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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Seems to be a common theme but the book for me started off well and then went downhill rapidly. The story of Pi's life in Pondicherry is humorous and touching. But when he gets on the boat it's downhill all the way. Perhaps there was some potential in illustrating the lifeboat but it goes on and on and on and on. Then he becomes what seems to be delusional which goes on and on and on and on....

Gave up, couldn't bring myself to suffer reading any more.

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Authored by Chris Hall

Father of Lights Reviewed

Have finally got round to watching the remainder of Darren Wilson's documentary Father of Lights. Blogged a few days ago after watching the first half and was quite taken with it. Not what I expected.

The film is a documentary style travel around the globe looking at examples of  self-sacrifice, supernatural guidance, remarkable 'coincidences' of faith, and living examples of the power of love as an expression of God's heart for his children. The surprising thing for me was that the people who we observe and follow were 'ordinary'. Ordinary in that my expectation was to see bold, loud, narcissistic, business-men style preachers brow beating the common man and woman sort of thing. But what I got was real people, quiet people, self-sacrificing people and even oddballs all working out their faith under God's guidance.

Here's a few of the characters I got introduced to by the film:

Mike and Deena Vant Hul - Loaves and Fishes International. An ordinary couple…

God's Grace

I have a friend who regularly sends me emails with varying religious content. Sometimes he hits the spot though and I think that this is one of those times.

God's Grace

It is a shame but this message is very true. Hope you are all as blessed as I was by this story. I wonder how many people will delete this without reading it because of the title.

There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit.

Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak....

"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage.  On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.

I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"

"Just some old birds," came the reply.

"What are you going to do with them?" I asked.

"Take &#…

Father of Lights

At my home cell group we're starting to go through a new DVD (for us anyways!) called Father of Lights. It's the third film in the Finger of God/Furious Love trilogy from Darren Wilson and is about 'God's Heart'.

We've only watched half the film at the moment but it's come across as very good. I was expecting lots of Americans going round telling people 'how to do God' but it's not like my prejudiced thoughts at all. It seems to be a director, Darren Wilson and a film crew following various Christians as they walk in obedience to God.

So far it's looking very good and I'm looking forward to seeing the second half.

Father of Lights official website

Father of Lights trailer from

Authored by Chris Hall

Psalm 142

Psalm 142 1 A psalm of David, regarding his experience in the cave. A prayer. I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD's mercy. 2 I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. 3 For I am overwhelmed, and you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. 4 I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. 5 Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, "You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. 6 Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me. 7 Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for you treat me kindly."
In 2013 Christians are still being persecuted and imprisoned for being, er, well, Christians. In the Islamic Republic of Iran Pastor Saeed Abedini has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for the heinous crime of preaching Christ…

Teenage Lament 74

Take a seat

Authored by Chris Hall