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The Orthodox Way
The Orthodox Way
by Kallistos Ware
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.57
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on Orthodoxy for most people, June 19 2002
This review is from: The Orthodox Way (Paperback)
I first read this book five years ago, and I still remember how uplifting it was. I'd always experienced theology as an intellectual struggle, but this book showed me that theology can be a deep, existential experience of God. As it did so, I saw clearly why Orthodox Christianity does not suffer from the theological diseases of the West. Of course, they have their own problems, but theology isn't one of them. In short, this book revolutionized my view and experience of Christianity. Amazingly perhaps, it's had this effect on other people as well.
Let me describe some other similar books, to help you find what you're looking for. Ware's book "The Orthodox Church" introduces Orthodoxy to a Western audience, briefly covering history and some of the more common misunderstandings Westerners have. Though a little dry, it's most people's first book on Orthodoxy. Another very good book by the same author is "The Inner Kingdom," a collection of essays on various topics. In it, he doesn't cover the fundamentals of Orthodoxy, but he addresses many issues (such as environmentalism, death, confession and so on) in greater depth. And perhaps the best book on Orthodox theology is Olivier Clement's "Roots of Christian Mysticism," which makes the heart and depth of ancient Christian tradition accessible to modern readers. Hopefully one of these books is what you're looking for!
(p.s. In case you are wondering, I am not Orthodox.)

How To Reassess Your Chess
How To Reassess Your Chess
by Jeremy Silman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let me suggest..., June 18 2002
Silman's new book, "The Amateur's Mind," is better for most beginners than this book. "Mind" covers many of the same ideas in a more comprehensible manner. It teaches in a way that most people can understand more quickly.
However, "Reassess" has become a classic, and developing players probably ought to read it eventually. I'd suggest reading "The Amateur's Mind" and then, a couple months later, "Reassess." At that point, the deeper coverage will be very helpful.
These two books both cover positional strategy, which is essential for understanding opening strategy in any depth. They are the best in this field for beginners. But before they will do much good, some general tactical and endgame knowledge is essential. Don't waste time with either of these books until you've read at least one book on tactics and one on endings. For those subjects, I recommend Seirawan's books, though there are other good ones.

How To Succeed With Women 1e
How To Succeed With Women 1e
by Ron Louis
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars certain kinds of success, with certain women only, June 18 2002
The book is full of good, practical advice about enjoying your life and especially about being a self-respecting man. This really is the strong point of the book.
This is not a guide to creating meaningful relationships, but to getting women in bed. The authors don't have any useful advice about creating emotional or spiritual intimacy. (Of course, if you're not having any sex at all, then emotional and spiritual intimacy are pretty superficial, aren't they?) If you want a meaningful relationship, then a lot of their advice is worthless.
The authors admit that they don't know how to succeed with some women--or rather, they state that some women just can't be seduced. Many, many desirable women will not fall for the simple program of seduction these authors present. (Quite a few would.) Just because a woman won't be seduced by the method of these authors, doesn't mean she can't be seduced. Basically their advice can't hurt, though.
I rated the book so low because of its limited, ultimately superficial application. While some sex is better than no sex, casual sex just isn't enough: and that's all this book is about.

How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure: Totally Explicit Techniques Every Woman Wants Her Man to Know
How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure: Totally Explicit Techniques Every Woman Wants Her Man to Know
by Lou Paget
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, basic information, June 18 2002
If you're looking for a book on this topic, this one's a good one. I haven't read others, but this one had the information I wanted. It's very strong on the purely sexual details. Although she emphasizes the importance of romance, another book might be better if you are looking creative romantic ideas.

Secrets of Rook Endings
Secrets of Rook Endings
by John Nunn
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you really want to know, June 18 2002
This book is the absolute and final truth on rook and pawn vs. rook endgames. Another book will never need to be written. If you really want to know the truth on these endgames, then this is truly the book for you.
It's not as bad to read as a previous reviewer claimed. Of course, if you want to study rook endings more generally or less deeply, then this isn't the book for you. "Surviving Rook Endings" probably is--and it is a really good introduction. If you have any doubt, then you almost certainly want "Surviving" rather than this one.

Secrets of Pawn Endings
Secrets of Pawn Endings
by Karsten Muller
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Second Endgame Book, June 17 2002
Unfortunately, explanations of pawn endings tend to be more mystifying than helpful to players of average talent (like me). Even single pawn endgames can seem so puzzling. However, with a little work even average players can understand this book. I suspect it would be helpful to unusually talented and experienced players as well.
I feel that for most player's purposes this book is a little better than Averbach's book, but it's most fun to have them both and compare their explanations. Averbach's book spends far more time on the theory of corresponding squares, while this book is more practical. In short, don't despair if you can't find Averbach's book; this one is very good.
If you've read a basic introduction to the endgame, and want to go deeper, this is the next step. All other endgames constantly threaten to reduce to pawn endgames, so these are fundamental concepts. As it says on the back cover, "Without an understanding of [pawn endings] it is impossible to master more complicated endings." That is absolutely true.
Many players will feel that pawn endgames are boring, but in reality they can be very beautiful. If you learn to enjoy them, then your enjoyment of the entire game of chess will increase.

Body Language
Body Language
by Julius Fast
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars not what you're looking for, June 14 2002
You probably want a guide to body language. This isn't it. This is an attempt to define the study of body language as a science. It offers very few concrete examples of body language because that isn't its point.
There are many other books on body language out there that probably serve your purpose better.
However, if you're interested in the philosophy of science, and the margins of the social sciences, then this book is a primary source from the 1970s.

Lament For A Son
Lament For A Son
by Nicholas Wolterstorff
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, profound exploration of grief, June 14 2002
This review is from: Lament For A Son (Paperback)
So often Evangelical Christians deal with life and suffering dishonestly, superficially and mindlessly. Wolterstorff's exploration of grief is none of that. Rarely does a man who thinks so clearly allow himself to feel so deeply. The result is a powerful and personal look at his experience of tragedy. I recommend this to everyone, whether they are grieving or not.
Wolterstorff is a world-class philosopher, a professor Emeritus at Yale University. He is a rare professor: both an inspiring man and a brilliant teacher. But don't be intimidated. This book is human and accessible to everyone. One reason Wolterstorff is such a great philosopher and teacher is that he can explain deep ideas so clearly. Another reason is that he thinks authentically, he puts his soft heart as well as his sharp mind into his thought.
This book will comfort the suffering, not superficially but genuinely. And it will make us all think, teach us all how to be human more fully.

Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
Red Sorghum: A Novel of China
by Mo Yan
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.00
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brutal, real, June 14 2002
I have never read such a brutal, graphic novel. It is truly rare for an author to capture the horror of evil so clearly or powerfully. Reading this book is like being beaten up.
At the same time, it is about life. Within the tragedy is a story about people facing and overcoming evil. Because it does not look away from the horror, the hope it implies is authentic. Thus this book distinguishes itself.
I recommend this book for a mature reader because of its powerful content. It will not leave you unchanged. You will shiver, and think.
It is an allegory for the communist takeover of China, and the film that this book inspired won the "Golden Bear" award. An old, leprous landlord represents the corruption of the Guomingdan period. But his murder enables a young woman to take over, and clean up the winery, representing China. The book shows peasants glorified, a new role for women, the breaking down of class barriers, and a brave struggle against Japanese invaders. All of this must have made it dear to Chinese communists!
Perhaps a few Western readers will imagine that all this makes it a less compelling book, however. I don't think so, and I suggest reading it yourself. At least see the movie, which follows the book fairly well.

History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries
History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries
by Mircea Eliade
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 35.69
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but let me mention some criticisms, June 2 2002
I like to say that Eliade's work is the first--but not the last--word in comparative religion. The best introduction to his thought is "Patterns in Comparative Religion."
The greatness of this history is that Eliade actually writes about almost everything, ever. So these three volumes are a solid introduction to the totality of religion. Since all of us lack familiarity with something, we can all fill in some significant gaps in our knowledge with these books.
But unfortunately, it's not the best introduction to any specific thing that it covers. If you already know about some subject, then Eliade's coverage of it proves completely useless and superficial. It seems that Eliade's purpose was to show how every important religious phenomenon in history relates to his pet theories. In his defense, perhaps this is simply inevitable when one person tries to write about all of religion in 1000 pages. Certainly, there is nothing else like this out there because the task is enormous. If nothing else, the fact that Eliade researched and wrote this is amazing.

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