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On 4/22 Melissa Haag wrote: I love Beth Moore and have read many of her studies and books, but the ones that really resonate with me the most are like this pocket-sized book – they talk about getting out of the pit. We’ve all been in one pit or another at some point in our lives, whether it was of our own making or we were ... April Reads

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A Love Letter Life

A Love Letter Life

On 4/22 Melissa Haag wrote: A Love Letter Life reads as part memoir and part self-help book. They tell the story of how they met and fell in love, framed by stories from their lives in general. They share what they have learned about love and marriage, and what their habits and practices are to keep their relationship strong. I ... April Reads

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God's Promises for Graduates: Class of 2019 - Pink NKJV

God's Promises for Graduates: Class of 2019 - Pink NKJV

On 3/25 Melissa Haag wrote: Both books are beautifully leather-bound with bookmarks. They are chock-full of wisdom and promises from God’s word. These particular books use the NKJV. There is an inscription page in front where you can dedicate it to your graduate. In God’s Answers For The Graduate the content is divided by ... Gifts For Graduates

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God's Answers for the Graduate: Class of 2019 - Teal NKJV

God's Answers for the Graduate: Class of 2019 - Teal NKJV

On 3/25 Melissa Haag wrote: Both books are beautifully leather-bound with bookmarks. They are chock-full of wisdom and promises from God’s word. These particular books use the NKJV. There is an inscription page in front where you can dedicate it to your graduate. In God’s Answers For The Graduate the content is divided by ... Gifts For Graduates

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Made for This

Made for This

On 2/28 Melissa Haag wrote: I’ve been a fan of Jennie Allen since I started watching the If:Gathering a few years ago. I’ve read her books before, so when I saw she had a new one I jumped at the chance to review it. Made For This is actually an interactive journal that takes you on a 40-day journey to discover your purpose ... February Reads

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I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)

I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)

On 2/28 Melissa Haag wrote: I have been a long-time fan of the podcast Pantsuit Politics. When Sarah and Beth announced that they were writing a booka book, I knew it would be a must-read. It’s been said for ages that you do not discuss religion or politics in polite company, but given the current political climate its almost ... February Reads

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Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous Prayers

On 2/12 Melissa Haag wrote: I’ve been reading quite a bit this winter, and one really interesting book I picked up was Dangerous Prayers: 50 Powerful Prayers That Changed The World. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I absolutely LOVE it! I would definitely recommend the hardcover edition vs. Kindle because it ... Winter Favorites

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Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible: Rainbow

Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible: Rainbow

On 12/14 Melissa Haag wrote: I have a teenage girl, as well as a preschool niece who both LOVE things with mermaid sequins. This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible not only has adorable mermaid sequins in a heart pattern on the front, it is in the ICB translation which was created specifically for children. It is ideal for ages 6-10 ... Non-Toy Gifts For Kids

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Preach to Yourself

Preach to Yourself

On 11/20 Melissa Haag wrote: I’ve never had a book so frankly, or accurately discuss some the way I have questioned my faith. You might recall from my review of the book Inspired that I’ve recently been re-examining what exactly it is I believe and taking my faith off of auto-pilot. While Inspired asked a lot of the same questions ... October Reads

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The Ministry of Ordinary Places

The Ministry of Ordinary Places

On 11/20 Melissa Haag wrote: It seems that EVERYONE was reading this book, so of course I couldn’t be left out. I had previously read Shannan’s book Falling Free and I loved it. In that book she talked about giving up the life that they had strived for, the one that looked a lot like the American Dream, and following God’s ... October Reads

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The Year of Happy Living

The Year of Happy Living

On 10/9 Melissa Haag wrote: The Year of Living Happy is divided up into 100 daily snippets of wisdom that are backed up by scripture, and then there is a space where you can answer questions or journal your thoughts. These snippets are organized into 12 parts, like Made To be Happy, When Happiness Is Hard, and Choosing Happiness. ... Fall Favorites

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Simple Joys

Simple Joys

On 10/5 Melissa Haag wrote: I recently picked up the book Simple Joys by Candace Payne. If that name doesn’t ring a bell I bet you remember her viral video where she tried on a Chewbacca mask and laughed herself silly. I didn’t really know her story so I was curious to read the book. In it she says joy can always be found when ... Practicing Gratitude

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The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

On 9/11 Melissa Haag wrote: My first thought on this book is that I can absolutely relate to her struggle and questioning of her faith. Sometimes it’s hard to believe in the God of the Old Testament. It’s hard to go to churches that hate and exclude gay people, or support morally bankrupt politicians from the pulpit. I found ... Summer Reads

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Inspired

Inspired

On 8/13 Melissa Haag wrote: If you’re familiar with Rachel Held Evans you know she is progressive, so the book is definitely written through that lens. She also includes several short screenplays that modernize and deconstruct Bible stories and concepts that portray God as a cafeteria lady, etc. and I’ve read several reviews ... Stuff I'm Loving Lately

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No More Faking Fine

No More Faking Fine

On 6/20 Melissa Haag wrote: I’ve had this book for quite a while, but it really speaks to where I am right now. There is incredible pressure to be perfect, to have a perfect Instagram, and make your home look like it was ripped from the pages of a magazine. But that isn’t real life. Bad things happen in life. This book gave ... Summer Favorites

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/23 Melissa Haag wrote: Recently I picked up a book that has brought clarity to what is out of sync in my life. What Falls From The Sky by Esther Emery chronicles the year that she decided to completely give up the internet. The subtitle is ” how I disconnected from the internet and reconnected with the God who made the clouds.” ... Facebook Fast

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How's Your Soul

How's Your Soul

On 12/8 Melissa Haag wrote: Judah Smith is a weird dude, but I love his book. Seriously, he wears Spanx and admits it. You may have seen him and his goofy hipster glasses on Instagram with the likes of Justin Bieber, but don’t let appearances fool you – this book has a powerful message. I started reading this in the parking ... December Reads

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Falling Free

Falling Free

On 12/8 Melissa Haag wrote: Several of my Facebook friends were reading this book a few months ago, so I jotted it down on my “to-read” list even though I wasn’t totally sure what it was about. I was completely unprepared for how this book would wreck me. I like to assume that I am experiencing God’s favor when my life ... December Reads

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Play with Fire

Play with Fire

On 11/9 Melissa Haag wrote: Bianca Olthoff is a name that I recognized from the If:Gathering. She is a bubbly, hilarious speaker, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. If you follow my book reviews, you know I have been reading this one for a while. Its actually a pretty easy read, I was just delayed by life being crazy. This ... November Reads

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Jesus Always

Jesus Always

On 11/9 Melissa Haag wrote: Jesus Always is the follow up to Sarah Young’s Wildly successful Jesus Calling devotion. Its a small book of 365 dated devotions written from the perspective that Jesus is talking directly to you. Where Jesus Calling encouraged us to “enjoy peace in His presence,” Jesus Always is about “embracing ... November Reads

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/6 Melissa Haag wrote: When I picked this book up I was expecting a women’s devotional that was a light read. Boy did I get my socks knocked off. I read this book on my Kindle, and I swear I highlighted more of the text than I didn’t. This book is about rejection, something we have all experienced at one time or another. ... September Reads

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How to Survive a Shipwreck

How to Survive a Shipwreck

On 7/9 Melissa Haag wrote: This book was a total miss for me. I’m not sure if I was unfairly judging it because I read it directly after Heart Made Whole, but I found myself skimming and eye-rolling through the bulk of it. Jonathan Martin was a successful young pastor, and BFF of Stephen Furtick, as he reminds us several times, ... July Reads

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3 Stars

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Heart Made Whole

Heart Made Whole

On 7/9 Melissa Haag wrote: This book starts out with the author’s story of her daughter’s birth. Joy quickly turned to sorrow when they discovered that she was missing a large portion of her brain. Little Goldie lived for 40 minutes. I can’t imagine how immense the pain of losing a child is, but tears streamed down my face ... July Reads

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Vegangelical

Vegangelical

On 6/17 Melissa Haag wrote: As soon as I saw this book I HAD to read it. I have been a vegetarian for 6 years or so, and am one of the only Christians I know who has factory farming and animal welfare on their radar. I was definitely interested to read a Christian perspective on our relationship with animals. The book begins with ... June Reads

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Hope Heals

Hope Heals

On 6/17 Melissa Haag wrote: I was first introduced to Katherine Wolf at this year’s If:Gathering and even though she only spoke briefly, as soon as I saw she and her husband had released a book, I downloaded it to my Kindle. Hope Heals chronicles the story of love, loss, and rebirth. It is written, alternately, from both of ... June Reads

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With My Eyes Wide Open

With My Eyes Wide Open

On 5/23 Melissa Haag wrote: I was an angsty teen in the 90’s, and the band Korn was in frequent rotation on my playlist. Which was a Walkman CD player plugged into a tape deck converter in my car. Dang I’m old. When I saw With My Eyes Wide Open I was curious to read it because I knew that Brian Welch, the guitar player for ... May Reads

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Unashamed

Unashamed

On 5/11 Melissa Haag wrote: Unashamed talks about identifying and working through the shame we hold in our lives, and why it is so detrimental to serving our purpose. What struck me is how she broke down the difference between guilt and shame .. Guilt is about my do. Shame is about my who. There were many areas of my life that ... May Hits And Misses

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More

More

On 5/2 Melissa Haag wrote: Speaking of personal development, one of the books I read this past month was called More by Todd Wilson. The byline is “Find your personal calling and live life to the fullest measure.” This book was a little bit of a dry read for me, but part of that could just be my current circumstances. I did ... April Reads

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Core Christianity

Core Christianity

On 5/2 Melissa Haag wrote: Another book I read this month is Core Christianity by Michael Horton. This book focuses on “the 4 D’s” of our faith – drama, doctrine, doxology, and discipleship. Let me preface this by saying that I have always been a firm believer that you do not need a degree to thoroughly understand and ... April Reads

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How to Live in Fear

How to Live in Fear

On 3/16 Melissa Haag wrote: How To Live In Fear by Lance Hahn is about a pastor’s journey to living with severe anxiety and panic disorder. A lot of people like to joke about their anxiety, or, “I’m so OCD, I can’t stand chipped nail polish!” True anxiety disorders are debilitating, and nothing to joke about. The church ... March Reads

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40 Days of Decrease

40 Days of Decrease

On 2/10 Melissa Haag wrote: A while ago I was sent a book to review, and I tossed it in the pile to look at later. It’s called 40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole, and is a 40-day devotional, of sorts, that looks at the tradition of lent and the idea of fasting in general. I don’t attend a church that strictly observes ... Lent, Decrease and What All This Stuff Means

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 2/1 Melissa Haag wrote: I read a lot of personal development books, but not all of them are as easy or enjoyable to read as this one was. If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. Does that hit home for you? I think most of us have at least experienced seasons of our lives where we were TOO busy, and this ... January Favorites

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Midnight Jesus

Midnight Jesus

On 12/7 Melissa Haag wrote: Now this is an interesting book. Jamie Blaine is a crisis-interventionist, and he recounts the stories of some of the eccentric people he has met along the way. Life is haphazard at best – one long zigzag path through the mud. This book reads like a novel, and you won’t be able to put it down. ... December Reads

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean

On 12/7 Melissa Haag wrote: If addiction has ever touched you or anyone you love, you have to read this book. This book is a beautifully written memoir of sorts; a diary of Haines’ journey into hopelessness, and the bottom of a bottle. It chronicles Haines’ first 90 days without a drink. This book isn’t about alcohol. It’s ... December reads

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 10/30 Melissa Haag wrote: When I was given the opportunity to review Crystal Paine’s new book, Money Making Mom, I was excited! I have followed Crystal for many years, and even had the chance to chat with her online a few times. She is one of the sweetest, most genuine people who have made it big blogging, and her success has ... Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 10/27 Melissa Haag wrote: I attend a Network church of Life.Church (formerly known as Lifechurch.tv, so I have been a long-time Craig Groeschel fan. #Struggles focuses on the struggle to follow Jesus in a society obsessed with selfies and social media. In Craig’s typical style, this book is an easy read. Can we engage in ... #Struggles by Craig Groeschel

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It's Not What You Think

It's Not What You Think

On 10/14 Melissa Haag wrote: If you consume any Christian media you have probably seen one of Jefferson Bethke’s video about why he hates religion but love Jesus. Or his subsequent release about marriage. His spoken-word pieces quickly went viral with Christian millennial’s. When I received a copy of his newest book, It’s ... It's Not What You Think By Jefferson Bethke

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Anything

Anything

On 10/9 Melissa Haag wrote: I recently read Anything by Jennie Allen. I recognized her name from the If:Gathering, but I was unprepared for how totally immersed I would be in the spirit of this book. Risk is extremely uncomfortable for me. It makes me break out in hives. I am a planner, I like to control my destiny instead of being ... Anything by Jennie Allen

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For the Love

For the Love

On 8/16 Melissa Haag wrote: This book addresses everything from friendship, to marriage, to parenting, to our our relationship with that little voice in our heads. Do you ever feel like a failure? That you don’t measure up?I like to think I am a pretty confident person, but when you start comparing kids, marriages, paychecks ... Book Review: For The Love by Jen Hatmaker

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The Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook

On 7/8 Melissa Haag wrote: The Leadership Handbook by John Maxwell is a great guide for new leaders, or even those seasoned ones who would like to be more effective. I recently read through it, and what he said about defining moments really struck me. Defining moments put the spotlight on us. We have no time to put a spin on ... Involuntary Leadership

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Life Is _____.

Life Is _____.

On 6/30 Melissa Haag wrote: This is an easy, conversational read, but like I said, there is a lot to ponder. The book talks about who God is, how he loves us, and what he is doing in our lives. “Oh, you’re in a storm? You’re facing trouble? You must have done something wrong, or you must not have enough faith that God can ... Life Is ___. Book Review

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Vanishing Grace

Vanishing Grace

On 3/13 Melissa Haag wrote: I have been reading a lot lately. I don’t have much else to do since 90% of my things are in boxes, and now my hand is in a brace (that’s a whole other story). Vanishing Grace by Phillip Yancey has been on my iPad for a while, and I skimmed a few chapters, but I didn’t really get into it until ... VanishingGrace Book Review

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 2/17 Melissa Haag wrote: Donald Miller is probably best known for his book Blue Like Jazz. I read it shortly after I became a Christian and instantly related to his story of being raised in the church and having to discover what I really believed for myself. So when the opportunity to review his new book Scary Close presented ... Scary Close by Donald Miller Book Review

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Nourished

Nourished

On 1/15 Melissa Haag wrote: I haven’t been taking care of myself. In 2014 I left an extremely stressful work situation and became self-employed, which immediately lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders. I went from working a full 40 hours outside the home (not to mention all the hours I was putting in on this blog and my essential ... Nourished- Self-Care and Green Smoothies

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From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward

On 12/25 Melissa Haag wrote: No one goes into a marriage expecting it to fail, but very few are prepared for just how difficult maintaining a successful relationship can be. When expectations are not met, most marriages fall into crisis, and nearly 50% end in divorce. Craig points out that few people would enter into other major ... From This Day Forward Review

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The Nesting Place

The Nesting Place

On 12/2 Melissa Haag wrote: I am not a good interior decorator. As a matter of fact, I have a Pinterest board titled “Decorating For Dummies.” I know what I like and dislike, but I lack the ability to do more than just copying a style, or room that I see on Pinterest. As a result there are a lot of bits and pieces in my home ... Book Review: The Nesting Place

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