I wasn't sure whether I was going like this book or not. I am not quick to start different authors but I got a good recommendation and got the book - it was worth it. Lee Child keeps the story moving with few, if any, slow spots and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing what is going to happen next. Dick Hill also does wonderful job presenting the story as Jack - very entertaining. This is just the beginning of a long series, so I am looking forward to working my way through. Great book, join me on the journey.
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have written 2 previous "Killing xxx" books which I really enjoyed. Perhaps it was the fact that they wrote about Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who lived 2000 years ago that this did not grab me the way the previous ones did. There is little historical personal info available on Jesus, but aside from that there is plenty of info about the culture, other key characters and events that filled out the story-line. I suspect it is also difficult trying to separate the faith aspect and present a clearly objective and factual story of Jesus and the circumstances around his death. They did a good job of this, but overall the book simply did not quite fulfill the expectations.
For folks who are wondering why people are more disenchanted with the Church today, this is a good book to read. Neil Cole presents the case that the church needs a new revision in order to both better reach our culture today and to be more the church that Jesus started when he was here on earth. You don't have to agree with all he has to say to realize he has some great points to make and you need to seriously consider where he says the Church needs to go.
Rob Bell is one of those folks that people either like or dislike, few fall into the middle. I seem to be one of those few (not sure if that is good or bad). In this book Rob offers a fairly clear and well thought our manner in ways people should talk about God and points out the good and bad of aspects of those people who tend to the extremes when talking about God.
Rob properly points out that we CAN'T know everything about God and His creation (yes, I am a conservative Christian) and shows how folks tend to get carried away in claiming somethings are clearly true when they can't be absolutely verified. Conversely he also points out that there are things which can be verified and even for those things that can't be, they can still be clearly deduced from what we see in the world today. He also does this when talking about the things science claims are true and verifiable (there are many things which are claimed but not verifiable as well).
One nice thing about this book is that Rob (as a departure from other books of his that I have read) tries to stay away from talking about theology and only wants to address how we should talk about God today.
Regardless of your theological or religious position (and yes, everyone has one whether you believe in the God of Bible/Torah/Koran or not), this is a great book for folks to read and ponder. Rob makes some good points and asks some great questions.
Again, David Aaron Baker does a great job with the performance and this new addition to the Odd Thomas series adds some unexpected twists and turns with new characters being added to the mix. I believe there is only one more book in projected in this series and I can now see in the mist some direction on where this may end, but only very hazily. As usual, Koontz does a great job of making me laugh, sit in suspense and cry as the story unwinds. Another great novel from Koontz. Looking forward to the final chapter in this story.
This book was a huge surprise in the making. The main character is a young man who does before he thinks and while being very intelligent (and able to lie with the best of them), is sometimes very naive. He gets himself in trouble and the only way out is to help in industrial espionage. Although at times I found some situations somewhat predictable, the end was a complete surprise. A great story with full character development along with great performances by the readers. Highly recommended.
D.A. Carson, as one might expect, does a wonderful job of both presenting the storyline of the Bible as a whole, but also doing so in a winsome and thoroughly understandable manner. This book is for both those who want a clear outline of the Bible, but also for those who are curious about what the Bible is all about.
I was a biochem major in college and loved genetics so I thought this would be a nice history lesson, which it was. It was also a very good story, with very funny stories and comments by the younger member of the team to discover the double helix structure of DNA. It details the rivalries, trials and frustrations over a 2 year period and is well worth the 4 hour listen. Enjoy!!!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect in this book, but it is one of the best I have read and presents the story of a man who was not afraid of anything except failure and the struggles he had after a bad turn in HS turned him into a crack addict. Adam Brown overcame this trouble and ended up being an inspiration to many of his fellow Seals who overcame the loss of an eye to become both a Seal sniper and Seal Team 6 member. Highly recommended.
I really liked this book and as I have been reading a number of books related to the Afghan and Iraq wars, was interested in the story of the Army side of things. The book follows a special forces team supporting the NATO alliance in Afghanistan who are supporting a major NATO offensive. As one might expect, the NATO side can't seem to function properly, but the US and Afghan soldiers they are supporting take control of a major position and fight in dire circumstances to hold that position and support the NATO offensive. A great story of American heroes and the Afghans they helped train and support.
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