Brad’s nos. 18, 19, 20: A Song of Ice and Fire vols. 1,2,&5

October 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

          After many years of keeping his fans waiting, Mr. Martin finally released A Dance with Dragons, book five in his 7 book series.  Those familiar with the series are probably aware of the significance of this; those that aren’t are probably shaking their heads incredulously and mumbling “silly fantasy nerds…”  I do enjoy a good fantasy novel, but outside of LOTR and Narnia, I haven’t read much.  But, if you were familiar with these stories, you would realize that you don’t need to be a fantasy nerd to realize that the many years waiting for Mr. Martin to release his books was torturous (I avoided much of this by getting on the bandwagon late).      These books are notorious for the fact that almost no character is safe.  Main characters die, are defeated, and usually what you hope/expect to happen doesn’t, in the most brutal and gut wrenching way.  There were multiple times where I would read an event only to stop and incredulously read it again to make sure that I actually read what I thought I read.  Mr. Martin is great at subverting expectations and fantasy tropes, setting the reader up to […]

Brad’s no. 17: The Next Story by Tim Challies

October 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

I read this book a while ago, just didn’t get a chance to write this review.  I was busy – hang on a sec – sorry just updating my status on Facebook.   Well, I just didn’t get to it.  This saddens me as it was a very thought provoking book and my review will not do it justice due to the lack of freshness in my mind.  Tim Challies, for a Canadian, does a deft job at analyzing the immense changes that have been wrought by technology in the last few years.  It is especially poignant considering his prominence as a blogger.  I consider myself a thinker; however this book really awakened me to the impact that screens (computer, phone, iPad, etc.) have on my life: how I learn, communicate, my attention span, etc.  Until reading this book my thoughts on such things revolved around the concept that technology was just one more thing vying for my attention.  I failed to see that the dawning digital era is not just an incremental change, but a sizable shift in how humans are interacting, both with each other and with knowledge in general. As someone who is intertwined with the tech […]

Brad’s nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16. MBA Text Books by various folk

October 2, 2011 // 1 Comment

This is just perfunctory.  Please skip it and read something else. This year, in my journey to kind of be able to have letters after my name, I began work on my MBA.  This obviously requires much reading.  I feel bad including these as I am not really going to review any of them.  However, my feelings are somewhat superficial, as the amount of reading that I had to do has prevented me from reading so many other, glorious books.  Truthfully, they weren’t all bad.  I enjoyed the marketing ones and even the Finance book.  Economics was probably my least favorite because I didn’t read it as in depth as I should and the intricacies of supply/demand curves (especially elasticity!) tend to skirt my understanding.  But all in all I am actually enjoying the knowledge I am gaining as well as looking forward to how God will allow me to use it for His glory.  Without any further ado, here they are. Operations Management for MBAs by Meredith Shafer Basic Marketing by Perreault, Cannon, & McCarthy Statistics by Chuck Arize Statistical Techniques by Lind, Marchal & Wathen Essentials of Economics by N.G. Manikiw Marketing Management by Kotler, & Keller Fundamentals […]

Brad’s no. 9 Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

October 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

I have the pleasure of following up not one, but two reviews of this same book. Both Mark and Ron gave the same, excellent review which conveyed very similar thoughts to mine regarding this book. Though, I cannot claim that I was planning on using the same quote they did. So, I first want to point you to those reviews. Beyond what they said, I would encourage reading of this book because it serves as a catalyst to deeper thought. By nature, it does not seek to provide exhaustive scholarly analysis of the doctrine of hell. Though it definitely involves scholarly work, it’s most effective in leading us on a journey of how to discover or re-discover Biblical truths. It is always a danger to ascribe to a doctrine based upon our upbringing or our association with a denomination or movement without actually investigating what the whole of scripture says. The approach that this book takes is to systematically examine the teachings of Hell in their context while expressing changes in the authors heart as these truths are studied. Chan and Sprinkle start with examining the cultural understanding of the terms that are used to describe hell in the Bible. […]

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