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Portofino
Portofino
by Frank Shaeffer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
29 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, Jan. 12 2000
This review is from: Portofino (Mass Market Paperback)
I am not much of a fiction reader, in fact the only fiction books I have read recently are the Chronicles of Narnia series. But that was until I picked this book up, and after I picked it up I could not put it down! Its a first rate story that captures the magic of youth through the eyes of Calvin Becker. This book does poke fun at most Reformed Protestants though, so beware if you are a long-winded Baptist. I don't know how much of this is autobiography, but many of the situations seem as if they may have actually occurred in Frank's life. Even though he may poke fun (and at times just criticize) reformed folks who are always saying that 'Catholics worship Mary, etc etc,' he still portrays his family as one that has a tender and loving side to it. His father's walk with his son in the hills of Portafino really touched me. It almost made me wish I was Calvin! This is a great book!

The Oxford Book of Prayer
The Oxford Book of Prayer
by George Appleton
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice anthology, Jan. 12 2000
This prayer book is very complete and it has prayers through the ages grouped into loose categories based on how the prayer relates to the Lord's Prayer, Apostles Creed, etc. I use this in my personal worship quite a bit. The prayers are from a wide variety of saints and Christians. There are also some non-Christian prayers there for those interested.

20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch
20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch
by Tony Campolo
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Treatment of modern issues!, Jan. 11 2000
Tony takes a reasoned look at today's main problems that Christians are afraid to tackle. To put it plainly Tony is an evangelical that follows the bible, not just conservative or liberal political trends. He is often bashed b/c although he believes homosexuality is wrong he sees no reason in making it some kind of super-sin over any other. He also believes in saving the environment b/c it belongs to God, not us. Many won't like Tony's views b/c he challenges people, not to liberalism, but to biblicism. Tony is not a heretic. In fact his views would probably be in line with most of the early Church writers (from what I have read by them).

Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness
Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness
by Alan Garner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective with no BS, Jan. 11 2000
This book should be read by anyone who has had even mild trouble meeting and effectively communicating with others. The techniques are all very useful and unlike other books which are mostly theory this book is number 1 in the practical application department. When I was down for awhile it really helped to have such straightforward and concrete help in meeting others. The book will make a people person out of the wallflower and even give those of us who have a lot of friends some help :)

Study Bible
Study Bible
by Kenneth L. Barker
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Evangelical should own this..., Jan. 11 2000
This review is from: Study Bible (Hardcover)
I think many evangelicals know the Bible only in terms of life application. They don't know the difference between God and God the one and Only (see John 1:18 NIV), nor concern themselves with theological or historical aspects of the Bible. The NIV study Bible should help change this. Its notes are concise, numerous, and very informative. When I got this Bible, it opened up a whole new area of fascinating biblical study that perviously I had overlooked. The translation of the NIV is readable and for the most part accurate (though they sacrifice literalness for the sake of readability a lot). The notes represent the conservative side of theology and I agree with most of what they say, though I always have other versions on hand to broaden the depth of study. My only real big complaint is the lack of the deuterocanon. Though I do not consider the books to be 'inspired' scripture, I do believe for a complete study of the Bible they should be consulted. Maybe in a future addition they will be included. If people ask me which Bible to buy, I usually say this one.

The New Jerusalem Bible
The New Jerusalem Bible
by Henry Wansbrough
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 38.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good scholarly/spiritual Bible, Jan. 10 2000
The NJB as a translation is unique in many ways. The main thing that makes it unique is that rather than using the euphemism LORD, it actually renders the divine name as Yahweh. This makes reading the Old Testament almost a new experience. It also transliterates other Hebrew names for God, like El-Shaddai. Its one of the few accurate versions to use the divine name. The translation is also poetic, yet accurate. The Regular Edition featured here is the best version of the NJB to own. The notes and book intros are extremely concise (and I mean very) and informative. There is a lot of information included in there. The maps and timelines are also very helpful. Overall this package is well put together and a great edition to anyone's collection.

Saint Joseph Medium Size Bible-NABRE
Saint Joseph Medium Size Bible-NABRE
by Catholic Book Publishing Co
Edition: Leather Bound
Price: CDN$ 29.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best NAB package out there, Jan. 8 2000
This St. Joseph New American Bible is one of the best. The reasons? A clear and scholarly translation, inclusion of the apocrypha, countless notes and maps, a section of church terms (and reading calendar), and many other side features. The binding of the Bible is very sturdy imitation leather and the glossy box makes a great storage case. The text contains various full color pictures interwoven into it. A very useful, but incredibly inexpensive package. I don't think there is a better Bible for the price out there. I use it quite a bit and I am not even Catholic.

Penguin Classics Early Christian Writings
Penguin Classics Early Christian Writings
by Andrew Louth
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good survey of the (very) early church, Jan. 5 2000
This book contains many post-apostolic writings of the early church. Most were written very soon after the apostolic age however. The translation and footnotes are for the most part rendered in modern English and flow well. The footnotes and introductions to each book are helpful. This would be a good book to buy if you wish to begin studying the early church.

A Diary of Private Prayer
A Diary of Private Prayer
by John Baillie
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars This guy has heart!, Jan. 5 2000
Baillie puts heart and soul into every prayer. The prayers are very long and extremely well written. They are extremely powerful and pious. I wish I could pray from the heart like he does. The prayers are inspirational and make a great adddition to any personal worship service.

Greek Grammar Beyond Basics
Greek Grammar Beyond Basics
by Daniel Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 38.24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truely the Best!, Jan. 5 2000
This has to be one of the best grammars out there. It is very easy to follow, but it does present advanced material (it is not a 1st year grammar). I have heard scholars say wonderful things about this grammar. I am proud to own it. It is very helpful.

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