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Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought by E.P. Sanders

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E. P. Sanders offers an expansive introduction to the apostle, navigating some of the thorniest issues in scholarship in language accessible to the novice and seasoned scholar alike. Always careful to distinguish what we can know historically from what we may only conjecture, and these from dogmatically driven misrepresentations, Sanders sketches a fresh picture of the apostle as an ardent defender of his own convictions, ever ready to craft the sorts of arguments that now fill his letters.

*****

This was a phenomenally written book with tremendous amounts of detail and research. Many things that were unknown and many other things to be researched to better understand the life of Paul. If you are looking for an awesome book on Paul, this is it! Well written, superbly orchestrated, and a great layout. E.P. Sanders had done an great job with this book. I would like to see more of his work on other members of the Apostles, and followers of Christ.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Food: WTF Should I Eat?: The no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health by Mark Hyman

 

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Did you know that porridge isn’t actually a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? In WTF Should I eat? – Dr Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. He also explains the crucial role food plays in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health.

With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes in every chapter, WTF Should I Eat? is an invaluable resource for cooking, eating and living well.

*****

I found this to be a great wealth of information concerning the food we eat, especially concerning what they eat and are injected or sprayed with. I first heard Dr. Hyman when he was interviewed by Ben Shapiro on one of his Sunday Night Specials. I found his presentation to be overwhelmingly credible. Reading his book…it, simply put, upheld much of what I had learned over the last several decades of life. I believe you will find it as helpful and chock full of wealth and knowledge.

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Doc Murf

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What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway, Jane Scovell (With) , Carol Burnett (Foreword)

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In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There’s nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain—and in his first-ever memoir, What’s So Funny?, that’s exactly what he does. From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his perfor­mances on national television and movies, Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years. Long regarded as one of the funniest come­dians around, Tim also boasts an inspiring rags-to-riches story.

What’s So Funny? captures Tim’s journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outra­geous parents in small-town Ohio during the Great Depression, to his tour of duty in the Army—which would become training for his later role in McHale’s Navy—to his ascent as a national star and household name. By tracing his early path, this book reveals the origins of many of Tim’s unforgettable characters—from Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone’s favorite, Dorf.

What’s So Funny? shares the hilarious accounts of the glory days of The Carol Burnett Show and his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Newhart, and of course, Carol Burnett. As a bonus, readers will enjoy never-before-shared stories of hilarious behind-the-scenes antics on McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show.

*****

I have always been a fan of the clean humor and absolutely perfectly time hilarity of Tim Conway. He and so many of the other old school comedians were the once I have grown up with and the comedy today just does not have the same heart! Sadly, I have recently learned that he had developed dementia. And, again, sadly he will be another of the great comedians of brilliance and days long gone by who will eventually leave us. Luckily, his work has been captured on YouTube and video…so he will still be with us in spirit. This book was very good and an overview of his life…though such a life is difficult to capture in a 245 page book. But a good job it was and worth the time to read and see where his comedy came from.

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Doc Murf

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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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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

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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!

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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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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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