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The Future Of Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia By Neil M. Gorsuch Book Review

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrote a book that provides a thorough overview of the legal and moral arguments surrounding assisted suicide and euthanasia, as well as a comprehensive argument against their legalization.

Gorsuch’s book surveys a large body of case law, histories from the Netherlands and Oregon, medical ethicists, and medical evidence which shows the major motivation behind physician-assisted suicide is clinical depression, not unbearable pain.  His lucid style makes it easy to understand and even interesting for non-lawyers.

The strengths and weaknesses of arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia are assessed.  An argument that goes against and completely rejects the traditions of Western Civilization.  Gorsuch then builds a powerful moral and legal argument against legalization for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He builds a moral and legal base on the principle stated in the first chapter “that all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of life by private persons is always wrong.”

The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by Neil M. Gorsuch is available at Amazon.

Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg Book Review

Jonah Goldberg sets out to dismantle the assumption that fascism is an offshoot of the right.  Looking at the ideological roots of fascism, American progressives and today’s liberals are the inheritors of ideas that began in the fascist movement. The roots of progressives that became today’s liberals are found in fascism.  Goldberg’s well researched and historical examination traces the roots of fascism from the 18th century to today’s liberals in America.

Video:  Jonah Goldberg – Liberal Fascism – Animated Book Summary

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg is available at Amazon.

Finding Truth Book Review

In Finding Truth Pearcey presents five principles Christian can use to critique and evaluate secular worldviews and recognizing their inadequacies compared with Christianity. She derives these five principles from Romans 1 which she calls, “Paul’s apologetics training manual.”

First, she shows how these five principles relate to Romans 1.   Each chapter explores a principle with concrete examples that is easy to understand.  In each chapter, she makes the case for Christianity.  There are some interesting quotes from scholars.  What is gained are principles that are broadly applicable rather than specific arguments against all the different worldviews.  “The goal,” she writes, “is to master the skills that will enable you to cut to the heart of any set of ideas.”

An excellent book that will help you discern the flaws of different worldviews heard today.

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes by Nancy Pearcey is available at Amazon.

Israel History Resources – Book, DVD

Books


The Case for Israel by Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz

Dershowitz does an outstanding job making the case that Israel has a right to exist.  It also puts the Israel-Palestinian conflict into perspective.  The chapters are laid out with arguments made against Israel, the reality,  followed by proof that refutes the arguments. A great resource that is concise, clear, logical and uses historical facts.


The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace by Alan Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz breaks down the endeavors of Israel’s enemies to revise history. As with “The Case For Israel” the falsehoods against Israel are stated and broken down and disproved using historical facts.
Dershowitz does a great job exposing slanderous lies, falsehoods, and hypocrisy of Israel’s biggest critics and enemies.

DVD


Israel Indivisible – DVD: A Case For The Ancient Homeland
An informative documentary of the history of Israel, ancient to present.

Description:  ‘Israel Indivisible’ examines the many political twists and turns that make Israel the world’s most controversial nation. From Abram and the Promise, to the fall of the Ottoman Empire the film examines the historical, archaeological, legal and Biblical evidence for the ancient and modern state of Israel. At the center of all this history is a group of people who are agreeably the worlds most persecuted. The story of the many is tied together in the story of the one and that one is Israel. Join as we take you on a historical journey to uncover the truth surrounding the controversial issue that is rooted in God’s eternal Covenant with Israel.

Video: ‘Indivisible’ Film Tackles Crusade to Destroy Israel

Germany, at Odds: A Contemporary Testimony Book Review

An interesting and disturbing book written by Eldad Beck, a journalist from Israel, about Germany. Eldad Beck was born in Haifa, which at that time had a large number of German-speaking Jews. and he arrived in Germany with a positive outlook on Germans.  This book throws a light on the country’s stability, democratic image, its past its present attitudes.

With a precision of facts is shown influences that are shaping the country.  The book touches on the relationship between Germany and Israel.  A fractured government.  The rise of Neo-Nazi’s with an increase in power and rank in the German government.  Islamics in the country and their influence on the government.

The book touches on the evil, and the darker side of the German past and explores the attitudes that allowed those events to occur.  It explores today’s Germany, how much is has confronted and transformed from its past.  The book shows Germany is good at ignoring and hiding events to protect how it is perceived by those outside and within the country.

This book was eye-opening and a lot of the times shocking.  A must read.

 

Germany, at Odds by Eldad Beck is available at Amazon.

The Field of Fight Book Review

Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael T. Flynn was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to be his National Security Adviser.  A timely book to read!

If you want to learn more about the terrorist attacks sweeping the world, terrorist groups, countries supporting terrorist, and how to win there is no better place to start than The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael T. Flynn and historian Michael Ledeen.

Lt. General Flynn has over 33 years of service in our nation’s military, much of the time at the tops levels of U.S. military intelligence, culminating as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and as the nation’s highest serving military intelligence officer.

The book breaks down into 4 major parts:

  1. The making of an intel officer
  2. Warfighting
  3. The nemy alliance
  4. How to win

Lt. General Michael Flynn wrote the book to show the war being waged against us and to lay out a winning strategy.  A fascinating read as he details the successes and failures, the misguided assumptions coupled with the political that hindered adaption to the terror threat.  His assessment and a strategic formula for how to proceed in the future makes this book a must read.  The book focuses on modern military strategy and gives a military intelligence perspective.

The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Lt. General (retired) Michael T. Flynn and Michael Ledeen is available at Amazon.

How Christianity Changed the World Book Review

Looking for some post-election reading to get you through until the inauguration?

The book How Christianity Changed the World
by Alvin J. Schmidt explores the many contributions of Christianity to the world. It is interesting to learn the powerful influence Christianity has had and still today has in every area of Western Civilization.

Today, many heap criticism on Christians and
argue the church is blocking progress to a more enlightened world. The impression from the secular critics is Christianity is a negative force in today’s world of non-Christian and non-religious alternatives.

Schmidt’s well-documented evidence shows
the transforming power of the Christian faith in western society. Values and customs and institutions that are a part of Western society, that people take for granted without thinking about were those values and customs came from. Where the beginning of institutions in western society began – charity, hospitals, sign language for the deaf, the teaching of both sexes, compulsory education for children, kindergarten, public libraries, care for the mentally ill, care for orphans, the sanctity of human life… Schmidt also does include some the anomalies that crept later into the church’s history.

The benefits in western society we enjoy are directly due to the influence of Jesus Christ -cultural, political, artistic, institutions – Christ who transformed men who in turn transformed society.

A very insightful read.

How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt is available at Amazon.

Soviet Creation Of So-Called Liberation Movements In Latin America And The Middle East

“The PLO was dreamt up by the KGB, which had a penchant for ‘liberation’ organizations.” — , former chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Romania.

Not only was the PLO dreamt up by the KGB, the seeds of today’s anti-American terrorism in Muslim countries has its roots in the 1970 era plots of the KGB.  Also the Soviet KGB dreamt up Liberation Theology in Latin America.

Vasily Mitrokhin was a former senior officer of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence service, who was later demoted to KGB archivist. At immense risk to his own life, he spent 12 years diligently copying secret KGB files that would not otherwise have become available to the public (the KGB foreign intelligence archives remain sealed from the public, despite the demise of the Soviet Union). When Mitrokhin defected from the Russia in 1992, he brought the copied files with him to the UK. The declassified parts of the Mitrokhin archives were brought to the public eye in the writings of Cambridge professor Christopher Andrew, who co-wrote The Mitrokhin Archive(published in two volumes) together with the Soviet defector. Mitrokhin’s archives led, among other things, to the discovery of many KGB spies in the West and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the history of the full extent of the KGB’s influence and disinformation operations is not nearly as well-known as it should be, considering the immense influence that the KGB wielded on international affairs. The KGB conducted hostile operations against NATO as a whole, against democratic dissent within the Soviet bloc, and set in motion subversive events in Latin America and the Middle East, which resonate to this day.

The KGB, furthermore, was an extremely active player in the creation of so-called liberation movements in Latin America and in the Middle East, movements that went on to engage in lethal terrorism — as documented in, among other places, The Mitrokhin Archive, as well as in the books and writings of Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking Communist official to defect from the former Soviet bloc.

Pacepa was chief of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Romania and a personal advisor to Romanian Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu before he defected to the United States in 1978. Pacepa worked with the CIA to bring down communism for more than 10 years; the agencydescribed his cooperation as “an important and unique contribution to the United States.”

In a 2004 interview, FrontPage Magazine, Pacepa said:

The PLO was dreamt up by the KGB, which had a penchant for “liberation” organizations. There was the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created by the KGB in 1964 with help from Ernesto “Che” Guevara … the KGB also created the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which carried out numerous bombing attacks… In 1964 the first PLO Council, consisting of 422 Palestinian representatives handpicked by the KGB, approved the Palestinian National Charter — a document that had been drafted in Moscow. The Palestinian National Covenant and the Palestinian Constitution were also born in Moscow, with the help of Ahmed Shuqairy, a KGB influence agent who became the first PLO chairman…

In the Wall Street Journal, Pacepa explained how the KGB built up Arafat — or in current parlance, how they constructed a narrative for him:

He was an Egyptian bourgeois turned into a devoted Marxist by KGB foreign intelligence. The KGB had trained him at its Balashikha special-operations school east of Moscow and in the mid-1960s decided to groom him as the future PLO leader. First, the KGB destroyed the official records of Arafat’s birth in Cairo, and replaced them with fictitious documents saying that he had been born in Jerusalem and was therefore a Palestinian by birth. GateStoneInstitue

Recommended Resources:


Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism Hardcover by Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is available at Amazon.


The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB Paperback by Christopher Andrew is available at Amazon.


The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the the Third World – Newly Revealed Secrets from the Mitrokhin Archive Paperback by Christopher Andrew is available at Amazon.

Read Books – Live Longer

books-readingA new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine looked at reading patterns of people 50+.  The findings suggest that people who read books live almost two years longer than non-readers.

Bookworms rejoice!

Researchers used information from the National Institute on Aging’s Health and Retirement Study, a large public resource on adults 50 years and older in the United States, to tease out correlations between reading and longevity.

The study includes a survey on activities that categorized aging adults’ reading habits. The researchers gave participants a reading score that characterized the amount of time they spent reading books or periodicals per week. They also assessed participants’ cognitive engagement using scores that take the ability to perform cognitive tasks, like counting backward from 20, into consideration. Then, they matched up each participant to information in the National Death Index, a central database of the names of people who died based on state reporting.

After poring over data from 3,635 participants and adjusting for factors like age, sex, race and education, researchers found that 27 percent of respondents who replied that they had read a book within the last week during the survey had died during 12 years of the study, compared to 33 percent of people who did not read books. People who read books lived an average of 23 months longer than those who did not. The amount of time people spent reading seemed to matter too: People who read up to 3.5 hours a week were 17 percent less likely to die, and people who read more than that were 23 percent less likely.

Periodical and newspaper readers lived longer too, but not as long as those readers who preferred books. “We uncovered that this effect is likely because books engage the reader’s mind more—providing more cognitive benefit, and therefore increasing the lifespan,” Avni Bavishi, who co-authored the study, tells Flood. SmithsonianMag

The Daniel Prayer Book Review

Powerful!

Anne illustrates the power of prayer with Daniel 9, how we are to pray for ourselves and our nation.

This book is a call to prayer to individualizes and the Church with a view toward revival in our nation. Anne looks at how Daniel prayed, his power plea on behalf of the nation of Judah, and how his prayer was answered. Anne takes that prayer and applies it to today’s world.

“The Daniel Prayer” is divided into four parts: Preparing for Prayer; Pleading in Prayer; Prevailing in Prayer; and Patterns for Prayer. The last section has several prayer patterns to use as a guide.  Anne shares many stories, struggles, and scripture with words that will touch you. You will be drawn in and a fire ignited to pray without ceasing.

This is a 5 star book that you will refer to often. A perfect reminder on how important it is to prayer and how prayer moves Heaven and changes people and nations.

The Black Widow By Daniel Silva Book Review

Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, returns after a major terrorist attack in Paris.

The French government strong-arms Israel and Gabriel, the impending chief of Israeli intelligence, to aid them with their investigation. Gabriel and his team work quickly and discover the terrorist mastermind is a mysterious man called Saladin.

Gabriel recruits Dr. Natalie Mizrahi a French-born Israeli to become a spy within ISIS. A Jew with no field experience and minimal training hiding in the ranks of ISIS.  Her new identity is a Palestinian “black widow,” the fiancee of an ISIS martyr. It is harrowing and gripping to see if Natalie can pull of the impossible and get close enough to expose Saladin’s true identity?

The Black Widow is Daniel Silva’s best Gabriel Allon novel with nonstop suspense in a timely spy thriller. Silva began work on the Black Widow prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels of 2015, he considered not finishing the novel but he choose to complete it as originally conceived.  Read it!

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva is available at Amazon.

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes Book Review

Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural main stage, leaving a vacuum in its place—and the broader culture is attempting to fill the void.
-Barna Survey:  The End of Absolutes: America’s New Moral Code

What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could “be like gods”-could set up on their own as if they had created themselves-be their own masters-invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history-money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery-the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

A former agnostic, Pearcey uses Romans to build a strategy for defending a Christian worldview in a pluralistic culture. Pearcy uses Romans 1 to unmask the certainties of isms (atheism, secularism, post-modernism, and other God substitutes) of
secular philosophy used by today’s culture turning to false absolutes, to fill a void with substitute gods that leads inevitably to violence and inhumanity.

Beginning with a trial of logic laid out in Romans 1, Pearcy begins with identifying the idol, What has this worldview  put in the place of God? (Principle #1). Pearcy list of principals shows a way using Romans to look at the presumptions of worldviews and how they fail.

This is an excellent book on apologetic’s that will equip a Christian on how to identify the deficiencies and idols encountered in the isms of the world today and show how a Christian worldview provides a honest framework of biblical faith with a biblical reality and rock-solid facts. A Christian worldview that matches reality and grants dignity to humans.  5 principles are used to assess and critique worldviews and offer a robust Christian worldview that matches reality.

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes is available at Amazon.