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The Confessions of X

The Confessions of X

On 4/20 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: This is the hook for Suzanne M. Wolfe’s latest book, The Confessions of X. No, this isn’t an erotic novel, despite the blood-red cover and giant ‘X’ in the title, but the subject matter is pretty far out of my comfort zone. I’m the type who’s more likely to read Augustine’s Confessions ... Surprisingly very good

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

On 4/9 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Thomas Nelson “Apply the Word” study bible is an excellent little resource and Bible. Using the word-for-word New King James version, this book packs a big punch. Sidebars and extra study resources augment the original text. This is a small little bible, about the size of an ESV Thinline (top), ... Great Bang for Buck

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4 Stars

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We Cannot Be Silent

We Cannot Be Silent

On 2/1 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Christian church in the United States today faces a great challenge. No, I’m not talking about the attack on marriage or the “homosexual threat.” Instead, Christians are finally facing the consequences of lukewarm, cultural Christianity. Churches stand at a crossroads: either we can embrace ... Challenging and Convicting; but also Careful and Compassionate

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5 Stars

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The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

On 12/5 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Owen Strachan’s latest biography, The Colson Way, is on the subject of “Loving your neighbor and living with faith in a hostile world.” Chuck Colson, presidential aide to Richard Nixon turned champion of prison ministry and revitalizing American culture, is his subject. Strachan has created an ... Fantastic biography, desperately important topic these days.

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4 Stars

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 11/11 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Eric Metaxas has already established himself as an excellent biographer with an attention to detail and writing style that is rarely surpassed today. His best-known works are <em>Wilberforce</em> and <a href="http://intothebook.net/bonhoeffer-abridged/"><em>Bonhoeffer</em></a>, two meaty biographies ... Metaxas is flawless, not so much a fan of the "snippet" biography format

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4 Stars

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A Warrior's Faith

A Warrior's Faith

On 9/3 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: A Warrior’s Faith is a closer look at Ryan Job, an elite Navy SEAL who was wounded in action during a tour of duty in the Iraq War. Thomas Nelson describes the book as “a firsthand account of divinely directed change in a man who was transformed by God’s love and who in turn transformed everyone ... Excellent Book for an Excellent Man

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4 Stars

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The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher

On 8/13 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Randy Petersen's latest book, The Printer and the Preacher, is a medium-length biography on Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, telling how together they were broadly influential over the fledgling United States. It's a fascinating book, despite a few flaws, and serves as a great introduction to both ... A solid double-biography

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3 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 5/14 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Art of Work is Jeff Goins’s personal challenge to “live a life that matters.” With an entire generation of millennials now coming of age, everyone’s on the lookout to market to us. We’re skeptical of traditional mass media and blending in, so we want “real” experiences, “genuine” ... Not worth it at all

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2 Stars

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Jesus Swagger

Jesus Swagger

On 4/28 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: "Is your faith for real?" asks pastor Jarrid Wilson in his new book Jesus Swagger. I'll admit, the cards were stacked against this book from the get-go. Everything pointed to a trendy, fluffy "Christian" book that has little of substance to say. At the same time, this effect can be done well (See Trip ... A swing and a miss

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1 Stars

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Rise

Rise

On 4/11 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Rise is Trip Lee’s call to a generation that’s coming of age into a new world full of challenges. Much like the Harris brothers’ Do Hard Things, or John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life, Rise is a call to “get up and live in God’s great story,” ditching the passing pleasures of youth for ... Inspiring for Teenagers

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4 Stars

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No Greater Valor

No Greater Valor

On 2/10 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: No Greater Valor tells the story of the heroic stand of the 101st Airborn Divions, at the siege of Bastogne in World War II. Jerome Corsi compiles many first-hand accounts and military records to draw together a cohesive, gripping account of the final days of World War II. Despite a few flaws, the book ... Pretty decent history book

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3 Stars

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Two Renegade Realms

Two Renegade Realms

On 1/28 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Two Renegade Realms</em> is the continuation of Donita K. Paul's Realm Walkers series. After a good launch with <em><a href="http://intothebook.net/reviews/one-realm-beyond/">One Realm Beyond</a></em>, Paul is back to continue the story of Cantor, Bridger, and Bixby. The stakes are higher than before, ... Pretty Good continuation

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 1/11 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Bonhoeffer: Abridged is a more accessible version of Eric Metaxas’ 624-page biography of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Metaxas has personally trimmed the book, and it ends up at about 40% of the size of the original. For all intents and purposes, it’s a less in-depth but still enlightening look ... Excellent overview

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4 Stars

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

On 11/18 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Daring Heart of David Livingstone, by Jay Milbrandt, is a solid short biography on David Livingstone. Subtitled “African slavery and the publicity stunt that saved millions,” the book centers around the African slave trade and Livingstone’s lifelong fight to abolish it completely. It’s a ... A very solid short biography

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4 Stars

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A Beautiful Defeat

A Beautiful Defeat

On 8/18 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: A Beautiful Defeat, by Kevin Malarkey, is one of the latest books on “Christian living” to come out of Thomas Nelson books. With the subtitle “find true freedom and purpose in total surrender to God,” Malarkey’s book is refreshingly clear and God-focused. In fact, it totally surprised me. Usually ... An excellent book

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4 Stars

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MindWar

MindWar

On 7/29 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Rick is a senior who’s got it all: a beautiful girlfriend, star quarterback for his school, and a football scholarship lined up already. But all that changes when his dad leaves the family and Rick is in a terrible car accident that leaves his legs weak and useless. Crippled and alone, Rick withdraws ... Decent, but not a classic.

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3 Stars

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James: Faith Becomes Real

James: Faith Becomes Real

On 6/26 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: James is my favorite book of the Bible — well, one of them, anyways. I’ve read it for years and have been excited to go deeper in studying it. Because of this, I was really excited to read James: Faith Becomes Real, by Carole Arceneaux. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t fit the bill at all. It’s ... Not the greatest

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1 Stars

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Merlin's Nightmare

Merlin's Nightmare

On 6/8 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I’ve been waiting for Merlin’s Nightmare to come out since I read the first two books in Robert Treskillard’s Merlin Spiral (Blade and Shadow). Merlin’s Nightmare is the conclusion to this trilogy, and it matches the other books well. Whether or not it rounds out the story is another matter, ... good book, unsatisfying ending to the trilogy

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3 Stars

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The Romance of Religion

The Romance of Religion

On 4/12 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: This book is like a fairy tale, kind of: everything turns out right in the end. Mostly. It's an apt description, for this book attempts to describe the real life fairy tale that we are all living: The Romance of Religion: fighting for goodness, truth, and beauty. Even if fairy tales aren't your cup of ... So much potential

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3 Stars

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Firstborn: A Novel

Firstborn: A Novel

On 3/10 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: They say never to judge a book by its cover. I guess I hadn't really taken that to heart. Firstborn, by Lorie Ann Grover, looked really great from the outside. It's a stunning cover, and the book is solid hardback. I couldn't wait to crack this one open. Inside, I found exactly what I was expecting. The ... Firstborn

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2 Stars

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One Realm Beyond

One Realm Beyond

On 2/23 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: One Realm Beyond, by Donita K. Paul, has all of the trappings of a bad, run-of-the-mill fantasy novel: a flashy cover with light trails and bright colors; dragons and riders; and even a catchy name for God: Primen. But despite all this, it's actually a very solid novel, filled with interesting takes ... Pretty good start to a new series

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4 Stars

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Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow

On 2/8 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: After a rough start with book one in The Merlin Spiral, Treskillard is back and better than ever with Merlin's Shadow, bringing an excellent addition to the much-improved Arthurian series. Stakes are higher, tensions run deeper, and unlikely allies are summoned. It's a strong addition to the series, ... Merlin's Shadow - Robert Treskillard

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4 Stars

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 12/18 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Merlin’s Blade, by Robert Treskillard, promises to deliver a fresh take on the often-repeated stories of Merlin and King Arthur, holding out the tantalizing offer of an entire series of Arthurian legends, of which it is only the first. Surprisingly, Merlin's Blade actually meets many of these very ... Merlin's Blade is pretty good

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3 Stars

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 10/27 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Notes is part personal memoir, part science textbook, and part sermon. It was Wilson (along with Annie Dillard) who introduced me to the beauty of science and natural wonder. This is not laboratory science - this is a book of real life. First, Wilson talks about ourselves: what it means to be human. ... Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl - N.D. Wilson

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5 Stars

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Death By Living

Death By Living

On 8/1 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Death by Living, by ND Wilson, is more than just 'a breath of fresh air'. This book is a whirling wind. It is filled with ideas I thought I'd discovered, and yet I am thrilled that this book explores these ideas in greater depth. This books shows you life as a story, a story that God is writing in your ... Hands-down, the best book of the year for me

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5 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 7/10 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: We live in a culture starved of greatness. There are great people, for sure, but what is lacking is a consistent honoring and striving to be great. Men growing up don't have many examples to emulate. This is where Eric Metaxas' book steps in. Seven Men: and the secret of their greatness is his attempt ... Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness

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4 Stars

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The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River

On 5/22 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Other Side of the River is a novel featuring one of the most interesting leaders of the Civil War: Thomas J. Jackson, or Stonewall Jackson. This book leaps inside his head, mixing fact with fiction to examine his faith in God and how it relates to his real-life actions during the battles of the Civil ... The Other Side of the River

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3 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 3/3 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Identity. Who are you? What defines you? These are the questions Mark Driscoll tackles in his book Who Do You Think You Are? — except this is no self-help book. Driscoll asks the question "Who are you?" and then goes on to answer it Biblically. “The fundamental problem we have in this world,” he ... Who do you think you are?

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4 Stars

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A Hero's Throne

A Hero's Throne

On 1/26 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I read The Realms Thereunder, Ross Lawhead's first book, over a year ago, and found it to be a confusing but generally engaging read. The second book, A Hero's Throne follows the trend: it's more than a little confusing in parts, but isn't a terrible book, at least. Still, it probably won't be worth ... a mediocre addition to a mediocre series in general

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3 Stars

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The Truth About Forgiveness

The Truth About Forgiveness

On 12/20 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Truth About Forgiveness by John MacArthur is a simple book. No wasted reading, no redundant explanation, no back-patting, feel-good nonsense: only the truth. It doesn't take up that much space: only 60 pages. But in those 60 pages MacArthur manages to teach more about forgiveness than some books ... The Truth About Forgiveness

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4 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 9/1 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: unning for My Life is the story of a boy named Lopepe from South Sudan who has gone through more hardship than you can dream of, most of it as a child. This book tells his extraordinary story of how he wound up running in the Olympics for the United States. When he was a child of five, Lopepe Lomong ... Running for My Life

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4 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 8/12 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The books in The Generals series from Thomas Nelson consistently rank as some of my favorite biographies, given my love for history and for historical warfare in particular. The latest entry, telling about the life of Andrew Jackson, promised to be interesting. Jackson's a controversial character, so ... Jackson up close and personal

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4 Stars

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 8/10 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: John MacArthur’s book, The Truth about the Lordship of Christ, is a tiny book with a huge message. Unlike many other 'basic' books for Christians, this book doesn't water down the truth of the gospel of Christ in the slightest, something that's becoming harder and harder to find, unfortunately. But ... The Truth about the Lordship of Christ - John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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Crater

Crater

On 4/22 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Crater, by Homer Hickman, opens the Helium-3 trilogy with a story full of Sci-Fi action and fun. But a decent plot stuffed with sci-fi jargon do not make a good story, as Crater unfortunately demonstrates. Read on for the full extent of the terribleness. A mining colony on the moon. A teen sent on a ... This was considered publishable material?

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2 Stars

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Pershing

Pershing

On 10/5 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I have come to really look forward to the biographies in the Generals series by Thomas Nelson for their excellent writing quality and interesting subject material on generals in the United States' past. This book tells of John Joseph Pershing, General of the Armies during World War I. Yet this amazing ... An excellent biography for a forgotten figure

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5 Stars

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Sherman

Sherman

On 9/24 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Generals series has quickly become one of my favorite series of biographies, mainly because of the carefully thought out books and well-written material. Though Sherman: Ruthless Victor, by Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin, is of the same literary quality as its brethren, the man behind the book ... A well-written biography for an undeserving man

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3 Stars

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 9/18 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Fyodor Dostoevsky, by Peter Leithart, is definitely not your average biography. It's written all from the perspective of Dostoevsky himself, relating his life's story to a close friend. It's a unique way to attempt a biography, but Leithart doesn't pull it off flawlessly. Still, it's an interesting biography ... An interesting attempt at a different sort of biography

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4 Stars

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 9/10 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: After my encounter with Stephen Lawhead's book (review here), in which I was totally lost, I was hesitant to read anything with the name of Lawhead on the cover. Thankfully, The Realms Thereunder, by Ross Lawhead (Stephen's son) is an excellent book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Although, it seems to ... A decent book with a good story

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4 Stars

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 8/20 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Usually, when you pick up a series, you get a recap at the beginning explaining what's been happening so far. The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead gives us no such aid. Overall, this book left me extremely confused, and largely biased against ever picking up the series again. I'd heard positive things about ... A disappointing read

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2 Stars

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

On 8/1 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: George Washington Carver, written by John Perry, is a great closer look at one of America’s foremost scientists. This book walks us through Carver’s life, from his difficult childhood to his success at the Tuskegee Institute. It also brings to life the specific struggles which Carver faced during ... A Passable Biography for a Remarkable Man

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3 Stars

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Life Support

Life Support

On 7/28 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Life Support, by Robert Whitlow, is an excellent example of modern fiction, more specifically, the genre of legal thirller. This book has a unique premise, and though there's not much action, the book holds a plot that sucks you in on every page. Whitlow’s words leave you hoping for more; his writing ... Life Support - Robert Whitlow

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4 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/21 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Biographies are always interesting, particularly when they’re on a person I’ve always wanted to learn more about. This biography on J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne, is an excellent quick look into the life of the 20th century’s greatest fantasy writer, or at the very least the most influential. Through ... A great review for a Great man

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4 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 7/12 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I don’t usually read many political books. This is mainly because I don’t know much about the whole business, thus every smooth-talking politician could easily win me over to their side. That being said, I recently finished reading Be the People. I can honestly say that this is the sort of book people ... Be the People - Carol M. Swain

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4 Stars

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 6/3 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Anyone who has read my personal blog or any of my other Into the Book reviews knows that I am not generally a fan of romance (with a few exceptions). I am also vehemently against books that toy with the Bible, or change it in some form. Unfortunately, A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf, does both of these ... A Reluctant Queen

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2 Stars

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Washington

Washington

On 5/19 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I always love biographies, particularly free ones from BookSneeze. Washington, in ‘The Generals’ series, tells of Washington's story, beginning with his ascent to military leadership and ending with his return to Mount Vernon after two terms as president of the United States. This book was a refreshing ... A Legacy of Leadership

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 5/10 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: Time is running out – the human race is hurtling towards destruction. This is the setting in which Andy Andrews’ latest book, The Final Summit, opens. David Ponder, a successful businessman and millionaire, reflects upon his trip through time; when he met with other Travelers, and gained seven Keys ... The Real Final Summit

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2 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I recently finished reading the book “Max on Life” by Max Lucado. This was an interesting read; Max seeks in this book to unlock some of the most basic questions about life. As Max writes, “We have questions. Real, important, and challenging questions.” In this book, he takes around 200 questions ... Max on Life - Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 4/2 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: The Fight of Our Lives is a very recent book by William J. Bennett. I was at first very against this book’s message, and didn’t even want to finish it, but by the end my viewpoint has changed, at least slightly. That being said, I still don’t recommend the book. Choose for yourself in the review ... The Fight of Our Lives - William J. Bennett

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3 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 3/5 A. Andrew Joyce wrote: I am not an avid sports fan - any of my family and friends can attest to that. That being said, I still found this book extremely interesting to read. In a day and age where we have no faith in our heroes, due to scandals, drugs, and messed-up lives, Albert Pujols shines out like a light in the darkness. ... Pujols: Awesome Book!

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5 Stars

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