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Jared E. Pritchard

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Extremely insightful and measured

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Reviewed: 31-08-2020

A lot of very deep fundamental what-I-thought-were-problems in the bible are treated with very clear, and balanced, analysis. The issues are shown to be very different in nature than they seen at first glance. Paul doesn’t cop out, hand wave or skim over any of the issues. It feels like the arguments for each issue that have been called out by skeptics in the past have a more natural fit / answer through the lens Paul brings. Although I’m sure some could benefit from even more probing, the level of assessment is still very satisfactory and more than enough to assure the reader that it is very reasonable - more reasonable in fact - to understand that God is not the moral monster they may have thought him to be. Paul’s non-inflammatory and measured assessment makes it a very suitable resource for many purposes. It’s a reference book for a believer to deepen their knowledge of God or to learn a broader context for apologetics; but can easily serve as a gift to a skeptic / atheist who is open to challenging their own thinking .

Good, but not as good as the first one

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Reviewed: 17-11-2019

The story was a bit slower than the first book, and then seemed to fast forward through a couple of key plot points. However, still some satisfying twists and character development. Overall, still a good read.

Magnificent

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Reviewed: 22-07-2019

There was nothing about this book I did not like. I enjoyed every part. There were no plot lines that I loathed. That I had to endure while waiting to get back to the juicy stuff. Each plot line was interesting and served its purpose. The characters were rich, detailed and interesting. The Narrator, Rupert, was INCREDIBLE. My new favourite. He brought the characters and the story into vivid life. This is one of those stories where the journey itself is as enjoyable as the overarching plot. Almost poetic. The author, Patrick Rothfuss, respects his reader's intelligence. A great read for anyone who is a fan of grounded epic fantasy and mystery. 5 stars for an incredible story, incredible narration, and a jolly good ride.

An essential message - but...

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Reviewed: 15-03-2019

Essential reading for any Christian, but I personally found Philip Yancey’s title on the topic “What’s sonAmazing about Grace” much more coherent and impacting. The Ragamuffin Gospel’s style is much more idiomatic and assumes knowledge of certain scriptures. It is definitely worth the read (/listen), but if you only read one, my opinion would be to start with Philip’s. I also think Philip’s title would be much more suitable/relatable to a new/non Christian, due to the Ragamuffin’s assumed knowledge. The topic which both books cover, however, is absolutely, fundamentally, critical.

Now in my top. 5 recommended reading for Christians and non-Christians alike.

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Reviewed: 07-03-2019

Absolutely essential reading for Christians and those looking or unsure about what Christianity should look like... Phillip shows how much of the Church has misrepresented God - confusing its mission and heart with the need to enforce Christian morality and values on the rest of the world. He demonstrates how the Church and Christians should really behave, backed by examples from the bible and from history. If it doesn’t move your heart and awaken a thirst for Grace, ... well... it will... so just get it 😋