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The Mercy Prayer

The Mercy Prayer

On 8/13 Bob Hostetler wrote: It is more often called "The Jesus Prayer." "Lord Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner." Or, simply, "Lord, have mercy." Author and pastor Robert Gelinas calls it the most common prayer in the Bible and "the one prayer Jesus always answers." Interested as I am in prayer--and rewarded some ... A Book About Mercy

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3 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 7/15 Bob Hostetler wrote: My first reaction to the recent book, Sherlock Holmes and The Needle's Eye: The World's Greatest Detective Tackles The Bible's Ultimate Mysteries by Len Bailey was, "I wish I had thought of that!" As a writer, amateur Sherlockian--and a pretty big fan of the Bible--I couldn't help being more than a little ... Wish I Had Thought Of It

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3 Stars

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 6/19 Bob Hostetler wrote: Larry Osborne's book, Accidental Pharisees, is a gift to the church. Everyone should read it. Especially those of us who don't think they need to. The title (and the blood red of the cover) may turn off some readers, but it is an engaging, encouraging, and truly helpful read. It convincingly shows how ... Crucial and Timely

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4 Stars

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 2/21 Bob Hostetler wrote: I believe in heaven. But I've always been skeptical of "near death experiences" and the stories of people who say they have died and returned with accounts of "the hereafter." But I know Steve Sjogren. He has been a friend and mentor for many years. He couldn't have more credibility with me. Neither ... Couldn't Have More Credibility

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5 Stars

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 1/30 Bob Hostetler wrote: Bravo to Johnnie Moore for his book, Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches. Moore builds a case from Scripture, from his background as a Christian pastor and professor, and from extensive experience with people from other cultures and religions, to show that Jesus is both other and more than most people--including ... Dirty God

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3 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 11/1 Bob Hostetler wrote: I wasn't as anxious to read Jesus: A Theography as I have been other books by these authors, who are among my favorites. It sounded serious, and I'm not a real serious guy. It sounded, well, technical, I guess. And challenging. Maybe even dry (though I've never read anything by Sweet or Viola that could ... An Astounding Accomplishment

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5 Stars

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 10/11 Bob Hostetler wrote: I already knew Ken Davis was a funny man. I've heard him speak. I especially like his "Dunkin Donuts" story. So I expected his new book, Fully Alive: A Journey That Will Change Your Life, to make me smile, even laugh. It did that. But it did much, much more than that. Halfway through the first chapter, ... Much More Than I Expected

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4 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 8/1 Bob Hostetler wrote: Mondays with My Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo is the story of a discouraged young pastor and his regular Monday "wisdom sessions" with his eighty-three-year-old former pastor. Through the course of fifteen weeks, the old pastor encourages the younger man with numerous stories, reminders, comforts, and ... Mondays with My Old Pastor

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3 Stars

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Simply God

Simply God

On 2/2 Bob Hostetler wrote: I was attracted to Rick Richards's book, Simply God, by the title and by its promise of delivering a radical new view of what it means to be a leader in Christ. As I began reading it, I struggled to stay interested.... Simply Bad

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1 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 12/28 Bob Hostetler wrote: I am a Len Sweet fan. In my opinion, Sweet, the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Fox University), is one of the most innovative and influential thinkers in the Church today. So I was excited to read his newest book, I ... A Delight to Read, A Spur to Thought

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4 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/21 Bob Hostetler wrote: Gordon MacDonald is one of my favorite authors, and his latest book, Going Deep (Becoming A Person of Influence), revisits the fictionalized format he employed in Who Stole My Church? The book uses a series of e-mails and discussions with friends and church members to portray a pastor and a church ... Going Deep

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3 Stars

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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

On 9/22 Bob Hostetler wrote: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, by Greg Paul, took me on a short roller-coaster ride of expectation, suspicion, surprise and fulfillment. I was drawn to the book by the title: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe sounded like just the sort of book I longed for. I am drawn to to books that draw me deeper ... Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

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4 Stars

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 8/3 Bob Hostetler wrote: John Maxwell is the bestselling, mind-bogglingly prolific leadership guru and author of leadership classics such as The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. His latest book, Beyond Talent, is a solid offering from a man who eats, sleeps, lives, and models leadership. The premise of the book smacks of ... Solid Offering

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3 Stars

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The Principle of the Path

The Principle of the Path

On 3/9 Bob Hostetler wrote: I'm an Andy Stanley fan. He's a first-rate preacher and a top-notch writer. He is a man of vision and creativity. That's why I was disappointed in his book, The Principle of the Path. Put simply, the book's theme is that "Your direction, not your intention, determines your destination." Nothing particularly ... The Principle of the Path

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2 Stars

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 2/23 Bob Hostetler wrote: I loved Brian McLaren's Finding Our Way Again (The Return of the Ancient Practices).I know McLaren has his detractors in the church, but I enjoy and appreciate his writing and many of his perspectives. And, though I found his efforts to include Islam along with Judaism and Christianity in his depictions ... Finding Our Way Again

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4 Stars

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A Leader's Heart

A Leader's Heart

On 10/7 Bob Hostetler wrote: John Maxwell is, of course, the unbelievably prolific author of more than fifty books, most on the subject of leadership. I consider his Developing The Leader Within You and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership to be required reading for anyone who is (or expects to be) in a leadership role. So when ... A Leader's Heart

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 10/6 Bob Hostetler wrote: I think Outlive Your Life (You Were Made to Make a Difference) is one of Max Lucado's best books. And that is saying a lot. Outlive Your Life takes the reader on a tour of the first twelve chapters of the Acts of the Apostles in a way that perhaps only Max Lucado could pull off. It takes Dr. Luke's history ... Outlive Your Life

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Bob Hostetler wrote: Andy Andrews's book, The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters, packs a powerful punch in a petite package. The book is a beautifully designed presentation of Andrews's most requested story when he speaks (which he does more than 100 times a year). It tells of a decision one person made over a hundred ... The Butterfly Effect

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4 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World (Trade Paper)

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World (Trade Paper)

On 8/20 Bob Hostetler wrote: Dr. David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, scored a New York Times bestseller with his book, What in the World Is Going On? In that book he identified ten prophetic clues that he says are being fulfilled in these tumultuous times.In his newest book, ... Confidence Amid Chaos

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3 Stars

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I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite

On 5/26 Bob Hostetler wrote: I love reading a well-written memoir. And I love reading about people's spiritual backgrounds and journeys. And I love delving into other cultures via the written word. I Am Hutterite, by Mary-Ann Kirkby, delivered each of those pleasures. It is the story of a girl, born to Hutterite parents on a colony ... I Am Hutterite

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4 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 4/6 Bob Hostetler wrote: I was genuinely pleased with Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, the newest book by John C. Maxwell, the prolific author, speaker, and leadership expert. Having read many of Maxwell's books, I sometimes find his writing approach to be highly formulaic, but this book, while it still clearly shows his ... Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

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4 Stars

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The Word of Promise New Testament

The Word of Promise New Testament

On 2/26 Bob Hostetler wrote: Have you ever met a radio personality, someone whose voice was very familiar to you but whom you had never actually seen, and your first thought was, "You don't look ANYthing like I pictured you?" Well, that's always been my problem with Biblical paintings, movies, and television--especially those that ... The Word of Promise Audio Bible

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year Hardcover

The Liturgical Year Hardcover

On 11/24 Bob Hostetler wrote: This is a dangerous book. As I read The Liturgical Year (The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life) by Joan Chittister, I was reminded of an earlier book that has now become a favorite to give to others--though always with the warning, "Don't read it until you're willing for your life to change, ... The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life

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3 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Bob Hostetler wrote: Marcus Buckingham, author of the hugely successful (and helpful) books, First, Break All The Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths (among others) brings his passion to women in Find Your Strongest Life. Like his other books, this one is thoroughly entertaining and extremely practical. It includes his ... Find Your Strongest Life

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4 Stars

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Fresh Start

Fresh Start

On 9/9 Bob Hostetler wrote: Doug Fields is a fine communicator. He'd have to be to have succeeded in youth ministry for many years, as he did. And he has to be in order to serve the gigantic Saddleback Church (25,000 members) as a teaching pastor. That communication skill comes across in his newest book, Fresh Start, which gives ... An Invitation to a Fresh Start

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3 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Bob Hostetler wrote: What would you do if you knew no fear? What would you attempt? Where would you go? What would you start? Finish?That is the premise of Max Lucado's latest book, Fearless. With his characteristic blend of whimsy, wide-eyed wonder, and biblical wisdom, Max tackles the fears that too often limit--and sometimes ... Fearless

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4 Stars

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 6/30 Bob Hostetler wrote: N. D. Wilson, the managing editor of Credenda/Agenda, has created something unique with his aptly named book, Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl (Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World). The preface sets the stage with this disclaimer:What excuses can I possibly make for this book?Alcohol was not involved. ... Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl

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4 Stars

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