This book has great explanation of teaching and preaching, but it only gives one method and the information on actually studying the bible isn't reallThis book has great explanation of teaching and preaching, but it only gives one method and the information on actually studying the bible isn't really that great. It seems to slightly discredit topical preaching (which is important too) and favor exegetical based, nothing wrong with that, just that their are more views on this and they could have been mentioned more and covered....more
Having to read this book for class was an interesting experience. It started out as a fairly well written book but quickly became dry about 1/3 into iHaving to read this book for class was an interesting experience. It started out as a fairly well written book but quickly became dry about 1/3 into it. It seemed that the content in the middle was quite uninteresting and seemed to pick up near the end. The ideas concerning what makes a disciple, family, and some other elements are extremely intriguing. But I should also add that these elements seemed out of order and placed in odd areas of the book. Overall some of the ideas and points were great but the book itself was not the most enjoyable thing to read. A good attempt that seems to need a lot more time in the development process. Don't be turned off by the author though, I heard a rumor that my school kind of forced him to write this one. O and filling out the workbook that goes along with this was like putting forks in my eyes and twisting.
Although the book has the word "discipleship" in the name, I still found myself slightly confused with about 10 million more questions by what that word really means biblically. For instance, the author brings up some theological points about when Jesus begins "discipling" people. Although this wasn't a super deep look into things it brought up quite a few questions that have been making my head spin a little bit lately. The author seemed to avoid taking stances on issues at several key points in the book. At least the book made me think and I can't say the same for many books I read.
Take a star off if you don't like books that don't give you the whole argument and expect you to finish it. Add a star if you like these kind of books....more
A very creative and unique book that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Every couple pages in this book you'll find unique artwork and creativity.A very creative and unique book that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Every couple pages in this book you'll find unique artwork and creativity. But the pages aren't too incredibly different, but done in a way unique enough that it isn't overboard (it doesn't feel like an art book).
The poems are straightforward and the short stories behind each one gives you a small look into the author's head. The poems are unique and to make things better this comes packaged with a live reading of all the poems. I would be willing to pay twice what I paid for the book to get a copy of the CD. It's really just that good! I've met Bradley personally and had a show back with him a little over a year ago. He is an entertaining and eccentric character that is as loving and kind as his poetry.
This was the first modern poet I got into and I've been quite pleased. Bradley has several other projects coming up and you can find out more by googleing his name. A particular one I'm looking forward to is his new CD that sounds kind of like a Johnny Cash tribute. I'm going to say add a star if you like modern poetry and take one off if you don't like it. Recommended age is about eleven and up, anyone younger probably won't understand much of what he's saying. Speaking of which, wish I had read this in middle school. Would have laid to rest a lot of anxieties I had....more
It's rare in novels for a sequel to actually be better then it's predecessor. But Red definitely towers over its brother Black. I must say that suffeIt's rare in novels for a sequel to actually be better then it's predecessor. But Red definitely towers over its brother Black. I must say that suffering through Black was more then worth it for this book. The writing is better, the characters are more realistic, and it has zombies!
One thing that is an immediately noticable difference from Black is the extreme amounts of blood, violence, and action. And let me tell you that Ted Dekker does a masterful job of lacing these parts together to create a beautifully woven story. But the writing is still far from legendary, but by no means atrocious. It should also be mentioned that the theological aspects seem to be more biblical also. This book was difficult to put down and I'm quite pumped about the third book in the series White.
Subtract a star if action is not your thing...more
This is an amazing reference and every web designer should have a copy. Its arranged very well and is easy to tote around. Could have used some kind oThis is an amazing reference and every web designer should have a copy. Its arranged very well and is easy to tote around. Could have used some kind of visuals for the CSS properties, but it is only pocket size. If you don't have a copy, you should really get one!
Only gave three stars because its just a reference (although it is a must own). Take a star off if you're a visual learner and add one if you like dry programming books....more
For short this book really wasn't that great. Being an experienced web designer with some college education, I'd have to say this is way behind the tiFor short this book really wasn't that great. Being an experienced web designer with some college education, I'd have to say this is way behind the times. The implication of the book is way behind the CSS and XHTML standards with extremely outdated techniques. I will say that it is a good quick reference but to add on the list of cons it lacks explaining how anything you're using really works. So you're usually just blindly plugging code into pages with this book. Which is dangerous because if you have to fix or adjust something and don't know what to adjust it could cost you hours of frustration as it did me.
When people think of C.S. Lewis, the words Narnia and Mere Christianity usually pop into their minds. But one of the pieces few people have read is ThWhen people think of C.S. Lewis, the words Narnia and Mere Christianity usually pop into their minds. But one of the pieces few people have read is The Great Divorce. This book is a short spin on Dante's Inferno and the Catholic concept of purgatory. It's an experimental piece with visual imagery and creativity rarely paralleled. The characters are extremely well developed and the visual imagery is so vibrant I felt like I could reach out and touch what I was reading. When I finished the book I was actually quite sad because the ending was quite abrupt, it was almost as if I wanted to explore the characters and adventures further then the book went. Many hardcore C.S. Lewis fans consider this his greatest achievement. If you have not read this piece you need to put it at the top of your to reads. The only thing I regret about this book is that fact that I didn't read it earlier....more