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The Story of God's Love for You

The Story of God's Love for You

On 10/14 Tom Farr wrote: I have loved reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to my children because it paints a clear and endearing picture of God and his pursuit of us in the life of Jesus. Now, Sally Lloyd-Jones repackages the text of the Jesus Storybook Bible for adults. What's great about Lloyd-Jones' writing is that the stories ... The Jesus Storybook Bible for Adults

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H3 Leadership

H3 Leadership

On 10/1 Tom Farr wrote: Brad Lomenick's new book, H3 Leadership, outlines twenty habits that he believes truly effective leaders need to adopt. They're all framed around three main habits of being humble, staying hungry, and always hustling. Lomenick was the president of Catalyst for a decade and wrote a previous book on leadership ... Focused and Active Leadership

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The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

On 9/7 Tom Farr wrote: Chuck Colson was an interesting man. After being involved in the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration and serving time in prison for his involvement, Colson converted to Christianity and began bringing the gospel to prisoners with his Prison Fellowship ministry. Colson was known as a public ... Inspiring Tribute to Chuck Colson

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Your Blueprint for Life

Your Blueprint for Life

On 9/6 Tom Farr wrote: Life is complicated, and becoming a Christian and committing yourself to living a life that's holy often makes it more complicated. To be fair, however, Christians often make it more complicated than it needs to be. God certainly wants much from us, but God also wants to empower us to live up to the ... A Book about Living Intentionally

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 9/6 Tom Farr wrote: I typically stick with my ESV Study Bible and enjoy the ESV translation more than the NIV, but since the NIV is probably the most-read translation and with D.A. Carson guiding the study materials of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, I decided to check it out. This Bible is huge. Every page is packed with ... Solid Bible Study Resource

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NIV Faithgirlz Bible

NIV Faithgirlz Bible

On 8/7 Tom Farr wrote: My daughter's not quite a pre-teen yet (she's only six), but when I saw the Faithgirlz Bible available for review on the BookLook Bloggers site, I thought it would be a good first Bible for her. First of all, the Bible's exterior is pink and purple, which are my daughter's favorite colors. It's also ... Great Bible for Young Girls

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What Keeps You Up at Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?

On 7/8 Tom Farr wrote: Life is stressful, especially if you're trying to figure out exactly what you're supposed to be doing with your life. Many people are overcome with doubt and uncertainty, and they wonder if there is any way to make living by faith easier. Pete Wilson's new book What Keeps You Up at Night? tackles these ... Trust in the Midst of Uncertainty

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The Reason for My Hope - Paperback

The Reason for My Hope - Paperback

On 7/8 Tom Farr wrote: Billy Graham has been preaching the message of Jesus since long before I was born, so when I was growing up in a Christian home, I knew Billy Graham as someone who had been responsible for inspiring more people to follow Jesus than anyone else in history. Throughout the years, though Graham has gotten ... A Call to Hope in Jesus

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 6/12 Tom Farr wrote: I've been following Jeff Goins's career for years now, and it's always encouraging to see the way he's built a life out of doing what he loves and that he's willing to share what he's learned along the way. The Art of Work is Goins's fourth book and in it, he distills the journey he's gone on and w it ... Discovering What You're Meant to Do

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4 Stars

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Words to Dream On

Words to Dream On

On 4/8 Tom Farr wrote: My kids, ages 6, 5, and 3, all love Jesus and have a ton of questions about him. They love to read stories about Jesus, but, of course, the Bible is a bit complicated for their age. Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz is a great Bible devotional book for my children. It's great because it covers some key ... Words to Dream On

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Both of Me

Both of Me

On 3/4 Tom Farr wrote: Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen is a book about a young woman named Clara who is on a mission to travel the world without a care in the world, and she's been very resourceful about it. But everything changes when she encounters a strange boy named Elias on a flight. Elias seems to know things about her ... A Unique Young Adult Story

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4 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 3/4 Tom Farr wrote: As a parent who is a Christian, I want my children to grow up knowing and loving Jesus. I also want them to develop the character they will need to be authentic in their pursuit of Jesus. What I love about Motivate Your Child by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is that they approach raising children ... Raising Children Who Want to Do What's Right

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Aloof

Aloof

On 1/22 Tom Farr wrote: Tony Kriz's new book ALOOF deals with one of the most frustrating aspects of the Christian life: we worship a God who is always there, and yet more often than we'd like feels not there. Tony Kriz shares his own experience of a God who seems aloof and the struggles he's had with making sense of a life ... Seeing God in the Moments When He Seems Absent

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Jesus, Continued…

Jesus, Continued…

On 12/25 Tom Farr wrote: Many Christians struggle with the idea that if Jesus were actually present in their lives, then they'd find living him for much more doable. Of course, the disciples of Jesus lived with him right in front of them and still struggled to understand him and do what he wanted them to do. Jesus himself made ... Great Book on the Holy Spirit

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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Skeletons in God's Closet

On 12/8 Tom Farr wrote: People who struggle believing in God the most often struggle with some common questions, and it's understandable why they do. These questions center around hell, judgment, and the actions of God in the Old Testament. The way these concepts have traditionally been presented creates a picture of God that ... Wrestling with the Toughest Questions Concerning God's Character

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Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness

On 11/9 Tom Farr wrote: Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey reminds me a lot of Heroes and Monsters by Josh Riebock, which is a book I love. Yancey is a former Southern Baptist who has made his home in the Anglican tradition. This book is about his journey of discovering God. This journey is very contemplative and involves ... A Spiritual Memoir Full of Gut-Wrenching Honesty

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4 Stars

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The NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible

On 10/27 Tom Farr wrote: I've always been a fan of the New King James Version of the Bible for its language structure and commitment to accuracy. The NKJV Study Bible features the complete NKJV text and several extras that make studying the Bible much more intuitive. Each book of the Bible features a slick introduction that ... Great Bible Study Resource

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 10/14 Tom Farr wrote: Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a fascinating man who is known for his insight into being a disciple of Jesus and the concept of community in the body of Christ. There's much more to his life than just those things, however. When Eric Metaxas' biography on Bonhoeffer came out a couple years ago, I wanted to ... Great Biography of a Man Who Truly Grasped Discipleship

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Framing Faith

Framing Faith

On 10/5 Tom Farr wrote: Photojournalist Matt Knisely makes a profound connection between our love of storytelling and the way God interacts with us in the world. His new book FRAMING FAITH is about capturing the moments that matter in life, the moments that God is most clearly speaking. Knisely calls people to break from the ... Learning to Truly See the World Around Us

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Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

Be the Dad She Needs You to Be

On 10/2 Tom Farr wrote: I have a daughter who is five years old, and I love that little girl more than I can quite express through words. I feel an incredible responsibility to be her father and raise her to be the best that she can be. BE THE DAD SHE NEEDS YOU TO BE by Dr. Kevin Leman is a book about being a great dad. He ... Shaping Your Daughter's Future for Good

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7 Ways to Be Her Hero

7 Ways to Be Her Hero

On 8/13 Tom Farr wrote: Title: 7 Ways to Be Her Hero Author: Doug Fields Publisher: Thomas Nelson What It's About: 7 Ways to Be Her Hero Why I Read It: I've read Doug Fields' books on youth ministry in the past, and I was interested in what he had to say about marriage. What I Liked About It: Fields is gut-honest throughout ... Gut Honest Advice for Being a Better Husband

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Yawning at Tigers

Yawning at Tigers

On 6/28 Tom Farr wrote: What It's About: Yawning at Tigers is about having an accurate perception of God and an accurate perception of who we are in relation to God. The basic premise of the book is that God is anything but boring and engaging with him is a dangerous affair because of who he is. Why I Read It: I heard Drew ... Seeing God for Who He Is

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Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

On 5/26 Tom Farr wrote: I have to confess that I came to Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo as a skeptic. I'd heard plenty about the book and just as many critiques about the book, but I didn't feel I could really address the book without having read it myself. After reading it, I can clearly see that the Burpo family had a very ... Interesting Story, But Questionable

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3 Stars

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Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

On 5/21 Tom Farr wrote: What It's About: Smart Money, Smart Kids is about raising children to be responsible adults who handle finances responsibly and wisely. Why I Read It: I've read Dave Ramsey's other books on finances. I have three young children, and my wife and I want to raise them to handle money responsibly. Certainly ... Fantastic Book for Parents Who Want to Raise Money-Smart Children

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Passion

Passion

On 4/22 Tom Farr wrote: What It's About: Passion tells the story of the popular Passion conferences led by Louie Giglio to college students all across the nation each year as well as stories of what it means to live a life of passion toward Jesus. Why I Read It: I've been a fan of Louie Giglio for some time. I used to be a ... Great Look at the Passion Movement

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4 Stars

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Clout

Clout

On 4/16 Tom Farr wrote: Title: Clout Author: Jenni Catron Publisher: Thomas Nelson What It's About: Clout is about the God-given influence everyone has and everyone should be exercising in the world. Why I Read It: I saw a lot of my favorite leaders on Twitter talking about this book, and I always enjoy reading books on ... A Journey of Self Discovery of Your Influence

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Christian Faith in the Old Testament

Christian Faith in the Old Testament

On 4/2 Tom Farr wrote: What It's About: Christian Faith in the Old Testament is an overview of the Old Testament from the perspective that the Old Testament was the Bible of Jesus and the apostles. It seeks to show how the Old Testament foreshadows the New Covenant, the arrival of Jesus, and the faith of Christianity. ... Helpful Overview of the Old Testament

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Futureville

Futureville

On 3/4 Tom Farr wrote: What It's About: Futureville is a groundbreaking book that challenges the way Christians view the future and the world in which they habit. The premise of the book is that what we believe about the future largely determines how we live in the world and what we perceive to be valuable. Why I Read It: ... This Book Will Remind You Why the Message of Jesus is Beautiful

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/8 Tom Farr wrote: The battle between faith and science has been raging for a long time, and there are many different theories on how the whole concept of scientific discovery relates to the biblical account of God creating the world. In Tim Stafford's new book THE ADAM QUEST, he seeks to to explore some of these theories ... Insight into the Creation-Evolution Debate

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Risky Gospel

Risky Gospel

On 12/18 Tom Farr wrote: What stops us from taking risks in our pursuit of the Christian life? In his new book RISKY GOSPEL, Owen Strachan says that we stand in our own way, lacking the faith to follow God into whatever risk he calls us to. And it's not about being ultra radical in our walk with Jesus. It's about following Jesus ... A Book About Pursuing Jesus Everywhere

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All You Want to Know About Hell

All You Want to Know About Hell

On 11/27 Tom Farr wrote: I've held to the traditional doctrine of hell as unending conscious punishment for as long as I can remember. But, like C.S. Lewis, I've also always hated the idea and wished reality was actually something different. Ever since Rob Bell released his book questioning the traditional doctrine of hell, ... Three Views of Hell

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Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 11/18 Tom Farr wrote: A new graphic novel from Zondervan seeks to illustrate the life of Jesus while remaining completely faithful to the biblical text. MESSIAH: ORIGIN was illustrated by Kai Carpenter with the exact words of Scripture making up the dialogue and storyline of the book. These words and their flow into a cohesive ... Interesting Adaptation of the Jesus Story into Visual Narrative

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4 Stars

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Let Hope In

Let Hope In

On 10/8 Tom Farr wrote: LET HOPE IN by Pete Wilson is a great book about how to live in light of our past. Most people have things in their past that they wish weren't there. Mistakes they've made. Experiences they wish they never had. Wilson states that if the past is still impacting your future, it's not the past. Wilson's ... Great Book For Living Into Our Future

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 9/22 Tom Farr wrote: Dave Ramsey has been known as a man who has helped guide many people out of financial debt to reach a place finances are managed responsibly and successfully. Thomas Nelson has just re-released the Classic Edition of Ramsey's book TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER.  In this book, Ramsey seeks to uncover the money ... Steps to Financial Freedom

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Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

On 9/11 Tom Farr wrote: Ken Davis is a great communicator. He's funny, and he knows how to keep an audience engaged. In his new book SECRETS OF DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION, Davis outlines the steps he takes to make sure he's prepared to give a dynamic presentation every time he gets up to speak. The book gives some important direction ... Great Book for Communicators

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The Judgment Stone

The Judgment Stone

On 8/14 Tom Farr wrote: In THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE, Robert Liparulo told a thrilling story of immortal vigilantes who believed they were doing God's will by killing sinners. Now, in THE JUDGMENT STONE, Jagger Baird, the protagonist of THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE, must face a new, more ruthless group of immortals called The Clan. The ... Another Great Thriller from Liparulo

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Boundaries for Leaders

Boundaries for Leaders

On 8/14 Tom Farr wrote: Dr. Henry Cloud is one of my favorite writers when it comes to leadership. His insights are incredible. In his newest book BOUNDARIES FOR LEADERS, Dr. Cloud draws from some important insights in neuroscience. Cloud seeks to help leaders be great leaders of people and be intentional about tapping into ... Great Leadership Book

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Domination

Domination

On 4/15 Tom Farr wrote: Sixteen-year-old Colt McAlister may be humanity’s only hope against the ruthless alien race known as the Thule. A prophecy concerning him, a human boy with Thule blood running through his veins, foreells that he will be the one to stop the Thule from overtaking humanity. But Colt’s not so sure. ... Great YA Sci Fi Trilogy

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/18 Tom Farr wrote: Human beings are designed to worship something. Worship is instinctive and unavoidable. We don't choose whether or not we worship, just the direction our worship is pointing. In his new book GODS AT WAR, Kyle Idleman explores this need to worship and the core cause of all of our sinfulness: idolatry.Idolatry ... Great Book on the Things That Often Draw Our Hearts Away From God

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The Story of the Voice

The Story of the Voice

On 2/26 Tom Farr wrote: The Voice translation of the Bible is an interesting approach to presenting the Christian Bible in a way that strives to both preserve the ancient words originally written and the writers' literary styles and communicating those words and thoughts in smooth meaningful English. A team of artists, scholars, ... Great Look at the Heart Behind The Voice Bible

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/12 Tom Farr wrote: In his new book WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, Pastor Mark Driscoll seeks to help people understand their identity both in and out of Christ. In fact, Driscoll states that Christians not having a good grasp of their identity in Christ is the source of so much of a Christian's troubles when it comes to dealing ... A New Identity in Christ

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/6 Tom Farr wrote: What would you do if you realized you had already lived 20,000 days of your life? Would you look back on your life with pride or regret? Robert D. Smith realized one day that he had been alive for nearly 20,000 days, and though he didn't look back on his life with a lot of regrets, he realized that he ... Not Much New Concerning Purposeful Living, But Still Enjoyable

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Jesus

Jesus

On 11/24 Tom Farr wrote: JESUS: A THEOGRAPHY by Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet is a unique approach to telling the story of Jesus. Viola and Sweet seek to combine Scripture and findings in historical Jesus studies to create a reader-friendly biography (or theography) of Jesus' life. The main thrust of the book, however, is to ... Unique Approach to Chronicling the Life of Jesus

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Grace

Grace

On 11/24 Tom Farr wrote: Max Lucado’s latest inspirational book GRACE: MORE THAN WE DESERVE, GREATER THAN WE IMAGINE expounds upon the topic of God’s grace in a way that only Lucado can. Lucado launches into this book with the assumption that we all hear all about grace all the time, but we often don’t truly understand ... A Refreshing Exploration of God's Grace

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 9/4 Tom Farr wrote: SURFING FOR GOD by Michael John Cusick is a book about the struggle men often have with sexual addiction, but even more than that, it is a book about the profound power of the gospel of Jesus to set people free from the slavery of sin. Cusick walks men through the source of their struggles, revealing ... Great Resource for Gospel-Centered Freedom from Addiction

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Crazy Dangerous

Crazy Dangerous

On 7/1 Tom Farr wrote: CRAZY DANGEROUS by Andrew Klavan is the story of a teenage preacher's kid named Sam Hopkins. Sam gets mixed up with the wrong set of friends, learning things he was never meant to learn. His life gets more complicated when he protects a strange girl named Jennifer. Jennifer has premonitions. Something ... Found It Hard to Get Into

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2 Stars

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 4/4 Tom Farr wrote: Robert Liparulo has created a story that takes us into the time of Moses and the betrayal of the Israelites in worshipping a golden calf and brings the consequences of that decision into the present day in an intriguing way. Liparulo has developed a captivating "what if" type of tale that imagines a ... Great Thriller From Liparulo

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5 Stars

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Alienation

Alienation

On 3/6 Tom Farr wrote: In INVASION, the first book in the C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy by Jon S. Lewis, teenager Colt McAlister discovers that aliens are real and that his grandfather was once a superhero. After discovering that the accident that claimed his parents' lives wasn't an accident, Colt is thrust into the world of C.H.A.O.S., ... Great Comic Book Adventure Story

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Invasion (tpc)

Invasion (tpc)

On 12/7 Tom Farr wrote: After his parents die in a head-on collision, sixteen-year-old Colt McAlister has been thrust into a world where deadly and freakish creatures are very real. A world where hidden gateways all over the world connect to other worlds where creatures such as Big Foot come through to inhabit our world. Most ... Fast-paced and Adventurous YA Novel

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 10/29 Tom Farr wrote: The writers of the New Testament were men who chose carefully the words they wanted to use to convey the story of God that they were caught up in. Their audiences were unique, and each writer would communicate in a way that made the most sense of the message to the people they were talking to. These ... A Bible Translation for a Story-driven Culture

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The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

On 10/11 Tom Farr wrote: I was a little nervous about picking up a book called THE BAKER’S WIFE. As a guy, the title held very little appeal for me. However, given that the book was written by an author named Erin Healy, I decided to pick it up. Erin Healy, after all, has been the editor for Ted Dekker’s books for years ... Intense Story From the Editor of Ted Dekker

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The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

On 9/13 Tom Farr wrote: Countless people have come away from the Bible believing that there is a stark difference between the God of the Old Testament and Jesus, the God of the New Testament. It seems like God in the Old Testament is angry and frequently expressing his divine wrath toward humanity. Then Jesus comes along who ... Moving Exploration of God's Grace

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With

With

On 8/6 Tom Farr wrote: If people are supposed to find comfort in relating to God, why do so many people approach God and find themselves completely dissatisfied and disheartened? Skye Jethani, in his new book WITH, suggests that many people have been inoculated to the gospel by the posture they’ve learned or inherited to ... Thought-Provoking Look at How We Relate to God

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 7/25 Tom Farr wrote: Many of the most life-giving aspects of God and Christianity exist as mere rumors in the eyes of many in America, followers of Jesus or not. Authors Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson in their new book RUMORS OF GOD suggest that people’s imaginations have been taken captive as everybody chases after the ... The Rumors of God Are True

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/19 Tom Farr wrote: In WHY GOD WON’T GO AWAY author Alister McGrath explores the beliefs of a movement of militant anti-theistic thinkers known as the New Atheists. This movement’s leaders are known as the Four Horsemen—Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins. Unlike atheists of the past ... A Critical Look into New Atheism

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Surviving Your Serengeti

Surviving Your Serengeti

On 6/23 Tom Farr wrote: SURVIVING YOUR SERENGETI: 7 SKILLS TO MASTER BUSINESS AND LIFE by Stefan Swanepoel is a fable about a couple named Sean and Ashley Spencer that is just trying to stay ahead in a struggling economy. Sean's company is hurting financially, and he's not sure how to fix it. Ashley lost her teaching job a ... Great Narrative Presentation of the Skills We Need Most

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