Yes. It is informative and encouraging. It is also a great study of salvation history from a Catholic perspective.
Not likely. The one negative about the book is that the reader just didn't seem all that interested in what he was reading. The beginning was especially difficult to listen to and then the performance got a bit better, then flat, then better - I think you get the idea.
No. The subject matter needed time to digest.
Dr. Hahn has a great talent in writing in that he can make heady theology approachable to all levels. When he speaks he is very engaging. Publishers of audio books should take better care in matching readers to the authors.
Yes to the great courses - in fact, I have listened to several and have several more in my wishlist. My reviews of them have been favorable.
No to Ehrman. He is too subjective and far and away too repetitive. His theological, ideological and historical perspectives could have been stated in about half the time, which would make the actual material only take 1/4 of the time recorded.
In other words, he is awfully wrapped up in his own views and his (almost arrogant) take on history the early church and Christianity.
I understand that the church and Christianity was a theological and spiritual evolutionary process. There are certain paths taken that could have gone another direction - so state it once and move on. Not everyone is an impressionable, malleable college freshman who needs to be convinced that Prof. Ehrman's understanding is the only correct one.
Please, Modern scholar - stop this man before he teaches again!
understandable, tolerable and average
No - it would make a lousy movie - but the biased take is just fanciful enough to make it as a History Channel 'documentary'
Honestly - I cannot recommend this book to Christians, agnostics or atheists. It is so biased toward his 'Historical Jesus' claims that the authority or genuineness of any writings from the Church Fathers cannot come through untarnished.
Overall, I thought this was one of the worst Modern Scholar lectures I have ever listened to and I have listened to a lot from them.
Absolutely. The investigation and lecture was not entirely subjective, but Prof. Schiffman is a well known Jewish scholar and he handled the subject well.
Yes. This one is to par with his others that I am familiar with.
Added authority and vocal emphasis on what matters and what is conjecture and what is not at all important
No. It's a lecture.
I would change the narrator first. His tone seemed too angry or cynical. If the book is supposed to be funny or lighthearted, his performance never allowed that to come through.
Seemed like they were grasping at straws to fill space. One or two worst ideas in each category would have been fine and then include more categories.
Absolutely not - unless it was a book that is supposed to be cynical or angry.
I'm glad it was only a buck as Deal of the Day.
Yes. It is a touching and revealing story.
The author's willingness to be as vulnerable as she is.
Overall pretty convincing EXCEPT whenever she tried to do any kind of an accent. Each attempt at Middle-Eastern or Hispanic accents brought to mind Fearless Leader from Bullwinkle. When she tries to do a Jamaican accent it comes out as a leprechaun. Really, if you cannot do accents well, then don't do them.
Can it happen to you?
This book brought to life an event in history with clarity and accuracy. It was not full of conspiracy, nor did it debunk any. It was a very refreshing approach to a subject that has been accounted so many times it would be hard to make it seem fresh. Bill O'Reilly succeeds where many fail.
This is the first book in a very long time that I listened to again immediately after the first listen. Rich in theology and a good performance. I would recommend this to anyone
Since it is a lecture format, and is delivered by Prof. Madden, is is flawless in performance. Very engaging and easy to listen to.
A part of American history not often mentioned in the books.
The Worst Hard Times. About the people who stayed behind on the dust bowl farms. This was also a time of great migration in the US
Well read, well researched and
Entertaining. I had a belly-laugh at some of it, but mostly it was a gathering of truisms that were well written, but often repeatative. It was still fun and I bookmarked many to share with my wife. Performance was so-so. It would have been more listenable if the reader was not so obviously white! If we are making fun of a race, would it not be plausible for another race to present it? I know the author is white, but that does not mean the reader needs to be.
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