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Sur le seuil
Sur le seuil
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2.0 out of 5 stars Déçu, May 27 2014
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J'ai été vivement épaté par Alyss (un autre roman du même auteur, auquel je donne 5 étoiles), alors j'ai tenté ma chance avec cet autre livre de P. Sénécal. L'intrigue est intéressante, mais l'exécution m'a laissé sur ma faim. Cette fois, j'anticipais tous les "punchs", ce qui tuait le suspense.Autrement dit, j'étais toujours en avance sur le protagoniste, ce qui n'est jamais souhaitable pour ce type de roman. Enfin, le dernier tiers manque complétement à la règle : "montre, ne dis pas" (Show, don't tell). Le lecteur doit "écouter" deux personnages raconter pendant de nombreuses pages ce qui s'est passé par le passé. Malgré le récit d'horreur, je demeurais impassible car l'auteur n'a pas réussi cette fois à me plonger dans l'action. Mais j'aime le style d'écriture de M. Sénécal et je compte bien lire une autre de ses histoires.

Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the series (unfortunately), Feb. 23 2012
A disappointing book. I read the first one in a day, the second one in three days, and the last one in three weeks. Change of tone. Change of setting. Confusing cast of new characters. And-- most importantly-- an absence of real conflict for the first 2/3 of the book! Well, nothing beyond personality issues between characters that is. Violent and morally questionable decisions on the part of our young heroes later on in the story. They're like teen-age Jack Bauer(s) ("24") -- "darn it, we don't have a choice!" Ok for a mindless tv thriller geared for an older audience, but it felt strange and awkward for a "young adults"'s book.

The Incredible Shrinking Son Of Man
The Incredible Shrinking Son Of Man
by Robert M. Price
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Da Vinci Code of Bible criticism, May 23 2011
As a Catholic who has a background in theological and biblical studies, I found Robert Price's book to be a hodgepodge of truths, half-truths, assumptions, speculations, and wild theories. Problem is, like a Dan Brown wanna-be, the author presents most of his assumptions and theories as self-evident truths, when most of the time he has yet to make a case for them.

For example, the author mentions the traditional birth date of Christ (December 25) as a proof that we have to "unlearn what we thought we already knew" because the date was not established as the real birth date of Jesus. "We have an important clue... the date coincides with a major holiday celebrated throughout the Roman Empire". As if the Church didn't know that. As if the Church had been hiding this "important truth". As if the Church didn't know back in the early centuries that they were setting the birth date of Christ on December 25 *exactly* because it was already a date celebrating a pagan "sun god" and that it underlined the winter solstice, when the light comes into the world.

That is what I mean by half-truths, and the rest of the book is filled with them. Robert Price clearly writes for the uninitiated, those readers without much theological (or historical) background, because he allows himself to go "aha! look at those awesome things I'm telling you! cleary, that proves the Church's faith is phony!"-- when most of the things he describes as being evident made me scratch my head.

He does bring up interesting comparisons and ideas. The "research" is not without any merit. But too often, the author looks like the scholarly equivalent of David Copperfield (or whoever the latest pop-illusionist is) : he says a lot of things that dazzle the intellect and imagination, and while the reader is distracted, he pulls out a rabbit from a hat (i.e., says something completely outlandish).

Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary
Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary
by Kenneth W. Daniels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and challenging!, May 13 2011
From evangelical missionary to secular humanist... The author Ken Daniels guides the reader through the struggles of faith he has experienced over the years--- a crisis that eventually led him to abandon the Christian faith (and faith in general) altogether. This book, as the author says himself, was not written to make "atheists" out of believers but is rather an expose of the reasons that led him to the process of "deconversion".

I must admit that as pastor myself going through important bouts of doubts, this book by M. Daniels offers a lot of food for thought. Many of his arguments and ideas are quite poignant and intellectually stimulating (thus very challenging if faith means anything to you!) The tone of the book is very respectful for doubting Christians.

If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something
If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca Rocks!!!, Jan. 3 2006
I have been a fan of Rebecca St.James ever since I bought a copy of the album "Pray". After a couple of decent worship albums, she comes back to her awesome Alternative/Rock style I like so much with "If I Had Once Chance to Tell You Something". A cross between secular Alanis Morrissette and Avril Lavigne, she signs beautifully and vividly of God's love, prayer and grace. I absolutely love every track on this album especially the wonderful and touching "You Are Loved", "Take All Of Me" and the ethereal "I Need You". Excellent work Rebecca! God bless!

Playing the Angel
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3.0 out of 5 stars PTA - 3 stars, Oct. 24 2005
This review is from: Playing the Angel (Audio CD)
I was a huge fan of DM ten years ago. I had all their albums, from "Speak and Spell" to "Songs of Faith and Devotion". I was really disappointed with "Ultra" and "Exciter". But David (Gahan) has had the time since then to rethink his life and clear his head (get 'clean'); PTA seemed quite promising.

The latest effort from DM offers us some awesome songs... and some that are unfortunately less than ordinary. Great songs include the opening piece "A Pain That I'm Used To", "Suffer Well" (both future singles", the already well-known "Precious", "Sinner in Me" (a personnal favorite; strikes a chord) and the last track, the gloomy "Darkest Star". "Lilian" is groovy enough, would fit well on the album "Catching Up With DM". Other tracks are so-so, from the cringing voice of Martin Gore on "Macro" (what the???) to the useless fill-in "Introspectre".

Finally, there is a shameful lyrical/historical/theological blunder on the angry "John the Revelator" : 'By claiming God As his only right He's stealing a god From the Israelites Stealing a god From a Muslim, too There is only one god through and through'. That's just stupid writing, Martin. John the Revelator (one of the Apostles btw) didn't steal a god from the Isralelite : he was one!... and he didn't steal from the Muslim... they weren't around until the 7th century... As for one God through and through, the Revelator did say it loud and clear.

Called to Be Holy
Called to Be Holy
by Timothy M., Cardinal Dolan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but..., April 30 2005
This review is from: Called to Be Holy (Paperback)
This book is a collection of chapters taken directly from Mgr Dolan's "Priests of the Third Millenium"! I would recommand you buy this (excellent) book instead. Of course, this one is shorter and edited for lay people.

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