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Devotions for a Deeper Life

Devotions for a Deeper Life

On 11/23 Wayne Stiles wrote: A few authors seem to be given by God for daily devotionals. Oswald Chambers' is such a writer, and this new volume, Devotions for a Deeper Life, shows the staying power of Chambers' pen. Although most readers (including myself) have only read My Upmost for His Highest, these new devotionals, culled ... 5.0 out of 5 stars New and Inspiring Devotional Content from Chambers

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5 Stars

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Leadership Promises for Every Day

Leadership Promises for Every Day

On 11/23 Wayne Stiles wrote: One of the most practical of all of John C. Maxwell's daily readings, Leadership Promises for Every Day, offers the simple wisdom we've come to respect and need from this gifted writer. Excerpts from many of John's popular volumes, in addition to Bible verses that relate to leadership principles, combine ... Leadership Promises for Every Day: A Daily Devotional

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5 Stars

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The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

On 6/21 Wayne Stiles wrote: In The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book, Dr. David Jeremiah reminds us that the Christian life is a battlefield. Our battle is not with the culture or with those who do not believe in God but with an enemy unseen and powerful. Using a question-and-answer format, Dr. Jeremiah answers 75 questions pertinent ... It's a Battle We Don't Have to Lose

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4 Stars

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The Daniel Prayer

The Daniel Prayer

On 6/13 Wayne Stiles wrote: I really enjoyed The Daniel Prayer. Anne Graham Lotz uses principles from the prophet Daniel’s prayer in the book that bears his name. Daniel confesses his sins and the sins of his nation—and asked God to have mercy. All of the sections of Anne’s book are peppered with personal stories that both ... The Prayer God Answers

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NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

On 6/9 Wayne Stiles wrote: I love reading the New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV), but not until getting this study Bible did I realize why. The scholarship behind this Bible is simply phenomenal. As I read the names of the contributors, it made me want to study the notes again. An outstanding group of scholars whose words ... Attractive Format with Small Print

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

On 3/25 Wayne Stiles wrote: Most “Study Bibles” contain an introduction to each book of the Bible, as well as a concordance, maps, indexes, etc. But what makes the Apply the Word Study Bible unique are the features that offer devotional insights on most every page. These features offer substantial and interesting background ... Ideal for Reading, but Not for Study

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4 Stars

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The Entitlement Cure

The Entitlement Cure

On 2/11 Wayne Stiles wrote: Reading The Entitlement Cure was like sitting in a counseling office with a wise mentor who offered the odd combination of rebukes that encourage. So much of what Dr. Townsend writes connects to our everyday lives and struggles, since he identifies those problem-proned, entitled people we know (including ... 5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny. And then some.

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5 Stars

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God Is With You Every Day

God Is With You Every Day

On 12/21 Wayne Stiles wrote: Max Lucado's new daily devotional offers a great affirmation of the book's title: God is With You Every Day. These 365 readings include a weekly prayer and Scripture, followed by daily devotionals culled from several of Max's books. Each devotion is brief enough to be read in a couple of minutes, offering ... The Title Says it All in These Short, Daily Devotionals

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Parables

Parables

On 12/9 Wayne Stiles wrote: The most significant chapters of John MacArthur's book on Parables are the first two—plus the introduction. These explain why Jesus taught in parables—or rather, why He switched from direct discourse to parables. The controversies in Matthew chapters 12-13 show the Pharisees attributing Jesus’ ... The First Two Chapters are the Best

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4 Stars

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The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

On 11/4 Wayne Stiles wrote: I recently completed listening to the whole Bible in a year while commuting. In years past, I had only read the Bible through. But listening was a marvelous experience. This collection of 20 CDs, The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible, offers a wonderful way to consume Scripture. Listening ... Read the Bible with Your Ears

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 11/3 Wayne Stiles wrote: Crystal Paine’s new book, Money-Making Mom, gives needed inspiration to wives and mothers on tight budgets that they can help support their family by simply doing what they do best—and making a business out of it. Full of stories, testimonies, and personal illustrations, Money-Making Mom reveals ... 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice Beyond Money to Life

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H3 Leadership

H3 Leadership

On 10/24 Wayne Stiles wrote: Most leadership books focus on the “how” of leadership—how to set goals, how to instill vision, how to be successful. But Brad Lomenick’s new book offers a more basic beginning. The leader’s heart. Starting with humility, H3 Leadership urges leaders to make character priority before competency, ... Leadership Begins with the Leader

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 9/22 Wayne Stiles wrote: We need more heroes—and more heroines. Eric Metaxas’ Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness offers examples of those whose great lives came from great choices they made. • Joan of Arc—great because she chose to do what she felt God called her to do—even against great odds. • Susanna ... Great Women Written by a Great Guy

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4 Stars

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Glory Days

Glory Days

On 9/19 Wayne Stiles wrote: True to form, Max Lucado has penned another fine devotional, this time with the book of Joshua as his springboard. The idea behind Glory Days’ subtitle, Living Your Promised Land Life Now, is that God has purpose for our lives as Christians that many of us are missing. We have an inheritance we have ... 3.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging, Practical, and Spiritualized

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3 Stars

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Sacred Marriage

Sacred Marriage

On 9/8 Wayne Stiles wrote: I have literally read dozens of books on marriage, and Gary Thomas has written the best. Why? Because Sacred Marriage is not about marriage but about how marriage is merely the context for married people to love and serve God. Thomas’ classic quote says it best: "We also have to rid ourselves of ... The Best Book on Marriage

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5 Stars

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Your Blueprint for Life

Your Blueprint for Life

On 8/1 Wayne Stiles wrote: It’s tough to synthesize God’s priorities for a balanced life. Trying to include every aspect of our primacies from every perspective is tough sledding. Any book that attempts it must, by necessity, skim the surface in survey rather than offer deep, abiding truths. Your Blueprint for Life quotes ... General Survey on Biblical Priorities

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3 Stars

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The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher

On 7/21 Wayne Stiles wrote: For years I loved the story of how Ben Franklin refused to take money when he listened to George Whitefield preach. So compelling was Whitefield’s appeal, Franklin would give. One day after hearing Whitefield preach, an empty-pocketed Franklin asked a bystander for a small loan so Franklin could donate. Outside ... An Unlikely Friendship that Models America

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3 Stars

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What Keeps You Up at Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?

On 6/13 Wayne Stiles wrote: Pete Wilson rubs his finger on the bruise that causes us each to flinch: What we fear most. Beginning with the fact that we’re not alone, What Keeps You Up at Night shows how fear is a common response of all people—including those greats in the Bible. Abraham, Joseph, Joshua, Daniel, all faced fear ... What Keeps You Up at Night? How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams

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The Reason for My Hope - Paperback

The Reason for My Hope - Paperback

On 5/16 Wayne Stiles wrote: Each chapter of Billy Graham's book, The Reason for My Hope, leads to one conclusion: regardless of whatever you're face, Jesus Christ provides the answer. Dr. Graham's easygoing writing incorporates numerous stories and illustrations to support that the idea that our hope in life and after life comes ... Billy Graham's Message Never Wavers

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4 Stars

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Let the Journey Begin

Let the Journey Begin

On 5/1 Wayne Stiles wrote: Although I'm not a big fan of gift books, Let the Journey Begin: Finding God's Best for Your Life, may be an exception. I began the book with skepticism. After all, this volume contains old content printed first in various Lucado books, then repurposed and as a gift book in 1999 and again in 2009. So, ... Let the Journey Begin

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The Complete 101 Collection

The Complete 101 Collection

On 4/26 Wayne Stiles wrote: This new volume, The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know, sits about two inches thick and includes most of John Maxwell’s popular content on leadership. Some great content here on essential topics each framed around chapters on attitude, self-improvement, leadership, relationships, ... If You Only Get One Maxwell Book, This is It (Because it Includes Most of them Anyway)

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 4/22 Wayne Stiles wrote: The book covers seven famous men in history whose faith made a difference in the way they lived. Metaxas expressed it this way: "I was looking for seven men who had all evinced one particular quality: that of surrendering themselves to a higher purpose, of giving something away that they might have kept.” George ... God is Worth Living For. The World is Worth Setting Aside.

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Whatever the Cost

Whatever the Cost

On 4/11 Wayne Stiles wrote: Okay, I’ll be honest. I thought Whatever the Cost would be a quick, entertaining read. No big deal. Instead, I found two more heroes to add to my life. I loved reading about the Christian home David and Jason Benham came from—how their father poured into them the mindset to “make our theology ... Making Our Theology Our Biography

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5 Stars

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Undone

Undone

On 4/10 Wayne Stiles wrote: Michele Cushatt is one of the best writers I’ve read in a long time. And her new book, Undone, gives more than good writing. It's a great perspective on life. Real life. The book hooked me early on. I read. And read. And read. Refreshing, real, raw. She had me laughing and crying often on the same ... Depth, Wit, Warmth, and WOW. Get This Book

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 2/3 Wayne Stiles wrote: Don Miller’s new book, Scary Close, follows his journey from singlehood to marriage—but really, from isolation to growing intimacy. He describes the book’s purpose this way: "There’s truth in the idea we’re never going to be perfect in love but we can get close. And the closer we get, the ... Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy [Book Review]

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4 Stars

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Vanishing Grace

Vanishing Grace

On 11/21 Wayne Stiles wrote: Reading Yancey's book, Vanishing Grace, took me back 20 years when I read his excellent volume, What's So Amazing about Grace? At the time, the book held its place in my life as one of the best books I'd ever read. As I read this new volume, it struck me as tackling a similar thrust: we live in a world ... Same Song, Second Verse (But a Good Song)

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The Maxwell Leadership Bible, NIV

The Maxwell Leadership Bible, NIV

On 10/7 Wayne Stiles wrote: When I first began reading through this Bible, I thought the content would show itself as simple rehash from Maxwell's other books. Well, if it is, it's amazingly relevant. Seeing these truths in the context of Scripture gives them a better framework for application than they might find in any other ... Great Content on Leadership and the Christian Life

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The Hope Quotient

The Hope Quotient

On 9/18 Wayne Stiles wrote: Ray Johnston delivers a positive message with an upbeat voice. His no-frills writing undergirds a powerful principle that surrounds each chapter: "The truth is, the greatest gift you or I can give anyone is hope." -- Ray Johnston After a brief introduction of why we need hope in a world of discouragement, ... The Hope Quotient: Measure It. Raise It. You'll Never Be the Same

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Redefining Leadership

Redefining Leadership

On 7/10 Wayne Stiles wrote: Most leadership books focus on methods, tactics, strategic planning, and vision. This book hubs on a more essential part of leadership. The leader. Joe Stowell redefines leadership from the perspective of a shepherd rather than a CEO. From a person driven by character as opposed to a manager driven ... Redefining Leadership

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5 Stars

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The One Jesus Loves

The One Jesus Loves

On 5/29 Wayne Stiles wrote: I chose to read this book because I love the grace of God and good books about God’s grace. The book’s title intrigued me: The One Jesus Loves: Grace is Unconditionally Given, Intimacy Must Be Relentlessly Pursued. I love the title. The book, however, seems to take portions of the Bible and make ... The One Jesus Loves [Book Review]

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2 Stars

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God Is Just Not Fair

God Is Just Not Fair

On 5/27 Wayne Stiles wrote: When I began the book, I didn't realize the author is blind. As I read and understood, my eyes were opened to how much her blindness has allowed Jennifer to see clearly. With a shift in emphasis, the book's title, God Is Just Not Fair, gives away the answer to the problem it poses. God is JUST--Not ... God is Just Not Fair [Book Review]

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5 Stars

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Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

On 4/1 Wayne Stiles wrote: Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom from Hurt and Hate does an excellent job of connecting with someone whose parents have blown it (which, on some level, is all of us). But more importantly, this helpful volume walks readers through the morass of pain, shows them how to process it through ... Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers [Book Review]

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4 Stars

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Greater Expectations

Greater Expectations

On 3/23 Wayne Stiles wrote: I was eager to read Claire Diaz-Ortiz's new book, Greater Expectations, because I had enjoyed her self-published e-book, The Present Principle. Come to find out, this new book IS her self-pub volume revised under the Barna Group's series, "Frames." The benefit of this new edition is its additional content ... Greater Expectations: Succeed (and Stay Sane) in an On-Demand, All-Access, Always-On Age

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4 Stars

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Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

On 2/11 Wayne Stiles wrote: The battle of the sexes today is the battle to find them at all. In a culture that blurs males and females into a blob of humanity, it's helpful to ask: "What distinguishes a man as a man--without being sexist or patriarchal?" If we toss aside Webster, the definition of masculinity falls to a matter ... Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men [Book Review]

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Humility

Humility

On 1/12 Wayne Stiles wrote: “America is not Rome—yet.” The highly original book, Humility, elevates a quality of American character that few pursue and yet everyone admires. David Bobb introduces readers to what made America great by providing, as its subtitle states, An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue. True ... Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue [Book Review]

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 11/19 Wayne Stiles wrote: In a world of get-rich-quick schemes and scams, it’s refreshing to read some common sense about money. Dave Ramsey’s the Total Money Makeover walked me, a skeptic, step by step, from reluctant reader to Dave Ramsay fan. It’s easy to see how so many people have come to sing Dave’s praises. His ... The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition [Book Review]

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5 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 10/5 Wayne Stiles wrote: With a ministry that has spanned more than 70 years, Billy Graham has spoken and written a lot of words. When we think of his most significant statements, they usually boil down to his simple, consistent explanation of the gospel message: our sin separates us from God, and God sent His Son Jesus to die ... Billy Graham in Quotes—A Venerable Goldmine of Wisdom

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Downside Up

Downside Up

On 8/12 Wayne Stiles wrote: When I first picked up this book, I assumed it would be a lighthearted look at rejection. (Though, I'm not sure how.) It wasn't. Instead, Downside Up connected with the ugly reality we face in relationships. In some way, rejection has cut us all--leaving scars of all sizes--and some of us still bleed ... Downside Up: Transform Rejection into Your Golden Opportunity [Book Review]

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4 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 7/2 Wayne Stiles wrote: Having enjoyed Eric Metaxas' book on Bonhoeffer, I was eager to review his latest volume, 7 Men. The book covers seven famous men in history whose faith made a difference in the way they lived. Metaxas expressed it this way: "I was looking for seven men who had all evinced one particular quality: that ... 7 Men [Book Review]

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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 6/20 Wayne Stiles wrote: Len Bailey's book, Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye, portrays Holmes and Watson traveling to biblical days to solve biblical "mysteries." The time travel is a fascinating aspect to the book, but the mysteries are "solved" simply by Holmes' keen observation of Scripture. It's the same premise I learned ... It's All About Observation

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3 Stars

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