A book with challenging, uplifting messages that may spark valuable discussions about the community of faith.

Glimpsing Into the Kingdom

Harrington, in his debut, interprets a collection of parables for readers seeking the kingdom of God in everyday life.

The author’s interpretation of the Bible rests on the principle that it’s necessary to understand the Bible’s original context in order to apply it to modern living: “A fundamental, vital task is to understand what the authors were saying first in their own situation, to the listeners of their day….[T]hen we can apply that meaning to ourselves. Only then can we put together a full, meaningful, vibrant understanding of God and how to relate with Him.” To that end, this collection seeks to help readers determine where they are in their journey to the Christian religious community he calls “the kingdom of God.” Harrington emphasizes its communal nature, contrasting it with the individual joys of salvation and a personal relationship with God: “Our family, our kingdom, has at its head the King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” he writes. “Government does not justify us; religion does not save us. Only being in community, and fellowship…with Jesus Christ does that.” The author notes that many people concentrate on individual churchgoing and personal faith, and so he attempts to illuminate the necessity of religious fellowship. Harrington’s work as a pastoral counselor and Bible teacher shines through in this book; he’s clearly very familiar with the Scriptures, but also intimately familiar with everyday life and its struggles. He’s also gifted at turning profound ideas into messages that all readers can grasp. In his introduction, he mentions his hope that this book will be useful in a group setting, and its presentation seems ideal for that purpose. The discussion questions at the end of every chapter will be of particular interest, as they may help readers reflect on Harrington’s insights and use them in their own lives.

A book with challenging, uplifting messages that may spark valuable discussions about the community of faith. 

Pub Date: Oct. 21, 2013

ISBN: 978-1490810614

Page Count: 144

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: July 31, 2015

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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