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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 10/1 Annie wrote: As a pastor, I am always looking for a solid study Bible to recommend whenever anyone asks. Boasting that it is “built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message,” the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is worth a recommendation. The New International Version is one of the most widely-used ... Bible Review: The NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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4 Stars

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A Fellowship of Differents

A Fellowship of Differents

On 7/20 Annie wrote: Known for books like The King Jesus Gospel and The Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight explores Paul’s vision of the church and helping us understand what Christian fellowship should look like in his newest book, A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together. Weaved together ... Book Review: A Fellowship of Differents by Scot McKnight

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4 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 4/30 Annie wrote: “Is it a sin to doubt?” one of my teenagers asked me. In that moment, I realized our church has not always communicated or modeled that it is a safe place to doubt or ask questions. “We long for our churches to be safe places to doubt, to ask questions, and to tell the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable,” ... Book Review: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

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5 Stars

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Savor

Savor

On 4/17 Annie wrote: Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist is a breath of fresh air. Niequist’s writing is conversational in tone. The devotions feel as if you are chatting with a friend over coffee, which makes this devotional perfectly paired with your morning coffee. If you have read ... Book Review: Savor By Shauna Niequist

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4 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 2/19 Annie wrote: I have been a fan of Donald Miller’s writing since I first listened to Blue Like Jazz on audiobook during a trip home from college per a friend’s recommendation. Since then I have read everything he has written. His book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, continues to be one of my favorite books. ... Book Review: Scary Close by Donald Miller

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4 Stars

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Make it Happen

Make it Happen

On 1/15 Annie wrote: It is the middle of January, so maybe you have already abandoned/broke your new year’s resolutions, if you are even the resolution-making type. Enter Lara Casey. “You were created for a purpose, and it’s time to make it happen,” writes Lara Casey in her book, Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, ... Book Review: Make it Happen by Lara Casey

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year

On 11/18 Annie wrote: The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life by Michael Yankoski is a book about one man’s exploration of various ancient and modern spiritual practices. With a monk as a guide, Yankoski embraces ... Book Review: The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 11/13 Annie wrote: Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy is the much shorter version of Eric Metaxas’ 2011 best-selling book of the same title. This is the book for anyone who wants to learn about Bonhoeffer’s life but feels overwhelmed holding the unabridged version–which weighs in at 624 pages. I find ... Bonhoeffer (Abridged) By Eric Metaxas

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4 Stars

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Tables in the Wilderness

Tables in the Wilderness

On 9/30 Annie wrote: “What is the silence of God? It is preparatory and expectant,” writes Preston Yancey in his book, Tables in the Wilderness. The title is a reference to Psalm 78 in which the question is posed: “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?“ Yancey writes about his journey and the struggle ... Book Review: Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey

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4 Stars

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Speak

Speak

On 8/11 Annie wrote: Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World by Nish Weiseth had me hooked with the introduction. That was not surprising since the introduction was written by Shauna Niequist, and I like her writing. I devoured this book, which should tell you something about how good it is. In the introduction, Niequist ... Book Review: Speak by Nish Weiseth

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4 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 5/14 Annie wrote: Hope Rising by Scott C. Todd is the kind of book you are scared to read. With a subtitle like “How Christians Can End Extreme Poverty in this Generation,” why wouldn’t you be afraid to read it? You read that subtitle and think two things. First, you think it’s impossible to end extreme poverty ... Book Review: Hope Rising By Scott C. Todd

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4 Stars

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Moment Maker

Moment Maker

On 3/28 Annie wrote: “You can live your life or it will live you” sounds like it could be the subtitle of a blockbuster movie. In a way, it is kind of similar. Moment Maker is about living life deliberately. Carlos Whittaker wants you to make the most of each moment. After reading Charlos Whittaker’s words, you don’t ... Book Review: Moment Maker By Carlos Whittaker

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4 Stars

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Thrive

Thrive

On 2/25 Annie wrote: I must admit: I did not expect to like this book. I think part of me is a little cautious when reading books written by well-known musicians. Mark Hall, the leader singer of Casting Crowns, released the book, Thrive: Digging Deep, Reaching Out. It is an honest, hopeful, sometimes humorous message full ... Book Review: Thrive by Mark Hall

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4 Stars

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Notes from a Blue Bike

Notes from a Blue Bike

On 2/4 Annie wrote: Tsh Oxenreider is the blogger and founder of Simple Mom (now known as the Art of Simple), and in her new book, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, she tells the story of her family’s quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally. She writes about what ... Book Review: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

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4 Stars

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Let Hope In

Let Hope In

On 12/18 Annie wrote: Hope. It changes everything, according to the back of the book, Let Hope In by Pete Wilson, pastor of Cross Pint Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Hope has the power to “disarm guilt, shatter shame, and put your past in its place,” according to Wilson. You just need to let it in. It makes it sound ... Book Review: Let Hope In by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 11/15 Annie wrote: Best known for The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning is a well-known pastor and author. The NIV Ragamuffin Bible includes a collection of Manning’s honest and grace-filled devotions—104 devotions, to be exact. In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning writes: “My deepest awareness of myself is that I ... Book Review: NIV Ragamuffin Bible

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4 Stars

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The Daniel Cure

The Daniel Cure

On 11/2 Annie wrote: I haven’t read The Daniel Fast, which was the first book written by Susan Gregory about the Daniel Fast. While I have friends who have done the 21-day Daniel Fast, I have not personally done it. The Daniel Fast has become popular within the last several years; it is based on Daniel’s fasts as recorded ... Book Review: The Daniel Cure by Susan Gregory and Richard J. Bloomer

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3 Stars

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The Beauty of Broken

The Beauty of Broken

On 9/21 Annie wrote: I am twenty-two, just graduated college. I am not a parent, I’ve never been pregnant, and I don’t have any kids. How could I possibly relate to a story written by Elisa Morgan, mother and former CEO of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International? While I cannot relate to specifics, I can relate ... Book Review: The Beauty of Broken by Elisa Morgan

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4 Stars

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Undaunted

Undaunted

On 7/29 Annie wrote: I recently finished the book, Undaunted by Christine Caine. Right from chapter one, Christine Caine pulls you in (and let’s be real, makes you cry). She tells honest stories about her experiences—stories from her own life and stories from others. In chapter one, she tells stories from a couple of ... Undaunted by Christine Caine

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4 Stars

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When Donkeys Talk

When Donkeys Talk

On 5/14 Annie wrote: Let’s be real. If this book were a movie, it would have a great trailer promising you hours of excitement and a journey into enchanted. But in reality, it would go straight to DVD. I wanted to like this book. I liked his previous book, Mud & Poetry. However, this book fell flat. It was disjointed ... Book Review Friday: When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski

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2 Stars

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What's Your Mark

What's Your Mark

On 5/3 Annie wrote: I first heard about Jeremy Cowart through Relevant Magazine, and soon thereafter ordered the book, Hope in the Dark. I was drawn in by his ability to capture an image others would often overlook. I first heard about Annie Downs through somehow finding her blog (I guess I am drawn to other people with ... What’s Your Mark by Jeremy Cowart & Annie Downs

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3 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 4/22 Annie wrote: I bought Shauna Niequist’s second book, Bittersweet, during a closeout sale at Border’s (I still miss you, Border’s). I didn’t know much about it, but it could not have come at a better time in my life. She has a way of stringing together words so eloquently. I can tell when I am reading something ... Bread and Wine

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5 Stars

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