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The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
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4.0 out of 5 stars Non-fiction historical thriller, April 28 2016
Asbridge pretty much nails the historical page-turner genre here. If you think a medieval biography sounds like a chore, think again. If you read historical fiction set in this time period, this could be a good book to ease you into reading about the real Middle Ages! Definitely far more interesting than you might think.

Our knight William Marshal lived in an era much different from our own in many ways. Asbridge is realistic about the appealing and less-appealing sides of his nature. Marshal was not quite the "power behind five English thrones" as the subtitle suggests, but he did serve Henry the Young King, Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, King John and finally Henry III. There are many ups and downs in this story, but somehow William Marshal made it through it all, and managed to die in his bed in his seventies (so that's the spoiler). How he got there, though, is an endlessly fascinating read.

The Great Hunt: Book Two of 'The Wheel of Time'
The Great Hunt: Book Two of 'The Wheel of Time'
Offered by Macmillan CA
Price: CDN$ 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy, April 28 2016
If you like high fantasy, this is definitely what you are looking for. Jordan has annoying elements in his writing but overall succeeds at the main mission, creating a fantasy world and adventure that is complex and original enough to make you feel compelled to move forward. However, outside of those who enjoy fantasy, this is not really a book that gives you other reasons to read or that stands as a classic in its own right. I can't see myself reading much deeper into this series.

Reasonable Enthusiast: John Wesley and the Rise of Methodism
Reasonable Enthusiast: John Wesley and the Rise of Methodism
by Henry D. Rack
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough worthwhile biography, not terribly easy to get through, April 21 2016
This is an very good biography, but definitely not easy to read. Wesley doesn't really come alive but we get a very deep analysis of Wesley and his relation to his culture and religious environment. Not many other books will give you this perspective on Wesley. An understanding of all the different religious movements and factions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries would be of great help as Rack refers to different movements without really explaining what they were about

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End
38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End
by Scott W. Berg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 33.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good readable account, April 21 2016
This isn't quite Nathaniel Philbrick, but something along those lines is what Scott Berg has achieved here. We have a pretty engaging account of the Dakota set against the backdrop of the Civil War raging at the same time as well as Abraham Lincoln's involvement for good measure. Berg does a good job of writing an engaging story, keeping the Dakota war front and centre while providing a critical if understanding evaluation of each participant. Berg keeps us aware of the background of the Civil War for the key participants in the story, not ignoring it but not overdoing it either. As a prelude to the later more famous Indian Wars, this book is worth a read for yet another tragic chapter in the story of Native Americans and their struggle against remorseless white encroachment.

Life and Witness of Peter, The
Life and Witness of Peter, The
by Larry R. Helyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 31.42
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Peter's life and doctrine, April 13 2016
This is a highly readable, accessible volume giving an overview of Peter's life and theology as brought out in the Bible. Helyer assumes that 1 & 2 Peter are actually Peter's writings, which many scholars would challenge. Nonetheless, what we have here is a strong bringing together of Peter's life and theology as best we can know it. The issues surrounding Peter's authority in the church are handled from an evangelical perspective, but with sensitivity

Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
by Craig L. Blomberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 25.08
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christian stewardship studies I've read, April 13 2016
This is the best, or one of the best, books I've read dealing with Biblical theology and stewardship. Blomberg sticks with the Biblical texts and avoids speaking where they don't speak. What emerges is a very sober, convicting picture of the excessive consumption of the American Christian versus what the Bible teaches about giving. Rather than trying to defend capitalism or socialism, Blomberg unveils Biblical teaching and shows how they link up with other spiritual issues. You'll be challenged to develop a giving plan commensurate with your position in life

Against Calvinism
Against Calvinism
by Roger E. Olson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource along with companion volume, For Calvinism., April 12 2016
This review is from: Against Calvinism (Paperback)
This is essential reading along with the companion volume, For Calvinism. Olson strives for an irenic approach and largely succeeds. Regardless of your theological persuasion, you ought to read this book alongside the companion volume. They will greatly increase your understanding

For Calvinism
For Calvinism
by Michael Horton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.78
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource, read it alongside Against Calvinism., April 12 2016
This review is from: For Calvinism (Paperback)
This is a fine irenic defense of Calvinism. This along with the companion volume, Against Calvinism, are excellent resources to get a handle on both sides of this never-ending but essential theological debate. Regardless of your beliefs on this doctrine, you ought to read this book. Horton is charitable and avoids caricature, while strongly defending his view.

Pitch Black
Pitch Black
by Arthur Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 32.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining collection of humour columns, April 12 2016
This review is from: Pitch Black (Hardcover)
These are entertaining columns a cut above the norm. Black is at his best when he is being humorous. When he tries to be convincing on some social, he falters. This is a fine volume to skim through on a rainy day.

The Givenness Of Things
The Givenness Of Things
by Marilynne Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prime collection of essays from an original thinker, April 12 2016
Marilynne Robinson is a truly original thinker, and in the only sense that is possible. She reaches back into the richness and variety of past thinkers which gives here a seeming infinite number of perspectives on the present. A religious thinker who is comfortable and far from defensive, she integrates a variety of insights into a stunning collection of essays. If you like her novels, you owe it to yourself to check out her essays as well.

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