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NKJV, Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, Hardcover, Silver/Gold

NKJV, Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, Hardcover, Silver/Gold

On 2/22 Steven Ibbotson wrote: A few years ago as part of the BookLook Bloggers review program, we received a MineCrafters Bible for our son. Today our youngest daughter received her Sequin Sparkle Change Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2019( and she was THRILLED! The sequins change from gold to silver a nice heart pattern. The New King James ... Beautiful Bible for young girls

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5 Stars

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The Voice

The Voice

On 12/9 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I recall hearing and enjoying Sandi Patti sing in he mid 80's & early 90's. Although I was not a huge music fan, she sang some powerful songs that were favorites in my Christian music community/circles. And then she faded off the scene... I think I may have heard tidbits of "news" but didn't really care ... How Sandi Patty found her Voice!

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5 Stars

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Your Money, Your Marriage

Your Money, Your Marriage

On 10/9 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Without reading their first book, Slaying the Debt Dragon (Zondervan 2015), the Lowe’s seem to have gained insight into the challenges of dealing with money mismanagement with discipline and intentionality. In reflecting on their success, their second book now draws parallels between the skills needed ... Enjoyable stories of foundational marriage concepts

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2 Stars

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Through My Father's Eyes

Through My Father's Eyes

On 8/1 Steven Ibbotson wrote: An opportunity to understand Billy Graham through the eyes of his son and the person who has stepped into his leadership role at the BGEA… who would pass up such an opportunity? While Through my Father’s Eyes (Thomas Nelson 2018) contains some interesting nuggets of the Billy Graham story from the ... Nuggets... but they are hard to find

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3 Stars

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Kill the Spider

Kill the Spider

On 12/18 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Appearing to have a successful career as a musician, pastor and conference speaker, including a beautiful family that vlogged their adventures on YouTube, Carlos Whittaker hit rock bottom. The book recounts his week-long counseling "retreat," and the lessons he learned, explaining the secrets of not ... Good but not great!

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3 Stars

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Redeeming the Feminine Soul

Redeeming the Feminine Soul

On 9/13 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Having just started teaching another section of Marriage & Family Life at Prairie Colleges, Julie Roys new book Redeeming the Feminine Soul was a timely arrival. One of the key topics we discuss in this course is what makes a male “masculine” and what makes a woman “feminine”? Is it just their ... Thoughtful & Challenging

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4 Stars

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Swipe Right

Swipe Right

On 6/18 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Although I did not initially connect the title Swipe Right with the subtitle (“The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance”), Levi Lusko connects the two concepts clearly in the introduction. In doing so, he identifies the urgency of the topic for the millennials and Generation Z for whom sexual ... Good book for teenagers & young adults about sex

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4 Stars

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Courage To Soar

Courage To Soar

On 12/24 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Although not a gymnastic fan, I heard of Simone Biles as she led the US Women’s Olympic gymnastic team to the team gold and won all round individual gold at the Rio Olympics. The little bit I heard about her story sounded interesting and so when I was offered a chance to review her new autobiography ... Enjoyable read... recommend for teenage girls!

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4 Stars

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A Mile Wide

A Mile Wide

On 10/28 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Fortunately, Brandon Hatmaker's writing is as enjoyable as his wife Jen`s and his writing challenges the reader to probe deeply into their personal faith story and false assumptions. He asks the reader to expand their understanding of the Gospel based on Jesus life, and then describes he has experienced ... Gladly Recommend it

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4 Stars

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NIrV Minecrafters Bible, Hardcover

NIrV Minecrafters Bible, Hardcover

On 7/19 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I have an 8 year old son so when the chance to came to review the NIrV Minecraft Bible, it was a no brainer. Although we had recently purchased a new Bible for him, the chance to combine MineCrafters and the Bible was too good to pass up. The NIrV is simply the New International Readers Version, a translation ... Good early readers Bible... Minecraft bonus!

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4 Stars

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Subversive Jesus

Subversive Jesus

On 5/18 Steven Ibbotson wrote: The subtitle, "an adventure in justice, mercy, and faithfulness in a broken world," describes well Craig Greenfield's Subversive Jesus (Zondervan, 2016). In eleven easy-to-read chapters each describing an aspect of the counter-cultural life Jesus modelled, Greenfield challenges the reader to consider ... Exceptional... but a bit dangerous

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5 Stars

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The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership

The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership

On 12/11 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Recognizing an extraordinary leader when you see one is easy – as is recognizing a poor leader – says Jenni Catron. Her book is an exploration of how a leader becomes extraordinary – by learning to lead with his/her heart, soul, mind and strength. In the chapters that follow, Catron points out ... Good... not Extraordinary!

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3 Stars

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Glory Days

Glory Days

On 9/29 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Glory Days (Max Lucado) You can easily understand why Max Lucado has written numerous best-selling books and is a sought-after Christian speaker. Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now (ThomasNelson 2015) is a masterfully crafted, easy-to-read study of the book of Joshua. With his amazing ability ... Trust God to fulfill the Promises He has made to you!

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4 Stars

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7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage

On 8/11 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Dr Kim Kimberling sets forth a plan for a couple to build their most intimate relationship into an awesome marriage, not simply a somewhat satisfying friendship or a non-divorce statistic. Identifying seven secrets from his own marriage and from years of counseling couples, Kimberling discusses various ... I would highly recommend this book!

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5 Stars

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Killing Lions

Killing Lions

On 9/26 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Killing Lions should be required reading for all men, regardless of their age or life stage. As a twenty-something, Sam Eldredge discusses his struggles as a young man making significant life decisions – faith, career, life partner, etc. He shares his heart and asks questions. His father, John Eldredge, ... Great book for dads & sons!

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5 Stars

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Redefining Leadership

Redefining Leadership

On 7/22 Steven Ibbotson wrote: When you love to read about leadership and you get a chance to read a book on that topic by Joe Stowell, its a no-brainer! Though it doesn't count among the best leadership books I've read or the best of Dr Stowell's book, it provides a solid and thought-provoking look at the Beautitudes ("Blessed are ... Good though not Amazing!

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3 Stars

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The Good Dad

The Good Dad

On 5/13 Steven Ibbotson wrote: As CEO & President of Focus on the Family, Jim Daly is an obvious choice to write a book on being a father in the 21st century. While his book is readable, enjoyable and contains some good insights, this reader found The Good Dad to be nice, but nothing special in terms of its biblical insight, creative ... Okay book on becoming a good dad

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3 Stars

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Futureville

Futureville

On 4/1 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Skye Jethan's Futureville challenges the reader to re-think their daily activities in light of God's eternal plan on the premise that what we believe about the future determines how we live today. His approach and arguments are very convincing. After two chapters reviewing the beginning (Eden) and the ... What you believe about the future impacts how you live today

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5 Stars

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Risky Gospel

Risky Gospel

On 12/31 Steven Ibbotson wrote: The subtitle of Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan (Nelson, 2013), Abandoning Fear and Building Something Awesome suggested to me a book going beyond the standard Christian discipleship principles into “dangerous” territory, spiritually and perhaps physically. Unfortunately, the book disappoints the reader ... Solid Theology for basic discipleship

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3 Stars

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God in My Everything

God in My Everything

On 10/29 Steven Ibbotson wrote: In fifteen easy-to-read chapters, Pastor Ken Shigematsu (Tenth Avenue Church, Vancouver, BC) provides an outline and structure for individuals seeking to follow the monastic tradition of creating a "Rule of Life." After a solid (yet not tedious) introduction to the topic and its place and in historical ... Book Review: God in my Everything by Ken Shigematsu

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5 Stars

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All In

All In

On 7/29 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Once again, pastor Mark Batterson delivers an inspiring challenge for the Christian reader to commit him/herself completely to Jesus. Using some great one-liners, challenging stories, and personal examples, Batterson encourages readers to go all in for God and go all out in whatever He calls them to ... You cannot post a review on Amazon.com yet!

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5 Stars

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Boundaries for Leaders

Boundaries for Leaders

On 6/17 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I read Dr Henry Cloud’s book Boundaries a few years ago and so was excited to see this title available for blog review. My initial draft of this review was quite negative as the first nine chapters seem to be largely a restatement of Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage (as well as previous Lencioni ... Great Leadership Book... if you haven't read Patrick Lencioni

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3 Stars

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Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken

On 5/1 Steven Ibbotson wrote: As a man who lives with a permanent physical disability, I was most interested to read and review Joni & Ken: an untold love story (Zondervan, 2013), especially to see how they worked through the additional challenges that having a physical disability brings to both partners. While the book included ... Inspiring but disappointing!

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3 Stars

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

On 4/2 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Mark Batterson has once again delivered a challenging and practical book, this time on the topic of prayer. Draw the Circle is a series of devotionals arranged in a format for a 40-day prayer challenge, drawing on testimonials he has received since the release of The Circle Maker. Indeed, as one goes ... Another Challenging book

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4 Stars

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The 5 Money Personalities

The 5 Money Personalities

On 1/7 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I have been asked to share about marriage and finances in a college class this semester and so I jumped at the opportunity to review The 5 Money Personalities by Scott & Bethany Palmer (Thomas Nelson, 2012). The Palmers' basic thesis is that a couple needs to know how you think about and deal with money ... Helpful book, debatable thesis

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3 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 11/4 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Yet another challenging and easy-to-read book by Max Lucado. Lucado uses his story-telling to illustrate various truths about the biblical concept of grace in eleven chapters. There is nothing "exceptionally amazing" about this book; just good solid content like the reader has come to expect from Lucado. ... Another super book by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/16 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Bob Goff's book Love Does is exceptional! Easy-to-read chapters taking just a few minutes to read start with a provocative two line quote, continue with an interesting, often entertaining adventure tale, and draw a challenging spiritual conclusion (aka punch line). From the Young Life worker who first ... Book Review: Love Does by Bob Goff

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5 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 11/11 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I remember hearing about this book when it was first published in 1995 (2005). There were some  proponents who felt this book was long overdue. Others felt the book was simply a pathetic attempt to excuse male apathy in church. So, when the opportunity was given to review an updated version, ... Review: Why Men Hate Going to Church (Revised) by David Murrow

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4 Stars

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The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self

On 1/26 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I find it difficult to write a meaningful review of this book because it says a lot of good things and yet it took too long to say it... and its not even 200 pages. As the author bio describes on the back cover, "Mark Sayers is a highly sought-after speaker, commentator, and thinker in the areas of faith ... The Vertical Self

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1 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 11/9 Steven Ibbotson wrote: I have heard Dr David Jeremiah’s radio program “Turning Point” at various times and have heard that his books are excellent also. So the opportunity presented to my by Thomas Nelson Publishers to review Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World was a great chance to finally read one of his books. ... Book Review - Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World by Dr David Jeremiah

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3 Stars

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Everyday Greatness

Everyday Greatness

On 8/28 Steven Ibbotson wrote: Everyday Greatness by Stephen R. Covey is an interesting read. The book is really a compilation of 63 Reader's Digest stories by David K. Hatch that is supplemented by Covey's introduction, topical arrangement and brief commentary. With the premise that most truly heroic deeds are those small actions ... Review of "Everyday Greatness" by Stephen R. Covey

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3 Stars

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