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Book Review: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose

In the history of resistance movements the one in Nazi Germany was at best a mixed affair. Failing to gain popular support its successes were far outnumbered by its failures. However in recent years due to the popularising effect of Hollywood films there has been a growing awareness of the plot to kill Hitler and of course that it, like most things in the German resistance, failed. Christians are more likely to be aware of the resistance due to the ongoing popularity of men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer the theologian and pastor who…

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Book Review: Holy Warriors

Jihad, suicide bombers, ISIS, Syria, Paris, Brussels – the list of horrors associated with Islam is long and growing.  Since the beginning of the 21st century militant Islam has dominated the headlines. It has changed the world we live in and not for the better. A tolerant western society has been faced with an enemy it neither wants nor understands nor has the tools to defeat. Many are quick of course to point out that the majority of the world’s Muslims are not extremists, fanatics, or dangerous however that leaves…

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Book Review: More than a Carpenter

Josh McDowell’s More than a Carpenter has been a staple of Christian apologetics since its first release in 1977 and had according to my 2001 copy sold well in excess of 10 million copies worldwide. Covering issues such as the textual evidence for the New Testament, arguments for the resurrection of Jesus, the transformation of the disciples and the classic argument that Jesus was either a liar, lunatic or Lord and concluding with McDowell’s personal testimony. I don’t know who first popularised these apologetic arguments but I’ve certainly used a…

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Book Review: Creating Community

North Point Community Church is, I’m told, a big church. I confess I know very little about them, what they believe or don’t believe.  However they do have a strong focus on small groups. Creating Community: 5 Keys to building a small group culture is their ‘how to do what we do’ book on small groups. And let me air this gripe right away, Andy Stanley’s name is not on this book because he wrote it but because his name is higher profile. This book is written by Bill Willits so it was a…

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Conversion is always a big deal. No matter which way it goes, whether it is the loss of faith, the discovery of faith or a change of faith, the decision to change your beliefs is significant. However, in different cultures and different parts of the world the personal cost to these decisions can vary immensely. There is, currently, a high price to pay for those who choose to leave Islam and for many that may mean death. For Nabeel Qureshi it meant risking losing his family. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is a…

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Book review: All hell let loose

  For a while now I’ve averaged about one book every ten days, yet here we are three weeks into January and I’ve only just finished my first book of 2012. The reason for that is that Max Hasting’s monumental volume on the second world war, All Hell Let Loose, is 748 pages long so it’s like reading three books! The volume of literature on the last great war is immense, the bibliography to this book is enormous and so it’s hard to say where this single volume work ranks.…

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The best books of 2011

This has been a good year for me when it comes to reading books. I didn’t quite manage one book a week, for which I have my excuses, but I’ve still managed to read and finish 35 books this year and reviewed 33. There are a few on the go that I’ve not yet finished that should lead to a strong early showing for 2012 too. Often with my top ten’s I’ve not read quite enough to make it really meaningful, when half make the list. This time more books…

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Books of 2011

These are all the books I have read in 2011 and their reviews Consumer Detox by Mark Powley Before the Frost by Henning Mankell Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner A New Perspective on Jesus by James DG Dunn Holiness & Mission by Morna Hooker and Frances Young Eyes of Integrity by Craig Gross The Genesis Enigma by Andrew Parker Love Wins by Rob Bell The Great Divorce by CS Lewis Faithworks 2: Stories of Hope by Steve Chalke Losing my religion by Gordon Lynch The Translator by Daoud Hari Holding…

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