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Daily Gifts of Grace

Daily Gifts of Grace

On 1/4 Carol Swan wrote: Daily Gifts of Grace, devotions for each day of your year, is written by the Women of Faith team. The devotions are tightly written anecdotes that offer a great mix of perspectives—not just encouragement. The daily devotionals are concise and not provocative, but they are honest, personal and good ... Daily Gifts: Little Bites Full of Flavor

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 11/28 Carol Swan wrote: I just read the revised edition of Healing is a Choice by Steve Arterburn, who also hosts the excellent radio program and ministry, New Life Live. Healing is an excellent personal or church resource. Arterburn structures his entire work around the question Christ poses to the man in John 5:6, “do ... A Perfect Season to Choose Healing

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 11/1 Carol Swan wrote: Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman by Stephen Mansfield is a frustrating read. Why, because Mansfield does not capture the extent of that influence at all. He does a thorough job of highlighting the spiritual celebrities who frequented the Oprah ... Author Fails to Answer His Own Question as to Where

Carol's Rating:

2 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 9/29 Carol Swan wrote: Stained Glass Hearts, by Patsy Clairmont is a treasured collection of faith stories partnered with an "Art Gallery" devotional section including suggested paintings, music and Scriptures to add to the experience and perspective of brokenness and healing. Clairmont uses stained glass as a metaphor for ... Stained Glass Hearts: Faithful Hope and Humor

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 8/9 Carol Swan wrote: The Blessing: Welcome Wisdom The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by John Trent and Gary Smalley offers practical application of the need and benefit of parents blessing their children. It's is not a book about self esteem, but rather a carefully written identification ... The Blessing: Welcome Wisdom

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 5/19 Carol Swan wrote: Beyond Talent by John Maxwell clearly spells out details that, if applied, will lead the reader to expanding productivity and effectiveness. It’s a quality roadmap for personal growth and team building. Also, it’s depth (13 packed chapters) encourages the reader or leader to revisit concepts and ... Beyond Talent: Maxwell Draws Effective Roadmap

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/19 Carol Swan wrote: I participate in a weekly Bible study that just finished Max Lucado's curriculum: Experiencing the Heart of Jesus and it was excellent. So, I jumped at the chance to read his latest work: Max on Life; a collection of 170 faith centered questions and answers posed to Max Lucado as a pastor over his ... Answers to Questions We Often Are Intimidated To Ask

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Shelter of God's Promises

The Shelter of God's Promises

On 2/16 Carol Swan wrote: The Shelter of God's Promises by Shelia Walsh is the best personal Bible study/book that I have read in a long time.  Too often personal studies are difficult to stay with--most studies are best suited in a group setting.  However, this reads like a book with commentary/study aspects that make ... The Shelter of God's Promises Delivers on It's Promise

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/14 Carol Swan wrote: The Quotable Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte captures the brilliance of man but also the importance of his work. Chesterton the apologist, the humorist, the teacher all come through in this thorough and wide ranging collection. Belmonte arranges the quotes alphabetically by topic, covering the spectrum ... Relevant and Witty Thoughts

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 1/3 Carol Swan wrote: The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible: Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith (NKJV) exceeded my expectations, and my expectations were high. I have learned much over the years from Lucado’s relevant and gifted teaching, but this complete Bible, with lessons imbedded into each chapter, and ... Excellent Study Bible for Personal Use

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 12/6 Carol Swan wrote: Then Sings My Soul: Special Edition by Robert J. Morgan is a beautiful and useful collection of 150 hymns--historically beloved hymns such as Amazing Grace, Fount of Every Blessing and Rock of Ages in addition to Easter Hymns, Christmas Hymns and Hymns of Thanksgiving. Even the Star Spangled Banner and ... A Sweet Sound

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 11/8 Carol Swan wrote: R. P. Nettelhorst compiled substantive passages of scripture arranged daily for A Year With God: Make His Thoughts Your Thoughts. In addition to the verses, the entire devotional study is arranged by theme, for example: Love and Hate; Perseverance and Quitting; Hope and Fear for personal application ... Reflecting on What God Actually Says

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 Carol Swan wrote: The Grace of God, written by Andy Stanley (senior pastor of Northpoint Church) is an excellent book which goes far to grasp the depth and consequence of grace in the relationship between God and believer. It would be an effective tool for a small group or class as a study guide, or for personal growth. The ... highlighting-both-grace-and-truth.html

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Leader's Heart

A Leader's Heart

On 9/24 Carol Swan wrote: A Leader’s Heart devotional book by John Maxwell is functional and inspiring for those times where quick and relevant reflection is ideal. The 365 pages of scripture and Maxwell leadership application followed by short journaling space is the perfect way to approach a meeting, a study session, a class ... http://faith-gracenotes.blogspot.com/2010/09/worthy-words-from-leaders-heart.html

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Carol Swan wrote: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado unpacks much of the book of Acts. It’s the story of God working through very ordinary people in very extraordinary ways. It’s also the story of the lasting power of faithfulness. Lucado, with typical poignancy and humor confronts the distance between God’s truth—there ... A Heightened Awareness, A Heightened Response

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Carol Swan wrote: The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews is a lovely collection of stories that moved me to consider how ordinary, but bold faithfulness can have extraordinary impact, blessing many in ways I will never know. It powerfully captures the reality of legacy, inspiring us to appreciate ... An Inspired Twist from Familar Narratives

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/7 Carol Swan wrote: Jackson tells her story beautifully, but also weaves so many other stories into this beautiful collection, this offering of honesty and hope. The honesty of the book comes from no pity, but plenty of compassion. Victims are not presented as helpless, but their path to hope is clearly presented. To capture ... Permission to Speak Freely Speaks to the Heart

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 7/16 Carol Swan wrote: Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God is excellent--a worthy read for anyone who values The Bible as relevant and transforming. What makes Max Lucado's work so special? He captures the lives of men and women from the Bible and tells their story in contemporary terms ... Cast of Characters, An Excellent Work!

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Girl's Guide to Life

A Girl's Guide to Life

On 6/25 Carol Swan wrote: A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier covers both challenges and opportunities girls face in a relevant, readable way. Meier divides effectively the book into three sections: Mind, Bond and Soul. Her writing style works for teens. As an adult and mother of two daughters, at times I thought the author's ... A Girl's Guide Does Tell the Truth

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Change Your Church for Good, Revised

Change Your Church for Good, Revised

On 5/21 Carol Swan wrote: Brad Powell openly shares the story of NorthRidge Church in the Detroit area, weaving it with his personal pastoral story of leading that congregation through significant change in Change Your Church For Good. Powell's aim is to motivate Christian leaders to intentionally embrace change that would ... Positve Story, Limited Impact

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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