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NIV Understand the Faith Study Bible

NIV Understand the Faith Study Bible

On 12/2 Jenny wrote: Understand the Faith Study Bible from Christianity Today is an NIV translation of the Bible that seeks to include theology, history and devotional lessons throughout scripture. There are several things I look for when reviewing Bibles and this particular Bible is hit or miss across the board. First, ... Understand the Faith Study Bible from Christianity Today

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3 Stars

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Best Hair Book Ever!

Best Hair Book Ever!

On 11/20 Jenny wrote: This is not the typical book I review, but I have a ten year old daughter who is growing her hair out for the first time in several years and I thought it would be fun to go through a book like this, spend time with my daughter and end up with a few new cute hairstyles. This book, Best Hair Book Ever: ... Best Hair Book Ever by Faithgirlz and Girl's Life Magazine

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4 Stars

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Slow to Judge

Slow to Judge

On 9/11 Jenny wrote: Slow to Judge: Sometimes It's OK to Listen by David B. Capes is one of those books that just needed to be written. The main theme of the book is that we as Christians don't need to openly debate everyone we disagree with. Instead, if we spent more time making the other person feel as though they are ... Slow to Judge by David B. Capes

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5 Stars

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The Complete 101 Collection

The Complete 101 Collection

On 7/6 Jenny wrote: I've read many, many John Maxwell books. Whether it be about success, failure, people, or making life goals, John Maxwell's books are classics in the leadership genre. I have a whole shelf of John Maxwell books and have been helped by many of them. This one, The Complete 101 Collection: What Every ... The Complete 101 Collection by John C. Maxwell

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5 Stars

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Soul Friends

Soul Friends

On 4/30 Jenny wrote: Soul Friends: What Every Woman Need to Grow in Her Faith by Dr. Leslie Parrott is an interesting book. I was expecting a how-to manual of sorts on how to make deep, intimate friendships with other Christians that help support and grow our relationship with Christ. This book instead was 34 short devotion-like ... Soul Friends by Dr. Leslie Parrott

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3 Stars

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Women are Scary

Women are Scary

On 4/14 Jenny wrote: Women are scary. Ain't that the truth! I'm not sure there is a book with a more true title that exists. Seriously, though, having been a mom with little kids who was isolated at home all day, I totally understand the need for this book, Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom ... Women are Scary by Melanie Dale

Jenny's Rating:

5 Stars

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All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

On 3/17 Jenny wrote: My most heartbreaking books to review are the ones that I really, really want to like, but I just can't get on board with it theologically. Unfortunately, this is one of those books. I really want to like All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture: Finding Our Creator in Superheros, Prince ... All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture by Kevin Harvey

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1 Stars

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God's Story in 66 Verses

God's Story in 66 Verses

On 3/3 Jenny wrote: Whether in my preaching or my writing, one of the things I try to get across to every believer in Jesus Christ is the need to know what is in the Bible. It drives me batty that we will belittle congressmen for voting on a 3,000 page bill they haven't read, but we Christians turn around and devote our ... God's Story in 66 Verses by Stan Guthrie

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5 Stars

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Beloved Dust

Beloved Dust

On 1/27 Jenny wrote: Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel is an interesting book. The basic premise is that God is big, we are little and we need to be in contact with Him all the time. I can't think of a more solid grounding upon which to start a ... Beloved Dust by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel

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4 Stars

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Love Letters from God

Love Letters from God

On 11/25 Jenny wrote: I typically don't review many Christian children's books, but I was thrilled to review Love Letter from God by Glenys Nellist and Illustrated by Sophie Allsopp. I'll be honest, I can be very hard on Christian children's books. Often times they are over simplified to the point of bad theology or distorting ... Book Review: Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Code

The Jesus Code

On 9/16 Jenny wrote: You can dress a book cover up, give it a fancy title, make it sound provocative, but if what is inside is stale and mediocre, all that time and energy is for not. Unfortunately, that was my experience with The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins. I had ... Book Review: The Jesus Code by O. S. Hawkins

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2 Stars

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NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

On 8/2 Jenny wrote: In 2011, I went on a mission trip and shared my story about my struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts with two of the people I met, one of whom was struggling with bipolar and the other, a recovering alcoholic who was the full time missionary in the area. The recovering alcoholic highly suggested ... Book Review: Celebrate Recovery Bible by John Baker

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5 Stars

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NIV Life Journey Bible

NIV Life Journey Bible

On 7/8 Jenny wrote: When I review Bibles, I review them a little differently than I do other books. I try to evaluate them in ways that most readers are concerned about...usability, supplemental biblical information, and other inclusions that are meant to help the reader personalize the information. Cloud and Townsend's ... Book Review: NIV Life Journey Bible by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Jenny's Rating:

4 Stars

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The One Jesus Loves

The One Jesus Loves

On 6/8 Jenny wrote: The basic premise of The One Jesus Loves by Robert Crosby is that intimacy with Jesus is a critical component of discipleship and that we need to pursue this intimacy with Christ. The author uses a model of that he has taken from scripture to measure the amount of intimacy we have with Christ. He fleshes ... Book Review: The One Jesus Loves by Robert Crosby

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2 Stars

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Passion

Passion

On 5/8 Jenny wrote: Passion: The Bright Light of Glory by Louie Giglio is a compilation of transcripts from talks given at the Passion Conferences, which Giglio founded. The transcripts read like essays, all by the big names in Christian preaching and writing, such as Beth Moore and John Piper. The Passion Conferences ... Book Review: Passion by Louie Giglio

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4 Stars

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The People Factor

The People Factor

On 3/28 Jenny wrote: I'm someone who often feels like a social misfit and who has zero social skills. That's not really a fair assessment of my relationship skills, but it's often how I feel. Because of that, I get really excited about Christian relationship books. Our God is such a relational God that the Bible is packed ... Book Review: The People Factor by Van Moody

Jenny's Rating:

5 Stars

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Watershed Moments

Watershed Moments

On 1/6 Jenny wrote: Watershed Moments: Turing Points that Change the Course of Our Lives by Gari Meacham is a book with an interesting premise. The author takes a look at seven different types of "watershed moments", or realizations we come to that are so profound that we can never be the same afterwards. Sometimes these ... Book Review: Watershed Moments by Gari Meacham

Jenny's Rating:

4 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 11/22 Jenny wrote: Brennan Manning is one of my favorite authors. His writing is deep, thought provoking and vulnerable and doesn't read like anything else out there. So I was super excited to see that there was going to be an NIV Bible with reflections and quotes from Manning throughout it. This Bible is the NIV with ... Book Review: The Ragamuffin Bible by Brennan Manning

Jenny's Rating:

3 Stars

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God in Slow Motion

God in Slow Motion

On 11/12 Jenny wrote: God in Slow Motion: Reflections on Jesus and the 10 Unexpected Lessons You Can See In His Life by Mike Nappa is an okay book that could have been made great with a little stronger focus. Based on the title, I expected lessons about slowing down and resting in Jesus' presence, which is a popular topic ... Book Review: God in Slow Motion by Mike Nappa

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3 Stars

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The Mercy Prayer

The Mercy Prayer

On 9/22 Jenny wrote: I've been in a period of my personal study where I've been taking ubiquitous Christian concepts, such as glory, grace, worship, etc. and really trying to get a clear, concise idea of what exactly these things are, especially in the eyes of God. Because of this, I was eager to read The Mercy Prayer: ... Book Review: The Mercy Prayer by Robert Gelinas

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2 Stars

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Downside Up

Downside Up

On 8/5 Jenny wrote: Downside Up: Transform Rejection into Your Golden Opportunity by Tracey Mitchell is one of those books that, as a reader, I think I will go back to time and time again. Reading as much like book of encouragement as it does a text on dealing with rejection, this book is both informative and uplifting. ... Book Review: Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

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5 Stars

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Undaunted

Undaunted

On 6/26 Jenny wrote: Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do by Christine Caine is not your typical "dream big dreams" Christian book. Part memoir, part Christian living book, Christine Caine uses the story of how her life unfolded into a God driven adventure to illustrate the steps and pitfalls along the way ... Book Review: Undaunted by Christine Caine

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5 Stars

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Boundaries for Leaders

Boundaries for Leaders

On 6/5 Jenny wrote: I am quite familiar with the Boundaries books and with leadership books in general. I wasn't really expecting anything new when I read Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships and Being Ridiculously in Charge by Dr. Henry Cloud. This book, though, totally surprised me. One of my complaints about ... Book Review: Boundaries for Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

Jenny's Rating:

5 Stars

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

On 5/12 Jenny wrote: I had read the book The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, so when I saw this, Draw the Circle: the 40 Day Prayer Challenge, as the follow up devotional, I was pretty excited to give it a try. By and large, I am not a fan of the standard devotional literature out there. I find most of it shallow and sappy. ... Book Review: Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson

Jenny's Rating:

4 Stars

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Altar Ego

Altar Ego

On 4/29 Jenny wrote: I am a fan of Craig Groeschel. I find almost all of his books to be excellent. This one is no different. Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are is one of his best ones yet. The idea of the book is very simple: in order to find out your true identity in God, you must sacrifice the identity you ... Book Review: Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are by Craig Groeschel

Jenny's Rating:

5 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/10 Jenny wrote: After reading this book, Gods at War, and his previous book, Not a Fan, I've decided that the best description of Kyle Idleman is hardcore. I've never listened to his preaching, but as far as his books go, they are not light, feel good reading. Not that this is a bad thing. In fact, I'm the kind of ... Book Review: Gods at War by Kyle Idleman

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5 Stars

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 2/25 Jenny wrote: First off, I want to say that I have NOT read Lysa TerKeurst's book Unglued. From the way this devotional was advertised, it should be able to stand alone without having read the book. With that said, I found the devotional okay, but I suspect that my problems with the devotional would not have been ... Book Review: Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst

Jenny's Rating:

3 Stars

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 2/4 Jenny wrote: One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do by Phil Cooke was a breath of fresh air in the "what's your purpose" genre. While Phil Cooke is a Christian, he holds back when it comes to much religious talk. That may bother some Christians, but I liked it because it kept the book well focused ... Book Review: One Big Thing by Phil Cooke

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5 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 6/21 Jenny wrote: As I grow and learn and experience new things in my Christian walk, there are two things I've come to know about apologetics/evangelization. The first is it is easier to convert an atheist than an agnostic, because it is easier to counter someone's beliefs if they actually know what they are. Second, ... Book Review: A Shot of Faith to the Head by Mitch Stokes

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3 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 3/26 Jenny wrote: This book, I am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus, by Leonard Sweet, is the first book that I believe gets Christian leadership right. I have read hundreds of books on leadership since my days in middle school when a teacher first recognized my leadership ability. And now since ... Book Review: I am a Follower by Leonard Sweet

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5 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 1/3 Jenny wrote: I will say right off that I was conflicted on how to review Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn. I was very familiar with the original book. It set me straight on so many destructive beliefs that many people, especially Christians, offer as "wisdom" to help the hurting. Overall, it is an excellent ... Book Review: Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

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3 Stars

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Heaven Is For Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit

Heaven Is For Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit

On 11/14 Jenny wrote: I’ve heard a lot about this Heaven is for Real book and about this kid Colton that supposedly went to Heaven. I saw this small group curriculum and thought it would give me a good taste of what this was all about without having to invest the time in reading the book.After perusing Heaven is for Real ... Curriculum Review: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo DVD small group curriculum

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2 Stars

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 11/9 Jenny wrote: I have to say upfront that I generally hate devotionals. Really hate devotionals. Really, really hate devotionals.That is why I find A Year with Jesus by R. P. Nettelhorst such a phenomenal book. This 365 day devotional focuses strictly on the words of Jesus. Each day has a substantial chunk of scripture ... Book Review: A Year with Jesus by R. P. Nettelhorst

Jenny's Rating:

5 Stars

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 10/5 Jenny wrote: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont is an interesting little book. The subtitle "seeing life from a broken perspective" and the description on the back, set me up to see this book in a completely different light than what it turned out to be. I thought this was going to be a book about our brokenness ... Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

Jenny's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 8/2 Jenny wrote: To say that THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF WISDOM by Mark DeMoss was a disappointment would be an understatement. Usually if I get a book that I don't care for, I'll pass it on to someone who I think would enjoy it more than me. This book, on the other hand, I'm tempted to throw in the trash, and of the thousands ... Book Review: The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss

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1 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 7/16 Jenny wrote: Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham is simply that, a large book of Billy Graham quotes.  On one hand, I love this book.  It is organized by subject, there are lots of quotes on each subject and each subject starts with a quote from scripture.  Easy, simple and exactly what it promises ... Book Review: Billy Graham in Quotes

Jenny's Rating:

4 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 7/2 Jenny wrote: I consider myself a thrifty person.  I shop sales.  I grow/raise/hunt a lot of my own food.  I've been known to go on canning sprees and have made everything from jewelry to curtains to laundry soap in order to save money.  Still, I found Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker ... Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

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5 Stars

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Put Your Dream to the Test

Put Your Dream to the Test

On 5/19 Jenny wrote: I've read/own several John C. Maxwell books, but Put Your Dream to the Test is by far my favorite.  While most books by Maxwell are aimed primarily at leaders, this book is for dreamers, and specifically, dreamers who really want to see their dreams become reality!  I've read ... Book Review: Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell

Jenny's Rating:

5 Stars

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