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Dont Give Up, Don't Give In Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini.  Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life.  New York, NY: Dey Street Book, November 18th, 2014.  238 pp.

I had mixed feeling about the book.  There’s no question that Louis Zamperini lived an extraordinary life.  Louis Zamperini is an Olympian, war hero, celebrity and famous convert of Billy Graham’s ministry.  Here in this book Zamperini talks about his life in his own words.

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Why am I reviewing this?  Because even Pastors need a break from heavy theology.

Pale Horse Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division

Jimmy Blackmon.  Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, March 8th, 2016. 368 pp.

I’ve appreciated those involve with the US Army combat aviation after reading this book in ways that I never did before.  There doesn’t seem to be that many books on combat helicopter pilots so I imagine this book would have staying power as books recommend for military officers’ professional reading.  If this book isn’t in any professional reading list yet I think it should be soon as recommended reading at some level of the military.

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Frank Miller Batman The Dark Knight Returns

Frank Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. New York, NY: DC Comics, May 1st, 1997. 224 pp.

I’ve previously read the author’s work on Batman titled Batman: Year One.  That book was such a good story that I had high expectation of this book and I wasn’t disappointed.  I enjoyed this Graphic Novel.

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A Call to Prayer Ryle

J.C. Ryle. A Call to Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 2nd, 2012. 49 pp.

I appreciate this short work on prayer by J.C. Ryle that exhorted Christians to pray.  Ryle delineates the reason why prayer is important and he goes so far as to say that an individual who doesn’t pray isn’t a Christian.  As uncomfortable as that thought is, Ryle’s certainly has a legitimate point that a Christian who is not communing with God is missing the whole point of why Christians are saved by God’s grace in the first place.  I think Ryle is also nuanced when he said that prayer in of itself does not save someone to go to heaven, but at the same time a non-praying person might be someone who does not understand God’s grace.

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The Job True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop

Steve Osborne. The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop.  New York, NY: Doubleday, April 21st, 2015. 253 pp.

I read this book in the summer of 2016.  A hot summer with a lot of heated rhetoric against the police.  Unfortunately the heat has appear in more ways than one.  I thought I read this book in an appropriate time.  This book put a human face to the thin blue line and it was more than I expected.  It was emotional.  As in the book brought out more than one emotions.  I literally laughed out loud at several points in the book and also got teary eye with certain section of the book too.

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Lou Priolo faithfulness review

Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.

This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation.  I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about.  I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful.  Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement.  With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.

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Yesterday I posted on “Spurgeon on Preachers Reading Outside the Bible and Theology.”  One commentator, patrickhawthorne01, wrote “Does this mean I still get to read the comics?”  So its probably appropriate to have my weekly Friday evening book reviews of leisure reading to be on comics!

Superman for All Seasons

Jeph Loeb. Superman for All Seasons. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 25th 2002. 206 pp.

5 out of 5

Funny as this may sound this is my first Superman comic that I read.  That’s largely due to the fact that as a kid I found Superman to be cheesy.  So when I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 I hope readers would understand that I really thought this book was good.  It surpassed my expectations!  When the writer Jeph Loeb and the artist Tim Sale team up they are incredible and this is another example of great comic art and story just like their other work: Batman: The Long Halloween and Daredevil Legends, Vol. 1: Yellow.

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