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Old 06-10-2009, 01:59 AM   #181
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:19 AM   #182
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the garden of last days its decent almost done then i gotta read 1984 for summer reading. i heard it was amazing.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:21 AM   #183
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the garden of last days its decent almost done then i gotta read 1984 for summer reading. i heard it was amazing.
Over 40 years and its still stellar stuff
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:08 AM   #184
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I found "Executive Orders" by Tom Clancy kicking around my closet. It's a book with a lot of potential thus far but for f*ck's sake, Clancy's at his best when he doesn't use the first 200 pages as exposition. NOBODY wants to read that much introductory material. I can only read it in small doses because despite the fact that's it's interesting as hell, the book just doesn't flow whatsoever. I loved "Red October," "Red Storm Rising," etc., but this book is killing me now. I want to know what happens next but I don't want to wade through 40 pages of fluff to find it.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:25 AM   #185
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Is Executive Orders part of a series? Because I would hate to be lost by the concept.. but still feel compelled to continue because its a character that I usually read.
Umm, gathering by the inside cover, "Debt of Honor" at least was before it. I haven't read it, at least read it so long ago I remember nothing about it. So far it seems like a fairly standalone book. I'm not too lost by anything.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:31 AM   #186
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Umm, gathering by the inside cover, "Debt of Honor" at least was before it. I haven't read it, at least read it so long ago I remember nothing about it. So far it seems like a fairly standalone book. I'm not too lost by anything.



Well I guess if your a fan of Clancy.. youll finish it.

Usually, I finish everything but that just cause I read alot..

Ill just rush thru it as fast as I can, because I feel like if I start a novel, I just HAVE to finish...
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:19 PM   #187
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Read this only as one of those "junior classics" type of books a long time ago so I'm starting the real version now. Really loved this story growing up. Been reading a lot of childhood favorites because I cleaned out the basement and found/organized these books. Just in the last week I read, Through the Looking Glass, Tom Sawyer, little bit of Enid Blyton, and all of them remain as great as ever. Tom Sawyer is easily the greatest childhood book for any young boy imo.
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Old 06-13-2009, 02:47 PM   #188
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How is it? I got throught the first 40 pages and couldnt get into it at all.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:39 PM   #189
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It's a very interesting read so far. In fact, I find that what the most revealing part of the Bible is that personally, I agree with quite a lot of what Jesus says, in terms of what you should and shouldn't do, but disagree with whether I should worship a God or not. A lot of things he says makes sense, but I have trouble recognising the guy up there.

Plus, I find it very refreshing to finally see the stories which I've heard so much about (the flood, Joseph as ruler of Egypt, Abraham, Jesus's birth, parables, healings and death) written as they were, not embellished or filled out with length conversations. I've read Genesis, and on the advice of my friends skipped straight to the New Testament. I've finished Mathew, Mark and Luke, and am halfway through John.
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:59 PM   #190
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It's a very interesting read so far. In fact, I find that what the most revealing part of the Bible is that personally, I agree with quite a lot of what Jesus says, in terms of what you should and shouldn't do, but disagree with whether I should worship a God or not. A lot of things he says makes sense, but I have trouble recognising the guy up there.

Plus, I find it very refreshing to finally see the stories which I've heard so much about (the flood, Joseph as ruler of Egypt, Abraham, Jesus's birth, parables, healings and death) written as they were, not embellished or filled out with length conversations. I've read Genesis, and on the advice of my friends skipped straight to the New Testament. I've finished Mathew, Mark and Luke, and am halfway through John.


how do you skip the old testament?


the old testament is most relevant part.. you gotta at least read Psalms, Proverbs, Solomon, & Job.... some deep messages in those books
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:08 PM   #191
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how do you skip the old testament?


the old testament is most relevant part.. you gotta at least read Psalms, Proverbs, Solomon, & Job.... some deep messages in those books

I think the way he's doing it is okay. He can come back to the Old Testament and read the books you mentioned without thinking that he has to tackle Hebrew Law and all the "begat stuff" to get through it. A lot of people who try to read the Bible from beginning to end never get through the Old Testament.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:20 PM   #192
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I think the way he's doing it is okay. He can come back to the Old Testament and read the books you mentioned without thinking that he has to tackle Hebrew Law and all the "begat stuff" to get through it. A lot of people who try to read the Bible from beginning to end never get through the Old Testament.

the Old testament is where the reader gets to know their God. the laws set forth in the old testament lay the foundation for what jesus would come to do later.... When Jesus states he didnt come to change the prophecy, he came to fulfill it, What is he talking about? What prophecy?... And how does he fulfill this?

Too many, especially christians seem to want to skip the old testament like it isnt that important... IMO it is more important than the new testament. Too many dont seem to understand who their God actually is....

I never understood how you skip halfway thru a book and think you have a good grasp on what is going on
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:24 PM   #193
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the Old testament is where the reader gets to know their God. the laws set forth in the old testament lay the foundation for what jesus would come to do later.... When Jesus states he didnt come to change the prophecy, he came to fulfill it, What is he talking about? What prophecy?... And how does he fulfill this?

Too many, especially christians seem to want to skip the old testament like it isnt that important... IMO it is more important than the new testament. Too many dont seem to understand who their God actually is....

I never understood how you skip halfway thru a book and think you have a good grasp on what is going on

I'm not advocating skipping the OT, but I don't think there is any harm in doing it Brantonli's way, especially if you're reading it for knowledge instead of worship. When Jesus talks of the old prophets and fullfilling their prophesy, it'll probably give him reason to go back and see what he was talking about.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:24 PM   #194
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I fully intend to go back through the Old Testament to read through it, it's just that, being at school, my teachers and friends (including the reverend) told me to read through the New one first. I know I've skipped through a lot in the Old testament, partly because the New one keeps referring back to the Old, but at times I'm quite surprised at how condensed events are, that stories that told at great length (and gusto) are written in the Bible in about 10 to 15 lines.

EDIT: btw, I'm not really reading the Bible to 'get to know God', because I'm agonostic, but I'm reading to get a full knowledge of the Bible.

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