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Review of Searching for Bobby Fischer

Searching for Bobby Fischer, reviewed by Bart Breen

Great Chess Movie but so much more!

Chess Related but not Chess Focused

This is not really so much a movie about Bobby Fischer, but rather the drive in the chess community to find the next prodigy who will take the Chess world by storm.

Bobby Fischer began to play chess at the age of 7. His meteoric rise to winning the national Championship in his early teens and then going on to defeat the World, is the Highlight of US Chess History.Chess, like Soccer, is much bigger in the rest of the world than it is in the US. Fischer caused a blip in the radar screen that elevated Chess in the US. The Chess community has since then been on the look-out for the next prodigy in hopes of repeating the same event.


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Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman, Reviewed by Bart Breen

Misquoting Jesus, A Very Engaging Book

(This review was written January 3, 2006 and originally posted to Amazon where it is the Spotlight Review for this Book)

Well Written and Engaging

This is the first book of Ehrman’s I have read. I found it interesting and well-written for the average person who has little background in Biblical Textual Studies, (which equates to more than 99% of the population.) Misquoting Jesus really just brings common issues from Biblical Textual Criticism and makes them understandable for the average person.

I do not have the credentials of Dr. Ehrman, but I do have the equivalent of a degree in Biblical Literature and have worked in the original languages. My Senior Thesis was doing a textual comparison of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas discovered at Nag Hammadi with the parallel passages of the Kingdom Parables of Matthew 13. To do that I had to teach myself some Coptic Egyptian and do some translating to form a basis for comparison.

All that said to establish that I have some background to make an evaluation of what is being said in this book.

Common Ground with Bart Ehrman

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Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel

Review of Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel, by Bart Breen Excellent Read! Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel, has been one of the more enjoyable literary experiences I have had recently. The writing style is excellent. The narration done … [Continue reading]

Surrender is not Numbness


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Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

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A Review of Flawless Consulting by Peter Block, by Bart Breen Basic Human Relations As a contractor/consultant on my second long-term assignment, this title caught my eye and served for listening on the commute. Overall I was impressed. Much of … [Continue reading]

True Self vs. False Self


What is our True Self, Really? Over the past several years, I've been increasingly challenged in some of my former beliefs as a traditional evangelical.  I certainly haven't abandoned my faith.  If anything, it has strengthened.  I don't put much … [Continue reading]

Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk

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Review of Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk, by Bart Breen Did Abraham Lincoln Suffer Clinical Depression? Lincoln's melancholy has been referred to for years and glossed over attributing it to an unhappy marriage, loss of a child, … [Continue reading]

Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy - Dan Whitney

A Review of Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy, by Bart Breen Pretty Much What You'd Expect Larry the Cable Guy is a pretty known quantity. He's a redneck stereotype, who specializes in fart and poop jokes and comes off looking like a rube. That … [Continue reading]

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

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A Review of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, by Bart Breen Conglomeration of Articles Freakonomics states several times that there is no consistent theme. It appears, as others have noted, to be a conglomeration of magazine articles expanded … [Continue reading]

Complaining vs Speaking Out


Is all Criticism Complaining? One of the things I ran across during my 20 years of ministry as a Pastor, District Worker and Church Administrator was what I now refer to as the "Gag Rule" in many churches where it's considered taboo to speak up or … [Continue reading]

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