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Organic Outreach for Families

Organic Outreach for Families

On 4/3 Rachel Miller wrote: While I read Kevin and Sherry Harney's Organic Outreach for Families, I kept thinking "Wow, these people are incredible." I was very challenged to live more openly with our neighbors, striving to make them part of our lives, to interact and to be a light. I appreciated the suggestions as to how to naturally ... example not recipe

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4 Stars

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When Donkeys Talk

When Donkeys Talk

On 2/22 Rachel Miller wrote: With colorful writing and lots of quotations, Tyler Blanski relates his personal faith journey. I can identify with his struggle to find your place in the world and Christianity. Seems he's still on that quest. I do really appreciate his desire to accept Christianity as the Bible presents it with all ... Does Make You Think

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4 Stars

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Live Second

Live Second

On 1/18 Rachel Miller wrote: Bender's Live Second greatly challenged me, particularly to be more actively organizing my time so that I'm more truly giving it to Jesus. I often make excuses, but "God is not at the mercy of our weakness," and "above all God wanted His people to walk humbly before Him." Bender doesn't mince words and ... challenging read

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4 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 9/7 Rachel Miller wrote: Reviewing Tough Guys and Drama Queens made me really nervous about having teenagers someday! The author indicates that parenting is practically a piece of cake until you hit the teenage years. Sigh. I just keep hoping it will get better. It's sure not been a piece of cake so far for me! I really think ... Helpful But Not Much Scripture

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3 Stars

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Our Favorite Sins

Our Favorite Sins

On 3/18 Rachel Miller wrote: Hunter suggests fleeing temptation, practicing small denials of self, spending time in liturgical prayer/meditation as some tools for avoiding temptation by developing an attitude of consecration to God and living for the future not merely the present. Ultimately, I do believe the problem is internal, ... Thoughtful but Limited in Helpfulness

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3 Stars

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From Blah to Awe

From Blah to Awe

On 2/9 Rachel Miller wrote: From Blah to Awe by Jenna Bishop is a quick, easy read, that is appropriately geared to teen girls, definitely not preteens and not more mature adults, I'd say. I would be careful not to pass it off to someone too young as some of these stories deal with disturbing subjects. I liked the stories of missions ... Today's Teenaged Christian Girl

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3 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 1/17 Rachel Miller wrote: Sweet's I Am a Follower was more and less than I expected. I thought that comparing Jesus to a shirtless dancer at a Sasquatch Festival and indicating that we "cease to think when [our bodies begin] to dance to the rhythms of the Spirit" were troubling. I also don't believe it's accurate to string communion ... More and Less than Expected

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4 Stars

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A Conversation with God for Women

A Conversation with God for Women

On 5/17 Rachel Miller wrote: I enjoyed this book by Marcia Ford. She covers so much in her book with a wide-range of questions, some of which include who's in control, who Christ died for, women's place in ministry, whether prayer really makes a difference, if repetitious prayer is okay, why God places restrictions on sex, what's ... Critique of Ford's Conversation with God for Women

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4 Stars

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Save the Date

Save the Date

On 2/16 Rachel Miller wrote: Jenny Jones's Save the Date is a cute, funny, quick, light read. Lucy has a home for girls that's in financial trouble, as it's losing some donor funds. Alex is campaigning for governor but has a reputation for being a ladies' man. When their names are linked by the press, it raises his ratings, so he ... Don't Expect Too Much

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3 Stars

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

On 1/9 Rachel Miller wrote: Calvin Miller's group Bible study book Love, which I got from Book Sneeze to review, is chock-full of references to literature and also has a number of songs and poems. He deals with different aspects of God's love for us and our need to respond. I thought the week on forgiveness a very needful reminder ... Short-Lived Love

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3 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful

On 1/8 Rachel Miller wrote: I read Voices of the Faithful all in one fell swoop, not at all as it's designed to be read, with brief entries for each day of the year. I was profoundly touched by the heart of the missionaries who related victories and struggles, not that much unlike what all Christians face, as they try to make a ... Inspired to be Faithful

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5 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 11/25 Rachel Miller wrote: Hymns for Today Robert Morgan's book Then Sings My Soul, with its hymns and hymn stories, would make a great gift book. It would also be useful to a church songleader who might want to read a story to introduce a hymn sung congregationally. I like the inclusion of many lesser known hymns like "Of the ... Hymns for Today

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4 Stars

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"Big Red" Holy Bible - Contemporary 3-D Art

On 10/19 Rachel Miller wrote: I must admit that I haven't yet finished the entire International Children's Bible that I received a copy of in order to review. But I've read many chapters and verses and a few full books of it and feel I can review it fairly. I think it's a great thing to have a careful translation that uses words ... A New Bible for Children

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/21 Rachel Miller wrote: Max Lucado is always a fabulous storyteller, as is evident in his Outlive Your Life. In this book he challenges Christians to reach out to the needy, to see the different from us as the opportunity to make a difference. I appreciated his pointing out that the Gospel is "the bread" or the essential element ... A Needful Challenge

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4 Stars

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