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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 12/23 TJ Reid wrote: I love to hear people who tell the stories of Jesus and the Bible in such a way that your eyes begin to see what it must have been like, feel what it must have felt like, and then hear him calling to me again. The story of the two men on the road in Luke 24 is something that Loconte tackles in this ... The Searchers - I'm one of them

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3 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 5/21 TJ Reid wrote: When I was 10 years old, I went to my first and only Billy Graham crusade in Cleveland, Ohio. I saw DC Talk climb the side of the stage and sing - which was awesome! Then, finally after all the pageantry, I saw Billy Graham speak and share the Good News of Jesus. It wasn’t anything spectacular. ... Billy Graham in Quotes

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3 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 5/6 TJ Reid wrote: Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler I just got a Kindle Fire and could not wait to read this book on here. This is a book about grilling differently beyond the typical hot dogs and hamburgers. There are sections that deal with poultry, seafood, breakfast and many other amazing options. This book has ... Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler

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4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/16 TJ Reid wrote: I just finished reading about one of the most interesting men ever! His stories of adventure, encouragement, and “whimsy” (his word) captivate you from the first page. This is no ordinary man - but Jesus never meant for us to be ordinary. Bob becomes a new friend as you go through the book ... Love Does by Bob Goff

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5 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 4/3 TJ Reid wrote: This book was a wonderful memoir with poignant stories and thoughts about his father. He leads the reader on a journey that ends up leading you to a deeper faith and considering more of what Jesus is doing in our lives. From his time as a young kid to the lessons he learns along the way of life, there ... Great Book

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4 Stars

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Knock em Dead 2011

Knock em Dead 2011

On 5/18 TJ Reid wrote: It’s a very different game between seeing the statistics of unemployment and being one of the statistics yourself. I would always say, “If they don’t get a job, they’re not looking hard enough.” But that’s simply not true in the economy we find ourselves in right now. And that’s simply ... Knock Em Dead

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3 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 TJ Reid wrote: I never realized how funny, wise, and loving Max Lucado was until I read this book. I’ve enjoyed many of his more recent writings alot. He is a writing machine. But this book definitely is packed with lessons from his life and ministry over the years. He writes on every topic from relationship ... Max on Life

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 TJ Reid wrote: Imagine a room filled with the great men and women from past centuries who have brought their collective wisdom to help humanity whose time is ticking away. Andy Andrews brings us into a room with Winston Churchill, Abe Lincoln, Anne Frank, and many others. I gotta say that this is my favorite Andy ... Final Summit!

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4 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 4/11 TJ Reid wrote: Are you tired of a civilized religion that has the goal of keeping you safe as you serve God? Have you found yourself turned off by the lack of risk and hopelessness you have found in the church? Erwin suggests that it is time for a different way, a barbarian way. We need to unleash our faith and truly ... Unleashed/Barbarian Way

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4 Stars

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 4/6 TJ Reid wrote: The book starts out on a somber note talking about the wisdom that comes to our life when we realize that we don’t have all the time in the world. Mark came to this realization because of a really hard time in his life. Mark goes through this book telling wonderful stories, interweaving great quotes, ... Little Red Book of Wisdom

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3 Stars

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Tithing

Tithing

On 3/29 TJ Reid wrote: Tithing is a book of perspectives. The very word tithing either brings to peoples’ minds a picture of old fashioned religion, or obedience to God’s Word. Honestly, if you’ve heard one sermon about tithing, for the most part you’ve heard them all. One thing I liked about this book was that ... Tithing - a little interesting, little more than that

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2 Stars

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REGGIE

REGGIE

On 3/18 TJ Reid wrote: "Hey, Fat Albert, what you doing in the hall?" they said to Reggie. He said back, "At least I have my own cartoon! What do you have?" That was the beginning of the boldness God would give Reggie in the hallways of his school as a teenager. Years later, God would call him to take that same boldness and ... Reggie Helps You See Your Future

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5 Stars

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/2 TJ Reid wrote: I have no clue about this book, b/c I have never heard of these guys. But I decided to give it a shot and see how I liked it. It was alright, but not great, and I found myself wanting to be done with the book on more than one occasion. The guys are funny at times, but I think I was lost b/c I had ... We Be Big

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3 Stars

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Fasting

Fasting

On 2/23 TJ Reid wrote: Fasting is… It seems like we all fill in the blank for that, because honestly most of us don’t have much of a clue of what it is anyways. For me, I have filled in that blank with words like: torture, bargaining device with God, hard to do, helping God to answer me. Scot McKnight’s book really ... Fasting is Awesome

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5 Stars

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

On 1/23 TJ Reid wrote: In a change of pace, I got the chance to review a 6 week small group and personal curriculum as part of the Booksneeze.com Blog review program. I like the simple decoration of the book – it’s fun to look at the cover as well as the pages. Even on my Kindle it really looked cool. Also, the layout ... Fruit of the Spirit: Love by Calvin Miller

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3 Stars

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Couples Who Pray (Hardcover)

Couples Who Pray (Hardcover)

On 1/16 TJ Reid wrote: I was intrigued by the premise of this book, because they said that the most intimate thing that any couple does is pray together. And they challenged you to pray together for 40 days straight. Not only that, but they challenged Hollywood stars like Denzel Washington and his wife to do it together. ... Couples who pray

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4 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/7 TJ Reid wrote: GK Chesterton was respected not just in Christendom, but across the spectrum because of his brilliant writing and literary criticism. The New York Times thought very highly of him. That’s why I was so excited to get this book, “The Quotable Chesterton” to review. The book is laid out with MANY ... Chesterton is Brilliant

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4 Stars

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The Power-Based Life

The Power-Based Life

On 1/2 TJ Reid wrote: If you’ve ever been in a huddle, you know how exciting it can be to hear a rousing speech and then gather in to shout and run out. However, when the rousing speech lasts for 12 chapters, it can be a little bit draining. I like Mike Flynt – he seems like a really cool guy and I love all the cool ... I got the POW-AH!

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3 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 11/30 TJ Reid wrote: If you’re looking for a book on the conflicts in the Middle East and their biblical origins – you should take a look at this book. However, saying that, I feel like you need to have your own opinion on the Scriptures – because some of what he believes is painted with a broad stroke in this book. First, ... Don't Let These Seeds Grow

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2 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/18 TJ Reid wrote: This book is one that I have found myself going back to every day with anticipation. I want to read the next story of someone in church history who made a difference. You have your big names like Lewis, Bonhoeffer, Wesley, etc. But there are also many other people who I have never heard of that get ... Accessible Christian History

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4 Stars

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I Lift Up My Soul

I Lift Up My Soul

On 10/27 TJ Reid wrote: My father in law loves to watch Charles Stanley and read his books. And having been a fan of his son, Andy’s books, I figured I would give this devotional a try. I was definitely pleasantly surprised to see that it was a hardcover book. That makes it durable and more likely to be brought to many ... Lift it Up

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4 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 TJ Reid wrote: Grace – it’s a word I’m afraid to use sometimes, because of the ways I’ve abused it and seen others do the same. I guess the thing that sucks is I’ve become a “law” guy – which is totally the opposite of the freedom Jesus died to give me. This book by Andy Stanley has convicted me to ... Great Grace

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5 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/12 TJ Reid wrote: At first I asked myself why I was reviewing a book on church in rural America, when I’m a pastor in a church in an urban area. Then, as I started reading the book, I realized that there was so much I could learn from this guy, Shannon O’dell. He was a youth pastor in a large church, and felt God ... Rural or Others will Benefit

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4 Stars

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You Were Made to Make a Difference

You Were Made to Make a Difference

On 10/4 TJ Reid wrote: This is a challenging book written for teenagers – encouraging them to live their life with purpose. It is based on the premise that we were made for God and that we were made to reach out to others. This book is a companion book to the adult version, “Outlive Your Life” by Max Lucado. Students ... Made to Make a difference

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3 Stars

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

On 10/4 TJ Reid wrote: I was asked to review this book as part of Booksneeze.com ‘s Blog Review program. This book is written by a family that has been called, “America’s Cheapest Family”, and has appeared on Good Morning America to discuss how they have saved money on their grocery bills. I must say that this family ... Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 TJ Reid wrote: I had the privilege to read an advanced copy of Max Lucado’s book, Outlive Your Life. It was a really easy, inspiring read. Lately, I have really enjoyed reading Max’s books, especially Fearless! This book is based on the first half of the book of Acts. Each chapter in the book correlates with ... Outlive Your Life - book of Acts

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 TJ Reid wrote: This is a great gift book that is both visually appealing and challenges you to action. Andy looks at the scientific theory that if one butterfly halfway across the world flaps its wings – that it can cause a chain reaction that affects people thousands of miles away. The stories he tells are great. ... The Butterfly Effect

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4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 TJ Reid wrote: I read the gift book, The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews. Then I read this book. It is a children’s book that tells the story of how George Washington Carver’s dad affected the lives of 2 billion people. It starts with the 1940s and how Norman Goulag created a hybrid plant that has saved the ... The Boy Who Changed the World

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2 Stars

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100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

On 8/10 TJ Reid wrote: No hiding it.  I really liked this book!  It is a children’s book that I think every parent would enjoy to read with or without their kids. The book is packed with 100 prayers that people have prayed throughout history with a little devotion for the kid to read or have read to them.  The ... 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear by Stephen Elkins

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5 Stars

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 7/23 TJ Reid wrote: Jesus isn’t tame.  Pastor and author, John MacArthur has written a book that shares with us the bold confrontations of Christ from his time on earth.  He believes that, “What you think of Jesus Christ will thoroughly color how you think about everything else.” Now, let me tell you what I like about this book: ... The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John Macarthur

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3 Stars

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Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

On 6/30 TJ Reid wrote: Recently, I had the opportunity to review the DVD of “Hermie & Friends: Who’s In Charge Anyway?” by Max Lucado. I don’t have kids, but I have friends who have children and that’s part of the reason I wanted to see what this DVD was like. I liked the graphics of the Hermie DVD, which definitely ... Hermie - Who's in Charge Anyway by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Change Your Church for Good, Revised

Change Your Church for Good, Revised

On 6/3 TJ Reid wrote: If changing a church were only as easy as changing a light bulb…we wouldn’t have books like this written.  Brad Powell is the senior pastor of NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, Michigan (not too far from me here in Detroit).  Like a master ship captain, he learned to turn the rudder of the ship slowly and ... Change Your Church for Good by Brad Powell

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4 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/3 TJ Reid wrote: I recently read “Jesus Manifesto” by Len Sweet & Frank Viola.  The book is described as: “Christians have made the gospel about so many things…things other than Christ. What is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more, nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology and not a philosophy. ... Jesus Manifesto by Len Sweet & Frank Viola

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3 Stars

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The Right to Lead

The Right to Lead

On 5/4 TJ Reid wrote: Leadership is a great abstract topic.  However, when you are given a leadership position – is when the rubber meets the road.  John Maxwell has been a leadership expert for many, many years because he has led people for that long!  And in this book he shows us the lives of many other leaders and ... The Right to Lead by John Maxwell

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4 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 4/23 TJ Reid wrote: Social networking has given us a medium to communicate what we think, how we feel, and a place to be focused on ME, ME, ME!  However, if we want to make an impact in this world, we need to connect with people.  Connecting is hard work, but worth the time, effort, and energy we put ... Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – John Maxwell

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4 Stars

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The Voice of Psalms

The Voice of Psalms

On 2/4 TJ Reid wrote: “Why can’t I just hope in God?”  Psalm 42:11, The Voice The Voice of Psalms is the entire book of Psalms in the Voice Project Translation.  It has a Psalms reading plan in the front.  Explanatory notes in the passage.  One of the coolest parts of the Voice are the italicized words which would have been ... The Voice of Psalms Review

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5 Stars

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The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

On 1/22 TJ Reid wrote: “A Scripture Project to Rediscover the Story of the Bible” I love God’s Word.  I love Bibles that open my dulled imagination back into engaging the Scriptures with an open heart and a curious mind.  I believe that the Ecclesia Bible Society and Thomas Nelson have done an awesome job of making a new, fresh Bible. The ... The Voice Review

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4 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 1/12 TJ Reid wrote: Are we missing something?  Is there something big that we omit in our version of Christianity?  Come along on this journey with Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision, as he leaves the CEO world and journeys into Uganda.  Here’s what it says on Thomas Nelson’s page: Preach the ... The Hole in Our Gospel

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4 Stars

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 1/12 TJ Reid wrote: I was really excited to read this book – because are working on getting a men’s ministry started in our church and was looking for some cool resources to help it along.  However, I was a little bit disappointed with this book and what it produced. Here’s what Thomas Nelson says on its site, and ... Living Life in the Zone

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3 Stars

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NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

On 12/15 TJ Reid wrote: I was really excited to get this collection of Bible stories when I ordered it.  I loved the old look they had for the cover.  Thinking about someday reading it to my kids sounded really cool.  I figured it would sit on our coffee table and be fun to read whenever people came over. However, I ... NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

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2 Stars

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The Language of Love & Respect

The Language of Love & Respect

On 11/18 TJ Reid wrote: The principle of how we talk to each other as husband and wife boils down to the fact that women need to know they are loved, and men need to know that they are respected. Emerson does an awesome job with this book in pointing that out. Here is what the website says about this book: “An ... The Language of Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

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4 Stars

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Derailed

Derailed

On 11/7 TJ Reid wrote: What can you learn from former CEOs such as the leader of Home Depot, the maverick of HP, or Westin Hotels’ golden boy?  Plenty! In Tim Irwin’s book, Derailed, he approaches leadership lessons in a refreshing way.  His book starts out with 6 profiles of leaders who were derailed in their leadership of high profile companies.  ... Derailed by Tim Irwin Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 10/19 TJ Reid wrote: Everyone loves a story.  Jesus told parables to open people up to deeper truths.  Andy opens us up through the life of his main character named Jones.  Jones is an old man who seems to show up in people’s lives to help them along and gain perspective on their situations.  As you read, you begin ... The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 TJ Reid wrote: I have never read an entire book by Max Lucado until now.  His new book, Fearless, asks the question, “Can you imagine your life without fear?”  I had to honestly say from the beginning of the book that I couldn’t imagine it.  And if I’m honest, I would say that I’m working on getting more ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

On 3/2 TJ Reid wrote: From Thomas Nelson:  “Starring a Hollywood-level cast of young talent including Cody Linley (Hanna Montana, Dancing with the Stars) as Jesus, AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Mary Magdalene, Jordin Sparks (American Idol Winner) as Elizabeth, Cobin Bleu (High School Musical) ... Word of Promise Next Gen. NT MP3 Set

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2 Stars

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 2/18 TJ Reid wrote: I really thought I would hate this book. As a pastor, I thought that someone’s attempts to cure the joy problem with brain health and mood balancing were heretical and unnecessary.  For most of us, we need to just pray and things will get better.  Right?!? There are 4 things that I learned from Dr. Earl Henslin ... This is Your Brain on Joy Book Review

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4 Stars

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