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Book Review: ‘The Smog’ by John Creasey, Award Books / Tandem Books, 1979

‘The Smog’ by John Creasey, Award Books / Tandem Books, 1979 First published in 1970, this edition is a very cheaply produced American paperback reprint.  As a physical object the book doesn’t have much going for it — the jacket … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Black Camelot’ by Duncan Kyle

‘Black Camelot’ by Duncan Kyle, Collins, 1978 This is generally praised as one of British thriller-writer Duncan Kyle’s best books but, I must admit, I found it disappointing.  It begins very brightly but before long the main protagonist, a German officer … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Green River High’ by Duncan Kyle, Collins, 1979

‘Green River High’ by Duncan Kyle, Collins, 1979 This ‘treasure quest’ adventure is similar in theme to Desmond Bagley’s Flyaway (published by Collins a year earlier), but takes place in Borneo rather than the Sahara.  An unwilling hero, his unlikely female companion, and a … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Flyaway’ by Desmond Bagley, a Saharan thriller from Britain’s Golden Age

Book Review: ‘Flyaway’ by Desmond Bagley Desmond Bagley was one of Britain’s top thriller writers during the latter part of that country’s ‘Golden Age’ of thriller writing, roughly the late Fifties to about the middle Eighties.  ‘Flyaway’ was published by … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Toward the Gleam’ by T. M. Doran, a good idea poorly executed

‘Toward the Gleam’ by T. M. Doran, Ignatius Press, 2011 I have just finished reading this novel and must admit that I was sadly disappointed.  It is advertised as an action adventure in which the main protagonist “races against time” … Continue reading

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Atheist Brendan O’Neill reviews A. C. Grayling’s ‘The Good Book: A Secular Bible’

This Easter, try to avoid the Gospel of Grayling Today . . . there’s a veritable feast of bibles to pick from: you might go for AC Grayling’s newly published secular tome, The Good Book, or Phillip Pullman’s retelling of the … Continue reading

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David Sexton’s scathing review of ‘The Good Book: A Secular Bible’ by atheist A. C. Grayling

We can divert ourselves with a different and superbly simple-minded attempt to fill the gap left by the demotion of the Bible: AC Grayling’s The Good Book: A Secular Bible, which on the cover is said simply to be “made” … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The Halcyon Dislocation’ by Peter Kazmaier

‘The Halcyon Dislocation’ by Peter Kazmaier Peter Kazmaier is a research scientist in Mississauga and this is his first novel, a science fiction story taking place in a parallel universe.  Due to a laboratory accident an island campus of university … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust’ by Immaculée Ilibagiza

‘Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust’ by Immaculée Ilibagiza ‘Left to Tell’ is the personal story of a Rwandan woman’s journey.  She tells this dramatic story from her recollection of growing up in Rwanda, her challenges as … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Painting the Word : Christian Pictures and Their Meanings’ by John Drury

‘Painting the Word : Christian Pictures and Their Meanings’ by John Drury While not a large volume, this is nonetheless a beautifully illustrated book in which the author, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, does not just pick symbols out of … Continue reading

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Walter Wink on Frank Peretti’s ‘This Present Darkness’

‘While I appreciate his treatments of the interconnection of heavenly and earthly reality, the role of human freedom, the centrality of prayer, the angels of the cities and nations, and the subtle coincidence of demonic promptings and people’s words or … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest’ by Rudy Wiebe

‘Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest’ by Rudy Wiebe Rudy Wiebe, the great Canadian Christian novelist, has here provided us with his youthful autobiography.  His parents, devout Mennonite Brethren, fled Russian Communism in the late 1920’s for farmland … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘How to Read the Bible’ by Steven L. McKenzie

‘How to Read the Bible’ by Steven L. McKenzie This book underlines the importance of understanding genre when reading the Bible, particularly the Old Testament.  For example, was the book of Jonah written as (and therefore meant to be understood as) … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘There is a God’ by Antony Flew

‘There is a God’ by Antony Flew This is an intriguing book.  In intellectual circles Flew was for many years “the world’s best known atheist” and, as a leading philosopher, was a fearsome opponent of Christianity.  I well remember reading … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘What’s So Great About Christianity’ by Dinesh D’Souza

‘What’s So Great About Christianity’ by Dinesh D’Souza This is an excellent, comprehensive and very readable response to the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others.  The author’s format is to take a different topic in each chapter … Continue reading

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DVD Review: ‘Resurrection’ & ‘Evil’ by N. T. Wright

‘Resurrection’ & ‘Evil’ by N. T. Wright Both these DVDs (50 minutes each) are excellent, as one would expect from N.T. (Tom) Wright.  Filmed in Israel, England, Greece and South Africa, they are visually interesting — though the weather in Israel … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism’ by Timothy Keller

‘The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism’ by Timothy Keller This recently published book has created quite a “buzz” and has received glowing commendations.  Rev. Tim Keller is a Presbyterian minister who started a new church in Manhattan, … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Surprised by Hope’ by N. T. Wright

‘Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church’ by N. T. Wright The prolific Tom Wright’s latest book (though he will have several newer ones out by the time you read this!) pulls together several … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible’ by Eric H. Cline

‘From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible’ by Eric H. Cline Nowadays “Indiana Jones” and “Lara Croft” style fictional archaeology permeates our popular culture.  In the media, sensational “discoveries” of Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the … Continue reading

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