Book Review: Enough

Journalist John Naish is an ardent environmentalist and anti-consumer campaigner. He’s the brain behind the Landfill Prize for example and Naish wants to start a movement of ‘enoughness’. In essence Naish says, rightly, that we’ve lost all sense of what is enough in our lives. We do not know when to stop and this inability is hurting ourselves, our societies and our planet. Rediscovering a sense of ‘enough’ is necessary, essential even for our survival. Through seven chapters (information, food, stuff, work, options, happiness, growth) Naish looks at how having…

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Book Review: Blood & Sand

I’ve had this book on the shelves for quite some time now and it never quite made it to the top of the pile. As I was recently travelling to Pakistan, an Islamic Republic, and this book deals both with terrorism and Islam I thought I’d read it. It’s pretty good. For those of you who don’t know Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent and formerly one of their Middle East Correspondents. He’s an avid traveller with a love of Arabic and the Middle East. But he’s perhaps best…

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With God vulnerable, like never before, all the devil gained was defeat

I recently came across a couple of old journals. It’s a habit/discipline I no longer have (partly because I blog) and life has moved on. As I read it a couple of things strike me, first I’ve matured, thank God. I’m wiser, more sure-footed in life than the raw young man of 1997 (aged 22). Secondly, I’m not sure I talk with the same level of passion. I wonder if the two things have to go together? Anyway, I thought I might post a few reflections every now and then…

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I link therefore I am (03/02/2010)

CS Lewis discovered Freedom from the Tyranny of Novelty Mark Heath has a good honest post on family devotions As Matt Hosier says we live in a crazy world. In the video a Christian think tank attacks the Mayor of London for attending a black pentecostal church because of its views on homosexuality, on the opposite side is a gay politician defending the church. Crazy. For World War Two buffs this collection of aerial photography will consume a few hours of your time

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Book Review: Crazy Love

For sometime now I’ve been meaning to read a book by Francis Chan and I really enjoyed this one. Chan is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in California and every time I’ve come across him, he’s been saying something that really resonates with me. ‘Crazy love’ is not that loving God and taking Jesus’ words seriously is crazy but that saying you believe in God and then living a safe life that stores up treasure on earth instead of heaven is the ‘crazy’ option. Chan sets out to demolish the…

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I link therefore I am (02/02/2010)

Make Wealth History asks ‘are the climate sceptics winning?’ – the headline fact is quite staggering Tim Chester asks ‘what can we learn from Albanian church planters?‘ Jeremy links to what looks a good website for the anti-consumerist among us, Life Squared If you’ve never seen a sermon jam, you can now. I think they’re cool (HT: Josh Harris) I’ve seen this before but Piper explaining Bible Arcing is a good way to understand scriptures more deeply (HT:Mark Meynell)

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