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A Light So Lovely

A Light So Lovely

On 9/11 Jon Gibson wrote: If you have been educated in public schools sometime after 1970, chances are that you are somewhat familiar with the name Madeleine L’Engle. You may have even read her most famous book “A Wrinkle In Time.” But Ms. L’Engle was so much more than an author of this fantasy/science fiction young adult ... A Light So Lovely - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Made for These Times

Made for These Times

On 9/3 Jon Gibson wrote: In the introduction to "Made For These Times," Katelyn Beaty says it well of who Justin Zoradi is and his contribution to society. She writes that Zoradi is, "a living testament to the notion that our lives are not to be hoarded for ourselves, but to be poured out for others to bring life, freedom, and ... Made For These Times - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Hundred Story Home

The Hundred Story Home

On 8/3 Jon Gibson wrote: What do you do when in the midst of living the perfect life that you had always wanted, you are challenged out of that comfort zone to pursue something more significant yet risky and scary? Kathy Izard can tell you. While living her dream life in Charlotte, North Carolina, circumstances shifted her out ... The Hundred Story Home - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Inspired

Inspired

On 7/13 Jon Gibson wrote: Rachel Held Evans, in my opinion, is a good writer. She is engaging and has a way to express ideas in compelling fashion. She can tell a story, crafting the details in a forward fashion as she draws her reader in. All that being said, I find myself, often, in mostly disagreement with her opinions and ... Inspired - A Book Review

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3 Stars

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Faith Among the Faithless

Faith Among the Faithless

On 6/1 Jon Gibson wrote: One of the most difficult things that I have found when reading the Bible is remembering to look at the contents based on context of both writers and readers (or hearers). I often find myself jumping right to how what I read applies to me today rather than processing just how the original readers received ... Faith Among the Faithless - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Miracle in Shreveport

Miracle in Shreveport

On 4/29 Jon Gibson wrote: As twin brothers, David and Jason Benham shared everything from a young age. From their room, all the way to their dream of playing professional baseball. They did whatever they could to pursue that dream, as did their father and the rest of the family. "Miracle In Shreveport" is the story of their ... Miracle In Shreveport - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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A Call for Courage

A Call for Courage

On 4/17 Jon Gibson wrote: In the introduction of “A Call For Courage” George Barna writes, “We have become a nation of self-sufficient individuals who dismiss the idea that God will judge us. His statement sets the tone for Michael Anthony’s book. It is our apathy and complacency, specifically the apathy and complacency ... A Call For Action

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4 Stars

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Paul: A Biography

Paul: A Biography

On 3/11 Jon Gibson wrote: I’m not sure of the amount of time and effort that N.T. Wright has spent researching Paul, but I know that a considerable amount of his writings has focused on Paul. For those who are familiar with him, N.T. Wright has also written a considerable amount on the controversial topic of justification, ... A Comprehensive Look at Paul

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5 Stars

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I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

On 2/25 Jon Gibson wrote: You may be familiar with the hit song “I Can Only Imagine,” but you probably don’t know the history and background of the song and the story behind it. In “I Can Only Imagine” Bart Millard tells his story along with the story behind the song. Really, his story IS the story behind the song as ... I Can Only Imagine - The Story Behind the Song

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5 Stars

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The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

On 2/9 Jon Gibson wrote: “Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name….” If you grew up in the church, the Lord’s Prayer has probably become familiar to you. You may have grown up reciting it to the point that it’s imbedded in your brain and you can recite it without much thought or contemplation. In his ... More Than Just A Prayer To Recite...

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5 Stars

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When Is It Right to Die?

When Is It Right to Die?

On 2/3 Jon Gibson wrote: It’s been fifty years since Joni Eareckson Tada became a quadriplegic after diving headfirst into the Chesapeake Bay in 1967. Over that time, she has risen above not only the challenges that came with her accident, but also from a stage 3 cancer diagnosis and countless other challenges that have come ... When Is It Right To Die? - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Madison Park

Madison Park

On 1/2 Jon Gibson wrote: Maybe you’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. In the case of Eric Motley, it wasn’t a village, but a town. Motley chronicles his upbringing in his book “Madison Park: A Place of Hope.” He tells his story of his journey from a small town on the outskirts of Montgomery, ... It Takes A Village...

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5 Stars

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Wounds Are Where Light Enters

Wounds Are Where Light Enters

On 12/8 Jon Gibson wrote: Walter Wangerin’s newest book “Wounds Are Where Light Enters” contains personal stories. He shares stories about his family, his childhood, his ministry, and so much more. Wangerin seems to be an artist as much as a writer. Of course, some don’t see the two as mutually exclusive anyway, but Wangerin ... Wounds Are Where Light Enters - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Why I Didn't Rebel

Why I Didn't Rebel

On 11/28 Jon Gibson wrote: A good percentage of Christian parents wonder what will happen once their children grow up and leave the house. Some of them worry that regardless of how well they have done in raising their children, there is the inevitability of rebellion of some kind or another. Is it as inevitable as some parents ... Why I Didn't Rebel - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Capital Gaines

Capital Gaines

On 10/30 Jon Gibson wrote: Chip Gaines is one half of the husband and wife team starring in HGTV’s Fixer Upper. For anyone who has seen the show before, the personalities of both Chip and his wife, Joanna, are on full display. Joanna is the calculating, strategic, and organized one while Chip has more of a tendency to fly by ... Capital Gaines - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Kill the Spider

Kill the Spider

On 10/27 Jon Gibson wrote: What happens when we know that something is wrong in our life, something that needs change? We see the evidence of it throughout our lives, in our habits, in our relationships, in the nuances of how we go about living day to day. We begin to clean up the evidence of what’s wrong and never really go ... Killing Spider

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4 Stars

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All Things New

All Things New

On 10/14 Jon Gibson wrote: I began to grow frustrated with the typical Christian explanation of Heaven and the life hereafter when I was young. It all seemed so ethereal and foreign, less like paradise and more like a fluffy, cloud-filled wonderland full of harps, flying, naked baby angels, and bad pictures of stereotypical Jesus. ... All Things New - A Picture of Hope

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5 Stars

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Before You Hit Send

Before You Hit Send

On 8/27 Jon Gibson wrote: In our fast-paced, media-driven, information saturated society, communication is an important part of who we are. Considering how important communication is, one might think that we would work harder at getting better at it, but that’s not the case. When we consider social media, email, and other digital ... Before You Hit Send - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 8/15 Jon Gibson wrote: It seems that there has been a myth that has been perpetuated in our culture and many cultures. That myth is that real artists starve. In order to truly be successful as an artist, you need to have suffered for your art and struggled. Jeff Goins would disagree. In his latest book, “Real Artists Don’t ... Dispelling the Rumors

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5 Stars

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Of Mess and Moxie

Of Mess and Moxie

On 7/31 Jon Gibson wrote: It’s always slightly awkward reading a book for which you are not the intended audience. Jen Hatmaker can make one feel even more awkward about this. At times, it can feel almost like eavesdropping or voyeurism, peaking behind the curtain and getting a glimpse into the secret lives of women. The nice ... Of Mess and Moxie - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Goliath Must Fall

Goliath Must Fall

On 7/17 Jon Gibson wrote: Anyone who has attended Sunday School for any length of time is most likely familiar with the story of David and Goliath. David, the young shepherd boy, is on an errand to deliver something to his brothers who are in the army. He hears Goliath taunting the army of Israelites and can’t get over the ... Slaying the Giants

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5 Stars

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The Comeback (softcover)

The Comeback (softcover)

On 7/11 Jon Gibson wrote: Comeback stories seem to draw a lot of attention. Some might call them “Cinderella Stories” and others might talk about the underdog, but when it comes to comeback stories, most people seem drawn to them. Maybe it’s the unlikelihood of the stories or the cast of characters that seem to litter the ... The Comeback - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Jesus Journey

Jesus Journey

On 5/6 Jon Gibson wrote: Throughout the history of Christianity, there have been two ways that people have looked at Jesus. Jesus was God in flesh, incarnate, revealing who the Father is by the things that he said and did. He was seen as more superhuman than human and much more divine than just a man. This is a view of God from ... Jesus Journey - a 40 day journey

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4 Stars

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Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

On 3/27 Jon Gibson wrote: In the introduction of “Reclaiming Hope,” Michael Wear writes, “If we are to reclaim hope, we must understand our nation’s political life and our role in it. Politics is causing great spiritual harm and a big reason for that is people are going to politics to have their inner needs met. Politics ... Reclaiming Hope - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage

On 12/22 Jon Gibson wrote: The Clifton StrengthsFinders assessment is used to assess the top five strengths of an individual. While everyone has all of the 34 signature strengths themes in the assessment, everyone is unique in the combination of those strengths that make up their top five. While there may be others in the world ... Streengths Based Marriage - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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How's Your Soul

How's Your Soul

On 11/23 Jon Gibson wrote: "You can have millions in the bank, a Maserati in the driveway, and more Instagram followers than the pope, but unless your soul is healthy, you won't be happy." So Judah Smith writes within the first pages of "How's Your Soul?" and then he spends the whole book talking through just what it means to ... How's Your Soul? - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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A Mile Wide

A Mile Wide

On 11/14 Jon Gibson wrote: Being a disciple of Christ is more than simply wearing a label and living in a subculture in the world. True disciples of Christ are not simply looking for a surficial relationship that seems a mile wide but which fails to go deep. True disciples are seeking to be as deep as they can be and with that ... A Mile Wide - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Saving the Saved

Saving the Saved

On 11/8 Jon Gibson wrote: On the second to last page of his book "Saving the Saved," Bryan Loritts writes, ""You don't ever have to perform for me to get me to love and accept you." End of story. Of course, God wants us to confess and trust him to wash and change us; these are not things we do to gain his love, but these are ... Saving the Saved - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Me Too

Me Too

On 10/16 Jon Gibson wrote: "Too many people suffer alone. And most people who suffer alone aren't looking for answers. Most people who suffer alone are looking for a friend - a friend who understands." So writes Jon Weece in the introduction of his book "Me Too." And such is the premise of this book, we were not created to be ... Me Too - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Unreasonable Hope

Unreasonable Hope

On 10/12 Jon Gibson wrote: When I picked up “Unreasonable Hope,” I’m not quite sure what I was expecting. As Chad Veach tells the story of his journey with his daughter, Georgia, he pulls the reader into his story. He describes the emotions that he and his wife, Julia, experienced in the anticipation of a baby and the dreams ... Unreasonable Hope - A Book REview

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3 Stars

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Core Christianity

Core Christianity

On 5/20 Jon Gibson wrote: Words matter. So does what you believe. When you can express in words what you believe, you’re doing very well. Beliefs that help you connect your story to the bigger story are important as well. Michael Horton believes that this is essential and the key element to living our lives. He writes, “The ... Core Christianity - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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We Cannot Be Silent

We Cannot Be Silent

On 4/3 Jon Gibson wrote: There is a revolution sweeping the nation and the world. Some are rejoicing over it while others are mourning the loss of what used to be. According to Albert Mohler, this revolution that is sweeping through our country and our world is wiping away sexual morality and redefining an institution that has ... We Cannot Be Silent - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 1/14 Jon Gibson wrote: Anyone not living under a rock would have a hard time seeing and saying that social media hasn’t invaded our lives. Companies brand themselves while depicting the images of the various social media avenues. We as a society practically speak in hashtags now. As fast and furious as social media came ... #struggles - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 12/4 Jon Gibson wrote: Few things will generate such an emotional response as one’s opinion of Christmas music. It seems that when it’s played, how it’s played, and what is played are among the most contentious of issues when it comes to holiday musical fare. Everyone has their thoughts and favorites when it comes to ... The Carols of Christmas - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 9/20 Jon Gibson wrote: Although this is the first of her books that I’ve read, Jen Hatmaker has been on my radar for years. If you roll in Christian circles at all and aren’t familiar with who she is, chances are that you aren’t paying much attention. Her book “7” garnered rave reviews and a faithful following as ... For the Love - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 7/2 Jon Gibson wrote: I’ve never met Rachel Held Evans in person. I’ve never even had a digital conversation with her. My guess is that if we ever met face to face that we would hate each other, love each other, or love to hate each other. She’s spunky, witty, snarky, and smart. She shares with a verbal eloquence and ... Searching For Sunday - A Book Review

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3 Stars

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A Fellowship of Differents

A Fellowship of Differents

On 6/26 Jon Gibson wrote: In light of recent events in the United States, both recently and in the past few years, there can be no denying that there is a struggle when it comes to our differences. When we differ in our ideology and our beliefs, what do we let that difference do to us? Are we motivated to bridge those differences ... A Fellowship of Differents - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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Life Is _____.

Life Is _____.

On 3/18 Jon Gibson wrote: Augustine said that our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God. I think Judah Smith would agree with his statement. The tagline for his latest book, "Life Is ______" is, "God's illogical love will change your existence." We will not find satisfaction and completeness until we find that ... Life Is _____ – A Book Review

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4 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 2/18 Jon Gibson wrote: Donald Miller has the ability to seem like one of those friends who you don’t talk to or see frequently, but when you do, it’s as if you just saw them yesterday. He cozies up to you as if he’s never left, as if you’ve been friends your whole life long. You pick up where you left off and sit ... Scary Close - A Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 2/6 Jon Gibson wrote: Typically, Christians can be pretty good about pointing out egregious and socially unacceptable practices and sins. It's why so many people who don't follow Christ have a perception that all Christians are judgmental and divisive. When Christians point out certain sins while continuing to practice ... The Daniel Plan

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4 Stars

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Storm

Storm

On 10/19 Jon Gibson wrote: There is a storm raging and the warning signs are there. This storm isn’t a physical storm but a spiritual storm. Jim Cymbala asks, “Is the light of Jesus that we are to shine before people growing dark? Has another kind of storm cut us off from our power source? Is the church of Christ disappearing ... Storm - A Book Review

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4 Stars

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