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Splendid!

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Reviewed: 28-09-19

A tonic! ; ) Intriguing, well-paced and witty adventure/ detective-story writing, ‘full of hidden vistas!’ ... : )

The Raven

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Reviewed: 05-08-18


No soul needs to end up trapped under the shadow of the raven as in The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe). As in:

‘Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;

Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—

Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
            Perched, and sat, and nothing more.’

Why not? Well, because the writer implores this question:

—‘tell me truly, I implore—
Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!"’

The answer to this is ‘Yes’.
            
Today it can be understood the Raven’s answer is actually apt to the question that follows:

‘But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—
Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before—

On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before."
            Then the bird said "Nevermore”.’

Nevermore need our hopes leave us.
Hope in the balm from Gilead is still with us. Both Elijah’s and a 21st century firm scientific proof of God’s existence are with us.

If you would like to read something ‘delightful’ this is the book.

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Reviewed: 27-11-16

One can come back to listening to this book, read in this way, time and again.

(It is certainly possible to be tired of London, but it can more surely be said that if one is tired of listening to this, ‘one is tired of life’..)

; )

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Faithfulness and fragrance

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Reviewed: 31-10-16

It is true that to some, speaking the truth to them is the fragrance of life, and to others, it seems like death (in terms of realising the necessity of dying to self, when they have no intention of doing so).

It has to be noted, though, that a foreign agent may pretend to be someone of one's own country, but may later be shown not to be, but to be only posing as one, while having a foreign agenda.

Double agents are more like those who 'promise you freedom, while they themselves are slaves, for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him'. They seem to offer a way out, or secret knowledge, but their motives are the same, a harmful and foreign agenda of their own. So it is generally.

Worldliness and popularity..

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Reviewed: 30-10-16

If only it were better understood that worldliness in this context includes the problem of people seeking to please 'the world' in telling others what their "ears want to hear" rather than the actual truth.

Aescetism in itself in not the answer, as we are assured in scripture, but we have been told things for too long, even by 'science' that make out as if we 'decide the terms' of how we are to see the creation, and all our relations to it, and to all others, when we simply do not.

Even the term 'childish wonder' is confused for us by others speaking of 'science'.

Being childish includes qualities of ignorance and arrogance, (eg reductionist thinking and over-simplifications) whereas childlike wonder is the quality, as we have been told, that we should strive to keep, including humility, as it does.

It is in these critical things that we stand or fall. Thinking carefully for oneself is so important, as we will each still have to give account for ourselves, each of us, alone.

A foreshadowing

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Reviewed: 17-10-16

It is interesting that Job was confident and 'yearned' to actually one day see, and that we are to have the same confidence today. It must have been 'pretty cool' then to hear live, in real-time, "Today this has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Playing golf in the dark

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Reviewed: 05-10-16

It certainly takes great confidence, not to say exasperation, to do what Elijah did, preparing his bull as a sacrifice, where the outcome depended 100% on a direct answer, in miraculous form, one which was absolutely decisive and unmistakeable..

So, this having been the case, one would say absolute truth most certainly does exist.

On a lighter note, it reminds me rather of The Saint (Leslie Charteris) in the episode ‘A Dangerous Invitation’, commenting on a very expensive perfume called ‘Perhaps’.

“Well, for that price, I would want something a little more certain!”, he smiles. ;)

Quite so..

A very well-written and honest account, that must inspire efforts in treating and finding cures for cancer.

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Reviewed: 04-09-16

It is right that the book is written, as it is, in the second person, cancer being a condition that could affect anyone. It is also right that it is written in a way, and comes across in a way, that avoids many mistakes that could be made in such an account- without varnish or excessive self-focus. Researchers in the field would do well to hear it, giving, as it does, a personal account of having to go through treatments that are often seen as dry or theoretical facts from the researchers' side. One thing that could be disagreed with, is that cancer 'belongs' to the patient. 'Your' cancer it is not- considering that cancer cells have broken out of following the carefully-patterned rules of the cell, and are rogue cells- disobedient, malignant, invasive and destructive in their very essence. They no longer 'respect' other cells, or are of the same makeup any longer. The tension is well maintained in the account, to the end.