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Abba & Mamma Mia
Abba & Mamma Mia
by Claire Welch
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars ABBA the Band and the Musical, Oct. 25 2010
This review is from: Abba & Mamma Mia (Hardcover)
ABBA & MAMMA MIA by Claire Welsh is a square book - not by its contents but by its size, just over 6 inch square. The book comes in at a small 125 pages but is full of black and white and then colour photos of the two couples who made up ABBA.

The book is split into 12 chapters and includes an introduction, formation, Fame and Eurovision song contents, Benny Anderson, Bjorn, Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, AnniFrid Lyngstad and Stig Andersson (not to be confused with Stig from the motoring programme, Top Gear). Other chapters includes those on The ABBA name, the Music, the money, the music lives on, Bjorn again (a tribute) and a final chapter on the stage show - Mamma Mia!

If you like ABBA or just the musical, then you will enjoy this book and it's the photos that makes this book more enjoyable.

Avatar (Bilingual)
Avatar (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Sam Worthington
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Movie with Superb CGI, Oct. 6 2010
This review is from: Avatar (Bilingual) (DVD)
Avatar DVD is a surprisingly entertaining film, and I am sure it would have been even better if I saw it in 3D. It was 2 ' hours of enjoyments and in many respects reminded me the old cowboys and Indian films, where the trader goes into `barbarous lands' and only seeks financial profit regardless of the people or land concerned. Especially, with the Na'vi language (the blue giants) and the battle of bows and arrows against military grade weapons.

I thought the story was good, though some similarities already mentioned but it was also similar to Dances with Wolves - but on another planet! The scenery was superb, right down to the floor of the forest changing colour as the Na'vi stepped on the ground and the entire host of wild and exotic fauna was a real delight for the brain. The script was good, how a paraplegic spends 6 years in suspended animation to fly to the planet of Pandora (where humans have come to mine a precious mineral) in the year 2154 to step into the shoes of his murdered brother and is accepted into the tribe of the `enemy' and becomes one of them and eventually one with them.

The Last Song / La Dernière chanson (Bilingual)
The Last Song / La Dernière chanson (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Miley Cyrus
Price: CDN$ 5.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coming-of-age Movie, Sept. 30 2010
The last Song is a nice little family movie - a coming-of-age production. A teenager daughter and younger son have to spend the summer with their dad, but the daughter is angry with her father over the divorce and hardly speaks to him. She also refused to pay the piano when her parents broke up.

Its summer and summer romances must blossom alongside the beach, but there are different forces along the way. is it love or just another romance? The film is good, good acting, a pleasant beach and a surprising twist at the end, but do all things work out well?

An Enquiry Into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens
An Enquiry Into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens
by William Carey
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gallant effort of a mission book from 1792, which was the best in its day, Sept. 30 2010
An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen by William Carey was first printed by Ann Ireland in 1792. It has just 86 pages and consists of a little more than 25,300 words, thus the book is an easy and quick read. The original 1792 edition contains antiquated spelling and old grammar and language construction, but is still very readable.
The full title of William Carey book (1792) is: An Enquiry to the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen. In Which the Religious State of the Different Nations of the World, the Success of Former Undertakings, and the Practicability of Further Undertakings, are Considered.

The book is split into five sections:
1. An Enquiry whether the Commission given by our Lord to his Disciples be not still binding on us - This is all about our responsibility to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth - the Good News, the Great Commission.
2. Containing a Short Review of former Undertakings for the Conversion of the Heathen -
This is an oversight of the Gospel advance from the disciples through church history up till the Moravians and Wesley.
3. Containing a Survey of the present State of the World - This is split into four parts: Europe, Asia, Africa, and America which is sub split into various countries (many of which have since had name changes) and Carey then proceeds with their population (some of which is estimated), type of civilization, and religion which is divided into Christian, Jewish, Muslim and pagan. Section 3 is a most gallant effort when one man gathered all the `known' information of the world and put it all together.
4. The Practicability of something being done, more than what is done, for the Conversion of the Heathen - Carey goes on to give examples from history how barbarian Briton was converted amongst other nations and states that if we can be civilised then so can any nation and people. THEN Carey proceeds how to go about it, being inspired in his writings by the Moravian Missionaries. Mission colonies should be planted, consisting of two married men with other families joining them in the practical support of the colony. This whilst some get on with the spiritual aspect of the work, others support those on the front line of missions. Carey also talks about language acquisition, planting seeds, knowledge of the soil, husbandry etc, and a give us a number of implements and seed to take, though only a brief mention of the spiritual state of missionaries - those of piety etc.!
5. An Enquiry into the Duty of Christians in general, and what Means ought to be used, in order to promote this Work - Carey says we must relay heavily upon prayer and the outpouring of the Spirit in the latter days for the advancement of the Gospel and a BIG AMEN to that. And the finances needed for the job and calls for a tithe towards this great work of missions, as well as asking other denomination to make their own mission society and that individual groups can also have societies at home where the Gospel is preached. Carey ends on the note of future rewards in heaven as an additional incentive to get up and get going towards to the work of missions.

Within section 1 and 5 there is many answers to objections - undoubtedly, what Carey had heard said amongst the fraternal of fellow ministers of Northampton and the general opinion of the day. That if God wants to save the heathen, He can do it without our help! This view, whilst totally unscriptural was the predominant Calvinist view that straggled the life of Christian responsibility whilst throwing everything onto God's Sovereignty.

The book also covers / mentions where the 12 disciples went, Paul's four journeys, missionaries to Britain, France, Germany, Persia, China etc. Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Eliot, Brainerd, Ziegenbalg, numerous statistics, impediments to the spread of the Gospel. How to be a missionary - eat local food, expect hardships, take corn and cattle! Pray for an effusion of the Holy Spirit, last days outpouring of God's Spirit, the spread of civil and religious liberty, a diligence use of means, prayer and work, contributing towards missions, tithing, penny subscriptions and a neat little reference to the boycott of West-Indian sugar because of its amoral means of procurement - via slavery, thus sue that money, or a portion towards missions.

William Carey book is very enjoyable and a fascinating insight into the man who became the `Father of Modern Missions,' Carey inspired the founding of the first mission society in the world and I am sure his book gave extra credence to its cause. Carey was Baptist minister and cobbler and school teacher (to supplement his meagre income who went onto spend 40 years in India as a missionary, translator / scholar, amongst other things and founded the Serampore Mission near Calcutta.

A Gallant effort of a mission book from 1792, which was the best in its day

For modern missions see How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission - For Volunteers, Churches, Independent STM Teams and Mission Organisations.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? Bilingual
Did You Hear About the Morgans? Bilingual
DVD ~ Michael Kelly
Price: CDN$ 5.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable little bit of comedy, Sept. 28 2010
Did You Hear About The Morgans? Is a good comedy of 99 minutes runtime. The Morgans whose marriage is broken witness a murder and then enter into the relocation witness programme. Both husband and wife have successful jobs with PRs, who struggle to arrange the clients business without telling them the truth of the Morgans. But this is not the central factor of the movie - just a sideline.

The Morgans relocated into the outback and have to get to know the locals - or the locals get to know the and their odd New York ways, whilst a gangster man / murder / hit man tries to track them down. Mr Morgan (Hugh Grant) what to get back into full marriage with Mrs Morgan (Jessica Parker) but she is not so keen, but can the outback drive them together? Do they realise how much or how little they have in common?

What does the wilds of Whyomy behold? Wild bears? Outback, dirt, trees and sun? There is good interaction between the two leading characters and many funny moments, sometimes in word, sometimes in action.

The Elements of Style with Index (3rd Edition)
The Elements of Style with Index (3rd Edition)
by William Strunk
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy book on writing - style and grammar, Sept. 23 2010
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White. 3rd edition, with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by White. This book has its origins back in 1919 and was known as "the little book" by the students who used Professor William Strunk Jr. textbook, a slim volume called `The Element of Style' first published in 1935. In 1957, the book was republished and a second edition in 1972, with the 3rd edition, (1979) having revised chapters and a helpful index.

The book is hardback, with just 85 pages plus index and is crammed full of helpful, useful and essential writing on the element of style. The last chapter is different as it sets no hard and fast rules but general guidelines. The book is useful, though some elements are outdated, but as the author declares, but to paraphrase, words change, as do some spellings, though some get fixed in concrete whilst others become obsolete or look out of place as language is always in a state of flux.

The book is one in which you read a few pages or a little more and then digest what you have read. It is more of a slow feast rather than a fast-food takeaway as it takes time to absorb. There is a good section on commonly misused words such as: cope and copes, lend and loan, disinterested and uninterested etc.

The book also includes many sentences of correct and incorrect composition. Just remember that all the examples on the right hand side are correct, and those on the left are incorrect - if you forget this juncture, you're in trouble!

Handy book on writing - style and grammar

The Heart of Revival
The Heart of Revival
by Nicky Gumbel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revival and the Book of Isaiah, Sept. 21 2010
This review is from: The Heart of Revival (Paperback)
The Heart of Revival by Nicky Gumbel, Kingsway Publications, was first published in 1997, followed by a reprint the following year. The book is 205 pages of contents, followed by Notes and then a 15 page chapter by chapter guide by David Stone which is designed for group study.

The book is split into11 chapters, plus the Study Guide with a short foreword by Sandy Millar. Chapter one spurts into action - `What is Revival' as the author describes it, defines it and cites from revival history in Korea, China, Argentina and Brazil.

The rest of the book follows a biblical study of the second half of the book of Isaiah chapters 40, 49-65 with personal notes and observations and how it relates to us and revival. I've not read a revival book like this before, one that follows through a book of the Bible and how it relates to revival. How we should live, who God is, what has He promised etc.

At the end of each chapter is a summing up of a paragraph in length with the last few pages of the last chapter having concluding remarks to sum up each all the previous chapters. This is helpful.

The author is well read, and quotes from numerous sources and includes brief accounts or snippets from various revivals or revivalists such as Howell Harris, Billy Graham, Duncan Campbell, John Wesley, George Whitefield, G. Finney, D. L. Moody, c. h. Spurgeon, John Arnot, John Kilpatrick etc and makes references to the 1859 revivals in Ireland, England and Wales, Wheaton College 1955, 1995, 1905 Welsh revival, 1858 in America, Hebrides 1949 and some of Billy Graham Campaigns in the USA and the UK.

Revival - Times Of Refreshing
Revival - Times Of Refreshing
by Selwyn Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book is great! A recommended book to buy and apply., Sept. 18 2010
Revival - Times of Refreshing by Selwyn Hughes, CWR, was first written in 1984, though in the format I have it (8x5 inch paperback) was published in 1990. The book is great! The book is only 95 pages with around one inch margins spaces, so very generous. In many respects the books font and print style reminds me of a Victorian book, and I like it! The title is taken from Acts 3:19.

As I have said, the book is great; it's precise, very relevant and extremely informative. Many books are padded out, but this is not one of them and gets straight to the point in 10 easy flowing chapters, followed by a concluding chapter and a selective bibliography on revival for further study.

The author was greatly influenced by stories of the Welsh Revival 1904/05 (the story is told in his biography) and Selwyn Hughes ministry CWR (Crusade for Worldwide Revival) founded in the late 1940s set the scene for this mans life and ministry, most popularised by EDWJ daily readings. But back to the book in hand.

The author makes brief references / small quotes on various revivals in Wales, Ulster, 1859 Mow Cop 1800s, America 1857 (a typo error put it at 1847, pg 55), Uganda and makes some references to different revivalists, Christmas Evans, David Morgan, Evan Roberts, David Davies when the author delves into history. For lots of revival accounts see: Global Revival - Worldwide Outpourings, Forty-Three Visitations of the Holy Spirit

The book is biblically sound and historically accurate with easy to understand facts and conclusions, with many pointers along the way which have been honed during many decades of ministry. Chapter 10 has A Personal Checklist - things which we have to honestly answer (and deal with), if we desire to see revival.

From Refreshing to Revival
From Refreshing to Revival
by Dave Holden
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable and informative, Sept. 13 2010
From Refreshing to Revival by Terry Virgo, David Holden and John Hosier, 1995, published by Kingsway is an easy, enjoyable and informative read. I initially thought that it may be an odd book to read because of its three authors, the problems with continuity and style, though my concerns were quickly unfounded, even when the beginning of one of the chapters did seem out of quite out place, though quickly the chapter was redeemed! Besides that, the book flowed well and reminded me of Understanding Revival and Addressing the Issues It Provokes So That We Can Intelligently Cooperate with the Holy Spirit During Times of Revivals as different issues are addressed in relation to renewal and revival though Understanding Revival is more comprehensive in this area

The book is split into 8 chapters (pus intro.) with each author having a minimum of two chapters each. As two of the author are in Christian ministry, relating to churches or overseers of churches, and the other being a lead elder; you get the feel of pastoral writing - writing from experiences with a good number of personal stories and some illustrations from life with one of the authors quoting from past revivals and revivalists in rapid succession.

You won't be disappointed in this book which was written based on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the renewal of churches of 1994 - via the Toronto Blessing and how churches that have been blessed in renewal (and all that entails) can push in to see revival based on 2 Chron. 7:14 `If My people...' How we should respond and what we can do, humbling ourselves, seeking God etc.

In many respects, this book is primarily written for leaders as it addresses many issues which directly relate to those within leadership (handling times of ministry, allowing God to do what He wants to do, when to step in or hold back, how to address certain issues, how to lead etc.), but the sound, biblical advice concerns all of those who are part of the body of Christ and therefore would benefit any believer.

Griffith John: The Story of Fifty Years in China
Griffith John: The Story of Fifty Years in China
by Ralph Wardlaw Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 76.88
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welsh Missionary in China for 50 years!, Sept. 11 2010
Griffith John - The Story of Fifty Years in China, by R. Wardlaw Thompson, The Religious Tract Society, 1906, 1908 (popular edition revised - harback orginal) is an interesting book on the life of Welshman, Griffith John who was born in Swansea in 1831 and went to China in 1855 alongside his wife.

The book is semi-Chronological, though there is much jumping forward and back through the timeline of this pioneering missionary of the LMS who spent 50 years of labour in Central China. He was a prolific writer, bookmaker (author) and translator.

3.5 rating as I found the early chapters quite dull in too many places. The latter chapters are far more interesting than the former ones, perhaps the author was fully warmed up in his literacy skills! Though as another book on the life of Griffith John had already been written (some of which is quoted within this book) the author had to do his book differently.

This 1908 red hardback popular edition has 543 pages, split into 20 chapters and includes two maps, a black and white fold out of the Central provinces where John worked in Hankow and later Hupeh and a colour map of South China, with many of the provinces shown.

The book is an interesting insight into the life of missions in China and cover Chinese history of mission expansion with relation the various treaties of: 1842, 1858, 1860, Imperial Edict of 1891 etc with various countries and how this effected and affected missionaries across China. The book also mentions the various persecutions (or oppositions to foreigners - devils, white devils and foreign devils), pre-Boxer, agitations of the 1890s, Taipang Rebellion 1850s-60s and the Boxer uprising of 1900.

The book has some interesting facts, pioneering exploits as John's left the Treaty Port of Shanghai in the 1850s in search of new fields of labour - the receptions he got, native workers, churches built, finances, pleas for more labourers etc.

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