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161. Lifelines: How Personal Writing Can Save Your Life
by Christina Baldwin
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-29)
Publisher: Sounds True
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Christina Baldwin presents her deepest insights in this one audio learning course. With her intimate, personal examples and plenty of practical exercises, listeners will discover how writing is a lifeline that makes sense of chaotic events, guides them through life’s transitions, and empowers them to achieve their goals. The program includes 13 Lifeline cards to keep Baldwin’s most powerful writing exercises close at hand. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Where has this been all my life?
I'm an avid journaler and aspiring writer, and have become fairly jaded by the seemingly nonstop stream of how-to-be-a-better-writer books and tapes available. But listening to Lifelines has changed everything for me. Though the series focuses on personal writing for insight and healing, the natural clarity with which Christina illustrates the importance of The Story -- and the excellent exercises that are included in the set -- have made it possible to both capture and learn from my own life's stories AND become a better and more courageous writer all around. I set aside a portion of my morning every day for listening to Lifelines and writing. What a wonderful, wonderful thing she has created here. ... Read more


162. DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION RECOGNIZING AND COPING WITH : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
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Procrastination. Disorganization. Distractibility. Millions of adults have long considered these the hallmarks of a lack of self-discipline. But for many, these and other problems in school, at work and in social relationships are actually symptoms of an inborn neurological problem: ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder.

Through vivid stories of their patients' experiences, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey now offer a comprehensive overview of one of the most controversial psychiatric diagnoses of our day. They show the varied forms ADD takes -- and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment. And, as successful professionals who are both living with ADD, they extend a message of hope and compassion to all listeners struggling with ADD in their own lives or in the lives of loved ones.

An enlightening exploration of a condition only recently identified, Driven To Distraction is a must for everyone intrigued by the workings of the human mind. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for adults diagnosed w/ ADD later in life!
This book is heaven sent for those who grew up having ADD, but were undiagnosed until adulthood. After being diagnosed with ADD in my 30's, my doctor recommended that I read this book. Initially, I bought the abridged audiocassette version (if you have ADD then I don't need to explain why), but after listening to the tapes I immediately purchased the printed version of the book to learn more.

This book is a real eye-opener. It helped me understand why I am the way that I am for the first time in my life - it was like I could have written most of the case studies in the book myself! The sense of relief that I felt after having read this book was amazing - I finally felt that someone understood what it was like to be me.

The authors are very sensitive to the over-diagnosis of ADD and painstakenly set out to define what ADD is and what it is not. The book doesn't offer a cure all or quick fix, but it recommends a realistic holistic approach to dealing with ADD/ADHD. Not only do the authors offer many tips and techniques for dealing with ADD, but they also try to level-set expectations.

This book would also be an excellent read for the spouse or parent of an ADDer and would allow him/her to gain insight into the challenges that their loved one deals with everyday.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Understanding A Particular Type of Mind.
I read this book seeking out information, lots of information about Attention Deficit Disorder: what it means, how it's diagnosed, how it can be treated, and how it effects every-day interactions. This book is comprehensive and can answer nearly any question that someone may have about ADD. ADD is such a new diagnosis, it is still evolving, that many people who could be diagnosed as adults may not know that they can get help for their frustration. This book also does a good job in discussing ADD in children and if diagnosed, ways of explaining to a child about how their brain works differently. Attempting to understand the workings of our minds if very difficult, this book is a good resource for anyone who seeks to understand how their own mind works to help them understand someone elses.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONE & ONLY BOOK you need to read on the subject!
After finding out that my youngest son had ADHD, I picked up this book and started reading. It was almost like looking into a mirror that showed my life: Further, it described many people in my family! I went to a Stanford psychiatrist for input and am now taking Ritalin. This book may have actually saved my life: I now understand my need for change, my attraction to violence, my Type-A behavior, even my claustrophobia--everything. It was as heartbreaking as it was a relief to find out that there was a name for what I was going through--that there was help available--and most important, that I was not alone. I will have to deal with this affliction for the rest of my life. If you or anyone you know may have either of these maddening disorders, please help by reading this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Flowery nonsense
If you've already been down the typical path with your child, namely: (1) Child has a problem in school, (2) Child fidgets in front of school "psychologist," (3) Referred to local pediatric physician, (4) received script for psychostimulants, and (5) started giving child the drugs, you'll like this book. It will make you feel good about yourself, your parenting style, and your decision.

At least give yourself the chance to see the other side of the story. You only have one child - read the book "Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco" by David B. Stein, Ph.D. If you are still convinced that the drug route is the way to go, follow the "1-2-3 Magic" types of parenting techniques (or have a "family meeting" and solicit input from your little child who has no tools to solve this problem), and when that doesn't work, administer the drugs.

OK - I've probably made some folks angry, and I'll concede that there are a relatively small percentage of children and adults that suffer from disorders (with symptoms like those attributed to ADD/ADHD) that are improved through these drugs, including Ritalin. But, keep in mind that in some schools 50% of the male childern are "ADHD" diagnosed and on Ritalin or similar drugs. No one in their right mind could possibly believe that 50% of children have something called ADD/ADHD that requires treatment with Schedule 2 drugs.

I'm not writing for those few percent that maybe have a real disease that is helped by drugs. I'm writing for the 95% of children who are on Ritalin and don't need to be. This book will lead you in a direction that your child doesn't necessarily need to go.

By the way, the book never mentions that Ritalin and similar medicines are "Schedule II" drugs, or what these are. As a parent, I hope you'll ask your doctor - or better still - do your own research on what Ritalin does in the body and its addictive and abuse potential.

Rebut this information if you wish, but I didn't see anything in this book expressing outrage over 33 - 50% of little children being forced to take addictive drugs because some counseler, teacher, parent and doctor didn't want to do some hard work and rule out that the child's behavior can possibly be remedied by something other than drugs.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my career and my family
I have had problems all my life, some described in this book and some described by the other people who wrote a review of this book. My wife and I were attending marriage counseling because of my short temper. After a few sessions our therapist said she thought I had ADD which I quickly dismissed even though my younder brother was diagnosed with ADD early in his life. After a few more years of trying to convince me, after trying all kinds of self help, after attending anger management classes, our therapist finally recommended this book. I read parts and reread parts and reread parts (others with ADD will understand this) and finally, I got to the "test" in the back of the book. 100 yes/no questions, the more yes answers the more likely you are to have ADD. I took it and after restarting 4 or 5 times finally finished the test with a score of 80. For a baseline I had my wife take it. She scored 18. Not a diagnosis but enough for me to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. Almost 2 years later I am taking ADD medication and my temper is gone, my work productivity and my ability to complete projects has greatly improved. And most importantly I and my family have a new outlook on life. Everyone is happier, especially me. ... Read more


163. New Paradigms
by Bob Proctor, Michele Blood, Blood Michele, Proctor Bob
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Catlog: Book (1995-11-20)
Publisher: Micheles Musivation International
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5-0 out of 5 stars When You're Ready to Transform Your Life
Bob Proctor is a pioneer in personal transformation.Together with his protege Michele Blood, they have created an audio program that has changed my thinking.I now feel free to create my life according to the beliefs I have developed over my lifetime.My favorite topic is the one on Synergy, and Bob and Michele are an excellent example of that concept!I highly recommend this audio program to anyone who is ready to make radical changes in their life. ... Read more


164. How the Irish Saved Civilization : The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise ofMedieval Europe
by THOMAS CAHILL
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In this delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little known "hinge" of history, Thomas Cahill takes us to the "island of saints and scholars," the Ireland of St. Patrick and the Book of Kells. Here, far from the barbaric wars that plagued the European continent, Ireland's monks and scribes laboriously and lovingly preserved the written treasury of the West. Many great pieces of Greek and Roman literature, almost sure to be lost in the chaos of the Middle Ages, were saved by the monks of Ireland. This brilliant audio edition of the bestselling book is read by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Irish Impact on the West Cannot Be Overlooked
When thinking of the Irish, people unfamiliar with their history are prone to pointing out their negative stereotypes. Thomas Cahill's "How the Irish Saved Civilization" challenges the negative images characteristic of the Irish.

Cahill's book begins with a retelling of the Roman Empire and how its fall precipitated the perfect situation for the Irish to contribute to society. The Middle Ages ensued upon the fall of the Roman Empire; this age is also referred to as the Dark Ages because of its relative lack of artistic and literary accomplishments. Almost everybody during this time was illiterate...that is, on the European continent.

During the height of the Roman Empire up to its fall, Ireland was mainly a nomadic land with few, if any, cities. Paganism was prevalent because of limited Roman influence (England received more attention from the Romans than Ireland). As Cahill explains, the spark behind the burgeoning of Irish influence was, ironically, a man from England who was kidnapped and brought to Ireland-Patricius, later known as St. Patrick.

The Irish monks should be known not only for preserving the great texts of the past but also for converting thousands upon thousands of pagans and animists to Christianity. Aside from their contributions to literature, if they had not held such aspirations to spread their religion, one can only wonder how much of Europe would have been converted to Islam in the seventh and eighth centuries.

Civilizations studied in high school and college usually have at least one defining characteristic, yet the Irish civilization of the first few centuries A.D. does not seem to possess any identifiable traits without extensive knowledge of it. Ironically, if it were not for the Irish monks, we today would not know of most of the great civilizations of the past.

This book can be read by anyone because Cahill does not presuppose the reader possesses a great deal of background information about the Irish. He writes for an audience that might never have even known Irish monks existed.

Cahill makes the reader look past all the negative stereotypes of the Irish to appreciate them and even to relate to them. It is hard to find a culture that has not gone through both periods of richness (whether economically or artistically) and of hardships, and certainly the Irish are not to be excluded from this category.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on Cassette
Clark Kent saves the world as Superman but Clark gets none of the recognition. The Irish save Western Civilization but their role has been forgotten. Thomas Cahill argues that many historians fail to give full weight to the Irish for their contribution in world history. This is because the greatest contribution of the Irish came in what Cahill calls the hinges or transitions of history. According to the author the Irish Celts and Catholics made a contribution that European civilization depended on. The book is a brief study of Europe's transition from the Roman to the medieval age, and the role of the Irish in this hinge point. His thesis contends that without the monks and scribes of Ireland, this critical transition would have been impossible. Cahill convincingly demonstrates, through fascinating historical narrative, that the Irish contribution has significantly shaped the history of the world.

The author begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and its ramifications. He then goes back to investigate the early history of Ireland through the transforming work of St. Patrick. Next, he looks at the Irish priests, monks, scribes, and missionaries who build on the foundation of Patrick to lay their own foundation for future generations. Finally, he shows how these holy men and women's contributions provided the avenue for western civilization to develop. Cahill concludes by giving the reader his own interpretation of lessons to be learned for the day in which we find ourselves. Along the way, we meet many interesting characters, hear numerous tales of various sorts, and gain insight into western history and western civilization.

Thomas Cahill has contributed a valuable link to the world of St. Patrick and the Irish. He writes with an intriguing, exciting, and captivating style. The listener must leave behind any notions of history being boring. Often he slips into the historical event being reported in order to demonstrate through his characters what it would have been like to be a part of the event. Cahill presents history in an intriguing and playful way. A general knowledge of history and western civilization would be helpful, but the book is designed to appeal to a wide audience. The sexual references and imagery could be offensive to some reader sensibilities.

I both read the book and listened to the cassettes. The narration with the Irish accent of Liam Neeson made a great book even better. Excellent book on cassette!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I'm 18 years old and many people wouldn't expect someone my age to read something like this. But this is one of the best and even entertaining books that i have ever read. This book offers historial facts with out making it seem boring and long winded as some others can potray history. I read it from cover to cover, when i usually look for only parts that interest me. The author Thomas Cahill bring his personality into the passages so it seems more of a discussion rather than a one sided lecture. Cahill also brings hummor into it and makes the concepts understandable while bringing the big picture along for support. It seem that Cahill has done an amazing about of research for this book and personally i think that's amazing while considering its an enjoyable book. The suject of this book is so interesting and its a new way to this about the Irish culture. I can't begin to tell you how much i live this book! Its worth the money a thousand times over!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Engaging but superficial....
I enjoyed Cahill's book very much, but had (still have!) a nagging sensation that this is history lite.

Not that that's a bad thing -- good, readable popular histories are all too rare -- but I get the feeling that Cahill skipped over some important historical developments in order to support his thesis.

We are told that Irish missionary bishops and monks treasured --and ultimately, reintroduced -- Greek and Roman classics to Western Europe. This is fine as far as it goes, but there's a gaping hole in the heart of this thesis -- southern Spain, ruled by Muslims, home of great Muslim and Jewish philosphers (who incorporated much neo-Platonic thought in their respective brands of philosphy and mysticism). I highly doubt that any of this came about as a result of itinerant Irish monks!

Another reviewer mentioned Charles Martel, as follows:

"During the 6th and 7th Centuries, the Irish built monasteries throughout continental Europe, propogating their love of learning and books. According to Cahill, if not for the philosophical substance that the Irish brought to Europe, the Arab/Muslims would have swallowed Europe (I'm not so sure, it was Charles Martel who stopped the Muslims in 711, grandpappy of Charles the Great, and he was the Merovingian who enthusiastically brought the Irish to France)."

The truth of the matter is that Charles Martel's efforts in driving Andalusian Muslims back into the Iberian Pensinsula was -- and still is -- a VERY big deal. I learned about this in grade school and don't understand why this topic is ignored by US-based school systems.... It was a true turning point in Western Euopean history. (My intention isn't to be disrespectful toward Muslims -- rather, it's to highlight the clash of cultures that affects all of us right up to the present.)

I'm no expert on medieval history by a long shot, but I'd like to suggest that interested readers do a bit of poking around in order to get a more detailed understanding of the inappropriately-named Dark Ages. Cahill's right about literacy rates and more, but he skips many historical/cultural developments that were taking place in the latter part of the "Dark Ages." The why of it is a mystery to me....

So enjoy the book, but keep a sharp lookout for material that covers the period more thoroughly...

One last thought: endnotes or footnotes would have been nice, though I suspect Cahill's publisher wasn't willing to pay for them. More's the pity!

5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable that the story is not more widely known
This is a great book for three reasons - 1) The subject matter is virtually unknown (I certainly never studied it in high school or college) 2) It highlights a civilization that has up to now remained shrouded in myth and 3) It is the story of how Western/Roman civilization was saved from barbarism by a tiny, unimportant island people.

If one were to case this as fiction it would be called "too far out." Ireland, the land of no cities, of illiteracy, fights, primitive ways. a barbarous place, through the actions of a few people manage to not only save but savor the whole of Western Civilization and introduce it back to the continent from which it came.

Over and over the author stresses that it was the Irish nature - the openness, the tendency against Orthodoxy, the rural nature of the nation, the status of women. the fighting spirit - that made such a situation possible. They rejected no one from their schools, they gave a high status to women and all learning, they reformed (though not completely) the Catholic Church but more important thant all that, they preserved the Codex of Western Civilization. That is, they copied (on sheepskin) the works of Plato, Aristotle, Roman poets, Greet playwrights, bawdy tales, Bibical studies = they saved it all.

The story of the Irish, their brilliant past , magnificent actions and ultimately, sad fate is a backdrop to the story of the rescue of civilization. When Europe fell to the horde, it was not the disappearance of cities, churches or customs that mattered - it was the destruction of books. A great tale by a great writer. ... Read more


165. Community Property
by Goodman, Gail Bird
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-30)
Publisher: West Publishing Company
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This audio tape overviews determination of separate and community property, quasi-marital property, and quasi-community property. Explores transmutation; general and special presumptions; commingling, apportionment, and reimbursement; management and control; and liability for debt. Also covers management on dissolution of marriage, disposition on death, and constitutional law principles. ... Read more


166. Embracing Your Darkside: Seeing Your Light
by Debbie Ford, Michael Toms, New Dimensions Foundation
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Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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"The more of your dark side that you can embrace, the more of your light you receive," says Debbie Ford. In this insightful interview with Michael Toms, of New Dimensions Radio, Ford explains that to live an integral life, a grander whole, you must first blend all the aspects of who you are—the light along with the dark, the positive along with the negative. "We are a society that is taught to point our fingers in blame—to blame our parents, to blame our schools....I think that blame is us not doing our own work." Something as devastating as the end of a marriage can transform our lives, and turn ruin into renewal. Join Michael Toms and Debbie Ford as they focus on self-healing and self-discovery though the light and the shadow.

Other topics explored in this dialogue include how addiction can take on many forms from drugs and alcohol to busyness, drama, and food—and can be one of the greatest teachers; the seven spiritual laws of healing; and how to ask the key questions of your shadow side and know what it's trying to tell you. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A word from Debbie Ford
Hi,

I just wanted you to know that this tape, entitled Embracing Your Dark Side, is not an audio program, but a recording of an interview I did with New Dimensions several years ago. While it is a great interview (I gave it five stars because Michael Toms is a five-star interviewer), I have heard feedback that some people were disappointed because they were not clear about this fact before they purchased it. If you like interviews, you will like this tape. And if you're looking for something more in-depth, I would recommend that you buy The Dark Side of the Light Chasers or The Secret of the Shadow on audio book.

Best regards,
Debbie

1-0 out of 5 stars An interview, a disappointment
This tape was a disappointment to me. It sounded more like an info-mercial than a serious communication of ideas. It seemed like it was produced to promote one of the author's books, not a tape that should be sold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Split your personality and become whole!
This audio tape, like Debbie Ford's wonderful books, will speak directly to you. With all respect to our personal uniqueness, we all have multiple aspects of our personalities, and it is through recognizing and accepting ALL of who we are that we will find the freedom and peace of mind we seek.

Debbie Ford is a clear, inspirational, and entertaining guide along this sometimes difficult journey.

- Thom Rutledge, author of Emracing Fear (HarperSanFrancisco) ... Read more


167. Split Second
by David Baldacci
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From #1 bestseller David Baldacci comes a new thriller reminiscent of his phenomenal bestselling debut, Absolute Power.It was only a split second--but that's all it took for Secret Service agent Sean King's attention to wander and his "protectee," third-party presidential candidate Clyde Ritter, to die. King retired from the Service in disgrace, and now, eight years later, balances careers as a lawyer and a part-time deputy sheriff in a small Virginia town. Then he hears the news: Once again, a third-party candidate has been taken out of the presidential race--abducted right under the nose of Secret Service agent Michelle Maxwell. King and Maxwell form an uneasy alliance, and their search for answers becomes a bid for redemption as they delve into the government's Witness Protection Program and the mysterious past of Clyde Ritter's dead assassin. But the truth is never quite what it seems, and these two agents have learned that even one moment looking in the wrong direction can be deadly. Full of shocking twists and turns, and introducing a villian to rival Jackson in Baldacci's The Winner, SPLIT SECOND is pure, mind-numbing adrenaline to the last page. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Scorching plot...Average climax
Like many of the reviewers here, I too have an affinity for "all books Baldacci." And, while I admit Mr. Baldacci has penned a few a novels which stand alone, I cannot bring myself to say his new offering, SPLIT SECOND, is not a thrilling, fun read. Baldacci has an impressive skill of weaving subplots in and out of his storyline controlling the reader's focus until he decides to change directions...typically in mid-thought. This skill is what makes Baldacci an up-and-coming star in the literary field. And while SPLIT SECOND won't rival TOTAL CONTROL or ABSOLUTE POWER, it is a book well worth it's price.

As in several of his other books, Baldacci spins the storyline of SPLIT SECOND around the Secret Service. Baldacci links two crimes separated by eight years and brings together two publicly disgraced Secret Service agents to solve their respective mysteries. Eight years earlier, Agent Sean King was guarding a presidential candidate and took his eyes off the candidate for a split second, a split second that changed King's life forever and ended the life of the candidate.

Current day...Agent Michelle Maxwell allows a presidential candidate to override the Service's chief mandate of never losing track of a subject. The result, while not as final as King's, is just as disastrous...Maxwell's subject is kidnapped. Unbeknownst to King and Maxwell, these two agents lives will become linked by two separate and ostensibly unrelated crimes all due to a "split second" hesitation. One candidate is dead, the other missing, and two careers are seemingly trashed.

Though she's been put on leave and publicly vilified, Maxwell is determined to find her missing candidate. The similarity between what happened to her and King's situation eight years earlier leads her to believe there could be a link, or at least clues to assist her in solving the crime. In the meantime, King has used the proceeds of a libel lawsuit to go to law school, become a successful small-town attorney, and live a quiet, solemn life. That quiet life ends when King is reluctantly drawn into the intrigue of Maxwell's case and, his own. Joining the cast of characters and adding wrinkle to wrinkle is Joan Dillinger, King's former lover and Secret Service partner. Dillinger now runs an international investigative agency and has been privately hired to find Maxwell's missing candidate.

As the plot twists through one dead end after another, the subplot involving the two women vying for King's affection thickens. This, as always, throws additional emotional baggage on King as he tries to close the unclosable case. With unexpected twists known to Baldacci readers, the storyline throws curve after curve spinning this thriller toward its climax.

With SPLIT SECOND, Baldacci proves himself adroit in combining his storyline with poignant, tight subplots, developing deep, interesting characters, and providing "edge-of-your-seat" action leaving the reader thirsting for more. And, while the climax may not have been up to the quality of the storyline, this is an excellent read and is highly recommended by this reviewer.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Total Disapointment
A Total Disappointment

I have been a Baldacci fan since reading Total Control, The Winner and Saving Faith, all good books and worth the time. But, Split Second? All I can say is, infuriating. An unbelievable plot, a cast of confusing, cliched characters, and an absolutely ridiculous ending. It all adds up to a real waste of trees used to make the paper for this thing.

I almost wonder if this wasn't something he wrote in high school and now that he is famous, he thought he could pull it out and pass it off as a "real novel." His editors and agents should have stepped in and stopped this before it got to print. After trying and trying, I did eventually plow though it all, because as I told my wife, "I can't believe how confusing and dumb this is. I just have to read to the end, to see how he is going to work himself of this morass of a plot." In a sentence? The ending was as dumb and confusing as the rest of the book.

The few people on here who have given this book four or five stars must work for the publisher, be relatives of Baldacci, or are cult followers ready to swallow the Kool Aid. I've never seen so many negative reviews for a book on Amazon. I only wish I had read them before I started it and not after.

If you must read a Baldacci book, go for Total Control or The Winner, they are both page turners. Well actually, Split Second was a page turner also. You had to keep turning them back and forth to try and figure out this confusing mess.

I'm sorry to be so negative, but I liked Baldacci, enjoyed his other books, and had high hopes for this story. After reading this I am hesitant to try any of his others, but will probably give him one more chance to make up for this clunker.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top five books of all time
Where to begin with this book.

Before reading this book, my top five books were:
1) Roses Are Red by James Patterson
2) 1st to Die by James Patterson
3) The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver
4) Silent Justice by William Bernhardt
5) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christe

Number five on that list has been bumped and "Split Second" takes a proud stand at number 2 bumping the rest down a bit.

This book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. All the way from the intriguing prologue to the twisted finish of the book, this book had me hooked, staying up nights to finish "just one more chapter."

Prologue: 1996--Our first agent takes his tragic downfall after having his attention diverted by......well, you'll have to wait until later in the book for that.

Then, the rest of the book starts in current time. Our second agent makes a mistake that ends with the kidnapping? death? of a presidential candidate.

Not long later, our two agents meet and begin to realize that these two events are not isolated...they are related. But how? Why?

The book throws more and more curve balls at you, leaving you wondering what the heck is going on.

Then comes the twist in the final showdown. Then, another twist in there.

I mean, wow. All I can say, is read this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars horrible
Baldacci, is a bad writer, all his production except the very first one (Absolute Power, which was average) was well below average, but this one is truly beyond the pale. The character presentation is so naive, that one would suspect that the author is still struggling through the high school.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Baldacci's Best... Not by a long shot
While I generally enjoy David Baldacci's books, this one was somewhat of a disappointment. It was a relatively entertaining read, but not much else. I thought the characters were a little too typecast and cliched. For example Michelle Maxwell was the perfect ex-jock golden girl. She was practically flawless.

Also, the plot ran at an okay pace, but it was nothing to alert the media about. Split Second is all about how a political assassination that happened more than a decade ago links to the kidnapping of John Bruno, a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Bruno is kidnapped as a result of Secret Service Agent Maxwell's error in judgment, and thus she sets out to exonerate herself by linking up with ex-Agent Sean King-- the man who took the heat for the first assassination. The rest of the book is basically all about how the two form a partnership and go about trying to nab the bad guys and clear their name.

Its a decent plot, but the characters don't do the plot justice. And there are parts of the story where I felt the evidence was rather weak. At certain junctures it even seemed as though Baldacci had run out of options and was just winging it.

So read it if you've got nothing better to do. But if you want a good Baldacci nail-biter, pick up Saving Faith instead. ... Read more


168. Moneyball
by MICHAEL LEWIS
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The Oakland Athletics have a secret: a winning baseball team is made, not bought.



I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it—before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games?

With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities—his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission—but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers—numbers!—collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors.

What these geek numbers show—no, prove—is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This information has been around for years, and nobody inside Major League Baseball paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics.

Billy paid attention to those numbers —with the second lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to—and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. Moneyball is a roller coaster ride: before the 2002 season opens, Oakland must relinquish its three most prominent (and expensive) players, is written off by just about everyone, and then comes roaring back to challenge the American League record for consecutive wins.

In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win...how can we not cheer for David? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars major eye opener onto the field of baseball
This book is about the power of critical thinking. It traces the moves made by a general manager--Billy Beane--who, with the help of statistical geeks, was able to find undervalued players and dish off overvalued players. The author points out that players are commonly misappraised because their value is generally tied to things like "looks" and statistics like "batting average" and "rbis" and "saves" and "fielding percentage" which do not adequately reflect the extent to which a player's performance contributes to value to his team. For example, Mr. Lewis describes formulas which have been derived that accurately predict the number of runs a team will score over the course of a season, and these formulas do not depend on some very commonly used (or misused! stats) After you read this book you will get the point that on-base percentage is 3X more valuable than slugging percentage in the formulas. One drawback of the book is that the formulas discussed are not explicitely stated and their validity is not conclusively demonstrated. Another aspect of the book I also wish was expressed in more detail is the new set of pitching statistics that are devoid of any aspect of luck commonly built into today's commonly advertised stats, like "wins" and "era." In the end, the lesson of the book is that you must always ask, "why, why, why." Why do I care if this pitcher has 30 saves? Why do I care if this outfielder made 10 errors. This books explains in a fun way why you shouldn't necessary care about these questions at all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title, Great Book
Even though I enjoyed Lewis' Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, and Money Culture, I wasn't planning to read Moneyball. I didn't really care about the economics of baseball. Then I found out that Moneyball is about the Oakland A's, computers, and statistics. I had to read it.

Lewis reveals how the A's became (and have stayed) a top team even though they have one of the smallest payrolls in baseball. Billy Beane's (the general manager) method of using massive amounts of statistical information tells him what players to draft and what plays to execute under different conditions. The scouts and even the manager have become less important than his small staff of number-crunchers.

By following certain statistically-determined rules such as "never sacrifice bunt," (the numbers show that historically, it doesn't pay off) the A's have gone to the playoffs year after year. Beane refuses to draft players out of high school, because they haven't faced enough real competition to determine, statistically, if they will be any good. It's only in college and the minor leagues that players compile meaningful stats.

Not much money in Moneyball, just great writing, and a terrific story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thinking outside the box
Michael Lewis deftly inserted himself into the A's front office to find out how a professional baseball team with a $40 million payroll can win 102 games and consistently 90 or more wins in subsequent years and compete with teams like the New York Yankees who have payrolls exceeding $130 million.

What he reveals is that by approaching baseball in a more rational, analytical way and doing away with all the traditional conventions, you can compete with anyone who doesn't do the same. Too many GMs and coaches are seduced by speed, home runs, and batters who swing at bad pitches when the simple truth of it is that in baseball the most precious thing you have are your three outs per inning. Anything that risks losing one or more of those outs is something you should avoid. As a long-time fan of the game, it's hard for me to swallow some of the anti-traditional things Lewis describes in this book. But the proof is in the pudding as they say and the A's success over the past several years is hard to argue with.

The focus of the book is A's GM Billy Beane, a former A's player himself who had a world of talent but could not transform that talent into a Hall of Fame career. He didn't have certain intangibles that are needed. Beane now recognizes those talents in the players he drafts, recruits and trades for. Beane's obsessive personality and unorthdox ways make for interesting reading. He's a man who seems horribly tortured by the game and yet thrives on his success in the game as well.

There are excellent mini-biographies in the book including one on A's first baseman, Scott Hatteberg, a Red Sox catcher who was thought all but done with baseball after he ruptured a nerve in his throwing arm. The A's reclamation project recognized a diamond in the rough and brought him aboard to train him as a first baseman, mostly so they could benefit from Hattie's shrewd batting.

Chad Bradford, the A's middle relief pitcher with the unorthodox pitching style and uncanny ability to get outs, is also profiled. A's minor league phenom Jeremy Brown, a former University of Alabama catcher who broke all sorts of NCAA records but wouldn't get a look from most pro teams, is also profiled. You get the sense from this book that there IS no traditional upbringing for a pro baseball player. The A's unusual collection of "misfits" all came from different backgrounds and most have taken a rather odd path to success.

This book is a great insiders look at a pro baseball team and how they approach the game from a very unique perspective. The most fascinating thing of it is, the A's didn't invent what they're doing at all. They're exploiting baseball wisdom that was anyone's for the taking for the past 30 years. You just need to know where to look.

If you're a baseball fan or just someone who can appreciate creativity and ingenuity in a world that promotes imitation, you'll enjoy this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lewis Played Like a Banjo
Michael Lewis seems unaware that the A's front office is hamming it up in front of him. Poor journalism if he couldn't figure it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reading!
"Moneyball" is an oustanding read if your are interested in baseball, economics, and or statistics. Michael Lewis does a great job telling the story of the Oakland A's and just why a team with one of the smallest payrolls in baseball has compiled one of the best records. This was a book that I found almost impossible to put down and I know that everyone at work got sick of me talking about it, but it was fascinating!! Don't miss reading this one!! ... Read more


169. Don't Know Much About the Bible (Don't Know Much About)
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Nine out of ten Americans own a Bible, but how much do they know about the one book that has influenced human history more than any other? Don't Know Much About® the Bible by New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis is designed to illuminate everything we need to know about the Good Book but never learned. With wit, authority, and intelligence, Davis brings the world of the Old and New Testaments to vivid life, setting the panorama of the Scriptures against the historical events that shaped them; clearing up misconceptions and mistranslations; summarizing Bible stories, parables, and miracles; and adding fresh new insights to the world's most owned, least understood book.

Davis is uniquely qualified for the assignment. The creator of the bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, he now illuminates the bestselling book of all time, using his inimitable question-and-answer approach and providing a key to the people, places, and "household names" we need to unlock "The Greatest Story Ever Told." Writes Davis, "I believe people are starved for knowledge. They just want it in a more appealing style than the way it was presented back in school."

Relying on up-to-date research and improved translations, Davis sets out to uncover what the Bible says--and doesn't say. Don't Know Much About® the Bible is the result of his efforts and includes the following observations: There are two different Creation stories told in Genesis, but no apple in the Garden of Eden story. There was no "coat of many colors" in the story of Joseph and his jealous brothers, but rather a long-sleeved robe. Moses didn't write the Torah and he didn't part the Red Sea in his escape from Pharaoh. The Sixth Commandment does not condemn all killing. King David probably didn't kill Goliath and didn't write the Psalms. Jesus wasn't born on Christmas.

Davis brings readers up-to-date on findings gleaned from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gnostic Gospels that prompt serious scholars to ask such questions as: Who wrote the Bible? Did Jesus say everything we were taught he did? Did he say more? By examining the Bible historically, Davis also shows which biblical teachings may have suited an ancient, semi-nomadic world but no longer apply to life at the dawn of the twenty-first century. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A historical approach to the Bible
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One," ISBN:1591133343)

From the reader's perspective, the Bible is less than user-friendly. It is a mishmash of different styles, winding narratives, and often disconnected directives. However, that does not diminish its importance. For believers and non-believers alike, the ideas of Judeo-Christianity have shaped the modern world.

Author Kenneth C. Davis has done a superb job of laying out the key stories of the Bible in a readily accessible, outline form. Along the way, he also points out certain contradictions of style, message, and chronology. Some fundamentalist readers will no doubt find these sections disturbing. However, the author is merely demonstrating that the Bible, while divinely inspired, was written by human hands.

There are some truly fascinating facts and insights contained in this book, such as:

-The command from the prophet Ezra which was extremely UN-family friendly

-The influence of foreign cultures on the early Israelites

-The underappreciated heroines of the Bible, such as Ruth and Deborah

If you found yourself bored or baffled by Sunday school, then you owe it to yourself to purchase this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very balanced look at the Bible
It's telling that some of the reviewers of this book feel that Davis is condemning the Bible and other reviewers feel that he has a sympathetic view towards the Bible. That's because this is not a religious book per se. It isn't written with the aim to present a particular view. Instead, this is simply a fairly balanced look at what the Bible actually says. What the reader wishes to believe is a decision left to the reader. This attempt at being an objective view of the scriptures is unique amongst most books on religious matters, which often have a particular point of view.

Kenneth Davis writes well, and the book is an easy read. Certainly much easier to wade through than the Bible. So if you've not familiar with the Bible, this would serve as a good starting point. You can then go to the Bible on the points that are of greatest interest.

My only real complaints with the book are that 1) the book doesn't always give specific verse numbers with its presentations, making the reader do a little unnecessary work in tracking down the passage. And 2) it doesn't go into enough detail on some of the more interesting topics. Perhaps it could have been divided into a version for each testament.

I'd give it 4 1/2 stars were that choice available.

4-0 out of 5 stars More Questions than Answers
As a teenager, I am just beginning to understand the deeper points of the Bible. I found this book informative and inspiring. As a former member of a rather conservative youth group, I appreciate the more historical perspective of the book. It helps me immensely to look beyond the literal interpretation and to look to the fact that these were men of different times who felt spiritually inspired. More questions are asked than answered, which to some would be the downfall of the book but to me seems one of its greatest strengths. By asking questions and not definitely answering it keeps the reader from defined explanations for the phenomenal happenings that we may never understand. I felt that the author picked apart the Bible in an effort to prevent new Christians from becoming to fundamentalist in their beliefs. The biased view may stem from the desire to counteract the closemindedness that some Christians are associated with today. Although many critics have stated the author "Does not know much about the Bible," how much do any of truly know. If anything this book, if read with the right attitude, helps the reader to gain a better understanding of the background of the people and times of the Bible and the ultimate importance of personal sprituality when one searches for answers. Answers about the Supreme have been searched for since the beggining of time- it is begging too much of the author to expect all of the answers in one book.

1-0 out of 5 stars More Potential For Harm Than Good
I had just completed reading the NIV Bible when I received this book as a gift from a very well meaning and beloved family member. When I began to read the book, my religious sensibilities were offended. However, I decided to give it a chance and use it as an 'issues' study guide to send me back into scripture to research the referenced passages. This solution worked at first but I soon became frustrated with the author's approach. After reading about one-third of the book, and sampling the rest, I decided not to waste any more of my time. With my decision to stop reading, I concluded the following: at best, the book is unreasonably controversial for obvious commercial reasons and; at worst, if taken to heart, could cause believers to question their Faith, and non-believers to stop any further search for Faith. In my opinion, the book accomplishes this by quoting from various conflicting sources, quoting out of context, quoting non-scholars and scholars alike, and including questionable interpretations or conclusions; all of which serves to raise scripture issues while providing no apparent disposition. In this sense, it misses a real opportunity to provide meaningful insight to the legitimate questions that one would expect from an historical document that has survived the test of time like no other document in world history. The book correctly points out that the bible was written by various authors and scribes; that it has survived multiple translations into multiple languages from ancient times to today; and that the translators have been challenged by changes in and between various cultures over time. The problem with the book is not that it raises questions (rightly or wrongly), but that it does next to nothing in terms of providing qualitative insight to the answers. Rather, in many cases, it treats the questions with flippant disrespect and leaves the reader hanging with the impression that the most revered book of all time is a compilation of myth, fabrication, propaganda and hoax. It is important to note that, fortunately, for the serious reader, there is a vast amount of authoritative biblical research material available. Based on what I have read, even the most critical of scholars concede to the basic truths of the bible (particularly those in the New Testament).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro to the Bible
I am about half way through this book, and am enjoying it immensely. It is lucidly written, and for that reason is highly accessible. Read it recognizing its purpose--this is not an in depth analysis that one would delve into for a Theology degree. But it's a great intro to the Bible for those of us who want to know more without becoming highly scholarly about it.
I disagree with some of the other reviews, stating that Mr. Davis is Christian-centric--I feel he works hard in many, many instances to contrast the Christian with Jewish versions of text, and with other aspects of how Christians or Jews might view one or another of his discussion.

Trying to speak in an evenhanded manner to both Christian and Jewish experiences, the author tends toward interpreting the Bible as a literary text full of beauty and metaphor. I'm not surprised that, as some of the reviews reflect, the book is not for Fundamentalists. No, it's not aimed at that group. For some of us, that's a plus. ... Read more


170. The Lessons of History
by Will Durant, Ariel Durant, Grover Gardner
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The Lessons of History is a profound yet accessible distillation of the vital lessons derived from the famed historians' five decades of research and reflection on philosophy and the history of humankind. It is based on The Story of Civilization, the 11-volume masterpiece of world history for the general reader. This revised and expanded edition, available only on audio, includes two previously unpublished essays. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful
After finishing the ten volumes of "The History of Civilization", Will and Ariel Durant went back revising and taking notes from their monumental work and produced this insightful essay.

The goal was not to summarize 3,421 years of recorded history in a hundred pages. That would have been silly. The goal was to give some thought to what means to study history; how important is to know our heritage; can we understand our nature and the relations between individuals or between groups or nations just by analysing the past; can the acumulated human experience tell us where are we heading to?

The book was first published in 1968, the worse phase of the cold war, when any perspective of future seemed rather dark and the uncertainties of the period certainly permeate the book.

The book might be considered biased and conservative but that is fair game since the authors warn us about that on the first chapter, "Hesitations". "Historian are not free from bias and prejudice", they say and "most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice".

The book was written with great care. The sentences are powerful, elegant, concise and insightful. It brings noteworthy quotes and is itself very quotable. A book to be read and appreciated several times.

Leonardo Alves - January 2001

5-0 out of 5 stars A Profound insight into the nature of man.
This book was assigned reading for an MBA program I took in 1983.For the first time I was presented with the ideas that described how we fit in the universe along with why we behave as we do.I was in my late 30's , an engineer by trade.I knew the historical behavior patterns of our numerous societies over the spectrum of recorded history, yet had failed to reduce these observations to a lowest common denominator.

Will and Ariel Durant segment our history and nature into basic, simple to read chapters, that explain in simple terms how societies have strived to achieve the Utopias we all dream of.

I was stunned at how history repeats itself and humbled at the fact that "the foibles of mans dreams" are the same today as they were a thousand years ago.

If your ego has convinced you that solutions to the challenges of society are within the grasp of our lives today,don't read this book!

On the other hand,if you are prepared to recognize that our species is nothing more than 4000 years of recorded history compared with 14,000,000 years of evolutionary development,sit back and enjoy!

This is not a book for individuals who have "new PC ideas as to the nature of mankind".They will find that their ideas are same-o,same-o.

Will and Ariel summerize a huge work in one volume that can be read in a day.

5-0 out of 5 stars A once-in-a-lifetime foundation reading, get it used


This is the first book that I discuss in my national security lecture on the literature relevant to strategy & force structure. It is a once-in-a-lifetime gem of a book that sums up their much larger ten volume collection which itself is brilliant but time consuming. This is the "executive briefing."

Geography matters. Inequality is natural. Famine, pestilence, and war are Nature's way of balancing the population.

Birth control (or not) has *strategic* implications (e.g. see Catholic strategy versus US and Russian neglect of its replenishment among the higher social and economic classes).

History is color-blind. Morality is strength. Worth saying again: morality is strength.

See my various lists. This book, John Lewis Gaddis on "The Landscape of History", and Stewart Brand "The Clock of the Long Now" are among my "top ten of all time".

5-0 out of 5 stars What Does History teach us?
The Durant's show us that of all we might learn from History;the one thing it can't do is to help us predict the future.Even the Durant's were tempted to try in 1968 to predict the impact that lower birth rates would have in the US {see pg 23} totally missed the mark.They also had no insight into the collapse of Communism especially the speed.I do not fault them on this .Maybe they made these points to show how futile prediction really is despite an in depth knowledge of History.I think their line "There is no certainty that the future will repeat th past.Every year is an adventure" {pg 88}.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some lessons learned
Will and Ariel Durant wrote a massive eleven-volume history, The Story of Civilization. After they finished volume ten -- which was to be the last - they came out with this brief work. (In 1975 they produced the final volume in the series, The Age of Napoleon). Although this series is not considered by professional historians to be a great work of history, the Durants' love of history is evident on every page. I read most of them in high school and college, and they help inspire a life-long interest history.

The Lessons of History consists of a number of short chapters, in which the Durants summarize what their study of history revealed on various themes, such as war, morals, government, religion, etc. Although certainly not a profound work, it contains a number of insights. For example, the discussion of the lineage of communism is quite interesting. On the other hand, the Durants strike me as having been moderately left of center, and some of their arguments in favor of government regulation of the economy don't convince me. They appear somewhat more conservative on morals, and there is a good discussion on how war negatively impacts traditional morality. The discussion of religion is somewhat ambiguous, perhaps reflecting Will Durant, who studied for the priesthood, became an atheist, and died an agnostic.

This work came out in 1968, and the Durants make a couple of predictions which didn't exactly come true. They argue that by 2000 the Roman Catholic Church will be politically dominant in the US. In addition, they expressed the commonplace idea in the 60s that the Soviet Union and the United States were coming closer together and would eventually meet in the middle. ... Read more


171. Tender Warrior
by Stu Weber
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King. Warrior. Mentor. Friend. Stu Weber paints a dramatic and compelling picture of balanced manhood according to God's blueprint. A Tender Warrior is what every woman dreams of for a husband, every boy desires to be, and every man yearns most to develop within himself. Spoken in a warm, personal style, Weber presents the characteristics of tender warriors-including watching out for what lies ahead, keeping commitments, and learning to speak the language of women-in an upfront, straightforward style that challenges readers to realize God's plan for men. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A must for new husbands or fathers.
Tender Warrior provides excellent insights into God's vision for man. It discusses a mans role as a Christian, a husband, and a father. The stories relaying the authors personal experiences add significantly to the book. This is an easy read from start to finish. It can also be read a section at a time. I would recommend that it be read twice. Once for pure reading enjoyment and a second time to pause and ponder the messages and how they may help to improve your life with God, your spouse, and your children. Locking Arms by Stu Weber is also a fine book. It is a good follow-up to Tender Warrior.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now I know!
Stu Weber's writing indicates that he is a man - a true man - a man like God intended man to be. I always knew in my heart what I am looking for in a partner. However, after reading Tender Warrior I can actually put words to those thoughts having the confidence that what I am writing is not a 'hairy fairy' thing but qualities based on God's own character. I have come out of this reading experience with a better assurance that I will be able to more quickly realize if I should invest in a particular friendship with the view that this person could be my partner for life. I recommend this book to every woman, married or single. Thanks Stu for your openess, honesty and desire to impart to others.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essence of a True Man
This book has been a very inspirational tool and a guiding light for how I strive to live as a man of Christ. Drawn from the Word, Stu Weber writes about manhood. Not the manhood under attack today on TV and in the media, but the real Godly truth. He proves and speaks of the responsibility given to man by God, and all the roles that we play while upon the earth. You will have goosebumps from cover to cover and in the end, you will challenge yourself to be the man you know you are meant to be. Tender Warrior will become a cornerstone in you Christian library.

5-0 out of 5 stars WANT TO BE A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR (READ THIS BOOK)
What is a real man,are you one? Want to be your wife or girlfriends Knight in Shining armor? Than read this book and buy one for your men friends.it will change your life.
Stu Weber is a mans-man,true down to earth biblical principals. Men if there are any two books that you should own first of course is the Holy Bible and this would be my second choice.
It will make you a better man,husband &father.
Thank you Stu Weber for this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars a great book--if you like this kinda stuff
I have never really understood the need some people have for focusing on and gaining a deeper understanding of gender issues. That said, of all the books I have encountered on the subject, Stu Weber's "Tender Warrior" is filled with the least pop-psychology claptrap. Instead, he presents a solid, lucid portrait of Biblical manhood. The anecdotes Weber relates are some of the main attractions here--they are very humorous and insightful. If this book is your kind of thing, then I recommend it heartily to you. ... Read more


172. Waking from the Trance: A Practical Course on Developing Multidimensional Awareness
by Stephen Wolinsky
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Waking from the Trance
By Stephen Wolinsky

Have you ever felt that your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and memories – everything you’ve known to be "you" – might be just the surface of something far more expansive? That somehow, there might be a way to "wake up" to an entirely new revelation of the world and of yourself? In 1977, a young psychotherapist named Stephen Wolinsky left his practice to answer these questions. His search would lead him beyond the roots of modern psychology and the contemplative traditions of the world to India’s legendary sage Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. On Waking from the Trance, you are invited to learn what evolved from Wolinsky’s quest: a revolutionary new understanding of the nature of consciousness that can help us to see beyond the inner structures that limit our awareness.
Here is an opportunity to join the author of Trances People Live in nine hours of compelling instruction and exercises to help you learn how to identify the "frames" that organize your most basic experiences ... extend your awareness to every level of who you are ... and, ultimately, to discover who you are beyond your thoughts, emotions, memories, associations, and perceptions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent set of tapes to get you to awareness
I have listened to the set of tapes several times.

I find Dr. Wolinsky easy to understand and find his method of going through the different dimensions (external, mind/thoughts, body, feelings/emotions) to be a uncomplicated way of understanding the different levels and getting to the I; the not I, I; the essence and the void.

I recommend it highly for those interested in pursuit of the self, essence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Simplification of "The Way of the Human"
I have read all books of Dr. Wolinsky, "Waking from the Trance" is not an exeption of the seriousness of his writing. This is a book for anyone seeking a meaningful path in life without distortions and sweet tells, a guide for personal transformation that can literally change your life.
The purpose of this work is to summarize the development of multy-dimensional awarenes which can help you discover Who You Are. Dr. Wolisky is one of the few lucky people to encounter Nisargadatta Maharaj on his way to selfrealization, and this is the fruit of his pure teaching ... Read more


173. The Partly Cloudy Patriot
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In The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell -- widely hailed for her inimitable narratives on public radio's This American Life -- ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else? What is it about the Zen of foul shots? And, in the title piece, why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot?

Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Those Lacking a Sense of Humor Need Not Apply
I got this book on CD from the library and have since purchased it for several friends.As funny as the book is, hearing her say the words aloud is even better.Her voice has this unaffected, almost uninterested quality that drives home her point all the more.

Her writing runs from hysterically funny (the toutist in Salem looking for a witch trivet) to touching (description of teenagers practicing what to do if a classmate begins shooting).

Make no mistake--this is not an unbiased retelling of history, but rather a (reluctantly) self-proclaimed history buff who shares her experiences and point of view on history.Her voice is unique and hysterically funny.I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read - Even Better "Hear"
Sarah Vowell is a particularly cynical and yet sometimes hilariously funny author who can fill the mind with imagery with a single two word phrase like "Nerd Isreal".In this book she explores her own particular brand of patriotism and her point of view on history and the world now.The book is an interesting, albeit short read that captivated me and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.However, to truly get the voice of this book, one should definitely listen to any of Vowell's past readings on NPR.Her voice, her particular way of flatly stating the absurd in her (sorry, Sarah) nasal overtones brings the reader fully into the book.If you can imagine her reading the book to you, it brings it into a whole new dimension.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great spokeswoman for nerds and leftist patriots
I whipped through this collection of essays in about three days with little effort.Sarah Vowell is a completely unapologetic nerd and left wing patriot, and writes on subjects as diverse as Al Gore, Tom Landry, a lunchroom 700 feet below sea level at Carlsbad Caverns, Pop-A-Shot Basketball, Tom Cruise, and Gettysberg.

While some of the essays are more personal diversions, such as the one describing her life as a twin, a common theme through the book is her love of the USA and her desire to learn as much as this country as possible.I had to admire the fact that even though George W. Bush is the brunt of jokes throughout this book, she describes how proud she was to sing The National Anthem at George W. Bush's first inauguration, while other dissenters remained silent.

Vowell always seems to have a unique insight on something, and provides commentary on details few ever really notice. It isn't really deep analysis, but entertaining and insightful.However, if Al Gore had taken Ms. Vowell's advice, it's a good chance he would have become The President, in my opinion.

For nerdy, left-wing patriots such as myself, give it an extra 1/2 star.

1-0 out of 5 stars I just don't get it.
I dont know why this book got so many good reviews. Some parts of the book are funny but for the most part I found it to be whiny and pointless. I thought I was getting a history book that may have some interesting stories in it.Instead I got a book on current events with the theme Republican's are evil.In general I found this book to be yucky and depressing.

Also I think Sarah watches too many movies because every other page is a reference to one. Then she has to explain why the reference is significant and by the time she gets back to what she was talking about I found myself yearning for her to come to the point already. Then I discovered there really was no point.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!
I read a book review via the Onion about Sarah Vowel and I was interested.I had heard her before on NPR, but I didn't know she was an author also.I checked this out at the library and was absolutely surprised that this book was as clever and charming as all the reviews said.

Just by the title I had thought that this was going to be another one of those boring political supposed-to-be-satire type books (a-la Al Franken), but it was hilarious with very intelligent themes.I couldn't wait to finish reading this book after the first couple of pages! ... Read more


174. Wild At Heart Audio : Discovering The Secret of A Man's Soul
by John Eldredge
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-17)
Publisher: Nelson Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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This breakout bestseller continues to have a powerful impact on the lives of both men and women who read it. In response to overwhelming demand is is now available in an audio format. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Radically Refreshing & Biblically Grounded
John Eldredge's WILD AT HEART is one of the most refreshing and radical books that I have read. Why are so many men unhappy, un-fulfilled, in jobs they hate, and in marriages that are dead? WILD AT HEART seeks to answer those questions and restore the passion and God-given masculinity that so many men in today's world, and church, are missing.

Some wrongly criticize WILD AT HEART, believing Eldredge is offering up macho, dim-witted masculine bravado, or they believe that this work will be a free pass for men to leave marriages in the dust on a search for lost dreams. Eldredge will have none of that, and says himself in the book that such men are "deceived about what it is they really want, what they are made for." Don't be fooled by the various criticisms that ignore Eldredge's real meaning. A real man's desires are shaped by the Lord.

Instead, WILD AT HEART is about restoring a Godly dream in the soul of a man. A desire to truly be a man, rather than a softened-neutered-nice-but-restrained-guy that the world has somehow dictated that Christian males should be. Nice men may be socially acceptable but in creating them we have snuffed out the very fire that God would have us fan in our pursuit of Him.

This is an attempt to re-kindle that flame. To restore the three longings that are at the core of each man: a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. Eldredge's arguments are firmly planted in Biblical principles, as well as his past personal experience. His writing style is very easy going, and he uses a lot of illustrations from popular culture, which makes the reading fun. I believe this book is an awesome wake up call to the church. For too long men have weakened themselves by ignoring our God-created passions. WILD AT HEART shows us how to restore them, and challenges us to take the right risks and live the adventure. It may be a bit scary (after all, did God give Abraham a risk-free offer on his call to leave Ur?), but there's no other way to reach the real fulfillment that God would have us find. I'm not a big fan of "men's books," but this is one that I am so glad that I did not miss. You shouldn't either. FIVE STARS.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential Read For Men...and Women
Following closely on the heels of his magnificent *Journey of Desire*, John Eldredge has written the "men's book" of the ages. In addition, female readers will not only gain insight into masculinity but will discover much about themselves and how God - and their men - play a role in their own personal dramas.

Much will be said and written about this book, but one aspect that merits particular emphasis is Eldredge's uncanny ability to discern from the play of children the immense "Story" that God has placed humanity in - a story filled with heroes and villains, damsels in distress, sacrifice, and a happily everafter. The author demonstrates to the reader how little boys and girls innately understand the power of (and need for) a "battle to be fought, an adventure to be experienced, and a Beauty to be won." Such is the life at the heart of the Christian gospel. After all, Jesus himself said regarding children, "of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Another key tenant of the book is that men and women must go to God individually, and not to each other, to gain validation. Eldredge stresses that true masculinity is "bestowed" from father to son. He poignantly explains, too, how Christ can take up the "initiation" of a wounded man into the fulness of masculinity (a special highlight is his inclusion of Ezra Pound's forgotten poem "The Goodly Frere", which offers an engagingly different picture of Jesus).

Along the way Eldredge summarily debunks the "precept and principle" philosophies (which includes Promise Keepers) that have unwittingly robbed the Christian faith of its vitality. No "twelve steps" here - the focus is on life, not formulas. Filled with humor and remarkable frankess, this is a heart-warming challenge to join God in a wild, gut-wrenching, but ultimately triumphant battle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Has its moments, but mostly empty
As much as John Eldridge holds himself out to be an example of "wild Christian men" I found myself not liking him very much at all. In one key passage, he describes wanting to walk out on his own wedding. The purpose of the passage is to illustrate (unconvincingly) that he was under the influence of Satan and therefore was able to call on Christ to make his wife seem appealing again.

Satan turns men into creeps, Jesus pulls them out. That's the underlying theme of the book, and in essence that's probably a truthful statement. But why oh why does Eldridge keep holding himself up as a role model when he's so obviously not an admirable character?

Wild At Heart could just as easily be titled, "My Fantasy Life as a Burly Film Character." Towards the end he even describes his wife gifting him with a sword, along with a message describing him as a Braveheart. So the man went to grad school on someone else's dime and became a counselor... yay. That's hardly wild.

The book does have some inspirational quotes, but mostly it's just phoney self-inflation. Eldridge comes across as the "poser" he so often denigrates in the text.

Read it, but only with a critical eye.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life changing and Fresh
Wild at Heart is by far the most life-changing, "hit the nail on the head" book I have ever read. John Eldredge offers up a thoughtful analysis of where men, especially Christian men, are today and what the heck is wrong. Before reading this book, I understood that there was a "boredom" in the hearts of most men. They are confined to a life of office work and an unwillingness to step outside of the box. Eldredge explained this notion to me and elaborated on it in his book, and I am confident that the Holy Spirit was talking through him when he wrote it. Eldredge shows how men try to force themselves into a safe world and how it ultimately leads to pain, sorrow, and sin. What he explains is that with Christ we are FREED from this and REGENERATED into a person who's mission is to follow Jesus into the wild of the world, into the dangerous parts. Perhaps his best connection, to me, is when he relates how C.S. Lewis depicted Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia as a lion who was not safe but good down to the bone. While some critics of the book bring up valid concerns, they wholly skip around what Eldredge is REALLY saying. Read the book, pray about it, and judge for yourself. God willing, I believe you will be a changed man (or woman!) afterward.

5-0 out of 5 stars John Eldridge is JUST a man
Please Ignore the "Star" rating - how unreal is this?

Hello - Reading Wild at heart for me has been an inspiration. Now my belief for where exactly inspiration comes from is my own so I don't claim anyone else will have the same experience from reading this book. I wont say here what the book is about as the other reviews will explain and the only way to really know is to read this book. What I will say is that John Eldridge is just a man and not perfect so don't expect this text to be so in every way. This book contains many references to Art and popular film as well as bible text including his and other thelogians interpretations. It is clearly written, non judgemental and challenges our everyday lives and culture. Eldridge uses biblical context rather than single bible verse to explain points, something I cherish as translation can sometimes overshadow meaning. ... Read more


175. Building Family Relationships
by Stephen R. Covey
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This program will help you and your family to:

* Prioritize your family in today's turbulent world;
* Build a happier and more effective family;
* Create more meaningful family relationships;
* Unite around a common purpose, vision, and mission;
* Enjoy more quality and quantity family time together;
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176. The Face
by Dean Koontz
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Catlog: Book (2003-05)
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Average Customer Review: 4.02 out of 5 stars
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The Face

Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wickedly funny, a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth.

He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship ofmillions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic “messages” breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of hislegendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim’s fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim’s security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an
insidious killer—and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life. As a seemingly endless and ominous rain falls over southern California, Ethan will test the limits of perception and endurance in a world where the truth is as thin as celluloid and answers can be found only in the illusory intersection of shadow and light.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope.

Here a magnificent mansion is presided over by a Scottish force of nature known as Mrs. McBee, before whom all men tremble. A mad French chef concocts feasts for the mighty and the malicious. Ming du Lac, spiritual adviser to the stars, has a direct line to the dead. An aptly named cop called Hazard will become Ethan’s ally, an anarchist will sow discord and despair, and a young boy named Fric, imprisoned by celebrity and loneliness, will hear a voice telling him of the approach of something unimaginably evil. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.


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4-0 out of 5 stars An uplifting jaunt into the supernatural
Dean Koontz is known for his defiance of genre, with story themes ranging from alien invasions, homicidal machines, ghosts, murderers, and the world of the spiritual. While his latest novel, The Face, feels somewhat more low key in comparison to his other recent novels, it still manages to retain that feel that anything could happen at any moment. It's this feeling that the unexpected and amazing lies around every corner that makes this book an easy read.

The story revolves around an ex-cop named Ethan Truman who is now the chief of security for the world's most famous movie star. When strange gifts and messages begin finding their way onto his employer's estate, Ethan is plunged into a world he never knew existed, but that is closer to him than he could possibly imagine. As usual, the character development is moderate to good, and the characters themselves are fully fleshed out (most noticeable among them is young Aelfric Manheim, the son of the movie star himself, who is the latest in a long line of great child characters found in Koontz stories). Even the villain of the piece, Corky Laputa, is interesting and fun to read about. And hey, you'd be evil, also, if your parents named you that.

Koontz's lyrical writing style helps keep things fresh. It's always interesting to see what new metaphors he'll throw in. And while the story takes place over the course of only two days, there are so many characters and so many different events happening that it feels like weeks have passed by the time you reach the end. This can also be a drawback to some readers. Because the story moves slow and takes its time, some less patient readers might give up. The story does pick up near the end, however, and the theme of the novel is uplifting enough to make it feel more than worthwhile.

This is a book for fans of Christian and spiritual fiction who want to branch out into more mainstream novels. I wouldn't necesarily suggest it to horror fans, as there isn't much to make you shiver here until almost the story's climax. All in all, though, this is a safe story with moderate violence and tasteful dialogue. If you're a longtime Koontz fan, or looking for a good book to pick up and read off and on, you couldn't do much better than Dean Koontz's The Face.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Can See Terror Coming, but You Can't Stop It
This book is one of Koontz' best. The beginning was a little slow to take off, but I was hooked around page 50 or so, and could barely keep from flipping to the end to see how it all ended. What impressed me most about this book was the outstanding ending, with more than one of those twists that many authors try to put into a book, but here they are all successful.

Channing Mannheim is the highest paid actor in the world. Handsome to the point where he is called "The Face," he lives a life style that none of us can imagine. Surrounded constantly by bodyguards, servants, and various hangers-on, he is the epitome of the rich and famous. While Channing is mentioned frequently throughout the book, we meet this world-famous man personally but once. However, we lack not for principal characters. The most important are Aelfric (who likes to be called Fric) Mannheim, Channing's 10-year-old and somewhat normal son, Ethan Truman, a former police officer, now head of Channing's security and married to the late Hannah Truman, Corky Laputa, anarchist extraordinaire, and Dunny Whistler, once (and perhaps always) Ethan's best friend, though turned to a life of crime before he died.

While these four characters are the focus of the multiple chapters, Koontz does his very best to complicate the story by introducing a host of secondary characters. The characters are described in sufficient depth to enhance your understanding of the personalities of the principal characters, and while the complexity of the story challenges the ability to keep track of who's who, in general I was able to stay on top of what was happening in the story.

With all these characters running about, there must be an interesting story here, and there is. To describe the happenings in detail would give away too much, so I offer a flavor. The reader quickly finds out that Corky has a good acquaintance by the name of Rolf Reynard. Rolf is supposed to be leaving mysterious packages at the estate of Channing Mannheim, but he makes a big mistake and Mannheim's security spots him on camera. Let the weirdness begin.

We are quickly lured into a world inhabited by some of the strangest, and often some of the most chilling, people and events of any Koontz book. A man walks from a mirror. Anarchists plot to sow disorder on the world by killing and trying to cause racial unrest and unrest in general. Any opportunity to increase anger by one neighbor toward another is taken. We also discover that these anarchists have an evil in them that may be more responsible for their enjoyment of chaos than a dislike for order. Dead men may walk. A central character is killed, or is he? We come face to face with unspeakable evil. We meet ultimate good. Koontz has managed to cram a lot into 600 pages of reading pleasure.

Koontz has a history of unsatisfying endings. This book is proof that when Koontz comes up with a good ending, it can be a great ending. While I had predicted portions of the ending, much of it, including most of the key aspects, was a total surprise. Portions of the last part of the book were worthy of James Bond. I suspect that this book would make an excellent movie. I plan to go see it, as it inevitably will become a movie.

Koontz has written all types of books, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, thrillers, and just plain weird books. This book is a supernatural horror story, and a very good one. While the action is steady and paced versus a roller coaster ride, it is like the long, long climb to the top of a single steep hill. While the wait can seem endless, the drop at the end is worth it. Fans of Koontz will find this to be one of Koontz' best. Fans of horror novels will enjoy the novel ending. Excellent reading here!

4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific read! Really made me cry!
Koontz really made it a great read with this one! Evil and scary all at the same time! It's almost as good as the new author's book I have just read-Evil Debts by Terse Skirritt! Now there was a scary and surrealistic story to be had! Couldn't put it down-alot like this book! I was constantly looking over my shoulder the entire time! Read this book by Koontz but give Evil Debts a try-you might find you like it better!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must Read
WOW! Just finished the book, grabbed me and wouldn't let go, cried my eyes out at the end, page after page of tears!! Absolutely the best book ever! To all Koontz fans this is a 'must read' to all other readers, your about to become a FAN!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Koontz' best book...ever! Amazing, outstanding, terrifying, fabulous...down right evil! ... Read more


177. The Client
by JOHN GRISHAM
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Asin: 0553700588
Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 980604
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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In a weedy lot on the outskirts of memphis, twoboys watch a shiny Lincoln pull upt ot thecurb...Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brotherwere sharing a forbidden cigarrette when a chanceencounter with a suicidal laywer left Mark knowinga bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts ofthe most sought-after dead body in America.

Now Mark is caught between alegal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate tocover up his crime. And his only ally is a womannamed Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all offour years.
Prosecutors are willing to break all the rules to makeMark talk. The mob will stop at nothing to keep himquiet. And Reggie will do anything to protect herclient -- even take a last, desperate gamble thatcould win Mark his freedom... or cost them boththeir lives. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Grisham¿s worst.
I was extremely disappointed in this book. Grisham, who is one of my favorite authors, spews out this terrible book for no reason. In a contrived, boring, unbelievable story, Grisham goes through the motions in this long, drowned out novel.

A young boy, from a poor trailer family, tries to intervene in a suicide, only to be caught in a web of secrets concerning the missing body of a Senator. With the mob, FBI, and an old boring lawyer, the very young boy, who Grisham portrays as the smartest, most cunning person ever for some odd reason, has to endure a lot of annoying stuff in order to get to an ending that everyone, but Grisham, knew was going to happen.

A poor boy finds out a secret that puts his life in danger from the mob. Sounds like the perfect solution would be the witness protection program? Guess what, that is the ending. Of course, for some reason Grisham goes about in the most roundabout, superfluous way. There was no story here.

This book is pointless, boring, repetitive, and the young kid, who Grisham accidentally blessed with a superhuman intelligence and an amazing ability to annoy, absolutely kills it.

I have no idea what Grisham was thinking when he was writing this book. I could not recommend this at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Client
The Client is a really good book. Yet, it was really short.I think I read it in a couple of days. The bad thing about it was the ending. It didn't explain much of what happened.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grisham, You Could Do Better
Grisham writes good books, but this one is exceptional. This is an exception to his other books. This book is INCREDIBLY unrealistic. This book is very good, but unrealistic. Don't let my opinion change your mind. If you want this book, go ahead. Just be prepared, it is not realistic at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book was set in a little town. This was a very well written book about a teen who watches a man kill himself. This is not such a big deal, until they find out that he is defending a man on trial for the murder of Senator Boyd Boyette. The little boy and the murder are the only people now that know where the body is buried. The boy is being threatned and questioned by many police officers. The boy has grown up in a trailer park with his mother and his little brother. He hires an attorney. The attorney defends him and then she outsmarts the authorties. They tried to question him without the consent of his mother. The ending of the story is the best. It was a very good book.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a cool book!
I really thought that this was a cool book! I had seen parts of the movie first and I think that that might have made it seem more real. I really enjoyed this book and I recomend it to mystery lovers! ... Read more


178. Vital Information: For NBCC and State Counselor Examination
by Howard G. Rosenthal
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Catlog: Book (1993-01)
Publisher: Accelerated Development
Sales Rank: 578402
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This set is composed of three resources by Howard Rosenthal - the Encyclopedia of Counseling, Review Questions for NBCC and State Counselor Examination, Second Edition, and Vital Information for NBCC and State Counselor Examination, Second Edition ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How I passed the NCE in one shot!
This anthology and the accompanying audio tapes were the key to passing this dreaded licensure requirement for Mental Health Counselors.I sat between two classmates at my exam.Each had used other preperatory books and even taken classes only to fail the exam in pior attempts.One of these friends had failed several times!By using these tools consistently for the three months prior to sitting for the exam, I not only passed but I scored quite highly.Not bad considering I have been test anxious all of my student life.I cannot recommend these tools too highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Class Act!
I was studying for the National Counselor Examination and a librarian told me that Dr. Rosenthal's Book the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNSELING and his audio cassette preparation guide continue to be the top sellers on the market.Then I spoke to somebody marketing a different brand of study guide and even she recommended his materials in addition to her own! This book contains a wealth of information about every area you will encounter on the exam.Rosenthal packs a ton of material into 900 questions and answers, so that even the questions and the wrong answers impart key information.He also reveals some terrific memory devices.He writes the book like he is talking to you which makes sense since his bio indicates he has a lot of public speaking experience. For me, this helped fight boredom.I've never felt compelled to write a review on a book prior to this, however, this unusually lively book really delivers on its promise.If you look at the price of competitive study guides I think you'll agree that this gem would be a bargain even at twice the price you will pay.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rosenthal's Encyclopedia
I have passed the PCLE, the Ohio counselor's exam drawn from a Texasdata-base.While I thought the book was excellent, few of theexasperatingly subtle, tricky and trivial questions on the PCLE related toquestions-and-answers from Rosenthal's book.Hopefully, the book is betterfor the National Counselor's Exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rosenthal's Encyclopedia of Counseling
I just passed the Ohio professional counselor's exam. I credit this in no small way to the time saving format of this book. I believe that it helped boost my score by at least 10%.

5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive tutorial for those taking the NCE
I am taking the NCE in April and have been studying with Rosenthal's "Encyclopedia" for about three weeks.Already, my test anxiety has decreased and I feel more prepared to take the exam.The format of thebook is in question/answer format, which does not give readers a very goodoutline to study from.It does however allow for an interactive reviewwhere you can guage your preparedness by the number of question you aregetting correct.There are countless study guides and course out therethat will charge $500 for a weekend.I would forget about all of those andget this review. ... Read more


179. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel
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An exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, Longitude is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd.It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

For centuries, the determination of longitude was thought to be an impossibility.Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land.

The quest for a solution had occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom -- £20,000, or about $12,000,000 in today's currency -- to anyone whose method or device proved successful.Countless quacks weighed in with preposterous suggestions.

Then one man -- an unschooled woodworker named John Harrison -- dared to imagine a mechanical solution, a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land.Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing subject, fascinating story
With "Longitude" Dava Sobel has written a very interesting book about the greatest scientific problem of the 18th century.

As a result of the 1707-shipwreck story (with a loss of 4 out of the 5 ships), the English Parliament offered in 1714 a 20.000 pounds reward to the person that could provide a practicable and useful way of determining longitude. (If you have forgot, longitude is the "lines" that runs from pole to pole). Not being able to determining longitude was a great problem. Ships spent excessive time trying to find its way back to port, or worse men, ship and cargo were lost at sea.

John Harrison (1693-1776) spent his lifetime trying to solve the longitude mystery. Harrison was a son of a countryman, with minimal schooling, and was self-educated in watch making. He made several timepieces, which all qualified for the reward, but the reward was delayed several times by the Longitude committee whom believed that other ways of measuring longitude were the preferred ones. Ultimately after a lot of harassment and trouble, Harrison was given the reward money.

Dava Sobel has done a wonderful job in this book, capturing Harrison's fascinating character, his brilliance, preserving and hard working nature. The author has also managed to strike a perfect balance between technical jargon and personal anecdotes, and she does it in such a way permitting the lay readers of the book to admire the elegance of Harrison's discoveries. I believe it is a sign of excellent quality when an author makes learning so interesting.

I was hooked from the first page of this book and I read it in 50-page gulps at a time.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars John Harrison--an extraordinary person
John Harrison (1693-1776) spent his lifetime inventing and perfecting a series of timepieces to measure longitude. As Dava Sobel relates in her engaging narrative, "Longitude," until the 18th century sailors navigated by following parallels of latitude and roughly estimating distance traveled east or west. Ships routinely missed their destinations, often taking excessive time to arrive or succumbing to reefs off fogbound shores. Thousands of sailors and tons of cargo were lost.

In 1714, England's Parliament offered £20,000 (the equivalent of about $12 million today) to anyone who provided a "practicable and useful" means of determining longitude. Countless solutions were suggested, some bizarre, some impractical, some workable only on land and others far too complex.

Most astronomers believed the answer lay in the sky, but Harrison, a clockmaker, imagined a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea. By knowing the exact times at the Greenwich meridian and at a ship's position, one could find longitude by calculating the time difference. However, most scientists, including Isaac Newton, discounted a clock because there were too many variables at sea. Changes in temperature, air pressure, humidity and gravity would surely render a watch inaccurate.

Harrison persisted. As Dava Sobel writes, he worked on his timepiece for decades, though he suffered skepticism and ridicule. Even after completing his timepiece, an instrument we now call a chronometer, in 1759, he underwent a long series of unfair trials and demonstrations. Ultimately he triumphed.

Sobel, a science writer who contributes to Audubon, Life, Omni and other magazines, captures John Harrison's extraordinary character: brilliant, persevering and heroic in the face of adversity. He is a man you won't forget.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brief but enjoyable
This slim volume tells the story of John Harrison who, although untrained, built four revolutionary clocks that changed how ships navigate at sea. It also tells about the political fight Harrison was forced to fight to win recognition for his work.

Written in a easy-to-read, "magazine" tone the tale goes quickly, whole years pass in a couple sentences. I wanted more details and this is where the book disappoints but it may not be the authors fault The book hints that many events weren't recorded and more details just aren't available.

One technical note: I think the font used in this tiny, five by eight inch book is a little small and the page numbers, even smaller, aren't readable at a glance. Or maybe I'm getting old.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great story, but BEWARE of inaccuracies in this book.
John Harrison completes his first pendulum clock in 1713 before the age of 20. He made the gears for this out of wood which was radical for such a use, but as a carpenter, perhaps not to him---which is a mark of genius, I'd say; to reach beyond accepted norms in this manner. This he did after borrowing a book on math and the laws of motion; which he copied word for word, making his own copy. He incorporated different varieties of wood into his clock for strenth and later invented a bi-metal pendulum to counteract the expansion and compression of various individual metals. He also employed friction-free movements so as to do away with problematic lubricants. When intrigued by the puzzle of time at sea and the issue of longitude he contemplated substituting something not prone to gravity, as a pendulum of course is, to track times passing. In 1737 he creates a cantilevered clock 4 foot square. This the longitude board (which had offered a cash bonus to anyone who could devise a method in which time at sea could be kept) admired. Four years later he returns with an improved model; then starts on a 3rd model, like the previous two, also a fairly large sized clock.But there exists a problem within this book: An artisan freemason by the name of John Jefferys at the Worshipful Company of clockmakers befriends Harrison and then later presents to him a pocket watch in 1753. Then in 1755, while still working on his 3rd model, Harrison says this to the Longitude board: I have..."good reason to think" on the basis of a watch "already executed that such small machines[he's referring to pocketwatches] may be of great service with respect to longitude." He then completes version 3 in 1759. His fourth version appears just a year later, however, and is a 5 inch wide pocketwatch! The obvious inference made by the author is that after he received the pocketwatch from Jeffreys he seemingly put his version #3 on the backburner and soon started on the pocketwatch 4th version. The author does not claim Harrison copied anything from the Jeffreys model, but she certainly phrases this section so as to lend one to believe that this may have been the case; that Jefferys had a hand in the masterstroke invention Harrison eventually produced in version #4. This is not true. Harrison commissioned the watch he received from Jeffreys and was based on Harrison's specifications. It seems that Harrison simply asked Jeffreys to test an idea which he himself hadn't the time to attack just then; as he was still working on his 3rd version of a table-top prototype clock. Hence Harrison's above statement to the board in 1755 whence his ideas were validated by Jeffreys. In addition, the author plays up the part of the Astronomer Royal's part in attempting to impede Harrison from convincing the longitiude board of the efficacy of a time-piece solution to this problem over a celestial answer to this conundrum. The author also jazzes up the issue of whether Harrison received the prize the board promised to pay for a successful solution herein; even though the board supported him for upwards of 20 years as he pursued this quest. It's as if the author intentionally omitted some facts (that the Jefferys was a Harrison commission), and pumped up others (of a rival/foil on the board trying to impede Harrison and the compensation issue; implying that Harrison was jipped) just to make the story more compelling. John Harrison's story, however, is extremely compelling as it is and didn't need this extra spice served up by the author.Do read this (very short) book on how this Mr. Harrison solved the problem of knowing where one is when at sea; and if you're in London, visit the Old Royal Observatory and the Clockmakers museum (in the Guildhall) where you can see Harrison's wonderful creations in person. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Man who Captured Time so Ships could Navigate Accurately
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Note: This review has been written from a city with the following position on Earth:

LATITUDE: (43 degrees 2 minutes North)
LONGITUDE: (81 degrees 9 minutes West).

In order to understand the significance of this remarkable book by Dava Sobel, the reader has to understand some words and phrases in the book's title and subtitle.

"Longitude" along with Latitude are two numbers along with compass directions that are used to fix the position of anything on the planet Earth (as in the note above). Lines of Latitude are the imaginary, parallel, horizontal lines circling the Earth with the equator (fixed by nature) being the "zero-degree parallel of latitude." Lines of Longitude or "meridians" are the imaginary lines that run top to bottom (north and south), from the Earth's North Pole to its South Pole with the "prime meridian" (established by political means) being the "zero-degree meridian of longitude." (Since the mid-1880s, the prime merdian has passed through Greenwich, England. Before this time, the imaginary line that passed through a ship's home port was usually used as the zero-degree meridian.)

Finding the latitude on land or at sea was easy and eventually a device was invented to make it even easier. But finding longitude, especially at sea on a swaying ship was difficult, a difficulty "that stumped the wisest minds of the world for the better part of human history" and was "the greatest scientific problem" of the 1700s. Ways of determining longitude astronomically were devised, but these proved to be impractical when used at sea.

England's parliament recognized that "the longitude problem" had to be solved practically since many people and valuable cargo were lost at sea when the ship's navigators lost sight of land. Thus, this parliament offered a top monetary prize that's equivalent to many millions of dollars today to anybody who could solve the problem.

Enter "a lone genius" named John Harrison (1693 to 1776). While most thought the solution to the problem was astronomical, Harrison saw time as the solution.

To calculate the longitude using time on a ship at sea, you have to realize these two facts found in this book:

(i) The Earth takes 24 hours of time to spin 360 degrees on its axis from east to west.
(ii) Noon (12:00 PM) is the highest point the sun seems to "travel" in a day.

To learn one's longitude at sea using time, as this book explains, it's necessary to do the following:

(1) Know the time it is aboard ship (local noon was normally used because of fact (ii) above).
(2) At the very same moment, know the time at a known longitude (such as at Greenwich, England).
(3) The difference in time between (1) and (2) is coverted to a longitude reading in degrees and direction (using fact (i) above).

Harrison's solution was the accurate determination of time of (2) above by inventing a reliable timepiece. This timepiece, in this case, would be set to Greenwich time. (Note that, as stated, (1) could be determined using the noon-day sun but this was not always practical. Eventually another timepiece was used to determine the ship's local noon for a particular day.) It has to be realized that this was the "era of pendulum clocks" where, on a deck of a rocking ship, "such clocks would slow down or speed up, or stop running altogether." Harrison was to capture time by building a marine clock or "timekeeper" (eventually called a "chronometer") that could be used on a ship at sea.

This book tells the "true story" of Harrison and his chronometers. (There were five built over a forty-year period. Harrison's first timekeeping device was known as H-1, his second was H-2, and so on.) Sobel uses accuracy (as evidenced by her thirty references), extensive interviews, and an engaging, mostly non-technical narrative (only essential technical detail is included) to convey a story that's filled with suspense, heroism, perfectionism, and villiany. All this in less than 200 pages!!

The only problem I had with this book is that it has hardly any pictures (photographs and illustrations). I would have liked to have seen pictures of the various people involved in this saga, maps showing where ships traveled, more photos of Harrison's amazing timepieces (both interior and exterior), and diagrams that explained important concepts. A diagram that actually showed how longitude, using a simple example, is calculated (using the steps above) would also have been helpful.

Finally, there is a good 1999 movie entitled "Longitude" based on this book. Be aware that even though this book is short, the movie is long (over three hours).

In conclusion, this book documents the exciting "true story" of how "a lone genius" solved "the longitude problem." Sobel states this more eloquently: "With his marine clocks, John Harrison tested the waters of space-time. He succeeded, against all odds, in using the fourth...dimension to link points on a three-dimensional globe. He [took] the world's whereabouts from the stars, and locked [or captured] the secret in a...watch."

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180. The Holy Chariot
by David A. Cooper
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The Holy Chariot Rabbi David Cooper

Original Lessons in the Kabbalah - When the prophet Ezekiel described his vision of a holy chariot "flashing like lightning," he established a mystical tradition that has endured 2,500 years. On The Holy Chariot, Rabbi David A. Cooper teaches the system developed by the mekavvanim— "those who descend from the chariot"—which led directly to the kabbalistic school of mysticism. In 12 detailed lessons, you will learn how the symbolic chariot, powered by daily actions and thoughts, can carry you level by level through the stages of higher consciousness. Amplified with delightful teaching stories from legendary rebbes, The Holy Chariot shows how Ezekiel’s most tremendous and inspiring vision can heal and renew our lives and our world. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not exactly what I was hoping for
I bought these tapes hoping to learn some of the Jewish mystics' ideas about Out of Body Experiences. While the last tape has a very good meditation concerning "soul travel" (which I think is the samething), that was about all that was mentioned on that topic. I enjoylistening to Rabbi Cooper (I've also listened to "The MysticalKaballah"), and am certainly not sorry I bought the tapes. The tapeshave many useful exercises for developing "higher consciousness"that are quite easy to do (if you don't suffer from "TimeDeficiencySyndrome" :-)). ... Read more


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