The story was good for a crossover, which are not known for their stellar plots. The characters are also good matches for their TV counterparts. GoodThe story was good for a crossover, which are not known for their stellar plots. The characters are also good matches for their TV counterparts. Good writing and good art. My only wish is that the entire crossover had been between the Star Trek Original Series cast and the Fourth Doctor....more
This is a historical fiction book about Andrew de Moray, a fighter for Scottish independence who is less popularly well known than his contemporary WiThis is a historical fiction book about Andrew de Moray, a fighter for Scottish independence who is less popularly well known than his contemporary William Wallace. As I started this book, I was thinking that it would be about a 4 star book. The author writes battle scenes very well, and the book starts off briskly. However as it goes on, especially after the halfway mark, the pacing becomes erratic, and the grammar and spelling starts to get sloppy. There really needed to be a couple more proofreaders here. Also the characters seem to become less defined and more blurry as the book goes along and the romance seems forced and awkward. It was as if the author started with a good idea, but got tired of writing it and rushed to the end....more
A short collection of thoughts about what it means to walk humbly with God and why it is an important duty for believers. Owen writes with relentlessA short collection of thoughts about what it means to walk humbly with God and why it is an important duty for believers. Owen writes with relentless logic, a clear gospel message, and convicting application.
Some of my favorite passages:
"Do we cry to the Lord out of the depths? or is the end of our obedience to keep ourselves out of such a condition? I am afraid many amongst us, could we, or themselves, by any means dive into the depths of their hearts, would be found to yield their obedience unto God merely on the account of keeping them out of the condition which they must be brought unto before they can yield any acceptable obedience to him."
"Every man must make a venture for his future state and condition. The question only is, upon what he shall venture it? Our own obedience is at hand, and promises fairly to give assistance and help: for a man, therefore, wholly to cast it aside upon the naked promise of God to receive him in Christ, is a thing that the heart of man must be humbled unto. There is nothing in a man that will not dispute against this captivity of itself: innumerable proud reasonings and imaginations are set up against it; and when the mind and discursive, notional part of the soul is overpowered with the truth, yet the practical principle of the will and the affections will exceedingly tumultuate against it. But this is the law of God’s grace, which must be submitted unto, if we will walk with him;—the most holy, wise, and zealous, who have yielded the most constant obedience unto God,—whose good works and godly conversation have shone as lights in the world,—must cast down all these crowns at the foot of Jesus, renounce all for him, and the righteousness that he hath wrought out for us. All must be sold for the pearl;—all parted with for Christ. In the strictest course of exactest obedience in us, we are to look for a righteousness wholly without us."
"Walking is a constant progress. He that is walking towards a place that he hath in his eye may stumble sometimes, yea, perhaps, and fall also; but yet, whilst his design and endeavour lies towards the place aimed at,—whilst he lies not still when he falls, but gets up again and presses forward,—he is still, from the chief aim of his acting, said to walk that way. But now, let this man sit down, or lie down in the way, you cannot say he is walking; much less can you say that he is walking that way, if he walk quite contrary."...more
This would be a very good book for a young woman in high school to read. Or any woman for that matter. Or man.
I have a few quibbles about some of theThis would be a very good book for a young woman in high school to read. Or any woman for that matter. Or man.
I have a few quibbles about some of the arguments and implications of the book. (Mainly holding out the carrot of emotional fulfillment for women who choose to be homemakers, or implying that depression rates are so high among women today because of a shirking of god-given responsibilities.) Most of this seems to amount to a poor use of statistics, a tendency to oversimplify the historical record, and some post hoc fallacies. However, the overall argument of the book is sound and much needed in our current cultural climate....more