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1. For Women Only : What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men
by Shaunti Feldhahn
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What's going on in a man's mind? From their early days, every woman has struggled to understand why males behave the way they do. Even long-married women who think they understand men have only scratched the surface. Beneath a man's rugged exterior is an even more rugged, unmapped terrain. What bestselling author Shaunti Feldhahn's research reveals about the inner lives of men will open women's eyes to what the men in their life - boyfriends, brothers, husbands, and sons - arereallythinking and feeling. Men want to be understood, but they're afraid to "freak out" the women they love by confessing what is happening inside their heads. This book will guide women in how to provide the loving support that modern men want and need. ... Read more


2. The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun
by Paul Hattaway
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5-0 out of 5 stars This will challenge your socks off
After reading this book, I'm convinced that most professing Christians in America have no clue what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This book is about Yun who was nicknamed "The Heavenly Man". Yun was a church leader, planter and missionary in China. He faced much persecution because he refused to compromise. He could have avoided the persecution, separation from his family and imprisonment by just being quiet about his faith. But he choose to obey, and he suffered greatly. I was challenged and convicted of my fear of man. This book has been one of the most life changing books I have ever read. Buy It!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE SPIRITUAL POWER OF 'THE CRUCIFIED LIFE' .....
I wish I could give this book six or seven stars. There
are a few truly rare books out there that can genuinely
change your life for the better: this is definitely one
of those books.
You will be amazed to read the fascinating and heartrending
testimony of bro.Yun, a leader in the Chinese underground
church, and how his "faith of abandonment to GOD" leads
him into astounding testings and overcoming power to
testify of the faithfulness and supernatural power of
Christ in daily life: a life that seeks nothing but the
glory of God and the salvation of others as a true servant
in the Kingdom of Christ and His Church.
Just to read the triumphs and tragedies of chapters 11 and
12 alone is more than worth the price of this book. It's a
modern-day classic that will, perhaps, challenge your faith
and your life as no other book you may ever read.
I know now beyond any shadow of doubt that most Christians
in the Western and developed world are virtually spiritual
pygmies compared to our brethren suffering under persecution
and rising to the task of giving testimony to The Gospel with
their very lives and their all for Christ, and Christ alone.
~ This is what genuine, - from the heart CHRISTianity is
all about. The book is a rare treasure. don't miss it, OR
the Message.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!
The reviews speak for themselves! This book is a must for all believers!! It is encouraging and convicting. Brother Yun is a vessel willing to be used.. you will be encouraged to do the same!

5-0 out of 5 stars God using people, People Used by God!!!
Reading this book will change your life forever. If you want to strenghen you faith in God or find out about Chinese Church Persecution this is the book for you. After you read the book you won't feel God just wants you to go on with life, but that he wants to use you in ways you've never thought possible.To devote your whole life to him and want to give everything that you have to him, So that HE CAN USE YOU!!!This book will Bless you.

God Bless

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Christian book I have ever read
This book is what true apostolic Christianity is like. It is a guide book for anyone who is desirous of authentic New Testament faith walked out in today's modern world. It will radically challenge your paradigm of what Christianity really is about. ... Read more


3. Living Religions (5th Edition)
by Mary Pat Fisher
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-30)
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3-0 out of 5 stars A good book; except...
There is a rich amount of knowledge; I will keep this in my library.

It is baptized in feminist views. That would be okay except it isn't supposed to be a platform for feminists; it is suppose to show the richness of the various religions.

It is overly concerned with defending or proving the importance of women; this often takes up to much space pushing out writing that would be more informative of the actual heart of the religion (which would be better then the dispute over women which is such a small fraction of what religion is about. I would be just as unnerved if it focused on how important men where to religions.... it seems to miss the point; the point being the religion itself be it from/to men or women.)

There is to much of it that comes across as feminist propaganda (can you be truly sympathetic to a religion if you take modern feminist propaganda to say Islam or past Christian monasteries where women were not allowed or where at least kept separate from the males?)

The book is corrupted by (as written on the back of the book)"Increased coverage of the role of women in each tradition." What a waste of space! I could have been learning more about the religions.

Your expecting a loving look into religion on the religions own terms... then why, I ask, is their a reading included dedicated to the idea of God as a female within the Christian Religion? It might as well be including excerpts from the writings of Martin Luther as representative of Catholicism; they are clearly not apart of the Religion except as fringes that are better understood as protesting what is taught in the religion itself.

4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for religion survey courses
This textbook not only looks at the history of different religions, but it also shows you the contemporary version/manifestation of each religion. As an instructor, I found this very easy for my students to understand and relate to.

One of the strongest points of this text is the interviews with different contemporary people to explain religious belief. An example of this would be an interview with Ann-Ping Chin on Confucianism in today's society. This is much easier for students to relate to than using discussions of ancient religious leaders only.

Each chapter has a list of suggested readings, which I found very useful in preparing discussions. The publisher also has a web-site with exercises and links for each chapter to assist students in studying the different religions.

I would recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've Seen
I teach world religions and have used many different textbooks. This book has always been among the best, and the fourth edition is definitely the best--has made a lot of substantial improvements over earlier editions. Fisher is sympathetic, engaging, accessible and yet scholarly, up-to-date, thorough, and accurate. Many great pictures and side box interviews really help students understand the material, and so does the website with on-line tests and web links associated with the book chapters. If you saw an earlier edition and weren't terribly impressed, you need to take a new look at the 4th edition! Finally, a world religion survey to please both students and professors! Hard to improve on. ... Read more


4. Gardner's Art Through the Ages (with ArtStudy Student CD-ROM and InfoTrac) (Gardner's Art Through the Ages)
by Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-17)
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The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority. So much so, that in 2001, the Text and Academic Authors Association awarded both the McGuffey and the "Texty" Book Prizes to the Eleventh Edition of the text. It is the first art history book to win either award and the only title ever to win both prizes in one year. The Twelfth Edition maintains and exceeds the richness of the Gardner legacy with updated research and scholarship and an even more beautiful art program featuring more color images than any other art history book available.The Twelfth Edition features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. What's more, the expanded ancillary package that accompanies GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES, features a wealth of tools to enhance your students' experience in the course. With each new copy of the book, students receive a copy of the ArtStudy 2.0 CD-ROM--an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the Twelfth Edition and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to art history
I first used Gardner's Art Through the Ages for my AP art history class back in high school, and I still refer to it sometimes for my college art history courses. It goes over a huge array of artists and periods (both in the Western and non-Western traditions) and is helpful if you need to find some general information or refresh your memory. The picture reproductions are very good (if not slightly dark).

Be aware that this book will sometimes not provide in-depth explanations for all of its subjects; however, this text is a firm foundation of knowledge for beginner art history students. Highly recommended. ... Read more


5. Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Volume I (Chapters 1-18 with ArtStudy Student CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya
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The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority. So much so, that in 2001, the Text and Academic Authors Association awarded both the McGuffey and the "Texty" Book Prizes to the Eleventh Edition of the text. It is the first art history book to win either award and the only title ever to win both prizes in one year. The Twelfth Edition maintains and exceeds the richness of the Gardner legacy with updated research and scholarship and an even more beautiful art program featuring more color images than any other art history book available.The Twelfth Edition features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. What's more, the expanded ancillary package that accompanies GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES, features a wealth of tools to enhance your students' experience in the course. With each new copy of the book, students receive a copy of the ArtStudy 2.0 CD-ROM--an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the Twelfth Edition and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more. ... Read more


6. The Great Divorce
by C. S. Lewis
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Catlog: Book (2001-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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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


7. Letters From a Skeptic : A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity
by Gregory A. Boyd, Edward K. Boyd
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Edward Boyd's agnosticism rested "not ... too much on any positive position ... but rather on a host of negative ones" about Christianity. In an attempt to address these negative issues, his son Greg, a professor of theology, asked his father, a strong-willed, highly intelligent, and stubborn 70-year-old, to enter into a correspondence in which "all of their cards would be laid on the table." Greg would give his father the opportunity to raise all his objections to the veracity of Christianity, and Greg would "answer these objections as well as give positive grounds for holding to the Christian faith."

Three years and more than 30 letters later, Letters from a Skeptic was published and Edward Boyd came to accept Christ. During his journey, he and his son hash through such topics as why the world is so full of suffering; why an all-powerful God needs prayer; how you can believe in someone who rose from the dead; and how another man's death can pardon others. Despite their brutal honesty, both men exhibit respect and love toward one another as they address these volatile subjects. In Edward's second response to Greg, he boldly says, "Well, your distinction between the 'Christian Church' and 'Christians' is interesting and novel, but frankly, I don't buy it." Greg responds, saying, "I've got to admit that you are raising some extremely good points in your letters. You are raising the most difficult questions a theist can face." --Jill Heatherly ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I found this book very helpful in not only my own spiritual walk but also in explaining certain Christian concepts to others. Dr. Boyd is an extremely bright, intelligent man and the honesty with which he addresses certain issues is refreshing. There has been some complaint as to the fact that certain issues like different beliefs on the doctrine of Hell are seemingly brushed aside, I don't this is the case. Boyd's main objective is to get his father to surrender his life to Christ not to make every issue clear. Such issues as Hell usually make a lot more sense when you have been in the Christian faith a while. Once you have expierienced God's love and forgiveness and come to realize that whatever God is going to do he will do out of his justice and mercy. This belief takes time to develop and can only come from the Holy Spirit. He is not trying to minimize these questions or imply that there is something God can't do. He is merely pointing out that the reasons may not always be clear. I could go on, but I am running out of time. One final note- there are certain parts of the book where Boyd talks about things such as the moral law, many times it may be helpful for the nonbeliever to investigate other sources about these topics in order to fully understand them....END

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Apologetics Overview for skeptics
This is one of the best books I have read on apologetics. Throughout the conversations with his father, Dr. Boyd does an excellent job clearing any obstacle that stands in the way of his father's ability to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dr. Boyd, a Princeton and Yale grad, challenges his father to a dialogue on Christianity. With each giving reasons why they are/not a Christian. The father accepts, and what results is a well thought out Q & A on the basic tenets of Christianity. Throughout this journey, Ed Boyd (father) asks very good, yet common questions. The questions range from issues dealing with the existence of God, to theological questions of hell. Dr. Boyd than gives very forceful and sincere answers.

The positives of this book are many. The exchange covers a lot of topics, so it's a good place to start to get an overall idea of how Christians answer questions from everyday people. The author also doesn't get too philosophical and has a great writing style. Which makes the book great for a non-philosophical skeptic. He also does a good job of keeping you interested. You are eager to read what the father will ask, and when he does, what Dr. Boyd will respond. Each person always leaving you thinking the answer/question is impenetrable and valid. Only too see a response you did not expect.

The negatives of the book are few. The one that bothered me the most is that the author, since he did decide to publish the letters, should have included a list of recommended books for further reading on each topic. The author is obviously very educated and intelligent, so his recommendations would have helped readers identify good books that deal more with the particular subject. Another negative is the author does not have an orthodox view of God's omniscience and a somewhat liberal view of hell. Although this doesn't detract from his overall view that we need Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, it will still be a problem for a Christian who wants to give this book to a skeptical friend, but wants traditional Christianity represented.

However, with the negatives in mind, this book is definitely a great resource of apologetics. It is one of the books I would think of first as an easy to read defense of the Christian position. The author does an excellent job clearing many obstacles that stand in the way of skeptic's who would like to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!!!
I am reading this book at this moment, and I love this book. I use to wonder with all these questions about God and his existence. This book opened a new world for me.God's world. I learned that he loves us with all our heart. This book is so inspiring. I would tell everyone to read this book. Seriously, this book is the best book I ever read in my life. I would like to tell everyone to hurry up and get this book. This book is worth the money you use.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book That's Been Misunderstood
Greg Boyd's "Letters from a Skeptic" is a masterful depiction of Christ crucified, what that means for fallen humanity, and how Christianity makes spriritual, practical, and philosophical sense even after posing difficult questions to it.

What some reviewers of this book have had a hard time with is Boyd's view of open theism. Critics have harshly judged Boyd for the way he presents God's knowledge in this book. However, I submit to you that Boyd is not attempting to lay out a rock solid case for a learned scholar to pick up, read and pick apart. He is laying down some of the basics of the faith for his father. If you want to pick apart open theism, try reading Boyd's outstanding "God of the Possible" (and good luck picking it apart, because he has an astounding amount of biblical and philosophical evidence to support his views)or his thoughtful essay in "Divine Foreknowledge: 4 Views."

Letters from a skeptic truly does go beyond pat answers to difficult questions raised by unbelievers. Greg answers these in love; a wonderful example of how we should all answer. Whether or not many want to admit it, Boyd's view of God's foreknowledge and his trinitarian theodicy (see "Satan and the Problem of Evil" by Boyd) goes much farther in answering some difficult theological questions than does Calvinism.
This book could be life changing for anyone who took the time to read it. Do not let other discourage you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Apologetics Literature
A few years ago, I belonged to a Friday Night Bible study not far from where I used to live. We had a Christmas gift exchange and wrote ona piece of paper our name & what we wanted. I wrote "A Christian book." Oddly enough, this is what I got in return.

These days apologetic literature is all over the place. With the Muslim world vastly growing, books on apologetics are vastly popular. I enjoyed this book because it was an easy read & was very down to Earth. Sometimes apologetic books can be a bit too theological and will be too deep for the average reader. Even though Gregory Boyd works at a Christian college, he made this book understandable.

This book started out of letters from Greg's dad, who had lots of faith related questions. His dad, Edward Boyd, was a skeptic/agnostic. His questions were thorough & gut wrentchingly honest. His Son Greg answers his questions honestly and evry straightforward. In about 3 years time & over 30 letters between father & son, Edward Boyd finally got saved & became a Christian. It's neat to read all of the letters back & forth & watch the drama unfold.

Now, some of the other reviewers had some trouble with this book. Even though it's not specifically stated, I think it's because of their own theological and/or denominatonal background. It's as though they were saying, "I wouldn't go there defending Jesus." "My church wouldn't say that." "What aboyt this issue or that?" As a pastor myself, I can tell you that this is the reason more people in America don't get saved. We're centered too much on our own theological camps & on our differences. What so many negative reviewers didn't say was that Gregory Boyd did explain the tenants of salvation correctly. And in the end, his dad did get saved because of it.

Question: can you get past the denominational wars & just simply tell someone about Jesus? If you can, this book will be an asset to you as it was(and still is) to me. If you can't, you'[ll have lots of trouble with this book. ... Read more


8. A Grief Observed
by C. S. Lewis
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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man -- or at any rate a man like me -- out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly homest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Difficult, but somehow comforting for those in grief
Lewis' book (journal, really) captures the feeling of those in grief, there is no doubt about that. June 16, 2000 my wife left this life, 8 weeks to the day after our first child was born. In the midst of our struggle, there were several books that my family and I found comfort in, and this book was one of them.

I rated this book 4 stars because it's difficult. It's not difficult to read, it doesn't contain long arguments or technical language. The content is hard for those in the throws of grief. And yet it is somehow comforting to know that you're not alone, the feelings that you feel aren't the signs of insanity. I remember several times thinking I was going insane, that I'd finally lost it...only to read those exact thoughts from Lewis' journal.

Lewis' experience with grief was different from mine, too. I suppose everyone's is different in some way. Lewis is angry with God, and he struggles with his faith. He explains that it wasn't that he was in danger of losing his belief in God, but that he "was in danger of coming to believe such terrible things about him." You may identify with Lewis' words, and I truly believe you'll find comfort in this book.

If I may, I would like to recommend another book for those who suffer and those in ministry to the suffering, as well. Nicholas Wolterstorff's LAMENT FOR A SON captures the intimate details of grief, and in many ways I identified more with Wolterstorff than I did with Lewis.

For those who've lost, this book is a difficult and yet rewarding right of passage. You travel down the narrow path, on hallowed ground. You make a journey that those who haven't made cannot speak of, and you can find comfort in the experience of those who travel with you.

For those in ministry, this book is an excellent insight into the pain of those to whom you minister. Lewis attempts to coldly analyze his grief, and in the end he cannot. He simply expresses his grief without even attempting to gloss over it. The information you can glean from this book for your ministry is immeasurable.

God bless you as you travel down this long and painful road. Remember, as Lewis did, the hope that will sustain you: God who raises the dead. The journey is difficult, but in the end we will see and hold them again. God be with you.

5-0 out of 5 stars An honest book that doesn't try to simplify grief
This work chronicles Lewis' struggle to come to terms with the death of his wife. Because it comes from his private journals, it may not seem as "polished" as some of his other writings. Personally, I appreciate the way it reveals the innerworkings of a very emotional and private man.

In contrast to many works, this book doesn't try to simplify grief, justify it, or dance around the issue with pat observations or cheery reminders. Instead, it dares to question those very tactics. Lewis allows himself to feel a broad range of emotions, including doubt and great despair. I love this quality in Lewis: he is one of the few Chrisitian writers who is brutally honest about his fears and anger. His writings allow that God is big enough to handle our toughest questions.

This little book is full of images and ideas that will stay with you long after you've finished it. Lewis takes feelings that you can't quite pinpoint and eloquently puts them into words. As I read the book, I kept thinking to myself "Yes, THAT'S what I feel too!" Misery does love company, and Lewis is excellent company.

As usual, Lewis is full of astute observations and points to ponder, but don't expect a bunch of clean and pretty answers. At the end, his grief is still very much a work in progress, which is definitely how it has been in my life....a journey.

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 No Hype, Straight HELP: coping, understand, surviving Grief
Mister Lewis starts to the heart of where most of us have been
when dealing with the sudden loss of a love one through death.
He gives the words to those errant feelings and horrid thoughts that challenge our day-to-day surviving of that death, that moment where we have been gothically cheated by this world...and maybe feel cheated by our God, or deceived into following a faith we now find repugnant to practice. BUT that is not where Mister Lewis leaves us. This book is real, solid help, and hope when it seems so much more probable to believe that there is none.
A lot of authors push hype. They are the TV sensation with a fashion of the latest phrases, and tag-lines to sell their next
deluded idea. They come up short or just plain empty.
I hope you find, as my family has, that this author and this book sit in a far better realm--unvarnished truth. Treat yourself!

5-0 out of 5 stars honest
Like Tolstoy(and like so many others), Lewis was still shocked by the concept of death late in life. Both these men were internationally famous for their brilliant writing about life'
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9. The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions
by Huston Smith
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The World's Religions, by Huston Smith, has been a standard introduction to its eponymous subject since its first publication in 1958. Smith writes humbly, forswearing judgment on the validity of world religions. His introduction asks, "How does it all sound from above? Like bedlam, or do the strains blend in strange, ethereal harmony? ... We cannot know. All we can do is try to listen carefully and with full attention to each voice in turn as it addresses the divine. Such listening defines the purpose of this book." His criteria for inclusion and analysis of religions in this book are "relevance to the modern mind" and "universality," and his interest in each religion is more concerned with its principles than its context. Therefore, he avoids cataloging the horrors and crimes of which religions have been accused, and he attempts to show each "at their best." Yet The World's Religions is no pollyannaish romp: "It is about religion alive," Huston writes. "It calls the soul to the highest adventure it can undertake, a proposed journey across the jungles, peaks, and deserts of the human spirit. The call is to confront reality." And by translating the voices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Christianity, and Judaism, among others, Smith has amplified the divine call for generations of readers. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Contribution to Our Understanding
The reviewer from Pendleton, NY, who wrote "What was He Thinking?," on April 2, 2004, simply misread the text. Admittedly, Smith's style is rather archaic at times; but it is always lucid English. Smith says in his examination of Judaism, regarding the biblical teaching on "sin" as missing the mark, "and this [missing the mark] people manage to do. Meant to be noble, they [human beings] are usually something less." Smith is not referring to a religion or ethnic community, but is supporting the biblical claim regarding the human condition. He continues, "Created more than animal, they [human beings] often sink to being nothing else." Both of the plural pronouns refer to human beings. While I appreciate the review, "Slight misquote supports biased review?," of April 15, 2004, it must be said that the problem for the earlier reviewer was not a mere "misquote," but a severe misunderstanding, and a rather silly one at that. Our debt to Huston Smith for the brilliant contribution he has made to our understanding of the world's great religious traditions is large. If you do not yet own this book, you should buy it now and read it again and again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of Religion
Huston Smith's _The World's Religions_ surveys the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and primal religions. Instead of focusing on the details of the history and rituals of those religions, he examines their underlying philosophical claims (metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical). Because Smith is so enamored of religion, the dubious and pernicious premises are laid bare, with little or no attempt at rationalization. In addition, he focuses on the ideas that unite the various sects of a religion, rather than divide them. (Thus, in Christianity, only Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism are differentiated and discussed.) The only major failing of the book, in my opinion, is Smith's bias towards monotheism, such that all religions are interpreted as monotheistic in some significant sense. Finally, I should note that the book is a bit too easy, truly written for the average reader, rather than the intelligent or well-read one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best.
This book is a classic and undoubtedly the best place to start for anyone wanting to learn more about the world's great religious traditions. Huston Smith gets to the heart of each faith like no one else can. He lives his own life within the Christian tradition and Methodist Church, but his soul is universal and belongs to the wisdom of all traditions. Read this book and sit at the feet of a true master!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
One of the best books to start exploring the main religions in our world. Well-balanced description between historic events that fostered the creation of each religion and the wisdom-rational that each one of them heralds. Ignorance is the fuel that propels fundamentalism and narrow-mindeness. This book is a great contribution to a more open and tolerant environment in our already tubulent world.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reader from Pendleton Took Passage Out of Context
I urge the Reader from Pendleton to re-read page 281. The "they" that Smith refers to is humankind. Here's the paragraph in its entirety:

"In speaking of the realism of the Jewish view of human nature we have thus far emphasized its recognition of physical limitations: weakness, susceptibility to pain, life's brevity. We shall not have plumbed the full scope of its realism, however, until we add that they saw the basic human limitation as moral rather than physical. Human beings are not only frail; they are sinners: "I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me" (Psalm 51:5). It is totally false to claim this verse for the defense of either the doctrine of total human depravity or the notion that sex is evil. These are both imported notions that have nothing to do with Judaism. The verse does, however, contribute something of great importance to Jewish anthropology. The word sin comes from a root meaning "to miss the mark," and this people (despite their high origin) manage to continually do. Meant to be noble, they are usually something less; meant to be generous, they withhold from others. Created more than animal, they often sink to being nothing else."

Smith's awkwardly-worded "and this people (despite their high origin) manage to continually do" may have caused the confusion. When he says "this" he is talking about "sin" as a verb. It may have been better constructed as "The word sin comes from a root meaning "to miss the mark," and sin is what people manage to continually do (despite their high origin)." He is referring to all people, not just Jews. Smith is no anti-Semite and his respect for Judaism and the Jews should be apparent to anyone who reads Chapter VII. ... Read more


10. The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21 Century Church
by Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge Thinking on Mission for Today.
If you want to be challenged in your thinking about how we do church and mission you have to read this book. Mike Frost and Alan Hirsch are among the foremost thinkers in the world on these areas. They describe the present state of the church acurately and they articulate a method of contextualization that is reproducable anywhere because they don't tell you to adopt their 'model', but instead give you the tools to incarnate the gospel in your own context. This is especially valuable as quite often many books on mission say "Do it our way". Often what works in one culture will not work in another. This book seeks to articulate the theology and methods that can be appplied as easily in North America as they could be in the middle of Africa.

Mike and Alan are evangelical in their theology and uncompromising on the gospel, but they will not hesitate to challenge and overthrow our sacred cows that hinder our mission to 'not yet Christians'. In their methods they are often radical, in their mission they are always passionate. This book will be a great read even if you don't agree with everything they say. If you want to start thinking outside the box, let me encourage you to read "The Shaping of things to Come". ... Read more


11. A Year with C. S. Lewis : Daily Readings from His Classic Works
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Beloved author C. S. Lewis is our trusted guide in this intimate day-by-day companion offering his distinctive and celebrated wisdom. Amidst the bustle of our daily experience, A Year with C. S. Lewis provides the necessary respite and inspiration to meet the many challenges we face in our lives. Ruminating on such themes as the nature of love, the existence of miracles, overcoming a devastating loss, and discovering a profound faith, Lewis offers unflinchingly honest insight for each day of the year.

These daily meditations have been culled from Lewis's celebrated Signature Classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and A Grief Observed, as well as from the distinguished works The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man.

Throughout this elegant daybook the reader will find poignant biographical com-mentary about C. S. Lewis's life that offers a remarkable portrait of Lewis in the context of his work. As each day unfolds, we embark on a path of discovery with a friend by your side. A Year with C. S. Lewis is the perfect com-panion for everyone who cherishes Lewis's timeless words.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for its substance, modesty and humor
Offering some real substance in an erudite but humble and humorous style, Lewis stands out from the plethora of dogmatic religious fluff we read. The review by FaithfulReader.com from New York is the best I've read. To emphasize several points:
1. By cutting and pasting from several C. S. Lewis books, this daily reader is somewhat choppy.
2. Although profound, orthodox Christianity, it is not a good devotional. Chris Tiegreen's At His Feet also provides real substance but, unlike A Year with C. S. Lewis, was originally written as a daily devotional.
3. Though the January 15 entry clearly explains that Screwtape is a fictional demon, a reader who doesn't know that and who begins reading at some other date might be confused (as a dear friend of mine was) when the "Enemy" means God, and "Our Father" is Satan. I don't know how to prevent this.
4. For those unfamiliar with C. S. Lewis' works, this daily reader will introduce them to his exceptionally clear and thought-provoking insights, yet expressed with modesty and humor. Some of my favorite gems:
a. On limits of human intelligence: "Of course these conjectures as to why God does what he does are probably of no more value that my dog's idea of what I am up to when I sit and read."
b. On God's perception of time: "The difficulty comes from thinking that God is progressing along the Time-line like us... Suppose God is outside and above the time line?"
c. On experiencing God: "Suppose we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! 'Look out!' we cry, 'it's alive!'"
d. On the importance of doctrine: [comparing experiencing the seashore with having a chart] Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experiences of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God. If you want to get any further [than experience] you must have a map.

Highly recommended for introducing one to the treasure of C. S. Lewis or reminding his old admirers.

5-0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis - 5 Stars, Walter Hooper - 0 Stars
Am I the only one who's getting really tired of that greedy ass Walter Hooper throwing together all of these C.S. Lewis compilations? Besides, didn't they already make one of these called "The Business of Heaven"?

I think it's pretty obvious that "A Year with C.S. Lewis" was compiled just for money. Walter Hooper should be ashamed of himself.

4-0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis Devotees Will Be Delighted
A C. S. Lewis devotee knows that Lewis died the same day as President Kennedy. Though it's not mentioned in the jacket copy --- and the book includes no introduction --- that forty-year commemoration might have been the catalyst for this new compilation of 366 daily readings drawn from what the publisher calls his (capital-letter) Signature Classics: MERE CHRISTIANITY, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, THE GREAT DIVORCE, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, MIRACLES and A GRIEF OBSERVED, plus (apparently perceived in some other category) THE WEIGHT OF GLORY and THE ABOLITION OF MAN.

Drawing on this bank, this book provides food for thought more than for devotion. Readers looking for a devotional aid will need to make a conscious leap to apply the material to a personal line of prayer. And yet the presented theological, philosophical and sociological points, all focused by Lewis's Christian worldview, do serve to draw the reader to a keener awareness of God's presence, character and role; his being, creations and relationships.

The one-page selections have been deftly arranged by Patricia Klein, who in times past edited the annual Cahill calendars featuring quotable lines from Lewis and his Inkling cohorts. She has given each reading a clear but not clever title that orients readers going into a selection and grounds them coming out: "Love the Sinner . . .", "The Real Test", "Nice Is Not Enough", and "How Marriage Reconciles."

Her selections are well organized. Each stands on its own, but many, usually from one source, for four or five days at a time thematically build on one another. We spend a week in March, for example, noting the pitfalls of pride (from MERE CHRISTIANITY) before being introduced to "Humility 101" (from THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS).

Although the first SCREWTAPE entry (January 13) includes a paragraph that explains the first-person, demonist voice of this novel, an unwary reader unfamiliar with that book's tongue-in-cheek style can be confused later on. Trying to head off said confusion, Klein has added an italicized tag onto each SCREWTAPE reading (i.e., "Screwtape reveals a powerful tool for distraction").

I personally connected most with Lewis, the man, in his readings from A GRIEF OBSERVED, in which he mourns the death of his wife. But I also connected with Lewis's God in selections from MERE CHRISTIANITY and THE WEIGHT OF GLORY.

The volume is nicely packaged: a ribbon bound into the spine to mark your place, a table of contents on a part-title page at the beginning of each month, three book-end indices. When I turned a page, I first glanced to the bottom, anticipating an occasional date-specific Lewis-biographical event: a book publication, an academic achievement, a family birth or death --- November 22, 1963, "Lewis dies at 5:30 P.M. at The Kilns, one week short of his sixty-fifth birthday. . . "

Most readings are three, four, five times longer than the one I cite below (September 27), which is the shortest in the book. As compiled in A YEAR WITH . . . Lewis only occasionally quotes Scripture and never more aptly than here, speaking of the apostle Peter's seaside conversation with Jesus: "There are questions at issue between Christians to which I do not think we have been told the answer. There are some to which I may never know the answer: if I asked them, even in a better world, I might (for all I know) be answered as a far greater questioner was answered: 'What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.' "

--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence

4-0 out of 5 stars Daily treasure!
Great collection of Lewis quotes. You will not regret this purchase. A daily dividend of thoughtful truth. Buy it today! ... Read more


12. Turning The Hiram Key: Rituals Of Freemasonry Revealed
by Robert Lomas
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The latest book from Robert Lomas takes readers beyond The Hiram Key to reveal the secrets of the actual Masonic rituals. By deconstructing these rituals, Lomas discovers the true message behind them, a message that is as valid today as it was when the rituals were created. Not only will readers get a step-by-step, insider's look at each of these timeless rituals, they'll learn how they can benefit from them in today's world.

With Lomas as their guide, readers will learn:

  • the hidden meanings behind the rituals
  • the true purpose of the spiritual journey that is freemasonry.
  • the truth behind the postures, symbols, and tools of this fascinating craft
  • how to incorporate the inner mysteries of freemasonry into their daily lives
Turning the Hiram Key also explores how these rituals have helped history's most accomplished men to reach their goals, from Louis Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh to George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt to John Wayne and Buzz Aldrin. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not uncovering secrets, but explaining the meaning behind...
Robert Lomas brings us yet more masonic information that get's mixed reviews from Masons.As a Freemason myself (32 degree Scottish Rite, Master Mason belonging to two blue Lodges) I don't feel he gives away any secrets persay.I know you will get much more out of this book if you are a mason because...

...What Robert's goals was is to bring out the definition and meaning behind the allegory and esoteric work that Freemasonry is based on.Many who are not Masons would look into this and say "this makes no sense" or "I don't understand the relation.."Freemasonry teaches good will towards man, Charity, Hope, Faith, and Brotherhood through a storyline and context of examples and symbols.This tradition is what has been kept alive by Freemasons for thousands of years.All He did was bring out the meaning from it so you can better understand it.

As I said before, perhaps it is better understood by masons than non-masons who are picking up this book to find out some James Bond type secrets they think are happening "Behind the door".That is not what this book is about, nor was it's intent.It is a fraternal organization that is non-profit and does not recruit, so those that join know it is what's for them.
When you first join you are excited to learn and study, but many things seem over your head at first.It's simply because there is so much information to obsorb and it is the ulitmate "invisible college" because it really is a lifelong learning process, a craft and skill that you constantly hone and practice.This book would be perfect for the beginning mason, or say, someone who just completed the 3rd degree to be entered into a blue lodge as a "master mason".Below is a publisher's note/review of the book that may be of help to you.

the hidden meanings behind the rituals the true purpose of the spiritual journey that is freemasonry.

the truth behind the postures, symbols, and tools of this fascinating craft.

How to incorporate the inner mysteries of freemasonry into their daily lives.

Turning the Hiram Key also explores how these rituals have helped history's most accomplished men to reach their goals, from Louis Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh to George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt to John Wayne and Buzz Aldrin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stepping out from the shadows
"Turning the Hiram Key" is yet another fine offering from Dr Robert Lomas continuing his quest to uncover the reasons behind the rituals employed in Freemasonry and to seek a deeper understanding of what the Brethren are or were supposed to be about. In this tome, the first of his works published by Lewis Masonic, he considers the purpose and practice of the ritual from practical, scientific and then spiritual angles giving the reader an insight into what it actualy feels like to be a Freemason.

The publication itself is presented in such a way as to be easy on the eye, and lends a flow in print to the thoroughly well crafted narrative. From a historic and Scientific viewpoint, Dr Lomas backs supposition and theory with hard evidence, and avoids the classic text book drone by relating to events and experiences of his own.

Personally, I was surprised to be able to learn so much from this work regarding Freemasonry and as a non-Mason with a view coloured perhaps by the typical prejudicial reportage that is normally associated with the secrecy and practice of Freemasonry, I find myself intrigued and wanting to learn more. Dr Lomas' book has opened my eyes to the other side of the argument and made Freemasonry far more accessible to the 'average joe'.

I await Robert Lomas' next book with the anticipation of surprise, wonder and fascination.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Last a Sensible Challenge to a Culture of Mindless Secrecy
Freemasonry is a personal thing, and Brother Lomas's personal testament is well worth reading as it deals with the emotional impact of being made a Mason and the value of that experience.

The United Grand Lodge of England, where Dr Lomas swore his obligation, defines the 'secrets' as the passwords and grips of the various degrees and Lomas does not reveal those. The UGLE rules say that all the myths, rituals and symbols can be discussed, and Lomas does this in a thoughtful and sensitive manner. Not since W. L. Wilmshurst's books and lodge papers of the 1920s and 30s has there been such a positive and serious study of Freemasonry as a system of spiritual philosophy. Lomas is not only a follower of the teaching of W.L Wilmshurst, he also belongs to the Lodge which Wilmshurst founded and it shows in his careful explanation of Wilmshurst's teachings.

The response of the previous reviewer does make me wonder what 'secret's' he thinks he is trying to hide or protect, by falsely accusing a Brother Mason of breaking his obligation? If that is how he practises the Freemasonry he claims to be part of then, small wonder he wants to keep it a secret. Is he ashamed of the Masonic rituals?

Brother Lomas is obviously proud of them, and true Masons are proud of his attempt to understand, teach and explain them. Read and judge for yourself. He will inspire you, just as he has inspired me. And what better recommended could you have than the fact 99.9% of the 'it's a secret' fanatics, don't want you to read it. Don't be put off.

This work extends well beyond the narrow confines of Masonic ceremony covering a wide-ranging, and timely, scientific account of what is known about the effects of spirituality and sexual arousal on the mind and body. In spite of the breadth of topic the subject matter is concise, surprisingly deep, and able to hold the interest of the non-scientist reader. It gives an extensive list of learned references for those wishing to pursue matters further. This book meets a great need to explain modern brain research and its implications for spirituality. Lomas is a scientist with the skill to communicate with the general public, rather than just with fellow scientists.

2-0 out of 5 stars more Lomas claptrap

Folks, don't spend too much time in fantasy land!While purporting to be an "insider", Robert Lomas has alienated himself from most of The Fraternity by breaking his obligation and detailing his experience of initiation.If he's willing to break an obligation like that, just think of the crap he's willing to publish.Fortunately, his is a gross mischaracterization of the experience and ritual varies widely in different regions.

The experience of initiation is meant to be very personal and is different for each individual - so it's a disservice for Lomas to give his interpretations to the world in this way.One would walk away with Lomas' view of Freemasonry and not the view of 99.99% of Masons.

Suffice it to say, if you're speaking with Masons I wouldn't mention Lomas' name - you might get a weary look and be quickly labelled as an oddball.There are plenty of other good books that are more factual and would be a better use of your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Masonic Book in Print
I thought I understood Freemasonry. For me this book was a breath of fresh air. Suddenly everything clicked into place. It was so clear. I have learned much from this title. It is a must for any one interested in freemasonry. It is the first time I have ever read a convinced Mason explaining why he enjoys his Masonry and then explaining why Masonic ritual can make this happen
If you liked the Hiram Key you really have to buy this book. It is so much better and more personal ... Read more


13. The Magdalene Legacy: The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy
by Laurence Gardner
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14. The Rise of Benedict XVI : The Inside Story of How the Pope was Elected and Where He Will Take the CatholicChurch
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15. The Screwtape Letters
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In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


16. His Needs, Her Needs
by Willard F. Harley Jr.
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Marriage works only when each spouse takes the time to consider the other's needs and strives to meet them. In His Needs, Her Needs, Willard Harley identifies the ten most vital needs of men and women and shows husbands and wives how to satisfy those needs in their spouses. He provides guidance for becoming irresistible to your spouse and for loving more creatively and sensitively, thereby eliminating the problems that often lead to extramarital affairs.

The revised anniversary edition of His Needs, Her Needs is a celebration of how the book has helped thousands of couples revitalize their marriages during the last fifteen years. This best-seller identifies the causes of marital difficulties and instructs couples on how to prevent them, guiding them to build a relationship that sustains romance and increases intimacy. With today's soaring divorce rate and prevalence of affairs, Harley's insights are needed more than ever before.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Practical Principles for Marriages -- A Classic!!
After 15 years, Harley's work is as profound now as it was when first published. Harley has revised his book in various places, updating it based upon lessons learned since the previous edition and making it applicable to marital challenges of the 21st century. His concepts are powerful and practical. While written by a conservative Christian author, these principles are applicable to persons regardless of their religious background.

Harley's approach to "affair-proofing" a marriage centers on a concept he labels "the love bank." Every husband and wife has a love bank that encounters both deposits and withdrawals from the opposite sex. A crucial distinction is made, however, in that deposits and withdrawals are made differently with men than they are with women. These differences are based upon the ten most felt needs of a relationship with the opposite gender. Husbands, in general, place the highest importance on the following five needs: sexual fulfillment, recreational companionship, an attractive spouse, domestic support, and admiration. Wives, in general, place the highest importance on the following five needs: affection, conversation, honesty and openness, financial support, and family commitment. Both genders express need for all ten items, but typically husbands and wives have contrasting priorities.

According to Harley, when an individual meets one or more of the partner's greatest felt needs, deposits are made into the partner's love bank. When one or more needs are not met, withdrawals are made from the partner's love bank. An affair occurs when a spouse finds fulfillment for a strongly felt need elsewhere because it is not being met satisfactorily within the marriage.

Harley's love bank concept is the centerpiece of his best-selling work. While his list of felt needs may not apply precisely to every man and woman, he does present a very accurate picture for most men and women in our society today. He concludes his book with giving tips on surviving an affair, and offering hope to couples struggling with a sense of incompatibility.

If you are serious about preparing for marriage, protecting your marriage, or propelling your marriage to even greater heights, this book is a must. Order it, read it, and see how powerful and practical these time-proven principles are!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes accurate, but plays into some damaging stereotypes
During the early part of the book, I was pretty impressed with Mr. Harley's insights. As I continued, however, I became dismayed at some of his advice. While I understand that his assessments don't apply to everyone, I was appalled to read his recommendation for women to be willing to consider plastic surgery if it pleased their husbands. The list goes on: In one particular case, he advised a male patient that his love for a woman couldn't be real, since she was overweight, homely and had six kids. He appeared to agree with a husband who told his wife that, if she didn't lose weight, he would divorce her. What is this, the Jerry Springer Show?!? The clear message throughout this chapter was clear: Better keep wearing the makeup, ladies, or your husband is going to find someone who does! What a shallow, childish, unprofessional message for an experienced counselor to give to people!

In one chapter, he told men that their working wives want to be able to pay bills with his income, and keep theirs for spending money -- if they have to use their income for bills, they don't feel "taken care of" and resent their husband. He also stated that the wives who work don't want to. Therefore, he recommended that couples cut back on their lifestyle, regardless of their dual income, so that they could live on one income. In one scenario, he even outlined a plan where a couple could pay rent and utilities with $200 a month!

Finally, I was annoyed by how he focuses entirely on the avoidance of affairs in his book. While I understand that many marriages have to contend with this issue at one time or another, I was hoping that the book would focus on how to maintain a healthy marriage for a variety of reasons, INCLUDING the avoidance of affairs. I don't want to keep my husband happy simply so that he won't sleep with other women, but because I care about him, want him to care about me too, and want to have a fulfilling and close relationship with him.

I bought this book because my husband and I are having a great deal of problems communicating. We've been together for 10 years, and neither of us have ever strayed despite many problems. While that doesn't guarantee that we won't cheat, I was hoping to find a book that helps me find something positive in my relationship, not merely avoid something negative. By perpetuating the insecurities that many women have concerning their looks, and encouraging women to be financially dependent on men in an age where couples are learning to depend on each other and move away from sexist stereotypes, he is moving the institution of marriage backwards, to a day where more people may have stayed married, but it was because they felt trapped (financially or otherwise), or felt as if they didn't have many options.

Today, many people don't want a marriage from the "good old days." We want a modern marriage that works, while still respecting that woman don't have to be housewives who run into the bathroom at 4:30 p.m. to curl her hair before her husband comes home. I want a marriage where I look nice because I enjoy it, not because I have to, and where my husband won't leave me if I put on 20 lbs. Get real, Mr. Harley!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book with a few flaws.
First of all, i have to say that i think that this is a great book. It gives a good overview of what men and women TEND to be looking for in a relationship. In reading the previous reviews i found it funny seeing the criticisms of two women who seem to see this book as women bashing, since as a guy i had issues with this book seeming to be male bashing...

First of all, in response to the previous attacks on the book all i can say is that while women TEND to be more relationship focused thus communication, affection, etc. TEND to be what they are looking for in a man. Thus since guys TEND not to as relationship focused, what a woman sees as defining a person is not necessarily what a man sees. I could criticize women and say all women want is a robot with skin that will talk to her, agree with her, and touch her. That would be just as narrow and unrealistic as some of the comments made previously. It takes character to be the kind of woman a man is looking for. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to marry a selfish, overbearing woman who didn't care how she looked, wasn't interested in having fun with me, and expected me to be perfect 100% of the time and in all ways before she was willing to be intimate with me. Yet that seems to be the picture that comes to mind when taking these needs to an extreme.

Ultimately i believe that Harley has a clearly credible case for both sides and i would gladly pass this book on. However as with many books in this genre it is rather narrowly focused. It doesn't discuss what communication is how to deal with it when it is broken down, or any of a hundred different topics important for a healthy marriage. Then again, it has to be that way to keep from being 2000 pages and losing it's focus instead of 200 and clear.

My biggest concern with this book is what seems to be the male bashing. In reading the first five needs discussed it always seems to be the man's fault that the need is not being met. The man isn't affectionate enough with his wife, it's all his fault. The man's need for sexual intimacy... well, if men were fulfilling their wife's need for affection then this wouldn't be a problem thus it's all his fault. Communication... men you need to communicate more with your wife. You need to drop everything else to make sure that you are talking to her 24hours a day. Recreational companionship... It's all your fault men, you need to stop doing what you enjoy if your wife doesn't enjoy it. Thus all sports should be banned unless your wife likes them too. In those first four chapters Harley goes up one side of the man and down the other blaming him for all of the problems and not once mentions that maybe the woman needs to make changes such as, stoping spending so much time on the phone with her sister/mother/friend (her recreational interests) and spend it with him doing things they both enjoy instead. Or maybe that if the wife took some real interest in their sexual relationship instead of getting annoyed that her husband actually finds her sexually attractive or having an attitude of "I'm doing this because i'm supposed to so i'm just going to bear through it", then maybe she would find that he is more affectionate with her. The relationship works two ways, and yet it seems like Harley focuses a whole lot more on the guys being at fault for things than the women. That's not to say that he doesn't ever focus on the women, as is evident in the chapter on physical attraction (this chapter i have a great many issues with what Harley says), but overall the blame seems to be placed much more on the man than on the woman.

Like i said before. This is a great book. I would and have recommended it on many occasions, but always with reservations and stating that i don't agree with everything Harley says.

1-0 out of 5 stars A great book if you want a Stepford Wife
I'd actually give it 0 stars if the settings allowed me. The reader from New York said it was depressing. I'm going to go farther and say it was disgusting, disconcerting, and downright disturbing. It's always sad to see that anyone can get a psych degree and write a book and dish out advice. Even sadder, it the largest readership is probably women for this book, because we often take on the responsibility of "saving" our marriages as if it is all our fault if things go wrong. At some point this culture will stop manufacturing masochistic women, and cold, sadistic men who essentially want a woman like dear old mom (cook, clean, heap adulation, stroke egos), and are not at all bothered by the fact that that would mean that they would indeed like to have sex with a woman something like their mothers. Ick! The reader from New York pretty much said it all for me. But I will say this...This writer is insane if he thinks he's dishing out helpful advice. He is essentially trying to keep everything status quo--just the way the guys like it--no change--ever. Change and growth and increased awareness would require work. This book sends relationships back 30,000 years. If there are any women out there that take this book seriously, you are indeed insane as well. Stop placating your partner for affection. Stand up, leave, and fight for your right to be treated like you're human, not an idea, an image, or a fantasy.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUST TO BUILD A GREAT RELATION WITH YOUR SPOUSE
This book changed the way I though about my relation with my spouse. I did not know the basic needs of my coople. While I was reading the book I feeled that that the autor was talking about my life.
After few months, I understood and took care of the 5 basic needs of my wife. Our relation has grow to a point where know it is beter than 14 years ago when I got married.
This book it is not magic, it needs your commitment to build a great relation and pay the price for the mistakes that you have make before. You commitment of loving your coople and being patient while feelings are restored are essential to rebuild a great relation with your couple!!! ... Read more


17. The Master Plan of Evangelism
by Robert E. Coleman
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Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Foundational Principles for Making Disciples
They titled this book wrong. This isn't the Master Plan of Evangelism; this should have been the Master Plan of Discipleship. But that's about the only thing I can say wrong about the book. It's almost as if Coleman takes apart Jesus' life and ministry on Earth and puts it back together with chapter titles, isolating the principles that drove him to do the things he did. This book is almost essential reading for an understanding of how to raise up Christians who will seriously follow God and strive to know Him. If you desire to make disciples as Jesus called us to do, you will do yourself well to read through this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book More Than Once
This book needs to be read more than once to soak up its profound understanding of how leading people to Christ and developing them as disciples is central to the Christian life. It will unsettle our easy misconceptions of evangelism. It therefore needs to be read slowly and thoughtfully not to be misunderstood. So much writing on evangelism has to do with methods and because of the nice structure of the book, it is easy to mistake it for simply one more of the method sort. Don't do it! Dr. Coleman is offering not one more method, but a way of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Have No Idea How Many Editions of This Classic Exist???
I just pulled an old 1973 copy off my library shelf. It was a 12th edition. The cover boasted, "Over 165,000 copies in print." Next to it was my 1986 copy. It was a 41st edition. It's cover boasted, "Over 850,000 copies in print." Next to that was a 1997 companion book that lists, "over 2 million copies in print." This is a book that has stood the test of time.

Notice the other reviews. This book is as fresh today as it was in 1963. It revolutionized evangelism in the United States.

Do yourself a favor. Get back to the fundamentals. Join Bob Coleman as he traces ministry the way Jesus taught his disciples to do it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a masterpiece.
This is truly one of the best books on evangelism. In fact if you could only buy one book on evangelism, this should be it in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Master Plan of Evengelism
I read this book over 25 years ago and God used it to change my life in that it gave me a how to go about sharing Christ Jesus with others. It's focas is on How Christ did it, it's as simply as that. The book is one for everyone to read, we can all learn from it, i reread it every 2-3 years and have had the privilege to "teach" and watch God work in others lives. A must read. ... Read more


18. Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
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This spiritual classic began as a simple request from one friend to another.Fred Bratman, a secular journalist and writer, asked friend and reowned author Heri Nouwen to write a book explaining the spiritual life in terms that he and his friends could understand, avoiding theology and technical language. "Speak to us about a vision larger than our changing perpectives and about a voice deeper than the clamorings of our mass media. Speak to us about something or someone greater than ourselves. Speak to us ...about God." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Can be Mind Altering
Life of the Beloved is among the final books published by Nouwen, and in that way is kind of a culmination of much of his life and thought and is thought by many to be his "flagship" work. Truly, it doesn't get much better than this. Reading this book as a Christian can be a mind and, hence, life altering experience. It was written to some of Henri's non-Christian friends about how much God loves them (which is certainly true!). And from the way Henri's life consistently pointed towards Jesus and the Gospel, I am sure that his friendship, love, and words to them in conversation were used by God for the good of the hearers. On that note, I would caution using this book alone as something to give to your non-Christian friends; because as Henri used it, it is best backed up by your life, love for your friends, and pointing them towards Jesus in your day to day life, and not as a gift without a relationship.

The book is clear, and ultra-concise (you could probably read it in a day or two); yet, the message, of how to live as the Beloved of God amidst a world where there are lies about your identity at every turn, could not be more fundamental to how a Christian lives their life. I wholeheartedly recommend and in fact strongly encourage all Christians to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Joy of being the Beloved
Life of the Beloved is an excellent book to get in touch with
our daily spiritual life. I find that Nouwen reminds me of how much I am beloved by God. As a Religious,there is comfort for me in being blessed, broken and given. I took this book to heart. As Jesus took bread, He blessed, He broke, and He gave. This was His life. I understand how blessed I am to be alive and called by name to be loved and to love others in all creation. I am also called to be broken through trials, difficulties, pain and rejections. Yet I am aware of my unity with the sufferings of Him who calls me His Beloved. I feel and share in the sufferings of those who care and love me. I am being given as a gift to this world, just as i am, willing to share the talents given me with and for others in joy. Giving of oneself, says Nouwen is to become closer to the Beloved. God gave us Jesus, whom He blessed, and who was broken by His death on the cross, all because He was the Beloved of God. I, too, am the Beloved.
I recommend this spiritual book for anyone on a faith journey, seeking the embrace of God for all eternity. Nouwen's words challenge us to look deeply within our spiritual life in order to enrich it and know the tenderness of being the Beloved.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Life Altering Power of a Simple Truth
During a time of personal uncertainty, emptiness and sadness, the mere title of this book moved something inside of me; enough to purchase it with the strong intent of reading it, later that evening. Needless to say, I tried several times, but never felt in the mood, although, I knew it would be a good read.
Six months later, experiencing the same feelings, I took a trip to visit some terminally ill, elder family members and carried this book, as part of my reading.
Well!! A good read doesn't begin to describe this book!! It is powerful, enjoyable, moving, easy to read, entertaining, thought provoking, emotional, educational, nurturing and full of love. WOW! All that packed into 119 pages! It is simply written, as though, the author was conversing with me and yet, in other parts, I could hear the Voice of God telling me very simply, that I was BELOVED, a child of His. The power of this book is so Amazing!! As, I write these words, I have an intense feeling of being loved, emotional stirrings in the bottom of my gut and goosebumps on my arms. I am more in touch with God in my daily life, His loving and tender Presence and Voice everywhere, in everything. This book has changed my prior feelings of emptiness, sadness and uncertainty to a more joyful, simple, thankful, childlike approach to living, a sense of peace within myself, a clarity and certainty of my path in life and a powerful, moving love for God in my moment to moment living. Is my life 100 % perfect? Yes, and No, but as I work with God towards that moment of Utopia; I am thankful, centered and at peace in the knowledge that I am BELOVED, safe in God's Love for me and that everything will unfold, exactly as it is meant to be for me, with my prayer,love,faith and willingness to see God's message for me. This book has not only energized my faith, but also my life perspective, direction and relationships. Please note, as a Renaissance type of person and avid reader of all types of books, never before have I felt the need to review a book. This is a timely and perfect book for our high anxiety modern times. This book is on my gift giving and sharing list. Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M.Nouwen is a MUST for all, who believe in God or the Universe or a Power greater than us, whatever your faith...This Book will touch Your SOUL and Change your Life!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great old book for a great new beginning
I was recommended this book by my campus chaplain, Rev. King, whom I now look to for spiritual support, and he felt that this book would help me on my journey. I am glad that I read it. It was inspiring to me because I sometimes have the same feelings that Fred does as a woman living in a secularized world. But, after reading about what joy there can be to know that you are a blessed child of God, Nouwen stresses that by realizing that He has chosen you as a person with a gift (or more in some cases, like mine), your worries about your life's direction will start to become smaller and smaller. The good thing about this book is that you'll want to read it more than once because you'll want to learn more about your life through God's blessing. If you have the money, INVEST IN THIS BOOK. In fact, buy copies for your loved ones, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful
this was his best. a wonderful message everyone should hear and take to heart. ... Read more


19. The Externally Focused Church
by Rick Rusaw, Eric Swanson, Group Pub
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5-0 out of 5 stars An OUTSTANDING book about reaching your community
The Externally Focused Church is best book I have read that gives biblical, historical and inspirational examples for impacting the community with the good news coupled with the good deeds of Jesus Christ. As a retired public school teacher I have seen first hand the benefits of churches that makes the love of Christ visible and practical to the community. These two young men have done an outstanding job laying the scriptural foundation for measuring the impact of a church--not by the people they have seated in the pews but by the spiritual and societal transformation they are having in the community around them. I also really appreciate the study guide that accompanies each chapter. The stories of churches of all sizes in rural, urban and suburban setting are full of practical examples that any church can use to begin to make an impact outside their four walls. ... Read more


20. Anthology of Living Religions, An
by Mary Pat Fisher, Lee W. Bailey
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This anthology provides each of the major world religions with an opportunity to explain itself in its own terms, creating a sensitive and accurate picture of its teachings and beliefs. It allows readers to gain an “inside” understanding of origins, founders, and practices—and presents the religions as living faiths.Selected extracts relate religion to such current issues as gender, environment, and politics. Chapters explore indigenous sacred ways, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and more.For individuals desiring to learn more about the major world religions, and their impact around the world today. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars it has good selections from various religions... but
It is baptized in feminist views.That would be okay except it isn't supposed to be a platform for feminists; it is suppose to show the richness of the various religions.

It is overly concerned with defending or proving the importance of women; this often takes up to much space pushing out writing that would be more informative of the actual heart of the religion (which would be better then the dispute over women which is such a small fraction of what religion is about.I would be just as unnerved if it focused on how important men where to religions.... it seems to miss the point; the point being the religion itself be it female or male.)

That said; it does have some good excerpts.Many worth reading again and again.But there is to much of it that comes across as feminist propaganda(can you be truly sympathetic to a religion if you take modern feminist propaganda to say Islam or past Christian monasteries where women were not allowed or where at least kept separate from the males?)

The book is corrupted by (as written on the back of the book)"Coverage of important issues such as the role of women and the relationship between religion and politics."

Your expecting a loving look into religion on the religions own terms... then why, I ask, is their a reading included dedicated to the idea of God as a female within the Christian Religion?It might as well be including excerpts from the writings of Martin Luther as representative of Catholicism; they are clearly not apart of the Religion except as fringes that are better understood as protesting what is taught in the religion itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Survey of Religions of the World
In "An Anthology of Living Religions," Fisher and Bailey provide the reader with a great survey of the religions of the world.Each of the traditional religions, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism,Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, and Sikhism are explained in great detailthrough contemporary writers who are experts in the religion they arewriting about.Other religions, such as New Religious Movements and TheInterfaith Movement, are also dealt with generally. This is a great text ifyou are looking for a survey of religions.It also satisfies the needs ofthose who wish to have a reference guide which outlines the basics of worldreligions readily available for easy reference.After explaining thebasics of each religion, and including writings of those familiar with thereligion, Fisher and Bailey include a reference to pertinent terms, holydays, a historical outline, and a section listing further readings. Thereis also a chapter which specifically deals with The Religious Response,defining the philosophy of religion and the need to have religion in ourworld today. I highly recommend this book. ... Read more


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