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Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy!
Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy!
by Bill Phillips
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a cookbook too!, Jan. 25 2004
I just received this book and it's amazing! I purchased it after reading an article about it in Muscle Media Magazine (so it was certainly biased since MMM was founded by Bill Phillips) thinking that I was going to get a list of health foods.
This book goes way beyond lists and gives hundreds of examples for entire meals (recipes included), a month's worth of weekly meal schedules with the meals filled in, and pages of blank sheets to fill in your own meal plan.
A great book and worth every penny.

The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.69
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3.0 out of 5 stars Big Hype - Little Follow Through, Jan. 25 2004
The Davinci Code starts out with a bang and disappointingly leaves you hanging at the end. Though it is a work of fiction, it includes some inaccurate references to real events. Things as simple as the date the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered are inaccurate. It's an average thriller, but I am concerned that Christians may take some of his other presentations at face value and feel they need to rationalize their faith in light of some disturbing "facts."
I don't think the book is worth the time one spends reading it, and Dan Brown should certainly refrain from attempting to incorporate fact - especially important ones - into his works of fiction.

The Message New Testament With Psalms And Proverbs
The Message New Testament With Psalms And Proverbs
by Eugene H. "Peterson "
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true Bible?, Jan. 23 2004
Personally I think the argument over the legitimacy of "The Message" is somewhat ridiculous. Having had the great opportunity to receive formal training at a Christian college I study texts in the original language, but I would never preach or teach from a Greek edition. Why? Because few, if any, would understand it!
Perhaps the reason so many of the church attending public are biblically illiterate is because of the over-emphasis on word for word translations. These translations are good for studying, but honestly are not easy reading. Though the biblical authors were inspired, their language was not. Language is simply a tool used to communicate ideas; the goal of Peterson's translation is to "convert the tone, the rythym, the events, the IDEAS, into the way we actually think and speak" (Introduction, emphasis added.)
Not everything in the Bible can be easily understood, and until the end of this present world there will be those God has gifted with the building up of the church who are able to offer additional assistance - but this easy to read paraphrase is certainly a good avenue for the layperson to become familiar with the Bible's content.

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages
Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages
by Haddon Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that pierces the heart., Jan. 23 2004
There are few joys as great as a fire in your bones to build up Christ's church through preaching. And there are few frustrations as great as leaving the pulpit with the impression that you have had little, if any, impact. Robinson's book is an invaluable tool to improve your preaching - the "living interaction involving God, the preacher, and the congregation."
He begins by making the case for expository preaching, explaining that the reason "most modern preaching evokes little more than a wide yawn" is because God is not in it. Robinson tells his readers the importance of preaching a single biblical idea and then gives instructions on how to effectively deliver a message from God to your audience; he includes how different logical sermon structures may communicate certain ideas more effectively - how to bring your sermon outline to life - what makes a good introduction and conclusion - "how to preach so people will listen" etc.
His book takes hold of the heart by establishing a conviction for God-honoring study and sermon development and never lets it go until the end of his instruction.
My highest recommendation.

Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks
Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks
by DC Talk
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intense collection, Sept. 27 2001
A collection containing hundreds of accounts of Christians who have defended their faith to the greatest extreme. Their lives are encouraging and offer a great perspective on how little we suffer for our faith.

Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
by Michael J. Behe
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darwin Challenged, Sept. 26 2001
Darwin said of his theory, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."
Naturally then, Behe tries to demonstrate that many complex organisms, and functions, could not have "evolved" as the Darwin proposes. He explains the "irreducible complexity" of several systems. Whether showing the complexity of the vision process, the clotting of blood, swimming cells, or other functions, Behe shows it is unlikely for the processes or functions to have naturally progressed from less complex systems. In addition Behe reveals that attempts by such systems would actually hinder it's function.
Behe, a professor of biochemistry, dedicates a good portion of his book to the intricate details of the biological functions he demonstrates. While these details can be dry and text-book quality at times, they are necessary to show that he is attempting to take a scientific approach to logically show his points. If you can trudge through the first half of the science, the second is well worth it.
Because neither creationists or evolutionists can prove beyond doubt that their position is true, both require a certain amount of faith. Using Darwin's self-proclaimed weakness, Behe throws a huge monkey wrench into the gears of the evolutionists faith.

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