Article: Public Library – Philippines Style


The link below is to a truly inspiring story about a man and his public library in Manila, the Philippines.

For more visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19547365

Article: It can be Dangerous Lending Books


The link below is ton an article reporting on how a man threatened a woman with a sword, all because of a mistreated borrowed book.

For more visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/christopher-meusburger-minnesota-man-threatened-neighbor-sword-mistreated-book_n_1733016.html

Article: Shoplifting Book on Ethics


The link below is to an article reporting on a man suspected of shoplifting a book on ethics – maybe he should be allowed to keep the book?

For more visit:
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120726/NEWS01/307260033/Prospect-man-accused-shoplifting-book-ethics-

Article: Man Stabbed in Public Library


The link below is to an article about how a man was stabbed for watching porn in the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library – the man stabbed was not watching porn by the way.

For more visit:
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Man-Stabbed-Brooklyn-Public-Library-Porn-Suspect-151680785.html

Article: Librarian Turned Detective


The link below is to an article about how a librarian helped to clear the name of a man who was hung in 1922, in Victoria, Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-curious-case-of-the-librarian-and-the-detective-20120516-1ypqk.html

Article: Arrested for Overdue Library Books


The link below is to an article reporting on a man with overdue library books who was arrested.

For more visit:
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/disgruntled-library-patron-ready-for-court-1j4pu87-145014015.html

John Adams, by David McCullough


I have just finished watching the mini series ‘John Adams,’ starring Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Laura Linney as Abigail Adams. I found the mini series to be difficult to watch, as it was hardly brilliant drama despite the rhetoric on the DVD case. Not being American was perhaps a reason for my lack of enthusiasm for the mini series. I found it to be a disappointment as a viewing spectacle. But how true to the man and to history was the mini series? This is a question that now has my attention – for the portrayal of John Adams in the production was hardly that of a man to be admired.

Adams comes across as a self-centred, vain glorious man, with poor people skills and a terrible father and husband. He appears to seek his own advancement to the expense of those about him and also to be full of envy and petty jealousy. He also appears to be a somewhat poor diplomat and politician overall – even though he held the greatest office in the United States, as second president following that of George Washington.

So now I come to the book on which this mini series was based, ‘John Adams,’ by David McCullough. I am now going to read this book and see just how true to the book and actual events the mini series achieved. I find it difficult to believe that Adams could have been the way he was protrayed in the film – now I will seek out the truth for myself.

‘The Noticer,’ by Andy Andrews


Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.

thenoticer_andandrews_225_350_Book_50_cover Based on a true story, ‘The Noticer’ tells the story of a mysterious old man known simply as ‘Jones,’ who seems to have the ability to turn up when needed most. In the midst of a crisis, Jones is there to provide ‘perspective.’ Jones is ‘the noticer,’ an individual who notices what is happening in the life of ‘the other’ and provides a little bit of perspective, thereby helping ‘the other’ to understand, grow and move on.

‘The Noticer’ is an easy read that warms the heart. It leaves you thinking how easy it can be to provide a little bit of perspective and make a difference in ‘another’ person’s life. It certainly encouraged me to identify opportunities for looking out for ‘the other.’

However, when viewed from my own Particular Baptist perspective, as heart warming and encouraging as the book is, it is unable to provide that spark that will enable a person to be an effective noticer – that is the realm of the life changing gospel. Yet, in the hands (and mind) of a renewed believer, this book may very well be a vehicle on the road to greater usefulness in being more other-centred than self-centred.

You may also find it useful to check out ‘The Noticer Project’ online at:

http://www.thenoticerproject.com

This book was provided to me for review as a member of the ‘Book Review Bloggers Program’ at Thomas Nelson:

http://brb.thomasnelson.com/