Book Review: The Victors

The Victors: Eisenhower and his boys, the men of World War 2 is the second book I’ve read by Stephen Ambrose (Pegasus Bridge was the first) and I’ve watched Band of Brothers of course. The Victors is essentially several books spliced together to give a more overall picture of the war in Europe from D-Day onwards (so nothing on the Pacific, or the Russian war, little on North Africa or on the Italy invasion going north). It focuses on two ends of the spectrum, the very top with the man…

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Book Review: Windows PC in the Ministry

Another review I recently did for Christianity magazine The pace of technological change is incredibly fast and often bewildering; two adjectives that won’t be used to describe this book. This ‘tech guide’ explains to the beginner what Facebook is and why people should text each other and then builds from there. So not exactly what you’d call a fast-paced thriller then. But neither is it bewildering. It makes the case for good websites, using and creating video and has plenty of helpful hints on anything from Twitter to using song…

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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and was one of the best-selling books of the past couple of years. Larsson was from Sweden and I just went there on holiday so I bought it at the airport. Why not? It is a cracking page-turner of a thriller that has edge, pace, character, plot twists and some genuine tension. The writing is good (as is the translation) and it’s easy to see why it has sold so many copies and why…

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Book Review: Risking the truth

Risking the Truth: Handling error in the church by Martin Downes is a collection of twenty interviews, plus an introductory and two concluding chapters. The interviews are with a variety of reformed church leaders and professors from around the world. Interviewees include Carl Trueman, Tom Schreiner, Michael Horton, Mark Dever, Michael Ovey, Ligon Duncan and Greg Beale and so should give readers a good insight into the concerns and issues that reformed leaders believe they are facing. The whole tone of the book is somewhat defensive though, the questions posed…

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Book Review: A Piano in the Pyrenees

I’ve been meaning to review this one for a couple of weeks now. Tony Hawks has made the most of his varied career as an entertainer it seems from writing about it. I’ve certainly laughed now through three of them. Hawks specialises in weird travel, after all Round Ireland with a Fridge, & Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, are hardly standard travel fare. This is life at is creative, unplanned and slightly chaotic edge. In this case Hawks buys on a house in the south of France following a conversation…

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Book Review: Forgotten God

Forgotten God:Reversing the tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit is Francis Chan’s second book after Crazy Love (review here). As in his first book each chapter is followed by a short inspiring biography of Christians that have influenced Chan. Having read both his books now and begun watching the Crazy Love DVD with my life group, it’s clear I’m becoming a Chan fan. There’s one overriding concern that he has, western Christians are not living Christ-centred lives. We’re too comfortable and too busy doing whatever it is we’re doing but…

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Book Review: Planting Churches – A framework for practitioners

A while ago, I reviewed this book for Christianity magazine “Murray tackles the six questions of why, where, who, when, what and how of church planting with perceptive insight and balanced judgement. I identified many scenarios and situations that were true to my experience and felt here was an author who really knows his subject. Despite its relevance and wisdom it was still a real effort to read. Lacking real life examples or case studies it all felt very theoretical and dry. I would have liked some of his observations…

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Book Review: Angels & Demons

Every now and then I need to read fiction. I get busy and my regular reading slows up as tiredness kicks in and to restart the reading habit and a page-turner is my usual remedy. As the film of Angels & Demons is currently in the cinema and the book was sitting on my shelves the choice wasn’t difficult. Mostly the book is nonsense. It’s enjoyable nonsense but nonsense all the same and so I won’t waste anyone’s time by trying to sum up the plot. There are two interesting…

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