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The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family

On 8/14 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Dr. Kara E. Powell is the executive director of Fuller Youth Institute. Her research and work in the field of youth ministry has shaped culture and the church. Her newest book, The Sticky Faith Guide for your Family, addresses the problem of young adults leaving the church in their twenties. Nearly ... The Sticky Faith Guide for your Family

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5 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 7/16 LIsa Van Engen wrote: I appreciate this book because of its honest call to not live by small expectations. What kind of history do we long to write? I dream of one where Christians are the leaders in being extravagantly generous with what God has given us. I think this is a hope we can all gather around. This is the dream ... Hope Rising

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4 Stars

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Sacred Roots

Sacred Roots

On 6/3 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Barna Frames is a hot off the press 2014 series from the Barna Group. Check out all 10 of their topics here. #barnaframes was another popular vote contest I didn’t win. Being the nice Christian girl I am, I was angry and thought, no I will not review your book. *Just kidding. Well, I did think ... Barna Frames

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InScribed Collection

InScribed Collection

On 3/28 LIsa Van Engen wrote: This study focused on verses in Scripture that touch on ‘so that’ statements, like Jesus came so that… pray so that… trials come so that… give so that… Great studies that ask questions that lead to hope. Leave a comment here or like over at About Proximity’s Facebook page to be entered ... Inscribed

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No Cape Required: A Devotional

No Cape Required: A Devotional

On 2/28 LIsa Van Engen wrote: 52 Heroes from literature and film… 52 ways to model Christ in your life. I love this devotional, because it is something that can be read as a family! If you have upper elementary kids, these are thoughtful devotions that can be read together. Each devotional includes scripture, a reflection, prayer, ... Hero. You.

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 2/9 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Samantha Moore’s past included years in the foster care system. Now at age twenty-three, she is in transitional housing at Grace House. She loves writing, and English literature. An anonymous benefactor, Mr. Knightley offers to put Sam through the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. ... Hope Redefined

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5 Stars

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Hopelifter

Hopelifter

On 10/21 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts. Kathe Wunneberg is the founder of Hopelifters Unlimited. This book is about showing up when things are hard. And showing up is really everything. Have you ever wanted to run away from the visiting line at the funeral home? Pretend that ... Hopelifter

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4 Stars

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Wounded by God's People

Wounded by God's People

On 9/13 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Wounded by God’s People. This should be an oxymoron, but that is not reality. We are fallible. I don’t know if I know any one who has not been wounded. It’s devastating and painful. I know the sleepless nights and the spaces of tears and not knowing where to turn, feeling lost and hopeless. Wise ... Healing Our Hearts

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 8/22 LIsa Van Engen wrote: I wanted to give away one more summer inspired read! (Who can believe summer has drifted by again?) Colleen Coble is a best-selling author of romantic mysteries. Visit her website here. I confess, I’m not a mystery girl. I read the end of the book before I finish more cases than not! I know it’s ... An End of Summer Read

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3 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 6/21 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Bread and Wine a Love Letter to Life around the Table with Recipes. By: Shauna Niequist I wanted to give this book away, but honestly was intimidated to read it. I would not describe myself as a foodie, maybe a burn the food person. I do like food though, does that count? In the locker room at ... Bread and Wine

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5 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 6/5 LIsa Van Engen wrote: This is the story of the Peifer Family. Steve Peifer was a manager of a corporate giant. He and his wife Nancy had two sons and lived in Dallas, Texas. In 1997, their unborn son was said to have trisomy 13 and his condition to be “incompatible with life.” They were advised to abort the baby. They ... A Dream So Big

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gods at war

gods at war

On 5/10 LIsa Van Engen wrote: gods at war: defeating the idols that battle for your heart by Kyle Idelman Kyle Idelman wrote the best selling book, Not a Fan. When I had the opportunity to review his newest release gods at war, I was excited to see what all the buzz was about. Idelman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian ... gods at war

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Days Like These

Days Like These

On 3/20 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Kristian Anderson. His wife Rachel. Their two boys Cody and Jakob. Fighting through a terminal illness. Halfway through this book, I wanted to pretend I had never started it. I wanted to push it away. I made myself keep reading. Suffering, we want to keep it as far away from ourselves as possible. ... The Book Days Like These

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Intentional Parenting

Intentional Parenting

On 2/27 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for Planes. The three authors of this book: Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan have over 50 years experience counseling kids and their parents. With that expertise, the authors guide us to understand how to be intentional parents. I think this topic ... Intentional Parenting

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5 Stars

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Unexpected Love

Unexpected Love

On 2/13 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed in Jesus’ Conversations with Women You can read more of Julie Zine Coleman’s work at her website Encounter an Unexpected God. She has been an educator for 20 years and a prolific Bible teacher. You can also check out her Unexpected Love landing space ... Unexpected Love

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4 Stars

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 1/17 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times Bestselling Author of 15 books. Here is the link to her encouraging website. She is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Lysa wrote the book Unglued: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Raw Emotions. The Unglued Devotional is a companion to her book. Today ... http://aboutproximity.com/2013/01/17/win-the-unglued-devotional/

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 1/9 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Mark Gregston writes with Heartlight Ministries about parenting today’s teens. Heartlight is a residential counseling center for teens. He has worked with teens and their families for 38 years. When I had the opportunity to review his book, I was very excited. My daughter is eight cruising on to nine, ... Tough Guys and Drama Queens

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4 Stars

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Everything

Everything

On 11/14 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Mary DeMuth's heart is authentic and beautiful in Everything. God became her Everything even through trials and she encourages readers to do the same. I was challenged by the chapter about being kind to yourself and not worrying about money. The chapter Holy Inebriation is so unique and made me think ... Everything Book

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 10/23 LIsa Van Engen wrote: Red Letter Revolution sets you as a witness to a dialogue between Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo. Shane Claiborne: an activist, a speaker, author of The Irresistible Revolution, and founder of The Simple Way. Tony Campolo: an author, a speaker, a professor, and founder of Evangelical Association ... Red Letter Christians

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