biss Up to 40% Off CBC's Canada Reads 2016 Shortlist boutiques-francophones Learn more vpcflyout Furniture All-New Kindle Paperwhite Explore the Amazon.ca Vinyl LP Records Store s Tools ca_ty_gno
Profile for R. Magnusson Davis > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by R. Magnusson Davis
Top Reviewer Ranking: 180,232
Helpful Votes: 3

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Amazon Communities.

Reviews Written by
R. Magnusson Davis (Canada)

Page: 1 | 2
pixel
Dojo Daycare
Dojo Daycare
by Chris Tougas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 15.25
31 used & new from CDN$ 8.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Jihad ninjas?, Jan. 7 2016
Ce commentaire est de: Dojo Daycare (Hardcover)
The "Master" looks like a pirate. The ninja's are dressed all in black, with black balaclavas, and look like miniature Jihadists. They get up to nasty and wrongful tricks - what fun! Is it redeeming when at the end of the day they remember their good little ninja creed?

Then they all line up in a row and give a low bow.

The kids get to enjoy mayhem and naughtiness, and the adults get to say that the book teaches good lessons.

But ... little minds are being softened and prepared with dangerous images. I am not saying this is deliberate. But I would not want my children to be absorbing the subtle images and teaching of this book, or the companion book, "Daytrip," which features a jihad ninja with a flaming pitchfork saying "Hay-ya!" I believe it risks preparing vulnerable young minds to accept things that are not acceptable.

The Apostolic Constitutions: The Original Canon Law of Early Orthodox Christianity
The Apostolic Constitutions: The Original Canon Law of Early Orthodox Christianity
by Fr Jack Ashcraft
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.79
10 used & new from CDN$ 12.94

1.0 out of 5 stars Two serious problems, March 9 2015
First, this is a cheaply produced work. Numerous are the defects:

1. There are no page numbers.
2. Typographical errors abound: "not a novice, rest, being puffed up with pride"; "not given to vain 398 deceits"; "Thou shalt not take girls to smite the soul"; "As Christ does to his Farther", etc.etc.
3. There are frequent references to footnotes that are not there. Most appear to be scripture references.
4. Spacing is terrible where headings were justified across the entire page.

Second, it's not really apostolic. My suspicions were confirmed when I read the restrictions on marriage for certain clergy. For example, after a bishop is ordained, he may not marry. And if his wife dies, he may not remarry. As if there are different standards for some Christians than for others? Is God a respecter of persons when it comes to matrimonial standards? Do we see the Roman Catholic prohibition on clergy marriage creeping in?

Matthew's Bible, The
Matthew's Bible, The
by Hendrickson Publishing
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 55.67
12 used & new from CDN$ 49.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost treasure restored by modern technology, Jan. 11 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Ce commentaire est de: Matthew's Bible, The (Hardcover)
This is the work of martyrs William Tyndale and John Rogers, who were burned at the stake for giving us the bible in English. The third contributor, Miles Coverdale, who survived the persecutions, worked (in this bible version) from the faith-filled work of Martin Luther, and his contribution to the Old Testament is clear and lucid. The deep insight of Tyndale into the scriptures also make this a valuable work, and Rogers' notes are helpful in an age of much false teaching.

This bible was suppressed and copies destroyed. Not many remain. But now, thanks to modern technology, this treasure is available for ordinary people to read and learn from. Formerly only scholars with special permission could review it. Now it, and the great truth it contains, are available for all.

The typography and eccentric spelling take time and courage to master. But it can be done. The language and grammar are more challenging, though not much more than the KJV or Shakespeare. And Shakespearean guides help in understanding.

God has provided now that any serious student of the Bible can have access to this previously lost work of his servants Tyndale, Coverdale, and John Rogers.

The Truth Which Sets Free
The Truth Which Sets Free
by Peter Dunstan
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual poison, Jan. 11 2013
Ce commentaire est de: The Truth Which Sets Free (Paperback)
Years ago now I found this book in a secondhand bookstore. It was helpful in that it first led me to writing and works of William Tyndale, especially Tyndale's New Testament. But Dunstan's tone is bitter and I urge caution. Here are some only of my reservations:

(1) Dunstan's understanding of the word "ecclesia" as meaning "called-out ones," i.e. the chosen ones of God, is incorrect. Tyndale himself never understood it that way. Read David Daniell's introduction to Tyndale's New Testament to get the correct sense, or read what Tyndale wrote in his book, An Answer to Sir Thomas More's Dialogue. There he explains that ecclesia means simply congregations or gatherings of any sort of people, believers or "heathen".

(2) Dunstan adopts the Jehovah Witness attitude to Christmas. Of course, more and more Christians nowadays do the same. In my view, the Bible supports any occasion to speak of Jesus Christ. As Paul said, "I rejoice that Christ is preached", regardless of motive or occasion. The JW's and any who want to cut Christmas out of the calendar also cut out opportunities to discuss the Lord. And Dunstan has almost a superstitious attitude to Christmas trees.

(3) Dunstan also has a superstitious fear or hatred of the Church that is as much an error as the superstitious veneration of the Church. True, most of the church is apostate. But so is Dunstan in his own way.

(4) He speaks untruly on his website when he says he will answer all enquiries.

(5) He condemns the service of the Eucharist that God blesses, and always has. This is a terrible error, arising from ignorance that is very lamentable.

The great deception in this work is that perceptive Christians who see the apostasy of the Church will think they have found one of their own here. But his condemnation of Christmas is blind (behold, that is false which suppresses the knowledge of Christ, not which celebrates it!) and he only leads us down the wrong path. Readers should take note of the tone and offence in this book. It speaks volumes.

True To His Ways
True To His Ways
by R. Davis
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from CDN$ 43.08

5.0 out of 5 stars What is wrong with Charismatic Christianity?, Jan. 5 2012
Ce commentaire est de: True To His Ways (Paperback)
True to His Ways is a most helpful resource for believers who have questions about charismatic practices like soaking in the spirit, spiritual drunkenness, slain in the spirit. What is wrong with these things? This book answers the question, clearly and yet gently.

Closely and carefully researched, with surprising discoveries, it provides insight into what occult practices really are, and shows that many charismatic activities are actually occult. It draws a clear line between occult and biblical practices so a person knows what to do and what to avoid. For example, soaking in the spirit is occult. So is "calling down" the spirit. Spiritual mapping is occult. Trying to see angels is occult. This book shows that most pagan religions follow similar practices, going by different names of course, and that they are not counterfeiting true Christianity. Rather, Charismatics are deceived. God's children must be different, and must seek Him in biblical ways.

The book also shows how people who dabble in the occult suffer from demonic attacks, anxiety, depression, etc., quite possibly from having exposed themselves to demonic influence.

Ms. Davis's book will appeal to everyone, those who want a quick read and deep thinkers. It is compassionate, not judgmental in tone, and would be good to pass along to charismatic friends. If the book is sold out from [...] it can be purchased through the author's website [...]. You can also "see inside" this book from the website.

Tyndale's New Testament
Tyndale's New Testament
by David Daniell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 36.77
18 used & new from CDN$ 24.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best English New Testament now published, Nov. 27 2011
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Ce commentaire est de: Tyndale's New Testament (Paperback)
John Foxe called William Tyndale "God's Apostle to England". Tyndale was called by God to translate the New Testament into English. His work is faithful and true. The believer who reads his work by the light of the Holy Spirit will be greatly taught and blessed.

The 1534 edition was Tyndale's major revision of his 1526 New Testament. In it he included marginal notes which are instructive and edifying. It seems, however, that there are inaccuracies in Daniell's copying of the parallel scripture references; possibly the original document had errors, or the type was unclear.

Daniell made very few edits: only to modernize the spelling and make a few minimal amendments such as changing "other" to "or" to aid comprehension. Indeed, more updating is needed to make it fully understandable, and to correct the "faux friends" - words that we still use, such as "despise", "obey", and "conceit", but which have different meanings now. Also, the Old English syntax is often difficult. The good news is that the New Matthew Bible Project is working on careful updating, and is posting scriptures online as they progress. But until this version is complete, Daniell's edition is the best a believer can have in hand. A sweet passage from 2 Corinthians is this:

"For it is God which stablisheth us and you in Christ, and hath anointed us, which hath also sealed us, and hath given the earnest of the Spirit into our hearts".

The Absolute Unlawfulness of the Stage-Entertainment Fully Demonstrated. by William Law, A.M.
The Absolute Unlawfulness of the Stage-Entertainment Fully Demonstrated. by William Law, A.M.
by William Law
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 3.38
8 used & new from CDN$ 3.38

1.0 out of 5 stars An illegible facsimile, Sept. 6 2011
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Illegible: not only generally a blotchy facsimile copy, but the edges of most of the pages are twisted or so faded you cannot guess what they say. Added to the old typography, it would be a rare person indeed who would struggle through to try to read this. I will be returning it.

Not only this, but the book was wrongly packaged and the mailman tried to fold it in two to cram it in my mailbox.

It is surprising that anyone would try to sell such poor quality material.

Tyndale's Old Testament
Tyndale's Old Testament
by David Daniell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 103.36
11 used & new from CDN$ 69.73

5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for the scattered sheep, July 13 2011
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Ce commentaire est de: Tyndale's Old Testament (Hardcover)
Despite typographical errors in this edition, it is most precious to read and re-read. David Daniell has given us the gift of William Tyndale's original translation of the Old Testament (as much as he was able to complete before being captured and martyred) in modern spelling.

Tyndale's prologues are valuable and edifying. Here is an excerpt from his "Prologue Showing the Use of the Scripture":

"Then go to and read the stories of the bible for thy learning and comfort, and see everything practised before thine eyes: for according to those examples shall it go with thee and all men until the world's end. So that into whatsoever case or state a man may be brought, according to whatsoever example of the bible it be, his end shall be according as he there seeth and readeth."

The only gift greater for the English speaking world than having Tyndale's scriptures in modern spelling will be their production in modernized English by the New Matthew Bible Project (watch for the publication of the "New Matthew Bible" in due course). For much has changed in the English language, and there are "faux friends" in Early Modern English, so in places it can be difficult to understand Tyndale's bible translations despite modern spelling.

This reading is well-supplemented by good biographies of William Tyndale, such as these recent books:God's Bestseller: William Tyndale, Thomas More, and the Writing of the English Bible---A Story of Martyrdom and Betrayal, and William Tyndale: A Biography, and reading his expositions of scripture, such as Penguin Classics Obedience Of A Christian Man.

The Purpose Of Man: Designed to Worship
The Purpose Of Man: Designed to Worship
by A. W. Tozer
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 31.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not true Tozer, July 13 2011
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Very disappointing. I can't help wondering if the editor, Mr. Snyder, didn't quite significantly cut, chop, and change Mr. Tozer's words in this "new" collection. I say this because the book lacks the evidences of truth and faith that I normally see in Tozer's work. This collection is flighty and airy. It doesn't feel like Tozer.

Tozer tended to unconventional expressions of faith which caused some people to feel uneasy. I myself feel uneasy about the way he endorses Christian 'mystics'. But his writing usually contains ample truth, and he had a gift of expressing profound truths very simply.

But the problem with this book is not that it is unconventional or that it endorses mysticism. It suffers, rather, from what I might call modern "Christian" fluffiness. It is un-profound. It skates close to truth but never actually gets there. The Tozer that I have come to know and appreciate seems to be missing from the pages of "The Purpose of Man".

Don't waste your money.

Remains of Myles Coverdale ... Containing Prologues to the Translation of the Bible. Treatise on Dea
Remains of Myles Coverdale ... Containing Prologues to the Translation of the Bible. Treatise on Dea
by Coverdale Miles
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 4.61
6 used & new from CDN$ 4.61

5.0 out of 5 stars A depth of insight and understanding, precious to inform a real faith, Feb. 9 2011
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Miles Coverdale carefully translated a selection of some of the best writings of various men in the early 16th Century. In particular I enjoyed Luther's "Exposition on the 22nd (ie 23rd)Psalm", Otto Wermullerus' "The Hope of the Faithful" (about the resurrection of the body and other topics that are very real for the faith), and Coverdale's own "Exhortation to the Carrying of Christ's Cross". His Confutation of the treatise of John Stan is a little tedious, as some of the theological argumentation was back then, and difficult to follow because he does not give the entire passage he is confuting, but will be valuable for persons who have not had the opportunity to read more closely some of the arguments undertaken back then. Wermullerus' paper on death, "Treatise on Death", is practical and down-to-earth, comforting for the faithful. I found throughout that the English is surprisingly easy to follow, and the book was well editted. Altogether a pleasant surprise, and good to inform the faith in an age of shallow Christianity.

Page: 1 | 2