An interesting little book about silent prayer, sometimes known as contemplative prayer. Some terminology I struggle with though. On the other hand I do admire silent worship and feel
it is a missing element in many churches.
“The same hand that stilled the seas stills your guilt.
The same hand that cleansed the Temple cleanses your heart.
The hand is the hand of God.
The nail is the nail of God.
And as the hands of Jesus opened for the nail, the doors of heaven opened for you.”
“True peace can rarely be imposed from the outside; it must be born within and between communities through meetings and dialogue and then carried outward.”
A powerful message of peace from a great man.
This is simply a partial review as I treat this book as one I dip into now and then rather than a "read right through" kind of book. I particularly like the message on the call to ministry and it has
given me much to ponder. :)
A very long hard read, but worth it. A story of redemption and thus a story worth a look. The book is also full of amazing ideas and sayings. “Every man and every living creature has a sacred right
to the gladness of springtime.”
This is not a "read right through" sort of book for me, but one I dip into from time to time. It is a devotional book. From what I have read so far I can say that I don't agree with the author on a
few points. None the less there is also a lot of good stuff in here and the L'arche influence is something I like.
"We got to rise up!" I was so impacted by this book and the CD that goes with it. There is so much need in the world and we Christians truly need to awake and get to loving this world of brokenness.
However, some of it does come across like Christian celebrities boasting about the charity work they do, so it lost a star for that.
A very interesting and in depth book that makes clear that non-violence is actually the norm and indeed the best method of protest and progress. The only down fall I could see is that he suggested
that Jesus was not divine, which as a Christian I beg to disagree with. None the less this deep and powerful history book sends a powerful punch at the war machines of past, present and future.
I only read the first book in the book and have to say I liked it. I have now mis-placed the book so as of now I can only give a partial review. I love exploring Amish, Mennonite and Anabaptist
ideologies. I find the strictness to much for me, but on the other hand the search for holiness highly commendable. The story is both a moving and romantic one. Worth a look if you like that type of
thing also. :)
This book was still very relevant despite how old it is. It got a bit boring at points if I'm honest and the occasional comment about other races may now be deemed racist in today's world. However,
he does give sound advice throughout the book to those who are preachers or planning to move into that calling. In fact some of it is relevant to people in general as he gives sound advice on simply
being a decent person.
There are many valid points and principles in this book. Is so long ago that I read it though that it would be difficult to say much more than that. Of course as with Rob Bell's other stuff there are
some bits that cause me to pause and think carefully if he is not a little off on a few things. None the less I loved the idea of Kingdom and the book admits we as a people are east of Eden, but God
wants to bring us back to a New Creation, back to the garden of His love.
Not the sort of book you read cover to cover, but one I have dipped into from time to time. I used the liturgy as a quiet time a lot at one point but all the jumping from page to page got a bit
tedious. It has a lot of good things in it from the Celtic church. I do find the Celtic church fascinating, though I wouldn't say yes and amen to everything they believed. My wife and I had a trip to
Holy Island where I think I got this book. It is a lovely Island and this is a good read (despite the above negatives).
This book is a very positive book. Having a positive Christian attitude, the right attitude is encouraged a lot in these pages. The book was a bit repetitive at times and on a few points I'm not sure
I could put my Amen. However, the more I read, the more I realised that he is not promoting as some claim, the unbiblical extreme teaching of "prosperity gospel." Rather it seems he just wants us
Christians to have faith, stop being so miserable and start living our best life now. Easier said than done, but with God's grace all things are actually possible.
I found the first story good, but very sad. I like that morals are important with these two stories. The first is opposed to greed. The second story I simply loved. The Bible verses at the start set
the tone for the tale. I love stories with mystery, angels and exploring morality, so this story was right up my street. I, however, don't agree that mankind naturally leans to love. Whilst I do feel
that there is that of God in people, I also believe that humans often lean towards selfishness and darkness. That said I did enjoy this story and agree that things would be better if people were less
selfish and more loving.
This books is both moving and powerful. I am not 100% sure about some of the theology in it, but one has to keep in mind that it is a novel not a book on Theology. I am cautious about images of God
and was uncomfortable with the images used for God in the book other than the one of Jesus as a carpenter from the middle east. All that aside I did like this book and as it takes a lot to write a
book on such a difficult subject of grief at losing a child due to a murderer.
Some might feel a catechism is fairly old school. I had tried a modern version but much prefer this version with the old style wording. For those brought up with catechism at Sunday school this is a
good reminder for us. For those unfamiliar with the catechism it is a booklet of doctrine in the form of questions and answers. It summarises the bible and Christian faith very clearly. It is like
Alpha course or Christianity Explored in that sense, but obviously from a long time ago. There is a helpful audio version that I received free from Ligonier Ministries. It is read by Sinclair
Ferguson. It is good if you are not feeling like reading, but happy to listen.
A leaving gift from an Indian friend at Lee Abbey. I loved this book. It shook my world in a good way. There is so much in it about living the faith, community, non-violent initiatives, campaigning,
seeking truth and hope in a broken world. The book teaches that we are all broken and we are beautiful, no one is beyond repute and no one is beyond redemption. I especially loved the Iraq Journal
that appears in the book.
“And I think that's what our world is desperately in need of - lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the
people behind the issues they are concerned about.”
I'll be honest I got stuck on the first few chapters of the original. Something about the racism and verbosity blocked me from reading much more. The original was boring, but this one was cute, funny
and strait to the point.
An interesting little book about silent prayer, sometimes known as contemplative prayer. Some terminology I struggle with though. On the other hand I do admire silent worship and feel it is a missing
element in many churches.
I am tempted to start a meeting. Although I would need people to show some interest. This book is very helpful in showing what starting a meeting may look like. I am cautious of some aspects of the
contemplative movement so am still not sure if I would like to do this or not.
This is a helpful little book that explains how best to approach silent worship and the dreaded question of how to enter or leave said worship in such a way that it flows well. This book is useful
for all who use silence in worship, not just those attending Julian Meetings.
"Where is the Christian who would not shudder at the thought of dying in the exercise of the common war-spirit, and also at the thought of being the instrument of exciting such a spirit in his fellow
men? Any custom that cannot be supported except by exciting in men the very temper of the devil ought surely to be banished from the Christian world." A very challenging message from the 1800s.
Fascinating points are made and then comes the sense of sadness that though the sword shall not devour forever here we are in 2016 and still so much war. The author puts it across well that just as
the Christian can't expect outreach to be done whilst they do nothing and tracts mysteriously take flight to the unreached lands, so too we can't sit around hoping for peace. If we are with the
Prince of Peace we must be Peacemakers.
This was as one can imagine a sad story, given it is a short novel based on the aftermath of the mutiny on the HMS Bounty. It was however a good and interesting read. I love the quick reads format,
as it makes reading enjoyable even if you don't have time enough to read a long book. However, there was a few swears in it and some adult themes (obviously) so not for younger readers.
The poems original source has been disputed a lot. However, whatever the case I find this story heart felt and credible. It is also not just about the poem, but about people and faith. In that sense
it is a good story, full of life. An expression of God's unfailing love.
I like the writing style and found it easy to read. I read it with my wife while Glamping in the Scottish Highlands.
This book opens with a powerful story of a Father who gives his life to save a crowd of people. Something that he had been called by God to do. It also speaks of a good step - father. A nice break
from the cliché that all step - fathers are wicked. The author explains that he knew he was loved and that "It wasn't about what I did; it was about whose son I was." He uses the relationship between
Father God and Jesus the Son as a beautiful example to mirror. Jesus is less concerned about His current suffering and more about His role in the Father's kingdom. I loved some of the terminology in
this book like "the Father's smile" over his children. A lot of the book was probably aimed at people already Father's, but none the less still helpful to me as we have a baby on the way. Some of the
advice given, like giving a purity ring in the form of a proposal to a child, may not translate well into my own cultural context. However, the author does admit that raising kids is not a science
and a formula that fits all may not exist. But, we can all learn from the best Father of all, God.
The utter heartless-ness of war is portrayed in this journal. Each story uncovered reveals victims of a system of war that is ruthless to the core. Absurdities are observed: Such as forcing medical
staff to treat a man only for him to be sent back to the front line to come back in a much worse condition, if to come back at all. Or forcing the treatment of men who would rather slip away
peacefully, than suffer hours of pain, so surgeons could make a name for themselves, only to die at the end of it anyway. Or forcing the treatment of men who are to be shot after they are well for
alleged cowardice. The attitude of some toward suffering, including the suffering of the very young are viewed with cynicism, portraying the cruelty of people even toward their own. This book is not
for the faint hearted. If you are looking for the romance of war, you won't find any here. If you are looking for the glory of war, you won't find it here either. For in truth war is to sinister for
romance and to wicked to glory in. If you are looking for the sad truth you will find it here in spades.
This booklet certainly does paint a grim picture of Roman Catholic corruption and of the failings of the Protestant Reformation. Indeed the violence and tyranny supported by both parties is rightly
condemned. It is also true that we are saved not by works, but by Grace, and that Grace should compell us to discipleship, not a free licence to sin, on our own behalf or that of the states. Further
to that the mention of the seperation of church and state and such like American libirties being through the influence of Anabaptist pacifists and not by the influence of Protestant pilgrims is a
fascinating thought. As mentioned it is indeed true that the Pilgrims did treat natives, Quakers and others very poorly. Speaking of more recent times the book also condemns the idea of people just
"making decisions" being viewed as salvation. This makes sense, cos many claim to have said the sinners prayer, but have abandoned all Christian fruitfulness. Almost with the attitude "I said a
prayer so am saved, so I can live however I choose, unrepentant," That being said not all who have found Jesus via this evangelism tool have abandoned Christ in this way, and indeed many now who use
this tool for evangelization (and no doubt see it as a tool) "follow up" with the person considering Jesus. The book near the end got very strict and on a few points I would struggle to fully agree.
There is much to be said for the Anabaptists of old who suffered at the hands of Protestants and Catholics for the cause of Christ. There is much to also be said for some modern day Anabaptists who
are devoted so strongly to the New Testament and the cause of Christ. Some are traditional and others are radical. But, my thought is this, Christ will not ask if we were Catholic, Protestant or
Anabaptist on the day of Judgement, but if we believed, loved and followed Him.
Read this on train from Glasgow to Inverness in one sitting. I rarely read books that way, but the diagrams, pictures, quotes and so on all contributed to keeping me engaged as a reader. The book
does exactly what it promises to do and gives the reader a kick in the pants in six parts. I liked the social sciences the book touched on and was a nice refresher given that was my degree title a
number of years ago. Whatever a person gets from this book they are bound to get the idea it is time to get a move on and start living the dreams we all so cherish but are often scared to live.
Although ghost stories are not usually my cup of tea, I found this one interesting. In fact my usual position on ghost stories is one of disaproval. However, while modern ghost stories seem aimed at
phychologically manipulating the audience and showing needless amounts of bloodshed, this claasic is far more clever. Much like a Christmas Carol, there is a moral to the story and the ghosts (or
illusions, depending on perspective) seem to serve a greater purpose. The moral to this story seems to be about the need for diligence at work, especially when working a dangerous job. It's language
is smart and the tale is told well. The story kept me hooked to the end.
A very positive and easy to read book. I don't agree with Desmond Tutu on everything, but his sense of compassion and care for all of humanity that he expresses through his life and books is very
A very short but interesting e-book. It seems clear the author is a fan of Calvin though also balanced in that he certainly doesn't depict him as perfect. Though this book dispels the belief that
Calvin burned heritics, it did surprise me that while he asked that Servetus not be burned he didn't challenge him being killed. It just appears to be the idea of burning that appalled him. I don't
know the full story of Servetus, but killing a person for an opinion (however wrong) or for being impolite in the expression of said opinion is beyond extreme. I feel bad for him. Could Calvin have
done more to help Servetus? I'm not sure. One thing I do know however, is that Calvin was flawed like all of us. Though flawed he also had his achievements as mentioned in this book. Well worth a
quick read. Get a free copy at https://thoughtfortheweek.jimdo.com
A very extreme satire. I don't know the context of how bad things were between classes and so on in the authors time. Must have been bad though for such a harsh satirical work to be fired at it. I
can't say I enjoyed it or found it amusing. Jokes about killing babies are not funny.
Stick to your red letter bible. The Jefferson Bible is very much a cut and paste of bits of the Holy Bible. As it is primarily about Jesus' message rather than his miracles or resurrection, these
bits don't feature in this book. However, whilst reading it is good to see it more as if reading the bits on Jesus' ethics as lit up by a highlighter pen. It is interesting to read it all in one
book, though it does lose some flow to it. There is also a few typos in the book, almost like it was a rushed piece of work. None the less nothing can take away from the words of Jesus that remain
challenging, sometimes hard to understand and always in some measure a blessing.
"No longer stood the fifteen-year-old who felt righteous in her own sight. No longer stood the shy, reserved young woman who believed that being good and kind could earn her a ticket into heaven. I
stood guilty as charged and realized how small my high school troubles were in His presence because at that moment, all that mattered was appearing righteous before Him, yet I had no righteousness of
my own and realized He had the keys to hell and the grave. But just when I thought my life was over, He extended a love and grace I had never felt or known before."
This book is above all a Testimony of God's grace. I immediately loved this book, as it opens with an Angelic encounter - a beautiful Hebrews 13:2 moment. Then the spirtual battle begins, and the
protagonist faces down the dragons of unkind people, mental health issues, personal and family difficulties and demonic oppression. The story encourages the believer to remain faithful to Christ,
even if it gets difficult in life. Suffering is portrayed in detail and declared commonplace and the demonic is viewed as very real. However, heaven is declared as real as is the reality of how much
greater than all the troubles God is. Those who suffer are not alone.
There are elements to the story I do struggle with: Can a believer truly lose salvation if they are truly a believer? Can one who has accepted God's grace somehow then go on to be damned?
However, the main message of God's greatness in the midst of darkness is one of my own deeply held beliefs. As is the encouragement to abandon sin and live under His grace:
"We are told in Scripture that “therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). This revelation alone should encourage us to continue in the faith. As a minister of the gospel, you may not always preach what others want to hear,
but just know there’s a host in heaven cheering you on, so persevere!"
The book also qoutes from Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: “Grace is the overflowing favour of God you can always reckon it is there to draw upon."
Indeed this testimony indicates the importance of Grace as a pure form of love. It is a known fact that one of the most important things in life is to love and be loved. Here we discover where to
find that sort of love. In God himself.
This beautiful book encourages us with holy scriptures:
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:7).
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you (Jeremiah 31:3).
Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting
joy. (Isaiah 61:7).
And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great (Job 8:7, ESV).
This is a touching Testimony and it points us toward Christ.
This book is nothing short of moving. It is in fact more of a confession than a memoir. Brennan is brutally honest about the troubles in his life, the brokenness and sin. It is this kind of honesty
the church and the world needs. Although from time to time it seemed as if he was promoting some kind of Universalislm that I'm not sure I would go along with (attractive as it may be), he none the
less does constantly point to God's infinite Grace and indeed he himself says he is not a universalist.
Like the book title says: ALL IS GRACE.
Benson in his testimony at the start of the book writes: "...in the end, my sin will never outweigh God's love. That the Prodigal can never outrun the Father. That I am not measured by the good I do
but by the grace I accept."
There were moments in the book where I was a little taken aback. It may have just been my own misunderstanding of what he was trying to say, but occasionally it came across as if his attitude to sin
was simply "It happens", which probably isn't what he was going for. Like Saint Paul I would say "What? Should we sin all the more that Grace may abound? God forbid."
That aside he approaches the memoir with clarity and honesty, and constantly points out his own sins and in contrast God's Grace and it is indeed God's Grace that we all need.
So I conclude my review with these words from Brennan:
"Prone to wander? You bet. I've been a priest, then an ex-priest. Husband, then ex-husband. Amazed crowds one night and lied to friends the next. Drunk for years, sober for a season, then drunk
again. I've been John the beloved, Peter the coward, and Thomas the doubter all before the waitress brought the check. I've shattered every one of the Ten Commandments six times Tuesday. And if you
believe that last sentence was for dramatic effect, it wasn't."