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I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)

On 2/23 nomer15 wrote: The popular hosts of the podcast "Pantsuit Politics" recently released their first book, "I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)". What a gift to our highly charged culture! With politics a taboo subject at many family gatherings and off-limits between people of different viewpoints, Sarah and Beth ... A Review: "I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)" by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers

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5 Stars

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The Wondering Years

The Wondering Years

On 1/3 nomer15 wrote: Knox McCoy, co-host of The Popcast podcast, recently released a memoir/faith reflections book called "The Wondering Years". I personally have never listened to his podcast, but I follow many bloggers/podcasters who do. This book came highly rated, so when I had the opportunity to check it out, I didn't ... A Review: "The Wondering Years" by Knox McCoy

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3 Stars

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The Ministry of Ordinary Places

The Ministry of Ordinary Places

On 11/6 nomer15 wrote: What a beautiful book! In "The Ministry of Ordinary Places", Shannan Martin shares candidly the story of how her family put down roots in a neighborhood she never imagined living in and seeing Jesus in the midst of it all. Life changed unexpectedly for her family when God called them from the rural to ... A Review: "The Ministry of Ordinary Places" by Shannan Martin

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5 Stars

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 1/27 nomer15 wrote: I first became acquainted with Erin Loechner through her occasional co-hosting on "The Simple Show" podcast. After hearing her several times, I was intrigued to read her first book "Chasing Slow:  Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path". Erin shares her story of the early years of her marriage, ... A Review: "Chasing Slow" by Erin Loechner

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4 Stars

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Falling Free

Falling Free

On 11/17 nomer15 wrote: Shannan Martin, a blogger from Indiana, poignantly shares the story of her family's journey from comfort and the American Dream to living on "the wrong side of the tracks" in her first book, "Falling Free." The Martin family lived on a quiet, idealistic farm with their three children, but one day, they ... A Review: "Falling Free" by Shannan Martin

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5 Stars

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A Mile Wide

A Mile Wide

On 10/15 nomer15 wrote: I've been a fan of Brandon's wife, Jen Hatmaker, for a while now. It seemed natural to pick his book after reading and enjoying several of hers. His book, "A Mile Wide:  Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith," did not disappoint. He helps the believer walk through that desire for "something ... A Review: "A Mile Wide" by Brandon Hatmaker

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4 Stars

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/23 nomer15 wrote: The newest offering from Lysa Terkeurst, "Uninvited," looks at the issue of rejection and how it plays out in our daily lives.  Lysa shares openly and candidly about her experiences with rejection, both actual and preceived. So many people have internalized rejection from an early age and it still ... A Review: "Uninvited" by Lysa Terkeurst

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5 Stars

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Unashamed

Unashamed

On 6/5 nomer15 wrote: "Unashamed" is the newest, powerful book by author and speaker Christine Caine. Drawing on her own personal experience, the stories of others, and weaving Scripture throughout, Caine shares candidly about the effects of shame and the journey to overcome it. "Unashamed" helps the reader to identify areas ... A Review: "Unashamed" by Christine Caine

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Forever My Little Boy

Forever My Little Boy

On 4/20 nomer15 wrote: "Forever My Little Boy:  Loving Your Son for Now and for Always" by Karen Kingsbury is a sweet look at raising a boy. The bits of narrative are interspersed with Scripture verses and little prayers for your boy. Whimsical illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff depict the boy in the story growing ... A Review: "Forever My Little Boy" by Karen Kingsbury

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4 Stars

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Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids

Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids

On 2/19 nomer15 wrote: After this book, "Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids" by Whee Winn, arrived at my house, I immediately opened the package and started testing a few jokes out on my kids. They both love knock-knock jokes and this book does the trick of infusing fresh life into their joke-telling repertoire. My oldest ... A Review: "Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids" by Whee Winn

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4 Stars

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Rest Assured

Rest Assured

On 1/18 nomer15 wrote: "Rest Assured" by Vicki Courtney aims at helping women who are overcommitted, over-connected, and generally overwhelmed to slow down and find true rest for their souls. The book is divided into two sections. The first deals with enemies of rest; Courtney examines four specific areas (busyness, pursuit ... A Review: "Rest Assured" by Vicki Courtney

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4 Stars

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The Brontë Plot

The Brontë Plot

On 11/19 nomer15 wrote: The third novel by Katherine Reay, "The Bronte Plot", follows the story of Lucy Alling. Lucy works for an antiques dealer and interior designer where she primarily manages the rare book collection. She often uses somewhat shady methods to achieve her goals, which eventually ruin a couple of important ... A Review: "The Bronte Plot" by Katherine Reay

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3 Stars

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The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

On 9/29 nomer15 wrote: "The Legend of the Christmas Cookie" by Dandi Daley Mackall is a lovely children's Christmas story about the significance behind Christmas cookies. The book tells the story of Jack, a young boy who's feeling a little lost at home since his dad went away to find work. He comes home one day to discover ... A Review: "The Legend of the Christmas Cookie" by Dandi Daley Mackall

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5 Stars

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 9/9 nomer15 wrote: Eric Metaxas's latest book, "7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness", is a collection of mini-biographies of seven women selected from various periods in history. He includes Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa. Metaxas writes ... A Review: "7 Women" By Eric Metaxas

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For the Love

For the Love

On 8/18 nomer15 wrote: "For the Love:  Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards" is the newest release by Jen Hatmaker. This is my third dive into a Hatmaker book, and each one keeps getting better. This collection of essays is divided into four separate sections:  yourself, your family, people around ... A Review: "For The Love" by Jen Hatmaker

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Anything

Anything

On 6/30 nomer15 wrote: "Anything:  The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul" by Jennie Allen details her journey of offering God everything by praying "God we will do anything. Anything" (pg. xiii). She shares bits of her story to show how she came to know Jesus, and how finally got the point of being willing to offer ... A Review: "Anything" by Jennie Allen

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4 Stars

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Savor

Savor

On 4/21 nomer15 wrote: Fans of Shauna Niequist, rejoice! Her new daily devotional, "Savor", debuted in early March. The book itself is beautiful. Cloth-covered hardback with navy edged pages. Ribbon bookmark to mark your place. Definitely lovely to look at.Each devotion begins with a verse or two and concludes with a question ... "Savor" by Shauna Niequist

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 3/5 nomer15 wrote: "7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness" by Eric Metaxas presents mini-biographies of seven men and the faith that shaped them. The men featured include George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson.I had previously read ... A Review: "7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness" by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 2/25 nomer15 wrote: "Motivate Your Child:  A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told" by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is a practical resource for parents to help them build internal motivation in their kids.The book is divided into two sections:  moral development ... A Review: "Motivate Your Child" by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 12/18 nomer15 wrote: "Same Kind of Different As Me" is a collaboration, the tale of how two very different lives intersect. Told in the first person, authors Ron Hall and Denver Moore take the reader on a journey of their lives, both individual and corporate. Both were raised in the South, but with one being white and the ... A Review: "Same Kind of Different As Me" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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4 Stars

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Vanishing Grace

Vanishing Grace

On 11/20 nomer15 wrote: Presented as a follow-up to "What's So Amazing About Grace", Yancey returns to the subject of grace in his newest book "Vanishing Grace". In four sections, he confronts the issue of why, since we have such good news to proclaim, Christians continue to lose influence and credibility among the culture ... A Review: "Vanishing Grace" by Philip Yancey

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Wounded by God's People

Wounded by God's People

On 9/10 nomer15 wrote: This latest book by Anne Graham Lotz tackles a heavy subject:  woundedness. Not just any woundedness, but wounds inflicted by those who are part of God's family. Taking the biblical story of Hagar as her base, she takes readers on Hagar's journey and explores just how relevant Hagar's story is to ... A Review: "Wounded by God's People" by Anne Graham Lotz

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

On 8/6 nomer15 wrote: "The Berenstain Bears:  God Shows the Way" by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain is a slim volume that contains three separate stories. "Faith Gets Us Through" focuses on how faith can help see us through any difficulty that may come our way, as evidenced by a Scout pack exploring a cave. ... A Review: "The Berenstain Bears: God Shows the Way" by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

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4 Stars

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Parenting the Wholehearted Child

Parenting the Wholehearted Child

On 4/16 nomer15 wrote: "Parenting the Wholehearted Child" by Jeannie Cunnion focuses on releasing our own expectations of parenting and allowing God's grace to captivate our and our children's hearts. By allowing ourselves to surrender to the beauty of the grace of God, it will ultimately trickle down to our children.The book ... A Review: "Parenting the Wholehearted Child" by Jeannie Cunnion

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5 Stars

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Notes from a Blue Bike

Notes from a Blue Bike

On 2/22 nomer15 wrote: As a fan of Tsh Oxenreider's blog at TheArtOfSimple.net, I was eager to pick up her latest book, "Notes from a Blue Bike:  The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World". Her writing style is engaging and easy to read. Part memoir, part manifesto of living a simpler life, Oxenreider skillfully ... A Review: "Notes From a Blue Bike" by Tsh Oxenreider

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4 Stars

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The Question That Never Goes Away

The Question That Never Goes Away

On 1/13 nomer15 wrote: The sequel to Philip Yancey's best-selling book, "Where Is God When It Hurts", addresses the question of "why" in the midst of suffering. "The Question That Never Goes Away" takes the reader on a journey to three different parts of the world that were stunned by tragedies that befell them. In the span ... A Review: "The Question That Never Goes Away" by Philip Yancey

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4 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 12/10 nomer15 wrote: "The Prodigal:  A Ragamuffin Story" by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett is Manning's final work. A fictional companion to his previous work, "The Ragamuffin Gospel", this novel is a contemporary retelling to the story of the prodigal son featured in Luke 15. Jack Chisholm is the lead pastor of a ... A Review: "The Prodigal" by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett

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5 Stars

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The Wall Around Your Heart

The Wall Around Your Heart

On 10/16 nomer15 wrote: When others hurt us, it's so easy to put up walls to keep from getting hurt. But those walls do more than just keep others out; it keeps our pain and hurt inside, allowing it to poison our own souls. In "The Wall Around Your Heart", author Mary DeMuth breaks down the Lord's Prayer and explores how each ... A Review: "The Wall Around Your Heart" by Mary DeMuth

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Unglued

Unglued

On 9/9 nomer15 wrote: "Unglued" by Lysa TerKeurst is a phenomenal book that helps women learn to make wise choices when confronted with their own raw emotions. Drawing on her own personal experience and biblical teaching, she shares what she has learned (and is learning) about submitting her emotions to the power of Jesus. ... A Review: "Unglued" by Lysa TerKeurst

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 6/7 nomer15 wrote: "Chasing Francis:  A Pilgrim's Tale" by Ian Morgan Cron is a contemporary fictional novel following Pastor Chase Falson and his search for a renewed faith. Falson planted a large seeker-friendly church in Connecticut, but publicly declared questions regarding his faith in a Sunday sermon. The elders ... A Review: "Chasing Francis" by Ian Morgan Cron

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3 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 5/27 nomer15 wrote: "A Dream So Big:  Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger" by Steve Peifer (with Gregg Lewis) is a moving look at how one family's journey through grief led them across the world to Kenya, Africa and how God has used them mightily in that nation.Steve and Nancy Peifer were not planning on ... A Review: "A Dream So Big" by Steve Peifer

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5 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 5/8 nomer15 wrote: "Bread and Wine:  A Love Letter to Life Around the Table" by Shauna Niequist is a collection of essays about life, food, hospitality, and experiencing those sacred moments that can only be found around a table. The book includes not only recipes to try, but there are discussion questions at the ... A Review: "Bread and Wine" by Shauna Niequist

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5 Stars

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 4/18 nomer15 wrote: Using the book of Nehemiah as inspiration for the material in this book, I was definitely excited to pick up this book. "The Passionate Mom:  Dare to Parent in Today's World" by Susan Merrill did not disappoint! The entire book is a treasure trove of fabulous principles that moms at all stages can ... A Review: "The Passionate Mom" by Susan Merrill

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Organic Outreach for Families

Organic Outreach for Families

On 3/29 nomer15 wrote: "Organic Outreach for Families:  Turning Your Home Into a Lighthouse" by Kevin and Sherry Harney is the third book in the "Organic Outreach" series. The Harneys offer this definition:  "Organic outreach is not a program that every person follows the same way. It is an understanding of faith ... A Review: "Organic Outreach for Families" by Kevin and Sherry Harney

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4 Stars

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Desperate

Desperate

On 1/18 nomer15 wrote: "Desperate:  Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson addresses the often overwhelming nature of motherhood. Mae is a mother of three young children who is in the trenches and barely on the other side of that common desperate feeling of moms with small children. Clarkson ... A Review: "Deperate" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

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The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy

On 12/5 nomer15 wrote: "The Fantasy Fallacy:  Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts" by Shannon Ethridge was written primarily as a response to the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy. However, it goes far beyond being a simple response. Ethridge digs deeply into the uncomfortable world of sexual fantasy. A topic ... A Review: "The Fantasy Fallacy" by Shannon Ethridge

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Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything

On 11/5 nomer15 wrote: "Heaven Changes Everything:  Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind" by Todd and Sonja Burpo is a devotional based on their best-selling book, "Heaven is For Real". This book features 42 entries, beginning with an excerpt from "Heaven is For Real", followed by a brief devotional thought written ... A Review: "Heaven Changes Everything" by Todd and Sonja Burpo

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4 Stars

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 10/12 nomer15 wrote: "Red Letter Revolution:  What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?" by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo is written as a dialogue between the two authors. They introduce it as a "new movement" of believers who attempt to take seriously the words of Christ and commit to living them out in daily life. ... A Review: "Red Letter Revolution" by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo

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1 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 8/24 nomer15 wrote: "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" by John MacArthur takes a detailed look at the lives of twelve different Biblical men and women that the casual reader may gloss over upon first glance. The people that MacArthur chose to examine in this book include Enoch, Joseph, Miriam, Gideon, Samson, Jonathan, Jonah, Esther, ... A Review: "Twelve Unlikely Heroes" by John MacArthur

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 7/10 nomer15 wrote: "Mondays With My Old Pastor" by Jose Luis Navajo is Navajo's story of finding rejuvenation for ministry through visits with his old pastor. Navajo was burned out on ministry, tired and discouraged. He was questioning even whether he was truly called to pastor a church. At this point, his wife gently ... A Review: "Mondays With My Old Pastor" by Jose Luis Navajo

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 5/12 nomer15 wrote: "The Truth About the Lordship of Christ" by John MacArthur is another installment in "The Truth About" trilogy. My expectation about the book was that it would be an examination of the life of Christ:  who He is, His ministry, His fulfillment of Scripture regarding the prophesied Messiah. Instead, ... A Review: "The Truth About the Lordship of Christ" by John MacArthur

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3 Stars

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The Truth About Forgiveness

The Truth About Forgiveness

On 4/26 nomer15 wrote: "The Truth About Forgiveness" by John MacArthur is another book in "The Truth About" trilogy. In this book, the focus is forgiveness, both our need to receive it and to give it. He opens the book with a look at our utter sinfulness and need for a Savior. By starting with a portrait of humanity's total ... A Review: "The Truth About Forgiveness" by John MacArthur

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 4/16 nomer15 wrote: Grace is a word that tends to get tossed around in Christian circles. But how many of really stop to think about what it means for believers? John MacArthur explores this issue in "The Truth About Grace", one book in a trilogy called "The Truth About" series. He takes a detailed look at what grace means, ... A Review: "The Truth About Grace" by John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/30 nomer15 wrote: "Someday our life's journey will be over. In a sense we are all nearing home. As we do so, I pray that you and I may not only learn what it means to grow older but, with God's help, also learn to grow older with grace and find the guidance needed to finish well." --Billy GrahamBilly Graham is a man full ... A Review: "Nearing Home" by Billy Graham

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