1776 by David McCullough. My brother Andrew bought me the unabridged CD version of this book for Christmas two years ago. Read by the author, the ten disks contain about twelve hours playing time. The action covers the time from Bunker Hill to Washington's crossing of the Delaware. While the author takes no position himself on whether God protected the ragtag American army, the story itself can attest to such a fact. So many times the Americans should have been destroyed, so many times what Washington described as Providence saved the army to fight another day and eventually triumph. It is interesting that McCollough provides quotes from American army officers and civilians acknowledging God's intervention on their behalf while no such corresponding sentiments of the British were either made or were quoted by McCullough. (Some mature subjects do come up for discussion, such as the behavior of off duty soldiers and the rape of American women by British soldiers.) Of course, it would be cheaper to buy the book. However, if you have a long road trip ahead, listening to this CD version would be an excellent way to pass the time. If you don't want to pay the price, perhaps you could check it out of the library. McCullough is one of my favorite narrators so I am glad to have a copy of his work to listen to. You can order the CD version by linking here: http://www.amazon.com/1776-David-McCullough/dp/0743544234 .
From the Daniel Pipes Website: www.danielpipes.org . Daniel Pipes is one of this country's greatest Middle East scholars. I receive free e-mails from his website and the information he shares concerning the behavior of radical Islam overseas and in the U.S. is essential reading. While he stresses that he is not an enemy of moderate Islam, he is wrongly accused of being against all Muslims. He is subjected to much criticism from radical Islam and the political left. Earlier this year, Pipes participated in a debate with the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. The debate concerned the desirability of multi-culturalism and the spread of Islam. Livingstone seems to have no problem with the West declining. Unfortunately, one has to strain to hear Pipes. Pipes chose as his debating partner a Canadian political commentator, Douglas Murray. Murray is one of the most effective, devastating debaters I have ever heard. And full of humor. To watch this debate online, go to the Pipes website, click on the "Weblog" section and scroll down to the entry, "My Debate with London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Jan. 22, 2007." Also on the "Weblog" section is an entry, "My Disrupted Talk at the University of California-Irvine, Feb. 1, 2007) Click this entry and scroll down to where it shows "Jan. 28, 2007 Update." Here you can see Pipes give a great speech and then being interrupted by radical Muslim students. Other footage shows these students holding a protest rally after they left the building. Their words make it clear that they seek not just the destruction of Israel, but of all Jews.
Sermon Index. This site contains literally thousands of sermons by great preachers both past and present. You can listen to Vance Havner, David Wilkerson, Jim Cymballa, Ravenhill, Keith Green and many more. There are even a few recordings of William Booth. This site has over four hundred sermons by A.W. Tozer, one of my favorite Christian writers and one of my main influences. To listen, go to the website: http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/index.php .
Saturday, September 22, 2007
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