Excellent book. I make my living as a painter, and this book tells it like it is. Get to work, get to work, get to work!
And He's relevant today too. This book is very engaging, both from theological standpoint and a scientific standpoint. If you're an evangelical Christian I challenge you to listen to this book. It'll open your eyes to a Bigger, more loving God!
This book will make you see things in your life that you want to change, that you didn't know about before. I highly recommend this one.
person comes across as a charlatan. This book ridicules the subject and possibilities of reincarnation with it's shallow handling. If you would like to reduce reincarnation to the experience of a college education then get this book. I kept thinking all of these stories he describes are the lack luster pipe dreams of a professional student—good grief! If the afterlife is this shallow, this lacking, this uninspiring then please God let my spirit expire now never to reignite. You may as well listen to someone read a printer manual as to listen to this book. Unfortunately, I think he's a fake and so are his patients. I certainly hope there's more to reincarnation than this author describes. I read "Many Lives Many Masters" and found it to be much more credible.
I had just listened to Counterfeit Gods by this same author. It was thoughtful, thorough, and in short fantastic. Unfortunately, this book carries few of those same qualities. I thought the book would be enlightening about the noble and godly pursuit of work. There's a little of that, but primarily I feel depressed after listening to it. In addition, the book is so hard to follow beyond small pointers. Main themes are difficult to grasp because they seem to shift and move in different directions without notice. The constant interruptions to reference where in the bible he found the sentence he just read are very distracting. Probably worst of all it's glaringly obvious he has an affinity to the left leaning political structure. He drones on and on about business corruption and gives specific examples yet is glaringly silent about the political policies and collusion which enabled and created incentives for much of the very corruption of which he writes. He's uninformed about those very corrupt activities at the very least. He writes that all good stories need a villain, that we want to blame somebody instead of relying on God. Yet, through this book his own villain is very apparent. Sure, he writes a little of the perils of Marxism, Communism, etc. and the left in a distant manner, but when it comes to current, immediate events in America or the world he certainly finds a villain of his own (bankers and businessmen) without mention of the politicians or the responsibility of individuals. It's clear he feeds into the victimization of our world and is not relying on God himself. With nearly 75% of some minorities being born into fatherless homes and poverty being directly correlated to those statistics this pastor should focus more on championing the godly cohesion of family, the honor of a father and mother who stay married and through noble work support that family. The politicians that he seems to love on the left are not going to solve that problem especially if they find it profitable to their pocket book and power meter to keep these groups of people believing that they are oppressed victims. Only God can solve that, and in the bible he does it through strong families and the pursuit of noble work. Modern statistics bear this out too. This pastor should be championing the same as God from ALL leaders, not just pointing out the shortcomings of a few business leaders. I'm 2/3 of the way through this book and am not sure if I can get through the rest. This author and pastor has so much promise but is unfortunately blind to his own Counterfeit Gods.
This book was informative and was the standard for many years. However, the new book, "Van Gogh, The Life" is far better, far more comprehensive and was written by much better authors. Van Gogh, The Life is not yet available on audio, but it's worth the wait.
The Judgment of Paris is a good book with very interesting views of the general historical layout in which these events took place, what the painters did and why. Where it falls short is in it's lack of immediacy and intimacy. It's a little dry. That said, I do recommend it. What it has to teach is worth while and I have a new appreciation for some of the artists involved.
This is a great book. Though it was written in 1996 because of the accuracy of their predictions you would have thought it was written today (2010) in retrospect of the happenings of this past decade. It'll change the way you think about and see the things happening in America today.
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