Category Archives: History

Book Review: The Most Important Stories Of The Bible

The Most Important Stories Of The Bible, by Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Any time a book of less than … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Jesus Who Surprises

The Jesus Who Surprises:  Opening Our Eyes To His Presence In All Of Life And Scripture, by Dee Brestin [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Here I Am

Here I Am:  Responding When God Calls Your Name, by Brittany Rust [Note:  This book was received free of charge by Chosen Books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book comes with a worthwhile title that is the … Continue reading

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Let Us Not Put Our Faith In Mobs

Yesterday evening some ten people or so were arrested and half a dozen were injured in downtown Portland when two groups of people whom I equally disapprove of had protests and counterprotests that predictably turned ugly.  The conflict was a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson In many ways, this book can be compared to Forrest Gump, a book about a somewhat simple man who finds himself involved in some of the most … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sicily: Three Thousand Years Of Human History

Sicily:  Three Thousand Years Of Human History, by Sandra Benjamin One of the advantages of reading several books about the same subject is that one gets to see the characteristic biases of the people who write the books.  When it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sicily

Sicily:  An Island At The Crossroads Of History, by John Julius Norwich In this book the author captures the melancholy of Sicilian history.  What is it that makes an area of sunshine and agricultural wealth (at least from the time … Continue reading

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Book Review: La Cosa Nostra

La Cosa Nostra:  A History Of The Sicilian Mafia, by John Dickie This particular book is a history of the mafia and its parasitic relationship with the Italian state that was constructed from the 1860’s onward, demonstrating that far from … Continue reading

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A Preliminary Defense Of The Music Of 1986

Recently Todd In The Shadows, a music channel I enjoy watching and a twitter figure I occasionally interact with, posted that he thought that 1986 was a particularly bad year for music, and posted its year end hot 100 list.  … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Marshall Tucker Band

Can a one-hit wonder deserve a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?  I have asked that question before and answered in the affirmative, as when one deals with a band like Talk Talk, their one hit does … Continue reading

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