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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 1/4 Josh Phelps wrote: It has been no secret that I have loved every book that I have read by Lis Wiehl, so when The Candidate: A Newsmakers Novel came up I had to read it. This is the second book in her Newsmakers series following the life of Erica Sparks, a cable new host. This book follows the elections and considering ... Book Review: The Candidate By Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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Hebrews: It's Not How You Start--It's How You Finish

Hebrews: It's Not How You Start--It's How You Finish

On 12/13 Josh Phelps wrote: I like reading through the book of Hebrews and I saw a book come up for review and figured why not? Hebrews: It’s Not How You Start – It’s How You Finish by Dr. Kathy Stewart was the book up for review. Here is the book’s description. With Dr. Kathy Stewart by your side, explore concepts from ... Book Review: Hebrews: It's Not How You Start - It's How You Finish by Dr. Kathy Stewart

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4 Stars

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The Other Side of the River

The Other Side of the River

On 10/7 Josh Phelps wrote: If you would have asked me if I like history, for most of my life, I would have said no. I was more of the math and science guy. I loved messing with equations and science projects, but history was never really my thing. After I had chosen a book to review a screen popped up and they recommended a book ... Book Review: The Other Side of the River

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Teen Study Bible, Hardcover

NKJV, Teen Study Bible, Hardcover

On 9/24 Josh Phelps wrote: With all the work I do with teens through out the summer when the NKJV Teen Study Bible came up for review I decided to try it out. I have to say that I really like this study bible. There are many features that will help teens as they study the word of God. There are “We Believe, Panorama, and Instant ... NKJV Teen Study Bible Book Review

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5 Stars

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Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

On 5/24 Josh Phelps wrote: Now I don’t have kids but who doesn’t like a sticker book, right? When The Wild About The Bible Sticker and Activity Book, published by Zondervan came open for review I decided to give it a go. The book is filled with activities and puzzles and of course, STICKERS!!! Ok, maybe I am a little too excited ... Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

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5 Stars

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NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

On 3/28 Josh Phelps wrote: James is one of my favorite books in the Bible, so when I agreed to review the Apply the Word, Study Bible I chose to read the book of James. I love that in this Bible there is an introduction to each book. There is also a list of key verses after the introduction. In the eBook version, which is what ... Apply the Word, Study Bible Review

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4 Stars

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 3/21 Josh Phelps wrote: I have loved everything that I have read by Liz Wiehl and now that I am back to reviewing books again I jumped on the chance to renew her book Newsmakers. The books description: TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. Is it due to her hard work and talent, or is she at the center ... Newsmakers By Liz Wiehl

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4 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 3/7 Josh Phelps wrote: I love medical mysteries! So when Critical Condition by Richard l. Mabry M.D. came available I took a chance. I had never read anything by this author before and I have to say, it was an awesome book. From the book description you see that Shannon has a lot going on in her life. She has someone killed ... Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry

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4 Stars

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The Passion Principles

The Passion Principles

On 4/8 Josh Phelps wrote: The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage by Shannon Ethridge is a good resource for couples looking to strengthen their bonds of marriage, to improve their sexual relationship, or to help other couples talk through issues. There are four passion principles that are discussed, the ... Book Review: The Passion Principles By Shannon Ethridge

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4 Stars

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The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

On 2/4 Josh Phelps wrote: It is no secret that Max Lucado is one of my favorite author’s. I have reviewed all of the books that I can that he has written, in fact it was in trying to get his book Fearless that happened upon this site to review books. When I saw The Christmas Candle come up for review, I knew I wanted to get ... Book Review: The Christmas Candle By Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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You'll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

On 12/18 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever gone through something that puts you so far down you don’t think things can ever get better? Many of us, if not all, have gone through things or know people that have gone through things. In his book, You’ll Get Through This, Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times Max Lucado talks ... Book Review: You’ll Get Through This By Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 9/30 Josh Phelps wrote: I have been a huge fan of Lis Wiehl since I read her first book Hand of Fate back in 2010. She has captured me with her twists and turns throughout every novel I have read. Now comes a new series, A Mia Quinn Mystery, and I cannot wait. Book #1 in the series, A Matter of Trust grabbed me from the beginning. ... Book Review: A Matter of Trust By Lis Wiehl, with April Henry

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5 Stars

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The Gaither Homecoming Bible

The Gaither Homecoming Bible

On 1/6 Josh Phelps wrote: "The Gaither Homecoming Bible: Inspiring Hope through Scripture, Song, and Story" was sent to me for a review. Lately I have been getting mostly eBooks to review as I get them quicker; however when this Bible came up for review I wanted to see what it was all about.            ... The Gaither Homecoming Bible

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5 Stars

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 9/11 Josh Phelps wrote: Max Lucado has always been able to grab my attention with his writing style.  He Chose the Nails was the same way. This book goes into details about the symbolism of the cross, from the soldiers spit, to the crown, to the sign on the cross, as well as the two other crosses, the nails and a few other ... He Chose The Nails

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5 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 3/29 Josh Phelps wrote: Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler is a nice recipe book that should be added to any collection. She even helps those who may not have a grill by having many of her recipes available for indoor cooking with a grill pan. From appetizers to desserts she covers all the bases. There are different sections ... Simply Grilling

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5 Stars

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 3/26 Josh Phelps wrote: Wow! If I had one word to say about Lis Wiehl’s new book Eyes of Justice, that would be it. Eyes of Justice, another book about the triple threat club is amazing and will keep your attention from beginning to end. I could not put it down and read the book in a day and a half. As the ... Eyes of Justice

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5 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 3/6 Josh Phelps wrote: The Founders’ Key by Larry P Arnn is not only a quick read but also is one I would recommend to anyone who wants to know more about the connection between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I was surprised to see that the book included the Constitution, Declaration ... The Founders' Key

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5 Stars

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 2/29 Josh Phelps wrote: Another homerun! That is how I would describe this next installment of the Triple Threat Club. Heart of Ice, by Lis Wiehl and April Henry is riveting and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the novel. When multiple bodies turn up Allison, the federal prosecutor, and Nicole, ... Heart of Ice

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5 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 2/26 Josh Phelps wrote: Recently I have been thinking about Men and the Church. What does it mean to be manly and be a Christian? So when Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow, came up for review I took a shot at it. I was excited to read this and I looked forward to seeing what this book could teach me. However I was ... Why Men Hate Going to Church

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2 Stars

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Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV

Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV

On 1/11 Josh Phelps wrote: I like checking out devotional bibles to see what they have to offer. Recently I had the chance to download an eBook version of the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV, Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. This devotional bible has prayers that deal with life situations throughout the text. ... Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV, Enjoying Peace in His Presence

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 12/26 Josh Phelps wrote: Max on Life is a book written by Max Lucado and is his answers to questions that people have submitted to him in various ways over the years. The book is divided into sections that can be read individually or the book can be read from cover to cover. I normally love reading Max’s ... Max on Life

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3 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 12/26 Josh Phelps wrote: The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews is a sequel to The Traveler’s Gift and should be read in order if you ask me. While it isn’t one hundred percent necessary, it will give the reader more background as they read the second book. ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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REGGIE

REGGIE

On 12/26 Josh Phelps wrote: A few years ago I was at a Promise Keepers event, in between sessions Reggie Dabbs, conference master of ceremonies was walking around and we talked for a few minutes. Now there was nothing monumental about that discussion as we just shot the breeze, but Hearing him speak to all of the men, one could ... Reggie

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5 Stars

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A Conversation with God

A Conversation with God

On 3/2 Josh Phelps wrote: A Conversation with God: If you could ask God anything what would it be? Have you ever thought about things you want to ask God? I know that I have, so when I saw this book I decided to check it out and see what was in it. The book is a nice addition to any collection, however I would ... A Conversation with God

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4 Stars

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 2/16 Josh Phelps wrote: If you are a civil war or history buff or if you just have an interest in curious things, then Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange stories, infamous characters and bizarre events by Webb Garrison is a book you will enjoy. The book is a compilation of two books written by Mr. Garrison and is a great ... Curiosities of the Civil War

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 2/4 Josh Phelps wrote: "Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index" is a great tool for anyone that is writing a paper, studying the bible of working on a lesson or sermon. The book arrived a bit smaller then I thought when I first requested it, but it packs a mighty punch for its size.With over 8000 subjects, names, things, places, ... Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index

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5 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 12/15 Josh Phelps wrote: “The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible” is a different kind of study Bible then I have seen before. While most study bibles are mainly focused on the background information or word studies, this study bible focuses on life lessons that are included along with the passages. There are more than 1000 ... The Lucado Life Applications Study Bible

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5 Stars

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The Way Home (DVD)

The Way Home (DVD)

On 12/6 Josh Phelps wrote: Not worth of an academy award but a must see movie for guys! The Way Home, staring Dean Cain is a good movie for any men’s ministry. Now, I must put a disclaimer on this review before I get all the way into it, the acting is not the best I have seen, but the story and themes that show us we must rely ... The Way Home (DVD)

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5 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 12/6 Josh Phelps wrote: I recently received a copy of the book Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O’Dell. At first I was kind of excited to read this book, but as I read it that excitement quickly faded. There are lots of good points in the book; however there are a few things that I have issue with when reading ... Transforming Church in Rural America

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3 Stars

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The Prophecy Answer Book

The Prophecy Answer Book

On 11/10 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever wondered about the prophecies of the Bible? Do you know if they have come to pass or not yet? Would you like some answers when it comes to these prophecies? Dr. David Jeremiah has put together a book called, “The Prophecy Answer Book” and it contains answers to questions about such ... The Prophecy Answer Book

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3 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 11/10 Josh Phelps wrote: God’s grace, we hear about it all the time but what is it really? In his book “The Grace of God” Andy Stanley tries to break down and explain in more simple ways what the grace of God really is, not a bunch of rules and regulations to follow but an immeasurable love that we can get just simply ... The Grace of God

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/14 Josh Phelps wrote: When you make a difference in someone’s life it changes you on the inside. Your life will affect many people, how you affect them is the big question. “Out Live Your Life” is Max Lucado’s newest book. Now I know what many people think when they read the title of this book. How can I be put front ... Out Live Your LIfe

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5 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 9/7 Josh Phelps wrote: “The Heavens Proclaim His Glory” is a book that shows pictures of the universe taken with the Hubble telescope. They start off with a quote from Abraham Lincoln, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look ... The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

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4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you had difficulties teaching your children that what they do now can change the world? Or that it really does and can make a difference? “The Boy Who Changed the World” by Andy Andrews is a book that can help you show your kids that they can make a difference by what they do now.This book is ... The Boy Who Changed the World

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever wondered if you could change the world? Do you realize that even the small things you do can lead to big changes in the future? “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews chronicles several stories going backwards to show that one small thing that was done, can change the world. ... The Butterfly Effect

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4 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 8/2 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever wondered about the people that God has worked through? Do you wonder what happened to them after their brief mention in the Bible? If so, then you need to read Cast of Characters by Max Lucado. I was so anxious to read this book; I borrowed a copy while I waited for the book ... Cast of Characters

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5 Stars

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The Portable Patriot

The Portable Patriot

On 6/28 Josh Phelps wrote: The Portable Patriot: Documents, Speeches, and Sermons that Compose the American Soul brings into print a collection of documents that were written by those who founded our Nation and shows the values and principles that they held so dear.The history of our great nation was held in those values and principles ... The Portable Patriot

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/23 Josh Phelps wrote: What do you do when a shattered dream or an unmet expectation causes you to turn to Plan B? Have you ever been put in that position, where the things you thought were going to happen didn’t and you had to go into a completely other direction. “Plan B” by Pete Wilson uses real life stories as well ... Plan B

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The Money Answer Book

The Money Answer Book

On 5/23 Josh Phelps wrote: “The Money Answer Book” By Dave Ramsey is an easy to read guide on getting your finances in order. If you have ever asked the question, “Where does all my money go?” Or if you have ever wondered where all your money went when you look at how much you made in a year, then this book is the one ... The Money Answer Book

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5 Stars

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You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

On 4/20 Josh Phelps wrote: What is it you enjoy doing? What is it you do well? Believe it or not, there is a reason you have a passion for something. “God made only one version of you. He custom designed you for a one-of-a-kind assignment.” In Max Lucado’s new book “You Can Be Everything God Wants You To ... You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

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5 Stars

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How Should a Christian Live?

How Should a Christian Live?

On 4/8 Josh Phelps wrote: How Should a Christian Live is a devotional that is geared towards the pre-teen to young teenager. There is an audio CD that starts with 1st Corinthians and goes through Philemon. Each track on the CD is a different section of the Bible and they are read by teen actors.There are twelve lessons in all ... How Should a Christian Live?

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5 Stars

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/5 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever had a book that you just didn’t want to put down until you knew how it ended? If you like that type of book then Hand of Fate is just the one for you. Hand of Fate is a murder mystery by Lis Wiehl and April Henry that leads you on the journey to find out who killed Jim Fate. This is the ... Hand of Fate

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5 Stars

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Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

On 3/26 Josh Phelps wrote: When I received Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub I expected it to be a cookbook. What I received was something completely different. This is a book that tells the story of two men who like to eat! They don’t care about diets and the latest fad that is out there. They give a few simple ... Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

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4 Stars

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The Chronological Guide to the Bible

The Chronological Guide to the Bible

On 3/11 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever wondered how the Bible stacks up in historical order or have you wondered about a specific era that a book or set of books was written? Then The Chronological Guide to the Bible is an extremely good resource if you don’t have a Chronological Bible. The guide is split into nine epoch’s ... Chronological Guide to the Bible

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5 Stars

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66 Love Letters

66 Love Letters

On 3/2 Josh Phelps wrote: I received Dr. Larry Crabb’s book 66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God that invites You into His story because it sounded interesting when I read the overview. 66 love letters from God to me, I mean who wouldn’t want to read that and even though Dr. Crabb explains that he is writing in the first ... 66 Love Letters Book Review

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3 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 2/2 Josh Phelps wrote: Fear, we are driven by it every day of our lives. We fear we might lose our jobs, or that the economy is failing. We fear we might get sick or a loved one might get sick. There are many more things that we fear. What do you do when you are caught up in fear? Do you turn to God for your answers? ... Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

Nelson's Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

On 2/1 Josh Phelps wrote: Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition is a great resource for anyone who is studying the Bible. The layout is easy to follow and the book is an easy read. Have you ever wondered who wrote a book in the Bible? Or when it was written? The Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts ... Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

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5 Stars

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Facing Your Giants

Facing Your Giants

On 1/26 Josh Phelps wrote: What is it you are facing in your life? What struggles do you have? Are there generational sins that you are in your family line? We all have things in our lives that will pull our focus from God. We let our “giants” get in the way of our relationship with God. Facing Your Giants, by Max Lucado is ... Facing Your GIants

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5 Stars

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The Word of Promise New Testament

The Word of Promise New Testament

On 1/23 Josh Phelps wrote: Have you ever found yourself singing along to the radio in the car and then you realize you are singing a new song that you haven’t sung before? When we hear things over and over again, we tend to remember them. So when I saw an opportunity to order The Word of Promise, New Testament, I jumped and ... The Word of Promise, New Testament Audio Bible Review

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5 Stars

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Rediscovering God in America

Rediscovering God in America

On 1/12 Josh Phelps wrote: A walk through history that will capture your attention and leave you with a “rebuttal to those who seek to write God out of American History” as we move forward as a country. Newt Gingrich writes Rediscovering God in America, which includes beautiful pictures of our Nations monuments by his wife, ... Rediscovering God in America

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5 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 1/12 Josh Phelps wrote: I am not normally a reader of the books some would call touchy-feely books. When I saw that Sara Evans had written, The Sweet By and By, I decided I would give it a shot. Having left the pain of her past, Jade looks to move on when she heads to college. We catch up with Jade as she is in the midst of ... The Sweet By and By

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4 Stars

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NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

On 12/10 Josh Phelps wrote: When someone mentions ‘story time’ one can often get a picture of children sitting at the feet of their parents or grandparents and listening as they hear the story that is being told. Greatest Stories of the Bible, NKJV by Thomas Nelson Publishing gives me the same type of picture. 250 Bible stories ... Greatest Stories of the Bible

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5 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 11/27 Josh Phelps wrote: Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World by Dr. David Jeremiah is a book that will help you if you are struggling to find sense in what is going on in the World. Using scriptures Dr. Jeremiah gives you evidence that if believe in God and have given your life to Him, that you are safe no matter what ... Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 11/27 Josh Phelps wrote: Ever wanted to be able to change your life? Want to get out of the normal routines and patterns that your family line has set. Donald Miller’s newest release A Million Miles in a Thousand Years will try and show you how to change your life as if you are part of a movie script.Overall I wasn’t too ... A Million Miles in a Thousand Years By Donald Miller

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3 Stars

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 8/24 Josh Phelps wrote: The Expanded Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing is based on the New Century Version. This Bible only contains the New Testament. The Expanded Bible places study tools within the text so as you are reading the Bible you get a more in depth study. This Bible is not for new believers, however, as it can ... The Expanded Bible Review

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4 Stars

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