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Sacred Revolution Songs From
Sacred Revolution Songs From
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 GREAT ARTISTS, GREAT SONGS, BAD ALBUM, Nov. 29 2003
I saw the Passion Tour when it came to my church earlier this autumn. I was blown away by Charlie Hall, the worship leader and particularly The David Crowder Band. My only question is why does this disc have to suck?
Chris Tomlin also played at my church on a different date earlier this year but I missed him. The horrid, neutering quality of Hall's and Crowder's songs on this disc make me wonder how much better Tomlin must be live compared to the horrible stuff on this disc.
I can honestly say that this disc is full of great worship songs. I heard a lot of these songs live and they are wonderful. Singing them together with a writhing mass of humanity that is giving itself fully to God is something to which few things can compare.
Why then does it have to be so neutered, cleaned up and vocally feminized on this disc and on many of the other discs of the groups and artists included on this disc? Charlie Hall has a growl to his singing voice. David Crowder has a wonderful Texan twang. Yet these are produced out of the music on this disc.
I firmly believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. The pasty production quality of this disc falls short of excellence and leaves me cold. The Sacred Revolution Tour featured great music and a hugely important message. Both are miscast in this recording. Little of either ever comes to the surface on this disc.
If you can find these artists out on tour I recommend going to see them with my whole heart. I cannot recommend this disc. It is not worth the time or money.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A NEW ENTRY IN THE LITERATURE OF HEAVEN & HELL, Nov. 29 2003
First of all, I must make mention of how impressed I am by Mitch Albom's first foray into fiction. I did not expect what I found in this book. All too many short novellas seem to be flooding the market of late--disguised (and priced) as full novels. They tend to be pasty, feel-good schlock. The vast majority of readers seem satisfied with this dreadful staus quo. For those of us who seek more The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a pleasant surprise.
Albom is a born storyteller. Being a native of Southeastern Michigan, I have known this for years. I grew up reading Mitch's excellent columns in The Detroit Free Press (though I still prefer my hometown paper--The Ann Arbor News). Mitch's great storytelling ability is on full display in The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
In this book Albom proves that he can rise above the ranks of the mere storytellers. The thing that shocked me about this book was how well written it is. Mitch catches the language, tone and heart of this story in beautifully spare prose. We can forgive him if he sometimes veers toward the sentimental. His story, centered on one man's viewing of his life from the perspective of heaven, is necessarily nostalgic and emotional.
As a story I find The Five People You Meet in Heaven compelling. Yet, I do think God lingers too much in the background. I believe in and know a personal God. Albom's God is way too aloof for my taste. His version of heaven perfectly expresses the love of one's neighbor but leaves out the part about loving God with all of one's heart, mind, soul, and strength. Without this perfect love, humanity will always fall and fail at loving one another.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is an impressive fictional debut for a very talented writer. The story is gripping even if it is found lacking in other ways. I give it my recommendation.
If you end up liking this book I also highly recommend The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. If you are more adventurous still, other great books in the Literature of Heaven and Hell are: The Bible (I prefer the English Standard Version), The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Odyssey (trans. Robert Fagles), The Aeneid by Virgil (trans Robert Fitzgerald), and Dante's Divine Comedy (trans. John Ciardi). Dive in!

Finding Nemo (2-disc Collector's Edition, Widescreen & Fullscreen) (Bilingual)
Finding Nemo (2-disc Collector's Edition, Widescreen & Fullscreen) (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Albert Brooks
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 RITE OF PASSAGE, Nov. 26 2003
Few movies in recent years have done as impressive a job as Finding Nemo in giving us uplifting, truly fun entertainment with a wonderful message. Nemo is a nonstop journey from fear to joy, from struggle to triumph, from grasping and clutching to courageous self-abandonment. I will not say an ill word about this movie. I cannot give it less than a full five stars.
Pixar has put out some great movies--but none of them hold a candle to Nemo.
Visually this movie is unlike any of its pixar predecessors. The Toys, Bugs and Monsters of the past have all been skillfully executed. They have also all been very anthropomorphic. They not only acted like humans, they took very human forms. Not so with Nemo. This movie is set in a very believable, but wonderfully alien seascape (and aquariumscape).
Yet what Nemo and his Father go through is the most human of stories. The over-protected child must come of age. As is often the case, the protector (Nemo's Dad), finds that he must do likewise.
Nemo's Father only wants the best for his child. Yet, like too many fathers, he unintentionally fails to heed the teaching of Colossians 3:21-- "Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged."
Nemo becomes lost in his rebellion against his father's discouraging nagging. However, it is in the darkness of the proverbial "far country" that Nemo comes to see his life more clearly. In time he finds things inside (and outside) of himself that he never suspected were there.
This story of the unexpected Rite of Passage has an almost mythic power to it. Along the way we as viewers cannot help but find ourselves laughing, being moved, and--always--entertained.
Albert Brooks has always been on my shortlist of the best voice actors alive (listen to his guest-voice work on The Simpsons). He does not disappoint as Nemo's Dad. He and Ellen Degeneres absolutely carry this movie with their brilliant acting. Wilhelm DeFoe is wonderful as well in the role of Gill.
I cannot recommend this movie enough. I'm still waiting on The Return of the King, but Finding Nemo may well win my personal movie of the year award.
Watch it Today!

The World as Best as I Remember It, Vol. 1
The World as Best as I Remember It, Vol. 1
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "In the west I see an evening", Nov. 11 2003
This veteran's day I listened again to this wonderful disc. I think especially on a day like today we can all learn a lesson and perhaps take a warning from Rich's words.
The song "The Howling" in particular speaks to where we, as Americans have been, are, and continue to go:
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"I can see the iron horses' tracks
Pressed in the mud from the weight of all that steam and steel
But the wind don't blow where you want it to go
No, the wind just goes where it will and you follow
I can feel the breath of winter
Driving this snow across these newly-whited plains
Takes my breath from me and it leaves me falling
Then it picks me up again in its own strength
And I can hear the wild wind howling
And I can feel it in my bones
And I know that the howling will take me home
I can see some traveller's footprints
There's a little bit of blood in every step he made
I wonder what kind of burden he's bearing
That has cut him so deeply every step along the long, long way
In the west I see an evening
This scarlet thread stretched beneath the gathering dark
Red as the blood on the hands of the Savior
And rich as the mercy that flowed from His broken heart
And I can hear the wild wind howling
And I can feel it in my bones
And I know that the howling will take me home
These men of violence, they have made this a world full of wars
Oh God break Your silence and let Your justice shine forth
Show some mercy, Oh Lord
'Cause I can see a people dispossessed
Broken and brave in the face of so much fear
Driven from their homes by the greed of a nation
Whose treaties were as good as litter
Along the trail of their tears
I can see the Covenant colors
The sun and the rain have woven against the blue of the sky
And I know if we live we will live by His promise
I know He who made it and
I'm sure that He would not lie
And I can hear the wild wind howling
And I can feel it in my bones
And I know that the howling will take me home"
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The choice is ours.
The rest is silence.

Ten
Ten
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 KATE THE GREAT, Oct. 28 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Ten (Audio CD)
First of all--let's get this out of the way: Kate Rusby has dethroned Custer LaRue as my favorite female singer. She holds the crown until further notice. Second, 10 is a great--hear me very well--GREAT recording. Early Kate, late Kate, young Kate, older Kate--it is all great Kate.
This recording, 10, is a celebration of the first ten years of Kate's career. It features new songs, re-recordings of old favorites, and some great live tracks. It also features Kate at new heights of brilliance.
It is hard to pick favorite tracks here. They are all excellent. However, since it must be done:
I Wish was the first track that caught my ear. It is also one that will stay in your head. A fast-paced tale of unrequited love, it'll stick with you long after first listening and it also wears exceptionally well over time (a signature of Kate's work).
Cowsong is a brilliant arrangement of a traditional song where for once the woman is surprisingly not the one getting the short end of the stick. It features the wonderful lines:
"Never trust a girl with your mother's cow. Never let your trousers go falling down in the green grass."
My two favorite songs on this disc are live versions of songs previously heard on Kate's album Hourglass: Sir Eglamore and The Drowned Lovers. Kate does an up-tempo yet flawless take on both of them (The Drowned Lovers is one of my favorite songs of all time). It is hard to believe (if not for the applause) that these songs were indeed recorded live.
One more great song (then I promise I'll get around to shutting up) is the new version of I Wonder What is Keeping My True Love. It is a perfect example of Kate's ability to express an almost contemplative sadness.
Have no reservations about getting a copy of 10. It is a great disc. I give it my highest recommendation.

Igby Goes Down (Widescreen)
Igby Goes Down (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Kieran Culkin
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 DON'T BOTHER, Oct. 28 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Igby Goes Down (Widescreen) (DVD)
Igby Goes Down is a miserable, Catcher in the Rye-esque piece of crap. That said, there are some good performances and a couple of inspired moments in the movie. Still, better off just not to waste the time watching it (I'll do double duty for us both by watching and writing about it.)
I was drawn in by two actors being involved: Kieran Culkin, who was great in The Cider House Rules, and Amanda Peet, who shined in Identity. Unfortunately, Culkin--who strikes me as trying to be too much like Tobey Maguire's (a former co-star of Culikn's in Cider House) character from The Ice Storm--is vastly outshone by his little brother Rory. Amanda Peet is thoroughly wasted on a bad role.
On the other hand, Jeff Goldblum does a very good job playing an immoral philandering lawyer. Likewise Ryan Phillippe turned in the surprise performance of the movie as Igby's hopelessly numb and conflicted older brother.
Igby Goes Down is a movie about waspish angst, suffering and the struggle between cowardice and freedom. But why put yourself through this? Make like Igby and walk away.

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States: 4th Edition
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States: 4th Edition
by National Geographic Society
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 AN EXCELLENT INTRODUCTION, Oct. 28 2003
This visually stunning and well made guide is an excellent basic introduction to America's National Parks. This book features overviews of what to see in each of the parks. Filled with necessary information such as contacts and regulations--this book is a must for those seeking to visit the parks.
The parks listed in this book are organized broadly by region. Recommended day trips are given in some detail. Other sites of interest in the region are listed after each park entry.
My family and I took up camping this summer and have set ourselves the goal of visiting all of our country's National Parks. This book, along with National Geographic's Road Atlas and topographic maps have been very useful.
The one thing I do wish this book listed is America's National Lakeshores and Seashores. They too are National Parks--and are often some of the most stunning places to visit.
I give this little book my full recommendation.

Mere Christianity Hc
Mere Christianity Hc
by C S Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A VERY WORTHWHILE BOOK, Oct. 28 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Mere Christianity Hc (Hardcover)
Recently, I've run into several people who say they find reading C.S. Lewis difficult. What??? C.S. Lewis had the cleanest, most lucid prose style ever known to English (His poetry however is another case).
I guess I am left asking--like the Professor in Lewis's The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe--"What are they teaching in schools these days?"
Now that that is out of my system:
Mere Christianity is a fine book. It played a huge part in my own acceptance of Christ as my Savior. Lewis's arguments for the presence of a universal standard of behavior, of the presence of conscience/the Holy Spirit met me right where my atheistic/agnostic self had been living. "If we do not believe in decent behavior, why should we be so anxious to make excuses for not having behaved decently?"
Lewis follows his opening argument by presenting what he sees as the basic Christian beliefs and the general characteristics of Christian living. In the chapter titled The Invasion Lewis states the position of the Christian in the world quite succinctly and eloquently:
"Enemy-occupied territory--that is what the world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage."
Lewis's arguments are chock full of such vivid passages. His real strength is in the boiling down of his arguments. Lewis gets to the absolute core of True Christian beliefs and traditional Christian living.
At the end of the last century the magazine Christianity Today called Mere Christianity the Christian book of the century. I personally think that this is a bit of an overestimation (the Bible speaks to all generations and is the book of every century), but Mere Christianity is indeed a worthy book.
I give Mere Christianity my full recommendation.

The World's Room
The World's Room
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 MELLOW OLD BLIND DOGS, Oct. 28 2003
Ce commentaire est de: The World's Room (Audio CD)
There is no denying the talent and skill of the Old Blind Dogs. One need only listen to tracks like To The Beggin' I Will Go, Mill O'Tifty and The Ritual. However, they have yet to make THE Old Blind Dogs Album.
This group is awesome live. They have energy, intelligence and wit that are rarely matched. The World's Room serves as a very good introduction to the band's mellow side.
There is not a weak song on the disc. There are flashes of brilliance (the tracks I mentioned above, The Battle of Waterloo, Roslin Castle). I just feel it should all come together more.
I have yet to find an album by the Old Blind Dogs that allows me to demonstrate fully to others why I love their music. My copy of The World's Room was given to me for Christmas by my brother so it holds a special place in my heart. Fit? is another excellent album that showcases the rowdier side of the Old Blind Dogs.
This listener is still waiting for the true greatness of the Old Blind Dogs to shine through on a recording. Until then, I recommend The World's Room and Fit?. They are not perfect Old Blind Dogs recordings, but they are miles ahead of anything you're liable to hear on commercial radio.

Blood And Smoke
Blood And Smoke
by Stephen King
Edition: Audio Cassette
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 WONDERFUL POSSIBILITIES, MIXED RESULTS, Oct. 27 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Blood And Smoke (Audio Cassette)
While patiently waiting for The Wolves of the Calla to come out I picked up Blood and Smoke. These three stories strike me as a mixed bag. All of them started with great ideas but in my opinion, only one fully delivers on its promise.
It is unfortunate that the first story, Lunch at the Gotham Café, is the weakest. This story--centering on the feelings of betrayal and loss brought on by divorce and an unthinkable event over lunch--just doesn't do it for me. King may get to the root of the fears and emotions involved here but I was left cold by the pointless Catcher in the Rye-esque ending.
1408 is a very well crafted story. I can't help thinking how much more it could have been though. Given more space than one single audio cassette, this story could have been great.
The jewel of this collection is In the Deathroom. What King does here in a very short space is remarkable. True character development, suspense, even catharsis--young short story authors should study this one.
I couldn't help noticing that the hero of 1408's last name was Dearborn. We will all be reading more of Will Dearborn soon. Until then--Blood and Smoke is a decent way to pass the time.
For all of its unevenness, I recommend Blood and Smoke.

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