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What Works

What Works

On 7/20 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America (Zondervan). Have you seen the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray's character is caught in an alternative reality? If not, you need to know that Murray is a TV weatherman who relives the same day over and over again, February 2, ... What Works by Cal Thomas

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Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

On 7/1 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education. Publisher is Thomas Nelson. I've heard the stories about college students who complete their degrees with thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt only to find ... Is College Worth It? by William J. Bennett

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 3/25 Emily Akin wrote: Did you know that, every day, somewhere in the world, Christians are shunned, tortured, and killed just for being Christian? It's true. But, why don't we hear about it on the evening news or in our newspapers? Persecuted is a joint effort by three authors. Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute is an ... Persecuted, the Global Assault on Christians

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4 Stars

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Everything

Everything

On 1/7 Emily Akin wrote: The title says it all. Everything---that's what you need to turn over to Jesus. Author Mary DeMuth says we should give all our troubles, our gifts, our joys and sorrows. But it's not a one-way street. As we give, find that what we get in return is far more valuable than anything we gave up. We become ... Everything Means Everything

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Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything

On 10/28 Emily Akin wrote: Have you read Heaven Is for Real? If not, you may be the only person who hasn't. It was released in 2010, has been on the best-seller list for weeks and weeks. And---it is still the #61 best-selling book on Amazon as of October 28, 2012. Heaven Changes Everything is a sequel of sorts in a daily reading ... Sequel to Heaven Is for Real

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4 Stars

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Globequake

Globequake

On 10/11 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Living in the Unshakeable Kingdom While the World Falls Apart, Thomas Nelson Publishers. It's about change. It's happening faster than ever before. Something big is coming. The question is, "What?" We're going somewhere in a hurry, but do we really know where? Are we like a swarm of lemmings ... Globequake by Wallace Henley

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4 Stars

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Grieving God's Way

Grieving God's Way

On 8/12 Emily Akin wrote: I chose to review this book because I have experienced the loss of three loved ones in the past couple of years. I felt that, if the author could impress me, then she will have really accomplished something. The promotional material for the book suggests that grief is not something you "get over." It's ... Grief Is a Process Not an Event

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5 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 7/15 Emily Akin wrote: This book is one of The Generals series published by Thomas Nelson. Others in the series include Washington, Grant, Lee, Sherman, Pershing, Patton, and MacArthur. Author Paul Vickery is on the history faculty at Oral Roberts University, and he also serves as a pastor. I was interested in this book because ... Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander by Paul Vickery

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 5/29 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is Signs from America's Past that Signal Our Nations' Future. Dr. Richard G. Lee, pastor of Atlanta's First Redeemer Church, has established himself as an advocate for conservative Christian values. A recurring theme in his books is "there's still hope." No matter how bad things seem, they ... The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard Lee

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 3/7 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It, published by Thomas Nelson. In this election year, you may have heard a lot of talk about the Constitution of the United States, how our government officials have ignored it and ... The Founders' Key by Larry P. Arnn

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4 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 2/1 Emily Akin wrote: "It's never been about leading" appears in very small print on the cover of this book. And that's the initial message. How did we Christians ever get so obsessed with leadership when Jesus explicitly asked us to be followers? In I Am a FOLLOWER: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus, Len Sweet ... I Am a FOLLOWER by Leonard Sweet

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3 Stars

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 12/1 Emily Akin wrote: Last year, this author gave us A Year with God, 365 daily readings using scriptures in which God speaks. See my review at [...]. This book follows a similar format. Each page is about half scripture and half commentary. Pages are numbered, not dated, so that you can start at any point or skip around. ... Spend a Year with Jesus

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4 Stars

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 10/31 Emily Akin wrote: "The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman" is the subtitle and the subject of this book. Funny, I never thought about Oprah's influence on religion. But, author Stephen Mansfield does a thorough job of examining and exposing Oprah's departure from the Christianity of her childhood. Yes, ... Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 9/12 Emily Akin wrote: Is the Bible really the word of God? Or is it just a book of interesting stories and poetry?  Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man of radio, is the author of this very thorough book purporting to prove that the Bible is divinely inspired and historically correct. The full title is Has God Spoken? ... Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 8/15 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective, Thomas Nelson Publishers. Author Patsy Clairmont is a Women of Faith speaker known for her knowledge of the Bible and her use of humor in her writing and speaking. I had never heard of Women of Faith or Clairmont before I read this book. I chose Stained ... Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

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3 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 8/1 Emily Akin wrote: Full title: Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” The current generation is faced with a country that is drifting further and further away from the Christian principles on which it was founded. Be the ... Be the People by Carol M. Swain, Ph.D.

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5 Stars

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 7/4 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization. The Holy Bible has influenced Western culture in ways that never occurred to me before I read this book. The author is from India, and that gives him a unique perspective from which to show us how the introduction of the Bible and Christianity ... The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi

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4 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 5/8 Emily Akin wrote: This biography of J. S. Bach is part of Thomas Nelson's Christian Encounters series. Author Rick Marschall has attempted to present the depth of Bach's Christian faith while also educating the reader about Bach's formidable place in music history. He points out that, while others have concentrated on ... Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall

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4 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 4/4 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam, Thomas Nelson Publishers. William Bennett is a conservative political pundit and author of a number of patriotic-themed books such as America: The Last Best Hope. The publisher describes the book's theme ... The Fight of Our Lives by William Bennett with Seth Leibsohn

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 3/19 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the TITANIC. Published by Thomas Nelson. April 15, 1912---that's the date that the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage from England to New York. It was the newest, the biggest, the fanciest, and supposedly the safest passenger ship ... The Band That Played On by Steve Turner

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3 Stars

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 2/15 Emily Akin wrote: This is the third book in a eight-part series on ancient practices edited by Phyllis Tickle. Sabbath includes extensive notes, a bibliography, and a study guide so that it can be used in group study. Allender points out that contemporary folk just do not understand the concept of Sabbath. First, he ... The Sabbath Is a Gift

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3 Stars

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The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 1/17 Emily Akin wrote: This book was first published in 2004 under the title Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan. With Reagan's 100th birthday coming up this month, this is one of the many books being published to celebrate. This is not a scholarly Reagan biography. Rather, it is more of a spiritual ... The Faith of Ronald Reagan by Mary Beth Brown

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/21 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is Daily Reading and Reflections on God’s Own Words, Thomas Nelson Publishers. What a great idea. Although I’ve seen a number of books concentrating on the words of Jesus, I don’t recall one focusing on the words spoken by God. The author presents Bible excerpts in which God has spoken ... A Year with God by R. P. Nettelhorst

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4 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/17 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs, and Heroes. This book was previously published in 1997 as simply On This Day. The book is well organized in a daily devotion format. Each reading is one page long and includes a Bible verse. The stories are heart-wrenching at times. ... On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan

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3 Stars

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Illegals

Illegals

On 11/1 Emily Akin wrote: President James A. Garfield once said,  "The truth shall set you free, but first, it will make you miserable." I knew exactly what he meant as I read this book. I live in the heartland, so border issues don't affect my everyday life----or so I thought, but I thought wrong.Like everyone who keeps ... Illegals by Darrell Ankarlo

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5 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/15 Emily Akin wrote: Full title is Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East, Thomas Nelson Publishers.What a thorough outline of the origins of the current chaos in the Middle East! Bryant Wright begins at the beginning with Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. ... Seeds of Turmoil by Bryant Wright

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 8/29 Emily Akin wrote: This is the second book in the new Thomas Nelson series entitled The Generals. These biographies trace the life of each general with particular emphasis on the role of faith in his life. Robert E. Lee was the general who led the Confederate forces during the War Between the States (or the Civil War). ... Lee: A Life of Virtue by John Perry

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Patton (The Generals)

Patton (The Generals)

On 8/10 Emily Akin wrote: The Generals is a new book series being published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Patton clears up a number of myths about the famous World War II general. Most of the misconceptions were generated by the popular 1970 movie where Patton was portrayed as a prima donna who was only interested in glory for ... Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny by Agostino von Hassel

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5 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 7/21 Emily Akin wrote: Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God is the full title of this compilation of portions of Lucado's previous books. The "characters" are all familiar figures from the Bible. Lucado chooses an event in the life of each person and analyzes how that person reacted. He also speculates ... Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Mystically Wired

Mystically Wired

On 6/9 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Exploring New Realms in Prayer. Thomas Nelson Publisher.Ken Wilson, a pastor, shares his exploration of prayer practices with a little brain science thrown in. According to Wilson, our brains are wired to be refreshed and calmed by prayer, not bored or stressed. As a pastor, he points out that, ... Mystically Wired by Ken Wilson

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5 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/17 Emily Akin wrote: Full title: The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances, Thomas Nelson Publishers. It's 1942. A young Alabama widow, angry with the world because her husband was killed in the war, stumbles upon a German naval officer who's washed up on the beach near her home. She first wants to finish him off, but ... The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

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Will the World End in 2012?

Will the World End in 2012?

On 4/8 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: A Christian Guide to the Questions Everyone's Asking. Thomas Nelson Publishers.It's everywhere---the hype about 2012 being the year the world ends. Does the Mayan calendar predict that the world will come to a violent end on December 21, 2012? What about the other predictions that seem to confirm ... Will the World End in 2010? by Raymond C. Hundley, PhD

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A Century Turns

A Century Turns

On 3/17 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: New Hopes, New Fears“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This quote (George Santayana) came to mind as I read Bennett’s account of American political history from 1988 to 2008. Beginning with the G. H. W. Bush administration, Bennett gives a fascinating overview ... A Century Turns by William J. Bennett

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The Voice of Psalms

The Voice of Psalms

On 2/25 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle:Psalms Retold by Friend of the Ecclesia Bible Society. With Reflections from the Psalms by Karen Moore and James F. Couch, Jr.Thomas Nelson Publishers.Who doesn’t love the Book of Psalms? It’s the original praise and worship script, the first Judaeo-Christian hymnal. Since I first learned ... The Voice of the Psalms

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3 Stars

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The King and Dr. Nick

The King and Dr. Nick

On 1/17 Emily Akin wrote: Elvis fans, here it is....a first-hand account of Presley's health problems and his use (and misuse) of prescription drugs during his last years. Dr. Nichopoulos was Elvis' doctor and friend for some time, often going on tour with him to manage his medications.Even if you were not a fan, you will enjoy ... The King and Dr. Nick by George Nichopoulos, MD

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5 Stars

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Green

Green

On 11/4 Emily Akin wrote: Full title is, Green: Book Zero, the Beginning and the End (Thomas Nelson). Fantasy fiction is not my thing, yet I chose to review this book out of curiosity, mainly because I was intrigued by the title. Green is the last (and first) book in the Circle series. Hero Thomas Hunter leads the good guys in ... Green by Ted Dekker

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4 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle is What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.Author Marcus Buckingham starts out by revealing that modern women, although they have more choices than their mothers and grandmothers, are not happy. In fact, the older they get, the less happy they are. He says it’s because women ... Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Imagine Your Life without Fear. Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, release date September 8, 2009. Hardcover, $24.99.I can think of no more appropriate topic for today’s economic and geopolitical times. Nor can I think of anyone more qualified to write it than Max Lucado.Even the faithful ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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Let Go

Let Go

On 9/6 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Live Free of the Burdens All Women KnowThomas Nelson, $19.99BuyReada.widgetLink, a.widgetLink:visited {text-decoration: none;font: 10px/10px arial;color:#ffffff}a.widgetLink:hover {text-decoration: underline;}div.widgetDiv {width: 100%;line-height: 22px;cursor: pointer}div.widgetDiv:hover {text-decoration: ... Let Go by Sheila Walsh

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3 Stars

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Read and Share Toddler Bible

Read and Share Toddler Bible

On 8/10 Emily Akin wrote: What a great idea! A child’s Bible with an accompanying DVD. The stories in the book begin with Genesis and progress through the Old and New Testaments with stories about familiar characters like David and Goliath and Daniel and the Lion’s Den. The stories dealing with Christ’s suffering, death, ... Read and Share Toddler Bible

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The X and Y of Buy

The X and Y of Buy

On 7/12 Emily Akin wrote: Subtitle: Sell More and Market Better by Knowing How the Sexes Shop I chose to review this book in my role as a Thomas Nelson book review blogger because I’ve done some marketing and sales work in addition to studying and writing about marketing. It’s an interesting read, although some of the information ... The X and Y of Buy by Elizabeth Pace

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Dred Scott's Revenge

Dred Scott's Revenge

On 5/20 Emily Akin wrote: Full title: Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano What a provocative title! At least it’s provocative if you know who Dred Scott is. If you don’t know, take a side-trip to The History Place now. Judge Napolitano traces the history of ... Dred Scott’s Revenge

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Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

On 4/1 Emily Akin wrote: “Can we find Jesus in popular entertainment?” That’s the question that this study attempts to answer. In a culture that values entertainment above all, Christians often just withdraw by turning off their TVs, home-schooling their children, or forbidding their families to participate in certain ... Culture Warriors, Listen Up

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Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

On 2/25 Emily Akin wrote: Have you listened to TV preachers and wondered where in the world they were coming from? Hank Hanegraaff’s earlier book, Christianity in Crisis warned about a cultic movement within Christianity that would reject the very fundamentals of the Christian faith. This book is an update, providing follow-up ... This Is an Eye-Opener, a Must-Read for Christians

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 2/5 Emily Akin wrote: This is the second book I've reviewed for the Thomas Nelson book review blogger program.Subtitle is "A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth." Dr. Daniel G. Amen, who developed the medical tests and treatments described in the book, wrote the ... This Is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin

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What's Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

On 1/12 Emily Akin wrote: What's Age Got to Do with It?: Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life is by Robin McGraw, wife of TV personality, Dr. Phil. I'm reviewing the book as a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson Publishing. For more information on this program, check out the Web site. I chose this book based on the title ... What's Age Got to Do With It?

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