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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 2/22 jemEDM wrote: I will go ahead and admit it -- I'm a sucker for study Bibles.  When I see one, I want to get it to see how its study notes are different than any other.  The MacArthur Study Bible is the "gold standard" in my opinion, so I confess a hardship in trying not to compare others to it.The NKJV Apply ... Another Study Bible

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4 Stars

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Searching for Jesus

Searching for Jesus

On 1/9 jemEDM wrote: Robert J. Hutchinson has written a chronicle, of sorts, describing his quest to understand who the real, historical Jesus was.  The result is the book Searching for Jesus; and as the title suggests, it leaves anyone still searching for Jesus.  My main complaint is that the book left way too ... Still Searching for Jesus

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3 Stars

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Parables

Parables

On 11/27 jemEDM wrote: John MacArthur has demonstrated, once again, why many consider him to be one of the strongest Bible teachers of the modern age.  In the recent book Parables:  The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed through the Stories Jesus Told, he unpacks these parables and offers the explanation that is ... Power in the Parables

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5 Stars

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Churchill's Trial

Churchill's Trial

On 11/7 jemEDM wrote: Before I launch into the review, please allow me to be upfront -- this is NOT a Christian book even though it is put forward by a "Christian publisher."  The closest it comes to having anything redemptive is in the secondary title of the book where is uses the word "salvation."  The book is ... Churchill's Trial....not an error

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4 Stars

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Slow to Judge

Slow to Judge

On 9/27 jemEDM wrote: David Capes has written a book that will absolutely hurt you to read.  Slow to Judge:  Sometimes its Okay to Listen starts with a focus on a phrase that Solomon used in requesting wisdom from God -- he wanted a "listening heart."  That phrase serves as the foundation for the rest of his ... Slow to Judge...a fast-paced and convicting read

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5 Stars

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 9/13 jemEDM wrote: Before ever reading the information on the back about the author's background, the book itself reveals that Andrew Gant is a musician and scholarly expert on this subject.  His work - The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs -- is scholarly ... Scholarly Work that Requires Some Knowledge Base

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3 Stars

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Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook

On 6/28 jemEDM wrote: If you are a Christian and are not having a regular period of time to teach your children your beliefs, then you must start doing so right now.  This book by Randy Frazee is a good first step.  It does have its issues, which I will outline below, but something is better than nothing.  I ... BELIEVE Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

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4 Stars

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Unoffendable

Unoffendable

On 5/16 jemEDM wrote: Brant Hansen's book Unoffendable was something that capture my attention.  He speaks of making one change that will make all of life better and that change is relinquishing any right to anger.  He argues that righteous anger does not exist and giving up that right to anger is what gives you ... Unoffendable was Uninspiring

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2 Stars

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Unoffendable

Unoffendable

On 5/16 jemEDM wrote: Brant Hansen's book Unoffendable was something that capture my attention.  He speaks of making one change that will make all of life better and that change is relinquishing any right to anger.  He argues that righteous anger does not exist and giving up that right to anger is what gives you ... Unoffendable was Uninspiring

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The Complete 101 Collection

The Complete 101 Collection

On 4/22 jemEDM wrote: John C. Maxwell has put together what I call and "encyclopedia of leadership" in his culmination of the 101 series -- Complete 101 Collection:  What Every Leader Needs to Know.  If you are looking for an in-depth authoritative source, then this is not your book.  If, however, you are seeking ... An Encyclopedia of Leadership

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4 Stars

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NIV Proclamation Bible

NIV Proclamation Bible

On 3/31 jemEDM wrote: As the title of the blog says, the NIV Proclamation Bible is just another Bible.  Having seen the comment by Timothy Keller -- "there are many study Bibles, but none better" -- I had extremely high hopes for this Bible.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed.The Bible is a hardcover, which is not ... Just Another Bible...Not a Study Bible

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2 Stars

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A Warrior's Faith

A Warrior's Faith

On 3/22 jemEDM wrote: If you have read the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle, then you are familiar with the story of Ryan Job.  Kyle goes through that story in-depth and how the SEAL team rallied around for the medical evacuation.  Ryan, despite the gruesome wound and pain, would leave the battlefield under his ... Not a Bad Read, But....

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The Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook

On 1/18 jemEDM wrote: If you are interested in reading The Leadership Handbook:  26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs by John C. Maxwell, do a quick scan of your personal or professional library.  If you find the Maxwell book Leadership Gold, then do not get this book.  The former titled book was previously ... The Leadership Handbook -- It Truly Can Be

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Fairness Is Overrated

Fairness Is Overrated

On 1/7 jemEDM wrote: Leadership books are a “dime a dozen” in the modern day.  By that statement, I imply that nothing is truly novel because the ideas are merely repackaged into a different format.  Fairness is Overrated:  And 51 other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize your Workplace, by Tim Stevens, ... Just Another Dime a Dozen Leadership Book

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NKJV Note-Taker's Bible

NKJV Note-Taker's Bible

On 12/18 jemEDM wrote: Zondervan has produced a hard-backed NKJV Notetaker's Bible, and I am somewhat a fan.  The description by the company says: "finally, a Bible that has plenty of room for taking notes."  Well, as my title suggests, that is sort of true.  This Bible is not a wide-margin with fidelity.  ... Sort of a Wide Margin Notetaker Bible

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The NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible

On 10/23 jemEDM wrote: Thomas Nelson has come out with a new study Bible that they are calling "the complete resource for studying God's Word."  Anytime I see claims of being the complete or entire package, I am immediately skeptical.  I can say, however, that they have come about as close as you can to fulfilling ... A New NKJV Study Bible

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5 Stars

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Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons

On 10/12 jemEDM wrote: Whenever you think of the Biblical King Saul, it is often a fleeting thought.  Most people view him as simply the prefix to the Davidic monarchy.  Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul by Ralph Hawkins and Richard Parrott offers a different view.  They perform an extensive ... A New Look at King Saul

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Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

On 7/8 jemEDM wrote: Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, by Kevin Leman, is appropriately titled.  Far too often, fathers become the dad they want to be -- it is much easier -- with the end result of children that have missed out.  For instance, fathers will put so much effort into the acquisition of stuff because ... Raising Daughters Isn't a "One Time Event"

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7 Ways to Be Her Hero

7 Ways to Be Her Hero

On 6/22 jemEDM wrote: Doug Fields' newest book -- 7 Ways to be Her Hero:  The One Your Wife has Been Waiting For -- is a good attempt to hammer home important points regarding what we, as men, must do in order to lead our wives (and ultimately our homes).  He spends the first couple of chapters as an introductory ... Falling Short of Heroic

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Redefining Leadership

Redefining Leadership

On 6/7 jemEDM wrote: Three words:  a must read!!!!Joseph Stowell's Redefining Leadership:  Character-driven Habits of Effective Leaders is a must read for any Christian currently in a leadership role or aspiring to have a leadership role.  While Stowell does operate from the perspective of shepherd leaders ... Greatness in Leadership is....God-centered!

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How High Will You Climb?

How High Will You Climb?

On 3/22 jemEDM wrote: John C. Maxwell has put forward a brand new book rather than simply updating earlier work, and I am quite a fan of this new book.  How High Will You Climb?  Determine your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude returns back to his roots as a Christian.  Many of his leadership books ... Attitude and Altitude

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Bad Dads of the Bible

Bad Dads of the Bible

On 3/3 jemEDM wrote: Bad Dads of the Bible: 8 Mistakes Every Good Dad Can Avoid by Roland Warren is a much needed work in our modern culture.   The family unit instituted by God consists of a man and a woman working in a partnership for the benefit of the children.  Whenever that model is upset, the consequences ... Fatherhood: the Fortune or Fault of Families

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Christian Faith in the Old Testament

Christian Faith in the Old Testament

On 2/14 jemEDM wrote: Gareth Lee Cockerill’s latest work, The Christian Faith in the Old Testament, is a tremendous read that is packed with proof that the Old Testament is relevant in our modern times.  The beauty of his work rests in the fact that he so clearly presents the implications of Old Testament theology ... Proof that the Old Testament is Relevant

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/4 jemEDM wrote: Tim Stafford’s latest work, The Adam Question, does not explicitly pose the question used as title of this review; however, that is the crux of the entire matter.  As you continue reading my thoughts, be forewarned of the following:  (1) I am not a scientist but am trained in historical and ... The Adam Quest(ion): What Matters Most – God or Science?

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2 Stars

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Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

On 12/13 jemEDM wrote: I have not seen the "popular film series" of the same name that was put together by Chuck Colson; so I cannot comment as to whether Scott Rae's book -- Doing the Right Thing:  Making Moral Choices in a World Full of Options -- is an exact duplicate.  Rae  mentions, during the introduction, ... Headed in the Right Direction

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 11/16 jemEDM wrote: John MacArthur's latest book --  Strange Fire -- offers a strong rebuke against the charismatic movement that many include within the umbrella term of evangelicals.  MacArthur rails against the charismatics as false teachers that purport special revelation from God.  Instead, he argues ... Strange Fire is a Strong Rebuke

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Innovation's Dirty Little Secret

Innovation's Dirty Little Secret

On 11/2 jemEDM wrote: Larry Osborne's book Innovation's Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed where Others Fail is but one of several books in a series put forward by the Leadership Network.  This manuscript fits their Innovation Series, and do not let the size fool you.  Yes, this is a small book with ... Success but a Shortcoming

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31 Days To Happiness

31 Days To Happiness

On 10/8 jemEDM wrote: 31 Days to Happiness:  How to Find what Really Matters in Life, by David Jeremiah, is a solid book that every Christian should read.  Before jumping into the review, understand that this book was previously released under a different title -- Searching for Heaven on Earth.  In my opinion, ... The Hope...and It's not Happiness

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Jesus on Every Page

Jesus on Every Page

On 9/1 jemEDM wrote: David Murray's book Jesus on Every Page is a good read for any believer looking to have a 10,000 foot survey of the Old Testament.  The entire purpose of his book is to ensure that Christians know and understand that Christ can be found throughout the Old Testament -- if we only look for Him.  ... Jesus: An Actor on Stage in the Old Testament Story

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NIV Leadership Bible

NIV Leadership Bible

On 6/27 jemEDM wrote: Zondervan, as a publishing company, has commissioned and produced the NIV Leadership Bible.  The aesthetics of this Bible are wonderful.  Mine was a "duo tone" Italian leather with shiny, golden trim on the pages.  I was shocked at its visual appeal because, quite frankly, I anticipated ... Leading by the Book

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Boundaries for Leaders

Boundaries for Leaders

On 5/18 jemEDM wrote: Are you looking for a leadership treatise that is Biblically based and Christ centered?  If so, this book is not the one for you.  I am not sure why this work is considered a “Christian book” (other than the author’s profession to be a Christian); yet, I do believe this leadership manuscript ... A Five Star Leadership Book

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 4/21 jemEDM wrote: 7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness by Eric Metaxas is a good read.  It is quite clear that the author has the gift of writing – one of which I wished that I possessed.  He turns great phrases and offers neat connections between the selected cast, their character, the choices they made, ... 7 Men Begs 7 Questions

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/30 jemEDM wrote:  Gods at War by Kyle Idleman, in my opinion, is his best work thus far.  He is known for the bestseller Not a Fan, which was an okay book.  It took too much of a “tongue in cheek” approach; however, that is not the case with Gods at War.  This manuscript shoots straight from the ... Get it. Read it. Heed it. Reread it. Live it.

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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

On 3/24 jemEDM wrote: Rice Broocks fully fits the title in his book God’s Not Dead:  Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty.  He adopts an interesting approach to meet this thesis by offering an exposition on some atheistic beliefs based in science before turning to the truth that is God’s Word.   Ultimately, ... The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 2/25 jemEDM wrote: Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians, by Marshall, Gilbert, and Shea, is a rather interested read.  The authors provide a true glimpse across the world as they examine the current Communist nations, former communist countries, South Asia, parts of Africa, and the Muslim world.  By far, ... Painful but Pertinent

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4 Stars

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Jesus Is

Jesus Is

On 2/17 jemEDM wrote: Before launching into this book review, I must divulge a bias that I possess – any book that incorporates in its title something new about God, Jesus, or the Bible immediately arouses my skepticism.   Thus, Judah Smith’s book Jesus Is _____:  A New Way to be Human was evaluated under ... Solid Concept, Slack Execution

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3 Stars

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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

On 1/12 jemEDM wrote: When you discover that the forward of The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Felber is written by Dave Ramsey, you immediately know some of the "twelve keys of successful living" are going to entail -- many of the same things you will hear in the Ramsey Financial Peace University (FPU) series.  ... The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

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The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy

On 12/9 jemEDM wrote: I thoroughly enjoy my opportunity as a Booksneeze blogger and pick book that have topics for which I am greatly interested.  Well, Shannon Ethridge’s The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts is not one of those books.  There is a line at the top of the front cover ... Fantasy Fallacy: A Review

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Grace

Grace

On 11/18 jemEDM wrote: Max Lucado's recent work entitle Grace was rather disappointing to me.  Lucado has a gift of turning a good phrase and offering simplistic explanations, but those strengths can also become a weakness.  The subtitle of his book is "more than we deserve, greater than we can imagine."  If ... Lucado on Grace

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 9/29 jemEDM wrote: In Wisdom Meets Passion, authors Dan Miller and his son Jared Angaza offer an interesting generational analysis that encourages the merger of wisdom and passion.  If you read that first sentence, you are probably wondering about the different last names, but I am not spoiling that discovery for ... Small Nuggets but Not a Large Bar of Gold

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2 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 9/2 jemEDM wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur is the third installment in his "Twelve Series" (my term not his).  It builds upon his previous works Twelve Ordinary Men (about the disciples chosen by Christ) and Twelve Extraordinary Women (an analysis of several prominent women in Scripture).  These ... Unlikely but that's God's Way

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 6/30 jemEDM wrote: Joseph Loconte's book The Searchers is not a theological examination of Luke's account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  If that type of book is what you want, continue your search.Quite frankly, when I started reading his book, I skipped the introduction to save time -- something I never ... The Search is Over

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The Truth About Forgiveness

The Truth About Forgiveness

On 5/12 jemEDM wrote: In concluding the Truth About Series, John MacArthur picks up the theme of Forgiveness.  The progression of this series is quite logical – the Lordship of Christ establishes the fact that His offer of forgiveness can only be accomplished by the grace of God.  The three topics are highly intertwined ... Forgive Me....

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 5/7 jemEDM wrote: In continuing the Truth About Series, John MacArthur tackles a much discussed but little understood tenet of Grace – in this second installment of the three part series. At times, he adopts a historical lens while at other times he incorporates a theological lens. Regardless of the approach, this ... A Graceful Consideration of Grace

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 4/21 jemEDM wrote: I have often criticized smallish theological books for their size. Typically, I have equated light with shallow because some of the deeper conversations were omitted from the manuscript thus leading to the smaller work. Well, that criticism cannot be levied against John MacArthur's The Truth About ... The Truth about the Lordship of Christ

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 4/14 jemEDM wrote: He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado (LUH-KAY-DO….read the book and you’ll understand the pronunciation assistance) has produced a rather interesting look at Christ’s death. He unpacks the different elements of the crucifixion – the nails, crown of thorns, garments, ridicule, etc. – and explains ... He Chose the Nails

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 4/1 jemEDM wrote: Before launching into a review of Mitch Stokes’ A Shot of Faith to the Head, I must first confess some intrinsic bias. I have graduate and undergraduate degrees in history and, in both instances, minored in European Intellectual History. I present that information for one reason – this type of ... Pertinent Philosophy on the Presence of Providence

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 2/12 jemEDM wrote: If you are looking for a quick, easy, soothing read, then The Founder’s Key, by Larry P. Arnn, is not the book for you. Dr. Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College, has produced an in-depth, philosophical, and succinct explanation of what has happened in modern America. He boldly and courageously ... The Dependence of the Declaration and Constitution

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Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth

On 1/5 jemEDM wrote: Moments of Truth, a daily devotional written by John MacArthur, continues his long line of scholarship based upon Biblical truth. You may be thinking that another daily devotional will be just like all the rest – short thoughts to be quickly pondered with a verse and concluding question. While MacArthur’s ... A Different Daily Devotional

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 11/12 jemEDM wrote: The NKJV Expanded Bible, which is part of the Signature Series by Thomas Nelson, fits its name perfectly. This Bible provides additional insight for deeper study. The bold type presents their translation into more modern language while the regular type, within brackets, serves as the expanded portion. ... Some Issues with Expansion....

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 10/15 jemEDM wrote: If you are seeking a “how to” manual in teaching your son the principles of manhood, then William J. Bennett’s The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood is not for you. Rather than clearly describing specific steps or providing teaching principles, Bennett takes a completely different ... Real Manhood....

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 7/17 jemEDM wrote: The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss is a compelling read for anyone but particularly for those in positions of leadership. He divides his book into two sections and offers wisdom for both. While many use this primarily for professional development, he hammers home the truth that you are what ... Wisdom for the Ages...

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Be the People

Be the People

On 6/29 jemEDM wrote: Be the People, by Carol Swain, presents a stinging indictment of American culture. The problem within American culture rests with each individual. We longingly gaze toward those in elected positions to lead us; however, we fail to understand the implications that leadership and positions are not the ... A Challenge for All Americans

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 5/7 jemEDM wrote: Beyond Talent, by John C. Maxwell, continues the long line of leadership books written by the internationally recognized expert. The book was originally released in 2007; however, it has been updated and re-released in 2011. If you have ever read Maxwell, then you immediately know the type, style, ... A Talent Plus Person...

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 jemEDM wrote: In the book The Final Summit, Andy Andrews explores several possible answers to the following question: “what does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward a successful civilization?” Several strong responses are utilized along the way until they ... The Final Summit

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 3/18 jemEDM wrote: Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, a professor at Yale University, provides a cogent defense of capitalist society in his recent book Doing Virtuous Business. While the intent of manuscript focuses upon the incorporation of faith-based practices into corporations, he demonstrates clearly the worthlessness ... Doing Virtuous Business: A Review

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 2/4 jemEDM wrote: The Unknown. A Journey. Discovery. Those short phrases can be used to describe a pilgrimage, but they are also personal thoughts as I perused a copy of Charles Foster’s The Sacred Journey (Thomas Nelson, 2010). Not quite knowing what to expect, I encountered a thought-provoking manual that I read ... The Sacred Journey

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 1/24 jemEDM wrote: Charles Foster, in The Jesus Inquest, provides an examination of multiple sources - medical, social, Biblical, archaeological, and historical - within a legal framework to present the case for and against Jesus. He moved beyond the major parts of the story and examines what the early Christians believed ... The Jesus Inquest

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