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Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

On 11/20 Jonathan Stephens wrote: If you’ve ever wondered how certain Christmas traditions got started, this might be the book you’ve been looking for. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins is a beautiful little book with classic looking illustrations by Clint Hansen. The book is divided into 26 chapters ... Book Review: “Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas” by Ace Collins

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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NKJV, Ancient-Modern Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print

NKJV, Ancient-Modern Bible, Hardcover, Comfort Print

On 10/10 Jonathan Stephens wrote: I was instantly intrigued when I first heard about this Bible being released and my high expectations have been far surpassed. Ancient-Modern Bible (NKJV) is being released in multiple versions including: hardcover, cloth over board, and leathersoft. The version I have received is the white hardcover ... Book Review: “Ancient-Modern Bible: One Faith. Handed Down. For All the Saints. (NKJV)”

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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The Cow Said Neigh! Board Book

The Cow Said Neigh! Board Book

On 10/9 Jonathan Stephens wrote: The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story (2018) is a children’s board book written by New York Times bestselling author Rory Feek and is illustrated by Bruno Robert. This is a story about a farm full of animals who all want to be like a different animal on the farm. Each animal sees what another animal is ... Book Review: “The Cow Said Neigh!” by Rory Feek and Illustrated by Bruno Robert

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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I Am

I Am

On 9/13 Jonathan Stephens wrote: I am always on the lookout for bedtime books that I think my daughter might like that also do a great job in sparking a conversation about who God is. So when I saw this title, a kids book unpacking the names of God, I jumped on it. I AM: The Names of God is written by Diane Stortz and is illustrated ... Book Review: “I AM” by Diane Stortz and Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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Inspired

Inspired

On 8/3 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Did you grow up reading the Bible or hearing stories from the Bible and then after high school or college you started questioning the book you once never dreamed of questioning? Have you ever struggled with certain passages of scripture or had them make you feel like God might not be as good as we are ... Book Review: "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

On 7/24 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Sometimes books are gripping because of the power of the story being told, or how compelling the content is, or how beautiful we find the writing to be. The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen by Lisa Gungor is gripping for all of these reasons. You may know Lisa from the music collective Gungor, that ... Book Review: "The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen" by Lisa Gungor

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

On 5/22 Jonathan Stephens wrote: The Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible by Carl G. Rasmussen (2013) is a small (159 pages) yet very dense, visually impressive, and user friendly Bible atlas. The book is divided between a ‘Geographical’ section, and a ‘Historical’ section and contains 200 multidimensional maps and full color ... Book Review: “Essential Atlas of the Bible” by Carl G. Rasmussen

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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The Passion Principles

The Passion Principles

On 2/27 Jonathan Stephens wrote: The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage is written by Shannon Ethridge, the author of the best selling Every Woman’s Battle series. The Passion Principles is a very comprehensive discussion on sex in the context of marriage from a Christian worldview. The book is organized into ... Book Review: "The Passion Principles" by Shannon Ethridge

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/16 Jonathan Stephens wrote: I almost never read books on the subject of human origins as I find they can be unnecessarily divisive, overly defensive, and even demeaning to those who don’t happen to share the same viewpoint. Thankfully this book was none of those things. In his book The Adam Quest, author Tim Stafford tells the ... Book Review: "The Adam Quest" by Tim Stafford

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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How to Be Rich

How to Be Rich

On 12/22 Jonathan Stephens wrote: How To Be Rich is a book based on a sermon series by Andy Stanley, the founder and pastor of North Point Ministries in Atlanta Georgia. The book is quite short, only 135 pages (not including the dvd study guide), and is a very quick read. That being said, even though the book is not all that long, it ... Book Review: "How To Be Rich" by Andy Stanley

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 11/20 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl is the second book I have read from author N.D. Wilson. The other book of his I have read is called Death By Living. Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl is a book about the world around us and the interactions of both God and man with this world and each other. It is full of stories ... Book Review: "Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl"

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

3 Stars

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God of the Underdogs

God of the Underdogs

On 10/1 Jonathan Stephens wrote: God of the Underdogs is written by Matt Keller, the founding pastor of Next Level Church in Ft. Myers FL. The book examines numerous people (underdogs) in scripture and how God was for them and with them, like He is today with you and I (also underdogs). The Biblical examples include: David, Paul, Jacob, ... Book Review: "God of the Underdogs" by Matt Keller

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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Death By Living

Death By Living

On 8/29 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Death By Living is written by best-selling novelist N.D. Wilson. This was my first time reading one of his works. In short this book is about how we go about living in preparation for dying. The premise of the book can be summed up with a line from the introduction: “With this book, the focus is on ... Inspirational & Thought Provoking

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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All In

All In

On 8/13 Jonathan Stephens wrote: All In, is Mark Batterson’s newest book which will be released on September 24, 2013. Batterson is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous books. All In is a challenge to truly follow Jesus with all you have and all you are. All In has been compared ... Challenges Your Faith Commitment

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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Insourcing

Insourcing

On 6/7 Jonathan Stephens wrote: INsourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church is written by Randy Pope, the founding and current pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The book is part "how to", but primarily it is a telling of the story of how Perimeter Church has taken the call of discipleship seriously and ... A Return Back to Discipleship

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead

On 5/11 Jonathan Stephens wrote: It’s ironic, but I was skeptical about this book which addresses the questions of those who are skeptical about the existence of God. I think the discussion of the existence of God is incredibly important for both those who believe in God and those who don’t, but when the subject is approached by ... 'God's Not Dead' by Rice Broocks

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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Pursuing Justice

Pursuing Justice

On 3/10 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Pursuing Justice: A Call to Live and Die For Bigger Things is a new book by Ken Wytsma. Wytsma is the lead pastor of Antioch Church in Bend Oregon, the founder of The Justice Conference, and the president of Kilns College. In having personally served in numerous countries in justice projects and finished ... The Standard on Biblical Justice

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 1/22 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola, is a very unique approach to looking at the person of Jesus. The study of Jesus is done through a mix of both theology and biography. The book is definitely an interesting read and I really enjoyed reading about Jesus not starting with the Gospels, ... Almost 4 Stars

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

3 Stars

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Neighbors and Wise Men

Neighbors and Wise Men

On 10/19 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Neighbors and Wise Men is not the kind of book I typically read. This book is a collection of life experiences from the author Tony Kriz, from all over the world and with all kinds of people, but all tied together as being sacred encounters that led to personal transformation. I never suggest someone ... Light Read with Nuggets of Wisdom

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 9/15 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Mondays With My Old Pastor is a story written about a friendship between a pastor on the edge of burn out and his childhood pastor who is now retired. The story centers on meetings they would have every Monday where the pastor would just sit in the presence of his old pastor and receive both encouragement ... Outstanding Reminder for Pastors

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

4 Stars

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 9/2 Jonathan Stephens wrote: Surfing For God is a book written on the subject of sexual struggle from a Christian perspective. More specifically this book deals with issues of lust and pornography, the fallout that occurs when our hearts and minds are consumed with such things, and also how there is hope and that victory can be ... Outstanding Book!

Jonathan Stephens' Rating:

5 Stars

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