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The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb

On 4/20 Sarah Bergman wrote: Much has been written about the follies of modern American Christianity and its desire to remain relevant and accessible to the culture. In its attempts to treat religion like business and members like customers, the church has lost its way, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel in their book The ... Community is the Lamb's way

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3 Stars

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Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope

On 3/11 Sarah Bergman wrote: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear tells the story of a young White House staffer assigned to the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. While some may argue this office conflicts with the notion of church and state separation, Wear provides a compelling argument that government and the faith ... Not very hope filled

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3 Stars

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

On 1/16 Sarah Bergman wrote: Natalie Grant’s book Finding Your Voice: What Every Woman Needs To Live Her God-Given Passions Out Loud starts with the story of the beginnings of a foundation she started to help stop human trafficking and provide support for victims. She watched an episode of Law and Order, researched organizations, ... Disjoined and preachy

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3 Stars

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Saving the Saved

Saving the Saved

On 11/10 Sarah Bergman wrote: Given that Christianity has been around for over 2000 years, one might think a book about the essential message of the faith would no longer be necessary and yet it is. America has rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ for Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, the idea that God exists, wants us to be happy, and ... A Clear Proclamation of the Gospel

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5 Stars

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True Faith and Allegiance

True Faith and Allegiance

On 10/3 Sarah Bergman wrote: True Faith and Allegiance by Alberto Gonzales is an autobiography of Gonzales’ life, but also an explanation of the decision making process in the George W. Bush White House. While the first few chapters of the book cover Gonzales’ life prior to his service as counsel to the President and then attorney ... An ineffective defense of Bush

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2 Stars

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With All Due Respect

With All Due Respect

On 8/28 Sarah Bergman wrote: When I was a young parent, Christian friends often loaned me their parenting books. In my humble opinion, They were all AWFUL, I mean really terrible. One said my kid would be ruined if I breastfed on demand. Another gave the dimensions for the stick I should use for “discipline.” Yet another ... Full of great parenting priniciples

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4 Stars

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What Christians Ought to Believe

What Christians Ought to Believe

On 8/5 Sarah Bergman wrote: A friend who lives in the city once told me that she doesn’t know any Christians where she lives and works. I found that hard to believe because it seems like everyone I know is a Christian. She said, “Some might say they are Christian but if you ask ‘Do you believe Jesus is God’s son, lived ... Creeds are important

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4 Stars

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Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

On 6/27 Sarah Bergman wrote: Before I picked up this book, I didn't know who Scotty McCreery was. At first, I thought he sounded a little cocky, talking about how everyone liked listen to him sing and how he won a local singing contest. Then, I watched YouTube videos of his performances. He wasn't being cocky but matter-of-fact. ... Will make you a McCreery fan

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4 Stars

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With My Eyes Wide Open

With My Eyes Wide Open

On 6/14 Sarah Bergman wrote: Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes On My Way Back to KoRn by Brian “Head” Welch is heavy on mistakes, light on miracles. To quote Welch, “I allowed my faith in God to be twisted into unwarranted faith in certain people, which turned me into a complete idiot in many ways.” It’s a typical ... Typical story of musician money trouble

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3 Stars

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Feisty & Feminine

Feisty & Feminine

On 5/24 Sarah Bergman wrote: Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women by Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America presents a comprehensive policy position guide for social conservative Christian women with specific calls to action on behalf of important causes. It is unapologetic in its ... An alternative pro-female political philosophy

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3 Stars

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 4/23 Sarah Bergman wrote: I almost didn’t finish The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis. It read like a sermon series at any contemporary church, trying to appeal to young, married people. Each chapter had a Bible story to go with its topic, an aspect of love, and ended with discussion questions. It read like a thousand other ... Second half make the first worthwhile

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4 Stars

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I Said Yes

I Said Yes

On 3/18 Sarah Bergman wrote: I thought by reading Emily Maynard Johnson’s book I Said Yes, I could get insight on the deeper conversations that happened off-screen during the Bachelor. Turns out, there weren’t any. The relationships were as shallow and vapid as they appeared on television. Emily explains some of what happened ... No deep insights here

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3 Stars

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40 Days of Decrease

40 Days of Decrease

On 3/5 Sarah Bergman wrote: I chose 40 Days of Decrease because I wanted to be inspired to draw closer to the one who saved me and gave me life. Unfortunately, I got bogged down in the reflection questions asking me to think about my past or put myself into Bible stories. I’m asked to ponder how I feel being alone, if I’ve ... If Lent is Part of Your Tradition

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3 Stars

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 2/3 Sarah Bergman wrote: Christian women are making themselves crazy trying to meet the unrealistic expectations they think society is imposing on them. That’s the conclusion I’ve reached based on the best-selling books for Christian women as of late including The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst and For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. ... Good advice, busy or not

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4 Stars

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#Struggles

#Struggles

On 1/19 Sarah Bergman wrote: A few weeks ago, I was starting to slide down into a depression. I could tell it was happening but I felt powerless to stop it. I tried to stop eating sugar around the same time. The two things might be related, but I can’t say for certain. All I know, is that after the Christmas holiday, I started ... #Struggles are real

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4 Stars

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Midnight Jesus

Midnight Jesus

On 12/31 Sarah Bergman wrote: This book reminded me of Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber, who works as a pastor of a misfit congregation in Denver, but instead of being written by a pastor or professional speaker, it is written by a professional listener. Instead of preaching about God and the tenets of the Christian faith, he ... Meet the Real Jesus

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5 Stars

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Silent Cry

Silent Cry

On 12/9 Sarah Bergman wrote: I read this book in two days as Dorothy drew me into her life story. Some chapters seemed to repetitive and lacking details. She mentioned that she always enjoyed road trips with her husband, but didn't give specific details as to why. Over and over, she writes things were good and then they were ... A sad story with an important lesson

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4 Stars

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My Name Is Mahtob

My Name Is Mahtob

On 11/22 Sarah Bergman wrote: I’m only a few years older than Mahtob Mahmoody, so I never read her mother’s book, Not Without My Daughter. However, I remember when the movie based on the book came to theatres and the media coverage of the story. An American woman married a man from Iran and he took his wife and child back to ... My Name is Mahtob

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5 Stars

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Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

On 11/9 Sarah Bergman wrote: I have never lived in South, unless you count Texas, which I don’t. Texas is like a whole other country, which is the slogan they use on the state’s tourism brochure. While I lived there, I did get the opportunity to try okra. Never again. It was nasty, y’all. I prefer my tomatoes red, my macaroni ... Don't much like venison

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3 Stars

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Garden City

Garden City

On 10/28 Sarah Bergman wrote: Once upon a time, I was an obsessive doer who found my meaning and value in what I could do for others. Then, I was hit by a debilitating depression. Turns out it wasn’t caused by a crappy job, a bad attitude, or poor health habits. I had a brain tumor. It’s effects along with its treatment left ... WHO you are IS what matters.

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1 Stars

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H3 Leadership

H3 Leadership

On 10/8 Sarah Bergman wrote: This book is not a lazy afternoon read. It’s more like a leadership devotional. Each chapter is so full of information, if one continued reading, he would forget what he read in the previous chapter. This is a book you’ll want to highlight and put notes in the margins. It is probably the best ... Excellent Leadership Devotional

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4 Stars

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Diary of a Jackwagon

Diary of a Jackwagon

On 9/5 Sarah Bergman wrote: If you have ever seen Tim Hawkins in person or on video, you already know how funny he is. I am a fan and have enjoyed his comedy for years. I was a little disappointed when I read the first couple chapters and they seemed like a transcript of one of his routines. However, as I read further, I was ... Short Chapters perfect for the bathroom

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4 Stars

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Sorry I'm Not Sorry

Sorry I'm Not Sorry

On 8/13 Sarah Bergman wrote: I liked this book and thought it was well written and engaging. One part I found predictable and annoying was the portrayal of Kylie’s parents. Wealthy, selfish, and disengaged, they spend more time on their phones than with their daughters and ignore and excuse Kylie’s bullying behavior. They ... We can all be bullies, Universally good advice

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4 Stars

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Your Blueprint for Life

Your Blueprint for Life

On 6/30 Sarah Bergman wrote: I have mixed feelings about this book. It read like something you might find at an Amway convention. First, it starts with a hard sell. Developing your blueprint with fill the hole in your soul and align your life with God’s plan. Having a relationship with God doesn’t necessarily mean you are ... Felt like a book sold at an Amway convention

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3 Stars

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Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook

On 6/9 Sarah Bergman wrote: I remember in Sunday School as a child that no matter what the question was, Jesus was the right answer. This book shows kids how that is true, how the Bible tells the story of God's redemptive work through both the Old and New Testaments. Each chapter starts with a key question that is answered by a ... Jesus is the Answer to Every Question

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4 Stars

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Women are Scary

Women are Scary

On 5/25 Sarah Bergman wrote: Women are Scary reads like a dating manual for mothers looking for mommy friends. It is true that caring for small children can be isolating and lonely and mothers do better when they can connect with other women. I can relate to the experiences the author writes about in this book, but I don't know ... For those who aren't done trying

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3 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 4/29 Sarah Bergman wrote: Jeff Goins is a good writer, a storyteller. His book, The Art of Work, isn't a typical self-help book of career advice but rather stories of people who found their life's work down various winding paths of trial and error. Goins tells of taking chances in the face of uncertainty, building bridges from ... Finding purpose not a straight path

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4 Stars

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