The Dynamics of Spiritual Gifts is clearly one of the most useful and well-considered books available on Christian spiritual gifts (Holy Spirit gifts)The Dynamics of Spiritual Gifts is clearly one of the most useful and well-considered books available on Christian spiritual gifts (Holy Spirit gifts). Highly recommended. I had already read books by Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. Charles Stanley on the subject of the Holy Spirit, and both books cited The Dynamics of the Holy Spirit in their footnotes, so I decided to buy and read it.
It should not be the only book one reads on the spiritual gifts, though. The author is one of those Christian teachers who believes that many of the spiritual gifts were meant to serve only the early church, and are no longer in effect; his conclusions may be mistaken. For some of the gifts (such as the gift of apostleship), he is most likely correct than they have been withdrawn; but for other gifts (such as knowledge and discernment), it is not as clear that they have been withdrawn....more
I have generally found the Philosophers in 90 Minutes series very informative; this is the first volume in the series that failed for me. After readinI have generally found the Philosophers in 90 Minutes series very informative; this is the first volume in the series that failed for me. After reading this, I didn't "get" Kierkegaard's philosophy, and found my other source on theistic existentialism (The Universe Next Door, by James Sire) more illuminating.
The only thing I really learned from the book is that like many thinkers, Kierkegaard was tormented by psychological problems (stemming from a difficult relationship with his father, who was also troubled), and Kierkegaard's philosophy is heavily dependent on these psychological problems. Indeed, it appears to be an attempt, conscious or not, to work them out....more
Read My rating: 1 of 5 stars[ 2 of 5 stars ]3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Preview The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas by Read My rating: 1 of 5 stars[ 2 of 5 stars ]3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Preview The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas by Jonah Goldberg 4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 · rating details · 756 ratings · 131 reviews The bestselling author of Liberal Fascism dismantles the progressive myths that are passed-off as wisdom in our schools, media and politics.
According to Jonah Goldberg, if the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, the greatest trick liberals ever pulled was convincing themselves that they’re not ideological.
Today, “objective” journ ...more Hardcover, 320 pages Published May 1st 2012 by Sentinel (first published January 1st 2012) ISBN 1595230866 (ISBN13: 9781595230867) edition language English other editions (9)
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1 comment 1526509 Don Incognito I like Jonah Goldberg's National Review articles; but as I began to read this book, I was skeptical, relatively bored, and annoyed as I always have been by Goldberg's frequent pop-culture references. But I now find the book much more interesting than I initially thought. Discourses on the lies, sophistry or pseudoreasoning of the left interest me only so much. But then Goldberg discusses the early history of the left and emphasises the centrality of Pragmatist philosophy and of John Dewey. I deeply appreciate revelations that the truth on some issue is actually the opposite of what I've been taught, and Goldberg offers exactly such a revelation. "[Friedrich] Hayek explained...that knowledge is communal and collective. ... Hayek understood that markets are collective, cooperative endeavors precisely because individuals are empowered to make their own decisions. ... Hence, the great irony: Hayek, one of the greatest champions of individual liberty and economic freedom...believed that knowledge was communal. Dewey, the great champion of socialism and collectivism, believed that knowledge was individual. Hayek's is a philosophy that treats individuals as the best judges of their own self-interests, which in turn yield staggering communal cooperation." This idea fascinates me in its newness and complexity and is frankly much more interesting than complaining about the perfidies of the left. It also shows that reviewers' (including Goodreads reviewers') claims that Goldberg is a pseudo-intellectual are false and just a nuanced way of calling him stupid or ignorant, and I learned from Ann Coulter (whom I don't particularly like but have learned some things from) that that is frequently how leftists and liberals respond to opposing arguments --"you're stupid."...more
This book, published circa 2004, is probably the best source of information available on Arizona television legend The Wallace and Ladmo Show, other tThis book, published circa 2004, is probably the best source of information available on Arizona television legend The Wallace and Ladmo Show, other than talking to Pat McMahon (since Bill Thompson, aka Wallace, and Ladimir Kwiatkowski, aka Ladmo, have both passed on). It gives Bill Thompson's biography, which is not particularly interesting, and then explains Thompson's creation of the show; the show's antecedents; and probably every significant incident or circumstance that ever happened during Wallace and Ladmo's 35 years on the air....more
I found this book annoying and not funny--until I got the joke. Its subtitle is "If Famous Authors Wrote Advertising," so I thought it would be a spooI found this book annoying and not funny--until I got the joke. Its subtitle is "If Famous Authors Wrote Advertising," so I thought it would be a spoof of advertising. But the commercials made by writers and philosophers actually have very little to do with advertising, so eventually I realized the point of the book is actually to mock the writers and philosophers. The author's foreword actually gives this away, by talking only about literature and how most people don't know anything about it (e.g., claiming most Americans think Oscar Wilde makes bologna).
It's still not particularly funny, with some exceptions. "Catcher in the American Express," which a literary reader can easily guess is a parody of Catcher in the Rye, is funny just because it adds Holden Caulfield's gratuitous swearing to the American Express slogan "don't leave home without it." Nietzche doing "Where's the Beef?" is also funny. So is "Mmmm Mmmm Good," a Campbell's Soup-themed parody of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle--but that one is disgusting and will probably offend older and more genteel sensibilities. That's about it--the other parodies didn't make me laugh. I think I'll dump it in my library's donation bin.
Unless you're broadly familiar with literary classics, the jokes will be lost on you....more
This is a very helpful book on major philosophers and philosophies up through post-structuralism. It explains philosophies lucidly while simultaneouslThis is a very helpful book on major philosophers and philosophies up through post-structuralism. It explains philosophies lucidly while simultaneously mocking them. Highly recommended....more
A tasteless bit of trash involving a female Starfleet officer mating with Spock while trapped with him on a planet of hostile giant ants. We get theseA tasteless bit of trash involving a female Starfleet officer mating with Spock while trapped with him on a planet of hostile giant ants. We get these from time to time in novels based on television series: fan fantasies written to work out the authors' crushes on popular characters, sometimes using idealized versions of themselves (possibly the case in this book). There's at least one other example in Star Trek fiction: Vonda McIntyre displaying her crush on George Takei through her character Mandala Flynn becoming Sulu's lover; and I'm told it was allowed to occur in a Doctor Who novel, with a companion of the Eighth Doctor trying to seduce him (which later figured in a television episode). Anyway, I had no idea what I was getting when I read it in eighth grade. The only part I liked was a character (McCoy, I think) visiting a zoologist whose pet cat is named "Fuzzybutt."...more
Although I believe I first read Cyrano de Bergerac in another translation (probably Charles Marowitz's), I strongly favor Brian Hooker's English transAlthough I believe I first read Cyrano de Bergerac in another translation (probably Charles Marowitz's), I strongly favor Brian Hooker's English translation, so much that I'm continually annoyed at Anthony Burgess's later translation becoming seemingly more fashionable (not necessarily better). But I feel uncertain of the literal accuracy of Hooker's translation--he was a poet, and may or may not have taken liberties for beauty's sake. It's a translation of Alexandrine verse into blank verse in a different language, by a poet; literal accuracy, inasmuch as it's even possible, wasn't the point. It makes me all the more determined to read the original French when I get around to it. I want to know how closely Hooker captured it.
Despite that the fictional de Bergerac remains a hero of mine, I've also felt less comfortable with his character as I grow older: less able to relate to his egoism, pride and apparent willingness to murder. Killing someone over an insult to one's nose? I can't relate....more
I examined this thesaurus, and found that it offers some words other thesauruses may not have but also a great number of fairly well-known synonyms thI examined this thesaurus, and found that it offers some words other thesauruses may not have but also a great number of fairly well-known synonyms that I have already learned. It also demonstrates the word being used--by quoting some lengthy extract from a media source. These quotations often serve to show off the author's sociopolitical views to the reader.
You could do as well with another thesaurus. Not recommended....more
I first heard of Rod McKuen when I looked up who sang the first song in "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," and quickly learned that he was a poet popular inI first heard of Rod McKuen when I looked up who sang the first song in "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," and quickly learned that he was a poet popular in the sixties. I have never read any of his poetry till now, when a family member found a copy of Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows at Goodwill recently.
Apparently, critics since McKuen's heyday have widely despised him, dismissing his poetry as "kitsch" and "schmaltz" read and enjoyed only by the masses. That's completely unfair of them: snobbish academics and poetry parsers' knee-jerk reaction to a poet who didn't write for an audience dominated by them.
My problem is I started looking through Stanyan Street shortly after perusing the classic Penguin collection of the "metaphysical poets," and am not immediately adjusting to a pop poet's shorter and much less substantial material. Length aside, these poems are so simple, and since they are all free verse, they're barely recognizable as poetry in the technical sense I expect. It occurs to me that unlike the metaphysical poetry, McKuen's poems are undoubtedly meant to be heard, not read. I understand McKuen still gives public performances of his poetry today.
But being a literature major didn't make me a snob, and I won't dismiss the poems in this book. Eventually I'll stop reacting "that's it?", stop looking for the profound and intense thought of the metaphysical poets, and appreciate McKuen's experience-based lyrics with their endless melancholy. I expect this book to remain on my shelves....more
This is a great 450-page concise account of British history from 1783-1964. I've learned much that I didn't know or didn't understand. Highly recommenThis is a great 450-page concise account of British history from 1783-1964. I've learned much that I didn't know or didn't understand. Highly recommended....more
This is a very informative resource on the 1976 NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns' entire 1976 playoff run, and their entire early history up to that pointThis is a very informative resource on the 1976 NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns' entire 1976 playoff run, and their entire early history up to that point....more
I've listened to Rush Limbaugh (usually "Rush" to me) regularly since my dad introduced me to him about twenty years ago, and I've owned copies of botI've listened to Rush Limbaugh (usually "Rush" to me) regularly since my dad introduced me to him about twenty years ago, and I've owned copies of both Rush's books since the mid-nineties. (Amusing if typical stories: one outraged high school teacher lectured me--"he makes people feel bad!"--after other students tattled on me for reading one of the books as class ended. Another teacher mocked Rush's choice in ties, probably because he couldn't think of anything else negative to say about him. A third teacher who caught me reading one of the books unimaginatively quoted the old Franken chestnut "Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.")
But I'm good at being objective, and I can comment on both what I like and appreciate about him as well as why I no longer pay close attention to him (which has more to do with me than him). I'll try to keep this review centered on his books (specifically this one, insofar as there's not a great difference between this and Rush's other book--See, I Told You So).
The Way Things Ought To Be is interesting and entertaining, but at some point, I observed to myself that it (and the other book) simply translated what he had said on his radio show into book form. Many of those things (e..g, his various nicknames for himself, or various funny parodies) he had said years earlier, repeated frequently, and still says today. The material was nothing new; I believe one of the primary goals of both books was to interest curious people in listening to his radio show. (Which probably succeeded marvelously.) Except for much of their subject matter being contemporary 1990s politics, the books don't say much (if anything) that you couldn't learn today by listening to Rush.
This is part of a broader progression of my interests. I'm as conservative now as then, but by now I'm no longer very interested in following everything every popular conservative commentator says, because I already know what they're going to say, and understand and agree with it. By as the early 2000s, even as I continued to listen to Rush and to read the books or radio and television programs of newer conservatives, I was slowly starting to read much older conservative political philosophy. I read some of Edmund Burke's work, including "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (widely considered the beginning of recognized, organized conservative political thought) in 2002, and have read (or at least bought) various other books with deeper and more interesting observations. Basically, I learned all I could learn from the more popular conservatives and expanded my horizons beyond what they usually have to discuss....more
Unlike the old New Adventures series novels I used to read, this book is written in a young-adult style. It's also not particularly imaginative in eitUnlike the old New Adventures series novels I used to read, this book is written in a young-adult style. It's also not particularly imaginative in either its ideas of what the Time War is like or its characterization of the War Doctor. As other reviewers note, the War Doctor is not particularly different from other versions of the Doctor. The Eleventh Doctor could have been him. This is a mistake, because he's not supposed to be like other Doctors--he's a warrior. He's generally uninteresting.
To boot, this author can't quite resist injecting his sociopolitical views into the story at least once.
Not recommended, even for Whovians such as me. Four poorly written and not particularly interesting short stories about various attacks on the DoctorNot recommended, even for Whovians such as me. Four poorly written and not particularly interesting short stories about various attacks on the Doctor and the town of Christmas during the Siege if Trenzalore depicted in "The Time of the Doctor." You can have a better experience reading one of the old Doctor Who New Adventures novels, if you can find a copy of one....more