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Jacobus

Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa Member Since 2009

When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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  • "A book about Mormons, but not by a ..."

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    I don't know much about American Politics, but I suspect that after you've listened to this book, you might be okay with voting for Romney as president. That said, Mansfield's book is not at all a favourable account of Mormonism. He is highly critical of Jonathan Smith, the founder of the religion, but he has a lot of empathy for the members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

    Mansfield made the book feel very current by placing different scenes from contemporary America and its attitude towards Mormonism between the issues he addresses within the book. His last example indicates that Evangelicals and Mormons could co-exist and even be friends. Yet he makes a plea to Mormons to take history seriously and to be honest about their past. He wants Mormons to change, to become more transparent and open to others, to accept plurality a bit more etc. While Mansfield is probably right, I wondered why only Mormons should change?

    The book is about what it its title says "The Mormonizing of America." Mansfield is able to give an overview of the religion while being critical yet positive towards Mormons.

    I suspect your political background, your religious stance and your knowledge of who Stephen Mansfield is, will play a big role on how you experience this book. As a non-American, I found it interesting, sometimes a bit sharp and at other times I wondered about a hidden agenda. A worthwhile listen!

    John McLain's doesn't bore with his reading and was able to keep my attention throughout.

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    The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Mansfield
    • Narrated By John McLain
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    Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, has highlighted the growing popularity of Mormonism—a belief system with cultic roots—and the implications of its critical rise. Mormons are moving into the spotlight in pop culture, politics, sports, and entertainment via presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, media personality Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, and The Book of Mormon, the hottest show on Broadway.

    Jacobus says: "A book about Mormons, but not by a Mormon"
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    This course is one of the best Great Courses lecture series I have come across. Prof. Grant Hardy has compiled and presents in this course a huge amount of information about various world religions through introducing their sacred scriptures. He presents it in such an enthusiastic and engaging manner that it is difficult to stop listening.

    During these lectures he deals with all the major religions in the world and a few of the lesser known religions. He conveys a lot of empathy towards the different religious traditions without sacrificing his own faith tradition. (He actually kept me guessing about his background, until I listened to his lecture on the Book of Mormon and the Church of the Latter Day Saints' liturgy used in their temples as a spoken form of sacred text. An internet search confirmed my suspicion. That said, his engaging, objective and open-minded approach to different religions ensured that no clear bias towards any specific faith tradition could be detected.)

    He dealt with Hinduism (4 lectures), Sikhism (1 lecture), Judaism (5 lectures), Zoroastrianism (1 lecture), Buddhism (6 lectures), Jainism (1 lecture), Confucianism (2 lectures), Daoism (2 lectures), Shinto and Tenrikyo (1 lectures), Christianity (4 lectures), Mormonism (1 lecture), Islam (3 lectures), Baha'i (1 lecture), Abandoned Scriptures (1 lecture) and Secular Scriptures (1 lecture) with an introductory and closing lecture added.

    It is very interesting and insightful. For me his lectures the Hebrew Bible, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism were the most interesting. The idea that the Hebrew Bible is a text in conversation with itself is a brilliant observation. I found his discussion of the influence Zoroastrianism on Judaism and Christianity thought provoking. He helped me also to get a much better grasp on Buddhism. There is however much that I didn't know about other faith traditions like Baha'i and Islam and the relationship between them.

    I would have chosen different abandoned scriptures (like the Ugaritic clay tablets or some Mesopotamian works, instead of the Egyptian Book of the Dead etc). However I realise that you cannot include everyone's likes and dislikes.

    If you want to get to know something about the most important faiths in the world and what they received as holy texts, this is the course to enlighten you. It is very well researched and presented. A must-have course!

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    Sacred Texts of the World

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D., Yale University
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    With few exceptions, the world's religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action. Humanity's library of sacred writings is a huge canon that includes many of the most influential books ever written.

    Jacobus says: "An excellent introduction to various religions"
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    Prof. Lawrence H Schiffman gives an excellent well-balanced and honest overview of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the situation surrounding its discovery and its meaning to Western Civilisation in general and to Judaism and Christianity in particular in 14 lectures. Be sure to download the PDF file with the course guide to gain the most from this presentation. The course could probably have been called "Qumran 101."

    Except for his enthusiasm and ear catching presentation, Schiffman came over very knowledgeable and was able to convince me why he is one of the leading scholars on the Qumran community and its library as well as Second Temple Judaism. During the course he is not scared to share and even advocate his own views on certain important issues, i.e. the Sadducee origin of the Qumran community. He was also able to argue his views clearly (although, I don't buy the Sadducee origin of the Qumran sect).

    Schiffman always balances his own hypotheses with the majority stance of scholars, thus informing the listener what we can say responsibly about the Scrolls and the mystique surrounding it. He also debunks some of the more outrageous speculation surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls very effectively.

    What I liked a lot about this course is that the relevant material (the scrolls' contents, Josephus, Philo, archaeological artefacts etc.) are the basis from which Schiffman presents his arguments. He engages the scrolls and other material to let it speak as far as possible for itself. I didn't get the idea that his Jewishness clouded his critical academical scholarship. He doesn't force a Jewish agenda. He presents sensitive information not only as objective as possible but also with the necessary empathy and clarity. I was pleasantly surprised by his approach.

    Of "The Modern Scholar" lecture series that I have listened to so far, I find prof. Schiffman's lectures on the Dead Sea Scrolls not only informative and well-balanced but some of the best so far. I would recommend these easy-to-follow lectures to anyone interested in the enigma of the Dead Scrolls.

    His commentary on 1 and 2 Maccabees in the HarperCollins Bible Commentary is also to be recommended for further background reading to the lay person.

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    The Modern Scholar: The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth behind the Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lawrence H. Schiffman
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    In this course, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman imparts a clear understanding of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, and even more importantly, what they are not. Indeed, everything about the Scrolls, from their long road to full publication to the haggling over dating and translation, has been shrouded in controversy. In these lectures, Professor Schiffman gives a fascinating explanation of the content of the Scrolls and the times in which the Scrolls were kept.

    Jacobus says: "A well-balanced account of the Qumran Scrolls"
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    "One of the Best Books I Ever Read"

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    What did you love best about Tattoos on the Heart?

    I don't live or work among gangs, but I do teach at risk children who are mostly of the same ethnic heritage of Fr. Boyle's parish. Many of his insights were particularly helpful for me in dealing with the parents of my students. Many of my students' parents had been once in gangs or prison. There is as much tragedy as there is humor as there is love in this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    Fr. Boyle is of that wonderful Irish storyteller's tradition. I loved his stories, some very sad, and some very, very funny.


    Have you listened to any of Gregory Boyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I am not aware of other works by Fr. Boyle. I live in Southern California where he is known throughout as quite a hero by anyone who regularly reads local news or hears it on the radio. I regret that I haven't gone to one of his talks. He travels all around So. CA giving talks.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to listen to this all in one sitting. However, Boyle has also some profound thoughts in spirituality and theology interwoven with his tales of working among gangsters. Many times while driving and listening to this, I had to hit the stop button and think for miles about ideas he expressed, fresh ways of thinking about God and our role in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone working with troubled kids or adults should read or hear this book. Anyone studying the art of storytelling should also.

  • Longing and Belonging: The Complete John O'Donohue Audio Collection

    "My Favorite of All"

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    If you could sum up Longing and Belonging in three words, what would they be?

    Profound, Spiritual, and Soothing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author seems to not leave out any aspect of the human experience--childhood, family, faith, culture, society, humor, love, death, et al.
    He was an extremely intelligent man, yet he was also a wonderfully approachable communicator.


    What does John O'Donohue bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having his work on audio makes all the difference. His voice is so very soothing; I love to just lie in bed after a rough day and listen; it takes away all my stress and gives me a brighter perspective and strength to take on the next day.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I did react to it strongly, though I am not an emotional person. I play and replay it many, many times because everything he says is so profound that I get more out of the recording each time I hear it, or actually I hear just a part of it at a time (though I do not agree with all of O'Donohue's ideas...I think he went a bit out there at times.) I grew up in a parish staffed by kindly Irish priests, so I think that's part of why I find hearing these recordings very soothing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a longtime Audible member and of all my dozens and dozens of audio books I've purchased over the years, this is my favorite (and it's a bargain being several great books in one purchase!). I think I will also give it as a gift on St. Patrick's Day. Yes, it is a great gift for a friend who has any Irish heritage or interest in the Irish culture, or for someone who loves poetry and who is also spiritual, or probably for most Catholics, though O'Donohue was a former priest and some of his ideas seem New Age--ironically something he criticized--he still identified with Catholicism, had (a very early) Catholic funeral, and most certainly spoke in a very pastoral manner throughout this set of recordings.

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  • "Its pretty objective."

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    As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. I probably shouldn't comment on this book, but on the other hand, it's a free country. My initial reason for buying this book was morbid curiosity I originally had thought this book was going to be about politics. However, for the most part it's actually an overlook of the church itself. It does delve into a little bit of here's why the church is good. Here's why church the church is bad, etc. but it takes a pretty objective view and it brings up points I had never thought of. Or even heard of before. I highly recommend this book for anybody who just wants to know about the church without being preached to about the church. Kind of like a text book overview of the entire church that you'd find for a religious college course. On the technical note the author is incredibly engaging and it's fairly easy to just listen to it from start to finish in one go it is pretty entertaining honestly, even when it's brutal.

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    The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture

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    Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, has highlighted the growing popularity of Mormonism—a belief system with cultic roots—and the implications of its critical rise. Mormons are moving into the spotlight in pop culture, politics, sports, and entertainment via presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, media personality Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, and The Book of Mormon, the hottest show on Broadway.

    Jacobus says: "A book about Mormons, but not by a Mormon"

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    Leigh says: "Life Changing"
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  • Sacred Texts of the World

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    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D., Yale University
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    With few exceptions, the world's religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action. Humanity's library of sacred writings is a huge canon that includes many of the most influential books ever written.

    Jacobus says: "An excellent introduction to various religions"
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    • By Amir Aczel
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    Elizabeth says: "Amazing and comforting"
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    • By Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)
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    A Course in Miracles, also known as "the Course" or ACIM, was scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman. It is a self-study course that aims to assist listeners, readers, and students in achieving spiritual transformation. Book 1: Text is largely theoretical, and sets forth the concepts on which the Course's thought system is based. Its ideas contain the foundation for the lessons in Book 2, the Workbook for Students.

    Lea says: "Course Students will adore."
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    • By Gary Chapman
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    Two Christian parenting educators describe five ways we can connect with our children: physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, and acts of service. These initiatives, when geared to the preferences of each child, make them feel loved and, thus, more receptive to guidance and redirection when needed. The authors are inspiring writers whose examples and quotes from children and parents are instructive.

    Niel says: "Principles Every Parent Should Understand"
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    Love Does shares powerful stories coupled with eye-opening truths and empowers anyone who longs for a better world and a richer faith. You don’t need another Christian message or a self-help book. You need to have your paradigms about the world shifted into truth. That’s exactly what you get in Love Does. Have you ever noticed that the real change in your life - the growth that sticks and becomes a part of you - never happens with a program or the sheer grit of your best efforts?

    Frank Papa says: "A pleasant surprise, well read by the author"
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    Coming out as an atheist is a powerful, liberating act. It makes life better for you, for other atheists, and for the world. But telling people you're an atheist can be risky. What are the best ways to do it? And how can we help each other take this step? In this compassionate, friendly, down-to-earth how-to guide, popular author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless and blogger Greta Christina, offers concrete strategies and guiding philosophies for coming out as an atheist.

  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amir Aczel
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The renowned science writer, mathematician, and best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.

  • Hands of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Barbara Brennan
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
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    With the clarity of a physicist and the compassion of a gifted healer with 15 years of professional experience observing 5,000 clients and students, Barbara Ann Brennan presents the first in-depth study of the human energy field for people who seek happiness, health, and their full potential.

  • Women’s Wisdom from the Heart of Africa

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    • By Sobonfu Somé
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    In the Dagara tribe of West Africa, women are valued as the source of the world's wisdom. On Women's Wisdom from the Heart of Africa, Sobonfu Somé, author, teacher, and the first woman empowered by the Dagara elders to impart their teachings to the West, invites you to peer into a world where people remain closely connected to nature, their ancestors, and spirit, and to learn how to use powerful rituals to restore balance within yourself and with those around you.

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  • The Vine and the Branches: How to Spiritually Connect in a Challenging World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bryan Holmes, Maggie McSpedon
    • Narrated By Charles Ahl
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    Human beings are spiritual creatures. We need to be connected to one another and to our Creator to be healthy in spirit. Yet what do we see today? The modern world denies, even destroys spiritual connections. Widespread loneliness and discontent and increasing violence show that society has become spiritually sick and disconnected. The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, less than twenty miles from where the authors live, highlighted this tragic situation.

  • Simple Theology: Theology for the Rest of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Clay A. Kahler
    • Narrated By Christa G. Lewis
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    In today’s environment, there are many questions about "religion". Of those who are asking these questions, some turn to books on theology. There are many excellent theology books available today, written by some of the brightest scholars today. It is not my intention to displace any of them but to make theology accessible to the average listener.

  • Radical Prayer: Love in Action

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Matthew Fox
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    Matthew Fox presents Radical Prayer, his audio opus about prayer, the utterance of our hearts. This compelling six-session course covers what prayer is and why it works, recovering the sacred masculine and feminine, exploring the dark night of the soul, deep ecumenism lessons from history's great mystics in every tradition, and more. Enrich your life with this soulful course on the power of prayer.

  • Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction

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    • By Carole McDonnell
    • Narrated By Steven Mosley
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    This collection of published stories by novelist Carole McDonnell bring together multicultural concerns, spirituality, and speculative fiction. The fantastical elements in these tales range from contemporary worlds to days of courtly love to fairytales and to worlds not yet discovered.