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Is God Really Legit? Making Sense of Faith and Science, by Neil Laing Thursday, 1 March 2018

Posted by greyowl in Naturwissenschaft / Science, Rezensionen / Reviews.
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This book discusses many aspects of the common tension between scientists and believers, with some vivid illustrations but no hard and fast answers. It is written in a chatty style, appropriate and intelligible for teenagers, though perhaps a bit patronising and on one occasion moralising. Laing comes across as honest and open, respecting opposing views. He presents the believer’s position plausibly without attempting to force anyone to accept it; instead, he encourages young people to examine the evidence, think things through and form their own convictions. (more…)

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Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult Saturday, 17 February 2018

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This is a lengthy, complex, but very human book about relationships between normal, dysfunctional people.

We discover how the two primary players, Paige and Nicholas, are very much influenced by their respective mothers, both of whom abandoned their families in different ways and for different reasons. (more…)

The Knight and the Serpent by John Richard Gabourel Sunday, 4 February 2018

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This retelling of a legend of medieval Normandy intrigued me from the start, because a major scenario centres on my home island of Jersey, at Grouville Beach, Gorey Castle and what is now known as La Hougue Bie Dolmen, places I know well. It’s an elaborate tale of loyalty and treachery, love, remorse and forgiveness. The complex plot with its religious and mystical elements is compelling, several characters are historical and the setting is very realistically and accurately portrayed. (more…)

The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century by Pierre Goubert Saturday, 13 January 2018

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This book contains a wealth of otherwise hard-to-find facts about the often poverty-stricken and mostly unnoticed country folk in the diverse provinces and regions we now know as France. Everything warrants a chapter: food, clothing and housing; birth, marriage and death; farming and poaching practices; relationships between peasants, seigneurs, unwelcome soldiers, haughty priests and the revenue-hungry royal bailiffs; taxes and revolts.

Goubert provides invaluable background information for the novel I’m writing (more…)

Penhaligon’s Pride by Terri Nixon Saturday, 13 January 2018

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Even better than Book 1!

It’s great to find Freya tidying up the old bookshop again, struggling to overcome her terror of the sea with Mairead’s patient help, having earnest talks with her best friend Juliet and generally making sure all is well in Caernoweth. But it’s not long before things start to get very hot.

Terri Nixon has succeeded in conjuring up a complex mesh of everyday events laced with misunderstandings, suspicions, accusations and fears that look as if they are going to (more…)

Das Buch der Mitte: Wie wir wurden, was wir sind: Die Bibel als Herzstück der westlichen Kultur von Vishal Mangalwadi Saturday, 6 January 2018

Posted by greyowl in Jesus-Familie, Rezensionen / Reviews.
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Das Buch der Mitte: Wie wir wurden, was wir sind, von Vishal Mangalwadi, ist eine mutige Analyse des starken Einflusses der christlichen Bibel auf die Entwicklung der westlichen Welt.

Mangalwadi ist ein äußerst gebildeter und überzeugender Wissenschaftler, der akademisches Lernen mit politischem und sozialem Handeln verbunden hat, sogar bis es für ihn selbst und seine Familie lebensgefährlich wurde. Durch seine vielen Bücher und sein internationales Vortragsprogramm versucht er, die Augen einer Welt zu öffnen, die ihr geistliches Erbe zu vergessen scheint.

Dieses Buch ist eine Mischung aus persönlichen Erfahrungen (more…)

The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, by Vishal Mangalwadi Friday, 5 January 2018

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The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, by Vishal Mangalwadi is a bold analysis of the powerful influence the Christian Bible has had on the development of the western world.

Mangalwadi is an extremely erudite and lucid scholar, who has combined academic learning with political and social action, even at the risk of his and his family’s life. Through his many books and his international lecturing programme he seeks to open the eyes of a world that seems to have forgotten its spiritual heritage.

This book is a mixture of personal (more…)

Fenny by Lettice Cooper Sunday, 12 November 2017

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Ellen Fenwick, commonly known as Fenny or Elena, a burnt-out, single English teacher, jumps at the chance to become a governess for eight-year-old Juliet, whose family is recuperating for some months in a villa near Florence. She has been caring for her sick mother and has never travelled before, never experienced romance. (more…)

Lion, by Saroo Brierley Friday, 20 October 2017

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An almost incredible but true story, told in a rather unemotional, matter-of-fact manner. Hardly old enough to know who he is and with no idea where he comes from, 5 year old Saroo finds himself trapped in a railway carriage, which ends up taking him to the sprawling, stinking, merciless city of Calcutta. What will his dear mother, his worldly-wise brothers and the baby sister he should be looking after think has happened to him? Will they care?

After several close scrapes with the river and unscrupulous railway workers, (more…)

What Friends Are For, by J.B. Reynolds Monday, 9 October 2017

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Tracy is worn out from caring for her young daughter Hayley, the fruit of a drunken teenage binge. She’s also fed up with the judgemental remarks not only from her relatives but even from strangers in the street. Pious churchgoers criticise her immoral behaviour and foul language. Her boyfriend Davy is neither very bright, nor at all romantic and doesn’t help with the housework, but he loves Tracey and Hayley.

It’s a total surprise when Kate, the beautiful and well-off mother of another daycare child, Corbin, invites her out (more…)