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Bobby Newman

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  • The Knight's Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Noland
    • Narrated By Robert Noland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3)
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    John Wayne once said, "A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job." In the mid-1800s, author Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a series of classic tales about knights who were the warriors of medieval days. In "Gareth and Lynette", Gareth tells his mother just before leaving to fulfill his dream of joining King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, "Follow the Christ the King. Live pure, speak true, right wrong, follow the king. Else, wherefore born?" The young knight had answered the question "Why am I here?" The question that burns in every man's heart.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ministry for the Previously Converted"
    "Should have read previous review"
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    Three hours in, and there has been scant discussion of knights or their code, only passing references that seemed to have been incidental. It was certainly not the point of the book. The book comes across as a long speech one might hear at a Promise Keeper's convention. If that sort of "modern Christian man" viewpoint book is what you are looking for, this might be a fine choice. It simply wasn't what I was expecting from a book titled "The Knight's Code".

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  • The Importance of Being Civil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John A. Hall
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
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    Civility is desirable and possible, but can this fragile ideal be guaranteed? The Importance of Being Civil offers the most comprehensive look at the nature and advantages of civility, throughout history and in our world today. Esteemed sociologist John Hall expands our understanding of civility as related to larger social forces - including revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and war - and the ways that such elements limit the potential for civility. The Importance of Being Civil is a decisive and sophisticated addition to the discussion of civil society in its modern cultural and historical contexts.

    Bobby Newman says: "Staggeringly naive, assertions not backed up"
    "Staggeringly naive, assertions not backed up"
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    The book was a disappointment. Assertions were made without bothering to cite any relevant data or statistics to support the assertions (e.g., about rampant racism and low levels of racial intermarriage in United States). Statements were made and simply left there (e.g., about the inevitable failure of austerity measures, while failing to make a counterproposal about where the loaves and fishes would come from to support the social spending). Failure to understand crucial social trends were also made (e.g., statements about ethnic groups moving into Western countries and not being allowed to assimilate in and not seeking social safety net supports, when in fact many individuals within such groups not only actively seek social support but also actively avoid assimilating and prefer to remain within their cultural enclaves and maintain traditions that are at odds with the cultural values of the country to which they have moved). Overall, a book of assertions without a great deal of support.

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