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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 5/16 Brian Baute wrote: I really wanted to like this book. I've read some other things by Chris Seay before and liked them, so I was excited about being challenged with a new way of looking at Jesus through this book. Maybe it's just me, but I just didn't see it. The book wasn't bad, it was just (again, for me) uninspired and ... Dry, Uninspired

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2 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 5/4 Brian Baute wrote: I wanted to like this book. I really did. I like John Maxwell and have gotten a lot from his previous books. I love learning about effective communication (it’s the English major in me). But unfortunately, this book just didn’t connect with me. I’d recommend books like Presentation Zen or blogs ... Uninspiring & Impractical

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2 Stars

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 1/5 Brian Baute wrote: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years has stuck with me longer than I thought it would. I read it several months ago, and while I enjoyed the read my overwhelming impression was that it was great for a single guy with plenty of disposable time & income like Miller to go on a cross-country bike ride or ... A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

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5 Stars

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 1/5 Brian Baute wrote: I love Lost, and I love the Gospel. So I was excited to read The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay. My thoughts after having read it: I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I learned some things about Lost that I didn’t know before, and Seay’s insights about the connection between Lost ... The Gospel According to Lost

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3 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 8/31 Brian Baute wrote: The book is part biography about Stearns’ reluctant transition to WorldVision (working with the poorest of the world’s poor) after serving as CEO of Lenox, makers of fine china. Stearns’ story was captivating. The remainder of the book is about the work of WorldVision, an organization I’ve supported ... Great Story, Great Call to Action

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5 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 6/5 Brian Baute wrote: The Noticer is only 156 pages long and a quick read. It does have some great lines, such as: “Experience is not the best teacher. Other people’s experience is the best teacher. By reading about the lives of great people, you can unlock the secrets to what made them great.” (p. 9) “Most folks figure a true ... The Noticer

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2 Stars

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I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

On 4/17 Brian Baute wrote: I got a copy of I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse, the new leadership book by former mobster Michael Franzese. The content was fairly typical (and forgettable) leadership material, but what most interested me was that this was a NelsonFree book - a new concept from publisher Thomas Nelson that “means you not ... NelsonFree

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3 Stars

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The Truth About You

The Truth About You

On 2/26 Brian Baute wrote: I love StrengthsFinder. Love the concept, love the execution, love that the people I know who’ve done the StrengthsFinder assessment have found it to both accurately confirm what they already know about themselves but also shed new light and bring about new self-awareness. However, I haven’t ... The Truth About You

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3 Stars

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The Faith of Barack Obama

The Faith of Barack Obama

On 10/29 Brian Baute wrote: The Faith of Barack Obama is well worth reading. It’s largely objective and unbiased, though the author makes it clear that he has significant disagreement with Obama on many religious issues. Some of the more provocative passages: “I believe that there are many paths to the same place and that is a belief that there is ... The Faith of Barack Obama

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3 Stars

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