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Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich, Alan Bance (Translator) , Jeremy Noakes (Translator) , Lesley Sharpe (Translator)

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In life, and in the grisly manner of his death, Joseph Goebbels was one of Adolf Hitler’s most loyal acolytes. By the end, no one in the Berlin bunker was closer to the Führer than his devoted Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda. But how did this clubfooted son of a factory worker rise from obscurity to become Hitler’s most trusted lieutenant and personally anointed successor?

In this ground-breaking biography, Peter Longerich sifts through the historical record—and thirty thousand pages of Goebbels’s own diary entries—to provide the answer to that question. Longerich, the first historian to make use of the Goebbels diaries in a biographical work, engages and challenges the self-serving portrait the propaganda chief left behind. Spanning thirty years, the diaries paint a chilling picture of a man driven by a narcissistic desire for recognition who found the personal affirmation he craved within the virulently racist National Socialist movement. Delving into the mind of his subject, Longerich reveals how Goebbels’s lifelong search for a charismatic father figure inexorably led him to Hitler, to whom he ascribed almost godlike powers.

This comprehensive biography documents Goebbels’s ascent through the ranks of the Nazi Party, where he became a member of the Führer’s inner circle and launched a brutal campaign of anti-Semitic propaganda. Though endowed with near-dictatorial control of the media—film, radio, press, and the fine arts—Longerich’s Goebbels is a man dogged by insecurities and beset by bureaucratic infighting. He feuds with his bitter rivals Hermann Göring and Alfred Rosenberg, unsuccessfully advocates for a more radical line of “total war,” and is thwarted in his attempt to pursue a separate peace with the Allies during the waning days of World War II. This book also reveals, as never before, Goebbels’s twisted personal life—his mawkish sentimentality, manipulative nature, and voracious sexual appetite.

A harrowing look at the life of one of history’s greatest monsters, Goebbels delivers fresh insight into how the Nazi message of hate was conceived, nurtured, and disseminated. This complete portrait of the man behind that message is sure to become a standard for historians and students of the Holocaust for decades to come.

*****

This was an excellent biography! Beginning with his rise to power along side one of the most disdained hated figures in history…Hitler. The Propaganda Minister for Germany who helped the entire country to hate the Jewish people. In depth, well written, and informative. Not a rather likable figure, but an excellent biography, which is well worth the read!

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Doc Murf

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Voices of the Winds: Native American Legends by Margot Edmonds, Ella Elizabeth Clark

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This wonderfully colorful and appealing anthology gathers more than 130 Native American legends, many told to the authors by elder storytellers and tribal historians.

*****

Without a doubt, THIS book is not my usual read, but I purchased it many years ago from the clearance Christmas pile in Boarders Book Store before it’s demise. I have always been enamored by the Native American Culture and mindset, and have learned so little about it. This book is about their cultural stories passed from one generation to another. Interesting, but if not ready for it…it can be boring. Get a peek and a glimpse into the beliefs of those who surround us yet, such a small portion of which, have not been able to assimilate with us.

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Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born To Win by Christine Caine

Unstoppable

Ready or not, you are in the run of your life.

Whether you run like lightning, or crawl at a snail’s pace, God has chosen you to run the race set before you. His word calls to you: “Let us throw off everything that hinders…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Heb 12:1-2)

Not an athlete? Doesn’t matter.

Still warming up? The race has already begun.

Winded and limping? Keep moving forward.

Stumbled or fallen? You have not been disqualified.

Or maybe, while running in perfect stride, you’ve hit daunting obstacles. Do not give up!

Why?  Because this isn’t a one-person race. It’s a relay. You are not alone, but are part of a team assembled by God to achieve his purposes.  And God is unstoppable.

Fortunately, God has not left you on our own to muddle through the race untrained. His word and his story written into the lives of believers are filled with the wisdom to train you to successfully run the divine relay. Discover how to receive your baton, how to grasp firmly and carry forward all that God entrusts to you—his uncompromising truth, his piercing light, his radical change, his world-transforming love. And be trained in how to release what is no longer yours to carry so that every member of God’s team can press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.

In Unstoppable, best-selling author, global evangelist, and human- trafficking activist, Christine Caine, mesmerizes us with true stories and eternal principles that equip us to run the race we were born to win, receiving and releasing the baton of faith in sync with our team, the body of Christ. God has plucked us out of eternity, positioned us in time, and given us gifts and talents to serve him in this generation to bring the light of Jesus Christ into a broken world. Our race is now. This is our time in history. We’ve been handed the baton of faith and asked to carry that light and dispel the darkness. If we receive and pass on the baton in the divine relay, we will be unstoppable.

*****

Another one which is not my normal read, but was surprisingly interesting. Never be afraid to read something outside of your normal…you may learn something new or gain a new idea to spark your interests!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Evidence for God by William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona

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There have always been challenges to belief in God as he is revealed in the Bible and each new year seems to add more questions to the doubter’s arsenal. In Evidence for God, leading apologists provide compelling arguments that address the most pressing questions of the day about God, science, Jesus, the Bible, and more, including

Is Intelligent Design really a credible explanation of the origins of our world?
Did Jesus really exist?
Is Jesus really the only way to God?
What about those who have never heard the gospel?
Is the Bible today what was originally written?
What about recently publicized gospels that aren’t in the Bible?
and much more…

*****

An intriguing compilation of essays on the evidence for God.All are great in their own right, most are easy to read, some a bit difficult, but all together they make a great argument for the existence of God. Well worth the time to read and better understand the apologetic side of Christianity!

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God: The Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World by Patrick Glynn

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In the modern age science has been winning its centuries–old battle with religion for the mind of man. The evidence has long seemed incontrovertible: Life was merely a product of blind chance–a cosmic roll of an infinite number of dice across an eternity of time. Slowly, methodically, scientists supplied answers to mysteries insufficiently explained by theologians. Reason pushed faith off into the shadows of mythology and superstition, while atheism became a badge of wisdom. Our culture, freed from moral obligation, explored the frontiers of secularism. God was dead.

“Glynn’s arguments for the existence of God put the burden of disproof on those intellectuals who think that the question has long since been settled.” — Andrew M. Greeley

But now, in the twilight of the twentieth century, a startling transformation is taking place in Western scientific and intellectual thought. At its heart is the dawning realization that the universe, far from being a sea of chaos, appears instead to be an intricately tuned mechanism whose every molecule, whose every physical law, seems to have been design from the very first nanosecond of the big bang toward a single end–the creation of life. This intellectually and spiritually riveting book asks a provocative question: Is science, the long-time nemesis of the Deity, uncovering the face of God?

Patrick Glynn lays out the astonishing new evidence that caused him to turn away from the atheism he acquired as a student at Harvard and Cambridge. The facts are fascinating: Physicists are discovering an unexplainable order to the cosmos; medical researchers are reporting the extraordinary healing powers of prayer and are documenting credible accounts of near-death experiences; psychologists, who once considered belief in God to be a sign of neurosis, are finding instead that religious faith is a powerful elixir for mental health; and sociologists are now acknowledging the destructive consequences of a value-free society.

God: The Evidence argues that faith today is not grounded in ignorance. It is where reason has been leading us all along.

*****

There are many arguments, there are many avenues of discussion and debate, there are many topics to glean truth from and to apply…the fact is that those of us that do believe that God exists, that Jesus is real, and that the Holy Spirit touches our lives and guides us. The fact remains is this…that whether you believe our our arguments, our positions, our factual or circumstantial points or evidences is truly irrelevant. Our belief in God is based upon reason, logic and faith!

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Doc Murf

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Self-Editing On A Penny: A Comprehensive Guide by Ashlyn Forge

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You’ve just written a book—a masterpiece, the next great classic, the single piece of literature that’s going to be required reading a hundred years from now long after you’re good and dead and most of mankind has been replaced by robots.

But…now what?

Can you afford an editor? How do you decide on a good one? And how much of it can you do by yourself?

Grammar
Style
Syntax
Plot Development
Proofreading
Formatting
And, more importantly, cost-saving methods

Self-Editing on a Penny was written by an independent author FOR independent authors. Don’t make the same costly mistakes I’ve made. Self-Edit first.

*****

Well worth the time to read. Chock full of great ideas to cut down costs by paying attention to these little rules. You thought you never needed those English classes in High School…silly you! Yes, by paying attention to those courses, which most of us fell asleep in during school, could help save you money. You probably never thought you would ever write a book, either, did you?? This book can help by reminding you of all those rules you did not pay attention to!

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The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle

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The Little Book of Talent is a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”

The Little Book of Talent should be given to every graduate at commencement, every new parent in a delivery room, every executive on the first day of work. It is a guidebook—beautiful in its simplicity and backed by hard science—for nurturing excellence.”—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit
 
“It’s so juvenile to throw around hyperbolic terms such as ‘life-changing,’ but there’s no other way to describe The Little Book of Talent. I was avidly trying new things within the first half hour of reading it and haven’t stopped since. Brilliant. And yes: life-changing.”—Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence

*****

This was a very good book to read in order to gain an insight for inspiration to cultivate a talent that you have, or that you desire to have. Many insights with much inspiration to promulgate something that is near and dear to your heart and soul.

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Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic by Michael Withey

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Your argument is valid and you know it; yet once again you find yourself leaving a debate feeling defeated and embarrassed. The matter is only made worse when you realize that your defeat came at the hands of someone’s abuse of logic—and that with the right skills you could have won the argument.

The ability to recognize logical fallacies when they occur is an essential life skill. Mastering Logical Fallacies is the clearest, boldest, and most systematic guide to dominating the rules and tactics of successful arguments. This book offers methodical breakdowns of the logical fallacies behind exceedingly common, yet detrimental, argumentative mistakes, and explores them through real life examples of logic-gone-wrong.

Designed for those who are ready to gain the upper hand over their opponents, this master class teaches the necessary skills to identify your opponents’ misuse of logic and construct effective, arguments that win. With the empowering strategies offered in Mastering Logical Fallacies you’ll be able to reveal the slight-of-hand flaws in your challengers’ rhetoric, and seize control of the argument with bulletproof logic.

*****

First of all, I found this book to be a valuable reference concerning logical fallacies. It is well worth the time, for anyone studying logic, debate, and reason to know and understand the presented materials within this book. That said…secondly, I found several of his presented examples for fallacies and their rebuke to be rather subjective, as opposed to objective. The author presented himself to be anti-religion and anti-republican in several instances and he appeared to committed in one or two instance, his own presented fallacies, in my opinion. While, overall, I found this book to be well worth the expense for the information as a whole, beware of political hacking, cherry-picking, self-sealing argument or moving the goal posts…again, this is my opinion.

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The Longing for Home: Reflections at Midlife by Frederick Buechner

Longing for Home

In this deeply moving book of reflection and recollection, Frederick Buechner once again draws us into his deeply textured life and experience to illuminate our own understanding of home as both our place of origin and our ultimate destination.

For Frederick Buechner, the meaning of home is twofold: the home we remember and the home we dream. As a word, it not only recalls the place that we grew up in and that had much to do with the people we eventually became, but also points ahead to the home that, in faith, we believe awaits us at life’s end. Writing at the approach of his seventieth birthday, he describes, both in prose and in a group of poems, the one particular house that was most precious to him as a child, the books he read there, and the people he loved there. He speaks also of the lifelong search we are all engaged in to make a new home for ourselves and for our families, which is at the same time a search to find something like the wholeness and comfort of home with ourselves. As he turns his attention to our dreams of the heavenly home still to come, he sees it as both hallowing and fulfilling the charity and the peach of our original home.

Writing with warmth, wisdom, and compelling eloquence, Frederick Buechner once again enables us to see more deeply into the secret places of our hearts. The Longing for Home will help to bring clarity and guidance to anyone who searches for meaning in a world that all too often seems meaningless.

*****

Another book which is far from the normal book for me to read, but consider this…by staying with the same type or style of writing will create in one a stale and bland palate of reading. sometimes we need to shake things up a little  in order to stir up something different!

While this was a warm book of short writings about life, which truly strayed me far from what I normally read, was a collection of writings which brings one back home to make you think of your childhood and days long gone by…carefree days.

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Miracles: 32 True Stories by Joanie Hileman

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A dying child counts angels in her room. A teenage boy stuns doctors by recovering from a massive brain injury. A bubble of protection surrounds a man about to be hit by a car…These miraculous accounts and twenty-nine more are recorded in Miracles: 32 True Stories.

“Almost every month I get a request to either read or edit a book or booklet, and to be honest, I dread to see them coming, because most of them are hardly worthy of a positive recommendation. When Joan asked me to read her Miracles, I was not looking forward to reading it at all … much to my surprise I could not stop reading it until I had read the entire book. Each story was different enough to keep my interest, and God’s finger-print was all over each of the stories told. There was never one bit of doubt who authored each of those stories…” BILL IRWIN, CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND SPEAKER

*****

Not my normal book for reading, but was rather interesting on the numerous miracles that were believed and perceived to have occurred by those on the precipice of losing faith.

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