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Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

On 4/3 Paula Greene wrote: Ruth A. Tucker’s Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse is her story of being stuck in a marital cycle of domestic violence and how she finally escaped.  She provides hope and encouragement to overcome abuse and its damaging effects.  This ... Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife -- Book Review

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 2/7 Paula Greene wrote: Is there such a thing as communication overload?  I love all the ways I can keep in touch with more people in my life, from a niece that lives 2,000 miles away to old friends from grade school.  I can see what is happening in their lives through social media and feel like we are all walking ... #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World - Book Review

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean

On 12/29 Paula Greene wrote: Sometimes it is just hard to face life.  We want to run from hurt or pain.  If we can't run from it, we want to mask it or cover it up.  Some do this chemically – pain pills, alcohol, weed, food, self-medicating with substances that temporarily replace the yucky feelings with good ones.  ... Coming Clean: A Story of Faith - Book Review

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Slow to Judge

Slow to Judge

On 8/31 Paula Greene wrote: The Christian tendency to rush to judgement to soon or too often stifles dialog.  In David Cape’s book Slow to Judge, he shows that if we listen, we may be given a chance to speak.  However, if you are listening in order to fulfill your agenda of hoping to speak and be heard, you miss ... Slow to Judge - Book Review

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4 Stars

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A Fellowship of Differents

A Fellowship of Differents

On 7/6 Paula Greene wrote: What is your favorite kind of salad?  Simple with iceberg lettuce smothered in ranch dressing? A basic garden salad with tomato slices, cucumbers, and carrots added? Or lots of ingredients like some kale, argula, spinach, cabbage, onions, cheese, croutons, and a little vinaigrette drizzled over ... A Fellowship of Differents - Book Review

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 5/10 Paula Greene wrote: Over the last year or so, I have fallen in love with Rachel Held Evans’ writings because I find myself saying “me too!” as she tells her experiences growing up in the evangelical church.  She fell in love with Jesus, studied furiously, and was intoxicated with certainty.  Eventually, ... Searching for Sunday - Book Review

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Simply Open

Simply Open

On 3/2 Paula Greene wrote: God is open with us, yet a Great Mystery.  He desires us to know Him, but no matter how much we pursue, we never fully arrive or understand.  His hugeness cannot be contained in our doctrinal boxes, codified dogmas, or even the Bible.  If we want to grow, deepen, and understand ... Simply Open - Book Review

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The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year

On 12/26 Paula Greene wrote: What can the spiritual practices of the ancients of 1500 years ago teach me that is relevant to my relationship with God and others in this post-modern age?  What purpose can these practices serve in this high-strung, hurried and superficial world where we seek to define ourselves and our significance ... The Sacred Year - Book Review

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Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness

On 10/28 Paula Greene wrote: Spiritual memoirs are my favorite genre right now, especially when I read snippets of the journeys of others that help me put words to my own.  Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again,is Preston Yancey’s  journey of a faith that fell apart and what he found ... Tables in the Wilderness - A Spiritual Memoir

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NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

NIV Streams in the Desert Bible

On 9/20 Paula Greene wrote: When I picked up Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman at a library book sale a few years ago, I had never heard of it.  After after I fell in love with what I thought was an obscure little devotional book, I discovered it was actually a best seller.  L.B. Cowman was a missionary with her husband ... Streams in the Desert Devotional Bible - Book Review

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Framing Faith

Framing Faith

On 7/20 Paula Greene wrote: Have you ever experienced that moment when something strikes you, figuratively, causing everything around you to fade and noises to muffle as you focus on the moment?  Matt Knisely calls them “chasing sunsets” – the moments we experience something so powerful, so intense, so beautiful, that ... Framing Faith - Book Review

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Know the Creeds and Councils

Know the Creeds and Councils

On 6/20 Paula Greene wrote: I was raised in a Southern Baptist tradition that rejected creeds, catechisms, and councils.  Yet the denomination conducts denominational meetings much like a council that lays out the representation of its beliefs on a regular basis in a type of confession.  In a tradition of rejecting tradition, ... Why Know about the Christian Creeds & Councils?

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Home Behind the Sun

Home Behind the Sun

On 5/12 Paula Greene wrote: Rather than waiting for the next big event or circumstance, I want to find significance in the daily slog, to discover the beauty, mystery, and thrill of life even in the mundane.  In the book Home Behind the  Sun: Connect with God in the Brilliance of the Everyday, by Timothy Willard and Jason ... Home Behind the Sun - Book Review

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Moment Maker

Moment Maker

On 3/30 Paula Greene wrote: Life is made up of moments.  Some are anticipated, others take us by surprise.  Some just happen, others we can make happen.  Moments are fleeting, but we can make them meaningful.   Moments can have a huge impact.A car broken down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere ... Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You - Book Review

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The Romance of Religion

The Romance of Religion

On 2/16 Paula Greene wrote: “I’m not religious, but I am a Christ follower.” I hear this in my circle of friends and guilty of saying it myself.  It seems no one wants to admit to being "religious", because religion is rules, dogma, and rituals.  Following Jesus isn’t about those things, even though it does involve ... The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, & Beauty - Book Review

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Satisfied

Satisfied

On 1/16 Paula Greene wrote: We live in a consumer-driven, debt-ridden, advertisement-saturated culture.  We know that our self-worth does not equate with our net-worth, but do we live like we believe that?  Jeff Manion, pastor, says it is a tragedy that we are rich and utterly unaware of it here in the U.S.A., but the ... Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption - Book Review

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Watershed Moments

Watershed Moments

On 12/28 Paula Greene wrote: An epiphany; that moment when faith and understanding collide; a personal “holy of holies” where insight flows and new faith beckons; that unexpected moment that moves us to new ways of thinking, relating, discerning, and accepting life’s challenges; that point in time when we sense His presence ... Watershed Moments - Book Review

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Awakening Faith

Awakening Faith

On 12/6 Paula Greene wrote: The pendulum swings from one generation to the next, and sometimes we may not even be aware to which side our own generation has swung.  Each generation may have a better grasp of one issue but completely blind to another.  By considering writings from ages past, we may see the blind spots ... Awakening Faith - Book Review

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Turnaround God

Turnaround God

On 11/5 Paula Greene wrote: The cross was the turning point for all humanity to receive their Savior. The price was paid for sin – the ultimate turnaround.  Charlotte Gambill shows us that we are custodians of that same turnaround power in her book Turnaround God: Discovering God’s Transformational Power. God wants us ... Turnaround God, by Charlotte Gambill - Book Review

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Jesus on Every Page

Jesus on Every Page

On 9/28 Paula Greene wrote: I used to ask why the God of the Old Testament seemed so different than the God of the New Testament.  Maybe many Christians ask that question, because in my small group Bible study last week, the leader suggested that the God of the Old Testament acted differently than He does in the New Testament.  ... Jesus On Every Page - Book Review

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All In

All In

On 7/24 Paula Greene wrote: Do you have just enough of Jesus to be informed, but not quite enough of Him to be transformed?  The gospel costs us nothing, but it demands our everything. Being a Christ follower is not a spectator sport.  Going “all out” is giving it all you got, maximum effort, 100%.  Mark Batterson ... All In - Book Review

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/6 Paula Greene wrote: Negative emotions can play a positive role in our lives, and even though they may be uncomfortable or even dark and crippling, they have a strong purpose and can serve as warning bells.  Jeff Schreve shows us how emotional pain is like a smoke alarm warning us when something is out of order in his ... Runaway Emotions - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Victim of Grace

Victim of Grace

On 5/26 Paula Greene wrote: Everything is redeemable.  “My redeemed life in Christ could only be experienced to the fullest by living in the unforced rhythms of His grace,” declares Robin Jones Gunn in her book Victims of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails.  She claims to be a victim of grace, and through her gift ... Victim of Grace - Book Review

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Reclaiming Love

Reclaiming Love

On 5/7 Paula Greene wrote: Like many other couples, my husband and I arranged for the reading of 1 Corinthians 13, “the Love Chapter”, at our wedding. My best friend printed 1 Corinthians 13 on elegant paper and framed it for me to put on my wall, replacing the pronouns with my name and with my husband’s name as the object ... Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World - Book Review

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 3/24 Paula Greene wrote: Do you love Jesus and want to be all He called you to be?  Do you look down on people who don’t share the same passion? Do wimpy Christians annoy you? Do you get upset with people who call themselves a Christian but don’t act like one?  If so, you might be a ‘Pharisee’.Spiritual passion ... Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overealous Faith -- Book Review

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Love No Matter What

Love No Matter What

On 3/6 Paula Greene wrote: Any parent who thinks she has her kid’s life under control is delusional. So is any parent who thinks A+B=C, or Christian Principles + Good Parenting = Perfect Kids.  It can be shocking and unsettling to personally experience the shattering of these delusions when your child makes life-impacting ... Love No Matter What - Book Review

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Just Like Jesus

Just Like Jesus

On 2/12 Paula Greene wrote: God loves us exactly the way we are, but He refuses to leave us there.  He loves us enough to live within us, to make our hearts His home.  He loves us enough to want us to become more like Him, little by little.  This is Max Lucado’s theme in his book Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His.This ... Just Like Jesus - Book Review

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Everything

Everything

On 12/2 Paula Greene wrote: Do you find yourself wandering around in circles, trusting yourself to solve your problems, even though you don’t want to admit it?  Do you want to be able to let go of everything and to experience God’s nearness and growth even in the very things you desire to flee?  But are you uncertain ... Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus - Book Review

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Jesus

Jesus

On 11/5 Paula Greene wrote: I used to wonder why the God of the Old Testament seemed so different than the God of the New Testament.  Bible study with other Christians helped me to see that He isn’t so different in either era after all.  The Old Testament came to life for me when I learned that much of it was a foreshadowing ... Book Review: Jesus - A Theography, by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola

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Grace

Grace

On 9/7 Paula Greene wrote: This is the best book on grace that I’ve ever read - before I even reached page 10, my eyes welled with tears at Max Lucado’s beautiful portrayal of God’s grace in his page-turning book Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine.  Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.Grace is ... Grace

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Exploring the Unexplained

Exploring the Unexplained

On 8/21 Paula Greene wrote: Have you ever wondered about the man with 6 fingers or other peculiar people, places, or things in the Bible? Exploring the Unexplained, by Trent Butler, claims to help you gain deeper understanding for the Bible in understanding confusing stories in an easy-to-read format.In the format of a dictionary, ... Exploring the Unexplained - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 7/10 Paula Greene wrote: My little princess is now a 16-year-old drama queen, and my sweet little boy is trying out his new role as tough guy at the age of 12½ . With the teen years, my confidence in my parenting skills has plummeted down the tubes with no help from this technologically-driven and sex-saturated culture.  ... Tough Guys & Drama Queens - Book Review

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 4/17 Paula Greene wrote: Most of us are wired to want to make a difference, to count for something great, and to feel valued.  Our culture tells us we can fulfill these desires through external things such as attractiveness, achievement, approval, power, wealth, etc.  If you are like me and quick to say, “oh no, ... Empty Promises - Book Review

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 4/17 Paula Greene wrote: Most of us are wired to want to make a difference, to count for something great, and to feel valued.  Our culture tells us we can fulfill these desires through external things such as attractiveness, achievement, approval, power, wealth, etc.  If you are like me and quick to say, “oh no, ... Empty Promises - Book Review

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Great Day Every Day

Great Day Every Day

On 3/23 Paula Greene wrote: Being thankful in everything is more than seeing the cup as half full instead of half empty. Thinking on whatever is true, noble, right, and pure is more than having a silver-lining attitude.   In Max Lucado’s book Great Day Every Day, he encourages us to see that this is the day that the ... Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life's Challenges with Promise & Purpose - Book Review

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From Blah to Awe

From Blah to Awe

On 2/7 Paula Greene wrote: I tried bribing my teenage daughter to read the New Testament in exchange for a desperately-desired belly-button ring. Why would I do such a thing, you ask? She says the Bible is hard to understand and terribly boring, so she rarely cracks it open. By resorting to bribery, I hoped that if she at least ... From Blah to Awe - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/30 Paula Greene wrote: My daddy is a worship leader at his church, and while we diverge on preferred music styles (he loves the organ and I love the drums and guitars), we both share a love for great hymns. He was on my mind when I decided to read the book Then Sings My Soul: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the ... Then Sings My Soul - Book Review

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 1/13 Paula Greene wrote: At this season in my life when the desire to lead within my church has waned and efforts to move into a supervisory position in my career have been thwarted, I was excited to read Leonard Sweet’s book I Am a Follower, expecting that he would re-affirm the value of following in a culture that has been ... I Am a Follower - Book Review

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Job 38-42

Job 38-42

On 12/6 Paula Greene wrote: I have often found the Book of Job to be somewhat disturbing and hard to figure out.  Not necessarily the part where God allows Satan to take away everything that Job has – health, wealth, and children in order to show that Job would still be faithful to Him even without all the material blessings. ... Word Biblical Commentary Volume 18B, Job 38-42 - Book Review

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/1 Paula Greene wrote: “I had been taught all of my life how to die, but no one had ever taught me how to grow old,” said Billy Graham several years ago in an interview by Newsweek.  That started him thinking about writing on the topic of aging.  In Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well, the 93-year-old ... Nearing Home: Life, Faith, & Finishing Well - Book Review

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Afraid to Believe in Free Will

Afraid to Believe in Free Will

On 10/17 Paula Greene wrote: I never thought about free will outside the realm of theology, so I was confused as I started reading the book Afraid to Believe in Free Will by Carl E. Begley.  Rather than an Arminian versus Calvinism argument, it is focused on free will in the discipline of psychology.Since this was a new concept ... Afraid to Believe in Free Will - Book Review

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/15 Paula Greene wrote: Don’t be intimidated by the title of this book.  When I selected to review the book Going Deep, by Gordon MacDonald, I had no idea that the book would shake me awake from my doze into the land of mediocrity.  Tomorrow’s church is headed for trouble without an abundance of “deep people,” ... Going Deep - Book Review

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Rosebud Blooming

Rosebud Blooming

On 9/27 Paula Greene wrote: Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and sit down with Nancy Maggio in her book Rosebud Blooming: Hurting to Healing in His Timing. She writes with such complete honesty and vulnerability that you will feel like you have been chatting with your best friend.Each chapter begins with Nancy Maggio’s own heart-felt ... Rosebud Blooming: Hurting to Healing in His Timing - Book Review

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 9/12 Paula Greene wrote: I’ve heard great things about Patsy Clairmont’s humor and ability to apply the Bible to the lives of women, so I decided to read her book Stained Glass Hearts: Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective.  I must admit that I expected her witty writing to be shallow, but I was delighted to discover ... Stained Glass Hearts - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 8/7 Paula Greene wrote: Lisa Harper has a gift of evoking both laughter and deep thought from the reader in her book Stumbling into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman.  My first reaction to the attractive, cute cover with the little girl dressed up in pink was that this book was going to be as fluffy ... Stumbling Into Grace, by Lisa Harper -- Book Review

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5 Stars

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It's Not About Me

It's Not About Me

On 6/22 Paula Greene wrote: “God will heal you if you just have faith,” claim well-meaning Christian friends.  I have no doubt He is omnipotent and capable, but He hasn’t done it yet, and what if He doesn’t? Does it mean my faith has failed, or that God has failed me? I know the answer is “no,” but it’s easier ... It's Not About Me - Book Review

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 6/6 Paula Greene wrote: Everyday I am waiting for something.  Sometimes waiting is annoying or irritating, like waiting in traffic to get home.  Other times it produces anxiety or excitement, like watching for the plus sign on a home-pregnancy test.  Waiting in line, waiting for biopsy results, waiting for ... The Waiting Place - Book Review

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Put Your Dream to the Test

Put Your Dream to the Test

On 5/4 Paula Greene wrote: At midlife, I find myself settled into busy daily routines, but after reading John Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test, I discovered not only do I still have dreams, but they are still achievable. I just need to dust them off, define them, put them to the test, and get into action. I felt realistically ... Put Your Dream to the Test - Book Review

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Paula Greene wrote: My teenage daughter has asked questions like “why would a loving God send people to hell?” and “is it awful that I don’t look forward to Jesus coming back until I get married and have children?”  I was delighted to find simple yet satisfying answers that my children and friends ask about ... "Max on Life" - Book Review

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 4/17 Paula Greene wrote: Rather than living a long life, are you willing to live a life worth living?  Are you willing to lose everything on God’s behalf to gain everything He desires for you?  Erwin Raphael McManus presents these and other thought-provoking questions in his book Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith ... Unleashed - Book Review

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The Story of the Bible

The Story of the Bible

On 3/15 Paula Greene wrote: The Story of the Bible, by Larry Stone, is an eye-appealing read for anyone ranging from no Biblical knowledge to seminary-educated.   The author begins with the presupposition that the Bible is God’s Word to us to ultimately show us who He is, His love for us in spite of our rebellion, and ... Book Review: "Story of the Bible" by Larry Stone

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