Overall Olson offers a fair case against the TULIP soteriology often called Calvinism (and he distinguishes this as well). He presents the Arminian counter to TULIP and also offers alternate interpretations of scripture which Calvinist's use to support their interpretation. My only complaint and what made it hard for me to listen to in parts is his occasional portrayal of Calvinists as believing in a different God and personalizing their beliefs as opposed to simply dealing with those beliefs.
In many ways I enjoyed the second book in this series. It keeps moving, has the usual expected twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but some of the aspects Rollins uses to build upon seem less believable than perhaps they are. I suppose this is to be expected in a book like this, but I like to be kept on the edge of belief instead of feeling like I have stepped over into the fantasy realm of science and religion. Overall a good book, but in my opinion not his best.
In this edition, Corrie Swanson takes more of a center stage and acts like the young, headstrong girl she is. I sometimes found it hard to listen to her actions/words, but I think Preston and Child make it very believable and consistent with how Corrie has grown through the parts of the series she has been a part of. It seems that going forward Pendergast and Swanson may actually become more partners together, but we'll have to see if that happens or not moving forward. Great book and looking forward to the next.
Joseph Finder offers a fast moving, well woven spy novel which unfortunately on occasion gets too intricate to keep the story moving. The problem is not the story line or the way the story is told, with all its twist and turns, but rather that in some situations Joseph Finder tries too hard to humanize his characters and they come off, in my opinion, very unrealistic given the way they are developed. But this does not stop me from recommending the book as these sequences are either easy to skip over or ignore depending upon how much they annoy you and the book on the whole is very good. Christopher Burns does a great job of presenting the story too!
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.
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.
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.
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