Amazing Grace: Book and Film

I said I’d comment on the film so it’s about time I did. Firstly, I loved it. If a story of a man giving his life to fight injustice as a result of his faith in God hadn’t inspired me or moved me to tears it would be have been a poor film indeed. Fortunately it wasn’t and by the end as the MPs stood to give William Wilberforce the longest standing ovation in the history of the House of Commons, I had tears rolling gently down my face. It…

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Book Review: What matters most?

This is another book review and although the subject matter is different (youth ministry) from the norm it’s title ‘what matters most?‘ is a good question. Doug Fields essentially calls people to say ‘no’ more often, that over-busyness can kill the soul, that saying ‘yes’ to everything and everyone leads to a crash. At the heart of our society is the view that we must be busy to be meaningful, the more purpose, drive, action we have the better.In contrast of course there’s a whole generation that have the opposite…

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Book Review: The Good, The Bad & the Difference

In a different twist on living an ethical life this book on ‘how to tell right from wrong in everyday situations’ is both witty, entertaining and thought provoking. Dealing with the moral conundrums of life such as ‘can I accept a free promotional holiday if I have no intention of taking up the timeshare offer at the end of it?’ Of course many people don’t know the basis for their ethics and if Randy Cohen was writing in another time and place he might come up with different answers. Some…

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Book Review: Bono on Bono

I’ve long been a fan of the music of U2, I like their big themes, big sound and big personality and they’ve always been unafraid to address the spiritual, I have most if not all their albums and saw them live at Wembley Stadium in the summer of 97. Now I’ve just finished reading ‘Bono on Bono – conversations with Michka Assayas‘ and to be honest I loved it! First because it’s essentially the transcript of conversations it is eminently readable. Secondly because Bono has a sense of humour and…

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Book Review: Intelligent Church?

This is a book review for Intelligent Church by Steve Chalke and Anthony Watkis. It’s subtitled ‘a journey towards Christ-centred Community’ which sounds great. The concept that the church is proof that God is love is a very attractive and compelling idea, although we all know in reality it often falls a long way short. The book is ok, if you’ve never read a book on this subject before it’s a good place to start. If you’ve read this author before or on this subject before then it’s a forgettable…

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