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Storyville
Storyville
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best cd's are unknown, June 13 2004
This review is from: Storyville (Audio CD)
This cd is a true rock achievement. Granted it takes a while to really "get it." His harmonies and choruses are not immediately accesible, but after a few spins, a discerning listener will begin to spot the amazing talent that Robbie Robertson has. He has put together one for the ages, which to me never gets old.
His eponymous cd may be even better, but you can start here with no fears.

One Moment More (W/1 Bonus Track)
One Moment More (W/1 Bonus Track)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good grief this is good!, Feb. 24 2004
This is truly a fantastic cd! I picked up this cd after hearing her perform live and it was immediately accesible. But the more I have played it, the more I love each and every song. There is simply not a lame song on the entire disc. Her voice is quite similar to Patty Griffin, and while comparisons are inevitable, she is no tag-along. She has already developed her own unique sound and style as a songwriter.
I have laughed at some of the other reviewers comments about the opening track "Come to Jesus." One said Mindy was "flakking for Jesus." I am not quite sure what that means, other than that the reviewer needs to get over his religious insecurities, but if her struggles through faith and death are flakking for Jesus then okay. Can a songwriter not honestly wrestle through her doubts and beliefs in an artistic way and not be lambasted by mentioning Jesus positively? Undefined spirituality it seems is fine as long as there is no real content to a person's faith, but as soon as any suggestion is made that Jesus might actually mean something definitive to someone then they are written off as some kind of back-door evangelist. This simply doesn't grasp the depth of Mindy Smith's poetry and unfairly creates a small box of lyrical content from which to choose. If you have seen Mindy Smith live, you will learn that she is certainly not attempting to convert anyone, but in my opinion, helping them think and investigate.
Anyway, purchase this disc (ven though it does mention Jesus!) And then see her perform live!

A New Day At Midnight
A New Day At Midnight
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good (maybe better than) White Ladder, Feb. 5 2003
This review is from: A New Day At Midnight (Audio CD)
White Ladder was an exceptional record, but I dare say this one surpasses it in many respects. I loved NDAM right off, but it took a while to realize what an exceptional acheivement it was. David Gray has certainly matured to a new level with this disc and with each subsequent listen, you will notice more layers of professionalism and creativity, more little things done well, more signs that he is one of the pre-eminent songwriters of our day.
When I first heard David Gray's brilliant White Ladder, I was somewhat turned off by some of the "electronica" elements. Growing up largely in the eighties, some of the percussive sounds were too reminiscent of a few of highly electronic-dependent bands of the New Wave era. Many of these bands hid their lack of musical talent with machines. However David Gray, on both White Ladder and NDAM manages a beautifully progressive syncretism between guitar-based folk and selective electronica. I am amazed at both his creativity and his songcrafting skill. NDAM is a beauty of a record. It is mixed perfectly, the songs are organized in an order that maintains the listeners interest, and the lyrics are engaging and introspective. David Gray is a seeker, leaving no stone unturned in attempting to discover meaning in our naturalistic age. Many of his conclusions are inescapable and dreadful, but the metaphysical journey is worth taking with him. It is wonderful to find a true artist in the vast sea of musical clones.

The Communion of Saints: Living in Fellowship with the People of God
The Communion of Saints: Living in Fellowship with the People of God
by Philip Graham Ryken
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.15
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a super book!, Oct. 29 2002
Very rarely are books written that are really unique, this is one! I was preparing a series of studies on how our communion with God is enhanced through our membership in the body of Christ, and this is the only book that I could find that really addresses this issue in any substantive manner. It promotes the idea of church membership as a biblical mandate and describes how this can be proven scripturally, but this book is certainly not a list of to-dos. It promotes the church as an irreplaceable source of encouragement and growth for the Christian, it shows the great benefit of church membership instead of offering just a biblical requirement. This book is highly recommended.

Everything Matters
Everything Matters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple wonderful, June 3 2002
This review is from: Everything Matters (Audio CD)
...I decided to look up this CD on Amazon and saw that it was rated their number 31,116 seller! 31000!! ...to see Pierce Pettis, or an album of this quality languishing in obscurity is outlandish. I was turned on to some of his earlier stuff by his nephew, and although I bought some of his Windam Hill recordings... he never really grew on me. But a while back I bought State of Grace on a whim, and absolutely loved it. I had heard that this one was better but was surprised to hear how good it actually was. This is the type of CD you not only want to recommend to your friends, but buy it for them! You will be glad to have spent the money on this one, and you will be amazed...

Commentary on Galatians
Commentary on Galatians
by Martin Luther
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a non-negotiable, May 28 2002
It is said that Romans is the most complete statement of Paul's theology. That is probably true, but Galatians is gospel-concentrate. No serious Christian should leave their library hindered by the absence of this book. Luther said that he was wedded to the book of Galatians like his dear Catherine. This is the type of commentator who you should want to read. John Bunyan said this was the book that he would give up last save for his Bible. There are not enough accolades to give this book, buy it as soon as possible.

Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture
Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture
by Jr. Gene Edward" Veith
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.87
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian Should Own this Book, May 28 2002
Postmodernism is a fairly difficult term. Veith does a great job of explaining exactly what it means, and what it means to the Christian in the modern-day marketplace of ideas. I have read a number of other "primer" type of books on current philosophy and this is by far the best. It is part of a series that I am slowly working through and each book has been superb, but Veith's writing is certainly the most succint and helpful.

Vapor Trails
Vapor Trails
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, compelling outing for a bunch of 50-somethings!, May 17 2002
This review is from: Vapor Trails (Audio CD)
Everything that has earned Rush a legion of fans over the years is present on this disc. There is not a lot that is stunning, or earthshattering, but the music is solid and gets better with each listen. As usual the instrumentation is superb and there are layers of little things done well that continue to entertain after multiple listenings. The opening drum line for the album is awesome and introduces the listener to the flavor of what is ahead. Most of the tracks are strong and there is only one or two songs that I really think that if left out would have made the album much more solid. However, all in all, I listen to this disc quite frequently still a year after purchase.
I was also highly disappointed with their last outing, Test for Echo, so I am gload to see Rush return with a strong outing - probably their last? I am not sure that VT's will end up on the "essential" Rush recordings list, but it has legs. It is worlds better than TFE, and maybe the strongest outing since Presto.

Systematic Theology
Systematic Theology
by Louis Berkhof
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 37.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the content, not the binding, Feb. 9 2002
This review is from: Systematic Theology (Hardcover)
This is without a doubt the most thorough and thoughtful systematic theology that a serious student of the word could purchase. It begins and ends in the correct places, and has careful argumentation of the Reformed Christian faith.
The only complaint that I have is the binding. It is absolutely awful. I do not know what the publisher was thinking. The reader can hardly read the entire page because the book is so difficult to lay flat. The book almost seems to be spring-loaded it is so tight, and closes so quickly - watch your fingers. I would suggest finding an older copy from another publisher. The Banner of Truth edition is easier to read.

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
by Caroline Alexander
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Great!, June 10 2001
This is the book that started all the interest in Ernest Shackelton a few years back. If you hurry, you can buy this book and get briefed on the amazing story contained within before the movie comes out.
This is one of the most amazing stories you will ever read. It rivals The Long Walk by Rawicz in terms of narrative content, but is better written. I simply cannot fathom the despair and hardship each of these men faced on a daily basis for a year and a half. Fortunately for us, Shackelton had the foresight to take along with him, and accomplished photographer, and Caroline Alexander pairs the narrative with the visuals in a brilliant manner.
This will be more than a coffee table book, or conversation starter, it will grip you.

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