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Fullness of the Spirit, The [Paperback]

By Andrew Murray (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.245 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
ISBN  0764229044  
EAN  9780764229046  

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Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an experience for all Christians, for without the Spirit?s indwelling, we cannot truly serve God as we should. Beloved devotional writer Andrew Murray teaches believers how to receive the Spirit by faith, surrendering all to the lordship of Christ. He leads readers through a step-by-step process that both inspires and offers practical instruction on how to experience this blessing.

Originally titled The Full Blessing of Pentecost, this classic devotional study is as timely today as when it was published a century ago.

?God promises, God desires to make you full of the Holy Spirit?.Let this promise of God become the only thing you seek.?

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Andrew Murray South African pastor and author Andrew Murray (1828 1917)was an amazingly prolific writer. Murray began writing on the Christian life for his congregation as an extension of his local pastoral work, but he became internationally known for his books, such as With Christ in the School of Prayer and Abide in Christ, that searched men's hearts and brought them into a deeper relationship with Christ. With intense purpose and zeal for the message of the gospel, Murray wrote numerous books even after his "retirement" at age seventy-eight.

Andrew Murray was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr. (1794–1866), a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. Andrew Murray was born in Graaff Reinet, South Africa.

Andrew was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their master's degrees in 1845. From there, they both went to the University of Utrecht where they studied theology. The two brothers became members of Het Réveil, a religious revival movement opposed to the rationalism which was in vogue in the Netherlands at that time. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on 9 May 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on 2 July 1856. They had eight children together (four boys and four girls). Religious work in South Africa.

Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was a champion of the South African Revival of 1860.

In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission's name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with SIM in 1998 and continues to this day.

Andrew Murray was born in 1828 and died in 1917.

Andrew Murray has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Andrew Murray Anthology
  2. Andrew Murray Series
  3. Pure Gold Classics

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Excellent book for the practitioner  Feb 2, 2002
I was working on a project, and used this book for understanding how different parts of the Java API work. Found it very helpful. I used the chapters on Collections classes, Reflection, Arrays, Memory and Constructors, and Interfaces as Types quite extensively.

It's not a complete book in and of itself. You will still need a Java Language reference book. This book is more of a tutorial. It's great for self-learning.

And I thought I knew Java  Jul 8, 2000
The amount of mistakes and confusing abstraction combined with a awful writing style make this one of the worst computing books I've read. I actually only read it half-way though because it was making me naucious.
no comment  Mar 24, 2000
I have just bought this book and hope it will be good by then.
Only for advanced programmers!  May 20, 1999
Most reviewers here submitted bad reviews of this book. Some of them are right - still, they seem to have forgotten one thing: this book is definitely not meant for beginners - just as with Waite's Java 1.2 How-To. There some difference between the two books, though:

+ some of the bigger examples of this book are definitely not trivial - I learnt a lot from the examples in the book. Waite's book, on the other hand, only had the Galaxians shoot'm'up that I really liked.

+ the quality of the text is much higher. This book isn't an exhaustive treatment of Java either, but at least it excels in a few areas: inner classes, collections and reflection. 

That is, of you have to choose between the two books, go for the SunPress one. It can even be recommended as a third or fourth book - it's, after all, quite cheap and only contain few severe factual errors. On the other hand, there're entire areas that the book totally neglects (AWT / Swing / event handling is completely missing from the book). The book isn't really proofread / checked, it contains a lot of 1.1-references ( on page xxxiii, for example - the more severe errors will be mentioned later).

Chapter 1: About Java. Introduction to JDK, compiling, running, HelloWorld as both an application and applet. p. 6 contains shows setting the CLASSPATH without = marks (quite a big mistake).

Chapter 2: Beginning with a program. A line counter program: file, BufferedReader and reading each char - using readLine() would have been much better! Also explains all the Java issues the application uses - in one sentence (ecxeption handling, streams, boolean etc). Fortunately, later sections tend to be much more verbose.

Chapter 3: The Java language Structure: Instance / static methods / variables, constructors, static initializators. Blocks, native, abstract and synchronized methods, packages. The example presented (a card playing game) is huge, definitely only for advanced, experienced programmers - later chapters always reference it. Introducing the inheritance is as of high quality as in Linden's book.

p. 37: when discussing the protected modifier, forgets to mention that it's actually let's strict than the default visibility - only mentions subclasses (on p. 39 it's already OK).

The C++ and even Smalltalk, Scheme remarks are great in the book.

Chapter 4: Memory and Constructors: garbage collection etc; mentions there are no local (stack) objects; constructors; overloading them and default constructors; super/this - good explanation of the need for explicit super(). The app presented here multiplies very long numbers.

Chapter 5: Interfaces as Types: a tree sort app: sorts lines from a file using a binary tree.

Chapter 6: Arrays: ref. arrays, multidimensional arrays; mentions anon arrays (very few books do the same! - fails to mention that it's 1.1+ though).

p. 105 contains a section that shouldn't have been included here. The authors try to put an object of a superclass in an array of its subclass and waste 1.5 pages on showing the user that it doesn't work. As the static type is of a subclass (Y), the dynamic type is X (superclass), you shouldn't be able to put the X object in the array - this is what this problem means, and not the very sloppy explanation that the authors wrote. They should have discussed type compatibility between super- and subclass objects instead (yes, my favorite subject that no Java books seems to show the readers - after all, this is what type compatibility is all about). After the concepts are understood, the reason why the program presented fails should be natural. Think of it - if the runtime system tried to access a superclass object's non-existing field somewhere on the heap because the compiler only knew that it was of type subclass, you could access memory after the object - this would result in memory corruption.

Chapter 7: Exception handling: good introduction and comparison to C (why it's error-prone and ugly to handle errors in the normal path of a program and using unique return values). Try/catch/throw/finally/throws; distinction between unchecked and checked exceptions. Explains why Throwable is suitable to be thrown (it provides a slot for a message and contains a stack trace).

Chapter 8: Input/output: p.117: "the C printf() ... can crash if the wrong type is handed to it at runtime" - this is an offtopic subject, but, as I'm an 'evangelist' of much clearer and comprehensible books, I should write down how old C books introduced stuff like 'How can you understand the easiest way what the order of the staked arguments are and what sets back the stack pointer after returning from any function?'. This topic is, of course, not as important today as Java can't have varargs - but is still a good example of how a C book should be written.

Back in the old days of MS-DOS, not even the oldest C compilers that did not check the types / number of arguments in the format string crashed the running program. It's (let's say: this was, as those good old days are over) just the question of good argument order on the stack and the caller's setting back the heap pointer when returning from the function call. At least this is what you can except from a well-written (even ancient) C compiler under operating systems that didn't have memory protection (MS-DOS, for example). Newer / better operating systems (Unix, Windows) of course do crash the program if it issues a read from a non-accessible memory area (segmentation fault / access violation). Ok, now let's back to the original subject 

The chapter introduces wrapper (filtered) streams just at the beginning - this intro is very well written, much better than that of most books in this review. The example section contains the following full examples: file copy (FileInputStream / FileOutputStream with 128-byte chunks); an app that does the same by using readLine() / println(), an app that reads a token at a time (presenting StreamTokenizer) and an app that appends a file to the end of another one (RandomAccessFile + seek() + writeBytes(inputFile.readLine()).

The chapter, on the other hand, doesn't show examples of DataInputStream / DataOutputStream. What is more, on p. 130 I found the following: "Java does not provide direct support for reading and printing user-defined objects. You must implement your own methods to do this." - that's all, no word on ObjectInputStream / ObjectOutputStreams. It's a lethal flaw in the book.

Chapter 9: Runtime typing and class loading: speaks of type compatibility, again a good C++-remark: "C++ did not have this feature [type info] - called manifest types - but so many people ended up creating their own runtime-type information that the designers added it to the language". p. 136: as with Thinking in Java, this book also mentions explicit typecast is checked. The first sentence that introduces this subject mentions there is some difference between C (!), C++ and Java - but then, doesn't explicitly state what the difference really is.

Speaks of class loaders (doesn't emphasize how applet classloaders work), Class, newInstance(), forName().

Chapter 10: JNI: 28 pages.

Chapter 11: Threads: p. 172: a bit misleading presentation of what a run() method can have: "call synchronized methods and do whatever the thread needs to do". Why the synchronized?!

Good explanation of Thread/Runnable; it's at introducing synchronized that quality starts to erode: the example isn't very comprehensive. Also explicitly shows how synchronized code blocks must be defined - unlike Waite's Java 1.2 How-To. On the other hand, there is no wait/notify in the book at all.

Chapter 12: Inner classes: a great chapter. One of the three chapters that are indeed great in the book. Makes a clear distinction between local, member and anon local classes; discusses visibility and scoping very well; also discusses static member classes. The examples are very comprehensible. The big example (35 pages) is also of high quality (a pattern-matcher application).

Chapter 13: Collection classes: also a well-written one, although Thinking in Java's chapter on Collection classes is much superior to this one. The introduction is a bit dry, lacks real benchmark results, but has class hierarchy diagrams. It's the example that makes this chapter also great: handling (modification / equality testing of) large strings. I gave a 5* to this chapter mostly because of this application, as the introduction - as I've said - is much more inferior to that of Thinking in Java.

Chapter 14: Reflection: just great. The app presented here is a LISP compiler.

Chapter 15: Putting the Language Pieces Together: the calculator example presented here uses Polish notation as the input - with a little work, it could have been rewritten to use the usual operator order.

Chapter 16: RMI; Chapter 17: JDBC: tolerably well written chapters - nothing particular;

Part 2, Chapter 18: Introduction to Applets: p. 401: "the only thing an applet really has to do is define a paint() method" - wrong, if you don't have anything to draw - e.g. you only have G

A good book for the intermediate/experienced programmer  Apr 25, 1999
I found this book to be a useful reference. I wouldn't recommend it for someone wanting to learn the language from scratch, but if you are already an intermediate/experienced Java programmer (like myself) and want to learn about some of the more interesting Java features (reflection, inner classes, etc) then this book is good. You have to be willing to build upon the techniques shown here, but as it says on the back of the book, its not designed to teach Java programming.

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