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There Will Be Stars

There Will Be Stars

On 9/12 Joel Bremer wrote: I have ready all of Billy Coffey's books and this is a nice book to add to my collection. The book is titled, "There will be Stars." Every book Coffey writes is very deep. You cannot sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy a nice relaxing read. His novels make you think. This novel is admittedly ... Another great book by Billy Coffey

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5 Stars

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The Dude's Guide to Marriage

The Dude's Guide to Marriage

On 5/5 Joel Bremer wrote: I love being married, but like every marriage, mine needs attention, and care. Left unattended marriage can fall apart at worse or be sluggish at best. Marriage books abound in this book frenzy world. I just finished reading The Dude's guide to Marriage by Pastor Darrin and Amie Patrick. They have ... A book on marriage guys will actually read!

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5 Stars

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Spent Matches

Spent Matches

On 11/17 Joel Bremer wrote: I picked up this book Spent Matches written by Roy Moran, on a whim. I don't know who he is and why it is called Spent Matches. I picked it up based on what the back of the book said. the first line of the back of the book "Fire up your church." That was enough to get my pastoral engine going. ... Good topic, too confusing

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2 Stars

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The Curse of Crow Hollow

The Curse of Crow Hollow

On 9/19 Joel Bremer wrote: Author Billy Coffey has done it again. He has written a book that is on par with a beautiful painting that is revealed one brush stroke at a time. Mr. Coffey has the ability to write in such a way that you can actually see what is going on in your mind. His southern charm shows up in the pages. Being ... Another great book by Billy Coffey

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5 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 7/14 Joel Bremer wrote: Rachael Held Evans is a blogger. To be honest I never have heard of her until I picked up the book she wrote: Searching for Sunday. The best part of this book is her authenticity. She is rough around the edges and I like that because many Christians wear masks and pretend everything is ok when it is ... I loved this book

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5 Stars

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Life Is _____.

Life Is _____.

On 5/8 Joel Bremer wrote: I loved this book. I watch Judah's sermons from his church in Kirkland wa. and I read what he writes. This book is awesome along with the small group videos you can watch online. This book breaks down our life into 4 categories or purposes. 1)Life is to be loved and to love. 2)Life is to trust ... I loved this book

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5 Stars

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

On 3/10 Joel Bremer wrote: have read almost everything that Max Lucado has written so when I had the opportunity to read a fiction book written by him, i jumped at the chance. This book has a great setting: Coffee, and God what a great combo, lol! This is a great fiction book with a message. A woman has a coffee shop that has ... Great fiction from Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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The Grand Paradox

The Grand Paradox

On 2/13 Joel Bremer wrote: I just finished a new book by pastor and author Ken Wytsma. His new book is called, "The Grand Paradox: The messiness of life, the mystery of God, and the necessity of faith." This was a good book to read on how to have faith in the midst of doubts and questions. Many Christians think that to be a ... Great book when doubting!!!

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4 Stars

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Vanishing Grace

Vanishing Grace

On 1/9 Joel Bremer wrote: When Philip Yancey writes a book I read it. I have loved every book he has ever wrote. I got saved in 1996 and read his book, What's Amazing about grace, and I loved it and it help me grow in Christ. This book Vanishing Grace is a sequel of sorts and it has grown my faith tremendously. I have to say ... A must read from one of the best Christian Authors

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5 Stars

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Killing Lions

Killing Lions

On 10/13 Joel Bremer wrote: John Eldredge is one of my favorite authors pf all time. When I heard of his new book written with his son, i got excited. Killing Lions is a unique book. It is written as a conversation between father and son. The book is specifically written for people in their 20's navigating through life's challenges ... Great book!!!

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5 Stars

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7 Ways to Be Her Hero

7 Ways to Be Her Hero

On 8/8 Joel Bremer wrote: Hey, I just got done reading the book, 7 ways to be her hero by Doug Fields. This is a marriage book written by a guy for guys. It is very hands on and practical. Doug Fields writes in a very humorous way and he will make the guy who hates to read love this book. If you are married and know other married ... I love this book

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5 Stars

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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 6/12 Joel Bremer wrote: I love John Orberg's books. He might just be my favorite author. I have read almost everything he has written. When I saw a new book out called Soul Keeping, I picked it up right away and began reading it. I love this book! This book talks about caring for the most important part of of you. Many ... I love this book

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5 Stars

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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

The Devil Walks in Mattingly

On 4/7 Joel Bremer wrote: I'll admit I am a fiction junkie. I read all sorts of fiction these days. When I had the chance to pick up this book for review, I jumped at the chance. I have read Mr. Coffey's other book, "When Mockingbirds Sing," and loved it. When I began reading this book, I loved reading it immediately. ... Great read on redemption and forgiveness

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5 Stars

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Thrive

Thrive

On 2/23 Joel Bremer wrote: My favorite band is the band Casting Crowns. The lead singer is a man named Mark Hall and when I saw that he wrote a book, I picked up a copy to read. His book is called "Thrive: Digging deep and reaching out." This book was the perfect book to me. As a pastor and follower of Jesus Christ I am always ... I love this book!

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5 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 1/25 Joel Bremer wrote: First of all, I like Rick Warren. I listen to his sermons, I have all his books. I was excited to read this book. I assumed it would be a diet book but I was wrong. It definitely brings in the food part of health but it is so much more. Warren points out 5 parts of the Daniel plan: Faith•Food•Fitness•Focus•Friends. ... A good book for overall health

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4 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 11/29 Joel Bremer wrote: Rarely do I say a book is perfect but this book I just finished is perfect. It was written by Brennan Manning, author of 'The Ragamuffin Gospel.' The Ragamuffin Gospel is a Christian classic book on God's grace for screw-ups. I highly recommend that book. The Prodigal is Brennan Manning's final book. ... The perfect book for the imperfect person! An instant classic from Brennan Manning

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5 Stars

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God of the Underdogs

God of the Underdogs

On 10/23 Joel Bremer wrote: Matt Keller has written a classic book. Everyone of us is an underdog. People have told us that we will amount to nothing, we are not good enough, we will accomplish nothing. If this is you, you will fit right in with the Kingdom of God. The bible is filled with underdogs. From King David, to Samson, ... A great book for the underdog

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5 Stars

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Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

On 9/19 Joel Bremer wrote: One of my favorite communicators of all time has written a book called 'Secrets of Dynamic Communication.' His name is Ken Davis. this man is funny and knows what he is talking about when it comes to speaking in public. As a Pastor i speak in public every week and when I saw this book, i wanted it, ... Great read for communicators

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5 Stars

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All In

All In

On 8/28 Joel Bremer wrote: I just finished Mark Batterson’s new book called ‘All in.’ I have read every single one of Batterson’s books and I have to say, he just gets better. The cover says it all: All in- You are one decision away from a totally different life. Batterson mixes bible truth with personal examples ... Book Review: All in by Mark Batterson

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5 Stars

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Anomaly

Anomaly

On 7/8 Joel Bremer wrote: I am a sucker for science fiction. When I chose to review Anomaly by Krista McGee published by Thomas Nelson Books, I didn’t know what I was getting into except it was a scientific, dystopian world type novel. Anomaly is the first book in a trilogy. This book is very, very well written. It is written ... What a great Book

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5 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/21 Joel Bremer wrote: I rarely read fiction. But I picked up a book from an author I have never heard of. This book is great. In This book, a little girl has a gift of drawing. in the drawing is picture that comes true. So to me she has the gift of prophecy. The girl is asked, 'How did you know?" She responds that it ... Great read!!!

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5 Stars

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Insourcing

Insourcing

On 6/3 Joel Bremer wrote: I love discipleship books. This comes from Randy Pope. This guy has a proven discipleship success story. I want to read that and here is the book. This book is a practical hands-on book for every Christian who wants to grow in Christ in the context of relationships. This is the best book on discipleship ... best book on discipleship

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5 Stars

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 5/13 Joel Bremer wrote: Hey all, I have just finished a great book by Ian Morgan Cron called, "Chasing Francis." I read Cron's other book and was pleased to read this one. I have to admit it is a reprint of his older book from another publisher. This book is a journey of a pastor from a mega church that is more than burned ... Read this book!!!

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5 Stars

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Clean

Clean

On 4/25 Joel Bremer wrote: I have read "Clean" by Douglas Weiss. The Subtitle says it all: "A proven plan for men committed to sexual integrity." I'll be honest, this was a tough book because Weiss tackles a tough subject that many men are unwilling to tackle: sexual integrity. If men are honest, we all are tempted sexually. ... A great resource for men everywhere!

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5 Stars

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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

On 4/13 Joel Bremer wrote: I love books on apologetics (defending the faith). This book is probably the best book on apologetics i have ever read. I would buy this book for a non-believer to read and a believer to study for themselves. This book uses the usual arguments proving God exists: science, the complexity of the universe, ... Great book!

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5 Stars

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Neighbors and Wise Men

Neighbors and Wise Men

On 2/22 Joel Bremer wrote: Neighbors and Wise Men is a great book about finding God in unexpected places. Tony Kriz (the author) was unknown to me when i got this book. but i found out from the cover that He was mentioned in blue like jazz, which i have read and like very much. This book is not priciples or or facts, it is in ... I love this book

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 11/8 Joel Bremer wrote: Max Lucado boos are great for inspiration and to feel good. I recommend his books for anyone. I have 12 Max Lucado books, so you know that i like his writing. This book, Grace, is a good book. Grace is one of those subjects that i read about often. This book is a little, "Fluffy" to me. it didnt ... Book Review: Grace by Maz Lucado

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4 Stars

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Rudy

Rudy

On 9/19 Joel Bremer wrote: My book review of Rudy by Rudy Ruttiger I have watched the movie 'Rudy' many times and have been inspired to have dreams that are beyond your own ability to get them fulfilled. I have watched the movie so many times i can even quote it from heart. It is in fact my favorite movie of all time. All of ... The book 'Rudy,' I love it!

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5 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 8/21 Joel Bremer wrote: Once in a while a book comes across my desk that is great for me to read on a personal level. Then there are books that are great for me to recommend. Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston is a great book to read and recommend to others. This book is recommended for parents of elementary age ... Tough guys and drama queens!

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5 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 6/11 Joel Bremer wrote: When i began to read this book I could immeditly identify with the author. He was a discouraged and burned out pastor. But make no mistake, you definitly dont have to be a pastor to love this book. From the beginning of the book, Navajo visits his old pastor for encouragment and wisdom. As i read ... Great and powerful book

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5 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 5/23 Joel Bremer wrote: Everyone has experienced Empty Promises from people and we have been hurt. Pete Wilson has written a book called "Empty Promises." The truth is, you've been lied to. There are so many things the world offers that only God can deliver. Choose to live for God and He will never leave you with Empty ... Great Book !!!

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5 Stars

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The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 4/9 Joel Bremer wrote: The Jesus we Missed book review I read a book titled "The Jesus we Missed" by Patrick Henry Reardon. I actually really loved it. I think it is time to forget what we have heard about Jesus and get into the Bible and see what the Bible has to say about Jesus. This book helps us do that. This book ... The Jesus we missed review

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5 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 2/13 Joel Bremer wrote: "I am a follwer" is written by Len Sweet. I read his books in college and wasnt the best fan of his writing style. this book intreged me, so i took a chance. I love Sweet's concept that we are all follower of Jesus not leaders. Jesus is the leader, we are the followers. I loved the concept Sweet ... I am a follower review

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3 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 1/4 Joel Bremer wrote: Why men hate going to church David murrow has written a book called, "Why Men Hate Going to Church" I am a pastor so it intreged me. I read it and it was well written and had plenty of stats. I do feel that he stereotyped most men. I do feel that men do need to step up to the plate with teh church ... Why Me3n hate going to church?

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3 Stars

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 12/5 Joel Bremer wrote: I read this book in a couple of sittings. It was a fictional book with a point. Do you have unforgivness in your life? Read this book! Do you know someone who has unforgivness in their lives? Read this book! Does someone have unforgivness towards you? Read this book! My point? Read this book! ... Gotta love this book!!!

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5 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 11/21 Joel Bremer wrote: This is a good book on spiritual growth. This is actually the second book of a series. I read the first one and loved it. I have a few problems with this one. It isn't the subject. it is not even the fact that he uses fiction to teach a subject. The problem with this book is it is too long. I ... Good book, Too Long!

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3 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 9/28 Joel Bremer wrote: I just finished the book "our last great hope" by Ronnie Floyd. Now honestly i have never heard of this guy. as you might have noticed, our world is not going in a positive direction. Our world needs some hope. In this book, Floyd claims that teh worlds last great hope is participation and living the ... Our last great hope

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4 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 8/24 Joel Bremer wrote: Rumor of God I have just read "Rumors of God" by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson. the subtitle got me on this book, "Experiencing the kind of faith you've only heard about." How true. In life it seems that we believe in God but sometimes only hear about the abundant life or joy or peace or miracles. ... Rumors of God

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5 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/13 Joel Bremer wrote: Why God won't go away I have finished 'Why God won't go away" by Alistar Mcgrath. I enjoyed it. This book was a good thing for all the people who are listening to the 'new Athiesim.' The new athiest is not content with just not believing in God but they make sure the world knows that God is a fantesy. ... Why God won't go away

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 6/7 Joel Bremer wrote: This was a book written by Ian Morgan Cron.  This was a memior of his that has led me closer to God.  He takes us on a journey of his childhood to meet his alcoholic father who secretly worked for the CIA.  Through the sad moments we see God peeking through and showing up in his life.  ... Jesus, my father, the CIA, and Me.

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5 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 5/9 Joel Bremer wrote: I picked up the book 'How to write a book proposal' by Michael larsen because one of my life-goals is to write a christian non-fiction.  while i enjoyed the read, i believe it was alot of 'fluff'.  unnecessary words and chapters.  the book could have been shorter and been fine.  i ... How to write a book proposal

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3 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 4/18 Joel Bremer wrote: I just read Unleashed, by Erwin Raphael Mcmanus.  I did enjoy it!  he is a very gifted writer.  I will admit that I wish that there were some aplication points to this book.  He wrote it saying the same thing over and over.  "Live your life full, take risks."  I agree wholeheartedly ... Unleashed the book!

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Joel Bremer wrote: I have read Max Lucado books for a long time.  You have questions about the faith and life.  Max Lucado helps you get to the answers.  This book is great.  each question is easily seen on the top of the page and the answer is creative and not boring.  The Subjects are easy indexed ... Max on Life (Book by Max Lucado)

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5 Stars

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A Conversation with God

A Conversation with God

On 3/16 Joel Bremer wrote: A Conversation with God was written by Alton Gansky. This was a very easy book to read and bery basic. I would put this under the Christianity 101 category. veteren Christians will benifit from this to be reminded of basic questions of the faith and they will be able to help new believers. I would ... A conversation with God

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4 Stars

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 2/16 Joel Bremer wrote: I was given a book by booksneeze.com in exchange of an honest review.  I have never given a bad review before.  but here is my first one.  Brian Mclaren is a controversial pastor, so i knew coming into the read that it might be strange.  This guy is a Universalist at best.  There ... Finding our way book review

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1 Stars

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