Theory tells the story of a great intellectual adventure of our time: the search for nature’s final laws and the final answer to our questions about why nature is the way it is. Weinberg, the 1979 Nobel Prize-winner in physics, imagines the shape of a final theory and the effect its discovery would have on the human spirit. He gives a defence of reductionism (the impulse to trace explanations of natural phenomena to deeper and deeper levels) and examines the curious relevance of beauty and symmetry in scientific theories. Weinberg also narrates a personal account of the search for the laws of nature, and shares with us glimpses that scientists have had from time to time that there is something behind the blackboard, that there is a deeper truth foreshadowing a final theory. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I like this book
Two chapters stand out to my mind: "Against Philosophy" and "What about God?" Weinberg makes a convincing case that philosophy has made little contribution to objective truth. He also says that he knows of no important scientist in the post-war period who has been substantially influenced by philosophy. One has to be careful here with the word "post-war" because it is well-known that people like Einstein and Heisenberg were very interested in philosophy. As to the chapter on religion, who is better qualified to talk about it than a great physicist like Weinberg who understands the origin of the universe better than almost anybody alive? He makes a forceful case for atheism (though he does not use this term). My only regret is that he doesn't encourage violence against religious fundamentalists and extremists, who are always prepared to use violence to advance their agenda.

Incidentally, Weinberg's belief that a final theory is near is too optimistic. Martin Rees has got it right: The advancement of science is like fractals - every little detail can be further enlarged to reveal far more, ad infinitum. Thus, the search for scientifc truth must be endless, and the dreams for a final theory are no more than that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cogent objective & informative glimpse towards
Cogent objective & informative glimpse towards "Final Laws"

This is a review of both the printed book & the fabulous book on tape. I discovered that the narrated unabridged (7 cassettes) book on tape is available after I read the printed book cover to cover. I quickly bought a copy & have since listened it more times than I can recall! The narrator's voice is pleasant to listen to. His voice come across clear, brisk & very articulate. The whole wonderful experience keeps my attention riveted & gratefully takes my mind off the infamous Southern California traffic during my hours long commute each day. There's always something different & interesting that captivates my attention each time I experience this great book. Keep in mind that I'm a veritable compulsive-obsessive autodidactic with a fanatical drive to understand physical reality at the most fundamental level - call me a PRE (Physical Reality Explorer). I don't have a formal "higher" education or the mathematical tools to speak the technical language - but, like I said, I'm a fanatical layman who's bent on understanding what the hell is REALLY going on "out there" - or "in there" as the case may be...
Well, back to the book! You don't really need a deep understanding of mathematics or even an understanding of Quantum Physics to "get" what this book has to offer. Shoot, for that matter, maybe having an "empty cup" would make the experience of this book all the better! So, what's in the book? Glad you asked! Here's a brief table of contents with a few (parenthetical) comments:
·On a Piece of Chalk (great introduction to some basic principles in Atomic Theory)
·Two Cheers for Reductionism ("...I am not an uncompromising reductionist, I'm a compromising reductionist!")
·Quantum Mechanics & Its Discontents
·Tales of Theory & Experiment (this has a nice history & synopsis of QED)
·Beautiful Theories
·Against Philosophy
·Twentieth Century Blues
·The Shape of a Final Theory
·Facing Finality
·What About God? (he admits that he's not a qualified Theologian here)
·Down in Ellis County
·Afterword (this might be titled something else like "...A Year Later...")
The book on tape doesn't have the Preface or the Afterword, but don't let that stop you from getting a copy 'cause you won't miss anything really important in those sections.

I liked Weinberg's description of the way the chain of questions "Why?" have arrows of explanation ever convergent towards ubiquitous laws of fundamental physics. It seems analogous to Faraday's lines of force in the fields he described. I see a metaphor here where the "field" of the "arrows of explanation" points in the direction of propagation towards answers to questions about the most fundamental aspects of physical reality. Weinberg's cutting logic & objective appraisal is cogently brought to bear on deep questions such as:
What roles do quantum theories & symmetry principles in physics play in the search for a Final Theory?
Why does each explanation of the way nature works point to other, deeper explanations?
What implications will a final theory have for our philosophy & religious faith?
What would be the role of God in a universe governed by such a theory?
Why are the best theories not only logical but beautiful?
What do physicists mean by a final theory?
What sort of things might such a theory say?
How could we tell it is indeed final?
How close are we to one?

As you can see, this book shares a curiosity with the audience. We get keen insight into Weinberg's working philosophy when he describes himself as a "rough & ready realist" & a "compromising reductionist" while he subtly & carefully defends his right to DO physics without being bothered by those fluffy, subjective, & interpretive philosophies which, you get the distinct impression, he'd like to just go away & leave him alone...
Finally, I am compelled to urge you to look at two other works by Weinberg which are actually the same material, just different media. These are a pair of lectures presented by Steven Weinberg & the late great Richard Feynman in the 1986 Memorial Lectures given in honor of the great P.A.M. Dirac. I bought the video, "Towards the Final Laws of Physics: The 1986 Dirac Memorial Lecture" and, to my great joy, found a coupled experience of Weinberg giving a slightly more technical & narrowly focused lecture in VHS video format. The title of the printed book (transcribed from the video taped lectures) is, "Elementary Particles & the Laws of Physics: The 1986 Dirac Memorial Lectures". These two media really compliment "Dreams of a Final Theory".

Bottom line on "Dreams": accessible, cogent, succinct & beautifully written.


4-0 out of 5 stars Rewarding
A seedy book by a Nobel laureate (I guess I couldn't have avoided this) over which readers often violently divide. The reasons are as follows: for physicists, Weinberg expounds good, but (to them) already known physics (quantum mechanics, chunks of cosmology) overladen with amateurish musings on philosophy and metaphysics (even aesthetics). For lay(wo)men (no pun intended) the book is sometimes heavy going (lots of names, abstract concepts, frequently scholastic dilemmas). On the strong side: I would highly recommend this work to the interested amateur as a historical tour through the elementary particles physics (bits of cosmology added). During this voyage, a reader will become well acquanited with virtually all that matters in contemporary high energy physics. Although not a basic read, it is completely non-mathematical. Just- it requires persistence to absorb and "digest" a multitude of interrelated concepts in this historical narrative on the unfoldment of modern physicist's "worldview". On the weak side: Weinberg's frequent forays into philosophy, theology and politics are not too rewarding, or enlightening (except as an intriguing exposure of modern scientistic mind). Nevertheless: this absorbing story of 20th century physical ideas and controversies leaves one with a good feeling: " That's how modern physics was made and how it casts spell over its inammoratos".

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
It is really a perfect book. I enjoyed what Weinberg stated about elementary particle physics, reductionism and partly philosophy.

In the case of philosophy, I think it's philosophers who are to be blamed not the whole method of intellectual reasoning without emperical evidence.

I think his discussion on God is affected by western culture. He knows about religion as a christian. He'd better study more profoundly some other religions, what God is meant by in them, etc.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous discussion of crucial things
As far as the Physics itself is concerned this book seems quite up to the job. After all what else do you expect from a Nobel Prize winner? I enjoyed Weinberg's descriptions of general relativity, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory etc and the importance of symmetry principles in all of these things. But when it came to more philosophical topics such as why mathematics seems to be so well suited describing nature he says little of significance. He just keeps harping on how our sense of "beauty" or whatever guides us to mathematical theories. The discussion is so vague that it would have been better if had stuck to the purely physical questions. I don't think Weinberg addresses philosophical questions very well. I guess that is not surprising since he had one chapter devoted solely to showing that philosophy is mostly useless in the practice of Physics. That may well be true mostly but consider Einstein's theories of relativity. In such cases there is not much difference between Physics and Philosophy. One has to be good at both. Unfortunately Weinberg seriously lacks ability in the latter. ... Read more

138. Connecting With Your Angels: How to See, Talk, and Work with the Angelic Realm
by Doreen Virtue
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
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This audiocassette will teach you how to take the first step, which is simply to desire to converse with angels. Our intentions, in whatever we do, are the starting points of everything we experience. So, holding the intention in your heart and mind to communicate with angels, ensures that it will happen. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great companion to the Unabridged CD Set
I have everything Doreen Virtue has ever published.Her books, tapes and CDs are always so clear and easy to understand.There is no filler or fluff, just uplifting stories and wonderful exercises to help you nourish your soul.Hays House produces fantastic books, card decks and kits.This particular kit works well alone or with the unabridged CD version of Connecting with your Angels.

This kit includes:

·A special workbook filled with easy-to-follow steps

·A new CD in which Doreen guides you through the process of discovering your angels' identities and messages

·A journal that will allow you to track your angelic communications

·A rose quartz crystal to help you feel your angels' loving guidance

·Natural incense to help elevate your spiritual frequency

·12 original angel oracle cards to help you instantly connect with your angels

·Dead Sea bath salts to help you clear away negativity from your mind and body

5-0 out of 5 stars Connecting with Your Angels: Doreen Virtue, Phd
Being a fan of Doreen Virtue's earlier works and being very interested in a more direct awareness of my angelic helpers, I splurged on this somewhat costly tape set.By tape 6, I felt like I got more than my money's worth. As usual, Doreen Virtue communicates messages from the Angels with such an unconditional love focus that I feel incredibly nurtured and uplifted.The messages help us know even specifics of what we can ask for, how we can ask for things, how we get answers (and can use any or all of our senses to get or give that information).She/they helps/help us know how to look at things from that positive, unconditionally loving perspective which in itself often solves our "problems".She/they continually help usgive our negative/down perceptions, fears, etc. to the Angels freeing ourselves from fret and worry....And shifting us into a unconditionally loving state.And there are many lovely mediations throughout the series helping us meet/converse with our Angels....Truly Heavenly.I've only been through the series once, but these tapes are for use over and over.A great value!

5-0 out of 5 stars Connecting With The Angels is Absolutely DIVINE!
Doreen Virtue's latest offering may quite possibly be her best! My friend and I followed this audio-cassete series together.It took us an entire day, but it was time very well spent. This set is definitely life-altering!Especially worth noting is the meditation which helps you to meet yourGuardian Angel. There are no words to describe the incredibly profound,spiritual experience I had during this meditation!I'd strongly recommendthis to any seekers along the spiritual path who wish to learn how torecognize and experience two-way communication with their angels andguides!I don't usually buy audio and was initially a little put off bythe price, but after having "heard" for myself, this series istruly a bargain. I'll certainly be purchasing additional sets forgift-giving. One final note: If possible, it's best to follow this set oftapes when you can do so without any distractions or interruptions. ... Read more

139. In My Hands : Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
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"You must understand that I did not become a resistance fighter, a smuggler of Jews, a defier of the SS and the Nazis all at once.One's first steps are always small:I had begun by hiding food under a fence."

Through this intimate and compelling memoir, we are witness to the growth of a hero. Irene Gut was just a girl when the war began:seventeen, a Polish patriot, a student nurse, a good Catholic girl.As the war progressed, the soldiers of two countries stripped her of all she loved—her family, her home, her innocence—but the degradations only strengthened her will.

She began to fight back.Irene was forced to work for the German army, but her blond hair, her blue eyes, and her youth bought her the relatively safe job of waitress in an officer's dining room.She would use this Aryan mask as both a shield and a sword:She picked up snatches of conversation along with the Nazis' dirty dishes and passed the information to Jews in the ghetto.She raided the German Warenhaus for food and blankets.She smuggled people fron the work camp into the forest.And, when she was made the housekeeper of a Nazi major, she successfully hid twelve Jews in the basement of his home until the Germans' defeat.

This young woman was determined to deliver her friends from evil.It was as simple and as impossible as that.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Truth is beauty
I have read many books about the Second World War, and the Holocaust. This is one of the best.For those who ever read Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank, and wondered what life might be like for a Gentile girl at the same time, this book answers that question.Irene Gut's strong faith, and loving family led her to make the right, if very difficult, choices.The contributions by Jennifer Armstrong are seamless, the true voice of Irene never falters.I have only a few slight quibbles. I wish that there had been more followup on Irene's post-war life, and on the post-war lives of those she saved.Irene Gut Opdyke's faith is as clearly presented as the late Corrie Ten Boom's (The Hiding Place), however, I found In My Hands to be a much more gratifying book.I deeply hope that this book becomes part of the standard curriculum in schools worldwide.However, adults who have any interest in the Second World War and the Holocaust will find this to be a well-written, encouraging book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True "Profile of Courage"
I am so grateful for having read this book. It was deeply moving. I am a seventeen year old girl, as Irene was when the war began, and I cannot even imagine having to experience all of things she did....being raped, a mistress, etc. I admire this woman so much, her courage and determination are one in a billion. It's incomprehensible to know what she went through during those dreadful years, yet through it all her faith is what helped her to survive. I will never forget this book for as long as live...I've read so many books, and I have to admit that I think this one has truly moved me the most. I've read many Holocaust stories as well, but this had a profound effect on me. Please read this book--you'll gain not only a better insight of World War II and the Holocaust, but also how to appreciate life more and realize how much you take for granted.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I just finished listening to this book on tape. It was extremely well done from Irene's recollection of events. The Holocaust was an atrocity to society, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't study the topic. Hitler and his regime need to be understood to prevent similar occurences in the future. I can't image what she was going through during those times and I wonder how many of us could even begin to imagine her anguish.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING READ!
This book was awesome! I've read it numerous times and each time it gets me hooked. The plot is heartwrenching and the bravery Irene shows is inspiring. Anyone interested in reading about WWII/Holocaust should read this book! You won't be disappointed!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Irene Guts Memories of the Holocaust
I enjoyed this book very much. It gave me a better understanding of what the Holocaust was really all about. I couldn't believe some of the scenes that she described about what was happeing to the Jews. The courage of what Irene did to protect people that she didnt even know amazed me. She never gave up on herself and believed that one person could make a difference. I was touched by the way Germans could treat such innocent people and was amazed at the scenes that she described in the book. Irene knew what she was doing was right and the more she saw such behavior the more determined she became to fight. One of the things I did not like about this book was that they focused more on what was happening to her and the people she was protecting then all the Jews in general and what was really happening in the concentration camps. Also it was hard trying to follow up on what was happing in the war. I got confused on when they were being helped out by other forces or when Germany was in complete power. I also would have liked to hear more about Hitler and the evil that he aroused. Over all I believed this was a very good book to others interested in the Holocaust. ... Read more

140. Nicholas and Alexandra Part II
by Robert K. Massie
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
After a recent visit to St. Petersburg, I became interested in learning more about the end of the Romanov dynasty and picked up this book on my return.I found it to be not only very well-researched but also extremely readable.Massie brings the characters to life on the page and creates a vivid, moving portrait of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra.This biography is most certainly not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eloquent
Quite simply, this is my all-time favorite book. I've worn out three copies over the last decade. Massie description of St.Petersburg bring Imperial Russia to life. AWESOME!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece...
I started a love affair with European royalty while in junior high, and as luck or fate would have it, Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra was published during this time.I was bitten by the Romanov bug and have suffered from this malady ever since.

Nicholas and Alexandra, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Imperial Russia, came from a distinguished royal pedigree.Nicholas was the son of Tsar Alexander III, and his aunt was Princess Alexandra of Wales.Alexandra was a Hessian princess and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.As youngsters, they fell in love and "Nicky" knew that "Alix" was fated to be his bride.Theirs was a true love match at a time when royal marriages were arranged for any reason but love.

Two events conspired to cause the Romanov tragedy.First, Nicholas was not a very strong-willed man.He let others dominate him (including his wife).When his father died suddenly at the age of 49, the young Nicholas was totally unprepared and untrained to be Ruler of all the Russia's. Second, Nicholas and Alexandra were very family oriented, and it was a crushing blow when their 5th child and only son was born with hemophilia.In desperation, they alienated much of Russia (to protect this secret) and fell under the harmful influence of Rasputin.Russia was ripe for revolution, and Nicholas and Alexandra were too blind to see what was happening in their own country until it was too late.

Massie does a stellar job of bringing Russian history to life in a way that reads like a novel.He also writes with a passion born of experience.When his son was born with hemophilia, Massie started researching how hemophilia affected the royal houses of Europe-especially the Romanov's.He details not just Russian history, but the history of this dreaded disease including various types of hemophilia, treatments, new advances, etc.The only negative about this book is in the timing.Massie wrote what was known in the late 1960's.But since the fall of communism and perestroika, we now know so much more about what happened to the Imperial family.Massie took this new information and finished the story in The Romanov's: The Final Chapter.One book should not be read without the other.

Nicholas and Alexandra is one of my favorite nonfiction books, and I find myself rereading it every five to six years or so.I enjoy it just as much with each subsequent reading.My original paperback was in such tatters that I finally treated myself to a new hardback copy.Even after all these years, the tragic fate of the Romanov's continues to haunt us.

5-0 out of 5 stars fabulous book!
I love it when non-fiction books explores the "personal" aspects of historical events.

I minored in Russian History in college and recieved this book as a gift and love love loved it!

The life and eventual downfall of the last Tsar and his family was endearing in the details-- not necessarily the overall history. A great example would be the fact that on the eve of the Russian Revolution three of the five royal children came down with the measles; of course she was a little preoccupied!

Massie is an expert at blending primary historical texts (a lot of it is from the diary of the children's Swiss tutor Gillard) and his own words which makes the narrive flow much more gently than your average non-fiction historical book.

What I think is the most interesting thing Massie points out, at great length, is that Nicholas II and Alexandra were two people who did not possess any more or less basic human flaws than the average person, but the introduction of Hemophilia into their family completely (and understandably) threw their private and public lives into a complete kilter.

If you are not a fan of history or even Russian history I would still recommend this book, wonderfully written and researched about one of the most important events in the twentieth century!

5-0 out of 5 stars If all history was written this well...
My wife dragged me to an exhibit at the Santa Fe Art Museum of items belonging to Nicholas and Alexandra. I knew nothing about the two, and saw little in the exhibit that further piqued my interest. But, on the way out, I did pick up a book on Rasputin as a souvenir. I started to read the Rasputin book, but then realized I could not appreciate Rasputin without first knowing the greater story of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. After researching what would be the best book to read, I got R. Massie?s Nicholas and Alexandra.

My oh my, what a fascinating read that has turned out to be. The high stars given by most other reviewers on this site are well deserved and on the money. Massie creates a captivating story in the process of describing a critical time in 20th Century history. I read it with the relish and enthusiasm of a richly embroidered page-turner. I normally do not read a lot of history. But if all history was written as well as this, I?d probably read so much of it that I?d scarcely have time to read anything else. I can?t wait to find other works that are as rich, informative, and entertaining as Massey?s Nicholas and Alexandra. ... Read more

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