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The Logic of God Incarnate:
The Logic of God Incarnate:
by Tom Morris
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's some brief info on this book,..., July 9 2004
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Many Christians and non-Christians alike have the idea that the incarnation of God (Jesus being fully God and fully man) is a logical contradiction.
Morris shows clearly in this book why there is no logical contradiction at all.

Case For A Creator
Case For A Creator
by Lee Strobel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful; Stronger than Others, May 6 2004
This review is from: Case For A Creator (Hardcover)
The Case for a Creator is mostly in the form of an interview, where Strobel interviews a leading scientist in each chapter on particular areas in science relating to evidence pointing to a Creator.
While most of the text is from the interviews, Strobel also fills in information where necessary to help the reader in understanding the picture. This is in addition to the introduction and conclusions.
The best thing is that Strobel doesn't just interview the scientist; he cross-examines them, mercilessly attacking the ideas like any commited and skeptical atheist would. The good defenses from the scientists make the case for a Creator even more convincing.
Strobel writes the book in a highly-readable and engaging manner, without over-simplifying the sometimes-technical issues involved. Thus, some of the material may be beyond a high-schooler -- I mention this as a comment, not a criticism.
For those who are interested in researching further into the subject (since a book of this size cannot cover all the areas in detail), this book is a great start as it also provides loads of valuable references which are very current (up till 2003).
Highly recommended.

The Christian Writer's Manual of Style: Updated and Expanded Edition
The Christian Writer's Manual of Style: Updated and Expanded Edition
by Robert Hudson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.73
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Desk of Every Christian Writer, April 29 2004
If you're even reading this, you probably felt the need for a Christian style guide. If that describes you, save your time, ignore the rest of my review, and click the "Buy Now" button :)
But if you're still unconvinced...
This style manual covers every imaginable style-related issue, particularly for religious writing; basically just about style-related issue you'll encounter as a Christian writer, whether you're writing about Internet technology and how it relates to eschatology, or a critique of Islam from a Christian perspective.
And it doesn't just cover the religious issues; the standard style issues like punctuation, capitalization, acronyms, etc. are covered in good detail. It even has a section on British English.
This is probably the most current and exhaustive style manual for Christian writers around, and every serious Christian writer concerned about style and consistency should get one.
I seldom give 5 stars, but this one deserves it.

Reader's Greek New Testament-FL
Reader's Greek New Testament-FL
by Albert L. Lukaszewski
Edition: Leather Bound
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Gem for Beginning Greek Students, April 29 2004
The main feature of this Greek New Testament is the footnoted definition of every word that occurs less than *30 times* (not 50) in the text. Thus, as its name suggests, this work is most helpful for those who have not mastered the full vocabulary of the GNT, but know enough Greek to want to just read it. If you fit the category, you'll find this an absolute joy to use, not having to waste time and break the flow too much by referring to other aids (like lexicons etc.).
A superscripted number follows every occurrence of a below-30 word, pointing to the definition at the footnote. The superscript is generally unobtrusive, but for longer chapters with many rare words, the number can go up to 3 digits, which becomes slightly distracting, particularly if you already know most of those words, but not an issue if you need to keep referring to the definitions (the numbering resets to 1 for each new chapter). Parsing information not included.
The definitions at the footnote include the lexical form and a short definition (usually 2-4 terms). Definitions of nouns include the genitive ending and article as well, and adjectives include the alternate nominative endings. The definitions come from authoritative sources, such as the BDAG, LSJ, etc.
Physically, the book itself it quite large in terms of width and height, but it's also quite thin (thinline). It will not fit in a pocket! The "Italian Duo-Tone(TM)" cover (I think it's a type of synthetic leather) is soft and pleasant to handle. The wide dimensions allow it to open flat on a table without the tendency to close itself. Good-looking and very comfortable to use.
Unfortunately, this lovely gem has some flaws.
The Greek font is quite different from the "usual" (NA27-UBS4 font), and it looks like it's italicized. Even the English font used in the footnotes is italicized, which tends to be harder to read and strains the eyes. While one is likely to get used to it, I would much prefer non-italicized fonts.
Another area that could be improved is the way the definitions are referred to. I find myself having to point one finger at the text and another at the footnote as I jump back and forth, as it's quite difficult sometimes to locate the definitions. What might be better is to separate the definitions into verses (like a study bible) at the footnote. This would also remove the need for distracting 3-digit superscripts.
Last of all, I think Zondervan forgot to include a ribbon bookmark. Now I have to stick with post-it notes.
In spite of the flaws, if you like the main feature, the RGNT would prove to be a true gem.

True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals
True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals
by Mildred L. Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 25.98
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Eye-Opener, April 26 2004
I've never had any personal encounters with transsexuals before and am not one myself, so my personal opinion of transsexualism was based on ignorance and second-hand opinions. I read this book out of pure curiosity.
Reading this book opened my eyes to the plight of what transsexuals have to go through, all throughout their lives. It also helped me see things from a different perspective.
The book is readible and sensitive, seeking for understanding rather than trying to defend.
I thus recommend this book to anyone who cares enough to try to understand the fellow human being, even though that fellow human being may be "different".

by Baker Publishing Group
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but one important point missing..., April 26 2004
Every Christian who believes that the Bible is God's Word should read the first part of this book, whether they agree with the author's stance or not, or whether they are interested in the controversy or not, since it covers quite a bit of background information relating to the history and nature of New Testament translation, including its history, major translations, translators, and other key figures, information about the nature of the greek manuscripts, and so on.
Most of what I would comment about on this book has already been said, so I won't push the point much further.
However, I would like to add another point which James White seems to have overlooked in his book, I assume because of his lack of international/missionary experience:
I come from Singapore where not everyone is fluent in English, or even knows English, much less read English. For the ethnic Chinese who only reads and understands the Chinese language, the only Bible they can read would obviously be on that is translated to Chinese. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), none of the Chinese Bibles, as far as I know, are translated from the TR, and you cannot find a Chinese Bible translated from the King James version.
Now that's just the Bible in Chinese, where there are a few versions/translations. How about those other Bibles in languages where there's only ONE translation (mostly translated by UBS, and not translated from TR/KJV)?
Those who insist on KJV Only should perhaps remember that there's a whole world out there that does not and cannot understand English, much less KJV English. I supposed they are doomed, unless they learn English, KJV English.
That said, my opinion is that this is probably the best book on the subject. Read it, unless your mind is already made up (see those 1 star reviews).

Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript: Training from the Source
Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript: Training from the Source
by Derek Franklin
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, but better if you have the Professional version, April 23 2004
I'm not a beginner, so it's hard for me to judge if one can become proficient in ActionScripting through this book. But it has been a useful reference for me as one moving from ActionScript 1.0 to 2.0.
What I would like to highlight is that while the book in the introduction claims that it is useful for both the Standard and Professional version of Flash, I personally find that the user will gain more using the Professional version. A Standard version user may get pretty frustrated as early as the 1st chapter when they are asked to create a .as file, without being told that you can't open .as files in the Standard version. This is perhaps the greatest flaw in this otherwise decent book.

Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
by Jakob Nielsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.66
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4.0 out of 5 stars Usability Jihad!, April 23 2004
Nielsen, the usability guru (extremist?) and Tahir goes on a crusade against well-known sites, attacking the weak points in terms of usability of each site (they call it "deconstructing").
In spite of the somewhat extreme view of homepage design (what did you expect from Nielsen?), this book is very useful to get a purely-usability viewpoint.
The first part of the book gives statistical data on the placement of various components of a homepage, such as the logo, search, etc. This is important in usability since users will spend more time on other sites than on yours. The data gives a good guideline on the basic page structure of a usable web page.
The other part of the book is the part that "deconstructs" the homepages of the 50 sites. This part is well-illustrated, with first a clean screenshot of the page followed by one with the weaknesses pointed out. This part is an excellent way to learn usability inductively; the 50 case studies are ample for one to practice her usability critiquing skills, which would be useful to use on one's own site.
This book is focused on usability -- not entirely helpful if you are trying to design a pretty site. Also, don't try too hard to satisfy all of Jakob's usability requirements, or your site might end up looking like
This book belongs to the bookshelf of every web designer.

by James Randi
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 23.76
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Introductory Book, April 23 2004
This review is from: Flim-Flam! (Paperback)
While Flim-Flam! does not conclusively prove that the paranormal doesn't exist (to be fair, it's rather impossible to do so; the lack of proof for the paranormal does not conclusively prove the lack of existence), it does a good job in exposing the deceptive claims that have bamboozled the human race even until today.
James Randi gives many case studies of supernatural claims that have turned out to be false, and shows how easily decieved we can be.
The book is easy reading with Randi's sarcasm seeping out every now and then. An interesting book, and an eye-opener; recommended for those who need a healthy dose of skepticism.

The Unusually Useful Web Book
The Unusually Useful Web Book
by June Cohen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 47.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Useful (Almost) All-In-One Web Book, April 23 2004
I see this as an attempt to have an all-in-one quick reference book on issues relating to managing a commercial website. This book is packed tight with loads of very useful information and things to consider. It thus covers a lot of ground, from planning and design issues to technical issues (from file compression to XML) and usability and marketing issues. With so many areas covered, the material is necessarily brief, mostly in the form of summaries, points, and lists. A beginner may find some things hard to follow, since the book does not go into detailed explanations. However, it would still be useful for a beginner as it gives a good overview on most of the skills required to manage a website.
I would recommend this book to a wide audience, including
- beginners in web-related activities (great eye-opener and good introductory material to other important areas)
- students or fresh graduates (who think they know everything about HTML and other technology but are lacking in other issues)
- teachers who teach students web technology (and miss out the other issues)
- managers in charge of websites (who think think they know everything because they surf the internet)
A great well-rounded book which covers wider issues than almost any other web book.

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