Wednesday, August 23, 2000

The Second War of the Worlds

by George H. Smith

I think this is a sequel, because it keeps referring to events the characters experienced in the "Goggish War," but the book has no reference at all to another book by George H. Smith. Go figure. Anyway, the story concerns an alternate Earth called Annwn, where magic and 19th century technology coexist. The Martians from H.G. Wells' classic War of the Worlds are making a second attempt, this time on Annwn. They have some help from some unscrupulous folk from Earth. But the Annwn hero, Dylan MacBride, has help from Earth, too -- a certain Victorian detective who has to run around nameless lest Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's estate sic the lawyers on them. Of course, the people of Annwn have their own resources as well, especially MacBride's fiancĂ©, Clarinda MacTague. The tale does not live up to the original War of the Worlds nor the original tales of a certain detective, but it's good enough as waiting room material.

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Thursday, August 10, 2000

What Color is Your God?

by James and Lillian Breckenridge

All of us try to recreate God in our own image to some degree. In this tome, the Breckenridges take a look at the relationship problems that causes when we try to communicate God's message  accompanied by all of our own cultural baggage. They look at multiculturalism and suggest ways for people to recognize it in their own lives and churches and to remove, accommodate or work around it in their ministry. They then give a brief overview of generalized hyphen-American cultures -- Hispanic, Native, Asian and African -- looking at areas that would affect the work and relationships of a church. The book is a good overview of the issue of multiculturalism in the church, as well as a good starting off point for those who wish to delve deeper. This is also one of those books that tells me a lot of stuff that I already know and agree with, so I can't help but say, "Check it out."

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