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    1. Mission: Irresistible
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    2. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following
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    1. Mission: Irresistible
    by Lori Wilde
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    Asin: 0446615153
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Warner Forever
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    PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And the masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But one minute she's chatting with a mummy, and the next a legendary amulet is stolen partically from under her nose. There are times when a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. To find the artifact and save her job, Cassie turns to her nemesis: Dr. Harrison Standish. Standoffish as she likes to call him.

    Archaelogist Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones, but his no-need-for-romance attitude could use some adjustment. Who knew it would happen while had and Cassie are chasing leads, dodging bad guys, and racing against the clock. Just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he's having the damnest time keeping his mind---and his hands--off her. They still have a shot at recovering the amulet but when it comes to Cassie, Harrison's already a goner. ... Read more


    2. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
    by Paulo Coelho
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    Asin: 0062502182
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-10)
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
    Sales Rank: 315
    Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world, and this tenth anniversary edition, with a new introduction from the author, will only increase that following. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Looking to follow your dream?
    If you are looking to follow your heart in a chosen path or seeking the truth then this book is for you. The book contains great insights and spiritual awareness but is written in a very easy to read style.

    I would strongly recommend that before you read this book to follow the principles listed in the Fit for Life books by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. This cleansing of the body will take several months but it is worth it, as then you can experience the insights and spiritual guidance for yourself.

    Another book I would recommend following the detoxification process is The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy.

    Good luck and God bless.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Oprah, please!!!!
    It it high time Oprah picked a Paulo Coelho. It is so much like the pseudo intelectualism she likes. This is highly recommended for whose have a lot of time to waste. I don't get why people read it with so many good choices to read instead... that's the ugly truth.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Herman Hesse Wannabe
    If nothing else, The Alchemist provided stimulation for me to search out more authentic sources on the topics it endeavored to attack (Buddhist philosophy, Arabian desert lifestyle, etc). And because it WAS a source of stimulation, and because I could not allow myself to group it with the 1-starred Stephen King or Danielle Steele 'novels', I give Coelho 2 stars for his effort.

    Basically, this is a simple story of a man on a journey through Arabian deserts; on his way he meets mystics, women, takes up odd jobs in glass blowing, caring for sheep, and such soul searching enterprises. Suppossedly by the end of his adventurous journey (which leads him to a "treasure") he 'learns'/attains the meaning of life.

    I do believe Coelho was a little theologically confused at the time he wrote this story. His main messages are:
    "Follow your heart", and "Learn the Language of The World"; but see, Coehlo and his main character are Christians; the boy travels through a (mainly) Muslim land, and though he ends up at the Egyptian pyramids, the preachings seem to be quite "eastern" in take (buddha comes to mind). But of course, the whole POINT of Eastern philosophies is that they cannot be described in words (Coelho constantly preaches about how things cannot be told, they must be experienced).

    For all that, Coelho does a lotta telling.

    The language is quite simple, which can be beautiful (read: Herman Hesse); however it comes off as quite redundant and sermonic. Every other sentence contains at least one reference to either "The Soul of the World", or "The Personal Legend", or "Follow Your Heart" with a big fat capital H. By the end of the novel I am skimming most passages.

    The characters are flat (I didn't really "feel" them, what they were going through, and there was no character development), and the storyline resembled that of a children's folktale (I like folktales).

    Overall, it was a worthwhile read given that it only took a couple hours, presented some interesting ideas (albeit, without illustrating any of them satisfactorily), and removed me to the Spanish countryside/Arabian desert for a bit (I am a sucker for folktales, and if this book is nothing else, it would make a BEAUTIFUL illustrated children's book-- I like that).

    NOTE TO ALL Reviewer-Reviewers: Please consider rating the reviews as helpful if they contain pertinent information on the item under discussion, not if you agree with what the reviewer has to say. I've noticed unhelpful one-liners get "helpful" votes (when the reviews were positive), and other, more full/explained (but more negative) reviews get NO helpful votes -- this IS NOT A VOTE on how much you agree with the other reader! Be FAIR :o)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable yet inspiring
    I really enjoyed this book. It didn't bog me down with a lot of details, it told a simple story, with a message. Kind of reminded me of myself and the journey called life that I go through. I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself"
    THE ALCHEMIST is the story of a young Andalusian shepherd who pursues his dream to travel to Egypt where he hopes to find a treasure.

    Santiago spent two years at a seminary where he received an education. He left after he decided not to become a priest. He told his parents that he wanted to travel, and his father told him that poor people where not able to travel, unless they were shepherds. So, Santiago became a shepherd and moved his flock of sheep all over Spain. He learned a great deal from his sheep, but he made sure to keep reading and he always carried a book with him.

    He encounters many people on his journeys, including a king, a gypsy and a true alchemist. The alchemist tells Santiago to "tell his heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself, and that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second encounter with God and with eternity." In the desert he learns to see with both his eyes and his heart, he also meets Fatima and falls in love.

    This book is simply written, but I can already tell that certain parts of the story will always remain in my mind. ... Read more


    3. Angels & Demons : Special Illustrated Collector's Edition
    by Dan Brown
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    Asin: 0743275063
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Atria
    Sales Rank: 450
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati--dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism--is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out, and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, antimatter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared--only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches, and catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilization.

    Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but my! It's tasty. --Kelly Flynn ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Angels & Demons - The Best Book Ever
    The story starts with a mysterious murder of a famous Scientific Researcher at CERN. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out, and an ancient anti-Christian cult's symbol branded upon his chest. Harvard symbiologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the scene of crime. He is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati which was dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and deviating from the blind religious faith of the Vatican, is alive and dangerously active! Leonardo Vetra's final discovery- the antimatter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared, only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new Pope. Langdon and Leonardo's adopted daughter, Vittoria, start on an impossible journey and a frantic search throughout Rome's catacombs, secret archives, churches, to stop the dangerous game played by the illuminati. Read this amazing book by Dan Brown to find out more!

    3-0 out of 5 stars An Unfair Depiction of Everyone
    This book is an unfair depiction of Arabs, Catholics, scientists, security officers and anyone else open to naming.The Oriental assassin (wow, that's new) r*pes all his victims, the Catholic camerlengo leaves Langdon to almost certain death, scientists are referred to as creators of demonic horrors like nuclear weapons, and other characters are simply so blatantly stupid it's offensive.Of course, Dan Brown is a master of unfair depictions--the NSA in Digital Fortress is made to seem like a deceptive entity rather than an agency devoted to the safety of human life in America, and in a similar case victimizes the Delta Force in Deception Point.This book is exciting and fast-paced, and all the architecture mentioned in Rome exists, but being a Dan Brown book, it might make you a bit angry at times, at least as long as you live on Earth.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
    This book is an amazig architectural and historical romp through Rome.If you love travel or Rome, pick this up today!Ironically,the author gives a full and rich account of the Catholic church and it's inner workings including the selection pf Popes.Very timely stuff!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A new look at the Vatican
    This book gave me another point of view about the relationship between science and religion. I have always thought that science doesn't need religion, and that to religion, science is just a nuisance.This book taught me otherwise. There could be circumstances in which science proves an aspect of religion. This book made me want to go to the Vatican City and see all the churches mentioned in the book. It would be interesting to see how much of the book is accurate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Copacetic Book
    I recommend reading William Bramley's "The Gods of Eden" before taking on this book.It gives you some background for a lot of the things that pop up in there.The general themes of the books have nothing to do with each other, but the information is related. ... Read more


    4. Monster
    by Frank E. Peretti
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    Asin: 084991180X
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: WestBow Press
    Sales Rank: 56241
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    Miles away from the hectic city, Reed and Rebecca hike into the beautiful Northwestern woods. They're surrounded by gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness.

    But something—or someone—begins closing in on them. Something no human has ever seen. And it's killing everyone in its path without remorse.

    Best-selling author Frank Peretti has sold more than 12 million novels about angels, demons, and dragons. That was just the warm-up.

    From the master of suspense and supernatural thrillers comes the season's hottest page-turner.

    Be warned: this monster's got teeth.

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    5. The Revelation (Abram's Daughters)
    by Beverly Lewis
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    Asin: 0764228749
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 254
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Abram's Daughters Book 5 Spanning three generations, the compelling novels of the ABRAM’S DAUGHTERS series feature five courting-age sisters, their extended family, and their quaint Old Order community, whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as their signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems... In this suspenseful conclusion to the series, readers will thrill to another gripping story with Lewis’s trademark captivating twists and turns, and startling answers to the compelling questions set into motion in the first book, The Covenant. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!
    After waiting a year for the final installment to come out I was not disappointed when I finally got my hands on Book 5.It was wonderful reading and I couldn't put the book down!If you like this series by Beverly Lewis you might want to keep your eyes out for the first book in her new series debuting this Fall.It is titled The Preacher's Daughter...can't wait!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not her best read.
    While she finally ties the books together in a conclusion this is not her best work. It was a rather tedious read and not her best work. While it was still worthwhile it was rather wordy and rambling for this author and not up to her usual standards. It was as if she felt like she didn't have enough story line to fill the whole book but things she alluded to could have filled it in nicely. It was quite slow at times and somehow just didn't seem to totally flow like the previous books did. It's almost like she ran out of steam at the end of the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is a revelation enough to end the conflict? Find out!
    Finally, the prayers of the Ebersol family are gracefully addressed in this conclusion to the series. Lewis leaves no loose ends in the grande finale where every secret is exposed and every question the reader has developed is finally answered. This book doesn't carry quite the same urgent feel as the others did, where previously we saw all of the characters trying their best to manage chaos and conflict by using their own will as they attempted to protect and save one another in the most imperfect of ways. Now it seems the Ebersols, Masts, and Schwartzes surrender themselves to allow God to handle their crises and answer their prayers in unforeseen ways. Ultimately, this is a lesson in faith and trusting God's perfect timing. It's also a very pleasurable read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Explanation Marks!!!!!
    This book is truly the great ending to a wonderfully written Christian fiction series containing romance, suspense, mystery, historically correct and educational information all bound up into one! Truths are revealed to Jake and Lydiann, and yes, Leah discovers the identity of her birth father. What happened to Sadie? Did Leah and Jonas finally marry?What about poor Lydiann and Jake?Get the book and discover the answer to all your questions. You will not be disappointed in this last book of a great series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Portrayed Work!
    "The Revelation" is the final book to the, "Abram's Daughter's series.It displays patience and tenderness as the final scenes play out.Ms. Lewis is the most wondeful person at displaying the simple Amish life with a spark of conflict.This is a must read for all.Also get the whole series for Mother's Day!I also recommend Former Old Order Amish author, Teresa Phillips', "Leaving Lancaster County" series, as well as, "The StoreKeeper's Daughter" series by Wanda Brunstetter. ... Read more


    6. The Red Tent (Bestselling Backlist)
    by Anita Diamant
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    Asin: 0312195516
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
    Publisher: Picador USA
    Sales Rank: 393
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and their one and only daughter, Dinah. Told in the voice of Jacob's daughter Dinah (who only received a glimpse of recognition in the Book of Genesis), we are privy to the fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent. In a confiding and poetic voice, Dinah whispers stories of her four mothers, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah--all wives to Jacob, and each one embodying unique feminine traits. As she reveals these sensual and emotionally charged stories we learn of birthing miracles, slaves, artisans, household gods, and sisterhood secrets. Eventually Dinah delves into her own saga of betrayals, grief, and a call to midwifery.

    "Like any sisters who live together and share a husband, my mother and aunties spun a sticky web of loyalties and grudges," Anita Diamant writes in the voice of Dinah. "They traded secrets like bracelets, and these were handed down to me the only surviving girl. They told me things I was too young to hear. They held my face between their hands and made me swear to remember." Remembering women's earthy stories and passionate history is indeed the theme of this magnificent book. In fact, it's been said that The Red Tent is what the Bible might have been had it been written by God's daughters, instead of her sons. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A fully satisfying, captivating novel
    The Red Tent, like Girl With A Pearl Earring, is an example of historical fiction that the reader wishes really were true. In my mind, the story of Dinah and her mothers (Jacob's wives) is how it really happened.

    Anita Diamant lovingly unwraps the lives of generations of Biblical women in a way that reaffirms the fundamental truths of womanhood. Community, suffering, loving, childrearing - all are painted accurately and beautifully in this book.

    Don't be fooled into thinking this story is from a solidly Jewish or Christian perspective. While the story's roots are from the Old Testament, Dinah's chidhood is filled with mystical beliefs and only a vague understanding of her father's God. As an older woman, she lives in Egypt and that's the end of Biblical lore as we know it.

    I would love to hear a male perspective of this book. I would be hard-pressed to recommend it to a man, simply because the story depends so much on the reader's intimate understanding of femininity.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very sensuous read
    I'll be frank: I don't know the Christian story of Joseph. So I have no idea how this does or does not relate to or fill in the blanks of that!

    Overall, this book is a fantastic read for women who enjoy reading historical fiction that, whether true or not, plays heavily on a sense of sisterhood, kinship and wonder about the female condition that is lost in our modern societies of today.

    I live in a workaday world where people barely touch one another... having friends and family who could retreat together for three days a month and lounge around, telling stories and massaging feet... sounds like heaven to me! Where do I sign up?

    Anyway, the book is richly written; the prose is very descriptive and sensuous. The first 2/3 of the book really draws one in, and immerses you in Dinah's life, feelings, experiences.

    I did find that somewhere after that point, something changed... whether the writer realized they could not finish the book in under a thousand pages using the same depth of detail, or whether it's a mechanism employed for a purpose that I just don't understand, the fast forwarding and sparse depictions that typify the last part of the book really left me cold; I didn't feel the book had a strong finish, at least not the one promised by the beginning.

    The beautiful, peaceful ending still left me crying like a baby, though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very unique and captivating
    I loved this book for all the same reasons everyone else did, but I must add that it was very refreshing to read a book with such a unique format. The format of most stories and novels goes: 1. introduction 2. rising action 3. climax 4. falling action 5. resolution

    However, "The Red Tent" has no rising action, so the climax hits you like a ton of bricks making for a very unpredictable story. Then, the story continues to rise and fall in very atypical undulations. I love this completely unpredictable format.

    One last remark I must make is that I appreciate how Diamant makes no bones about this book being "based on" or having a direct correlation to the stories in the bible. On the very first page of the book she cautions the reader that the stories and names in "The Red Tent" may be similar to those of the Bible, but she is in no way implying that they are true or should be believed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing look at an overlooked voice
    I found this story to be completely fascinating. I've always enjoyed Biblical stories, and to see Anita Diamant to enrich these tales with her own version of Dinah's story was stunning to read. This novel is heartbreaking and amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Bible, women's literature, or anything in between. You won't be disappointed!

    1-0 out of 5 stars historical???
    I loved the idea of the red tent when I first heard about it because it was a measure taken to protect the fellowship between women as well as give them a place to recover from childbirth and to rest during menstrual cycles.

    But what I found in this book was far from refreshing - in fact it pained me to read such a negative account of the events of the Tenakh. Though it is obvious that the voice of women is not often heard throughout the Tenakh, this book went overboard in terms of creating feminist, pagan, backbiting, spiteful characters who don't relate well at all with the men in their lives, nor with the G-d they are in submission to.

    It was a lewd and thoroughly disappointing read. Not biblical at all, this book should not even be considered close to any kind of a historical account - metaphorical or otherwise. ... Read more


    7. The Greatest Salesman in the World
    by OG MANDINO
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    Asin: 055327757X
    Catlog: Book (1983-02-01)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 2824
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    The Greatest Salesman in the World is a tiny book, and it is a treasure. First published in 1968, Og Mandino's classic remains an invaluable guide to a philosophy of salesmanship. Mandino's clear, simple writing style supports his purpose: to make the principles of sales known to a wide audience. A parable set in the time just prior to Christianity, The Greatest Salesman in the World weaves mythology with spirituality into a much needed message of inspiration in this culture of self-promotion. Mandino believes that to be a good salesperson, you must believe in yourself and the work you are doing. It is a simple but profound spiritual philosophy about how to succeed in the world's marketplace, easily understood and easy to take to heart. --Jodie Buller ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest trip in the world
    The summer after my freshman year in high school, a ton of years ago, I was miserable. I didn't have any new friends at school, I was having a hard time at home, and I was trying to get through everyday with a smile on my face.

    I took a trip with a bunch of people I didn't know, a 10 day backpacking trip to an island in lake superior. Our guide was a 75 year-old man named Dave. Everyday, Dave read us a chapter from this book, and everyday my respect for him grew.

    The day I got off the island I bought the book and began my ten month journey through the scrolls it contained. I've followed the instructions, reading each chapter for one month, several times. I've worn out several copies and given away several others.

    This book profoundly changed my life. Not only am I extraordinarily successful in terms of "material" success, but I am happier than I ever imagined it was possible to be several years ago before I went on that island. Buy this book, follow it's instructions, and even if you are never the richest woman or man on earth, you will be among the happiest.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Touching and Life changing
    I bought this book about 6 years ago and read it once. A few days ago, I re-read this book and when I read Scrool II, suddenly tears started flowing and I didn't even know why. It touched me so deeply, bringing back memories. On the same day, I went to look up my old files and inside I found the same text of the scroll but in different language. I think it is a sign that I have to start living with the principles Og Mandino has set out in this book, especially scroll II..I will greet this day with love in my heart. It is really a powerful, motivational book that you need to carry with you all the time. If you read it once and not very impressed by it, I suggest that you read it again and again until the messages start to get into you. You'll enjoy this book to the fullest :) Success be with you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars personanonxista@optonline.net
    I first read "The Greatest Salesman in the World" in August 1973. I have read, since that first reading, and will continue to read, all 10 Scrolls every morning for the rest of my life.
    I recorded the 10 Scrolls on cassette in my own voice and listen to it in my car as I drive to work and again on my return home. Ralph Waldo Emerson said we become what we think about. The 10 Scrolls are what I think about. There is something heroic in the way salespeople make their living. If you are one who cannot fail because you have nowhere to fail to, the Greatest Salesman will guide you on that road that winds uphill all the way to very end on the day's journey that lasts from morn to night, my friend. Og Mandino and I spoke often in 1979 and the years that followed before his return to the loving Father, the actual Author of the Greatest Salesman,who sent him to us. If everyone could read this book at once,we would all become like story book children walking hand in hand across the meadow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
    This is a fascinating little book that packs a BIG punch.It holds your attention and the message is clear.As Harv from The Millionaire Mind Intensive says "How you do anything is how you do Everything' it is not only about biz it is about Life!Great addition to Spiritualizing Business!!It is such a good book and after so many years on the market it still applies today!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be Your Best Self
    All success, happiness, love, peace of mind and wealth are traceble to the 14 ideas, shared in "The Greatest Salesman in the World:"

    1. Master the art of living not for yourself alone, but for others as well;

    2. Prove to yourself that you can endure the life of a salesman;

    3. Believe in the quality of what you are selling;

    4. Make your determination to succeed so strong that failure couldn't possibly overtake you;

    5. Be fully in the present moment;

    6. Choose love as your greatest weapon, no matter what;

    7. Persist in what you believe in;

    8. Celebrate your uniqueness;

    9. Each morning, enthusiastically wake up saying to yourself, "Is this my day to excel?";

    10. Master your ability to fully process your emotions, in the present moment;

    11. Enjoy at least one deep belly laugh a day with someone else;

    12. Multiply your value each day, by 100;

    13. Take actions on your dreams, now; and,

    14. Instead of wishing or praying for something, ask for guidance to manifest this into your life.

    And, having read this book again, 12 years after having first read it, I am pleased to see how I have and have not applied the lessons.

    If you've read this book before, or others that have guided you to add value to your life, read this now, to chart a new path on your journey to be your best self. ... Read more


    8. The Great Divorce
    by C. S. Lewis
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    C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both heaven and hell in this engaging allegorical tale. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis introduces us to supernatural beings who will change the way we think about good and evil. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unique among Christian books
    C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" may be the most unusual book you will ever read. Beyond allegory, beyond fantasy, this look at the nature of Heaven, Hell, and the denizens of both has radically altered the view of what happens after we die in the lives of more people than any book you will encounter.

    Lewis provides an utterly original view of the afterlife through the mechanism of a bus trip from Hell to Heaven. The portrayals of the vast, nearly-empty city in Hell and a Heaven more real and solid than our reality are so profound that many will find their thoughts on the two places forever altered.

    Also included is an examination of the question that has haunted many: "How can a loving God send people to Hell?" Lewis brilliantly answers this in a way that is completely satisfying to even the most demanding inquirer. You'll have to read the book to see.

    There are so many gems in "The Great Divorce" that any further discussion would spoil the book. But suffice it to say, this work of fiction may be the greatest ever written for provoking long and enjoyable discussions with others. As a worthy diversion from more heady small group studies, it is without peer.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Heaven is more real than Earth
    A friend told me that this book opened his eyes to the fact that some people don't want answers, only debate and politics. He couldn't believe people would think that way, but then he went to college and experienced them for himself.

    Lewis has written a fun, memorable story about going to hell in a dream (or vision) and taking a bus tour of heaven. The ghostly figures that file timidly off the bus are barely visible in the bright light of heaven, and the grass is so much more real (or true) than they are it hurts their feet. One man tried to steal a golden apple, and he may as well have been trying to hiest a boulder. Lewis himself, writing in first person, feared a coming rain may pummel them into the ground.

    But after the initial shock of a world more real than he could imagine, he watched the other tourist interact with heavenly friends who had come to greet them. Some of them were friends from earth, some just kind-hearted people. Again and again the hellions (if I may call them that) choose to hold on to their worthless pride or foolhearty beliefs rather than humble themselves to the truth. Pride manifests itself in a hundred subtle ways as these pitiful souls whine about perceived injustices or irrational motives. Thankfully, a few tourists do humble themselves, become transformed into marvelously real beings, and remain in heaven. But most don't, about which the great Scottish author George MacDonald, Lewis' heavenly guide, says, "They may not be rejecting the truth of heaven now. They may be reenacting the rejection they made while on earth."

    This book has curious insight into our human hearts and teaches a few Biblical ideas in very memorable ways. I enjoyed reading it myself and again aloud to my wife. Lewis has a nice, readable style. 4 stars, only because a guy can't give everything good five stars.

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

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books by Lewis
    The Great Divorce is one of a kind, indeed. Like that of his Screwtape Letters, it is a fantasy book, but based on a real belief in the Truth - Christianity and everything therein. C.S. Lewis definitely wrote a lot on Christianity (his apologetics), but this relatively small book puts those beliefs and convictions into a real story and situation. We are not necessarily expected to believe in the story as the Truth about the afterlife, though it is probably a good guess, but we are to realize that it is very hard to let ourselves go, to let God rip and peel off the black soot from our shoulders. I highly recommend it for anyone either strong or weak in their faith. It is also a great piece of literature for those athiest-postmodern people out there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nonbelievers will enjoy this read - my favorite book
    I don't happen to be a believer in a higher power, Christian or otherwise, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bus ride from the very first page. C.S. Lewis' writing is contemporary and hits a nerve. The story is about the the great divide between heaven and hell but I was drawn to the character studies. Lewis was a psychologist, self-taught no doubt, by being a keen observer of his fellow travelers. A voracious reader I rarely have time to re-read a book but, I've picked up this one several times; you'll never forget the story. It's the kind of book you can open at any page and have a good read. He shows you that it's the little character flaws that keep you small, and feeling good about yourself. And little they are, but powerful. I promise you won't be disappointed. This book is a fairy tale for adults (definitely not for children). It didn't change my views about re4ligion, but it changed me. ... Read more


    9. Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
    by Christopher Moore
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    The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Jesus H. Christ: The Lost Years
    What does the H in Jesus H. Christ stand for? I'll give you a hint--it's a family name. Beyond that, you'll have to read the book and discover it for yourself.

    I interviewed Chris Moore for my writing ezine. At the time, he was in the throes of writing Lamb, and had been instructed by his publisher to keep the project hush-hush, lest a bad B movie rendition torpedo the whole thing. I remember him saying that this book would certainly "piss off more people" than any of his previous works--and from the looks of the reviews cropping up here, the process has already begun.

    I've read every one of Christopher Moore's books--I'm a devoted fan. Every time I read Chris Moore in bed, I find myself laughing so hard that my husband refers to me as "the human equivalent of Magic Fingers." I have to believe that someone whose writing can evoke such a reaction has a true gift. Christopher Moore's writing is both funny and deeply humane--he pokes fun at the world with tenderness and benevolence. That style shines through in Lamb, a story retold by Jesus' life-long friend, the irrepressible Levi, who is called Biff.

    At first glance, it might seem Biff is an archetype--the guy whose exterior reflects "a--hole," (to quote the angel, Raziel), but who actually possesses a heart of gold. But on further examination, Biff's more than that. He's intelligent (incidentally, the first to theorize that the world was round, and the first to speculate on the existence of gravity), kind and selfless. Sure, he has his faults, but that brilliant combination of jerk/gentleman is what makes him so intriguing.

    Those who scoff at this book for religious reasons (and there will be many, I'm sure) are missing the bigger picture. As Moore relates in his afterword, the book was "not designed to change anyone's beliefs or worldview." But, for me, it did. I'm a Christian, and after reading Lamb I came away with a new understanding of Jesus (called Joshua in the book--Jesus is the Greek translation of the Hebrew, Yeshua, which is Joshua) as a human being. The fact that Jesus became human to redeem the world is the core of the Christian faith, and Christopher Moore brings that belief home with an almost magical tenderness. I found it moving to think of Jesus as a real person, and not some mystical, unreachable Godhead. Regardless of Moore's own religious beliefs--it's difficult to determine whether he views Christ as the Son of God, or a fascinating historical figure with a 30-year hole in his life story--Lamb meant something to me, and I know I'll read it more than once.

    Is Lamb a perfect book? No. Some of the humor was a little too slapstick to really work. But as a whole, it's a bright spot in a world that has grown far too serious and cynical. Lamb was painstakingly researched; it's poignant and real; and, oh yeah...it's incredibly funny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happily Devouring Another Moore
    Nearly everytime I enter the bookstore I head instinctively to the M section just to see, if perchance, possibly, there is another Christopher Moore book to read. I still remember the delight I found when I read his first book so long ago, Practical Demon-Keeping, and now I can hardly contain my exclamations of delight when I happen upon a new book.

    I haven't even finished the book and I've recommended it to everyone I think will enjoy it and have even promised my copy as first dibs to a close friend of my parents. I let him read the prologue and was concerened I might not get it back.

    Okay- the book. Oh my, it's hilarious. Imagine The Hitchhiker meets Monty, raised on early (the good stuff) Saturday Night Live. I have laughed out loud with this book more times than all of the others. If I thought Mr. Moore delightfully witty and talented before, I now think him a brilliant god or incarnation of some divine figure of words and speech. I am looking forward, already, to re-reading this book. "Two Jews walked into a bar"- that's JC and Biff. So some of the humour is the one-liner type? It's the fresh perspective that gives it the extra punch. Joshua (Jesus) and Biff discussing bacon, among other no-no's is akin to considering the Pope discussing fine mountain chilled brews. Biff's adoration of Mary, his troubles with his own mother (did he mention she was troubled by demons?) and his infatuation with Mary Magdelene are the earmarks of youth. Jesus had to have one and this book reminds you that kids are kids. Even divinely inspired ones.

    I fear that many people will mis-understand this book and just gleaning over the negative reviews proves this. There are some people in this world who cannot take humour, especially directed at God and/or our relationship with said. Luckily, this book is about Jews- Jews not only make jokes with and about God, but argue with him as well. They keep him up late at night. I can only think that God would be most delighted with this book as well. The comment someone made about Joshua (Jesus) being depicted as a little bit less than sharp is a genuine mistake: simplicity is the key to complexity.

    Jesus did have friends right? He sat down and ate, probably grumbled about the weather from time to time- this book only encourages that perception of his humanity while at the same time unleashing time warped humour (a la Briscoe County Junior) that will have you holding your belly. I won't spoil anything about where the book goes but the span is one that actually is proposed and belived by scholars, one I believe myself- so there is an air of reality and seriousness to the book. Enough to spark an interest I think, in many who read it. And isn't that what a book should do? Spark a fire? I'm lit, so loosen the mind strings and join me on this one, it really will set your mind to thinking all while giving your mind a good (no doubt much needed!) tickling.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book was so much fun to read!
    It was interesting, bizarre, easy to follow, (one does not need to know the bible inside and out to understand it, just a sense of humor) you really grow to care about the characters and much more...

    Not only did I literally laugh out loud during certain parts, I got choked up with a lump in my throat during others. I think Moore did an excellent job at bringing out the human side of Joshua as well as the Divine. And then there's Biff... What a great friend he is and what halarious & wonderful adventures the two of them have together while Joshua is on his quest for knowledge.

    I highly recommend this book and will deffinately be reading this one again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I wish this book were true!
    The weirdest part of my experience with Christopher Moore's LAMB is that I was browsing the bookstore shelves in search of absolutely nothing in particular, when the cover of this book caught my eye. Another Gospel? Who is Biff? Christ had a childhood pal? I certainly wasn't sure what to expect, nor was I too keen on having someone I'd never heard of tell me all these lies and preach to me about Chist.

    Was I in for a treat! This book is hilarious, with original humor that never ceases to both shock and excite you. Rarely are books published anymore that will make you laugh out loud while still managing to bring you to tears. Moore manages to capture Christ's human side, thus making him easier to relate to. He also introduces you to Biff, a character who is so amusing and so honest that you cannot help but fall in love with him. Biff's love for women, especially Maggie, and his undying loyalty to Joshua, as well as his obnoxious yet lovable humor, build a characater that you have to meet. I wish the story were true.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Go ahead and read it!
    This book is a best seller because everyone who reads it passes it on then buys another copy. I have bought five so far. Read it, pass it on, buy another copy. Every person you give it to will come back and tell you it is the best book he has ever read. They will also tell you they passed it on and bought their own copy. Trust me, it's a never ending cycle. Christians will be so glad to learn, finally, what happened to all those missing years from Josh's 12th birthday until he started His ministry. All scripture is inspired by God. Christopher Moore just got inspired 2000 years after all those other guys. Mel Gibson should have consulted Moore before filming. Biff was there. ... Read more


    10. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (Left Behind #12)
    by Tim F. Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
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    Thousands of years of human history stained by strife, death, and sin come to an end when the King of Glory returns to earth. The satisfying conclusion of the seven years of Tribulation covered by the Left Behind series portrays the return of Jesus Christ to earth in both glory and judgment.

    At the height of the battle between the forces of evil gathered at Armageddon and the remaining Christian believers at Petra and Jerusalem, nothing seems to be able to stop the Antichrist, Nicolae Carpathia. But God has another plan. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Taking Revelations a bit too seriously
    I read this series and this book as fiction. I am a recovering Catholic, who to this day still gets chills when I try to imagine a place where sinners burn forever. As fiction, this series is sub-par. Poor writing, two-dimensional characters, and a feeling that the writers lost their focus as the money started rolling in.

    To take the book of Revelations as anything but symbolic results in the kind of nonsense exhibited in this series. Good fiction allows you to see the perspective of the good guys and the bad guys. And it paints those character in other shades than black and white. But in this series, you could end a description of every good guy using the words "with the heart of gold," while every villain's description would end "the sadistic, pompous moron."

    And the explanations given for questions that have troubled anyone who has read the Bible are sparse or non-existant. One simple example. During the Rapture, all children under a certain age (I don't recall exactly; 16 maybe?) are taken. Would this have included child murderers? And how much would it have sucked to have turned 17 the day before the Rapture. There went your free pass.

    It became impossible by the end of this series to not feel the authors thought I was a moron who wouldn't recognize God if He stood 500 feet tall in front of me while vaporizing a horse. Hey- maybe I am that stupid; I did buy all 12 of their books...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Another Doctrine of Ethnic Cleansing?
    In some ways this book is funny yet profoundly stupid. The writers Tim F. Lehaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have gloriously taken away the essence of Jesus Christ, which is Love. Their version of the bible is a doctrine of fear(almost sounds like the fear tactics of the current American Bush administration). And since when does Jesus like to kill horses? This is an important clue already that this is pure wacko stuff. Have we got another childish and primative interpretation of the bible here by these two silly-billys?

    Yes,people have a right to believe in a God who likes to rip open bodies and melt flesh into bloody messes. But I only hope they can keep their religious intolerance to themselves. If there is a devil, he certainly did a good job on these pious people who claim to love the book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is an embarrassment
    I'm sorry, but after reading a few pages of this book, it is apparent that the authors are merely cloaking their brand of racial and ethnic intolerance as pseudo-pious narrative.

    The book's depicitons of violence and bloodshed are shocking to say the least. Far worse are the predications of violence based on differences in faith.

    Christianity teaches to "love thy neighbor," yet the story we have in this book says that if your neighbor is of a different religion or ethnicity, then they will die an agonizing death at the hands of the Messiah. This is not why God made us all different. This is not what the United States stands for.

    I seriously question the authors' intent in writing this piece. Also at question are the hearts and minds of those who blindly accept this dribble.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Spare me that "old-time religion"
    Now let me see if I got this right: Jesus returns to earth on a bloody rampage in which he lifts his left hand, a chasm opens in the earth, and every non-Christian on the planet tumbles howling into Hell.

    Wow, Jesus isn't even content with that. He has to start a bloody massacre with humans and horses "splayed and filleted" like so much meat in a butcher's shop.

    The Jesus in the New Testament is the God of Love. The Jesus in these pages is more like a murdering Moloch.

    One can only imagine that if Jesus actually read intolerant, bigoted rant that passes itself off as a book, He might come storming back down to earth yelling, "I said WHAT?!!?"

    1-0 out of 5 stars Sounds like good solid, militant, intolerant religionism.
    If a Muslim were to write an Islamic version of "Glorious Appearing" and publish it in Saudi Arabia, jubilantly describing a massacre of millions of non-Muslims by God, we would have a fit. We have quite properly linked the fundamentalist religious tracts of Islam with the intolerance they nurture, and it's time to remove the motes from our own eyes.

    In "Glorious Appearing," Jesus merely speaks and the bodies of the enemy are ripped open. Christians have to drive carefully to avoid "hitting splayed and filleted bodies of men and women and horses."

    "The riders not thrown," the novel continues, "leaped from their horses and tried to control them with the reins, but even as they struggled, their own flesh dissolved, their eyes melted and their tongues disintegrated. . . . Seconds later the same plague afflicted the horses, their flesh and eyes and tongues melting away, leaving grotesque skeletons standing, before they, too, rattled to the pavement."

    One might have thought that Jesus would be more of an animal lover.

    As ... David Kirkpatrick noted in an article, this portrayal of a bloody Second Coming reflects a shift in American portrayals of Jesus, from a gentle Mister Rogers figure to a martial messiah presiding over a sea of blood. Militant Christianity rises to confront Militant Islam.

    This matters in the real world, in the same way that fundamentalist Islamic tracts in Saudi Arabia do. Each form of fundamentalism creates a stark moral division between decent, pious types like oneself - and infidels headed for hell.

    (words above quoted from NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF's July 17, 2004
    column in the New York Times. Below, my own words.)

    Well, if rolling back about 1,000 years of progress in religious tolerance is a good thing, then this book must be a blessing to the world. If insisting on the literal truth of ancient myths is the mark of education, then fans of this book must count themselves among the most educated.

    It's positively chilling to find that the sales of a series such as this can consistently become #1 on the three major bestseller lists: the hardcover fiction lists of the New York Times and Publishers' Weekly, and the consolidated list of USA Today.

    If ignorant religious intolerance suits your vision of how to live in the world, you should certainly enjoy this piece of nonsense. ... Read more


    11. The Celestine Prophecy
    by James Redfield
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Journey
    Many of you have heard about this book, but may be wondering... what exactly is the Celestine Prophecy? Some type of church or new age mumbo - jumbo? This book tells a story of an American, who is adventuring in the rain forests of Peru, and discovers a set of nine manuscripts. These manuscripts, referred to as "insights", offer ways of discovering a new sense of life. The story is told in 9 chapters, as our American adventurer discovers more information and interprets the meaning of these hidden "truths" (insights).

    The first two insights reveal how mankind is currently undergoing a new spiritual awakening and touches on how coincidences in each of our lives may be more than mere coincidences after all.

    The next three insights reveal that many of us may see the world we live in, as a material universe, when in fact our universe is one filled with dynamic energy. The book goes on to explain how this energy is the cause of most verbal/physical confrontations between humans as well as how to understand the power struggles that occur in most relationships ( son-father / daughter-mother / husband-wife / boyfriend/ girlfriend, etc. ). There is a great section on how each of us can learn to avoid the people in our lives who are continually manipulating or "draining" our own personal energy and how each of us can find a good source of constant positive energy!

    The last four insights help you to begin discovering what your our own personal, spiritual "mission" in life may be and how each of us can contribute to the world around us. There is a great section about becoming personally aware of our own energy manipulations towards other people, and how overcoming these manipulations as well as allowing "coincidences" in our lives to take place will help guide us in fulfilling our own personal "missions" in life.

    Why has this book been so life changing, and praised by millions of people worldwide? Because, in a way, it is getting each of us in touch with something we knew already, but didn't realize we knew. You begin to recognize your own half - conscious ability to follow hunches, taking advantage of coincidental opportunities that arise. Most importantly, without preaching anything religious at all, this book fills a spiritual void most people have had, by helping each of us determine what our own spiritual mission in life is. The Celestine Prophecy is not really about making a change in your personal philosophy, as it is about simply shifting our approach to life and how we sense the lives of those around us. Truly, as the back cover claims, "a book that comes along once in a lifetime, to change lives forever". Overall, an extremely important book, with something for everyone. A truly priceless addition to your personal library...( well, not really priceless... Amazon.com has it for only about 10 bucks, and it ships in 24 hours! )

    2-0 out of 5 stars hokey, poorly written, overhyped
    I have to say that I was somewhat impressed by some of the reviews this has already received. What's one more going to hurt? If I'd have read the others first, I wouldn't have wasted 4 hours reading this boring novel. My first complaint is the undue critical acclaim this novel has received. I don't know how anyone with a college degree in literary arts would care to comment one way or the other about this book. This book is not really a horrible book, its just a juvenile attempt at profundity that in no way measures up to it's peers. My second complaint has to do with the poor grammatical constructions, misplaced pronouns, and illogical conclusions scattered at every turn. I had to read a few sentences/paragraphs multiple times because the punctuation and or referential pronouns would attest to a character having a second or third person conversation with their self. My fourth complaint is the ridiculous predictability of each and every 'suspenseful' moment. My fifth complaint is the premise of the book and it's total lack of originality. Essentially this is another 'method for utopia' written into a fantasy novel. The novel basically states that as soon as mankind begins to understand the insights (ie follows every rule to a 't') the race will evolve. As far as I know, there are few religions or philosophies that can't make this claim. The problem is that there's never been an idea/rule-book in human history that the whole of human kind has followed to a 't.' --Hence human kind has not yet seen the kind of evolution 'prophesized' in the novel. This is just another 'if everyone saw the world as I do...' novel. If you can't resist reading it because you've heard so much about it, then pick one up at the used bookstore...and replace it when you're through--this book is not a keeper.

    Last of all, I truly can't explain why I kept feeling as if the narrator was a female; despite actual references dictating otherwise. Did anyone else have this impression?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seeking the truth?
    This book describes a number of insights that can be experienced in a set order. The book is written as a work of fiction under the premise that the insights are listed on a scroll found in South America.

    I believe the scroll to be fiction, however the insights are true. How do I know? Well I've experienced them and this happened before I read the book.

    If you too want to experience them, it really is very easy. Just follow the simple principles listed in the books Fit for Life and Fit for Life II by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. This process of detoxifying the mind and body will take several months and then everything will become clear.

    Other books worth considering following detoxification are The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy.

    Good luck and God bless.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Barely worth the time spent reading this
    After hearing so many great things about the Celestine Prophecy, I began to wonder what I was missing. Curiously, I ran across a copy at a garage sale (ahh, what a coincidence!) and purchased it for $1.

    I'm thankful I didn't spend more, because the book was a huge letdown from all the hype. As many have already noted, the prose is extremely simplistic, as is the story. There is nothing interesting about the characters, and each dangerous moment in the story is neatly wrapped up in a hokey, "oh please" ending.

    The concepts discussed are worth consideration towards a more peaceful society, but the degree of serious thought that has gone into the presentation of the various "insights" is sorely lacking. Ooh....I can see your aura...like wow.

    I haven't read any of the followups to this book, because if they are as hokey and simplistic as the first, I don't want to waste my time. You could sum up the message of this book in a few sentences; basically, be open to coincidental encounters and what you might learn from them. Appreciate the natural beauty of the earth. Be a vegetarian (not specifically advocated, but every meal discussed in the book is fruits and veggies). Treat children like real individuals. Don't be so egotistical. There is more to life than what you see on the surface. Oh, and the best one, that the Mayans mysterious disappearance millenia ago is attributed to their becoming invisible.

    Let's just say, I'm really glad I only paid a dollar for this thing, and I do like most books, but this one's pretty lame.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the minority
    This book has had so much critism by people who have obviously gone way too far up their own ***. The story is not meant to blow you away, James Redfield is not an amazing author, and the language is not original, and at times questionable. But this man has a vision, and a vision he wants to share. Believe it if you like, apply it to your own life if you like, Or just enjoy the story for what it is. It is one of my favourite books, im not big on spirituality, but i have a slight interest and found this book at just the right level. And we can all hope and hold on to the dream that one day, we could live like this. because no matter how far fetched it may seem, it is still worth believing.

    Bad reviews stand out a lot more than good ones, read the good reviews as well. The opinion that this book is trash is only a minority. ... Read more


    12. The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian
    by Brian D.McLaren, Brian D. McLaren
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    After many years as a successful pastor, Brian McLaren has found, as more and more Christians are finding, that none of the current strains of Christianity fully describes his own faith. In The Story We Find Ourselves In — the much anticipated sequel to his award-winning book A New Kind of Christian— McLaren captures a new spirit of a relevant Christianity, where traditional divisions and doctrinal differences give way to a focus on God and the story of God's love for this world. If you are searching for a deeper life with God— one that moves beyond the rhetoric of denominational and theological categories— this delightful and inspiring fictional tale will provide a picture of what it could mean to recapture a joyful spiritual life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss the point!!!!
    I'm surprised to see so many people critique the genre of this book. In my opinion, they have missed the point! Comments about any lack of theological substance would indicate a mode of thinking still permeating Christian thought. As if true biblical theology could be discussed outside of community and conversation, these types of comments indicate that many people are still looking for a definition of God and his people apart from "the story we find ourselves in."

    This book was a delightful treat, giving human qualities back to the discussion of God and his people. The genre of first person narrative reminds us that our inquiries into this subject matter are in fact reflections on our own personal experiences. Furthermore, if we can't find a forum in which to discuss God that includes the contexts of hospital rooms, airports, or watching turtles have sex :-) (just read the book)!!!! I believe that we have failed to adequately relate our theologies to our truly human condition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues
    I enjoyed meeting Pastor Dan Poole and his friend, Neo in the pages of A New Kind of Christian, and highly recommend it as a starting point for those interested in exploring the new cultural paradigm facing Christianity in the 21st century.

    Brian McLaren's second book, in what is likely to be a multi-book series, spends less time talking about the modern-postmodern shift and spends more time unpacking the new theology that flows from it. Once again, a fictional setting is used to provide the stage. In the preface to The Story We Find Ourselves In McLaren writes: "The more I have written about postmodernity (and so on), the more I have wanted to get to the point where it no longer needed to be written about so much. I wanted to start writing about the Christian gospel itself, from a vantage point within the emerging culture, without always having to defend the vantage point." In this work, McLaren begins the process of describing the "new" ideas, theological frameworks and viewpoints that paint the backdrop for the unfolding drama we are living.

    The Galapagos Islands provide the setting for a discussion of creation and evolution and the origins of the universe. Once again, Neo is the prime expositor of the "new" ideas. In this case, his conversations with Kerry Ellison, a biologist working on the islands to study and preserve wildlife, allow Neo to unpack ideas about a Christian's concern and care for the planet.

    Other areas of discussion are the authenticity of miracles and Christ's work on the cross. Neo's leadership of a weekly gathering on the yacht, La Ventura, sounds like the kind of church that I would like to join. The unfolding relationship between Neo and Kerry mirrors Kerry's unfolding relationship with God.

    I liked the storytelling in Story a little better than the first volume. In New Kind of Christian I sometimes felt that the essay overpowered the story. In Story I think McLaren's skills as an author have given us a book that is as interesting for its plot as it is for its information.

    I have a big appetite for stories that tell of the beauty and mystery that moves people toward faith. And for that reason, I recommend The Story We Find Ourselves In. Be prepared to expand your ideas about the Story that God has written for each of our lives.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum
    I was urged to read this McLaren book by someone who was really excited about it, but it was disappointing to me personally. To begin with, I found the first-person story format tedious and punctuated all too frequently with unnecessary trivia (generally in parentheses) that seemed to only serve to make the story "folksy" - and superficial. It reads like an eigth-grader's diary. I often bogged down in the seemingly contrived conversations between Dan and Neo, but then would forge ahead again later, waiting eagerly for the wonderful thought-provoking new truths that had been promised. I gave up on it a few times, but eventually did go back and finish the book. Finally, by about page 100, I found some substance and was glad I finished reading it. If you are looking for more than light entertaining reading (listless at that), my advice would be to begin with Chapter 12! Then, if you are one who is still briared in "Fundamental" theology where your Christianity is composed primarily of "Being Saved" and escaping Hell, then you will find McLaren's post-modern views very enlightening and expanding. This is where today's Church is headed and you might was well grasp it now and get onboard. You will be glad you did. My own faith and ideologies, on the other hand, already embrace all of McLaren's "New Kind of Christianity" and beyond, so this book was "ho-hum" to me.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good information, bad format
    I'm glad to see someone in the Christian writing field able to put a less "fundamentalized" view of belief into the popular marketplace, so I applaud McClaren's effort and courage. And I agree or at least share parallels with most of his thoughts regarding scripture, creation, eschatology, and the notion of the kingdom/revolution of God. But as I read I couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching a TV movie-of-the-week. The use of one-dimensional fictional characters to relay this information just didn't work for me. And I felt that too often the various threads or stages of the story ended up with rather simplistic, overly idealistic wrapups.

    For thoughts/ideas along a similar line in a more poetic yet technically satisfying format, I heartily recommend the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, especially "The Divine Milieu". I find his "vision" better reflects my experience as a modernist with spiritual foundations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More McLaren Brilliance
    Another great title by McLaren. Explores a meta-narrative to live by, and includes some tthought provoking points to reflect on and stew over.

    Don't bother with this book if you dont have an open mind. It is challenging, and can at times take a couple of reads of a sectionto really embrace it. If you dont read this book in the way it was meant to by read, in the spirit that it was meant to be view in, then chances are you will hate it.

    As for me... I love it, if you are looking for inspiration, go right ahead ... Read more


    13. The Rising (Left Behind)
    by Jerry Jenkins, Tim LaHaye, Tim F. Lahaye
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    14. Mutant Message Down Under
    by Marlo Morgan
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    Catlog: Book (1995-08-02)
    Publisher: Perennial
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    Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan's powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all.

    Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aborigines to accompany them on walkabout, the woman makes a four-month-long journey and learns how they thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals that exist in the rugged lands of Australia's bush. From the first day of her adventure, Morgan is challenged by the physical requirements of the journey -- she faces daily tests of her endurance, challenges that ultimately contribute to her personal transformation.

    By traveling with this extraordinary community, Morgan becomes a witness to their essential way of being in a world based on the ancient wisdom and philosophy of a culture that is more than 50,000 years old. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A journey for westerners into the culture of the Aboriginies
    This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Although at first I did not like the style of writing, Morgan redeems herself with a fantanstic story of the natives of Australia. I have always been interested in Native cultures, but Morgan outdoes herself as she teaches Westerners how the "original people" live from day to day. As the main character makes her way from present-day Australia to the outskirts of what we call civilization, she learns the customs of the Aboriginies. I learned how far us humans have come from living with (not against) mother earth. The Aboriginies live a different, and possibly a better existence on earth than I have ever known. All people will gain a sense of what it means to live when they finish this book. I ask all peoples of all cultures to learn about this beautiful culture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great news doesn't have to come from great writers
    I was given this book 9 years ago to read, and have passed it on to friends every chance I get. Right now the bookclub I'm in is reading it, to mixed reviews. This story, true or only true-ish, allows us to glimse at our potentials as limitless beings, on all levels: spiritual, physical, mental. It also reminds us just how easy it is to live on this planet, and how little we need to live extraordinary lives. Its not about having things, or securing ourselves from the natural world. By seeing a community live rich lives in a desert with "no resources" makes our hasty, stressful lives in much more lush climates seem suddenly pathetic. How little we really even observe of our natural surroundings, never mind communing with it. I find myself wishing Marlo were a better writer and could recount some of her experiences more to my literary taste, but the message rings loudly and we can't help but stop and look at ourselves with new eyes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars New Age Trash
    "Mutant Message Down Under" describes the secuestration of a medical worker, who apparently bears an uncanny resemblance to Ms. Morgan, by a tribe of Australian aborigines that are unknown to, and whose existence is apparently unsuspected by, the Australian government. They train her in tribal lore, advise her of a message for the rest of us on the outside, and send her back to twentieth century reality. Ms. Morgan states that this is a work of fiction, but makes it clear that she is casting it in a fictional format to protect the identity of the aboriginal tribe that chose her to transmit this sublime message, and that in fact this is a true story. In creating a book of this sort Ms. Morgan has managed to satisfy several audiences.

    One audience she pleased is lunatic fringe New Agers who prefer this sort of airy fairy, feel good way of getting in touch with ourselves and Mother Earth, and which unfortunately poses as a serious form of spirituality. An important subgroup within this species is comprised of those individuals that like stories about UFO abductions; Ms. Morgan should be congratulated on coming up with a new and interesting variation on this rather well-worn theme.

    Other readers no doubt found satisfaction that her main character was a middle-aged woman, which is a rare species to find as a protagonist on a mission from God in most extant literature. It was no doubt this factor that gave the book appeal to Oprah Winfrey, who included it on her list of recommended reads - that and the fact that although it is a whole 224 pages long, the print is large and there aren't too many long words.

    Unfortunately for Ms. Morgan, it also attracted attention from Aboriginal groups in Australia, along with a number of anthropologists that have worked with Native Australians, and it was clear that whatever Ms. Morgan thought she was describing, she had no idea whatsoever what Aboriginal life was like; in fact, the book is a rehash of derivative literature on Aboriginal life, leavened with some Native American spirituality where the details weren't too clear, maybe spiced with a piquant touch of Bushman lore from Southern Africa, and heavily interlarded with a healthy dose of Ms. Morgan's imagination.

    That Ms. Morgan should attempt something like this is not too surprising; Carlos Castaneda managed to do the same thing, only he did it much better; in fact, he fooled an entire generation. James Redfield also did something similar with the "Celestine Prophecy".

    The difference between Ms. Morgan on the one hand, and Mr. Castaneda and his Yaquis or Mr. Redfield and his Incas on the other, is that these others were dealing with ethnic groups that largely didn't read English and didn't pay much attention to what is said about them; among Australian Aborigines, however, there is an organized, articulate group that are committed to maintaining their property rights and are very concerned with the image projected about them to the rest of the world.

    Ms. Morgan has apparently gone on record for "apologizing" the the Aborigines, although her apology has not kept her from writing a second book on this same idiocy. If she really feels apologetic she should consider funding some of her considerable profits for this book to support Aboriginal rights in Australia. It's the least she owes them for exploiting their culture and folkways to pander to the audience for half-baked spirituality.

    As is so often the case with this sort of thing, the devil is in the details, and if you're interested in pursuing those details that make this story come apart at the seams you can search for "Dumbartung" on your computer to be taken to an Aboriginal website that has a great amount of detail on the subject.

    As for Aboriginal spirituality, if you're really interested in the subject you're better off reading James Cowan's books. As arguably the oldest continuous culture in the world, I believe that the Aborigines have a lot to teach us about spiritual matters. It's a shame that the most readily available way it is being served up these days is in a sideshow caricature like this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    This is a fantastic book, it is one of the books that lets you reconsider all the superficial things one tends to worry about.

    I wanna share some of the quotes I particulary liked in the book.
    How would one put a coin in a telephone, dial a number and call someone?? We use mental telepathy...
    According to the Aborigines, there are no misfits, or accidents, just mysteries not yet revealed by man.
    Everything exists for a certain purpose.
    We don't celebrate getting older, we celebrate getting wiser and better.

    All in all this book helps you to learn so much more about the culture of this indigenous people than you could ever do through any other book.....

    I recommend it highly and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bending the Mind
    Mutant Message Down Under is a book that proves to be an experience that takes its readers away from their idea to today's social facades and almost demands them to examine and learn more about themselves, all between two covers. The story follows an American woman who comes to find herself becoming a part of an ancient civilization and relaying their message of life. Because everyone at one time or another can get caught up in hurried and materialisitic ways of life, Mutant Message is able to point out that what is urgent isn't always necessary, and what is necessary isn't always urgent.

    This book bends the minds of those people who forget the truest and most basic purpose of life. For anyone willing to open a third eye and think about a different way, this book will hold its reader to a different standard. Mutant Message does not hold a strong plot or even a noticeable climax, but what it lacks it makes up for in a strong message through themes and symbolism. ... Read more


    15. The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English (Pure Gold Classics)
    by John Bunyan, L. Edward Hazelbaker
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    Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the best books of all time
    Many years ago I read the "original" version and thoroughly enjoyed it. This Modern English version is even better because it's easier to read and comprehend, although I have to admit I missed the "Slough of Despond" (now the Swamp of Despondency).

    Bunyan has depicted the major pitfalls in the life of the "born again" Christian in an understandable and believable way. Especially helpful are the footnotes which allow the reader to refer to the Scripture passages Bunyan has used to support his allegory.

    If you are already traveling in "The Way," read this book for encouragement on your journey. If you are not already a Pilgrim, read this book to find out what you are missing and how to enter at the narrow gate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspring Way to learn the Truth.
    I first read this book back in the seventies. Since I have also used as a Bible study tool and great source of allegorical illustration of the Christina life. It is a wonderful story for Christians of all ages to study and enjoy. Surly God blessed John Bunyan with a special insight into Discipleship. I recommend strongly sticking with the Modern English version of the book because of the vast differences in past speech patterns. The book is well worth your time and effort. Any serious student of Scripture will certainly find it's contents valuable and very insightful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I've Got An Idea!
    What a treat! It's hard to beat the classics and Pilgrim's Progress is one of the greatest Christian classics ever written. I am glad it is now in modern English. I read a few pages every night with my family. It makes a great devotional book and sure beats all gathering around the television. My children are age 17 and 12. One might think they are too old for such a thing, but not so. If you have young children at home, skip the little devotional books for a few weeks, shell out a few dollars, buy the book, and start a new tradition of introducing your family to the classics. Go from this to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and you may break the TV habit for good!. . . Perhaps . . .

    5-0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book
    I'm a Chinese girl. I got a traslation job to help with the publishing in China.I found it really interesting and helpful with my belief as I read it. I love this book.Hope we'll have more books like this in China, and in Chinese.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Best
    I have owned the Pilgrim's Progress for years but have never read it. I started and then thought the book was boring and hard to read so I promptly quit. The original language is somewhat hard to understand so purchasing a book with notes and added definitions is helpful.
    However, since beginning to really read it, I have found I was completely wrong. This is one of the most influential and captivating books I have ever read. The powerful allusions to the Bible are abundant and threaded in carefully. It paints a vivid picture of the Christian life and the struggles, temptations, and tests that come with that path.
    Although it was mostly written for Christians, I am sure that this book can be enjoyable to almost anyone. To Christians, however, it is an encouragement. It helps you remember that there is a reason to press on and that you're not in it alone.
    This book is an amazing illustration of a classic allegory. It is uplifting and inspiring. I am truly happy I read it. ... Read more


    16. Light from Heaven
    by JanKaron
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    Catlog: Book (2005-11-08)
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    Read by John McDonough

    Jan Karon saved the best for last - the final novel in the Mitford Years series.

    Unabridged Cassettes - 10 cassettes, 15 hours
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    17. Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Left Behind No. 2)
    by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
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    Take a pound of apocalyptic suspense, add a dash of conspiracy, a little romance, and you've got a recipe for publishing success.

    When authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins first imaginedLeft Behind, their goal was to create "...the first fictional portrayal of events that are true to the literal interpretation of Bible prophecy."Left Behind began as a sleeper, starting slowly and building steadily, selling by word of mouth. Eventually the book became a bestseller and LaHaye and Jenkins discovered that the story would take more than one book to tell, so they continued the tale in Tribulation Force.

    Set against the backdrop of the Rapture, in which Jesus has returned as promised to gather his followers and remove them from this world, the characters in Tribulation Force must confront life without their loved ones, struggle with evil unleashed on the world, and ultimately embrace God's truth for themselves.

    Pilot Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, journalist Buck Williams, and pastor Bruce Barnes band together to study the Bible, pray, and support one another through this time of terror and uncertainty. They realize that Nicolae Carpathia is the prophesied Antichrist, as they watch him consolidate his power. Buck and Rayford find themselves employees of Nicolae, keeping their faith in Jesus secret so that they can continue to work and share their faith unhindered while secretly fighting the Antichrist with the other members of the tribulation force.

    The authors have drawn a story of intrigue and adventure set against a cataclysm of global proportions. Readers captivated by Left Behind will certainly want to read Tribulation Force. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars The Plot Holes Thicken.
    I thoroughly enjoyed LEFT BEHIND and looked forward to reading TRIBULATION FORCE, the second book in the series. I'm sorry to say, I was disappointed. LEFT BEHIND engaged me. I realize that it is basically Christian pulp fiction, but it was a good story (isn't most pulp fiction?). I wish I could say the same of TRIBULATION FORCE.

    The book starts off pretty much where LEFT BEHIND ended. Buck is working and living in Chicago after being demoted. Rayford is still flying planes, Bruce is still pastoring, and Chloe is settling in back home. There are a few minor twists and turns, but nothing really major. There just isn't any suspense like there was in LEFT BEHIND. I won't give away any of the interesting plot lines here, because there aren't many. With that said there are two other reasons why TRIBULATION FORCE failed where LEFT BEHIND succeeded.

    The first is all the romance. Chloe likes Buck, Buck likes Chloe, Chloe sees a woman going into Buck's apartment, Chloe hates Buck, a woman named Amanda likes Rayford, Rayford doesn't like anyone for awhile. Kiss, kiss, hug, hug. Yuck!!! Intelligent readers will understand why all the romantic stuff is there and in order not to offend anyone, I won't reveal why. Let's just say that LaHaye & Jenkins aren't just decent storytellers, they are also brilliant marketers and salesmen as well. They really know how to increase an audience size. Nevertheless, though all that romantic goop increases sales, it also takes a lot away from the story: you can't have many murder attempts when people are trying to get to know each other better.

    The other reason this book fails to achieve what LEFT BEHIND did is the huge 18 month plot hole. The entire set of books takes place roughly over a period of 7 years. Ask any wise person and they will tell you that every moment in life is precious. Well, apparently there were 18 months of the character's lives that just weren't important enough to be written about. We get a sort or flashback here and there, updating what went on during those 18 months, but that's it. I understand sometimes that writers get in a rut when writing epic tales of grandeur and fastforwarding ahead in time is a good way to keep the story going. However, these books aren't an epic series. There aren't 100 different major characters. There's approximately ten and that's it. Also, usually when authors fastfoward and leave out huge blocks of time, it fits the story. Not here. I think it's more of a copout than anything else because the authors were too anxious to get into the plagues of Revelation than take time to develop the characters and flesh out the story more. Speaking of copouts, I'll leave with one.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Blahh!
    After reading the first book Left Behind, I was so geared up for the second book of the 12 book series. Man, I was so disappointed. I actually found myself hoping one of the main characters would be eliminated to stop the madness of boring "does he like me?" "does she like me?" This theme was throughout the whole book. The end of the book was good and it let you know that it wasn't all for nothing because the next book which is Nicolae has to be better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars BOOK TWO: TRIBULATION FORCE
    This successful follow-up to the runaway bestseller "Left Behind" continues the story of a group of new Christians trying to keep the faith in a virtually de-Christianized world following the miraculous Rapture. As Nicolae Carpathia continues his rise to power behind a facade of peace and reconciliation, will even America dare to oppose him? And will the Tribulation Force be able to stay under the Antichrist's radar even as Rayford Steele and Buck Williams find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into his malevolent web? Exciting and extraordinarily well thought out, "Tribulation Force" is both fun and thoughtful and inspiring as well. Some criticize the authors for injecting a heavy dose of romance into the story with this book, but in fact the burgeoning love between Chloe Steele and Buck is handled particularly well and it's not as if Christians are universally called to celibacy. God is the father of love and saw fit to put the first couple together, after all. Yes, Christians need love too! Theologically the authors stay in tune with modern Evangelicals, but in my opinion even Christians from other churches can still derive a lot of pleasure and satisfaction from this moving saga. A great book on its own terms and a compelling lead-in to the next entry in the series, "Nicolae," which promises to be even more exciting. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than people give it credit for
    A lot of the reviews I have read of these books tend to put it down by comparing it to other end of the world books. And while I will admit that these are not as smart or engaging as some of the the better books that cover the same topic like Fire of Heaven or We All Fall Down, I still really enjoyed them. A friend introduced me to the first book and I cut through all 12 books over the past two months. In a way, it's not really fair to compare them to some of the other books because they are trying to do different things. Left Behind seems to me to try to simply tell a great story about the end of the world. It's light, but what's wrong with that? I really felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next when I finished a book and the very next day would order the next one. I call that a success. A book like We All Fall Down is obviously much more intense and thoughtful, the characters seem much more like real people, and it gives you more to think about, but why does that make Left Behind bad? Can't The Ten Commandments and The Passion both be good movies?

    2-0 out of 5 stars A failure
    I am an ardent believer in Christ, but that does not mean that anything written about Christianity should be endorsed and embraced regardless of its quality. I have read all 12 of these novels and they simply aren't very good. The writing is poor, the plot unimaginative, and there certainly isn't anything in these books that will cause a Christian to re-examine and thus more fully embrace our beliefs. Look, I don't doubt that the authors had the best intentions with these books, but quality has to count for something. There are better alternatives out there. Try We All Fall Down by Caldwell. It's well-written and extreimly intelligent. If you're going to read about Christianity, read something that is worth your time. ... Read more


    18. In This Mountain (Karon, Jan, Mitford Years.)
    by Jan Karon
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    Asin: 0142002585
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
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    Moving.Soul searching.Timely.
    In This Mountain is Jan Karon's newest and best.

    Father Tim and Cynthia have been at home in Mitford for three years since returning from Whitecap Island.

    In the little town that's home-away-from-home to millions of readers, life hums along as usual.Dooley looks toward his career as a vet; Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners; and Percey steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Main Street Grill.

    Though Father Tim dislikes change, he dislikes retirement even more.As he and Cynthia gear up for a year-long ministry across the state line, a series of events send shock waves through his faith - and the whole town of Mitford.

    In her seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series, Jan Karon delivers surprises of every kind, including the return of the man in the attic and an ending that no one in Mitford will ever forget.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and uplifting as always
    The 7th book in the Mitford Series is a joyful read, and just what I had hoped for. Father Tim and Cynthia blossom as their years together move on. Their devotion to each other never wanes, even through the trials and tribulations that are about to test their beliefs to the core. Father Tim goes through some dark days, after an occurrence that shakes all of Mitford to the bone. As usual there are lessons to learn, for with every darkness comes a dawn, though it might be an unexpected one.

    All the regulars are back and gizzards are the Tuesday special at the grill, Percy is as cantankerous as ever, some things never change. Emma Newland is working on getting Father Tim into cyberspace, while he's still working on learning to use the microwave. Dooley is back and still searching for his brother Sammy, and George Gaynor "The Man in the Attic" returns.

    Jan Karon has created a wonderful place to come with every book of this series, and she doesn't disappoint in her latest edition of the town that everyone should spend time in. She has a wonderful way of allowing the reader to step right into the setting she has created so clearly in her minds eye. We all should spend a little time in Mitford. Kelsana 7/12/02

    5-0 out of 5 stars For Your Summer's Best Read
    In This Mountain, by Jan Karon, is my pick for this summer's reading. I strongly recommend this book to family and friends, because of the lightheartedness and touching moments presented alongside the realities of day-to-day living. Set in a small town in the foothills of western North Carolina, the residents of Mitford are guided through their daily lives by Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia. This book, in my opinion, is the best in the Mitford series written by Ms. Karon. Her books bring Christian values and spirituality back to the forefront of adult literature, where they are greatly appreciated in this world today. I enjoy Jan Karon's books because of the homespun small-town characters, the comical and serious situations that can pop up unexpectedly, and the ability of the characters to persevere through their trials. For your best summer read at the beach or in the mountains, please take In This Mountain with you. Read it and enjoy what life and God have to offer in a small town!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, touching, and wonderful read by a great author
    I am just finishing In This Mountain by Jan Karon and I don't want it to end. That's how I have felt about each Mitford book that I have read. Father Tim is like all of us, so human and goes about his life not really realizing how important he is to the people in his life. He sees only his frailities, not all he does and how much he means to his family and friends. I love the way his heart sings when he is around Dooley and although he isn't his birth father, he has been there for the boy through the good and the bad. Father Tim tries over and over again to place life's activities in God's hands, but like us
    all takes control when he really needs to let go.

    Also recommended: Bark of the Dogwood and Three Junes

    5-0 out of 5 stars pure small town
    I grew up in a small town back in the 60's and 70's and I raised my own children in the same small town. This series truly captures the essence of small town living and makes me want to get back to my roots. Jan Karon makes me want Mitford to be a real place that I can move to. I already know most of the people who live there, so the transition would be a piece of cake. Keep it up Jan. I personally would like to see more Mitford books. This is one series I have not and probably never would get tired of.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
    I just truly love family sagas. I like the tales that take you on an emotional ride and never let's up. I love stories that make you laugh, cry, and that just plain make you think...and most of all make you feel the very feelings that the characters within are having throughout the book.

    This book does all of that and so much more. I was pleasantly enthralled from beginning to end. ... Read more


    19. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind No. 1)
    by Tim Lahaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
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    Asin: 0842329129
    Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
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    Piloting his 747, Rayford Steele is musing about his wife Irene's irritating religiosity and contemplating the charms of his "drop-dead gorgeous" flight attendant, Hattie. First Irene was into Amway, then Tupperware, and now it's the Rapture of the Saints--the scary last story in the Bible in which Christians are swept to heaven and unbelievers are left behind to endure the Antichrist's Tribulation. Steele believes he'll put the plane on autopilot and go visit Hattie. But Hattie's in a panic: some of the passengers have disappeared! The Rapture has happened, abruptly driverless cars are crashing all over, and the slick, sinister Romanian Nicolae Carpathia plans to use the UN to establish one world government and religion. Resembling "a young Robert Redford" and silver-tongued in nine languages, Carpathia is named People's "Sexiest Man Alive."(This reviewer, a former People writer, finds this plot twist plausible.) Meanwhile, Steele teams up with Buck Williams, a buck-the-system newshound, to form the Tribulation Force, an underground of left-behind penitents battling the Antichrist.

    Ex-presidential candidate Pat Robertson briefly outsold Michael Crichton with his apocalypse novel The End of the Age (now available on audiocassette), and the similar The Third Millennium sells well, but the Left Behind seriesis the absolute champion in the race to make the Book of Revelation into racy thriller reading. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Left Behind
    Captain Rayford Steele is the captain of a 747 on a routine flight from Chicago to London. Buck Williams is a star writer for the Global Weekly, a national magazine, who is flying to London to meet his college friend. In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Planes crash after being left with no pilot, cars crash for the same reason, and the world is thrust into utter chaos. People are terror stricken when their family and friends disappear before their very eyes. Rayford Steele and Buck Williams are two of the millions of people who are left behind. Left Behind is the first book in an amazing seven book series about the end of the world, based on the Christian church, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This series follows the lives of Buck Williams and Rayford Steele as they search for their family, for answers, and for the truth. You share Rayford's and Buck's excitement and fear, as you learn about what's yet to come. This amazing story about the prophesied end of the world is wonderfully written to the point where you can't put the book down. You relate with everything the characters are going through, and feel as if you are right next to them, going through all of the same things. I feel this is a must read for everyone, because it ties in family, love, action, religion, and adventure all into one beautifully done story.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Forgive me
    Until this book was published, I never realized just how un-Christian I was in my belief that the Prince of Peace really wanted to bring peace to the world. But now I've seen the error of my ways.
    Hopefull they'll make a movie of the book complete with mega-violence chest-bursting death and destruction so we believers can present a good witness to the world. Soldier on Christians!
    Is it too much to ask for a killer soundtrack, too?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a real pager turner, even for the non-Christian
    Left Behind and the 11 sequels are really just one long novel. It is possible, though not satisfying to read only the first one. I really enjoyed the first novel, Left Behind (well enough to read the next 11), although I actually stopped reading it for a while because the focus on the disbelievers was maddening. Millions of people all over the world disappear at once (coicidentally the die-hard Christians), and there is some question about what has happened? I suppose LeHaye and Jenkins were trying to convey just how ridiculous the non-Christians must seem to the Christians, but it was a bit overboard and actually a little boring. Anyway, our heroes finally accept Christ and the rest of the novels were action packed page turners. Of course, the Antichrist takes over rule of the world using the UN and the promise of world peace. I actually laughed out loud when the Antichrist was promising peace and extolling the exact sentiments you hear in the average Hillary Clinton speech (coincidence?). The novels read just an epic disaster novel and were just as fun. I would warn people who are anti-religion that the preaching is a little thick, but I enjoyed it and it was necessary to set the proper tone.

    1-0 out of 5 stars All who think this is good writing need to be taken by God..
    I have read some bad books before, but this is quite possible the worst one I have had the misfortune to pick up. I could not make it past page 75. Terrible writing, bad plot, one-dimensional characters. But hey, in a country where reality TV is such a hit, what do you expect, garbage sells! Of course, that will not change the minds of the religious zealots that have flocked to this series like a bunch of mindless sheep. Do yourself a favor, read something else...By the way, is there way to give this a negative 5?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lord Jesus I Sure Hope You Save Us!!!!!
    I just dun finished this here book. Now I'll tell all ya fellas that I aint too much on book learnin or readin words but I was goshdanged by this here book. It's just like I always dun knew it was gonna be. The Lord Jesus God gonna come down here on this Earth and be a whuppin up on all those people that aint right like christians. That includes all the dirty muslins and the stoopid aytheists (can't never be spellerin that word correct-like). Anyways I only hope the Lord God Jesus's repersentive on Earth, George W. Bush, can a get this here 'pocalypse a comin soon enough. Theez damn books are a goshdamn sight better than a watchin Jerry Springer or beatin up ma kids like I usually be doin'. One of them stoopid revewers said this here book was a ritten at a sixth grader level. Well thats a bunch of spit and possum vittles. I dint even finish the fourth grade and I'm a readin it just fine. Ima just hopin somebody gonna make nifty cartoon out this here book. YEEEEEHAAAAWWWWW!!!! PRAISE JESUS!!!!! ... Read more


    20. Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3)
    by Francine Rivers
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    Asin: 0842339523
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
    Sales Rank: 798
    Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    This best-selling trilogy chronicles a tale of persecution and perseverance of 1st-century Christians in hedonistic Rome. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING WORK!!!!
    I read this series a few years ago and absolutly loved it. i finished Voice in 3 days and was so excited about the next one that i drove to a really far bookstore at 5 in the morning so i could be there as soon as they opened to get the next book i was really inspired be Rivers writing so much so that i read about the bible character Haddessa that inspired the book character and her faith is so admirable that i want to name a child after her (the bible character not the fictional)these books were so good i passed them to all my friends and they loved them too i now have to replace them because they are literally falling apart!!! thay've been read so many times these books will change you they made faith come to life in me in such a way with prayer and living my faith so that others are impacted in a possitive way im so happy to have an example of how to weather rough times with god leading and not trying to do it myself my point being that its nice to have a female example of christianity where the example has always been a males faithfulness anyway im just really pleased with the mark series and recomend them for everyone but a warning if you are not straight in your walk with Christ this book with convict you to get striaght with God it convicted me

    5-0 out of 5 stars Completely enthralling! The best books I've read in years!!
    A friend recommended Francine Rivers' "Mark of the Lion" series to me, and I am so grateful!! I love to read, but it is not often that my life is enriched by a work of fiction. From the very first book I found myself not only engaged, but challenged. Rivers begins by challenging her readers to a life committed to sharing the gospel and living Christ's love, through her main character, Hadassah. The second book takes an honest and powerful look at forgiveness, as God would have us forgive and love those who have hurt us most deeply. Finally, "As Sure As the Dawn" takes us into the heart and mind of an unbeliever who is chained by his anger. As I read of God's work in this man's life, I felt I was seeing an eye-opening perspective of my own life. Each book became so personal to me. The writing and research into each book is absolutely incredible. As a person with degree in English literature, it is so nice to read a book that I don't find myself editing as I read it!! I am certainly a new fan of Francine Rivers, and look forward to reading the rest of her work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
    This book series is one that takes the era (approx A.D. 70) and makes it jump to life! It takes the scriptures and brings a dimension that I'd never seen. This book is an absolute page turner! I loved every minute of it. Way to go, Francine! I am your newest fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Books' review
    I started reading the first book in this series at night... and I couldn't put it down. Literally, I read until I finished it at six in the morning. When it ended, I got the sequel as soon as I could. The books are excellent, while I have yet to read the final book in the series, and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone and everyone. The Christian beliefs that shine through the writing (and certain characters, such as Hadassah) are inspiring. God bless!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
    I am currently reading "As Sure as the Dawn" which is the third in the Mark of the Lion series. When I awaken eah morning the first thing I want to do is read a few chapters. I have encountered a problem with the third book and wonder if anyone else has discovered it or if it is only in my book.

    Francine Rivers is the best author !!!!! I have read many of her books and look forward to each new one that I can find. I started with Tamar......and eagerly read each of the others in the Lineage of Grace series. Leota's Garden, and The Scarlet Thread were two of my favorites. ... Read more


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