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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 1/9 Bob wrote: Addressing one of the fundamental issues in human relations, Matthew tackles the difficult subject and presents an excellent approach. This is not a theology or clinical therapy instruction manual. It is a collection of real life situations where forgiveness was the crucial issue. In an era when “bullying” ... Possibilities in Forgiveness

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4 Stars

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Intentional Walk

Intentional Walk

On 9/25 Bob wrote: As a fan of the St Louis Cardinals for over 50 years, it was a delight to read this “behind the scenes” look at many of the men who are on the team. Too much of the media coverage today focuses on the accomplishments or failures of the players’ performances. Besides the sports aspect the remainder ... Real Intentional Walk

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5 Stars

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Fight

Fight

On 7/28 Bob wrote: I remember as a boy that one of the favorite church songs was “Onward Christian Soldiers.” In those post-WWII years, the concept of a war against Satan was still a regular topic of sermons. As the culture has evolved over the past several decades, there is very little emphasis on men maintaining ... Learning to Fight

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4 Stars

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When God Makes Lemonade

When God Makes Lemonade

On 7/3 Bob wrote: I primarily read books that challenge my mind. I love learning new things and gaining insights into scriptural truths. I read few novels. Jacobson has compiled a great collection of stories who share a common theme. Life often hands us unpleasant circumstances, and usually we attribute those negative ... Heavenly Lemonade

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4 Stars

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 5/31 Bob wrote: Over the years various writers have tried to define Pharisaism. It dates from prior to the time of Christ to the present. It seems to simply have a different cultural context, but the foundations are the same in whatever generation it appears. The pendulum swings, and humans react to religious norms ... When the Truth Hurts

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5 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 4/30 Bob wrote: Personal experience is the “proof” of whether we have incorporated biblical principles in our life. As with many of us, we don’t usually discover who we are until we are pressed into a NDE (Near Death Experience). Steve offers this sequel to “The Day I Died” and tells the rest of the story. ... Heaven's Lessons

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4 Stars

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Proverbs Reconstructed

Proverbs Reconstructed

On 2/15 Bob wrote: Gus Dallas provides a subject index for the book of Proverbs. He provides no commentary or additional insight into this great book of wisdom. In a way, God’s Word speaks for itself and is sufficient to accomplish the purpose for which it is written without additional comment. For someone unfamiliar ... Proverbs Indexed

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2 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/13 Bob wrote: This book was a quick and interesting read. I don’t think there was a single new thought throughout and yet I found it inspiring. I found it similar to some of Og Mandino’s books where the messages were to the point, and extra verbiage was avoided. I think the fact that this was an intensely ... When Old is New

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4 Stars

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Rudy

Rudy

On 1/9 Bob wrote: I remember well watching the film, “Rudy.” Even though it has been nearly twenty years, the spirit and inspiration that it incited can still be felt! So it was intriguing to see the book come out almost two decades later—the opposite of most processes. The book was not a disappointment, because ... When a movie becomes a book!

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5 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 12/10 Bob wrote: The title itself should be an alert that something is different. The authors have coined a new word, theography. Perhaps it will become a new genre in books, but since it is unique enough to apply to just one person, maybe not. The book is a long read—requiring more than an afternoon sitting. ... A New Word, A New Book

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5 Stars

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 9/1 Bob wrote: Scott MacIntyre’s story is a contrast to the prevailing philosophies of accepting defeat and settling for being a victim. This story shows the myriad of complications that often are strewn in our life’s pathway. Being a good person or coming from a good family are not exemptions from trouble. Troubles ... By Extraordinary Faith

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5 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 7/10 Bob wrote: Since we are in the midst of a political year, this book has special meaning. It is not only an excellent treatise on the founding of our nation, but it serves as a clarion call to return to the principles that guided us to greatness. As our Declaration of Independence declares, the basic assumptions ... The Founders' Key

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5 Stars

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 6/29 Bob wrote: Father Hunger Douglas Wilson Since fatherhood has been around since creation, it would seem there wouldn’t be a lot of new things to say about the role of a father. However, Douglas Wilson not only offers some fresh insights into the problems so prevalent in our generation, he knocks a home run. ... Father Hunger

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5 Stars

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Our Favorite Sins

Our Favorite Sins

On 5/11 Bob wrote: Todd Hunter addresses an issue that is certainly not new, but too many avoid the question of sin. At one extreme are those who simply ignore the sins of one’s life and focus on the positive emotions in hopes no one (including God) will notice. On the other hand, we have those who become obsessed ... Yes, We Can!

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4 Stars

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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

On 3/16 Bob wrote: Judge Napolitano’s basic views are well known because of his role with Fox News. It doesn’t take long to realize his anti-big government views. While this book is not a religious book per se, the underlying principles to which Napolitano subscribed are decidedly biblical. The Judge’s critics, ... Wake Up, America!

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5 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 2/19 Bob wrote: Leonard has challenged the status quo thinking regarding leadership. In so doing, he moves us away from the secular thinking of our time and back to the philosophies of scripture. Using Jesus’ claim that He was the “way, truth, and life” Leonard builds a case for counter culture living. While ... Modern Day Follower

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5 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 12/19 Bob wrote: This book is a first-person account of one man’s spiritual journey from the depths of an evil heart to one of great redemption. While it does not qualify as great literary writing, the agony of spirit that Michael experienced is fully described. The book was somewhat of a difficult read because it ... Ascent From Darkness

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4 Stars

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 10/25 Bob wrote: The general nature of our culture is to grant too much credence to those in positions of leadership. While Maxwell’s maxims are applicable to the business environment, they are more needed in the church. People in the pew often do not see their importance and defer to the supposed wisdom of the designated ... Discovering Leadership at All Levels

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 9/20 Bob wrote: In reviewing Jennifer Grant’s book, Love You More, I was reminded of the decision my wife and I made forty-one years ago. In 1970, there were virtually no cross-cultural adoptions, whereas they are fairly commonplace now. For us it was adopting a bi-racial girl following the decade of racial unrest ... Adoptive Love

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4 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 8/13 Bob wrote: Carol Swain has written a book that challenges much of current culture’s mindsets. As a black academic, she has earned the right to be heard simply by overcoming the difficulties that so many others blame for their failures. I get disgusted with the lame excuses manufactured by the masses. She ... Let's Be the People

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4 Stars

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 7/25 Bob wrote: As a long-term apologist, Josh has established himself as an advocate of truth, especially written for teens and young adults. His latest book, Check Your Brains At the Door, is a forthright challenge to those who think Christianity is a religion for non-thinkers. He presents the issues in small snippets, ... Don't Leave Your Brain

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5 Stars

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 7/18 Bob wrote: It is not often that I find a book, especially a novel, which captivates me enough to read it in its entirety in a couple days. A Place Called Blessing engaged me both intellectually and emotionally. The story line is simple, but well told. A couple of ironic twists kept the story compelling. As ... A Place Called Blessing

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5 Stars

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 7/12 Bob wrote: The More Things Change Phil Cooke summarizes lessons from life as it relates to change. There are no great moments of original insight, no epiphanies, and no sense that Phil has captured a new perspective on change. Still the book is a great reminder of the things we’ve heard and observed most of ... The More Things Change

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4 Stars

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 4/16 Bob wrote: As a part of “The Ancient Practices” Series, Allender writes on the subject of the Sabbath. As a core belief based on the fourth commandment, he attempts to redefine and challenge the fundamental approaches that religious groups have taken on Sabbath observance. It is difficult assignment indeed. ... Doing the Sabbath

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Bob wrote: Andy Andrews, in his latest book, The Final Summit, weaves a story in both the spirit and general style of Og Mandino. While both the content and storytelling are decidedly Andrews, this book conjured up visions of some of Mandino’s greatest writings. I cannot predict whether this series of David ... Mandino Revisited

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4 Stars

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

On 2/1 Bob wrote: This six week study is part one of a whole series on the fruit of the Spirit. Based on Galatians 5:22-23, Calvin has created an in-depth look at the character traits that flow from a life in the Holy Spirit. Someone has observed that Christianity failure to reach the whole world is based solely on ... Review: Love, cultivating Spirit-given character

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4 Stars

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