Death of A Dissident

Death of A Dissident

Book - 1991
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"To love [God] with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." -Jesus' words in Mark 12:33

Without question the crucial issue in living the Christian life is the condition of your heart. Actions may be temporarily deceiving, but ultimately our outward behavior will reflect what's inside, because our internal attitudes form who we really are. Those inner attitudes are also what God deems most important.

In this book one of Christianity's most respected Bible teachers and pastors examines the foundational attitudes, or "pillars," of Christian character as outlined in God's Word. Pillars such as genuine faith, obedience, humility, selfless love, forgiveness, self-discipline, gratitude, and worship.

To some degree each trait, on its own, marks a person as one of God's own and reveals an active, living faith. Each is an essential element of mature Christianity. But there is transforming power when you combine them in your everyday living as God commands. Your character will be grounded in godliness; you will see things from an eternal perspective; and your faith, your actions, your witness to others will be revitalized from the inside out.

Publisher: New York, NY : Armchair Detective Library, 1991.
ISBN: 9781562870171
1562870173
9781562870188
1562870181
9781562870195
156287019X
Branch Call Number: MYS KAM
Characteristics: v, 239 p. ; 22 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

This was a pretty good book, and did a good job of showing what the Soviet Union was like toward its last days - the tendency of many to just give up, not try to improve their lives, and just try to stay under the radar of the KGB. There is also the characters' awareness of how saying the wrong thing, having the wrong friends, even being in the wrong place at the wrong time, could lead to a knock on the door at 3 a.m., followed by a trip to KGB headquarters. Our detective, Rostnikov, is told by his superior, and by a KGB colonel, that sometimes there are more important things than finding out who actually committed the murder; of course Rostnikov, as a policeman, a detective, and a solver of puzzles, has a hard time letting go of the mystery, even after the KGB has "found the killer".

We are introduced to the killer fairly early in the book, so the "whodunit" part of the novel isn't difficult to figure out; the book is more enjoyable for - as I've mentioned - its glimpse into late-Cold War Russia.

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