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Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

On 2/7 Annie Rim wrote: In Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, Michael Wear sets out to provide insights to those questions. A self-described conservative Democrat, Wear worked on President Obama’s initial campaign in 2008 before working within the Office of Faith-based ... Reclaiming Hope

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3 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 2/1 Annie Rim wrote: Giving up social media for a month or a short season is one thing. All internet (and internet related conveniences) for a year? That's an entirely different sort of fast. This is exactly what Esther Emery does - no internet, no cell phones, no debit cards for an entire year. When I first read the synopsis ... What Falls from the Sky

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4 Stars

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 12/13 Annie Rim wrote: The strengths of Raising an Original come from Carr's stories. She writes in an inviting and engaging way, affirming my own questions and struggles as a mom. Her encouraging words and big-picture reminders are what moms of any stage need. Where the book lost some of its power for me was in the middle. ... Raising an Original

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2 Stars

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Assimilate or Go Home

Assimilate or Go Home

On 10/19 Annie Rim wrote: In her debut book, Assimilate or Go Home, D.L. Mayfield chronicles her journey of young zealous missionary to a life of gracious missional living. This is a memoir done well. Mayfield's essays are cohesive and a good balance of personal insights, observations from the field, and constructive critique ... Assimilate or Go Home

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5 Stars

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Starry-Eyed

Starry-Eyed

On 9/29 Annie Rim wrote: It's hard to rate a series of essays - some were wonderful and others fell a bit flat. The ones where she talks about how she and her husband live out their faith in front of their kids was a favorite. She talks about the importance of sharing stories and forming a rich family narrative. Perhaps it's ... Starry-Eyed

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3 Stars

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Present Over Perfect

Present Over Perfect

On 8/29 Annie Rim wrote: I was drawn to Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Present Over Perfect because its title seemed to indicate our current season. I quickly realized that Niequist’s life and my life are vastly different. While I’m learning to live with a messy playroom, Niequist is finding balance by saying no to Big ... Present Over Perfect

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3 Stars

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How to Survive a Shipwreck

How to Survive a Shipwreck

On 7/23 Annie Rim wrote: I wish I could separate my rating into two categories: 2 stars for Martin’s personal story and 4 stars for his commentary on Biblical stories. Like I said, it took about half the book for me to really connect with Martin’s story. Once I did, it was tough to put down. But, his writing – though poetic ... How to Survive a Shipwreck

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3 Stars

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Unashamed

Unashamed

On 6/6 Annie Rim wrote: Christine Caine is no stranger to shame. As she tells stories of her childhood in her new book Unashamed, I wonder at how amazing her journey is. Growing up, she was told again and again that she wasn’t good enough because she’s a girl, because she’s smart, because she’s a leader. She endured ... Review: Unashamed

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3 Stars

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Subversive Jesus

Subversive Jesus

On 4/26 Annie Rim wrote: Greenfield has me rethinking how I teach my kids about the poor. Unless we meet others and get to know their stories and their faces, it's more of a commandment than a way of life. Something to check off the "good Christian" checklist rather than truly living how Jesus asked us. Subversive Jesus is ... Subversive Jesus

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5 Stars

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Royal Easter Story

Royal Easter Story

On 2/25 Annie Rim wrote: It’s a scattered story, ranging from an Easter Jubilee to a lost child (overnight in the woods seems a bit extreme) to a lesson about helping others rather than finishing a race. If any one of those plot lines had been chosen, the book would have been much better. However, it felt scattered and jumbled. ... Royal Easter Story

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2 Stars

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Jesus Today Devotions for Kids

Jesus Today Devotions for Kids

On 2/2 Annie Rim wrote: When I saw Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young, the author of Jesus Calling, I thought I found our answer. Frank and I read through Jesus Calling a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. Young’s first-person style (as told through the voice of Jesus) helped me read Bible passages and themes ... Jesus Today

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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 1/14 Annie Rim wrote: Even though the CDs stay in Frank’s car, I’ve managed to listen to a bit on the occasions we switch off. Even as someone who would rather see the words in print, I’m impressed with the production of this version. Told using the New King James translation, it is easy to follow along. I appreciate ... Word of Promise

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4 Stars

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean

On 11/10 Annie Rim wrote: When I first heard of Coming Clean by Seth Haines, I figured I wouldn't connect with the book. After all, I'm not an addict. But, as Haines says in his invitation, we are all addicted to something. This book isn't about addiction but about the human experience. Haines is right - while his particular ... Coming Clean by Seth Haines

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4 Stars

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Man Enough

Man Enough

On 10/5 Annie Rim wrote: I was excited to see that someone had finally written a response to the wild man stereotype. But, Pyle’s book isn’t just a response and he doesn’t swing to the other side of the spectrum – that men should be passive and uncaring. No, Pyle says that men need to embrace their own spirit. So, if ... Man Enough

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4 Stars

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NIV Bible for Women

NIV Bible for Women

On 9/22 Annie Rim wrote: It’s a bit difficult rating a Bible, so my rating is solely on the essays. I went through and read ones by authors I recognized as well as ones I randomly flipped to. There are two reasons I gave this a 4/5 star rating: First, I wish the essays were a bit more spread out. For the most part, they are ... NIV Bible for Women

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4 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 8/24 Annie Rim wrote: Hatmaker knows her audience and writes for them. This is not a universal book – it is written for women who enjoy a certain lifestyle (kids, gourmet food, wine). Perhaps it’s because I fit into this group, but I didn’t find it off-putting. I appreciate that Hatmaker knows who will read her book ... For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

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3 Stars

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Anything

Anything

On 7/6 Annie Rim wrote: I appreciate that Allen’s anything isn’t gigantic – in many ways that resonates with where I’m at right now. But it’s not inspiring, either. I finished the book unclear as to why she wrote it. It’s great that she’s following what she believes to be God’s path of writing and teaching, ... Review: Anything by Jennie Allen

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2 Stars

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A Fellowship of Differents

A Fellowship of Differents

On 6/8 Annie Rim wrote: As a book about Paul and the early church, this is a fine introduction. McKnight presents the letters of Paul and the history we know about him as a story detailing what the early church most likely looked like. As a book about “the church God designed,” I was a bit confused. The book is broken ... Review: A Fellowship of Differents

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2 Stars

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The Mother and Child Project

The Mother and Child Project

On 5/11 Annie Rim wrote: The book is comprised of essays written by doctors, politicians, activists, and entertainers who have taken an interest in global maternal care. I appreciated the range of views and writing styles. Some authors sited statistics medical evidence while others told stories of their own experiences and interactions ... Review: Mother & Child Project

Annie's Rating:

4 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 4/14 Annie Rim wrote: What I appreciate most about the book is that Evans doesn’t attempt to speak for an entire generation – she tells her story. But, in doing so, she captures many of the feelings and experiences of the millennial generation. This is not a theology text, but a story of journey and discovery. Anyone ... Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

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5 Stars

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Women are Scary

Women are Scary

On 3/24 Annie Rim wrote: Melanie Dale writes about the challenges of making mom friends, or as she calls them, “momlationships” in her book, Women are Scary. Full of humor and honesty, Dale walks the reader through her years as a new mom, navigating the world of playdates and comparisons. Part memoir, part how-to, Dale gives ... Women are Scary by Melanie Dale

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3 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 3/10 Annie Rim wrote: This is the third book by Miller that I’ve read and each time I finish, I feel slightly disappointed. Yes, a good story has been told and I’ve found some connections to my own life through it. However, Miller always flirts with the idea of going deeper into his story, of making a broader connection ... Scary Close by Donald Miller

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3 Stars

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Aloof

Aloof

On 3/2 Annie Rim wrote: This book was filled with quippy stories about growing up evangelical and solving a crisis of faith through missions trips and seminary. While I can think of quite a few of my friends and acquaintances who would enjoy this book, I just never connected. Perhaps it was the constant references to our faith ... Review: Aloof by Tony Kriz

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2 Stars

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 1/26 Annie Rim wrote: Taken from the first chapter of the book of Genesis, Tutu tells the creation story in a poetic yet kid-friendly language. Bea loved snuggling in and listening to the words of the earth being formed. Nancy Tillman is the illustrator and did an amazing job of bringing the poetry to life. Bea especially ... Review: Let There Be Light by Desmond Tutu

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5 Stars

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Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy & Jane

On 1/5 Annie Rim wrote: Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay was the perfect post-Christmas book to read. It was light, entertaining and well-written. Reay quickly engaged me and it was a fast, fun read. The premise is typical fast-paced, career-minded New Yorker Elizabeth is stressed at work, and it’s beginning to show in the ... Review: Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

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3 Stars

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Vanishing Grace

Vanishing Grace

On 12/8 Annie Rim wrote: Throughout the book, Yancey reminds others that the Kingdom largely exists for outsiders (159) and that by building walls and creating legalism, the American church is reflecting more of a political view than the gospel of love. He gives many examples of how the church operated best when it was the minority ... Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey

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4 Stars

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Pursuing Justice - Paperback

Pursuing Justice - Paperback

On 10/13 Annie Rim wrote: Throughout the book, Wytsma questions Christian apathy toward loving our neighbors and doing justice. He cites many verses in the Bible that call believers to act out their faith – that without clothing the least of these, we are not bringing about Kingdom changes. The main theme of this book is that ... Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma

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4 Stars

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Let's All Be Brave

Let's All Be Brave

On 8/24 Annie Rim wrote: In her book, Let’s All Be Brave, Annie F. Downs explores the idea that bravery is born in small moments and decisions. She opens the book by saying how she is not a naturally brave person. She grew up on the same piece of land her grandparents had owned for 50 years; she went to college where all her ... Let's All Be Brave

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4 Stars

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Speak

Speak

On 8/5 Annie Rim wrote: Nish Weiseth is a champion of stories and storytelling. She believes that stories can move us from finger pointing to problem solving (p 40). In her first book, Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World, Weiseth gives many examples of how storytelling has changed her opinions about a person, a culture, ... Review: Speak by Nish Weiseth

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3 Stars

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Framing Faith

Framing Faith

On 7/8 Annie Rim wrote: In his first book, Framing Faith, Matt Knisely empowers the reader to tell their story. Knisely explores the busyness and connectedness we live in today. As positive as social media can be, are we stopping to focus on the story God is writing in our lives? Using the framework of photographic terminology, ... Framing Faith by Matt Knisely

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3 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 6/2 Annie Rim wrote: In Hope Rising, Scott C. Todd of Compassion International addresses important mindsets among Christians that need to change in order to alleviate the world’s extreme poor (those who live on less than $1.25 per day). He contends that it is possible to end world poverty in the next 30 years, but in order ... Sharing the gospel is anti-poverty work.

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4 Stars

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Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

On 5/12 Annie Rim wrote: In Smart Money Smart Kids, Dave Ramsey’s daughter, Rachel Cruze gives insights and practical advice to raising money-smart kids. Especially as we talk about how we want to instill financial values in our kids, I appreciated the step-by-step guides to gradually releasing money responsibility to kids ... Review: "Smart Money Smart Kids" by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruz

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3 Stars

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