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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/27 Seth Caddell wrote: What does it mean to have your identity in Christ. As Christians do we consider what we have placed our identity in. Do we know and how can we know. Pastor Mark has an I am statement beginning with a question mark and each statement thereafter with a statement being in Christ. He shares personal testimonies ... 135 - Who Do You Think You Are?

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 12/11 Seth Caddell wrote: I work at a multigenerational church, so I decided this book would make an excellent read for my context.  And I was right on.  The book is less of a how to guide and more of a go-do guide.  It motivates the reader to get up and do something.  It's about finding a passion and putting ... 134 - Wisdom Meets Passion

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 11/6 Seth Caddell wrote: G. K. Chesterton is a genius.  Working through some of the very best of his writing has been quite incredible.  The man is a genius, but still puts his theology within the grasp of anyone.  The book offers short expanded writing based on the Chesterton quote of the day.  Highly recommended ... 133 - A Year with G. K. Chesterton

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 10/1 Seth Caddell wrote: Excellent book written by two excellent authors.  Incredible men who have backed their words by their actions.It's a challenging read but is also laid out very well in a dialogue format; it's like you're in the same room while they're talking through the questions and answers.I appreciate the theological ... 132 - Red Letter Revolution

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Love Does

Love Does

On 9/12 Seth Caddell wrote: This is one of those books you have to read slowly to really absorb all the great thoughts in it. Goff does an excellent job of making that possible by using short chapters that can easily be consumed in one sitting. Without ever getting into doctrinal debates Goff tackles what it means to really ... Love Does

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 4/10 Seth Caddell wrote: Pete Wilson is a great author.  With his sophomore book he's kept his conversational tone, tightened up his writing, and hits a home run.  Empty Promises addresses the issue of idols in our lives, and why they seem to be a struggle for us.  Wilson talks about the broad topic of idols letting ... 129 - Empty Promises

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The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 2/28 Seth Caddell wrote: Rarely do you find a book that's written on the humanity of Christ is such a way as this book.  Without ever watering down the divine nature of Jesus, Reardon does an excellent job of probing into what it means that Jesus was also fully man.  While approaching the subject from a quite scholarly ... 128 - The Jesus We Missed

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 2/9 Seth Caddell wrote: Surprised by Laughter isn't quite what it first appears to be.  Rather than being a book about the humor of Lewis (which is what I figured) it's about his wit, and serves more as a biography than anything.  Weighing in at 486 pages the book takes an exhaustive look at Lewis' life and writings. ... 126 - Surprised by Laughter

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4 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 12/21 Seth Caddell wrote: Mark Driscoll is one of my favorite authors.  He has a way of writing humorous yet powerful words.  Real Marriage is no exception.  The Driscolls challenge their reader to follow God's plan for marriage, Mark talks about loving his wife the way Christ loves the church, and Grace does an ... 124 - Real Marriage

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 12/6 Seth Caddell wrote: The 360° Degree Leader is the first book I've read that talks to the one who is stuck "in the middle" or "at the bottom" so to speak. It gives direction to those with position of how to lead "down", but it also encourages those on the bottom on how to "lead up" and those in the middle to "lead down" ... 122 - The 360 Degree Leader

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 9/13 Seth Caddell wrote: This book was an excellent read.  I found the author to be insightful and a great writer.  The only complaint was that this book seemed to drag at times.  Dostoevsky was an excellent writer, but not the most interesting man on the planet.  To be honest, it made me wonder if there ... 119 - Fyodor Dostoevsky

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 9/7 Seth Caddell wrote: I felt pretty sure that I would have difficulty reading the book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich, but really wanted to know about the man, so I ordered the book on CD. I am so glad I did! The reader, Malcolm Hillgartner, has the best expression, is clear ... 118 - Bonhoeffer

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5 Stars

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With

With

On 8/2 Seth Caddell wrote: Skye Jethani's latest book is incredible.  When was the last time and thought about the way you lived your life?  Do you live it for God?  Or under God?  Or maybe even over God?  Well this whole book is dedicated to getting you to begin to live your live with God.  Not just ... 117 - With

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/26 Seth Caddell wrote: For several years I've loved Tolkien's writings.  I've read through the Lord of the Rings and really enjoyed reading books about his writing style, and his friendships within the Inklings.  When I got the opportunity to read a biography on the man, of course I jumped at the chance.  However, ... 115 - J.R.R. Tolkien

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4 Stars

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Cure for the Common Life

Cure for the Common Life

On 7/6 Seth Caddell wrote: Cure for the Common Life is a book geared toward those who are struggling with their position in life, and/or those who are unhappy in their current profession (or lack of). Lucado states the obvious: unless your last name is Hilton or Gates, men and women must work. His suggestion is to find your "sweet ... 113 - Cure for the Common Life

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 6/15 Seth Caddell wrote: The concept, around which this book is formed, is called scenario thinking or semiotics : the theory that the choices, beliefs, and habits of humans build paths to probable and possible futures. And that identifying and analyzing patterns of behavior can help us develop scenarios for potential outcomes. ... 110 - Seraph Seal

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/1 Seth Caddell wrote: The Final Summit is the story of David Ponder. Mankind has become so vile and dissolute that the end of the world is coming. He must find the way to help humanity get back on the right course. The answer is two words. Time is short and he must summon a "traveler", which is a person from history, to help ... 108 - The Final Summit

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3 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 6/1 Seth Caddell wrote: I recently read the e-book "Max on Life" by Max Lucado. This book is based on people writing to Max and asking all different kinds of questions that they have about life and life situations and Max responded to them based on a biblical view. Max referenced the bible in every answer he gave, and a list ... 107 - Max on Life

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4 Stars

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 6/1 Seth Caddell wrote: I've read lots of books on writing good stories.  I've watched DVDs and listened to lectures on crafting and organizing a story.  I've studied the craft for a while and I've learned there are very few great books out there on the subject.  There are some good ones, some decent ones, and ... 106 - Story Engineering

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 4/20 Seth Caddell wrote: IJohn Maxwell presents his book, “Beyond Talent” in an great way. The language is clear and simple and the message is very basic. His primary message is that talents aren't enough, hard work is the key to success.  Hard work specifically geared toward developing your talents.  The 13 chapters ... 103 - Beyond Talent

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 4/13 Seth Caddell wrote: "Somewhere along the way the movement of Jesus Christ became civilized as Christianity," he writes. "We created a religion using the name of Jesus Christ and convinced ourselves that God's optimal desire for our lives was to insulate us in a spiritual bubble where we risk nothing, sacrifice nothing, ... The Barbarian Way - Redone

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 4/6 Seth Caddell wrote: Many know the name Bach.  However, very few know about Bach's immense faith.  Bach believed that everything he wrote was written to give glory to God.  His biography does an excellent job of delving into the details of not only Bach's music, but also his faith.  It's inspiring to ... 099 - Johann Sebastian Bach

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4 Stars

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Galileo

Galileo

On 4/5 Seth Caddell wrote: Mitch Stokes' book Galileo was interesting.  The book offered a unique look into the life of Galileo.  Stokes walks the reader through Galileo's life and highlights his faith along the way.  I'm actually fairly unlearned in the area of Galileo's Christianity.  I didn't realize he ... 098 - Galileo

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 3/30 Seth Caddell wrote: Sometimes we stumble upon a short little read that has tremendous possibilities.  The Little Red Book of Wisdom could be one of those books.  As I read through the book there were portions I wanted to rip out to hand to certain people I know.  The book was an excellent read offering advice ... 097 - The Little Red Book of Wisdom

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 3/23 Seth Caddell wrote: What happens when a company takes advantage of thousands, steals their retirement, and then just closes?  Enron.  Movies are made and people react.  This book was a reaction to the terrible and despicable things that happened in Enron and the way they did business.  What should guide ... 096 - Doing Virtuous Business

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4 Stars

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 3/17 Seth Caddell wrote: I don't know if you remember the movie Titanic, but it came out a few years back and every highschool/jr high girl saw the movie approximately a million times.  DiCaprio stole the show.  Soon afterwards the historic story fell off the face of the planet again, back into the cloud of history. ... 094 - The Band that Played On

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 2/23 Seth Caddell wrote: Brian McLaren is a controversial figure in most churches.  I've heard him called everything from visionary to heretic.  But after reading this book I do have more respect for him.  I might not agree with everything that he has to say, or his theology, but at the same time I realize he ... 090 - Finding Our Way Again

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Pujols

Pujols

On 2/9 Seth Caddell wrote: Albert Pujols is an amazing athlete.  This book details Albert's life from birth in the Dominican Republic to World Series and All Star games.  Throughout the entire thing, the authors make Pujols' faith clear and an obvious part in his life.  They show God shaping and preparing Pujols ... 086 - Pujols

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

On 1/26 Seth Caddell wrote: If you're looking for a great in-depth study look no further.  This study was excellent and dives into the depths of Love.  Miller does an excellent job of helping his readers understand love in a deeper way and offers them insights they might not have thought of before.  I highly recommend ... 084 - Fruit of the Spirit - Love

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/18 Seth Caddell wrote: Have you ever been working on a lesson or a paper and tried to find a good quote for the introduction or ending?  I know I have on several occasions.  I've always loved quotes.  Good ones normally get written out and stuck on my wall somewhere, great ones get blog posts.  The Quotable ... 082 - The Quotable Chesterton

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 1/4 Seth Caddell wrote: I've always loved G. K. Chesterton.  This book does an excellent job of portraying the man who has influenced so many Christian thinkers.  Belmonte does a super job of showing us the real Chesterton, not just the writer.  We get to see his character through his written word.  The ... 080 - Defiant Joy

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 12/22 Seth Caddell wrote: Charles Foster has created an excellent resource for those seeking an apologetic study over Christ's death and resurrection.  The topic is debated from both sides and offers excellent insights into the debate.  The book is written about a heavy topic, but still done in a lighter way.  Foster ... 077 - The Jesus Inquest

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Tithing

Tithing

On 12/15 Seth Caddell wrote: With so many resources out there when it comes to getting people to give money, I was skeptical about this book at first. However, as I dug into it, I was more and more impressed about how they approached the very touchy subject of finances. Rather than approaching it like normal LeBlanc tackled the ... 075 - Tithing

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Fasting

Fasting

On 12/13 Seth Caddell wrote: Rarely do I find such a great series.  I first had the chance to review the Sacred Meal and now I get the chance to review the spiritual discipline of fasting.  Scot McKnight writes an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone seeking to know more about the spiritual discipline of fasting. ... 073 - Fasting

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 12/8 Seth Caddell wrote: In many Protestant churches we lose the impact of the Lord’s Supper. We rush through it once a week, once a quarter, or once a year and move on with the service. We forget the depth with which the early church approached the topic. Gallagher did an excellent job offering insights into the spiritual ... 072 - The Sacred Meal

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 12/7 Seth Caddell wrote: This book is a lovely collection of many favorite hymns, and as a bonus the author shares a story about each hymn in a devotional format. Each hymn is presented on its own page and on the page facing, is scripture and a bit of history on the hymn and its composer.Although I believe a hardback edition ... 071 - Then Sings My Soul

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3 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 11/18 Seth Caddell wrote: I've read several books on grace.  What author hasn't written on grace, or at least had a chapter on the idea?  The Christian life is based in the idea of grace, so for better or worse, it gets mentioned a lot in Christian literature.  Andy Stanley recently released a book on the idea ... 068 - The Grace of God

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/10 Seth Caddell wrote: This book is part devotional, part eclectic fact book.  I prefer to use it as a fact book and occasionally get the wild hair to go read what happened today in church history.  The facts are interesting, and the stories are brief, yet complete.  The reader can use this book to impress friends, ... 065 - On this Day in Church History

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I Lift Up My Soul

I Lift Up My Soul

On 10/27 Seth Caddell wrote: Recently I've gotten a bunch of devotionals to review.  This devotional seemed to be a lot like many others.  Short clips from other books compiled into one devotional.  Unfortunately, for many readers these books feel like you can get a little of everything and nothing all at the same ... 063 - I Lift Up My Soul

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 10/19 Seth Caddell wrote: I'm not a huge fan of specialized devotionals.  I actually hate anything that too pointed.  This book comes across a little too pointed.  A 40 day Bible study for men who enjoy sports.  While that is a large demographic, I wonder why they couldn't have just written a men's devotional ... 062 - Living Life in the Zone

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3 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/13 Seth Caddell wrote: Recently I read “Transforming Church in Rural America” by Shannon O’Dell. Considering that I myself was in a transition from a smaller rural church to a larger urban church I found the book really interesting. In fact, it was so good I bought my old Sr. Pastor a copy. I would highly recommend ... 061 - Transforming Church in Rural America

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5 Stars

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Illegals

Illegals

On 10/5 Seth Caddell wrote: I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the book Illegals.  However, I have come to realize that just because Thomas Nelson publishes a book doesn't mean it's going to be Christian based.  In fact, this book is simply propaganda from the far right.  I thought the issue was poorly flushed ... 059 - Illegals

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1 Stars

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A Leader's Heart

A Leader's Heart

On 9/21 Seth Caddell wrote: I recently received A Leader's Heart by John Maxwell to review. I read through several days worth of devotional thoughts on several different occasions before offering this review. I thought the book was excellent. Perhaps I like it because of the manly look to it, or the manly illustrations, or the ... 058 - A Leader's Heart

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5 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/13 Seth Caddell wrote: What would it be like to live intentionally?  What would it be like to live with boldness?  How amazing would it be if the things we do outlive us?  Those are some of the topics Lucado's latest book tackles.  Not necessarily the most unique topics ever, but when you've published a ... 055 - Outlive Your Life

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3 Stars

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Uncle Sam's Plantation

Uncle Sam's Plantation

On 9/8 Seth Caddell wrote: I should have looked closer before agreeing to review this book. With endorsements from extremists like Rush Limbaugh I should have known better. This book held no surprises in that it approached the topic of poverty from a right wing capitalist viewpoint. Opposing ideas were set up as strawmen only ... 054 - Uncle Sam's Plantation

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1 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Seth Caddell wrote: Rarely am as disappointed in a well published author than when I read through one of their "gift books."  I recently flew through The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews.  I always wonder why a book with half the information of a normal book could be worth the same cost.  The Butterfly Effect ... 053 - The Butterfly Effect

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1 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 8/30 Seth Caddell wrote: Rarely am I as excited about a picture book as I was when expecting this one. The idea behind the book hooked me from the beginning. An artistic compilation of pictures taken from the Hubble Telescope with Scripture and various quotes regarding God’s creation. The book has some of the best photographs ... 052 - The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

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5 Stars

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Patton (The Generals)

Patton (The Generals)

On 8/18 Seth Caddell wrote: I received a free copy of the new book “Patton” published by Thomas Nelson, and I couldn’t be more disappointed. This book takes an amazing war general and tries to turn him into a devout Christian. Most biographies on Patton barely mention his faith, let alone make it vital to the book. However, ... 050 - Patton

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2 Stars

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 8/5 Seth Caddell wrote: William F. Buckley was an interesting man. To be honest, before I requested the biography on his life I had never heard of him before. Buckley was an inspiring character and the book about his life was well written. Jeremy Lott did an excellent job of helping his readers understand Buckley’s life. ... 048 - William F. Buckley

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3 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 7/27 Seth Caddell wrote: It’s hard to write a bad biography over an incredible life. I spent the last couple days reading through Robert West’s biography on the life of Saint Francis. It was incredible. Actually I should say he was incredible. West does an excellent job of writing in a way that doesn’t distract from ... 045 - Saint Francis

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4 Stars

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 7/21 Seth Caddell wrote: The book jungle warfare was a book I reluctantly agreed to read through. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or even if it would be good. But since I was looking for something to read and it was available on Thomas Nelson’s website I requested it. As I first opened it up I realized the book was ... 044 - Jungle Warefare

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 7/13 Seth Caddell wrote: Homelessness is rampant. People without places to lay their heads are found each day. Sometimes it’s easy to simply ignore them and keep walking. This book is about what happens when a homeless man and a wealthy art dealer begin a friendship. The book tackles every issue from modern day slavery ... 042 - Same Kind of Different as Me

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 7/6 Seth Caddell wrote: I’m a huge fan of John MacArthur. I’ve read several of his books and love his commentaries, so obviously I was super excited to get a chance to review one of his upcoming books. The Jesus You Can’t Ignore was an excellent read that included a ton of great material. The book walks the reader ... 041 - The Jesus You Can't Ignore

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A Guy's Guide to Life

A Guy's Guide to Life

On 6/21 Seth Caddell wrote: Jason Boyett hit the nail on the head with this book. The book is specifically designed for teen guys and helping them through all the difficulties they deal with in adolescence. Jason tackles girls, parents, God, purity, and more in the book. The book also offers practical insights into how to shave, ... 039 - A Guy's Guide to Life

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 Seth Caddell wrote: Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have written a new book on Jesus. Just Jesus. Not knowing about Him, or about going to church, or about Christianity, just Jesus. They walk the reader through a basic introduction of who Jesus is and a challenge to return to a relationship with Him. They ask their readers ... 038 - Jesus Manifesto

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Mystically Wired

Mystically Wired

On 5/26 Seth Caddell wrote: Mystically Wired by Ken Wilson is an excellent book on prayer. More often than not books on prayer simply push the reader to just pray more. Block off more time, make sure you go to a certain type of place, or try to pray more often are normal “go-get-em” pep talks that most books give. However, ... 037 - Mystically Wired

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Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

On 5/12 Seth Caddell wrote: Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life was a short read. The book took me less than 24 hours to wade my way through the various quotes. I found some of the quotes good, but questioned when these would be practical. For a pastor like me I have very few needs from a “professional life” quote book. ... 036 - Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

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2 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 5/5 Seth Caddell wrote: I read Searching for God Knows What by Don Miller a while ago. It was a great read, however not the best of Don’s writings. The book covers the topics of self-help formulas, easy promises, and weak Christianity. Miller’s book is quite challenging to the normal view of Christianity that acts like ... 034 - Searching for God Knows What (Expanded Edition)

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/4 Seth Caddell wrote: What happens when life doesn't go as expected? How do we react when things don't go as planned? Pete Wilson does an excellent job of tackling the tough issue of how we should react when things fall through. He cuts through the regular standard Christian answers and gives an honest answer about our reaction. ... 033 - Plan B

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The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

On 4/27 Seth Caddell wrote: Rarely am I as excited to write a review over a book as I am now. The Hole in Our Gospel was an incredible read. I flew through the book in a matter of days and found it to be quite the page turner. Ricahrd Stearns writes with the passion of a twenty year-old and the wisdom of an eighty year-old. ... 032 - The Hole in Our Gospel

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5 Stars

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