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Work And Contemplation

Posted on February 26th, by Bernard in Books and Bibles, Personal life and Holiness. No Comments

WORK AND CONTEMPLATION

Author DOUGLAS V STEERE

Publishers UPPER ROOM BOOKS

I wanted to write a brief note about this little book with a very practical title and content and also about another entitled Dimensions of Prayer.  The writer of these two was a prolific author who published many titles in the mid year of the twentieth century.  He was a prominent leader and speaker in Quaker circles, particularly in the USA.  His background shows through in every book.  Thoughtful, prayerful, and in many aspects, scriptural and gracious he gives the reader good food for thought and in some cases, points the way to concrete action.  

The title “Work and Contemplation” brings together what so many separate.  A seamless life is what he … Read More »


Plague Journal

Posted on February 26th, by Bernard in Books and Bibles, Fiction. No Comments

                                          PLAGUE JOURNAL

Author MICHAEL D. O’BRIEN

Publisher IGNATIUS

ISBN 0-89870-610-6

Michael O’Brien is a Roman Catholic writer and thought provoking, sobering and perceptive.  He does not press anything Roman Catholic and his novels have a rich content if not necessarily a racy story line.  This particular story revolves around a conservative small town newspaper editor living in a rural town in upstate British Columbia, Canada.  The events take place sometime in the late twentieth century and follow on from the first novel in “the Children of the last Days” trilogy.  That first one is entitled Strangers and Sojourners.  Possibly, those interested in reading these far better than the “Left Behind” series of books, would be wise to read Father Elijah first and then get into the trilogy.

Plague Journal is the shortest of the series and takes … Read More »


Quiet – The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking

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         QUIET-THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

Author SUSAN CAIN

Publisher PENGUIN

ISBN 978-0-670-91676-4

Probably some would regard this as one of the better popular psychology books available nowadays.  Those helped by its main thesis will far outweigh those who reacted negatively.  The author is a  self confessed introvert who has learned to live in the midst of a society that values the extrovert type and way above all else.  She is obviously from the USA and so much of the book is built around the style of life lauded there.  At times there appears to be that which is a little tongue in cheek in the manner she down plays the soul of the party extrovert and over stresses the quiet ‘in the corner reading a book’ introvert but she … Read More »


SWITCH ON YOUR BRAIN

Posted on February 26th, by Bernard in Books and Bibles, Personal life and Holiness. No Comments

                                         SWITCH ON YOUR BRAIN

Author Dr. CAROLINE LEAF

Publisher BAKER BOOKS

ISBN 978 0 8010 1839 8

I have not read a book quite like this before.  It deals with the neuroplasticity of the brain.  This sounds like something quite beyond the scientific layman and not particularly pertinent for a Christian.  Anyone thinking this would be quite wrong.  Dr Leaf is a communications pathologist and audiologist who has worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience since 1985.  She brings a wealth  of experience as a Christian and expert in this field into this book.  Perhaps the greatest benefit for me in reading it was twofold.  Firstly the fact that men and women are not the victims of their biology, they can change the way they think.  Secondly, the way the findings of research being done … Read More »


THE DEVIL’S SHARE

Posted on February 26th, by Bernard in Books and Bibles, Personal life and Holiness. No Comments

                                           THE DEVIL’S SHARE

Author DENIS DE ROUGEMONT

Publisher PANTHEON BOOKS

Out of print for a number of years but available second hand both in paperback and hardback as well as on line editions.  Books written by serious thinkers, especially those  written during or after the second world war have a power and quality that challenges and alarms, especially when they are written from a Christian perspective.  The purpose of the various sections lies not in seeking to prove the existence of the devil but to identify where he has been and is at work and to gauge some idea of his extent and power and inevitably the reader will perceive how successful he has been in duping the western world since the so-called enlightenment.  

You cannot call this book a theological or even … Read More »






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