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When Parenting Isn't Perfect

When Parenting Isn't Perfect

On 10/10 R. J. Rivett wrote: “Parents love their children, but they also really want them to succeed. And if the kids do something the parents think will lead to success, the beam of love beams stronger. And if they do something the parents think will not lead to success, the beam of love is withdrawn.” No parent needs to be ... MyBookLook: When Parenting Isn't Perfect by Jim Daly

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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 9/12 R. J. Rivett wrote: “What we forget is that the story of the Starving Artist is a myth. And like all myths, it may be a powerful story, one we can orient our entire lives around. But in the end, it is still just a story.” How could something like this be a myth? All artists starve. They suffer for their art. Without ... MyBookLook: Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins

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The Separatists

The Separatists

On 8/31 R. J. Rivett wrote: Erica Sparks is on top of her game. Her regular television show is working like a well oiled machine, and she has her sights set on something more. Something bigger. Something more investigative than the Erica Sparks Effect is. But with her bold vision comes the trouble. Her marriage to Greg is suddenly ... MyBookLook: The Separatists by Lis Wiehl

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The Red Letter Words of Jesus

The Red Letter Words of Jesus

On 8/10 R. J. Rivett wrote: Of all the words written in Scripture, none hold the same power or authority as those written in red. Those red letter words would be the words of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, Christians have read and marvelled at the wonderful words of Jesus. The peace they bring, the authority they bestow, the ... MyBookLook: Th Red Letter Words of Jesus by Jack Countryman

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Goliath Must Fall

Goliath Must Fall

On 7/10 R. J. Rivett wrote: “You are closer than you think to a life that’s not diminished any longer. A life of true freedom. A life that fully radiates God’s glory.” There are some problems that will not leave. Some obstacles rear their ugly heads over and over again. It doesn’t matter what we do, what we change, what ... MyBookLook: Goliath MUST Fall by Louie Giglio

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Launch Your Dream

Launch Your Dream

On 6/26 R. J. Rivett wrote: “…if you don’t chase your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.” It’s the dream of many people to be their own boss. To be able to call the shots, to be in charge of their own company, their own future; it’s something that a large percentage of the population wants. But so few can ... MyBookLook: Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge

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Dawn of Christianity

Dawn of Christianity

On 5/25 R. J. Rivett wrote: "What did Jesus do and say, in as little as one year and a maximum of three years, that could possibly have had such an impact? How did the community he somehow gathered together so quickly - made up of semiliterate fishermen, prostitutes, tax collectors, wealthy widows, day labourers, and even Roman ... MyBookLook: The Dawn of Christianity by Robert J. Hutchinson

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Jesus Journey

Jesus Journey

On 5/15 R. J. Rivett wrote: Was Jesus 100% God, or 100% man? Or did he have a mixture of humanity and divinity, some 50-50 mix? Or 60-40? This has been a question that has bothered Christians since the days of the Early Church, with Christians falling on different answers. For most Christians, the answer is usually heavy on the ... MyBookLook: Jesus Journey by Trent Sheppard

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Thank  You, God, for Grandpa

Thank You, God, for Grandpa

On 3/29 R. J. Rivett wrote: It is important to teach kids the importance of thankfulness and grandfathers. The attitude of being grateful for what you have been given is sorely lacking in our modern world, and will only be remedied if the coming generation learns it early. And the disrespect and mistreatment of the older generation ... MyBookLook: Thank You, God, for Grandpa by Amy Parker

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Thank You, God, for Grandma

Thank You, God, for Grandma

On 3/22 R. J. Rivett wrote: It is important to teach kids the importance of thankfulness and grandmothers. The attitude of being grateful for what you have been given is sorely lacking in our modern world, and will only be remedied if the coming generation learns it early. And the disrespect and mistreatment of the older generation ... MyBookLook: Thank You, God, for Grandma

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How's Your Soul

How's Your Soul

On 3/13 R. J. Rivett wrote: "In the journey of life, emotions make great companions but terrible leaders." 'How are you?' may seem like an innocent enough question. And 'I'm fine' may seem like a perfectly acceptable response. But not for Judah Smith. That answer rang hollow. The pat answer of 'I'm fine' wasn't the truth. But ... MyBookLook: How's Your Soul? by Judah Smith

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3 Stars

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The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb

On 2/28 R. J. Rivett wrote: "There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways." - The Didache What if the way that we are acting in Church isn't the way that Jesus taught? What if the way we structure and behave leadership in Christian circles doesn't reflect what the Bible ... MyBookLook: The Way Of The Dragon Or The Way Of The Lamb by Jamin Goggin And Kyle Strobel

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Talk Yourself Happy

Talk Yourself Happy

On 1/31 R. J. Rivett wrote: "Good, bad, ugly, or indifferent, our words are a direct reflection of the role we believe God plays in our lives." It doesn't take long for things to spiral down into darkness. You spill your coffee; you are a few minutes late for work; you have to deal with a difficult customer; whatever it is, we ... MyBookLook: Talk Yourself Happy by Kristi Watts

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Noah, Noah, What Do You See?

Noah, Noah, What Do You See?

On 1/31 R. J. Rivett wrote: Do you want to see your kids excel at reading from a young age? Do you want your kids to be familiar with the characters of the Bible? Noah, Noah, What Do You See? is the book you are looking for. Writing by Bill Martin Jr, author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Michael Sampson, author ... MyBookLook: Noah, Noah, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

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Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage

On 1/17 R. J. Rivett wrote: Every marriage, regardless of how old the spouse is or how long they have been together, will face trying times. There will be struggles. There will be trials. And sadly, not every marriage will make it through those issues. And even the marriages that do make it may suffer, because after the dust has ... MyBookLook: Strengths Based Marriage by Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey

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The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

On 12/12 R. J. Rivett wrote: How does one go from being raised in a Jewish home to being baptized in a Christian church? It may puzzle you, but for one Andrew Klavan, it is the story of his life. Known for his work in mystery fiction, Klavan takes pen to paper and writes out the extraordinary journey that took him from a small ... MyBookLook: The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan

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Leadership Promises for Every Day

Leadership Promises for Every Day

On 11/11 R. J. Rivett wrote: "Some are born great. Other have greatness thrust upon them. And others grow to become great." While that old saying about leaders may be partially true, we need to listening to the whole truth. "Leaders, in whatever way they come upon their roles, must grow beyond their current capacity." Leaders ... MyBookLook: Leadership Promises For Every Day by John C. Maxwell

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Berensatin Bears and the Christmas Angel

Berensatin Bears and the Christmas Angel

On 10/22 R. J. Rivett wrote: ​It's almost Christmas time! Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear aren't sure what kind of snow bear they should make. Should it be an "old school" one, with the corncob pile and button nose? Or a "modern art" snowbear? Or what about a snow angel?  The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel shares ... MyBookLook: The Berenstain Bears and The Christmas Angel

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Star Struck

Star Struck

On 10/17 R. J. Rivett wrote: Even before Sputnik took to the heavens, and sparked the Space Race and the imaginations of thousands of young children, humanity has looked up at the lights in the sky and wondered. What are those things that twinkle in the night? What causes some to stay in place? Why do some fall? Why do some move ... MyBookLook: Star Struck by Dr. David Bradstreet

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For Better or for Kids

For Better or for Kids

On 9/29 R. J. Rivett wrote: Think back to your wedding day. It may have been a number of years ago. It could have been months ago. You and your future spouse stood face to face, and proclaimed your eternal love for one another. Maybe you wrote your own vows, or you decided to repeat what the minister said. Either way, chances are ... MyBookLook: For Better Or For Kids

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How to Survive a Shipwreck

How to Survive a Shipwreck

On 7/22 R. J. Rivett wrote: "What if God doesn't choose to save us in spite of our failures, losses, and embarrassments, but precisely through them? What if it is not avoiding falling that strengthens our faith, but the falling itself?" Jonathan Martin was the founding pastor of Renovatus Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Was, ... MyBookLook: How To Survive A Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin

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With My Eyes Wide Open

With My Eyes Wide Open

On 6/13 R. J. Rivett wrote: "I told you, I don't want you talking to that kid." "But, Dad..." I quickly cut her off. "Jennea - no. That's it. This whole social media thing - it's over for you. You're cutting this thing off right now. No more Facebook." Our eyes locked like two opponents squaring off at a UFC fight. But I'd had ... MyBookLook: With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian "Head" Welch

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NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

NKJV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback

On 5/27 R. J. Rivett wrote: A person cannot overemphasize the importance of studying God's Word. It is here that we find the very words of Life, the illumination of Truth, and the pointing of the Way. Nowhere else is this true. Nowhere else can we find the words of the Way, Truth, and Life. But that doesn't mean that everything ... MyBookLook: The NKJV Study Bible, Color Edition

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Subversive Jesus

Subversive Jesus

On 5/11 R. J. Rivett wrote: What Jesus did you meet when you went to Sunday School or church? Was it a nice Jesus? The one that was always smiling, with the pretty long eyelashes? Was it a Jesus that never caused a problem, was always super polite? Was it a Jesus that was a model citizen? Most of us would say yes to that. That ... MyBookLook: Subversive Jesus by Craig Greenfield

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Answering Jihad

Answering Jihad

On 5/2 R. J. Rivett wrote: "In my experience as an American Muslim, there was absolutely no emphasis placed on violence....But my experience of Islam is not the only one...For other Muslims, violence is a part of the expression of Islam..." "What is Islam?" September 11, 2001. Words can't express the horror and terror experienced ... MyBookLook: Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi

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Four Views on Hell

Four Views on Hell

On 3/30 R. J. Rivett wrote: "The question they are raising is not "Is there a hell?" but "What is hell like?" For most Christians, the nature of hell isn't a topic that much time is given to consider. Why would we worry about a place and what it is like if we are not going there? Isn't it enough to know that it is bad and that ... MyBookLook: Four Views On Hell

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 3/14 R. J. Rivett wrote: Erica Sparks has been handpicked to join the fastest growing news network in the world. It's a big deal for a small town girl, with a disgraceful past. Her dreams of bringing truth and justice to the world are finally being realized. It's almost a dream come true. That dream comes true when a terrible ... MyBookLook: The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl

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It's Not What You Think

It's Not What You Think

On 1/13 R. J. Rivett wrote: It's been over 2000 years since Jesus walked the Earth. Over 2000 years since He started a spiritual revolution that is now called Christianity. But if we went back in time and compared notes with Jesus on what He taught and what it meant, we would be talking about two totally different spiritual revolutions. That ... MyBookLook: It's Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

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Man Enough

Man Enough

On 12/21 R. J. Rivett wrote: "When we define masculinity by one's wildness, we choose a wildly narrow definition. What about the poet? What about the scholar? What about the man who would rather paint than wrestle? What about the man who would rather garden than fight? Are they not men?" Every boy wants to grow up to be a man. ... MyBookLook: Man Enough by Nate Pyle

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 12/8 R. J. Rivett wrote: When you flip through a history book, chances are there will be a good number of stories about the heroic men, the ones that saved their nation from invasion, or the ones that invented this device, or the ones that established this kind of thinking or education. To say that men play a dominant role in ... MyBookLook: 7 Women And The Secret Of Their Greatness

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7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

On 11/9 R. J. Rivett wrote: "So here is what bothers me about this growing negative attitude toward marriage. I am afraid people will be scared away from marrying. I am afraid married people will give up because everybody else is giving up. The sad thing to me is that if people never marry or if they easily give up, they relinquish ... MyBookLook: 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 7/14 R. J. Rivett wrote: "This book is for everyone, but in writing a book about these seven men, I've thought that young men especially need role models. If we can't point to anyone in history or in our culture whom they should emulate, then they will emulate whomever." These seven short biographies of men of great faith and ... MyBookLook: 7 Men and The Secret of Their Greatness

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Divided: When the Head and Heart Don't Agree

Divided: When the Head and Heart Don't Agree

On 4/7 R. J. Rivett wrote: "What exactly is this divide? It's the gulf between the human head and the human heart. It's the split between what we say we believe in our minds and what we really believe in our hearts. It's the chasm between our knowledge about God and our experience of Him." We have all had that experience. We ... MyBookLook: Divided by Bill Delvaux

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Simply Open

Simply Open

On 2/17 R. J. Rivett wrote: "The goal, and the path itself, is simply openness - that you and I might become as open as possible to our Creator, Lover, Redeemer, and Friend, to ourselves, and to other people." The quest for a deeper spiritual life is something that every Christian faces. We all want to have a more intimate relationship ... MyBookLook: Simply Open by Greg Paul

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The Reluctant Journey

The Reluctant Journey

On 1/5 R. J. Rivett wrote: "Trusting God results in physical and measurable change." "What are you going to do with your life" is another one of those big life questions. We are asked this from the time we could play dress up as children right up into our adult years. What are you going to do for a job? What kind of work do you ... MyBookLook: The Reluctant Journey

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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Skeletons in God's Closet

On 12/2 R. J. Rivett wrote: How can a loving God send people to Hell? Why is there so much violence in the Old Testament, that God seems to have okayed? Isn't it arrogant and closed-minded to believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and God? The ideas of hell, judgment and a holy war; these are what we might call "the skeletons ... MyBookLook: The Skeletons in God's Closet

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NIV First-Century Study Bible

NIV First-Century Study Bible

On 10/24 R. J. Rivett wrote: "Even for those who do not hold to the Bible's sacred and divine origins, this book will not go away. It continues to provoke and challenge all who brush against its pages (Kent Dobson)." The Bible hasn't changed a great deal since it was originally published back in the 1450's. There have been errors ... MyBookLook: NIV First-Century Study Bible

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How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

On 9/22 R. J. Rivett wrote: "As you become the person God intends for you to become, you will reach the people God intends for you to reach." Some books grab your attention with a provocative title and cover image. Others will do that with thought stirring and soul gripping content. Authors Todd and Erin Stevens have magically ... MyBookLook: How To Pick Up A Stripper

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The Book of Revelation Made Clear

The Book of Revelation Made Clear

On 8/5 R. J. Rivett wrote: MyBookLook Summary: To say that Revelation is a difficult book to understand is a complete understatement. People have dedicated their whole lives trying to understand the imagery behind this prophetic vision but have only come up with more questions than answers. But with Tim LaHaye, co-author of ... MyBookLook: The Book of Revelation Made Clear by LaHaye & Parker

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Yawning at Tigers

Yawning at Tigers

On 7/12 R. J. Rivett wrote: MyBookLook Summary We have lost the awe. We have lost the wonder. We have lost the majesty that encompasses who our God is. And this is all our fault. We have tried to tame God, and in doing so, we have lost sight of who He really is. Because He isn't some house cat. He is a lion, He is a tiger on ... MyBookLook: Yawning at Tigers by Drew Dyck

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The Good Dad

The Good Dad

On 6/5 R. J. Rivett wrote: Being a father isn't something we do. It's something we are. MyBookLook Summary: Just because you can create offspring, it doesn't mean that you are a dad. That is how the saying goes, and that is the sad truth. More often than ever before, fathers are absent from their children's lives. It can be ... MyBookLook: The Good Dad by Jim Daly

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The Making of a Man

The Making of a Man

On 5/12 R. J. Rivett wrote: "If you or someone you love needs a blueprint for manhood..." MyBookLook Summary: Heisman Trophy Winner, 9 time Pro Bowl player, a record holder of numerous NFL receiving yards, and many more athletic accomplishments decorates the resume of this book's author, Tim Brown. The Making of A Man is not ... MyBookLook Review: The Making Of A Man by Tim Brown

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Daughters in Danger

Daughters in Danger

On 5/3 R. J. Rivett wrote: MyBookLook Summary: The future looks bleak. Our fast paced, super sexualized culture is not a safe place for our daughters. Despite what the media feeds us, the world is devastating, and in some cases destroying, our young women faster and in more ways than the average parent knows about. Something ... MyBookLook: Daughters in Danger by Elayne Bennett

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The God-First Life

The God-First Life

On 3/25 R. J. Rivett wrote: MyBookLook Summary: The application of Scripture is always the struggle. How do we live out the words of Jesus? How do we put into practice the words of Matthew 6:33? Stovall Weems, pastor of Celebration Church, gives a simple and practical way of putting God first, seeking His righteousness and ... MyBookLook: The God First Life by Stovall Weems

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 2/28 R. J. Rivett wrote: MyBookLook Summary: Merlin is not a great and powerful wizard. He's a young boy, and a blind boy at that. Before He was a key to the King Arthur legends, he was the simple son of a blacksmith. But that doesn't mean that there weren't adventures to be had. An ancient religion comes back to Briton ... MyBookLook: Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard

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Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 1/3 R. J. Rivett wrote: MyBookLook Breakdown: Sometimes the Word of God can become mundane and boring. Sometimes black and white words do not bring a Living Gospel to life like it should. That is where Messiah: Origin comes in. With words chosen and crafted by Mark Arey, beautiful illustrations by Kai Carpenter, and formatted ... MyBookLook - Messiah: Origin by Arey, Carpenter and Dorff

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 11/27 R. J. Rivett wrote: Book Summary: Jack Chisholm is a mega church pastor in Seattle. Or was. After some scandalous behavior, Jack finds himself alone, broke and without a plan. That is until his father rescues him. But how ill Jack go on? Can he live in his abandoned hometown when the whole world knows what he did? What ... Reviewing Books: The Prodigal by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett

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31 Days To Happiness

31 Days To Happiness

On 11/10 R. J. Rivett wrote: Book Summary: Your happiness is found in the answers to some very important questions. Dr. David Jeremiah helps you find those answers. 31 Days to Happiness is a pastoral commentary of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes. But rather than being a collection of ancient words and their meanings, Jeremiah ... Reviewing Books: 31 Days To Happiness

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