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The New Parish

This is not a book on real-estate and yet it shares the same conclusion about what matters. “Location, location, location!” For the follower of Jesus settling into a location and planting long term roots there is the most important thing to be done. The authors present this priority in a way that would make most... Read More

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The Dream Traders

What did I know about the opium wars between China and Britain in the 1800’s? Basically nothing. So what happened? India had opium. The East India trading company of Britain discovered a market for the stuff in neighbouring China. They flooded that country with opium, destroying the lives of millions of Chinese... Read More

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, - Mistin Wilkinson

Briefly reviewed by Mistin Wilkinson It’s been a long time since I completed a book – not that I’ve read a book, but that I’ve completed a book; and this one was accomplished in record time!  It’s not that I’m not a reader – I am!  Reading is important and valuable, but completing a non-audio book in actual... Read More

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Mortality

You always listen a little more intently when it’s a man’s last words. Sadly, Hitch didn’t have much to say.  What can be said when you are walking through death’s door convinced there is nothing on the other side? As it turns out, not much. Preparing to die without the anticipation of future hope is very gloomy... Read More

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The Rest of God

This book seeks to create in us the compelling need to stop our busyness by taking regular breaks. Buchanan contends that a persons very health depends upon adherence to this ancient practice known as Sabbath rest. It’s a simple read, with a simple point, but it comes with bucket loads of quote worthy material... Read More

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Amazing Grace

This was one of the few books I’ve read where I was genuinely sad when I turned over the last page. I had met someone special, a friend, a good man, a hero really. I had walked with him through his extraordinary life and I guess I just didn’t want it to end. Who was this guy? His name was William and he changed... Read More

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The Fall of the Ottomans

The “Jihad” thing is not a new phenomenon.  The possibility of Jihad was the great terror of the Entente powers and the great hope of the Central powers. Massive efforts were made on one side to fan the flame of religious fanaticism and huge efforts were made on the other side to snuff it out. In the end, it... Read More

The most encouraging book on hell ever

The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever

Well, that was interesting. A comedian writes a book on the reality of hell, and he is not joking, but yet the book itself is full of jokes. Wait, what? Exactly. So, what is going on here? People, and especially Christian people of late, don’t like the idea of hell – it’s too harsh, too off putting, too out of... Read More

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A Hockey Player Understands the God of the Old Testament

  You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, (Is 55:5) The carrot is misplaced. Isaiah continually says if you follow God you will essentially rule the world. 
You be able to dominate other nations and of course, if you don’t follow God other nations will... Read More

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A House In the Sky

This is one of those books where you have to stop every few pages, look at the front and back covers, searching for something that says “fiction” as you say to yourself, “This isn’t a true story – is it? No, it can’t be true!” Turns out it is true. So what happens? A little girl from a fractured home grows up and... Read More