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Inspired

Inspired

On 9/13 James Pate wrote: Rachel Held Evans is a controversial religious author. She is known for her writings about her struggles with conservative evangelicalism and even Christianity in general, and she currently attends an Episcopalian church. Inspired contains her reflections about the Bible. She talks about the Bible ... Book Write-Up: Inspired, by Rachel Held Evans

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5 Stars

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God Is a Particle?

God Is a Particle?

On 9/13 James Pate wrote: David C. Peterson is an attorney. This book, God Is a Particle?, is about the Higgs boson particle/field, commonly called the “God particle.” Peterson provides background information on how it was discovered and what it is: essentially, it underlies the composition and organization of the cosmos. ... Book Write-Up: God Is a Particle?

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4 Stars

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The Solace of Water

The Solace of Water

On 8/1 James Pate wrote: The Solace of Water is set in 1950’s Pennsylvania. Delilah Evans is an African-American woman and the wife of a pastor. They have a teenage daughter, Sparrow. Delilah is coping with grief because she lost a son, Carver. She blames Sparrow for this because Sparrow was making out with a boy while ... Book Write-Up: The Solace of Water

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5 Stars

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Revelation and the Antichrist

Revelation and the Antichrist

On 7/31 James Pate wrote: William Edward Dewberry was a data communications technician at AT&T and is currently retired. This book, Revelation and the Antichrist, is a commentary on the Book of Revelation. Overall, the prose of this book is well-written. It flows smoothly, and there is no stylistic awkwardness that I can recall. There ... Book Write-Up: Revelation and the Antichrist, by William Edward Dewberry

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3 Stars

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The Man He Never Was

The Man He Never Was

On 6/4 James Pate wrote: Toren Daniels used to be a football player. He had anger issues, stemming in part from the abuse that he endured from his father when he was growing up. He would take his anger out on the football field, but then he retired from football and took it out on his family. He struggled with his anger and ... Book Write-Up: The Man He Never Was, by James L. Rubart

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5 Stars

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Paul: A Biography

Paul: A Biography

On 4/9 James Pate wrote: N.T. Wright is a renowned New Testament scholar and a former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. As the title indicates, this book is a biography of the Apostle Paul. Wright goes through the events narrated in the Book of Acts, including in intervals his comments about Paul’s epistles. Overall, ... Book Write-Up: Paul, a Biography, by N.T. Wright

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5 Stars

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A Place at Our Table

A Place at Our Table

On 2/26 James Pate wrote: A Place at Our Table is the first book of Amy Clipston’s “Amish Homestead” series. Jamie Riehl is a volunteer firefighter and is Amish. He meets Kayla Dienner, who also is Amish, when he rescues her little teenage brother Nathan from a fire. There is an attraction between Jamie and Kayla, but ... Book Write-Up: A Place at Our Table

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4 Stars

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MUSLIM

MUSLIM

On 12/16 James Pate wrote: Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the radio program, the Bible Answer Man. This book, MUSLIM, is critical of Islam. Here are some thoughts: A. The book is very one-sided. I cannot recall anything positive that Hanegraaff said about Islam in the book. Can ... Book Write-Up: MUSLIM, by Hank Hanegraaff

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4 Stars

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Is This the End?

Is This the End?

On 11/22 James Pate wrote: Dr. David Jeremiah pastors the Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California. This book is about America’s moral decline (in Jeremiah’s estimation), the possibility of revival, and the end times, specifically Gog’s attack of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39), the pretribulational rapture of the ... Book Write-Up: Is This the End?, by David Jeremiah

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The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success

The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success

On 11/6 James Pate wrote: DeVon Franklin is a producer. I think I watched an interview of him a while back, since I remember seeing an interview of a Hollywood producer who observed the seventh-day Sabbath. That stood out to me, on account of my seventh-day Sabbatarian background. Franklin’s wife is actress Meagan Good. ... Book Write-Up: The Hollywood Commandments, by DeVon Franklin

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5 Stars

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Citizen Newt

Citizen Newt

On 10/23 James Pate wrote: Craig Shirley is renowned for his books about Ronald Reagan. I first heard of him when I was watching a panel on CSPAN2. The panelists were discussing Ronald Reagan’s stance towards the New Deal. One author argued that Reagan supported it, Shirley contended that Reagan opposed it, and another panelist ... Book Write-Up: Citizen Newt, by Craig Shirley

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5 Stars

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An Amish Summer

An Amish Summer

On 8/29 James Pate wrote: An Amish Summer contains four novellas about the Amish that are set in the summer. Here are my comments about each novella. “A Reunion in Pinecraft,” by Shelley Shepard Gray. Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer are sisters. Sherilyn is outgoing and makes friends easily. Sharon is reserved, but she is ... Book Write-Up: An Amish Summer

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5 Stars

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 7/12 James Pate wrote: Let There Be Light is a young-earth creationist science fiction novel. It focuses on two scientist friends: Bill, an atheist with a Jewish upbringing, and Michael, who presents Bill with creationist arguments and arguments that are skeptical of human-caused climate change. Bill invents a time machine ... Book Write-Up: Let There Be Light

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4 Stars

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Dawn of Christianity

Dawn of Christianity

On 5/28 James Pate wrote: In The Dawn of Christianity, Robert J. Hutchinson covers the time from the last days of Jesus to the Jerusalem conference in Acts 15. Chapter 1 is somewhat of a novellization, but the remainder of the book has more of a tone that one would expect from a non-fiction historical book. Hutchinson tells ... Book Write-Up: The Dawn of Christianity, by Robert J. Hutchinson

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5 Stars

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12 Days in Africa

12 Days in Africa

On 5/20 James Pate wrote: 12 Days in Africa is about Lisa Sanders’ time in Uganda. She talks about the people she met and the experiences that she had, both happy and sad. At times, the book contains first-person testimonies by people in Uganda who were helped by an organization. Children received an education, for example, ... Book Write-Up: 12 Days in Africa

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4 Stars

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Achaía

Achaía

On 3/27 James Pate wrote: Achaia is largely set in antediluvian times, but it ends with the Flood. Ronald Beckham depicts the antediluvian period as one of technological advancement. In Beckham’s telling, there were radios, bombs, and missiles that were launched into outer space back in those days. There was also aircraft, ... Book Write-Up: Achaia, by Ronald Beckham

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3 Stars

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Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

On 3/21 James Pate wrote: Michael Wear was a staffer in the Obama Administration. The inside flap of the cover states that Wear was “Appointed by the president in 2008 to the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and later directed faith outreach for the president’s 2012 election campaign…” If there is ... Book Write-Up: Reclaiming Hope, by Michael Wear

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4 Stars

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Clash of Kingdoms

Clash of Kingdoms

On 2/24 James Pate wrote: Charles Dyer is an associate pastor and a Bible professor at Moody Bible Institute, and he has a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Mark Tobey is a pastor, and he has a B.A. from Moody and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Clash of Kingdoms speculates about how current events could lead ... Book Write-Up: Clash of Kingdoms, by Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey

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5 Stars

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Liked

Liked

On 2/8 James Pate wrote: In Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?, Kari Kampakis offers teenage girls advice in this social media age. Among the topics that she address are the difference between online and person-to-person friendships, how to handle one’s desire for fame on social media, how to conduct oneself on social ... Book Write-Up: Liked, by Kari Kampakis

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4 Stars

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Companion to the Old Testament

Companion to the Old Testament

On 1/21 James Pate wrote: Ted Leach was a United Methodist pastor for four decades. His book, Companion to the Old Testament, is a survey of the contents and historical context of the Hebrew Bible, as well as various issues surrounding it. Here are some thoughts about the book: A. Leach is sensitive to the different interpretations ... Book Write-Up: Companion to the Old Testament, by Ted Leach

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A Spectacle of Glory

A Spectacle of Glory

On 1/9 James Pate wrote: For almost fifty years, Joni Eareckson Tada has been a quadriplegic, dealing, not only with the limitations that this condition brings, but also with continuous chronic pain. Her book, A Spectacle of Glory, is a daily devotional. Each devotion contains a Scripture reference (without always quoting ... Book Write-Up: A Spectacle of Glory, by Joni Eareckson Tada

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Adam

Adam

On 12/19 James Pate wrote: This book has reflections and musings about the primeval history in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 1-11). Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read. R.C. Besteder is well-read. He refers to Sumerian history and mythology, Herodotus, Virgil, and Native American lore, among other things, in commenting ... Book Write-Up: Adam, by R.C. Besteder

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4 Stars

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Saving the Saved

Saving the Saved

On 12/7 James Pate wrote: Bryan Loritts pastors the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California. This book does talk about embracing and living in light of God’s performance-free love: that God loves you freely, and you do not have to perform well morally or spiritually to earn God’s love. At the same ... Book Write-Up: Saving the Saved, by Bryan Loritts

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A Love Made New

A Love Made New

On 10/26 James Pate wrote: A Love Made New is the third book of the “Amish of Birch Creek” series. I did not read the first book of the series, A Reluctant Bride, but I did read the second book of the series, An Unbroken Heart. Even after reading the second book, I had some difficulty sorting out who was who in A Love Made ... Book Write-Up: A Love Made New, by Kathleen Fuller

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3 Stars

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Hebrews: It's Not How You Start--It's How You Finish

Hebrews: It's Not How You Start--It's How You Finish

On 10/18 James Pate wrote: As the title indicates, this book is a study guide to the New Testament Epistle to the Hebrews. The book encourages active learning. Readers are to look up Scriptures, identify things in them, and write things down. In going through this book, one can go deeply into the Bible, savoring not only the ... Book Write-Up: Hebrews, by Dr. Kathy Stewart

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3 Stars

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Outlaw Christian

Outlaw Christian

On 9/7 James Pate wrote: Jacqueline A. Bussie teaches theology and religion at Concordia College. In Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the “Rules,” Bussie challenges what she believes are myths: about God, suffering, and whether people can make a positive difference in the world. Instead of embracing ... Book Write-Up: Outlaw Christian

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4 Stars

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An Amish Harvest

An Amish Harvest

On 8/27 James Pate wrote: As the title indicates, this book has four novellas. Each is by a well-known author in the field of Amish fiction. In this review, I will list each novella then offer my thoughts about it. Beth Wiseman, "Under the Harvest Moon." This story deals with domestic violence, for the main character, Naomi, ... Book Write-Up: An Amish Harvest

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Genesis Revisited - The Creation

Genesis Revisited - The Creation

On 8/24 James Pate wrote: Donald Arlo Jennings has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and has written about healthcare technology. In Genesis Revisited, Jennings attempts to answer questions about the Book of Genesis. Jennings asks a variety of questions as he reads Genesis. There is the famous question of where Cain ... Book Write-Up: Genesis Revisited

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1 Stars

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A Doubter's Guide to the Ten Commandments

A Doubter's Guide to the Ten Commandments

On 8/20 James Pate wrote: John Dickson has a Ph.D. in Ancient History from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. In A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments, Dickson comments on each of the ten commandments. Although Dickson in his comments shares his knowledge of ancient history with readers and refers them to scholarly ... Book Write-Up: A Doubter's Guide to the Ten Commandments

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5 Stars

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An Unbroken Heart

An Unbroken Heart

On 8/5 James Pate wrote: An Unbroken Heart is the second book of Kathleen Fuller’s “Amish of Birch Creek” series. The first book of the series is A Reluctant Bride. I read An Unbroken Heart without having read A Reluctant Bride. I still understood and appreciated An Unbroken Heart, but I recommend that people read A ... Book Write-Up: An Unbroken Heart, by Kathleen Fuller

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4 Stars

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Christ and the Hindu Diaspora

Christ and the Hindu Diaspora

On 6/13 James Pate wrote: In Christ and the Hindu Diaspora, Paul Pathickal discusses ways that evangelical Christians can share the Gospel with Hindus in the Diaspora. Pathickal provides background about the history and religion of Hinduism. He also talks about reasons that Hindus have migrated to the West, their experiences ... Book Write-Up: Christ and the Hindu Diaspora

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Man, Myth, Messiah

Man, Myth, Messiah

On 5/10 James Pate wrote: Rice Broocks wrote the apologetic book, God’s Not Dead, which was the inspiration for the 2014 Christian movie of that name. Man, Myth, Messiah is associated with that movie’s sequel, God’s Not Dead 2. The character Jesse Metcalfe plays in God’s Not Dead 2 is actually reading Man, Myth, Messiah ... Book Write-Up: Man, Myth, Messiah

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3 Stars

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A Dream of Miracles

A Dream of Miracles

On 5/9 James Pate wrote: Mattie Diener is a widow and a single parent, and she is Amish. She takes her young son Nathan to the doctor, and the doctor tells Mattie to take Nathan to the emergency room immediately. When the doctor believes that Mattie did not do so quickly enough, the doctor calls Child Protective Services. ... Book Write-Up: A Dream of Miracles, by Ruth Reid

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4 Stars

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Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

On 4/12 James Pate wrote: Andy and Kate Grosmaire had a daughter named Ann. Ann had a boyfriend, Conor, who was practically part of the Grosmaire family. But Conor shot Ann in the head. The Grosmaires were not saints. They would admit that. Andy and Kate got into an argument at a grocery store, and one of their therapists told ... Book Write-Up: Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

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Overcoming Abuse God's Way

Overcoming Abuse God's Way

On 2/24 James Pate wrote: This book is Janet Marie Napper’s testimony and reflections about her experiences with abuse, and how her Christian faith has helped her to move on. She was sexually abused as a child, and that made her feel worthless. She became promiscuous because she was desperately looking for love. She married ... Book Write-Up: Overcoming Abuse God's Way

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An Amish Year

An Amish Year

On 2/22 James Pate wrote: An Amish Year contains four novellas about the Amish. The stories get better as the book proceeds. Allow me to comment on each novella. A. The first story is “Rooted in Love.” Saul is an eligible bachelor and has pursued Rosemary for years. Rosemary is attracted to Saul, but she does not want ... Book Write-Up: An Amish Year, by Beth Wiseman

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4 Stars

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Who'll Be in Heaven & Who Won't?

Who'll Be in Heaven & Who Won't?

On 2/18 James Pate wrote: Dwight L. Carlson is a physician and a psychiatrist. He has written Christian books about emotional healing, including the bestselling Overcoming Hurts & Anger. In Who’ll Be in Heaven and Who Won’t?, Dr. Carlson reflects on perplexing questions about salvation and the afterlife. These questions ... Book Write-Up: Who'll Be in Heaven and Who Won't?

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The 11th Demon

The 11th Demon

On 1/20 James Pate wrote: This book is part of a Christian fiction series about Jonathan Steel, a demon hunter. Essentially, Steel sends demons back to the underworld. Although this is not the very first book of the series, its author, Bruce Hennigan, tells readers that they do not have to read the previous books to understand ... Book Write-Up: The 11th Demon, by Bruce Hennigan

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The Stone of Ebenezer

The Stone of Ebenezer

On 12/30 James Pate wrote: The Stone of Ebenezer is a novelization of the biblical story in I Samuel 4-7. In that story, Israel’s priesthood is corrupt, and the Philistines are waging war against Israel. The Israelites bring the Ark of the Covenant into battle in the hope that this will make them victorious against the Philistines. ... Book Write-Up: The Stone of Ebenezer

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4 Stars

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Searching for Jesus

Searching for Jesus

On 12/26 James Pate wrote: Every Christmas and Easter season, sensationalist documentaries come out claiming or implying that the biblical Gospels are historically unreliable in their depiction of Jesus. Some of what they say is also stated by professors in secular colleges and universities. Robert J. Hutchinson, who has a graduate ... Book Write-Up: Searching for Jesus, by Robert J. Hutchinson

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5 Stars

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The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles

The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles

On 12/17 James Pate wrote: As a person with Asperger’s Syndrome, I can use guidance on how to interact with people. So can a lot of people, even those who are not on the autism spectrum. Many young people today are so used to texting and Facebook, that they may need guidance on how to interact face-to-face. As one of the ... Book Write-Up: The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles

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3 Stars

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Absolute Love

Absolute Love

On 12/16 James Pate wrote: The message of this book is one that you will find in a number of Christian books: that God is love, and only in a relationship with God can one find the security, the perspective, and the inner transformation that he or she needs to love others truly. Some Christian books express this idea in a shallow, ... Book Write-Up: Absolute Love, by R.I. Willroth

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4 Stars

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Glory Days

Glory Days

On 11/4 James Pate wrote: Max Lucado notices that a number of Christians are in a rut. They are not overcoming temptation. They wonder if the Christian life is supposed to be better than what they are experiencing. Like the Israelites in the Book of Numbers, they are wandering around in the wilderness, and they have yet to ... Book Write-Up: Glory Days, by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Apocalyptic Tremors

Apocalyptic Tremors

On 10/14 James Pate wrote: In Apocalyptic Tremors, C.R. Chapman offers her interpretation of the Book of Revelation. Chapman maintains that the Book of Revelation is about the wrath of human beings against human beings (i.e., through war, famine), the wrath of Satan against the earth (i.e., through the Antichrist and demons afflicting ... Book Write-Up: Apocalyptic Tremors, by C.R. Chapman

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3 Stars

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Pure God

Pure God

On 10/8 James Pate wrote: According to the “About the Author” section of the book, Gregory Wayne Edwards has been an engineer, a reserve-deputy sheriff, a church elder, and a Sunday school teacher. In Pure God, Edwards addresses questions about the Bible and Christianity. Some of Edwards’ answers are pretty standard, ... Book Write-Up: Pure God, by Gregory Wayne Edwards

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4 Stars

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God's

God's "Weigh" to Your Ideal Body Weight

On 9/22 James Pate wrote: In God’s Weigh to Your Ideal Body Weight, Michael Scott Lowery talks about how Christians can arrive at their ideal body weight. While Lowery does not believe that this is essential to salvation, he does view it as an important part of Christian discipleship. I Corinthians 6:19-20 says that the body ... Book Write-Up: God's Weigh to Your Ideal Body Weight

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The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher

On 8/9 James Pate wrote: Benjamin Franklin was a deist who doubted Jesus’ divinity and blood atonement. George Whitefield was a famous English street preacher who dramatically urged people to be born again, and his sermons gathered crowds in droves, especially in America. Franklin supported Whitefield because the conversions ... Book Write-Up: The Printer and the Preacher, by Randy Petersen

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5 Stars

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A Simple Prayer

A Simple Prayer

On 7/9 James Pate wrote: A Simple Prayer is Book Four of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. I have to admit that I have not read the previous three books of the series. I was not lost when following the plot of A Simple Prayer, and I still enjoyed the book, but I probably would have appreciated some scenes more ... Book Write-Up: A Simple Prayer, by Amy Clipston

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4 Stars

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Carnival Mirrors

Carnival Mirrors

On 6/4 James Pate wrote: Carnival Mirrors is about Patricia Lyon’s interactions with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. My impression in reading this book is that she was never actually a part of them, but that she interacted with them when they came to her door, or when she saw them at the supermarket or other places. She also ... Book Write-Up: Carnival Mirrors, by Patricia Lyon

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 4/24 James Pate wrote: In Searching for Sunday, popular Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans discusses the church. She shares her experiences with the church: the community that she enjoyed when she was growing up as a conservative Christian; how her relationship with conservative Christianity changed when she had ... Book Write-Up: Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans

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Transcending Mysteries

Transcending Mysteries

On 3/30 James Pate wrote: Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens are Christian musicians. In Transcending Mysteries, they tell their stories and offer theological reflections, as they draw from the Old Testament. They take turns speaking, share an Old Testament passage (usually in The Voice translation), and sometimes even include a ... Book Write-Up: Transcending Mysteries

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4 Stars

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Divided: When the Head and Heart Don't Agree

Divided: When the Head and Heart Don't Agree

On 3/16 James Pate wrote: Christians intellectually believe certain ideas, but their heads and their hearts do not always agree. They may have heard in church for years that they are accepted and loved by God, but deep down they do not feel accepted, and they question their own worth. They may intellectually accept the idea ... Book Write-Up: Divided, by Bill Delvaux

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Contagious Disciple Making

Contagious Disciple Making

On 2/26 James Pate wrote: Contagious Disciple Making is about how Christians can make disciples of Jesus Christ. It is not exactly a book about how individual Christians can go out and share their faith with individual non-Christians, though it does have stories about that. Its authors, David Watson and Paul Watson, think bigger. ... Book Write-Up: Contagious Disciple Making

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Aloof

Aloof

On 2/2 James Pate wrote: Tony Kriz wanted for God to pay attention to him, but he often found God to be aloof. Kriz suspects that this is the case for a number of people. His book Aloof is about the highs and lows of his faith journey and his speculations about why God so often seems to be aloof. For Kriz, sometimes it is ... Book Write-Up: Aloof, by Tony Kriz

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5 Stars

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Fierce Convictions

Fierce Convictions

On 1/17 James Pate wrote: Hannah More was a writer and an activist in eighteenth-early nineteenth century England. She wrote plays, poems, and even a novel that was mentioned in one of Jane Austen’s unfinished works (albeit negatively). More also worked with politician William Wilberforce to end the slave trade, established ... Book Write-Up: Fierce Convictions, by Karen Swallow Prior

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Misfits Welcome

Misfits Welcome

On 12/20 James Pate wrote: Matthew Barnett is a pastor in Los Angeles, California. He also pastors the Dream Center there, which reaches out to the homeless, addicts, and others who need help; actually, a number of volunteers at the Dream Center are people who came to it for help. Misfits Welcome is how God can use quirky people ... Book Write-Up: Misfits Welcome

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4 Stars

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The Skeletons in God's Closet

The Skeletons in God's Closet

On 11/30 James Pate wrote: Will God torment people in hell forever and ever just because they had the wrong religion? Should we celebrate a God who ordered the Israelites to slaughter every Canaanite—-man, woman, and child? These are important questions for a lot of people. As Rick McKinley says in the book’s Foreword, ... Book Write-Up: The Skeletons in God's Closet

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Storm

Storm

On 11/4 James Pate wrote: Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, believes that a storm is coming. It’s a spiritual storm. Christians with orthodox beliefs are becoming a minority in the United States. Churches are in decline and look to business models rather than God to solve their problem. A number of Christians ... Book Write-Up: Storm

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The Sacred Year

The Sacred Year

On 10/23 James Pate wrote: Michael Yankoski was feeling empty as a Christian motivational speaker, even though his friends told him that they were jealous of him because he was making a difference. The last straw for Michael came when he was at a Christian conference, and the featured Christian comedian was someone who had earlier ... Book Write-Up: The Sacred Year

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5 Stars

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The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

On 10/1 James Pate wrote: David Livingstone was a nineteenth century English explorer and missionary. The Daring Heart of David Livingstone is about his stand against slavery and the slave trade, as well as his desire to find the source of the Nile. (And, according to Milbrandt, the question of what the Nile’s source is remains ... Book Write-Up: The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

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3 Stars

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David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

On 9/21 James Pate wrote: David Wilkerson was a Pentecostal preacher. In the 1950’s, he read about a high-profile murder trial in a newspaper and went to New York City to show the love of God to the murderers. He was thrown out of the courtroom and did not get to meet the murderers, but he ministered to gangs, and one prominent ... Book Write-Up: David Wilkerson

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5 Stars

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Pursuing Justice - Paperback

Pursuing Justice - Paperback

On 9/10 James Pate wrote: This book is about why social justice should be important to evangelical Christians. Wytsma goes into the biblical passages about God’s concern for the poor and the vulnerable, the historical reasons why many conservative Christians have had an aversion to churches focusing on social justice, how ... Book Write-Up: Pursuing Justice

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4 Stars

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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 7/28 James Pate wrote: Todd Stevens is pastor of Friendship Community Church, which is known for its outreach to the community. His wife Erin is founder of the Nashville Strip Church, which brings food to employees at strip clubs and offers to pray for them, with the permission of the strip club owners. Todd and Erin show ... Book Write-Up: How to Pick Up a Stripper, and Other Acts of Kindness

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5 Stars

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The Book of Revelation Made Clear

The Book of Revelation Made Clear

On 7/16 James Pate wrote: Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker. The Book of Revelation Made Clear: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Understanding the Most Mysterious Book of the Bible. Nashville: Nelson Books (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Tim LaHaye is a Christian author. Timothy Parker is renowned in the field of puzzles. I ... Book Write-Up: The Book of Revelation Made Clear

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3 Stars

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God Is Just Not Fair

God Is Just Not Fair

On 7/5 James Pate wrote: Jennifer Rothschild is blind. She is also a Christian. This book is about her journey to cope spiritually with her blindness. She has wondered why others have been healed of their diseases, whereas God has not healed her of her blindness. She has felt guilt, thinking that she was a burden to others. ... Book Write-Up: God Is Just Not Fair

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5 Stars

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

On 5/12 James Pate wrote: W. Lee Warren. No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon’s Long Journey Home from the Iraq War. Zondervan, 2014. W. Lee Warren was an American medic in Iraq during the Iraq War. He treated Americans and Iraqis, including Iraqi insurgents. He even met Saddam Hussein after Saddam’s overthrow. This book ... Book Write-Up: No Place to Hide

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4 Stars

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What Works

What Works

On 4/22 James Pate wrote: Cal Thomas is a conservative syndicated columnist. In What Works, Thomas bemoans what be believes are problems in America, and he proposes solutions. The “problems” include reliance on government, sexual immorality, family breakdown, and radical Islam. Thomas’ “solutions” include tax cuts, ... Book Write-Up: What Works, by Cal Thomas

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Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

On 4/5 James Pate wrote: Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard. Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: Finding Freedom From Hurt and Hate. Nashville: W. Publishing Group (an imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. I decided to read this book because I am interested in the topic of forgiveness in general. As the title suggests, ... Book Write-Up: Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

On 3/25 James Pate wrote: Nabeel Qureshi. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. Nabeel Qureshi was raised in a warm and loving Ahmadi Muslim home, which lived in the United States and Scotland. But he became an evangelical Christian and a Christian apologist ... Book Write-Up: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

The Devil Walks in Mattingly

On 3/6 James Pate wrote: Jake Barnett is the sheriff in Mattingly, and his wife, Kate, does good deeds for the local poor. Both are racked with guilt because they feel responsible for the death of Phillip McBride twenty years earlier, back when they were in high school. As Jake and Kate attempt to cope with their guilt in ... The Devil Walks in Mattingly

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4 Stars

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The People Factor

The People Factor

On 2/19 James Pate wrote: Essentially, this book is about choosing the right people to be friends. A lot of what it said was common sense, really: Of course, many of us would like a friend who is a giver, who encourages us, who is loyal to us, and who actually wants to be in relationship with us. Honesty, too, can promote intimacy, ... Book Write-Up: The People Factor, by Van Moody

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The Sinners' Garden

The Sinners' Garden

On 1/27 James Pate wrote: The Sinners’ Garden is about broken people being healed, supernatural phenomena, and mystery. The strongest feature of this book is its characterization. There is Andy Kemp, a reclusive, moody teen with a scar on his face because his abusive father years before inadvertently threw on him hot water ... Book Write-Up: The Sinners' Garden, by William Sirls

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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 1/14 James Pate wrote: The Adam Quest profiles scientists who believe in Christianity and have wrestled with such issues as the creation stories in Genesis 1-2, the age of the earth, and the theory of evolution. It features Young Earth creationists, Intelligent Design creationists who believe that the earth is old yet maintain ... Book Write-Up: The Adam Quest, by Tim Stafford

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All You Want to Know About Hell

All You Want to Know About Hell

On 12/30 James Pate wrote: This book is about three Christian views about hell. The first is the Traditionalist view that hell is a place of conscious eternal torment for unrepentant sinners. The second view is Conditionalism, which states that the wicked are destroyed in hell after a period of torment, the length of which depends ... Book Write-Up: All You Want to Know About Hell, by Steve Gregg

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