Great book, full of surprises. It challenged me with how I need to be open with my wife, and ask her to pray with me about things I am struggling with. I would say that this book is not so much about how to be "pure", but how to overcome temptations and our weaknesses.
I don't usually bother to rate books that have a lot of reviews, and since this book is a classic, I am sure it will get lots of reviews. I am 54 years old, and somehow I never read this book. I am giving this book a solid five stars, but I wanted to comment on the harmonica playing that many people said they didn't like. For some reason, I thought it actually added something to this book - normally I am somewhat indifferent to sound effects and music in audio books, but I thought it was very fitting in this book, and I did not find the volume objectionable. Having said this, I gave the book 5-stars; I am not rating the harmonica playing.
More than any other book, this book has made me look forward to heaven. We often think, and hear, that the Bible has little to say about heaven. We have notions that in heaven that we won't remember anything from our current life, won't have bodies, will do nothing but sing, won't know who we are or who we were, etc. After reading this book, I realize how unimportant this short life that we are now experiencing is (except for letting God use it), and how the unfairness, and the disappointments of earth will be gone and healed forever. I could go on, but you really need to read the book. If we are planning on spending eternity somewher, it sure makes sense to learn about it.
In searching the internet, from what I can gather this book was published 1917. Years ago, I inherited about a dozen books that were mostly written in the early 1900's. This wasn't one of them, but because it was written by James Oliver Curwood, who wrote a couople of the other books I inhereted, I thought it would be good. It is great!
Becuase it takes time, I usually only write a review for books that I find are outstanding and are not reviewed by many other people. Since this book is outstanding, and no one reviewed yet, I thought I would take the time to write a review.
This book is about a wolf-dog (hence the title). There are not many people in this book, and they are not mentioned often. The author seems to have a wonderful understanding of animals.
The audio version of the book starts out with an introduction that gives some interesting information on the author (James Oliver Curwood). I wish more books by this author, and more books of this type, were available as audio books.
I will close by saying that currently the written version of this book has eight written reviews on amazon.com - they are all 5 stars; you can read them for more details. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in animals and in the wilderness that existed in the early 1900's.
Years ago I inherited about a dozen books (including this one) that belonged to my grandfather (I am 51); most were written in the early 1900's. I was fascinated with almost all of them.
There are not many characters in this book, probably less than twelve. I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone. For any school students (Junior High & higher), this would be a great choice to use for a book report (do a book report on an old book for a change). For any one else, this is a great novel that was written (copywrited) in 1922.
According to google, the author wrote 33 popular adventure novels; unfortunately only 2 are available as audio books. Reading books like this kind of make you wonder why people bother writing new books - it is that good!
This book is excellent, and like all excellent books it is worth listening to, or reading, again. The narrator, or narrators, do an excellent job with different voices for the characters. This book left me with two major impressions:
One was the importance of laying up treasures in heaven instead of worrying about earthly treasures. The other impression this book left me with was the possiblity that if I die of a heart attack, cancer, accident, etc. that I might actually question God, why I was not so fortunate as to have the opportunity to be be put to death for my faith in Him.
I thought this book was purely fiction, but my minister said that it is based on a true story.
This is among the best books I have ever listened to or read - it does a superb job of showing how to live our earthly life with an eternal perspective.
This book does a wonderful, thought provoking, and challenging, job of how to look at "sinners" and people that range from plain evil to the average non-Christian. I listened to the last part of this book repeatedly where the author refers to helping nourish famished souls by assisting in the Lord's Supper. He mentioned that one women stated, (I am paraphrasing), "...I do not partake of the Lord's Supper because I am a good Christian, but rather because I am a bad Christian. I suffer from severe hypoglycemia of the soul. I am filled with anger, doubt and laziness" (again I am paraphrasing). The author talks about how we are dishonest in church - we come to church where we act, and appear to have it "all together", while visitors who are miserable, and feeling worthless leave because they feel they don't measure up to the churches standards. Jesus had compassion on a prostitute caught in the act - in how many churches would a prostitue find compassion and understanding - let alone acceptance? Sinners loved being with Jesus (read the gospels) - they don't love being with most of us Christians, or setting foot in our churchs.
A local Christian Radio Host died earlier this year. One of her co-workes, from her radio station talked about how she had prayed with the homeless and the drug dealers in Detroit. Phillip Yancey does a wonderful job of how to think about how I should treat sinners (such as drug dealers). After this person died, I wondered, if one of the drug dealers wanted a Christian to pray with, to talk to, and to find their way to God, would there be another Christian available?
Phillip Yancey goes into numerous historical examples of people filled with grace who have made a difference - such as Martin Luther King Jr.
This book does a wonderful job of answering the question of, "Why are Christians viewed by the world as full of hate and unforgiving?", as well as why people say, "If I ever set foot in a church the roof would cave in."
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