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Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
by Eugene H. Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible Coming Alive in Our Lives, July 29 2014
This is a very special book meant for those who want to go beyond just reading the Bible as an act of piety or a good spiritual discipline. I listened to the Regent College CD format so I got the extra blessing of hearing that marvellous teaching voice of Peterson come through in the presentation. It is his conviction that we need to adopt a number of different attitudes when it comes to studying scripture. Since the Bible is so interrelated in its content, we need to become exegetes or examiners of what lies beneath its immediate surface. We also need to be aware of the larger narrative in which the Bible is contained: redemption, the covenant, and gospel stories are just a couple of a number of megastories that speak to the heart of what is Christianity in action in the church. The numerous references to God's faithfulness in action compell us to read and apply the Bible to our lives in community as well as individually. Can we do this on our own by simple meditation and reflection? Peterson seems to think not. The Bible teaches us the importance of building each other up in a holy faith by delving into the Word of God to find out, like the Bereans of old, what it truly means to belong to God's church in relation to the world at large. This ancient book is one filled with profound truths that are as relevant today as they were back in the times it was written because it focuses on our relationship with our Creator. The first part of the book presents ways in which we can learn what God has to say about that special link He has with his creatures and creation but has become broken through sin. The second part, mainly found in the New Testament, looks at how the Bible deals with how God wants us to return to a right relationship in Christ. Lastly, the book winds up with a summation of how the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, can become our Guide to greater understanding of Scriptures as we allow it to fill our lives with revealed truth as to how to make it work in our lives as Christians. In the end, reading the Bible should become an all-consuming experience of learning the mind of God that makes us not just hearers and readers of the Word but doers also.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Little Device ..., July 29 2014
We found this holder to be all it claimed to be. There are many things in life that seem to work because they are simplistic in their design, and this is one of them. It is as simple as attaching its suction pad to the top of the dash with the flick of a lever. For this price one gets both convenience and affordability. My only concern might be the fact that the lever is made out of hardened plastic that might snap with too much pressure.

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
by John Edward Huth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Method and Myth of Learning About Our Whereabouts, July 23 2014
I have nothing but praise for this historical study as to how we have, as a civilization, attempted to find our way around our natural habitat called the earth. Before modern satellite technology such as GPS, humankind depended on techniques or methods like dead-reckoning, triangulation, tidal measuring, map-making, crude instrument reading, and intense sky watching. As a respected Harvard geographer, Huth weaves a complex story of how individuals and groups have attempted, over millennia, with varying degree of success, to navigate large and small waterways, cross wide open territories, and scale tall mountains in an effort to move from Point A to Point B and beyond. Huth goes into elaborate detail over how our world has became easier to get around because our forefathers were both curious and practical in their desire to explore the world around them without getting lost. No earth-related concepts - scientific or mythical - are left untouched here: latitude/longitude, ocean currents, cloud formation, tides, ancient legends, urban myths, celestial composition, air pressure, wildlife movement, and depth soundings. The author does a very good job at conveying the big story of how all this information gradually came to light because early explorers, scientists and ordinary people were inquisitive, patient and intelligent enough to find their way around their complex and sometimes very threatening and dangerous environment. This book comes equipped with easy-to-understand diagrams, a very helpful glossary of terms, great anecdotes and, most importantly, useful explanations that help the reader understand much of the natural phenomena that impact our daily lives. A fuller knowledge here makes for a world that is not so intimidating and overwhelming.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Device With All Kinds of Potential, July 21 2014
Great for charging up various electronic devices in a hurry. While we are not great game players or sharers of data online, we see the great potential with its capacity as a router connected to the cloud. For those interested in this function, you will be expected to download RARR. While you are expected to pay a small monthly fee, that can be avoided by clicking on the forty-five day renewal box. Overall, it looks like a winner that we will certainly expand our use of as we integrate it with the new Samsung tablet.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Widening Gaps Between Them and Us, July 20 2014
Piketty, a French economist, in a major macroeconomic study of modern economies by the title of "Capital", believes that world economies are currently going through a serious rough patch that is the direct result of trends established over the past three centuries. Statistical evidence, taken from French tax records among other sources, points out that we have not arrived at our present perilous state simply by process of excessive spending and bad fiscal policies. He starts the discussion by dividing the economy into the public and private sectors, both of which have access to money through the generation and accumulation of wealth and the creation of assets resulting from an expanding economy. There is an illusion here that these two sectors work in harmony to provide the impetus for keeping world economies growing. There was a time back in the late nineteenth century when world powers like Britain, Germany, France and the United States were able to raise enough capital, through trade and inflation, to handle any debt. But that has all changed with two major world wars in the 20th century forcing big governments to become first-line borrowers in the creation of complex war machines, while the private sector reaped windfall profits with little risk. In the 1950s, an economic boom happened because governments were willing to continue borrowing liberally, through the sale of bonds to the private sector to build new infrastructure, provide social services, and attract new industrial development. Two world wars had effectively run public and private capital down to the point that it needed to be replenished. After underwriting the financing of the Cold War, the private sector or corporate agenda now controlled the future direction of the world economic order. National incomes for the middle-class began to decline in the nineties; debt levels increased exponentially in the public sector; and capital investment has seriously dropped off, while wealth, as measured by income, continues to grow only in the private sector. For Piketty, a careful examination of statistics tell a very interesting story: economic growth is waning worldwide because population growth is slowing down and the middle-class tax base is shrinking as incomes drop and governments cut back services. This scenario is hardly sustainable because governments can’t keep borrowing from the private sector to provide a standard of living that we can no longer afford. For the author, the answer, like the problem, is anything but simple: governments have to obviously find ways to tax the super-wealthy and corporations - the group they traditionally depend on to buy their short-term bonds - so that they pay their fair share of the tax burden in a time when the income gap is widening on so many different fronts. This present fiscal crisis has occurred before and some governments have been able to inflate their debt out of existence or have a major war intervene to wipe the slate clean, but these options in an increasingly integrated world seem less palatable this time with the growing potential nasty unintended consequences. I recommend this book to those who want to get a comprehensive picture of how we have arrived at these extraordinary times because of our incapacity to work together for the greater good of society.

The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War
The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.91
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strike While the Iron is Hot, July 19 2014
This is the first book of Pressfield's I have read, and I am very impressed with how he has handled the subject of modern warfare in a very human and intelligent manner. By using a wide cross-section of interconnected stories from front-line participants in the Israeli military, we get to see how the Six Day War of June, 1967, took shape as Israel unleashed an incredibly devastating two-prong, pre-emptive strike on the Egyptian army and airforce. In this account, we are apprised of how the plan came together in all its detail, execution and creativity. We get to see how, on the whole, national politicians and generals worked effectively with field commanders, pilots, regular soldiers, paratroopers and journalists to launch one of the most daring attacks in modern times, based on the time-honored strategies called the element of surprise. The writing is so technically sound, vivid, and accurate that the reader should have no problem relating to the terrain of the battlefield, the psyche of attack, and the geopolitical fallout of this monumental undertaking. The author, with a liberal sprinkling of oral histories, does a credible job in recreating the dramatic when men and women decided to grasp the nettle in defense of a nation that was truly on the verge of being wiped out by its enemies. While this narrative has a glorious and heroic end, we are reminded that the success of military strategies can often be compromised by human error and poor judgment. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in seeing how the threat of war can effectively lead a nation to adopt a plan that worked in a speedy fashion and exceeded all expectations for success.

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt
DVD ~ Barbara Sukowa
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Docudrama on the Subject, July 13 2014
This review is from: Hannah Arendt (DVD)
The year was 1960 and the event was the upcoming trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the key architects of the Final Solution, and who better to offer an important statement to the world of its implications for modern Jewry than Arendt, the controversial author of "The Origins of Totalitarianism". She was considered the best mind of the day to analyze the most perplexing question of modern times: what led the Nazis to embark on a plan to systematically destroy the Jewish race? Attending this exhausting epic trial and writing a series of ten articles for the New Yorker could be considered a defining moment in her intellectual journey. Here was an occasion where she could test out her racial theories, based on years of research and association with the famous academics like Heidegger and Jaspers, by examining both the actions of the victimizer and victim side by side. This film allowed me to understand more clearly that the Jewish people, as they were openly and cruelly persecuted by the Nazis, were also poorly served by many of their tyrannical leaders. While being mercilessly hounded into death camps all over eastern Europe, the Jews, like other vulnerable minorities of the day, clung to religious values that promoted an undying loyalty to despotic leaders. In the long run, this attitude simply made the Nazis’ lurid plans easier to execute. The evil intentions, as seen in the actions of Eichmann, were greatly mirrored in those Jews who emerged as self-appointed leaders at the height of the crisis. While Eichmann arranged for the shipment of Jews to the camps, these prominent Jews were complicit in sending to their death millions of innocent men, women and children. Putting Eichmann on trial for his role in this atrocity also requires that others answer, too, for their shameful role. Like the infamous SS henchman on trial for his life, it is next to impossible to get these rogue Jews to admit to wrongdoing because that is the banal face of totalitarianism at its worst. Nobody wants to acknowledge what they did was monstrously evil because they were only doing what was expected of them: acting with legal authority.

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
by Ken Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mind is What Matters, July 13 2014
Ken Robinson, ever the consummate promoter of educational innovation and creativity in the modern times, challenges us to rethink our view of what it means to think outside the box. He describes a world where corporate, political and institutional agendas increasingly define the ability to use our natural abilities, intuitions, and skills as a commodity they control simply by imposing national and regional standards. Those who make the grade are those who exhibit the right amount of intelligence, the proper aptitude, and the capacity to complete the task as assigned. In a world of ever-changing technology, new advances in research and expanding markets, we have, as a civilization, locked ourselves into accepting academic achievement as the exclusive standard for measuring creative success. While that might be a convenient way for society to determine who its ablest and best are in the competitive worlds of business and science, it doesn't begin to address the incredible, untapped creative power that exists out there in the public square. Instead of continuing to concentrate on a classical definition of the mind, as reflected in metrics like intelligence-quotient and mastery, Robinson believes we should explore the many other forms of human intelligence that represent both the unorthodox and the interrelated aspects of our lives: emotional, social, artistic and athletic to name a few. We are who we are because we have the potential to bring to bear on any specific circumstance an incredible imagination and intelligence that offers a better way of doing things. History is full of stories of great and ordinary thinkers, artists, inventors, and designers who chose to see the world using a different mindset. We should not continue to see our lives as being limited to the old factory model of completing a specific task effectively within a specific amount of time to a preset standard of competency. A results-driven culture should give way to a reward-based ethic that encourages individuals to "create, to take risks, to fail or ask questions, to strive and to grow". His biggest challenge is directed at the public school system that seems to refuse to lead this kind of progressive initiative that puts the real needs of students first: the right to constructively develop their creative powers. Too often, a dangerous mental imbalance occurs when other human intelligences are left undeveloped such as our ability to socially interrelate with others. If there is weakness in this inspiring book it might be Robinson's lack of concrete examples as to how this holistic vision is taking hold globally. I would have liked to have seen his views on the Finnish model for innovative education that everyone seems to be raving about today.

Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry
Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry
by David Robertson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebuilding LEGO, July 10 2014
As a child and then a parent and finally a grandparent, I am all too aware of the iconic presence of the ‘brick’ in my life over sixty-some years. The world’s largest and best-known toy company has made a very good living out of producing billions of interlocking plastic bricks that make up an ever-expanding family of toylines. Originating in the small Danish town of Billund back in the 1930s, LEGO, the brainchild of the Ole Kirk family, has since expanded throughout the world in an effort to promote toys made out of the simplest of components. Its commercial success, while impressive, has not been clear sailing down through the decades. You could say that LEGO has had to remake itself several times over in order to avoid going under. Its biggest challenge, in trying to stay relevant in the very competitive toy business, is to build cultural bridges between succeeding generations by building on concepts that keep changing and improving with time. Their secret to success is bound up in keeping control over the design of toys like Bionicle, Mindstorm, Minecraft, Star Wars, Theme Parks, Robotics, et cetera, while inviting the public as co-creators in an effort to fine tune them. Led by a team of top engineering designers, LEGO has learned the importance of rolling out product in an orderly fashion and incorporating improvements in subsequent updates. Its impeccable track record on delivering innovative toys that can be added to as an ongoing saga makes its unique because it is essentially the democratic right of all users and owners to form their idea of play narrative to go with it. Most households, I would hazard to guess, if we are anything to go by, keep their LEGO around for years.

The Invisible Woman (2013) (DVD) [Region code : 3]
The Invisible Woman (2013) (DVD) [Region code : 3]
DVD ~ Ralph Fiennes

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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Statement About Victorian Society, July 7 2014
I have always been a fan of anything Ralph Fiennes has performed going back to "The English Patient". Maybe it is those deep, saddened eyes that seem to express a tortured soul passionately looking for solace in a hostile world. His latest performance as the novelist and journalist Charles Dickens in "The Invisible Woman" captures that identical feeling of an individual desperately seeking love that has been denied him in the traditional circles of Victorian society. The storyline is about Dickens who, in the midst of composing his seminal work "Great Expectations", decides to take a mistress in the person of a young society girl named Nell (Felicity Jones). For fear that their relationship could damage his career, Dickens and Nell are forced to keep it on the quiet. Though there are hints that people already know about the liaison - including his estranged wife - Victorian society punished such behaviour by forcing the lovers to carry on a very covert lifestyle. This film covers the several years in which Dickens attempted to discreetly, and somewhat hypocritically, live on both sides of the fence, all the time realizing that the love he sought in Nell was as ephemeral as the love he lost in his estranged wife. There are some very poignant moments in the film where Dickens recognizes that the real happiness that he yearns for, like the dreams of many of his characters such as Pip and Micawber, are hollow at best when prejudice and hubris get in the way. Everything in this old world is meant to be blighted by fear, angst, death, misgiving and disappointment.

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