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Outlaw Christian

Outlaw Christian

On 10/13 Jason Raines wrote: Jacqueline A. Bussie, author of Outlaw Christian, Finding Faith by Breaking the “Rules,” has written a book telling readers it’s okay to break the “laws.” Don’t worry, she is not promoting anything that would be a danger to public safety, unless you are a tyrant running a military dictatorship, ... Outlaw Christian?

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3 Stars

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A Doubter's Guide to the Ten Commandments

A Doubter's Guide to the Ten Commandments

On 7/18 Jason Raines wrote: A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments provides the layman with a basic understanding of the foundation for a lawful and a good society, and how we are impacted by these rules from scripture. Originally given to the world via Moses, they have seen analysis through the ages, with Jesus commenting ... Provides the layman with good understanding

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3 Stars

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NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

On 5/26 Jason Raines wrote: If you like SOAP, you'll like this Bible. The NIV LifeConnect Study Bible drops a couple of big names of pastors on the cover: Wayne Cordeiro and Craig Groeschel. The former is known for the SOAP approach to devotional reading. The latter, who wrote the forward, is the pastor of the church which is primarily ... If You Like SOAP, You'll Like This

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4 Stars

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Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids NIV

Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids NIV

On 1/25 Jason Raines wrote: The NIV Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible For Kids is geared towards children ages 8-12 according to promotional information from the publisher. It pretty well hits the mark. It has the complete NIV text, with some additional subject matter added, but it is not overdone, which keeps the hardcover a more ... A Great Way To Share With Kids How Prayer Works

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4 Stars

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Jesus Is For You

Jesus Is For You

On 1/13 Jason Raines wrote: This small devotional book by Seattle Pastor Judah Smith is chalked full of positive testimonials from a variety of people who came to know Jesus. The stories they tell run the gamut from business owners to prisoners; from responsible parents to drug addicts, from old to young. By providing stories from ... Four Color Glossy Pictures Included

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3 Stars

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NIV Understand the Faith Study Bible

NIV Understand the Faith Study Bible

On 12/27 Jason Raines wrote: As the title suggests, this is another study Bible in the NIV translation. This new offering comes with content from Christianity Today. Its got an above average concordance in the back, and the commentary throughout is peppered with content designed to foster a deeper understanding of basic Christian ... You won't find detailed notes about each and every verse like some larger and heavier study Bibles

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4 Stars

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 11/18 Jason Raines wrote: #struggles is a book on Christian discipleship in a world where technology and social media are getting more attention than ever before. Did you look at your phone the first thing this morning? Was it the last thing you looked at before going to sleep? Have you ever posted on social media and felt the ... #struggles is both timely and relevant

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5 Stars

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Prayers That Changed History

Prayers That Changed History

On 10/19 Jason Raines wrote: 25 historical individuals and a nation’s people spanning a date range of 155 A.D. to World War II in 1945 make up the profiles in this book. Most of the names are familiar to those with a traditional education. For those currently in the educational system, many will be new. All did amazing things. ... Review: Prayers That Changed History By Tricia Goyer

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4 Stars

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NIV Faithgirlz Bible

NIV Faithgirlz Bible

On 8/27 Jason Raines wrote: Can a publisher possibly do anything to a decades old Bible translation to make it fresh and interesting for kids? The answer is a resounding yes! We are blessed to live in a time when there are more translations and editions of Bibles available than ever before. As parents, teachers, grandparents, and ... What Zonderkidz Did To This Bible Will Have Girls Clamoring For More

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What Keeps You Up at Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?

On 8/4 Jason Raines wrote: What keeps you up night? Author and Pastor Pete Wilson takes up the topic in this book. Starting with the premise that everyone has dreams they wish to pursue, the book encourages readers to work towards making them happen. Do you trust God? Are you scared of what others might think? Have you had past ... What Keeps You Up At Night?

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4 Stars

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 5/24 Jason Raines wrote: The Day Is Waiting, features the name of children’s author Don Freeman on the cover. The tagline under his name says “Bestselling illustrator and creator of Corduroy.” Words by Linda Zuckerman. This is a children’s book with glorious artwork, but its backstory makes it different from the more ... The Day Is Waiting, By Don Freeman

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4 Stars

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Bella's Gift

Bella's Gift

On 4/20 Jason Raines wrote: “Bella’s Gift” is a book by Rick and Karen Santorum, along with Elizabeth Santorum, who writes the introduction. Michael W. Smith writes a brief foreword. Rick Santorum is a notable politician, ran for president in 2012, and may run again. However, this is not a political book. Readers will ... A Mother and Father Overcome Questions Of Faith To Find Grace With Their Daughter

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5 Stars

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NIV Proclamation Bible

NIV Proclamation Bible

On 3/10 Jason Raines wrote: The recently released NIV Proclamation Bible is not the best Study Bible available, and that needs to be understood upfront. It is a good, but not great Study Bible. A big point, from a marketing perspective, is a quote from Tim Keller prominently displayed across the top of the front cover: “There ... NIV Proclamation Bible Is Good, Not Great

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3 Stars

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Suicide Pact

Suicide Pact

On 1/27 Jason Raines wrote: Judge Andrew Napolitano’s new book “Suicide Pact, The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty” analyzes legal and historical treatment of individual liberty under a Natural Law philosophy. Much of the book is devoted to wartime society’s balance of ... Sharp Legal Analysis Of Expanding Presidential Powers

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5 Stars

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No Greater Valor

No Greater Valor

On 12/10 Jason Raines wrote: “No Greater Valor, The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle that Sealed Allied Victory,” by Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., focuses on how the faith of the men involved in this key battle of World War II factored into their fight for survival and ultimate victory. This key nexus point became the center of attention ... No Greater Valor, A Review of a Book on The Siege of Bastogne

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4 Stars

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Moses Leads the People

Moses Leads the People

On 10/28 Jason Raines wrote: This is part of the “I Can Read Book!” series. The series includes a large number of secular titles, while “Moses Leads the People” is a version of the Exodus story, written for juveniles ages 4-8. This one is designated as Reading Level 2. Reading this with a first grader; he needed some ... All three children had good things to say about it

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5 Stars

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David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

On 10/9 Jason Raines wrote: This book will be of interest for anyone that has ever heard of the best selling book, “The Cross and the Switchblade,” Teen Challenge, World Challenge, The Springs Church, or Times Square Church. It’s profile of mission work in U.S. cities provides details about an ordinary man doing extraordinary ... A Biography of David Wilkerson

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5 Stars

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King David

King David

On 8/14 Jason Raines wrote: Nancy I. Sanders pens a series of books aimed at kids called “Get to Know…,” with this latest book focusing on the Biblical King David. It is recommended by the publisher primarily for ages 6-10, but older readers seeking a summary of David’s life will also find it useful. Over the course of ... Wonderful Biography of King David for Kids

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5 Stars

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Yawning at Tigers

Yawning at Tigers

On 7/20 Jason Raines wrote: Drew Dyck departs from editing and writing about ministry, turning instead to writing about God in this thought provoking work. “Yawning At Tigers,” subtitled “You Can’t Tame God So Stop Trying” takes on thoughts and actions some adopt toward God. The actions that Dyck wishes to depart from ... You Can't Tame God

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4 Stars

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What Works

What Works

On 6/23 Jason Raines wrote: Tagline: It’s Groundhog Day in Washington. This is a metaphor Cal Thomas uses at the beginning and end of his book, where he promotes a historical look at what works for making America great. Thomas compares the continually low respect Congress has as an institution to the movie “Groundhog Day,” ... What Works, Common Sense from Cal Thomas

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5 Stars

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The Solomon Seduction

The Solomon Seduction

On 6/1 Jason Raines wrote: “The Solomon Seduction,” a new book by Mark Atteberry, is an in depth analysis of who the author declares “the valedictorian of the human race.” The Bible tells us that King Solomon was blessed with intelligence and riches far beyond his contemporaries. His wisdom was sought after by rulers ... The Wisest Fool in the Bible

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5 Stars

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Outcasts

Outcasts

On 5/11 Jason Raines wrote: Jill Williamson pens a suspenseful tale of “Outcasts” trying to survive in The Safe Lands. Three brothers, Mason, Levi, and Omar work together; sometimes at cross purposes, to free their kindred known as Glenrock captives. With a disease ravaging the inhabitants of the Safe Lands, it is important ... Trying to survive in The Safe Lands

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3 Stars

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Bad Dads of the Bible

Bad Dads of the Bible

On 3/2 Jason Raines wrote: What is gained from reading a book about bad dads? Sometimes we can learn from the mistakes of others. This book devotes time to eight mistakes every good dad can avoid. The author, Roland C. Warren, knows a thing or two about being a good dad; for over ten years he was the President of the National ... Why You Should Read A Book About Bad Dads

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5 Stars

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Samson

Samson

On 1/24 Jason Raines wrote: Shawn Hoffman’s book “Samson,” subtitled “A Savior Will Rise” is a fascinating novel exploring the bonds of family during the most horrific circumstances of World War II. Samson Abrams and his family are imprisoned in the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz. When Commandant Rudolf Hoess ... Fact, Fiction, Faction?

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4 Stars

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 12/18 Jason Raines wrote: This book is the second installment of what the publisher calls “The Caleb Series.” The first, “Blessed Child,” is an action packed novel about Caleb, the miracle child with supernatural powers of healing left orphaned at an Ethiopian monastery. This book picks up the story some years later, ... Continuous Action Keeps the Story Moving

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3 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 10/27 Jason Raines wrote: This book is meant to spark the imagination of people, by creating a character with healing powers like Jesus had during his ministry. It is set in modern times, and is action packed from the very beginning. The book begins with the line: “We have to kill the priest.” This is a great hook if there ... If We Believed What They Believed

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5 Stars

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I Call Shotgun

I Call Shotgun

On 9/10 Jason Raines wrote: Dads teach invaluable lessons to their sons. In “I Call Shotgun” Tom Newberry and Curt Beavers do this in a series of short letters written to their boys. They offer input and examples on situations that boys will encounter growing up, and in life after childhood. The idea is to influence young ... The Idea is to Influence Young Men

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3 Stars

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American Phoenix

American Phoenix

On 6/3 Jason Raines wrote: This superb history chronicles the “honorable exile” John Quincy Adams and his wife endured in pre-Soviet Russia. Using diary entries from both husband and wife, Jane Hampton Cook gives fascinating details into the intrigue of the diplomatic corps in Europe during the days of kingly courts, while ... American Independence Saved from Ashes of Destroyed Political Career

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5 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 4/21 Jason Raines wrote: Eric Metaxas takes on the questions of “What is a man?” and “What makes a man great?” in his latest book. He profiles seven Christian men, explaining Biblical values concerning manhood, something that is increasingly being lost in our society today. The men he chose to use for reflection on ... What is a Man, and What Makes a Man Great?

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4 Stars

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 4/7 Jason Raines wrote: It might come as a surprise that a mega church pastor would write a book warning Christians not be be overzealous in their faith during a time in which secular humanism is growing more dominant, but yet, the book is as relevant as it is timely. Those that are familiar with the story of Jesus know that ... Avoiding Overzealous Faith

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5 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 3/22 Jason Raines wrote: This book is part autobiography and part motivational. Sjogren recounts his near death experience (NDE), and uses it to draw lessons that can be applied to life. The book is brief, with an easy to follow style that makes it a quick read. The author has divided the book into 10 chapters, with each one ... Solid on Principles, Light on Details

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4 Stars

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Asylum

Asylum

On 1/21 Jason Raines wrote: Chase Leighton is a starship captain embroiled in a protracted conflict between the “Ghosts” and the “Legacy.” During the course of the conflict, his wife Trista is captured by Legacy forces and he risks everything to rescue her from her plight. When he finally catches up to her, she does not ... Asylum: A Christian Science Fiction Review

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4 Stars

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 12/31 Jason Raines wrote: Old school versus new school, or a classic look at how different generations approach life with different attitudes. This book examines how the baby boomer generation looks at life and work, and how Generations X and Y approach it differently. The authors picked the terms “Wisdom” and “Passion” ... Who Are You, And Why Are You Here?

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4 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 8/31 Jason Raines wrote: This book tells the story of one of the "Lost Boys" from the Sudanese Civil War who through extraordinary circumstances achieves his dream of competing as a U.S. Olympic Athlete. Lopez Lomong chronicles being kidnapped from a church service with the other boys from his village, when he was merely six ... Review: “Running For My Life” by Lopez Lomong

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5 Stars

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 7/3 Jason Raines wrote: The premise of this book is that people question their faith, and search for deeper meaning in life. The key concept that Loconte explores is questioning faith in comparison to the biblical narrative following the death of Jesus Christ. Drawing from the Gospel of Luke’s account of the men traveling ... Review of THE SEARCHERS by Joseph Loconte

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4 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 5/28 Jason Raines wrote: Dr. Arnn is the President of Hillsdale College. That alone generated enough interest for me to read this book. In order to understand the current debate regarding our Constitution, the author explores the connections between it, and the Declaration of Independence. He points out substantial evidence ... Review of: THE FOUNDERS’ KEY by LARRY P. ARNN

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3 Stars

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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

On 3/10 Jason Raines wrote: "The government makes it dangerous for us to be right when it is wrong." This is the basic premise behind this book by Andrew P. Napolitano, otherwise known as "The Judge" from Fox News and talk radio programs. For those who have not read any of his prior books, it is an excellent illustration of his ... It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong, By Andrew P. Napolitano

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5 Stars

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Pershing

Pershing

On 12/23 Jason Raines wrote: Those interested in leadership and military history will find this book about “Black Jack” Pershing to be a quick and informative read. At one time, over a million men followed this man into battle, but yet he is not a major figure in contemporary discussions of history. However, he was highly regarded ... Pershing: Commander of the Great War by John Perry

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4 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 9/19 Jason Raines wrote: Be the People, A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith & Promise, is a call to action for those that many would categorize as “the religious right.” What makes this book so interesting, is that the author is not what one would expect. Dr. Swain is an African-American woman raised in the rural South in ... BE THE PEOPLE, by Carol M. Swain PhD; A Book Review

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4 Stars

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