Saturday, May 26, 2007

by George Barna

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From the Publisher

rev-o-lu-tion \rev-e-lü–shen\ n—repudiating tepid systems and practices of the Christian faith and introducing a wholesale shift in how faith is understood, integrated and influencing the world

A Revolution is a fundamental change. A paradigm shift in the way a person views and interacts with his or her world. According to years’ worth of data collected by George Barna, the church is about to see the biggest Revolution of our time.

For thousands of years, Christians have been inventing church, but neglecting to be the church Christ commissioned. Droves of committed believers are foregoing Sunday mornings to live a 24/7 faith unfettered by the clutter and bureaucracy within the church walls.

In stark contrast to both the stuffy, formulaic religiosity sometimes found in the established church and the feel-good, invent-your-own spirituality, the Revolution is casting off anything that hinders a full, vibrant life of discipleship to Christ.

An interesting book - I dashed through it. I *think* the bottom line is that the Church will become more decentralized, less bound to specific congregations. Not less LOCAL, though, just different. We'll see....

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Exile
by Aaron Allston

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Let's see... if you're a fan of Star Wars novels, particularly the EU (Expanded Universe) you know all about this. If not... well I don't know how well or much I could explain. Here's what the publisher says:

In the Stars Wars galaxy, evil is on the move as the Galactic Alliance and Jedi order battle forces seen and unseen, from rampant internal treachery to the nightmare of all-out war.

With each victory against the Corellian rebels, Jacen Solo becomes more admired, more powerful, and more certain of achieving galactic peace. But that peace may come with a price. Despite strained relationships caused by opposing sympathies in the war, Han and Leia Solo and Luke and Mara Skywalker remain united by one frightening suspicion: Someone insidious is manipulating this war, and if he or she isn’t stopped, all efforts at reconciliation may be for naught. And as sinister visions lead Luke to believe that the source of the evil is none other than Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith, the greatest peril revolves around Jacen himself...

Suffice to say, the Solo and Skywalker clans are a mess. Outright war with Correllia, and what looks like a rebirth of Empire aspirations (not mention the second coming of Darth Vader in his grandson Jacen Solo) make the GFFA a real mess. Enjoyable, though not a light and happy story. Stay tuned for Karen Traviss's forthcoming hardcover installment - looks to be exciting.