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How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

On 6/29 James Barnes wrote: Despite the title of this book written by Todd and Erin Stevens, this book has little to do with how to pick up a stripper. It does however, provide a guide to servant evangelism showing many creative methods to reach people and show them the love of Jesus. The title of the book, How to Pick Up a Stripper ... Very Helpful Book

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5 Stars

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The Extravagant Fool

The Extravagant Fool

On 6/16 James Barnes wrote: Kevin Adams hit rock bottom financially during the recession of 2008 when all of the wealth he had accumulated through years of hard work and careful investments turned bad.  He tried to recover on his own by renegotiating his mortgage and other debts but after several road blocks he decided to ... The Extravagant Fool

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5 Stars

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Moment Maker

Moment Maker

On 3/30 James Barnes wrote: Carlos Whittaker has written a humorous little book called Moment Maker.  Carlos is a musician who leads worship at Crosspoint Church in Nashville.  He has a wife and three kids, and writes about different situations he either creates or is the result of something happening to him.  The ... Moment Maker

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5 Stars

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Thrive

Thrive

On 2/15 James Barnes wrote: Instead of just surviving throughout life you can thrive by developing a deeper relationship in Christ, writes Mark Hall in his latest book, Thrive.  Using examples from his many years working in youth ministry he writes how spending time reading God’s word and in prayer can result in a much more ... Thrive

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5 Stars

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It's A God Thing

It's A God Thing

On 1/30 James Barnes wrote: If you want to read an awesome book, check out: It’s a God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People. If you ever doubted the power of prayer, this book will restore your faith. If you ever questioned the existence of God, this book will strengthen your belief. The book tells the stories of ... Awesome Book!

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5 Stars

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The People Factor

The People Factor

On 1/23 James Barnes wrote: The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose, by Van Moody, is a book I wish was available when I was a teenager. As I read the book I realized how helpful it would have been to keep me from staying in bad relationships, and knowing how to deal ... The People Factor

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5 Stars

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Loveology

Loveology

On 12/18 James Barnes wrote: A new book written by Pastor John Mark Comer of Solid Rock Church in Portland, Oregon tells the Biblical truth of what God intends for men and women in relationships, marriage and sex. He explains many of the cultural myths regarding dating, marriage and sex, and the reasons God created marriage and ... Love-ology

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5 Stars

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Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

On 11/18 James Barnes wrote: Modern men are in a crisis according to Stephen Mansfield, in his latest book entitled Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men. The crisis is found in men who don’t take responsibility for the children they father, and in the increasing number of men entrapped in the criminal justice system. The cause of ... Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

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5 Stars

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 9/28 James Barnes wrote: Matthew West, a contemporary Christian musician, has written the very insightful book: Forgiveness:  Overcoming the Impossible.  The book tells many different stories of people who experienced a tragic event, or having been injured by someone, and how they came to the point where they forgave ... Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible

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Limitless Life

Limitless Life

On 9/14 James Barnes wrote: Derwin Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, near Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the fastest growing churches in the country. In his book, Limitless Life, he writes of his transformation from a fatherless child, to a professional football player, to becoming a pastor. Throughout ... Limitless Life

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God in Slow Motion

God in Slow Motion

On 8/24 James Barnes wrote: Mike Nappa has written over 50 books and his latest, God in Slow Motion, is the first book of his I have read. I think now I’m going to look for some of his other books to read. This book is written in a very easy to follow manner. It doesn’t use a lot of fancy words some preachers use to try ... God In Slow Motion

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 8/4 James Barnes wrote: Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl, by N. D. Wilson, is a pretty strange book.  It is strange because it is not written in the normal way books are usually written.  It really doesn’t have a starting point and an ending point, but is made up of many different sentences, none of which seem to fit ... Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

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Homeless at Harvard

Homeless at Harvard

On 7/20 James Barnes wrote: A new book written by John Christopher Frames tells the story of a group of homeless people living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near one of the country’s elite institutions of higher education.  Homeless at Harvard is written from the perspective of a homeless person since its author spent a summer ... Homeless at Harvard

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5 Stars

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/9 James Barnes wrote: Jeff Schreve, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas, has written a very insightful book explaining the reasons we experience negative emotions.  He writes in a very easy to understand method, using scripture verses, and experiences from his own life, to explain how negative ... Runaway Emotions

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Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 6/23 James Barnes wrote: Lynn Wilder, a former professor at Brigham Young University, writes of her life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and after over 30 years as a devoted follower she discovers the true Jesus of the Bible in the book Unveiling Grace.  She tells of how she was raised in ... Unveiling Grace

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Gifts of Sight

Gifts of Sight

On 6/4 James Barnes wrote: Gifts of Sight, a book written by ophthalmologist Bruce Shields, tells the stories of many of the patients he treated during his distinguished career working at the eye clinic at Duke and Yale University.  In each of the patient’s stories he not only tells of their eye conditions, but he relates ... Gifts of Sight

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5 Stars

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Semi Serious

Semi Serious

On 3/11 James Barnes wrote: Most people by the time they reach their fifties begin to look forward to when they can retire.  Not Charlotte Stone.  She was a middle school teacher when she decided she wanted to become a truck driver. She writes about her experience of quitting her teaching job, going through truck driving ... Semi Serious

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Altar Ego

Altar Ego

On 3/10 James Barnes wrote: Craig Groeschel, one of my favorite Christian writers, wrote a new book titled Altar Ego. You may think Altar is spelled wrong, but that is the way the title of the book is written. In the book he explains the reason for the title as living life as God sees us and not as others do. When we become ... Altar Ego

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/5 James Barnes wrote: Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for your Heart, by Kyle Idleman, is a book that deals with one of the major problems in today’s culture, idolatry. Idolatry is not the worship of golden bulls, like it was in the Old Testament days; today the idols are much different. Today’s idols ... Gods at War

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Grieving for the Glory of God

Grieving for the Glory of God

On 1/20 James Barnes wrote: Connie Summers writes about her experiences after her husband dies in her book Grieving for the Glory of God. The book offers the reader tips on how to deal with people who are grieving by suggesting things to say and things not to say. For people who are grieving due to the loss of their spouse the ... Grievign for the Glory of God

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4 Stars

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Testimonials Of A Biblical Christian

Testimonials Of A Biblical Christian

On 1/14 James Barnes wrote: Periods in my life when I didn’t attend church and had nothing to do with organized religion were times when I fell away from God and sometime questioned my faith. During these periods I was challenged by Satan and fell into sin without any regard to my eternal salvation. Finding a church and attending ... Testimonials of a Biblical Christian: A Nonreligious Perspective of the Holy Bible

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Fake Christianity

Fake Christianity

On 1/1 James Barnes wrote: When I think I’m doing alright in my Christian walk I read a book like Fake Christianity, by C. B. Matthews, and start to question whether I need to make some changes in myself. This book really made me stop and think as I read the different Bible verses and the examples the writer shares from his ... Fake Christianity

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 12/19 James Barnes wrote: The book, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ, is a really good book I’d like to tell you about. It is written by Mark Driscoll, the founder and pastor of Mars Hill Church, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in Seattle, Washington. Each chapter of the books ... Who Do You Think You Are?

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Beyond the Shades of Gray

Beyond the Shades of Gray

On 11/30 James Barnes wrote: The issue of gay rights and whether homosexuality is something a person is born with or can chose is thoroughly explored in the book Beyond the Shades of Gray, by Dean Bailey. The author’s past experience with same sex attraction and homosexual behavior, which he has recovered from, is the basis from ... Beyond the Shades of Gray

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4 Stars

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Neighbors and Wise Men

Neighbors and Wise Men

On 11/25 James Barnes wrote: I’d like to tell you about a book I just finished reading, Neighbors and Wise Men by Tony Kriz. The books tells the story of the author as a young missionary in Albania shortly after the country gained independence from the former Soviet Union. The country of Albania is primarily a Muslim nation ... Neighbors and Wise Men

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4 Stars

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 10/27 James Barnes wrote: With the proliferation of pornography on the web the number of men struggling with porn addiction, and all its side effects, has grown substantially.  Michael John Cusick, in the book Surfing For God:  Discovering The Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, uses his own struggle and how he overcame ... Surfing for God

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5 Stars

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 10/12 James Barnes wrote: I’m an avid reader and one of my favorite types of non-fiction book is the memoir. Among the memoirs I most enjoy are those written by people who are not famous, but have had an extraordinary life and have overcome great difficulties to achieve their goals. The book Cruel Harvest by Fran Elizabeth ... Cruel Harvest

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4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/8 James Barnes wrote: One of my favorite writers is Don Miller. I’ve read all ofhis books and read his blog nearly every day. One day on his blog he had a guest post by Bob Goff, the author of thebook Love Does.  This particular post wasone of the stories from his book, and after reading this one story I knew ... Love Does

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

On 1/1 James Barnes wrote: Most people, I’m sure, would like to be able to turn the clock back and have a redo on one or more choices they made sometime during their life.  Whether it be having just one more drink before hitting the road, or deciding to get married, life is full of life changing decisions and choices that ... If I Knew Then What I Know Now

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/28 James Barnes wrote: Perhaps no other event in the history of the United States resulted in such massive changes to the country as the Second World War.  Even today, seventy years later, the country still feels the affects of the decisions made during that crucial time.  Craig Shirely writes a vivid and detailed ... December 1941

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4 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 11/5 James Barnes wrote: Why Men Hate Going To Church, by David Murrow, is a book I read to review for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and honestly, I really didn’t like it that much.  Let me tell you why.  About the first half of the book is all about the way churches have become feminized and the author uses a lot of ... Why Men Hate Going To Church

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3 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 7/17 James Barnes wrote: Most people would think being blind as a disability, not Michael Hingson, the author of Thunder Dog. Although he has been blind from birth he has learned to ride a bike, drive a car and even fly an airplane. In the book Thunder Dog he tells the story of his amazing life and how he survived the attack ... Thunder Dog

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5 Stars

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The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 1/8 James Barnes wrote: One of my favorite presidents, Ronald Reagan, was not only a great communicator and an astute politician, but also a man of deep faith. His mother Nelle bestowed her strong Christian faith on her son, and throughout his life his faith grew and guided him. In the book The Faith of Ronald Reagan, by Mary ... The Faith of Ronald Reagan

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3 Stars

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The Power-Based Life

The Power-Based Life

On 12/18 James Barnes wrote: Imagine being 59 years old and playing college football. That is what Mike Flynt, the author of The Power Based Life did. Through this experience and many others throughout his life, he has gained insight and wisdom on how to get the most out of life. He uses a lot of sports metaphors and Biblical truths ... The Power Based Life

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5 Stars

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Lies the Government Told You

Lies the Government Told You

On 12/12 James Barnes wrote: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, in the book Lies The Government Told You, writes about the founding fathers and the history of the United States and all the mistruths that were conveyed by the nation’s leaders to consolidate power by the federal government. The book starts with the biggest lie in American ... Lies The Government Told You

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4 Stars

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Start! The Bible for New Believers, NKJV

Start! The Bible for New Believers, NKJV

On 11/26 James Barnes wrote: This is not a typical Bible or even a typical study Bible. This Bible is written in the New King James version making it really easy to read with common every day words. The part that makes this Bible special are the introduction to each book, and the short articles that are gray boxed throughout the ... Start: The Bible for New Believers

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4 Stars

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 10/20 James Barnes wrote: If you have ever questioned the existence of Heaven or God, and wondered if angels are real or what happens when we die, the book Heaven is For Real, by Todd Burpo, will answer all of your questions. Todd tells the story of his four year old, blue eyed son Colton and the experience of his son’s visit ... Heaven Is For Real

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5 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 James Barnes wrote: Whenever I used to read the Old Testament I got the impression that God is an angry, vengeful God. The way He destroyed entire communities for the transgressions of just a few people, seemed pretty harsh to me. After reading Andy Stanley’s latest book The Grace of God, I have a better understanding ... The Grace of God

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 9/29 James Barnes wrote: The book, The Gospel According to Jesus, starts out by asking the question “What is righteousness?” Chris Seay explains through stories, scripture and interviews the meaning of righteousness. The book shows how many Christians struggle with the term righteousness, and how even some seminary students ... The Gospel According to Jesus

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Uncle Sam's Plantation

Uncle Sam's Plantation

On 9/20 James Barnes wrote: Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It, takes a critical look at welfare and other big government social programs. The book shows how the government attempts over the past 70 years at social engineering created a permanent state of poverty. ... Uncle Sam's Plantation

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 James Barnes wrote: This book is totally amazing! Through several true life stories of how one individual’s simple, unselfish act makes a major impact on the history of the world and billions of people, is truly amazing. The author, Andy Andrews, tells the stories in such a style that creates suspense and anticipation ... The Butterfly Affect

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 9/4 James Barnes wrote: This book provides a wakeup call to anyone who is over their head in debt. The author, Amie Streater, writes from her own personal experience of how she got caught up in the belief that she had to maintain a certain lifestyle and finance it all on easy credit. Then she explains how she came to the realization ... Your Money God’s Way

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4 Stars

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Patton (The Generals)

Patton (The Generals)

On 8/22 James Barnes wrote: General Patton is a historical character I learned about in school but I didn’t really know all that much about him as a man. I had seen the move Patton with George C. Scott back in the 70s, but the movie was more about him as an Army General who got into some trouble and was instrumental in defeating ... Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny

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4 Stars

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 8/5 James Barnes wrote: William F. Buckley, the founder and publisher of National Review, and the host of the PBS show Firing Line, is one of the many biographies in Thomas Nelson’s Christian Encounter series. The book, written by Jeremy Lott, provides a brief overview of Buckley’s life without going into too much detail. ... William F. Buckley, by Jeremy Lott - A Book Review

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3 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 7/24 James Barnes wrote: You know the old saying about judging a book by its cover; this book fits this to a tee. When I saw the title of this book I wasn’t sure what it was all about, and the cover said the book was about a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together. ... Same Kind of Different As Me

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5 Stars

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 7/9 James Barnes wrote: I thought I knew Jesus pretty well until I read John MacArthur’s book “The Jesus You Can’t Ignore”. The book reveals the more aggressive, confrontational Jesus that the Bible hints at, and provides the details of the many encounters Jesus had with the false teachers and religious leaders of His ... The Jesus You Can't Ignore: What You Must Learn from the Bold Confrontations of Christ, by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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A Guy's Guide to Life

A Guy's Guide to Life

On 6/19 James Barnes wrote: A Guy’s Guide To Life, by Jason Boyett is a book I wish I had read when I was a teenager. Jason covers a lot of territory on being a teenage boy transitioning to manhood, but he left a lot of stuff out. The book is subtitled How to become a man in 224 pages or less, and as I read through the book I ... A Guy’s Guide To Life - A Review

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5 Stars

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/6 James Barnes wrote: A little while ago I signed up to review a book on my blog and the publisher would send me a free book to review. The first book I got was a romance novel that I didn’t think I would like, but it turned out to be very good. The plot and character development slowly drew my interest into the story ... Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

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4 Stars

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