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Jean Payens

New York City
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Solid but not perfect

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-19

The author distorts some of his early facts in the gospels and their dating thus showing his scope is grand but stretches himself too thin. He also rightly accuses previous authors to exaggerating their claims on the Templars without good evidence (which he is quite right); but then he does the same thing by dismissing 100% of all these “myths” with a hand wave instead of evidence why all of them are false? So overall a good introduction but the author should have ranked for example that Templar’s discovered America perhaps a “2” on possibility and then the Masonic link a “5” possibly instead of continuing to laugh and hand wave these all as “just silly” but not refuting or ranking based on plausibility, explanatory scope/power, etc.
The voice over is PERFECT for this book though and that bring my rank from a 3 star to 4 star. (I have an MA in classical history so though I am no expert neither am I a novice)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I had the privilege of meeting him at the book release a couple of years ago in Seattle; what is very unique about this book is that not only is it from a top-notch practicing chemical biologist but unlike almost every other book he simply says well we all know all along and that is that you do not need a PhD to have common sense about some of these things and that we have a responsibility as Lehman to push back when the emperor has no clothes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not as good as the movie ironically

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Very well written and very original and it really helps fill in some blanks on the movie but overall I think the movie script was much better written? Kind of like Lord of the rings or some of the stuff that was left out of the movie needed to be :-)

Actually I respect the Schaeffers more after reading?

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Long story short it's actually a very insightful read and I am joyed it; it also made me think higher of the Schaeffers because they are human just like the rest of us?
It's definitely no masterpiece, and Frankie's reputation of always feeling sorry for himself of you that I have heard from numerous people ever since he was a kid through today can definitely be seen throughout this book or he constantly laments and feels sorry for himself on the same time constantly praising himself. Either way it's insightful and worth the read but you will definitely get the whole "wow… Frankie really was a spoiled brat and still is?" Type feeling throughout. :-)

Not what it promised to be?

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Overall it was a very weird mixture of cosmology and jazz with the two are never really connected? We're over somewhat shockingly it seems like some of the authors theories are a bit out of date? He still maintains and oscillating version of the universe which is been all but abandoned since the 1980s so again it's just a little surprised and not in a good way throughout

Solid

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I do believe John Eldridge offers us a very unique, original and needed voice for the 21st-century this book and most of his books are about 50% the same as each other; but once you get into the back half of this book it but comes more original and less scripted I believe. So again if you have read one of his books you've read most of them because he hits on a lot of the same things over and over again through movies and books etc. but like I said I think his voice is very needed today but I would say that Wild at Heart or Awakening in God our little bit better all-around books than Desire.

Would not waste your money

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Was expecting a focus on contemporary art what it is and what it isn't; in a little bit of the history behind it but way too much of this book is simply on the historicity and politics of selling artwork, how today's politics have affected these poor artist, etc. etc. very disappointed because most of these Oxford sure histories are pretty good this one is not one of them.

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Great but short

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

It felt rushed? No real depth on abolition of man or his literature (non fiction/non apologetical works) but good macro level treatment.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

As a philosopher

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-16

I can say that this is one of the best/most accurate portrayals of not only the arts but of objective truths. Bravo

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Anything with Dr. Fears if phenomenal

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-15

And incredibly interesting and concise whirlwind tour of the ancient myths of history and what they can tell us today

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