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3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare by Clinton E. Arnold
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Mr. Arnold states in his preface that he has a shelf containing 97 books about spiritual warfare. I am inclined to believe that he has read every single one of them, and the fruit of all his research and Bible study appears in abundance in this conci ...more
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Quantum by Manjit Kumar
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I can't pinpoint what makes this book so enjoyable, so it's tough to explain why I give this book a 5-star rating. All I know is that whenever I wasn't reading this book, I wanted to be. I looked forward to reading it, and when I finished I felt like ...more
Barry rated a book 3 of 5 stars
13 for Luck by Agatha Christie
13 for Luck
by Agatha Christie
read in December, 2014
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Like most collections of short stories, there are hits and misses in this volume. Some stories are quite captivating and engrossing, while other stories are confusing (as in, left me wondering why they were even written). The best thing about this bo ...more
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Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel by Craig R. Koester
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Though not always the easiest to read on account of the academic style of writing, Mr. Koester has done a fine bit of scholarly research into the various symbols in the Gospel of John. This is more or less an academic thesis that was turned into a bo ...more
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Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton
Funeral in Berlin
by Len Deighton
read in December, 2014
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The saving grace of this book is Mr. Deighton's sense of humor. Really, it is the biggest reason to read this book. Dry, snappy, and very reminiscent of Joseph Heller, the humor makes it an entertaining book to read. The plot is okay, but I found it ...more
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The Spanish Cape Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Spanish Cape Mystery
by Ellery Queen
read in December, 2014
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I grew up reading the Hardy Boys books, so I'm more than a little partial to classic mysteries from the good old days. If a book like this were written today it likely would be relegated to the frumpy section of bookstores, if it even got published, ...more
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Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce
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Learning any new language is not an easy task for most people, but Mr. Mounce has done an excellent job of simplifying the language and portraying the material in an easy to understand way. Though at times his explanations falter, for the most part h ...more
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Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
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This book really isn't worth four stars, but it's worth more than three. Why did I give it four? First and foremost, Mr. Wright does an excellent job of reminding us that salvation is in the here and now. Salvation is not future, although it is in pa ...more
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How to Read the Bible as Literature by Leland Ryken
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This is an excellent book! Compact, succinct, insightful, well-laid out, and easy to reference, Mr. Ryken has done a fine job and a service to both the theological and literary worlds by writing this book. Despite some technical forays, this book rem ...more
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The NIV Harmony of the Gospels by Stanley N. Gundry
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A harmony of the Gospels is where the four accounts of the life of Jesus are placed side by side (when the Gospels tell the same story) and in chronological order. In this way we see the whole life of Jesus laid out as He lived it out, and we can com ...more
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