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A Fellowship of Differents

A Fellowship of Differents

On 5/21 Peter Stevens wrote: What should the church look like? Who should make up the church? These are very important questions that most of us don’t stop to ask. Many would answer that Christians should make up the church. Some would say that the broken, needy, and hurting should be in the church. These are good answers, but ... What Should the Church Look Like?

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5 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 5/2 Peter Stevens wrote: What does real manhood look like? Who are the role models for men today? These are the questions that lay the foundation for Eric Metaxas' book 7 Men. Metaxas argues that the answer for what real manhood looks like these days goes to one of two extremes. In one extreme men are overly "macho." Men like ... The Secret of Seven Great Men

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5 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/11 Peter Stevens wrote: If I asked you which of the Ten Commandments gave you the most trouble, you probably would admit to the second commandment. In Exodus 20:4 God commands, "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." I don't think that ... fighting the idols in our lives

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4 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/9 Peter Stevens wrote: How do you define your identity? Many people struggle with this. They try to define their identity in many ways and with many things. In his newest book Who Do You Think You Are?, Mark Driscoll answers this question with two words, "In Christ." As a Christian, when we ask ourselves who we are, we ought ... Who do you think you are?

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Jesus

Jesus

On 12/12 Peter Stevens wrote: Jesus Christ is a somewhat controversial figure. Everyone has or is looking for an answer to the question, "Who is (or was) Jesus Christ?" There is very little denying that Jesus was a real person who really walked the earth in the first century AD, but one you get past that there are many divergent ... Who is Jesus Christ

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The Voice Bible

The Voice Bible

On 7/17 Peter Stevens wrote: Last year I had the opportunity to review The Voice New Testament. I very much enjoyed, so I was thrilled to have the chance to review the whole Bible. Needless to say, I love to have the whole Bible in this new version. Here's a quick review of what I liked about it previously: The Voice is a collaboration ... Review of the Voice Bible

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5 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/19 Peter Stevens wrote: Most people want to live incredible lives. We want to make an impact and change the world. Bob Goff is one of those people. He wants to make an impact on the world, and, in fact, he is making an impact in the world. In his book Love Does, he wants to show the reader how to be incredible. Even though ... How to be Secretly Incredible

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5 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 2/11 Peter Stevens wrote: If you've read C.S. Lewis, you know that even in some of his more serious works, there is humor. Have you ever stopped to wonder why Lewis writes this way? I think that there are many of us today who ignore the power of laughter, humor, and even joy in the life of a Christian. Lewis knew the power and ... Learning to Laugh With C.S. Lewis

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4 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 12/21 Peter Stevens wrote: In his new book I Am a Follower, Leonard Sweet poses this question with a fairly obvious answer. Early on Sweet argues that we have bought into the myth that to be effective in ministry we need to be leaders. He believes that we should not be trying to be leaders, instead we need to work on being the ... Should We Be Leading or Following?

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 11/6 Peter Stevens wrote: This semester I have been teaching Principles of Bible Study 1 at LCU. One of the things that I have been trying to emphasize to my students is the fact that God's revelation comes to us through the medium of story. There are letters, laws, poems, proverbs, and prophetic visions, but the overwhelming ... Scripture as Story: A Review of The Voice New Testament

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 10/18 Peter Stevens wrote: Most of us are familiar with the name Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Many of us have read, or have at least heard of, his books Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship. But do you really know who Dietrich Bonhoeffer is? Eric Metaxas has written Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy to show us the amazing ... Review of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 8/2 Peter Stevens wrote: Most of us know of, have seen, and hopefully read The Lord of the Rings. Many are anticipating the release of the Hobbit movie next year. There are also a few who have braved the Silmarillion and enjoyed the brilliant stories written in it by Tolkien. But how many of us really know him or what kind of ... Review of J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne

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4 Stars

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 6/14 Peter Stevens wrote: Vishal Mangalwadi sets out on bold mission to show how the Bible has affected the development of Western Civilization. This is interesting because Mangalwadi is Indian. He does not live in the West. This gives him the ability to compare the development of the Eastern culture (mostly focusing on India) ... The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi

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2 Stars

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Tithing

Tithing

On 4/12 Peter Stevens wrote: Tithing is one of the oldest practices in the Bible. It goes all the way back to Abraham giving Melchizedek a tenth of everything in Genesis 14. It is also one of the most widely known about practices in church today. Because of this, one might think that another book about tithing is not needed. The ... Review of Tithing by Douglas Leblanc

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Peter Stevens wrote: There is only one chance to save humanity. David Ponder is summoned to lead a summit of all the world's greatest thinkers to do just that in Andy Andrews' book The Final Summit. In the story, Ponder is summoned by the archangel Gabriel to come and lead a meeting with the world's greatest thinkers and ... Review of the Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 3/4 Peter Stevens wrote: The practice of pilgrimage has almost disappeared from the western Christian culture. Charles Foster in The Sacred Journey is inviting us to remember the practice of pilgrimage and to embark on them once more. Pilgrimages died out around the time of the Reformation because they were being condemned as ... Review of The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster

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3 Stars

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Fasting

Fasting

On 1/29 Peter Stevens wrote: What is fasting? How is it done? Why do we do it? Scot McKnight's addition to the ancient practices series does a fantastic job of answering many questions about fasting in an easily understood way. At the heart of McKnight's discussion is one of the best definitions of fasting that I have heard: "Fasting ... Review of Fasting by Scot McKnight

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5 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 1/6 Peter Stevens wrote: Christians live by a different calendar than everyone else. The Christian year begins four Sundays before Christmas on the first day of Advent. That calendar includes the holidays of Christmas and Easter, but also includes Epiphany, Pentecost, the periods of Ordinary time, and seasons like Lent and Advent. ... Review of The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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5 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 1/4 Peter Stevens wrote: Communion is a sacred meal and Nora Gallagher reminds us that it is something that needs to be practiced. Many of us might not think of Communion as something to be practiced in the same way we pray, fast, or read our Bibles. Communion, however, is one of the ancient Christian disciplines and Nora reminds ... Review of The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

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4 Stars

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 12/15 Peter Stevens wrote: Why should someone look to the ancient practices of the church? Brian McLaren writes to answer this question in the first book of the Ancient Practices Series. McLaren writes an apologetic for why we should look to the ancient practices of the Christian faith. The practices develop character. They help ... Review of Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren

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3 Stars

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In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer

On 12/9 Peter Stevens wrote: The Bible gives us the instruction to pray continually. Many struggle with the idea of how this is achieved. One answer, according to Robert Benson, is in the ancient practice of fixed hour prayer. This practice, also known by names like liturgy of the hours, divine hours, or divine office, has been ... Review of In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson

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4 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 10/30 Peter Stevens wrote:   From a wild youth to a beloved saint, Francis of Assisi had a very interesting life. Francis was the son of a cloth merchant in the 12th century. He lived a wild life and enjoy the wealth of his family. All of that changed after Francis spent a year as a prisoner of war and the illness that followed. ... Review of Saint Francis by Robert West

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5 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 7/21 Peter Stevens wrote: John C. Maxwell is famous in the world of leadership, both inside and outside of the church. His newest book, however, is not primarily on leadership, but on connecting with people. In his newest book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, Maxwell digs deep into the world of communicating with people. Speaking ... review of Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

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3 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 6/16 Peter Stevens wrote: People are searching, and Christianity is trying to give an answer for what people are searching for.  What if Christianity is not giving the best answer? That’s what Donald Miller is trying to wrestle with in Searching For God Knows What. He presents the idea that many of us have a formulaic ... Review of Searching For God Knows What

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Peter Stevens wrote: Everyone knows the life can be unexpected. What do you do when the unexpected happens? Pete Wilson's new book Plan B tries to help you through those situations. What happens when you tragedy strikes or the unexpected happens? Plan B is all about helping you understand that you can make through those ... Review of Plan B by Pete Wilson

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3 Stars

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Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

On 4/22 Peter Stevens wrote: Stated simply, this book is about men being men. In his revised an expanded edition, John Eldredge sets out to explain Biblical masculinity, arguing that men need a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.  These characteristics make up the man who is Wild at Heart.  Eldredge ... Review of Wild At Heart by John Eldredge

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4 Stars

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