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Helen Wright's book "If Mary Baker Eddy's Manual Were Obeyed" is an eye opening account of all the changes make to the manual after the death of Eddy.
It is sad to see people who blindly follow people like Eddy and are not allowed to hear the real truth of Science and Health and how it came about.
"Neither animosity nor mere personal attachment should impel the motives or acts of the members of The Mother Church. In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and a Christian Scientist reflects the sweet amenities of Love in rebuking sin, in true brotherliness, charitableness, and forgiveness. The members of this Church should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from prophesying, judging, condemning, counseling, influencing or being influenced erroneously."
I have found that living by this rule has freed me from numerous illnesses, and also has restored business and personal relationships that had appeared unfixable. It is what cements my marriage and keeps my thought open to infinite possibilities.
Being a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist (also known as The Mother Church) is a constantly renewed committment to practicing brotherly love and forgiveness that is shared by individuals from practically every culture. I am glad to be among them.
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Save your money or better still purchase a copy of either The Crew or Top Dog by Dougie Brimson.
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The definitive Merckx book remains to be written. Save your money until then.
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Things that could be better - information on case sensitivity of Xpath functions and patterns, marking up which stylesheet elelments are in CSS1, which in CSS2 and which in neither, more complete table of Unicode character references (to include full ASCII for example including interpunction), 8-bit Character set tables and mapping to Unicode, font, leading, and even margins could be a level smaller to make book thinner, lighter and more dense for everyday use, the "Releted Properties,Objects etc." could go to a small print to both not eat up the space and be faster to spot when needed.
A hold-your-hand tutorial it is not. An information packed grammar (EBNF form no less!) & syntax reference on XML, DTD's, XSL/XSLT, XPath, XPointer, XLink, and Style-sheets it is. The information density of this book is astounding. Tutorial books you use once, reference books you use forever.
My job required me to learn XML, XSLT & XPath. The learning I did online and it made me realize I needed a reference book; I consider this book to be one of the best deals I've gotten on this subject. When I found it I immediately recognized it as a diamond among XML books, which I have confirmed as I use it every time I work with XML.
Poor points: although this book purports to include a tutorial, it is very brief (the last 1/4 of the book). The tutorial section is more of a refresher if you've already learned the concepts in detail elsewhere. The usage examples in the reference section of the book (the first 3/4) are a bit weak and not always enlightening. There is a lot of "related info" cross references that doesn't seem useful to me.
This is the kind of book that will remain on your desk long after the "XML for Dummies" books have been digested and are collecting dust. I would definitely reccomend this reference book for the serious XML/XSL/XPath/XPointer/XLink user as a comprehensive reference guide.
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Judas Priest's late 70's albums-they were a huge influence on countless 80's bands.
New Wave of British Heavy Metal-another huge influence
Iron Maiden-set the standard for early to mid 80's metal
Metallica-Ride the Lightning- pretty much changed the course of metal - yeah its in this book, but buried in the middle
Steer clear of this book. This guy thinks Def Lepard are gods. Enough said. Buy Martin Popoffs books. He knows what he's talking about.
1) No matter what the 'subject' is, it's ALWAYS really about sociopolitics
2) Any Voice writer purporting to dig metal is ALWAYS a poser pretending to dig metal...as a jumping-off point for looka-me essays showing off their sneering superiority to the music and its fans
Eddy's a good writer, but he's also a phony. His intention with this book was subversive - to sucker Judas Priest & Megadeth fans into buying this so he could slyly steer them towards punk & hardcore bands. As if those of us who don't write for The Voice and drink at dives on Ave C are too dim to tell the difference. Bad job all around.
One add'l note: I'm no metalhead, and if anything I share a lot of Eddy's disdain for bands like Iron Maiden. But a book so titled (and expressly target-marketed to the metal fan) should play fair with its audience: this one blows a raspberry at its readership after suckering it out of the cover price. Let's see a critical history of hip-hop that blows off Wu-Tang & Ice Cube in favor of Jimmy Osmond's "Killer Joe" & Blondie's "Rapture" and see if the critics respond with the same hosannas...
I think Chuck Eddy is in many ways the johnny Rotten of rock critiscizm in that he wants to see it all destroyed. He tries to do this in this book by building a list of albums that are only really similar in that they contain loud guitars on a few songs. Reading this book will take you on a journey to the center of Chuck's mind. It is like a stream of consciousness novel. I don't agree with all of his tastes, but I appreciate Chuck's determination to not believe the hype.
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Perfect Mind, Divine Love, does not know anything but His own perfection. Therefore it is impossible for that Mind to select, chose, or pick up anyone.
The leader of Christian Science advanced spiritually to a point where she was able to, progressively along her life, reflect, express and live the love and harmony she understood and perceived.
Now that Science and Health is reaching millions and powerfully transforming the universe it is the time to recognize, the incomparable role Mary Baker Eddy plays in the liberation of mankind from mental, emotional, and human slavery.
According to Knapp, Mrs. Eddy should not to be worshiped but understood in her prophetic signification: an open door for Divine light. See also Mary Baker Eddy Her Spiritual Footsteps, by Gilbert C. Carpenter.
The Biblical Red Dragon does 2 things to hide Mrs. Eddy's Place, 1. It hides the actual historical facts of the commonality of this view among her closest associates, an undeniable historical fact to anyone willing to consider the actual written evidence. 2. Failing that it resorts to the common practice of lumping all these views under the heading of "deification of personality" this practice, abhorrent even to Bliss Knapp, when he is metaphysically understood, is concerned with her physical personality. While the view of Mrs, Eddy as typifying the "Woman of Prophecy" is concerned with her spiritual individuality. This reviewer was originally on the side condemning the book but was forced to 180 degree alter his view after 2 years of research. He will happily provide considerable documentary evidence to any inquirer. Here's an example, When Victoria Sargent CSD came to Boston during the so-called Next Friend's suite in 1907 and had a conference with Mrs. Eddy, it is recorded a biograpical sketch by her V's CS association the following, "Recognizing the high quality of her (Victoria's) mental work, Mrs. Eddy called Mrs. Sargent to Concord, (NH) in 1907, to help handle the error arising from the lawsuit known as the "Next Friends" lawsuit. Mrs. Sargent went to Concord and remained several weeks. She was able to go to Pleasant View a number of times, where she visited her sister, Laura, and with Mrs. Eddy. On one of these visits Mrs. Sargent addressed her Leader thus, "My students recognize you to be God's witness and mouthpiece. They are convinced that God is guiding you in this work which you are carrying on for the cause of Christian Science. They feel that you fufill the prophecies of the Scriptures -- that you represent the God-crowned woman mentioned in the Apocalypse." Source Biographical sketch by a committee elected from Victoria Sargent's Students Association, October 1951
Note that there is a difference between saying that Mrs. Eddy "represents" or "typifies" the Woman of Prophecy and and that she "IS" the woman. No mortal finite physical personality could BE the Woman.
The July 1943 Statement by the CS Board follows: Author: The Christian Science Board of Directors Source: The Christian Science Journal, July 1943 Page #: 412 MRS. EDDY'S PLACE The position of The Mother Church as to Mary Baker Eddy's place in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is clearly set forth in the following paragraphs. These conclusions are not new; they are confirmed by our Leader's writings, and the steadily unfolding fruitage of Christian Science bears witness to their truth. 1. Mrs. Eddy, as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, understood herself to be the one chosen of God to bring the promised Comforter to the world, and, therefore, the revelator of Christ, Truth, in this age. 2. Mrs. Eddy regarded portions of Revelation (that is, Chapter 12) as pointing to her as the one who fulfilled prophecy by giving the full and final revelation of Truth; her work thus being complementary to that of Christ Jesus. 3. As Christ Jesus exemplified the fatherhood of God, she (Mrs. Eddy) revealed God's motherhood; she represented in this age the spiritual idea of God typified by the woman in the Apocalypse. 4. Mrs. Eddy considered herself to be the "God-appointed" and "God-anointed" messenger to this age, the woman chosen by God to discover the Science of Christian healing and to interpret it to mankind; she is so closely related to Christi-an Science that a true sense of her is essential to the understanding of Christian Science; in other words, the revelator cannot be separated from the revelation. 5. This recognition of her true status enabled her to withstand the opposition directed against her by "the dragon" (malicious animal magnetism); she was touchingly grateful to those who saw her as the woman of prophecy and who therefore trusted, obeyed, and supported her in her mission. 6. This same recognition is equally vital to our movement, for demonstration is the result of vision; the collecting of this indisputable evidence of our Leader's own view of herself and of her mission marks a great step forward; wisely utilized, this evidence will stimulate and stabilize the growth of Christian Scientists today and in succeeding generations; it will establish unity in the Field with regard to the vital question of our Leader's relation to Scriptural prophecy. As we record these important facts, we remind Christian Scientists of our Leader's words (Mis. 308), "The Scriptures and Christian Science reveal 'the way,' and personal revelators will take their proper place in history, but will not be deified.,' --- The Christian Science Board of Directors