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    This book was recommended to me by former member MCP3 and it's every bit as good as he said!

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    WAR Lawrence Freedman



    War, despite its indisputably horrific nature, has shaped the international system, prompted social and technological change, and inspired the arts. This insightful book captures fully the ubiquitous and multifaceted character of war, featuring accounts by generals, soldiers, historians, strategists, and poets, who consider conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to Bosnia. Firsthand accounts vividly evoke the French infantry experience at Waterloo, a Union-Confederate skirmish at Gettysburg, the reflections of a German seaman at Jutland, one civilian's impressions of the Blitz, the trials of a Japanese doctor in the wake of the Atom Bomb's obliteration of Nagasaki, the confusion of Vietnam, and more. A broad range of questions are addressed: What are the causes of war? Which strategic as well as moral principles guide its conduct, and how have these changed? Has total war become unthinkable? What is the nature of contemporary conflict? How is war experienced by those on the front line? With contributions by leading scholars, and edited by one the most oft-quoted and prolific of military experts, this reader offers a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of one of humankind's oldest and most controversial preoccupations.

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    I went to my favorite bookstore and perhaps I got carried away a little.

























    “Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no-one is too poor to buy.” - C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    I went to my favorite bookstore and perhaps I got carried away a little.
    You can never get too carried away with books! Nice haul!

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    Thirsting for Prayer by Jacques Philippe. Father Jacques is one my favourite authors.

    "What the world most needs today is prayer. It is prayer that will give birth to all the renewals, healings, deep and fruitful transformations we all want for society today.... I am more and more convinced that everything comes from prayer and that, among the calls of the Spirit, thisis the first and most urgent one we should respond to."

    Many have already benefited from Fr. Jacques’ best-selling book on prayer, Time for God. In Thirsting for Prayer, Fr. Jacques revisits someof the themes covered in that book and develops new insights that are both profound and practical. These reflections guide us with simplicity on the path to intimacy with God, helping us to develop an actual taste for personal prayer. This "school of prayer" opens us up to the encounter with God that transforms us from within.


    Let us not desire delights, daughters; we are well-off here; the bad inn lasts for only a night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    Thirsting for Prayer by Jacques Philippe. Father Jacques is one my favourite authors.
    That sounds quite interesting. How would you yourself summarize the benefits of prayer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skärmträl View Post
    That sounds quite interesting. How would you yourself summarize the benefits of prayer?
    I'll try, Skärmträl.

    Prayer, whether it is vocal, meditative or contmplative, provides us with a deeper knowledge of God and ourselves. Prayer can also bring peace, happiness and security, but these benefits are not instantaneous and perseverance is necessary.
    Let us not desire delights, daughters; we are well-off here; the bad inn lasts for only a night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    I'll try, Skärmträl.

    Prayer, whether it is vocal, meditative or contmplative, provides us with a deeper knowledge of God and ourselves. Prayer can also bring peace, happiness and security, but these benefits are not instantaneous and perseverance is necessary.
    Thanks for this insight. I've tried praying. In my heart of hearts, however, I was never a believer, hence the act would eventually seem "unnecessary" to my mind and therefore really hard to keep up. Maybe I'll read me some Jacques Philippe and begin anew.

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    Prayer can be hindered and weakened by what we listened to, by what we look at, by what we read and many other worldly things.

    The Junk Food of Life

    All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

    —1 Corinthians 10:23

    Have you ever filled up on appetizers? Maybe you’ve had a meal waiting for you, but then you started snacking. Suddenly you realize you’ve lost your appetite. I do this all the time. My wife will be cooking, and I’ll start swiping a few bites of food. Before I know it, I’m eating my way around the kitchen. When she finally serves her wonderful, home-cooked meal, I’m not hungry anymore because I’ve filled up on other things while I was snacking.
    We can snack on the junk food of life, as it were, and dull our spiritual appetites. They may not be bad things necessarily, but they can diminish our hunger for the Word of God.
    It is not a sin to watch television, but it is a sin to watch some things on television. I will admit to you that after I have watched television for a while, I feel sort of brain-dead. Do I then have a desire to go read the Bible? No. I have diminished my spiritual appetite.
    There are things we can do that keep the edge off our hunger for the things of God. For example, when I listen to praise music, it builds me up spiritually. It encourages me and even stimulates my appetite for spiritual things.
    The Bible says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Corinthians 10:23). Or, as the J. B. Phillips New Testament says, “As I have said before, the Christian position is this: I may do anything, but everything is not useful. Yes, I may do anything but everything is not constructive.”
    We want to look for the things that will increase our spiritual appetites, not for the things that will diminish them.

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