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Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation

Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation

On 6/27 Doug Hibbard wrote: Still trying to clean up book reviews. Unfortunately, I let this one slip past me, as it was a great read. Robert J. Morgan spoke to a small pastor's group I was once in, and I was impressed by his compassion and desire to help people grow. He struck me as someone who wanted to help each person he knew ... Book: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation

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5 Stars

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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

On 6/6 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, is a revised/updated edition of one that has been around for a few years. I’ve read the earlier version and found it quite helpful. Short form of the review: grab the update if you liked the original. It’s a smidgen of improvement but well worth it. Now, ... Book: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

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4 Stars

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Practicing the Power

Practicing the Power

On 5/31 Doug Hibbard wrote: Sam Storms’ newest book, Practicing the Power, takes a look at the activity of the Holy Spirit in Christian believers today. At the outset, a few things should be made clear. 1: Storms is writing for Christians, as such the discussion and interaction in this book is meaningless outside of the family. ... Book: Practicing the Power

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3 Stars

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True Faith and Allegiance

True Faith and Allegiance

On 1/3 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s book is that most challenging type of book: it’s a political memoir. I’ve read a few of these, and am always troubled by them. I have yet to read one where the author admits that most of what they did was bad, wrong, ineffectual, or pointless. Maybe I haven’t read enough, but there’s ... Book: True Faith and Allegiance

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4 Stars

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Star Struck

Star Struck

On 11/28 Doug Hibbard wrote: Space. The Final Frontier. Well, those words aren’t exactly mine, but they are words I grew up with and love as a description of the skies above us. While I remember being fascinated by Jacques Cousteau and the underwater world, space was where I wanted to sea, study, and be… (still willing to pastor ... Book: StarStruck

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Teen Study Bible, Hardcover

NKJV, Teen Study Bible, Hardcover

On 9/20 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today, let’s look at the NKJV Teen Study Bible from Zondervan. I’d like to focus on the study helps involved with this Bible, because a simple review is no place to treat with the weighty issues of Bible translation critique. I’ll say this and move forward: there are good reasons to use a translation ... Book: NKJV Teen Study Bible

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4 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 7/15 Doug Hibbard wrote: I enjoy Melanie Dickerson's young adult fiction greatly, so when my dad gave me the option to review her newest book, The Beautiful Pretender, I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed. The Beautiful Pretender, in a pattern set by Dickerson's previous books, is based after a fairy tale, the story ... Book: The Beautiful Pretender

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4 Stars

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Core Christianity

Core Christianity

On 5/24 Doug Hibbard wrote: If you search Amazon.com for “Core Christianity,” you’ll find several books with that title. And a few others that don’t have anything like it in their title. In fairness to author Michael Horton, the full title here is Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story. Being a big fan of ... Book: Core Christianity

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5 Stars

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VIP

VIP

On 4/7 Doug Hibbard wrote: What does it mean to live with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose? (Other than the obvious of endorsing the Oxford Comma in the title, that is.) This little book, VIP, from O.S. Hawkins, the President of Guidestone Financial Resources, presents some of what that means. It is a little book, running about ... Book: VIP by O.S. Hawkins

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4 Stars

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The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

On 1/21 Doug Hibbard wrote: First of all, I’m going to focus on the actual audiobook/dramatization of the New Testament rather than delve into the pros and cons of the New King James Version of the New Testament. I’m not a major fan of that translation, but there’s nothing wrong with it. Second, do keep in mind that this ... Book (sort of): The Word of Promise NT Audiobook

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4 Stars

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 10/30 Doug Hibbard wrote: I was going to save this review until after Halloween…but since Christmas trees are for sale at Target, I might as well go ahead and review a Christmas book. Besides, it’s also a history book. So it’s all good. The Carols of Christmas adds to my shelf of “story behind the song” books, but ... Book: The Carols of Christmas

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4 Stars

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 10/15 Doug Hibbard wrote: Seven lives. Spread across history, starting with Joan of Arc and ending with Rosa Parks, 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness is an introductory biography. Obviously too short to be an in-depth look at any of their lives, the chapter length looks get past the one-sentence summary that we often ... Book: Seven Women and the Secret of their Greatness

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4 Stars

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 9/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, the hardcover of which looks like the picture, is a replacement product for the NIV Study Bible that I had in college. At the moment, it’s available in hardcover. For those who aren’t interested in reading it as a Bible, it therefore works well to break your toes when ... Book: NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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4 Stars

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Evangelicals Around the World

Evangelicals Around the World

On 8/17 Doug Hibbard wrote: What is an “Evangelical Christian?” Other than “Not a Catholic or an Episcopalian,” that is? Trying to nail that answer down first, and then examining the history of what fits with Evangelical Christianity is the opening challenge of this book. After that, Evangelicals around the World addresses ... Book: Evangelicals Around the World

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4 Stars

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Diary of a Jackwagon

Diary of a Jackwagon

On 8/5 Doug Hibbard wrote: Not everything we do has to be deadly serious. One of the main people I rely on to keep me laughing is Tim Hawkins. And, for the first time ever, Tim has written a book! As a fan, I knew what to expect. This a short-chapter paperback that mainly holds Tim’s comedy in written form. The stories and ... Book: Diary of a Jackwagon

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5 Stars

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The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher

On 6/23 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s book delves into Colonial America and looks at two figures that are not typically portrayed together: George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin. While I am not quite certain that I’ll grant Randy Petersen’s subtitle of “The Surprising Friendship that Invented America,” I still find The ... Book: The Printer and the Preacher

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4 Stars

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All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

On 5/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: I had high hopes for The Bible in Pop Culture. After all, finding hidden gems of Scriptural truth in some current media would be a great tool—plus it would provide some guidance about what to spend my personal media consumption budget on. And with some shows and songs truly falling into that “hidden ... Book: The Bible in Pop Culture

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3 Stars

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The Happy Christian

The Happy Christian

On 4/14 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s book, The Happy Christian, comes from pastor/author David Murray. He’s the author of Christians Get Depressed, Too, and Jesus on Every Page. I found value in both of these books, so I was glad to snag The Happy Christian for free for review from Booklook. There are many Christian-themed ... Book: The Happy Christian

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5 Stars

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The Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook

On 2/23 Doug Hibbard wrote: John Maxwell has been writing on leadership since I was in junior high. He’s been at it awhile now, because I’m getting old. His current work is called The Leadership Handbook. The question for a new Maxwell book on leadership is not whether or not the content is quality. That much is assured. The ... Book: The Leadership Handbook

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3 Stars

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No Greater Valor

No Greater Valor

On 2/23 Doug Hibbard wrote: Jerome Corsi’s No Greater Valor tells the story of the Siege off Bastogne in World War II. I find the work worthwhile for the personal reflectionson the war alone, without delving any further than that into the work. World War II is moving from memory to history, and efforts to secure as much memory ... Book: No Greater Valor

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4 Stars

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NASB Note-Taker's Bible

NASB Note-Taker's Bible

On 1/11 Doug Hibbard wrote: First, let me say this up front: I like the New American Standard Bible. That is my go-to translation for just about everything. Yes, there are places where the English is a little stuffy in the NASB. There are some strange phrasings. I find it, though, to be the best Bible in English for study. I am ... Book: The NASB Note-taking Bible

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3 Stars

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

On 11/7 Doug Hibbard wrote: If you are like me, the first thing that comes to mind when the name “David Livingstone” is mentioned is “I presume?” coming from Stanley’s lips. Then I think that the two of them roamed Africa in pith helmets and went on about life. If Jay Milbrandt is right, then I have a weak picture of ... Book: The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year

On 10/15 Doug Hibbard wrote: Yankoski has given the reader a good look at a year in which he walked away from high pressure life and pursued clearer spiritual devotions. During the course of this year, he followed many of the ancient practices of Christianity, including taking time to bake his own bread to consider “daily bread” ... Book: The Sacred Year

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3 Stars

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Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend

Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend

On 9/9 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s book is Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend. It’s at the “I can read! Stage 1” level, meaning a target of mostly beginner readers. Let’s break down three areas: 1. Ease of reading. This is simply worded. The sentences are short. The vocabulary does not include big words ... Book: Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend

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5 Stars

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NIV Fast Facts Bible

NIV Fast Facts Bible

On 7/12 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s Book is another “add-on” packaged with the Bible. The differences of opinion in the Bible translation world over the New International Version and its supporting methodology are well-documented across the Internet, and you can find some who are convinced the NIV is worthless as a Bible. ... Book: The NIV Fast Facts Bible

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2 Stars

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The Case for a Creator Student Edition

The Case for a Creator Student Edition

On 7/8 Doug Hibbard wrote: I’ll start off with this word of warning: I’m not a big fan of “student editions” of books. Typically, I find that a “student edition” cuts out details and background in an effort to hold onto a shortened attention span. This results in a book that falls short in covering the necessary material, ... Book: The Case for a Creator Student Edition

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3 Stars

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Know the Heretics

Know the Heretics

On 6/4 Doug Hibbard wrote: A week ago, we looked Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb. Released at the same time, Know the Heretics is the obvious companion volume to that first work. Historically speaking, one finds that the creeds were often formulated by the councils in response to the heretics, after all. You can’t ... Book: Know the Heretics

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4 Stars

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Know the Creeds and Councils

Know the Creeds and Councils

On 5/27 Doug Hibbard wrote: Quick, tell me what Trent, Nicaea, Heidelberg, and Westminster have in common. Do you know? If you are a Christian, it would be good for you to know. These are someLinks to Zondervan Page, but it's cheaper elsewhere! of the cities where groups of Christians have gathered to express the Christian Faith. ... Book: Know the Creeds and Councils

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4 Stars

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How High Will You Climb?

How High Will You Climb?

On 4/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: I have a shelf of “leadership” themed books in my office. They range from 822 pages of heavy academics down to today’s book, How High Will You Climb? that weighs in at 134 pages of content, plus study guide and endnotes. Yep, endnotes. Boo. How High? is from John Maxwell, who is well-regarded in ... Book: How High Will You Climb?

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4 Stars

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What Works

What Works

On 4/1 Doug Hibbard wrote: This is the best politically-related book with a groundhog on the cover that I have ever read. It certainly supports the idea that groundhogs are conservative by nature, because otherwise I figure the groundhog would be attacking Cal Thomas instead of being happily photoshopped onto his shoulder. I ... Book: What Works by @calthomas

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4 Stars

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The Church Builder

The Church Builder

On 3/18 Doug Hibbard wrote: Books that are intended to launch a series have pitfalls to avoid--you want enough closure to sleep at night, but you also need to want more as the series carries on. Into this, A.L. Shields (or Stephen L. Carter, I'm not sure why you would choose a pseudonym and immediately reveal it) drops a series ... Book: The Church Builder by A. L. Shields

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4 Stars

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Humility

Humility

On 11/20 Doug Hibbard wrote: Today’s book addresses one of the classic questions: can you write a book on humility and not be arrogant for doing so? History is one of the greatest teachers of virtue, and biography a specialist in that field. In his work Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue, David J. ... Book: Humility

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4 Stars

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Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

On 10/4 Doug Hibbard wrote: Davis has made a living communicating, and he started before you could tweet/FB/Youtube your way to fame and a platform. He had to be good at it, and good at it in various venues. The overall method demonstrated in Secrets of Dynamic Communication is about focusing your efforts on the subject and then ... Book: Secrets of Dynamic Communication

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4 Stars

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NIV Integrated Study Bible

NIV Integrated Study Bible

On 9/21 Doug Hibbard wrote: The NIV Integrated Study Bible(NIVISB) is, in all honesty, not what I expected from the title. Taking in the tagline of “A new chronological approach for exploring Scripture” helps a bit with the expectations, so do not judge a book by its title. Not if you can get the full description from a website, ... Book: The NIV Integrated Study Bible

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3 Stars

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God in Slow Motion

God in Slow Motion

On 9/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: Mike Nappa. The name means…well, not a whole lot to me. This man is not the flavor-of-the-month Christian author. Neither is he the latest-greatest-most-spectactularest preacher. Instead, he’s a man who has written books and finds other ways to fill his time and buy his groceries. His latest book ... Book: God in Slow Motion

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4 Stars

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NIV Leadership Bible

NIV Leadership Bible

On 8/8 Doug Hibbard wrote: I will admit to having to get over a bit of an automatic defense against the NIV Leadership Bible. While I have a fondness for fact-assisting study Bibles, like the Archaeological Study Bible or even my NASB Study Bible, when I start seeing specific application Bibles, I get nervous. There are too many ... Book: The NIV Leadership Bible

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3 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 6/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: Biographies. The idea of reading them often intimidates me. After all, while there is much to learn in the lives of others, do I really want to wade through the minutiae of an individual life? There is a gap between the usefulness of reading biographies and the challenge of wading through them. There ... Book: Seven Men and the Secret of Their Greatness

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4 Stars

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The Story of the Voice

The Story of the Voice

On 3/21 Doug Hibbard wrote: Back some 3 years ago, I did a review of The Voice: New Testament. I liked the style of the translation, but had some reservations about the decisions that were made. Since then, there have been some updates and revisions--and not that I think they listened to me, personally, but at least one of my criticisms ... Book: The Story of the Voice

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4 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 1/14 Doug Hibbard wrote: The pictures show what the book looks like, but we all know that there is a difference. A real book is multi-dimensional. It has heft, takes up space that isn’t measured in megabytes, and even has its own smell. Real books are a full-sensory experience. Pictures, while helpful, are never quite like ... Book: Grace by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 10/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: Mondays with My Old Pastor is the story of a young, burned-out pastor prescribed “mandatory rest” by his doctor. He takes part of that time and visits with his old pastor, old being “former and experienced” not “bad old.” The pastor imparts the distilled pearls of wisdom gathered along the ... http://www.amazon.com/review/R1UCTFDZP4DVNV/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0849947251&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

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4 Stars

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 5/23 Doug Hibbard wrote: One of the joys of the internet is that anybody can write a book review. One of the dangers of the internet is that anybody can write a book review. No matter how unqualified the reviewer may be in comparison to the writer---and today is no exception to that issue. After all, John MacArthur has spent ... Book: The Truth About Grace

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4 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 3/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: Reading Dr. Richard Lee's book The Coming Revolution was something of an exercise in repetition for me. That's not to say it was bad, but neither was it distinctively good. It fits along the line of being a clearly articulated vision of America as a Christian nation. Lee puts forth his case that America ... Book Review: The Coming Revolution

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4 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 1/3 Doug Hibbard wrote: Tyndale is a man that deserves more credit than he has received in many parts of the English-speaking church. He was the first to set in motion a translation from the original languages of the Bible into English. His work underscores the King James Version of the Bible, the latter being somewhere between ... BookTuesday: Tyndale

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3 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 11/22 Doug Hibbard wrote: The book is December 1941 by Craig Shirley. It is an historical work, non-fiction. It runs to 544 pages of text, followed by nearly a hundred more of footnotes. That’s the place I’d like to start. Shirley’s goal with this book is to present the state of America and the world during, surprisingly, ... BookTuesday: December 1941

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4 Stars

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Sherman

Sherman

On 11/8 Doug Hibbard wrote: General William Tecumseh Sherman has a mixed legacy, especially down here in the South. Allowing for the need to be direct and strong in war, General Sherman went above and beyond with his decision to incinerate Atlanta after it was captured and other choices to wreak destruction that was incidental ... BookTuesday: Sherman

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4 Stars

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 10/25 Doug Hibbard wrote: I spend a great deal of time trying to help people see that the Bible is a trustworthy book. In fact, my effort is to persuade more than mere trustworthiness, but to show that the Bible can be trusted as divinely inspired and without any error. It's a discussion that comes up with people in church, out ... BookTuesday: Has God Spoken?

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4 Stars

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Pershing

Pershing

On 10/11 Doug Hibbard wrote: John Perry has tackled several biographies, including the aforementioned biography of Lee in this series. Here, he crafts a compelling tale of General "Black Jack" Pershing who commanded the American Expeditionary Force during the Great War, World War I. Pershing is perhaps the least known of the few ... BookTuesday: Pershing

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4 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 9/15 Doug Hibbard wrote: The Christian Encounters Series is a collection of short introductory biographies covering people of literary and historic importance. Other books highlight George Washington Carver, Winston Churchill, and John Bunyan. These books are available in paperback and e-book. My copy of Tolkien is an e-book. ... BookTuesday: Tolkien

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3 Stars

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 8/30 Doug Hibbard wrote: As you can see, the long title of the book is Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. This title is an attempt to summarize the book in five words. And that’s not a bad attempt. The book released in hardcover last year, which my wife graciously gave me for Father’s Day. It’s been available on ... BookTuesday: Bonhoeffer

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4 Stars

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It Couldn't Just Happen

It Couldn't Just Happen

On 8/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: This book is targeted for children to address questions about science and evolution. The title itself should be a clue about the author’s viewpoint and what conclusions are going to be offered in the book. Which is not a bad thing. After all, the target audience is not biology or chemistry researchers ... BookTuesday: It Couldn’t Just Happen

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4 Stars

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 7/25 Doug Hibbard wrote: The Book that Made Your World is an interesting take from a non-Western perspective of the impact of the Bible in English not only upon the Western World but also on other parts of the developing world. This book looks at the development of various inventions, technologies and moral codes across the ... BookSpecial: The Book that Made Your World

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4 Stars

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Time With God For Fathers

Time With God For Fathers

On 4/28 Doug Hibbard wrote: As a gift book, this is short. On its own, that's not good or bad. The buyer should be aware of it, though. This is not a long, in-depth devotional like My Utmost for His Highest or On This Day in Christian History. The author intended short, and short is what you get. The devotionals are good, though ... BookTuesday: Time with God for Fathers

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Doug Hibbard wrote: This book is a departure from the typical Max Lucado fare. If you've typically read Max Lucado, you've seen him illustrate the 23rd Psalm, the story of the Crucifixion, and the return of Christ. He typically writes inspirational stories to illuminate specific passages of Scripture, and he does it well. ... BookTuesday: Max on Life

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Doug Hibbard wrote: Here are a few things this book is not about: Quitting mountain climbing. It’s not that kind of summit. Crystal-clear theology. Let’s clear that up right quick: This book is a fictional story, not a theological treatise. You should never base your theology on fiction. Ever. Fiction illustrates ... BookTuesday: The Final Summit

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 2/28 Doug Hibbard wrote: Next on the docket (and I use that word advisedly) is The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster. Why docket? Because Foster, while now primarily a writer, started his career as a barrister. For my fellow Americans, barrister is the British word for lawyer who argues in court. They have two kinds of lawyers: ... BookTuesday: The Jesus Inquest

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 1/10 Doug Hibbard wrote: I typically choose books from Booksneeze that I really want to read. Occasionally, I take one on to challenge my perspective. In The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher, what I thought would be the former turned out to be the latter. Why? Perspective, mainly. A brief summary of this book will show what ... The Sacred Meal---Book Review

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2 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/3 Doug Hibbard wrote: As you can tell by the above graphic and the oh-so-not deceptive blog title, today we’re looking at Kevin Belmonte’s The Quotable Chesterton. If you’re like me, your first question was: Chesterwho? Well, Belmonte has another book out right now that’s a biography of Chesterton, so I’ll just ... Book Review--The Quotable Chesterton

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4 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful

On 12/22 Doug Hibbard wrote: While this book is fairly new to being published by Thomas Nelson, from whom I received a free copy to review, it's actually been around for a few years. It was originally published by Integrity Publishing, and the copyright is jointly held by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. ... Voices of the Faithful by Beth Moore

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3 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 12/2 Doug Hibbard wrote: It seems that I'm on a Robert J. Morgan kick, but it's mainly that Thomas Nelson has repackaged a few of his works, and these were what was available on Booksneeze lately. This is not a complaint, as I've enjoyed what I've read of his writing, and enjoyed hearing him speak when I was in Monticello and ... Book Review: Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

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4 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/11 Doug Hibbard wrote: Book review: This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan My next book for Booksneeze is On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan. On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes This book is given in the format of a daily devotional book. ... Book Review: On this Day in Christian History

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4 Stars

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 10/30 Doug Hibbard wrote: So, I got my next Booksneeze book for review.  It’s a devotional book, a year’s worth of reading.  Ann asked if I had to take the whole year before I could review it….we decided not. This book is A Year with God by R.P. Nettlehorst: A Year with God The premise of this devotional book ... Book Review: A Year with God

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

Really Woolly Bible Stories

On 10/20 Doug Hibbard wrote: Book Review: Really Woolly Bible Stories Really Woolly Bible Stories Yes, I chose to review and light and fluffy book. Well, fluffy at least. Sheep aren’t light. Ann and I have been swapping Really Woolly cards and gifts for quite some time, and my daughter has a Really Woolly Bible, although I think that’s really ... Book Review: Really Woolly Bible Stories

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4 Stars

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The Treasure of God's Word

The Treasure of God's Word

On 10/5 Doug Hibbard wrote: The Treasure of God’s Word: Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible Some of you may not realize it, but an important milestone is next year:  2011 marks 400 years since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. Now, many people will discount this, since they aren’t major readers of the ... Book Review: The Treasure of God’s Word

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2 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 9/29 Doug Hibbard wrote: I've had Saint Francis for more than a month now and haven't gotten around to writing the review. Sorry about that, folks, but it's been a little hectic. Plus, I had a few reviews with timetables, so those got advanced on the calendar. This little book seems to be quite well written. Robert West writes ... Book Review: Saint Francis

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Doug Hibbard wrote: On to the book: First of all, if you're familiar with Max Lucado and his style of writing, you'll find nothing all that different here. If this is your first pick up of one his books, this is typical of his style. You've got various illustrations, some from Scripture narrative and some from people's ... Book Review: Outlive your life

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Doug Hibbard wrote: Since I started doing book reviews through Booksneeze, Thomas Nelson Publishing's free books for blog reviews program, I've read some books I would have never considered reading, and I've come to like some authors I've never heard of, or would have never heard of. Some of which I really like. One of ... Book Review: The Butterfly Effect

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5 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/7 Doug Hibbard wrote: Anyway, what about this book? First of all, though I have previously reviewed Mrs. Jackson's Mad Church Disease, and, to be honest, was a little harsh about it, I take what she has to say seriously. Why? Well, she's a pastor's daughter from rural Baptist churches, and I happen to be raising 2 of those. ... Book Review: Permission to Speak Freely

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4 Stars

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 7/29 Doug Hibbard wrote: I took this book to review, not because I'm imminently qualified to comment on Christopher A. Cunningham's sales abilities, but rather to take a look at the Christian aspect of this work. I'm far from qualified to critique anyone's sales techniques on their own, because the time I tried to survive as ... Book Review: Jungle Warfare

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/14 Doug Hibbard wrote: There is much talk today about being Christians in the midst of a multi-cultural and pluralistic world. Some of the talk comes from within the family of faith, some from outside, and it raises good questions. What are those questions? Well, there are questions like: "Why is there evil?" or "How can ... Book Review: Beyond Opinion

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The Portable Patriot

The Portable Patriot

On 6/28 Doug Hibbard wrote: As we start towards Sunday's observance of Independence Day here in the United States, it's the perfect time to remember where we've come from as a nation. We should be stopping to remember what price was paid for our freedom, and what we struggled with to reach the point of our freedom. Into this ... Book Review: The Portable Patriot

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5 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/12 Doug Hibbard wrote: Ever read a book that you just kind of wish is true? That's my take on The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews. It's a charming story of love and forgiveness, and it's woven into the historical setting of World War II America. For the narrative alone, the book is worth the read, but the message it contains ... Book Review: The Heart Mender by @andyandrews

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/4 Doug Hibbard wrote: Review: Pete Wilson has written a good book here. I don't think you'll see it go down in history as one of the great classics of Christian writing, but neither should it rapidly find the "please, just take this book away" pile. It's written in an easy style, and the content is well grounded in Scripture. What ... Book Review: Plan B

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4 Stars

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Will the World End in 2012?

Will the World End in 2012?

On 4/12 Doug Hibbard wrote: The world will end!!! We're all going to die!!! Ack! Panic in the streets, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!! If you listen to certain circles in the world right now, you'll hear many things of this sort. It's the current end of the world prediction. The last time I recall such a widespread ... Book Review: Will the World End in 2012?

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2 Stars

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

On 3/30 Doug Hibbard wrote: Winston Churchill (Christian Encounters Series) My latest review for Booksneeze is Winston Churchill by John Perry.  It’s another biography in Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Christian Encounters Series.  Booksneeze provides free books in exchange for honest reviews.  Check it ... Book Review: Winston Churchill by John Perry

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3 Stars

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John Bunyan

John Bunyan

On 3/12 Doug Hibbard wrote: So, John Bunyan, by Kevin Belmonte is today. First, I've never read any other biography of Bunyan. I only recently finished reading Pilgrim's Progress, which is a missing piece of life I'm glad to have filled in this year. Since all I know about Bunyan is that he wrote Pilgrim's Progress and that ... Book Review: John Bunyan

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

On 2/16 Doug Hibbard wrote: This is actually a tough review for me to write. Why? I have greatly enjoyed reading The Voice. It does an excellent job making the story of the New Testament come alive. The use of a screenplay format for dialogue, rather than "Peter answered and said unto him….." followed by "And then John answered ... Book Review: The Voce New Testament

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3 Stars

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Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America

On 1/15 Doug Hibbard wrote: What do I think of this book? Well, I think it's really 2 separate works. So, let's look at each work. The first work is the combined photo layouts of memorials, architecture, and artwork around Washington D.C. and an explanation of the history and meaning of the symbolism behind them. It's based ... Book Review: Rediscovering God in America

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3 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 1/5 Doug Hibbard wrote: Every now and then, when I'm looking through available books from Thomas Nelson's Book Review Bloggers program, I pick something a little out of character for me. Why? So it can sit on a shelf until I'm right up to the deadline, then I read it in a short time span. This time, I picked up The Sweet ... Book Review of The Sweet By and By

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4 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 12/4 Doug Hibbard wrote: A frequent refrain among Christian believers is that “We've read the end of the book, it's all going to be okay!” While that is often a comforting thought, it's not always a practical one. Sure, then end of the book sounds great, but have you read the 20 chapters before that? There's going to ... Living with Confidence: Book Review

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4 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 9/21 Doug Hibbard wrote: Ok, next regular book review for the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger Program is: What's He REALLY Thinking? by Paula Rinehart. Yep. I read another advice for women by women book. Why do I do this? Well, because I've noticed that sometimes these books are good to recommend to others, and, as a pastor, ... http://bubbatherevthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/09/book-review-whats-he-really-thinking.html

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2 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Doug Hibbard wrote: Most people in American Christianity are familiar with Max Lucado. You may not like him, but you've probably heard of him. He's written or co-written several dozen books that are considered "inspirational" as well as participating in many children's books and projects. After so many books, one might ... Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

On 7/8 Doug Hibbard wrote: From my perspective, as a parent and a pastor: It's a children's Bible story book. It's not a Bible. Given that, the stories will be shortened and simplified. Some of the facts will be omitted, some glossed over. One example that a different reviewer pointed out is the book refers to Moses being happy ... Book Review: 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 6/4 Doug Hibbard wrote: So, let's look at this book. I've done it in a question/answer format, using questions I consider when buying a reference work: First question: Is the author qualified to write a resource book like this? Generally, when I look at a resource or reference book, I want to know if the author is qualified. ... Book Review: Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

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4 Stars

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The American Patriot's Bible

The American Patriot's Bible

On 5/14 Doug Hibbard wrote: So, what about The American Patriot's Bible? Well, what you have a is a hardcover New King James Version Bible. The added content involves brief episodes and quotes from American history, primarily from the Colonial Period through the establishment of the Constitution. There are also other quotes from ... Book Review: The American Patriot's Bible

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3 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Doug Hibbard wrote: I've never heard of Andy Andrews. Really. I don't try to live in a bubble, but UPS wasn't a hotbed of motivational speaking, and the Baptist world is, shall we say, a little over-hero-worship oriented, and he's not a Baptist hero. So, not to be rude, but he hasn't made it into my world. Until now. The ... The Noticer

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5 Stars

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Put Your Dream To The Test (Hardcover)

Put Your Dream To The Test (Hardcover)

On 4/25 Doug Hibbard wrote: John Maxwell has written several books on leadership, most of which have dealt with developing your ability to lead others and impact the organizations you are a part of in a positive manner. This latest offering is slightly different. Put Your Dream to the Test focuses more on the individual's leadership ... Book Review: John C. Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test

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4 Stars

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Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

On 3/28 Doug Hibbard wrote: My next review is of Hank Hanegraaff's book, Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century. This is not the first book that Hanegraaff has produced with the main title of Christianity in Crisis. He wrote a book published in 1993 simply titled Christianity in Crisis. Both books, not surprisingly, deal with the ... Book Review: Christianity in Crisis

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3 Stars

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Collapse of Distinction

Collapse of Distinction

On 3/10 Doug Hibbard wrote: Ok, so yesterday I mentioned that I was going be reading Scott McKain's Collapse of Distinction. Today, I'm writing the review.So, what does that mean?I devoured this book. First of all, Collapse of Distinction is not an exceedingly large book. 271 pages, counting index, acknowledgments, contents, ... Book Review: Collapse of Distinction--Actual Review

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5 Stars

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 3/4 Doug Hibbard wrote: Why did I choose to read and review Dr. Earl Henslin's This is your Brain on Joy? I'm pretty sure it was because, at the time, the book review blogger program for Thomas Nelson Publishers didn't have anything else I wanted. However, I'm all about taking on a challenge in a book.I was initially overwhelmed ... Book Review: Dr. Earl Henslin's This is Your Brain on Joy

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4 Stars

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Kiss

Kiss

On 1/30 Doug Hibbard wrote: I must admit that I signed on to review Ted Dekker and Erin Healy's novel Kiss simply because I wanted a new novel to tackle, and didn't want to buy one. So, I figured I'd take a free one. Now, some of this will get trimmed in an actual review of this book, but Christian fiction takes a bad rap. People ... Book Review: Ted Dekker/Erin Healy Kiss

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3 Stars

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For The Tough Times

For The Tough Times

On 1/12 Doug Hibbard wrote: I once had a pastor tell me that he had read some of Max Lucado's books, but found the writing to be 'simplistic' and therefore of little value. Well, this weekend I read Lucado's book For the Tough Times. That's right, it's a nice little book that took just about an hour to read. And I would agree ... Book Review: Max Lucado's For the Tough Times

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4 Stars

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