Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Longest Day

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A riveting historical accounting of World War 2’s  D-Day invasion. Ryan is careful to provide the reader with all the significant data of this fateful day. (How many dead, how many boats, what the tides were like, etc.) However, Ryan’s book becomes a classic in my estimation not for it’s rigorous accounting of information, rather it’s his masterful retelling of so many individual stories of battle and struggle. This feature made it impossible for me to put the book down. A paratrooper landing in the water, doomed to drown until a mysterious wind fills his shoot and bounces him along the water like a skipping stone to safety. A paratrooper  playing dead as he hung from a bell tower in a small french town. A chance face to face meeting in the middle of the night between a German and an American, they both freeze, finally the German fires off a shot, it ricochets off the American’s gun and they both run off unhurt.  All of the stories come by way of personal interviews and diligent research. Another of this books great assets is it’s diligent work to recount the German side of the story. If anyone is interested in this incredible day, it would be a great loss for them not to read this book.

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Jesus: Maniac or Messiah?

 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.”

These are the words of either an egomaniac or the Messiah — this Jewish Carpenter is demanding that our love and allegiance to him be greater than our love for our own parents and our allegiance to our own children! No one should say such things. But yet Jesus says them unashamedly!Clearly Jesus has an incredibly high opinion of himself. Is this self glorying opinion warranted ? Well that’s the question isn’t it? If he is the perfect one, the Divine Savior of the world, then yes, our allegiance to him should surpass any human allegiances. If he’s just a guy with some good talk and a bag of magic tricks we would be idiots to follow him.