A beautifully illustrated introduction to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings for readers of all ages who can ponder the details of the illustrationsA beautifully illustrated introduction to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings for readers of all ages who can ponder the details of the illustrations to learn more about the stories....more
Another helpful book from Maxwell which shows how leaders demonstrate good character above all else. Among other things he explains how influencers haAnother helpful book from Maxwell which shows how leaders demonstrate good character above all else. Among other things he explains how influencers have integrity: consistency of character, honest communication, they value transparency, exemplify humility, fulfil promises, serve and encourage others to participate. They have faith in other people and listen to them. They choose to understand others, connect with them, empower them and find ways to help them become influencers too.
At the end of each chapter he includes a 'test' to see where one stands, and an action plan to improve in this area....more
This is the BEST audio version of the New Testament I have heard. The voices are simply amazing, especially the rather important voice of JC himself (This is the BEST audio version of the New Testament I have heard. The voices are simply amazing, especially the rather important voice of JC himself (you feel like he is there, speaking to you). The music behind the words is perfect, though I sometimes skip the halleluia songs which pop up occasionally (they are always separate tracks so they are easy to skip.) I have listened to a part of it every day for the last 5 years; it still makes me cry....more
I can't do better than quote Kimberly Hahn's review of this book: "Always uplifting, The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years offers timI can't do better than quote Kimberly Hahn's review of this book: "Always uplifting, The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years offers timeless truths that help women see beyond current circumstances to grasp the bigger picture of life as a beloved daughter of God. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a single Catholic woman—or anyone who wants to learn how to love single women better. I don't know of another book that does what this book does for single women—it's simply outstanding!" Kimberly Hahn.
Even not being the kind of reader this book is aimed at, I found so many suggestions for daily life that would be helpful for anyone. But what is so uniquely special about this book is that it has three qualities that make a spiritual-help book particularly attractive: honesty, humour and holiness. The author is candidly honest about how she feels (as do many others in her situation), she writes with a sparkling sense of humour, and she anchors all her advice on deep spiritual truths that give a refreshing and beautiful 'fragrance' to her writing. Highly recommended. Reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com...more
A direct, energetic call to young men to meet God and discover the purpose of their lives. It's about developing a relationship with God, learning toA direct, energetic call to young men to meet God and discover the purpose of their lives. It's about developing a relationship with God, learning to pray and meditate on Scripture, learning to repent when needed, developing strength of character, learning how to love, learning wisdom, learning to be holy wherever one is, learning to be pure in heart, learning to be of service, and much more. He offers excellent, engaging advice, and in spite of the title, it's relevant for girls too. Reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com...more
Covers some very good content helping young people to apply the questions Jesus asks in the Gospels to our lives, but is perhaps a little more meanderCovers some very good content helping young people to apply the questions Jesus asks in the Gospels to our lives, but is perhaps a little more meandering and verbose than the average young adult spiritual book. It could be very helpful as an aid to prayer about these passages of the Gospel for those who are patient and will invest the time. There are many examples from El Salvador where the author is working as a missionary priest. Reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com...more
Beckman offers some wonderful suggestions for learning how to pray, helping us to deeply engage in time with God. He explores why prayer is importantBeckman offers some wonderful suggestions for learning how to pray, helping us to deeply engage in time with God. He explores why prayer is important in spite of having 'no time' or even being 'to busy doing good things'. He explains how prayer is a relationship with the Blessed Trinity; we can't live without it! He looks at how to pray when everything in our society turns us away from God and towards ourselves, helping us to address deep questions raised by a pagan worldview. He explores prayer as an intimate relationship with God, helping us to engage our heart, dealing with distractions and temptations not to pray, how to pray when we feel far from God, how to develop 'interior life', how to engage our imagination to fuel our prayer, and how to make prayer a real habit. He quotes from saints who specialised in prayer: St Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa, St Therese of Lisieux, St John of the Cross, from the Catechism and also from St Ignatius and his many teachings on prayer. Reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com...more
A brilliant, brilliant audio presentation which every person needs to hear. Please, listen to this, take your time, consider the questions, even argueA brilliant, brilliant audio presentation which every person needs to hear. Please, listen to this, take your time, consider the questions, even argue if you like, but don't ignore this.
The other day I was at a book presentation and overheard a lady saying to some others 'I don't have time for philosophy, it's too hard keeping up with real life, let alone philosophy!' I nearly cried.
The things Professor Kreeft discusses in this course concern the very foundations of our society, law, culture and education system, our understanding of humanity and everything important to it.
But as a culture, often we don't have time to think deeply, to self-question, or even to consider history except to assert how far we've moved beyond it. This unquestioning (even if unexpressed) faith in progressivism—that we get better and smarter as the years go by, that we know better now than we did then—is perhaps one of the biggest fallacies—blindness’s—of our age.
Kreeft discusses the central, monumental ideas of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Machiavelli, Kant, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and more, clarifying their claims and setting them against each other, shedding light on some of the assumptions we see every day in news pieces and encounter whenever we go near a university.
Why do we believe the things we do? Are they really true? How do we know?
This course is a challenge, a call to think, to cast aside indifference and comfort, to step outside of the cave and seek something more than shadows on the wall. I beg you to try it....more
While the content of this book is very similar to (and just as good as) his later book Your Brain at Work, the organisation, explanation and presentatWhile the content of this book is very similar to (and just as good as) his later book Your Brain at Work, the organisation, explanation and presentation of it doesn't quite have the same clarity. This book would help workers and leaders who are interested in and fairly dedicated to improving their performance at work. Your Brain at Work, on the other hand, is a life-transforming read for anyone: a high school student just as much as a CEO or president. So by all means read this one if you're keen, but for his best effort on the topic head to Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, you won't regret it....more
I read this on the recommendation of a friend who wasn't impressed with some of Julie Klassen's convoluted romances and thought this author's books haI read this on the recommendation of a friend who wasn't impressed with some of Julie Klassen's convoluted romances and thought this author's books had better stories and more polished writing.
Cathy Marie Hake definitely writes for a Christian audience; faith struggles appear continuously throughout the narrative. Yet it is no nominal religiosity that Hake offers, but a well-rounded personal commitment to trying to live better.
The plot is a worthwhile and even believable story about a young woman who lives in a small town in Arkansas in 1893, and the man who becomes her husband. The two God-fearing young adults come from very different backgrounds, he from a tradition which nurtured dutiful German husbands who liked to have things their own way, and she from a high-spirited but devout extended family who saw more value in affection and ingenuity than in quiet obedience. This is the story of their first year together, and as can be expected it's not all smooth sailing.
The story is engaging and entertaining, though many episodes may irk a younger contemporary reader as, more often than not, the woman must give in. While I acknowledge that it is set in the past, there is still an underlying tone which almost preaches female submission, and the attitudes of this young man—though he means well and is not deliberately hard-hearted—would probably have many a young woman today packing their bags (or throwing the book at the wall). The constant friction between husband and wife also contributes to the reader's growing sense of frustration with the couple's relationship that may be off-putting for less mature readers.
Personally I prefer the approach that marriage is a partnership, and eventually these two (more or less) work that out. And for the tolerant reader there are many pearls of wisdom to be gleaned about faith and married life that could contribute something to their lives far better than an unrealistic fantasy-fed romance ever could. Reviewed for www.GoodReadingGuide.com...more