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Peak to Peek Principle
Peak to Peek Principle
by Robert H. Schuller
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, April 1 2004
This review is from: Peak to Peek Principle (Paperback)
Another truly inspirational classic from one of my favorite authors! I admit I'm a major fan of Dr. Schuller's because I have been so blessed by his works over the years. This book will encourage you in the things of God. Consider some of these excerpts:
"When God gets you where He wants you, you won't be able to do what you have to do without risk." In other words, God's involvement, which includes faith will be required. As Hebrews 11:6 tells us without faith it is impossible to please God.
"When God lays His dream for your life into your thinking, it will be humanly impossible. That's His way of making sure you (1)have faith, (2) will seek His help, (3) cana be trusted with the grand success He plans as a surprise at the top of the peak" (p. 157).
I strongly recommend this faith building classic. It will boost you beyond the mundane and if you're already there will help sustain you.

A Question of Class: The Redneck Stereotype in Southern Fiction
A Question of Class: The Redneck Stereotype in Southern Fiction
by Duane Carr
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weak Defense, April 1 2004
What Carr sets out to accomplish and what he achieves are two different things. He tells us he is attempting to defend poor Southern "rednecks," but he gets lost even in attempting to define the group he's singled out. In other words, he fails to define the group accurately. He's vague. His defense of the groups is as ambiguous as his defense. This book promises a lot but delivers little. I'm not any clearer on the subject now than before reading the book.

The Travelers Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success
The Travelers Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success
by Andy Andrews
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, March 31 2004
I read a lot of motivational books as it is one of my favorite genres, and while this author sought to be another Og Mandino, he has a way to go. The myths used to illustrate the principles he was seeking to teach don't accomplish the goal. Take for example his visit with Lincoln and the discussion with Grant. Grant was an alcoholic. Lincoln is portrayed in this scene as a "win whatever it takes" man, i.e., all the other generals had let him down and Grant could do no wrong. Historical ambiguities are lost in this "dream state" we're given in this broad sweep of people, places, and events. It's shallow! I was annoyed by little things throughout the whole book. The "teacher" who turned the whole of history around by one action in the civil war....is another example. Bogus! This guy is the only one who was right and took the right course of action? According to this author. I think more research and a few more rough drafts are in order.

The Last Jew of Rotterdam
The Last Jew of Rotterdam
by Ernest Cassutto
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Inspirational!, March 30 2004
What a phenomenal story this is! It begins when the Nazis begin to take power in Europe and tells how the lives of individuals, particularly one family was affected by hiding, relying on God, and coming out victoriously. The mysterious ways of God is an underlying theme throughout all the events that are recorded. Portions of this book will cause you to realize the treasure of just setting with your family to eat a meal without fear of being raided.
The spiritual struggle faced during this nightmare is discussed throughout the book also. Seasons of danger cause a person to make those "life choices" rather quickly. If you're not sure how much longer you have to live, you have to decide what you believe and fast! There are incidences of answers to silent prayers of deperation. In one situation a matters of minutes determined whether a man was going to be saved or executed. This is the kind of book that makes you ask yourself the eternally significant questions.

When, God, When?: Learning to Trust in God's Timing
When, God, When?: Learning to Trust in God's Timing
by Joyce Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Solid Wisdom!, March 28 2004
Anyone reading the Bible knows timing is part of God's plan. As Joyce Meyer points out, waiting is always going to be part of life. As we grow and change we will always be waiting on something so to enhance our quality of life, we might as well learn to wait well. This is the type of book that could only have been written by a person of substance, someone who experienced the subject matter. You can only write with authority on subjects such as these if you've paid your dues. She has! Consider some of these insights:
"When is due season or due time? I believe it is when God knows we are ready, when everyone else involved is ready and when it fits into God's corporate plan" (p. 13).
"Your dream is in the process right now! It is on the stove cooking" (p. 53).
"Appointed time also means a time already established and decided for certain reasons. It is like having an appointment" (p. 20).
This is a powerful book that teaches God's Truth! Buy it! Read it! Be assured by it!

All New Clean Joke Book
All New Clean Joke Book
by Bob Phillips
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Material, March 27 2004
There are some witty observations in this collection. Most of it is pretty basic, which is what most comedy is all about. Here are a couple of examples:
Q. What is the difference between a chess player and a civil servant?
A. A chess player moves every now and then (p. 25).
Employer: We want a responsible man for this job.
Applicant: Well, I guess I'm your man. In all the other jobs I have worked at, whenever anything went wrong, they told me I was responsible (p. 138).

Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and Practice
Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and Practice
by Srinivas R. Melkote
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, March 24 2004
Dr. Melkote does an excellent job of tracing the history of how communication was used in developing nations. At the end of the book he presents a paradigm shift that is more facilitative than top down in nature. It calls for greater involvement among the people being helped in the process of development.
The value of the book is confirmed by Everett Rogers, who wrote in the foreword, "I learned a great deal from reading it." This is from one of the top experts in the field.

Goliath: The Life of Robert Schuller
Goliath: The Life of Robert Schuller
by James Penner
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Reading, March 24 2004
When one sees a positive communicator like Dr. Robert H. Schuller, it is easy to assume they are so upbeat because they've had an easy life. This insider's account of Dr. Schuller's life makes it plain that that has not been the case and upon further reflection, one realizes everybody faces their own set of challenges in life. In fact, a person becomes a positive influence for good by overcoming challenges. Dr. Schuller's son in law authored this book so he knows his subject matter first hand.
I have been an admirer of Dr. Schuller for a long time. His insightful wisdom has helped me in numerous ways to experience a better life than I would otherwise. Reading this book helps you to see the connection that one person's overcoming has a ripple effect on many other lives. Dr. Schuller's victories were victories for those of us who have learned from him. He has been used of God to motivate, inspire, and bless. I pray that I will be such a vessel too.

Facing the Future Without Fear: Prescriptions for Courageous Living in the New Millennium
Facing the Future Without Fear: Prescriptions for Courageous Living in the New Millennium
by Lloyd John Ogilvie
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Book!, March 21 2004
Lloyd John Ogilvie brings such a breadth of knowledge to applying the principles of the Bible to life's daily challenges. That's the reason this book is so powerful, because it instructs you in how to receive knowledge so that you can apply God's Truth where you are and as a result experience the abundant life Jesus came to give.
We're encouraged to "boldly face the future unafraid with the sure confidence that God will work all things for your ultimate good and His glory." Dr. Oglivie admits he is a fellow struggler that, "no one has it all together."
On speaking well of people who do you wrong, he writes about the power of blessing. He interpretes Romans 12:14, "Bless those who persecutre you; bless and do not curse," as being connected with this power. He says bless comes from the Greek "eulogeo" meaning "speak well of," eu=well, logos=word. He writes about pleasing God, and letting God take care of the results.

Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going: Learning How to Live a Joyful Spirit-Led Life
Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going: Learning How to Live a Joyful Spirit-Led Life
by Joyce Meyer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scripturally Solid, March 18 2004
This book is about attitude. It's about how to maintain the proper attitude to enjoy the abundant life Jesus gives. Yes, it is a learned process because life has challenges. In fact, the opening chapter describes life as a process. Waiting is inevitable. In the process we will always be headed someplace else. That's where the title of the book comes into play.
We're reminded that as God created different elements, He enjoyed what He had done, saying it is good. In similar manner, she encourages us to enjoy our work. "Relish the moment," is the advice she offers in reflecting on Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
She hits an excellent mark in targeting communicating with God in the mundane tasks, noting, ""Secular things can become sacred things when the Lord is present." She says she believes ALL of life should be celebrated and enjoyed. It's all a mindset! Attitude! That is the kind of life Jesus came to give us. This book is powerful because it teaches you how to apply the truth of God's Word to your everyday world.

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