God Delusion

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The God Delusion (buy from Amazon)
by Richard Dawkins

A very deep and comprehensive book that talks about why there is no God, not an easy book to read. "God delusion" covers a very wide angle, "Respects that religion doesn't deserve", "God Hypothesis", Why human is receptive to the idea of religion and how religion arised as a result, the inconsistency in scriptures people simply choose to ignore, the alternatives to God that can still explain the world, the human moral standard with or without God, Science Vs Religion. Dawkins is a firm believer in Evolution/Darwinian world.

I have enjoyed reading this book very much, it will help you to decide one way or the other.

Exalt Courage

By Robert H. Schuller

"By my God, I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect." -II Samuel 22:30,31

What is courage? Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is deciding to go ahead even when you're scared stiff.

If you make a decision where there's no risk involved, it does not require courage. If you are moving ahead and you know you cannot fail, that doesn't take any courage.

Do you want to stay where you are the rest of your life? God has bigger and better things for you and me, but we'll never advance 'til we take a chance. Taking a chance means you run the risk of possible failure, real hurt. Courage! Somebody said to me, "But some people have it and some people don't."

Courage isn't a gift. Courage is a decision. Courage is that scary emotion that motivates you to make the right decision. Courage is always a choice! Courage is something I can never lose. Because courage is something I can always choose. Courage is when you know it's what God wants you to do. I've got that courage, and I get it, frankly, from Jesus Christ. If you believe that God is alive, that He loves you, that He's forgiven you and that He has a plan for your life, automatically you have courage.

"Thank you, Lord, that you are giving me courage. You have called me to make daring decisions, to put my feet on a road, and only You know where that road will lead, only You know how far it will take me. Lord, touch me and let me know that the beginning of success is when I reach up and put my hand in Yours and decide to walk faithfully with You all through life. Amen

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I am living today controlled by my God-inspired positive ideas!

Burgundy and the Rhone Valley - your guide to great drives

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Drive Around Burgundy & the Rhone Valley: Your guide to great drives (Drive Around - Thomas Cook) (buy from Amazon)
by Andrew Sanger
Burgundy and the Rhone Valley - your guide to great drives
Type: Travel (signpost guides)
Author: Andrew sanger
Published by Thomas Cook Publishing
My rating: 4
ISDN: 1-841574-17-1

Book introduction:
4 Colour copy with maps, some photos and suggested itinerary.

Irene's review:
The authur is a british who have been travelling to France since 14. He highlighted different cities by different catagories such as children, wine tasting, architecture etc. It makes travel planning easier.

North France

North France
Type: Travel
Author: Yim Wai Ying (Ph.D. in Comtempory French Literature)
Published by Global Traveler (Taiwan)
My rating: 4
ISDN: 957-2012-79-7

Book introduction:
4 Colour copy with maps, photos and suggested itinerary at the back of the book.

Irene's review:
Very few Chinese guide books introduce France in such details. Useful and easy to learn.

Better picture guide to vacation & holiday photography

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Michael Busselle's Guide to Travel & Vacation Photography (buy from Amazon)
by Michael Busselle
Better picture guide to vacation & holiday photography
Type: Leisure / Photography
Author: Michael. Busselle
My rating: 4
ISDN: 962-14-2179-9

Book introduction:
Introduction to travel photography. This photographer is based in London and has shown lot of photos from Europe in this book. It also explains basics for photography equipments.

Irene's review:
I enjoy this book because the author explains how he took the photos and gives some tips on how to get the best photo when you're travelling. The scenery taken in England and France make me wish to go back. As the book is full of photos, it is a good leisure read indeed.

You've got to find what you love

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

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China : A Macro History

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China: A Macro History (East Gate Books) (buy from Amazon)
by Ray Huang

Type: History
Author: Ray Huang
My rating: 5

Posted by Dominic
Book introduction:
The Chinese history from a Macro prospective. It talks about the tax system, the economical system of China.

My review:
Very interesting reading, taking a very different angle than the history book that I was taught as a kid. Instead of glorifying what the emperors had done during their era, the book examines the economic impact and the government systems.

Tuesdays with Morrie

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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson (buy from Amazon)
by Mitch Albom

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Type: Relationship Self-improvement
Author: Mitch Albom
My rating: 5

Book introduction:
'tuesdays with Morrie' is a book about Mitch Albom who got the chance to rediscover Morrie Schwartz in the last months of Morrie's life, who was once the college professor who taught him like 20 years ago. The relationship turned out to be lessons on 'how to live'. It's a real story detailing their moments shared together in the last months of the old man and how Mitch rediscovered his own life through the lessons.

My review:
I truly love this book. It touches you deeply into your heart. Being busy in our everyday life, perhaps we have already forgotten how we once were, how innocent, yet very positive and energetic about our world, things around us. As the years passed, we seem to have lost of track of our dreams, our direction in life, this book sort of awakens and inspire you in every aspect of your life. There are quite a lot of proverbs that are really enlightening. Have we ever wonder what are the important things in our life? Is it, death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness or a meaningful life? That worths a thought!

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