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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/18 Jim wrote: From the onset I will freely admit that I am not typically a fan of “study bibles,” preferring to let scripture stand alone on its own God ordained merits. I am also weary of Study Bibles because they run the risk of promoting questionable doctrine. The clearest example of such an issue comes from ... Book Review: "NIV Essentials Study Bible"

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All You Want to Know About Hell

All You Want to Know About Hell

On 11/26 Jim wrote: Hell… no word in the English language elicits more negative and bone chilling responses. Hell is the one location that no one ever wants to visit, its images in our minds eye are the stuff of horror movies and nightmares, a place of desolation, darkness, fire and brimstone, it’s the worst part of ... Book Review - "All You Want To Know About Hell" by Steve Gregg

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Finally Free

Finally Free

On 11/5 Jim wrote: at the church where I currently serve as preaching and teaching minister… the series title is “World at War” “If the enemy can’t beat you, then he will lure you to sleep with the ordinary, distract you with the urgent, and get you worked up over nothing. Every day we are bombarded with messages ... Book Review - "Finally Free" by Heath Lambert

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gods at war

gods at war

On 8/1 Jim wrote: Here several years ago I read a great little book by Tim Keller entitled “Counterfeit God’s,” about the empty promises of money, sex, power, and other things that we place in front of our relationship with God. The book was simple, yet profound, and if I were to describe it in a single word, it ... Book Review – “God’s At War” – by Kyle Idleman

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/28 Jim wrote: I’ve always held to the premise that the primary focus of life isn’t about “who you are,” but “whose you are,” and when we come to the understanding about the second the first comes into focus! For that reason when I first received notification that Mark Driscoll’s new book was about ... Book Review - "Who Do You Think You Are?" by Mark Driscoll

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3 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 12/5 Jim wrote: I have been writing book reviews for nearly ten years now, first as an independent reviewer and more recently as part of Thomas Nelson’s “Booksneeze” program. I love to read, so doing such a thing as reviewing what I was reading seemed to me to be only natural. My most recent read was “Jesus; ... Book Review - "Jesus; A Theography" by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

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5 Stars

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 9/8 Jim wrote: “What really matters is what you do with what you have.” Those words from the famed H.G. Wells speak volumes as to the reality of the world in which we live, though I would add to that statement the phrase… “Where you are at.” Just walk into any chain bookstore and you’ll quickly notice ... Book Review "One Big Thing" by Phil Cooke

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5 Stars

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Globequake

Globequake

On 8/23 Jim wrote: And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:6-7) ... Common Sense In A World Gone Crazy

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What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy

What You Need to Know About Bible Prophecy

On 6/22 Jim wrote: Here some time ago I preached a mini-series (2 messages) at church on the second coming of Christ. To begin the first message I asked the following question… “When it comes to the end times are you “postmill,” “premill,” “amill,” “pretrib,” “midtrib,” “posttrib,” or just ... Book Review – “What You Need To Know About Bible Prophecy” by Max Anders

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 5/11 Jim wrote: Revolution – it’s a word that is equally loved and despised, embraced and rejected. To some it’s a rallying cry, yet to others talk of it is nothing short of treason. Revolution is a “buzz-word” in our modern lexicon, and has been one in every society since the dawn of creation! Now because ... Book Review - "The Coming Revolution" by Dr. Richard G. Lee

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4 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 4/26 Jim wrote: “The Avon to the Severn runs, the Severn to the sea, and Wycliffe’s dust shall spread abroad, wide as the waters be.” These words were those spoken of John Wycliffe (1328 – 1384) and his life work in placing the Bible within reach of the common man. With his work and that of countless others ... Book Review – “Tyndale” By David Teems

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Job 38-42

Job 38-42

On 11/11 Jim wrote: “But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.” [Ecclesiastes 12:12 NASB] Occasionally I am drawn to this passage especially when I get caught up with a book that would be considered by most as a “reference book.” ... Book Review – “Job 38-42 by David J.A. Clines” [Word Biblical Commentary vol. 18b]

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 11/1 Jim wrote: “not about theory, but about action.” These words from the introduction should ring out to all as a clarion call to all Christians concerning their part on the evangelization of the world! As the church we’ve had about all the theory we can stomach, now it’s time to take the theory we all know ... Book Review – “Our Last Great Hope” By Ronnie Floyd

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 9/14 Jim wrote: “The Word of God is deeper than a flannel-graph…” R.C. Sproul In a theological world that has sadly become over-saturated with the works of atheists and agnostics masquerading as bible-affirming theologians, this book truly comes as a breath of fresh air. Though I personally hold some reservations ... Book Review – “Has God Spoken?” By Hank Hanegraaff

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3 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 8/24 Jim wrote: Life has been totally crazy for me over the past few months, transitioning from pastoral ministry into church planting ministry, which has occupied most of my waking hours, so it’s taken me quite some time to make it through my last book from Thomas Nelson. So after a few months of trying I finally ... Book Review – “The Blessing; Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance” By John Trent and Gary Smalley

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4 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 6/10 Jim wrote: “Most Muslims are not fundamentalists, and most fundamentalists are not terrorists, but most present-day terrorists are Muslims, and proudly identify themselves as such.” Professor Bernard Lewis. The Crisis of Islam The above statement is a truth that cannot be denied, a truth that if ignored ... Book Review – “The Fight Of Our Lives” by William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn

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5 Stars

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 5/6 Jim wrote: Conservatives love the business world; Liberals hate the business world… Conservatives hate the business world; Liberals love the business world. Both statements are true depending on which side of the political spectrum you are personally standing. Business executives have been called ‘brilliant ... Book Review – “Doing Virtuous Business” by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 3/2 Jim wrote: “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:25 NASB This was the passage of scripture that kept popping up in my head as I made my way through Brian McLaren’s book Finding Our Way Again; ... Book Review - "Finding Our Way Again" by Brian McLaren

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1 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 1/26 Jim wrote: Over the years I have read many books that focus on the resurrection of Christ, coming from both sides of the theological spectrum, those that support the historicity of the resurrection of Christ and those who deny it. My most recent read on the subject, The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster has been ... Book Review – “The Jesus Inquest” by Charles Foster

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 1/4 Jim wrote: I love books! Some would even consider me to be somewhat of a “bibliophile,” which means “lover of books.” For more than a year now I’ve been writing book reviews for Thomas Nelson Publishers, through their “booksneeze” program. This experience has been quite an enjoyable experience for ... Book Review – “Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index”

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/16 Jim wrote: Are there any words more powerful than God’s? This question is posed by R.P Nettelhorst in the book A Year With God. Upon reading the book it clearly shows us that the answer to this question is NO! Words are powerful; they have caused the rise of nations and the fall of nations. Through words God ... http://therefinersfire.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/book-review-%e2%80%93-%e2%80%9ca-year-with-god%e2%80%9d-by-r-b-nettelhorst/

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3 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/20 Jim wrote: “I personally believe that rural America is one of the most over-churched, unreached people groups in the world.” I don’t think that the truth could be stated any clearer than that! For what Shannon O’Dell focuses on in his book Transforming Church in Rural America is the obvious and unfortunate fact that many of the ... Book Review – “Transforming Church in Rural America” by Shannon O’Dell

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5 Stars

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Venom and Song

Venom and Song

On 10/4 Jim wrote: Elves, Gnomes, Drefids, and lots of Spiders; the things that all “good” fantasy books should have in them. If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia then this book may be something that you would enjoy. I’m a big fan of the previous and though the storyline doesn’t ... Book Review – “Venom and Song” by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christoper Hopper

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3 Stars

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Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

On 6/14 Jim wrote: For the last year I’ve been writing book reviews for Thomas Nelson Publishing and I will admit it’s been quite an enjoyable task to undertake. My most recent request was for the book “Wild at Heart,” by John Eldredge. Though the book has been in print for nearly a decade, a revised and expanded issue ... Book Review – “Wild At Heart” by John Eldredge

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1 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel

The Hole in Our Gospel

On 4/14 Jim wrote: “When our churches become spiritual spas in which we retreat from the world, our salt loses its saltiness, and we are no longer able to impact the culture” (pg. 180) As I turned from page to page in Richard Sterns amazing book “A Hole In Our Gospel,” I couldn’t help but to be continually reminded of ... Book Review “The Hole In Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns

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5 Stars

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Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America

On 1/12 Jim wrote: “God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” Benjamin Franklin “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey His will.” George Washington  These are words from our ... Book Review “Rediscovering God In America” by Newt Gingrich

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Everyday Greatness

Everyday Greatness

On 12/7 Jim wrote: I must admit that that title of this book, “Everyday Greatness” immediately caught my attention. This because I am the type of person that believes that greatness in life doesn’t come from our occasional mountaintop experiences but from living our lives on a day-to-day basis in the valleys and ... Book Review: "Everyday Greatness" by Stephen R. Covey

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5 Stars

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