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NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible

On 4/5 Jonathan Esterman wrote: When it comes to Christian Bibles, it seems that there is a difficult struggle between marketing for a specific age or purpose and balancing the “Bible-ness” of the product. In the case of this kids Bible, the book is a hardback book with a squishy front cover. One is welcomed with traditional Precious ... "NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible"

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4 Stars

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Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals

On 2/1 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is filled with fun and adorable pictures that are sure to make every little child smile, it surely made my children smile! Walk along with a little boy and his mother as they explore the farm, along the way the little boy asks his mother silly questions about each one of the animals. The mother ... Baa! Oink! Moo!

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4 Stars

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Girl Talk

Girl Talk

On 1/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book consists of two parts for each week. Part one of the weekly devotional is a story about a girl that is faced with a certain challenge and how they make choice along the way that in the end teach the reader valuable lessons, each week a different story is presented. Topics such as perseverance, ... "Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions" by Lois Walfrid Johnson

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5 Stars

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For Better or for Kids

For Better or for Kids

On 1/6 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Marriage can be difficult, but marriage with kids is a whole new dimension. Where one has learned to be an adult and do adult life, when one becomes a parent, their childhood visits not in a manner of controlling adult life, but rather influencing child-rearing. This can put a strain on the marriage ... For Better or for Kids: A Vow to Love Your Spouse with Kids in the House

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4 Stars

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Apocalyptic Tremors

Apocalyptic Tremors

On 12/19 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is a theological book on eschatology with the thesis argument of proving that Revelation contains three forms of wrath: man, Satan, and G-d.The book also seeks to argue the “justice and judgements” of G-d to show the need for Christ in one’s life. The book follows the typical Christian ... "Apocalyptic Tremors" by C.R. Chapman

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3 Stars

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Goodnight, Manger

Goodnight, Manger

On 12/5 Jonathan Esterman wrote: In this book, the tradition of Christmas Eve (tradition, not fact) regarding the birth of Jesus in a manger is maintained and portrayed using the “goodnight moon” series style and prose.Using traditional interpretation of wise men and shepherds, as well as a manger indoors with a bricked building, ... Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi

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2 Stars

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Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

On 11/7 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is different than other storybooks we have read, as this one focuses solely on attributes of HaShem. Additionally, this book is not a storybook, despite what my expectations were. There are Bible verses, which focus primarily on a Christian theology, questions to ask readers, and a short poetic ... "Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury" by Dayspring

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4 Stars

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The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book

On 9/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Dr. David Jeremiah describes spiritual warfare in simple terms: the biblical context by which we all view life’s events. For Jeremiah, spiritual warfare is an everyday reality that most of the world, including most of the believing world, altogether ignores. Apart from spiritualists and charismatics, ... "The Spiritual Warfare Answer Book" by Dr. David Jeremiah

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3 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 8/15 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Karen and Ruth bring the reality of motherhood and all its struggles to the table, sharing their own ups and downs in a heartfelt way. Being a mom of two young boys myself, I found myself encouraged and challenged by the words offered in this devotional. Being a mom is no easy task and as we strive to ... "Pressing Pause" by Karen Ehman

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5 Stars

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101 Ways to Have Fun

101 Ways to Have Fun

On 7/19 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is packed full of fun and creative activities and ideas that are designed to boost creativity, activity, and friendship in the day and life of teen girls. In this book, ideas are shared which inspire teen girls to tap into their creative side and explore all the possibilities that are found ... "101 Ways to Have Fun" by Faithgirlz

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3 Stars

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 5/29 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The book begins with a definition of love. Based off that definition, Willis covers the laws of love: commitment, selfless sacrifice, speaking truth, conquering fear, offering grace, bringing healing, and living forever. After covering these core components, Willis looks to how love works in action with ... "The Seven Laws of Love" by Dave Willis

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4 Stars

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Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book

On 5/22 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is a fun way to enhance a child learning about some of the most epic stories of the Bible. Intended for children between the ages of four and eight, this title could also be fun for children ages nine and ten. The book includes twenty-seven interactive pages that includes: coloring pages, crossword ... “Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book” by David Miles

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4 Stars

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Forever My Little Boy

Forever My Little Boy

On 4/14 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This small book is adorned with cute artwork and intended as a gift for a mom, dad, or grown-up little boy. Kingsbury writes short prose with prayers and Scriptures throughout. With a "forever my little boy" melody that carries the reader through the start to end, the concept is not altogether new, but ... "Forever My Little Boy" by Karen Kingsbury

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3 Stars

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Night Night, Daddy

Night Night, Daddy

On 4/14 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This board book is an excellent tale for father-son reading time at night. The pages are illustrated beautifully and depicts the fun-loving wildness found in a boy's heart. The story follows a daddy fox and a little fox, presumably a boy, in their adventures during the day to get ready for bed. Going ... "Night Night, Daddy" by Amy Parker

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5 Stars

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NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

On 3/31 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This combo pack ZonderKids is wonderful for children between the ages of 4 to 8. The Beginner’s Bible uses the New International Reader’s Version which is easy for young children to comprehend and apply. It has large font and a line down the center of each page creating a column effect for ease in ... "NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack" by Zondervan Publishing

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4 Stars

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Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

On 3/13 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This story about Elijah is a level 2 reader book, and my youngest loves it. At the time of reviewing it, he’s four years old and shares the name of the prophet. The story of the prophet does not focus on a single event, but is rather a simple summary of his ministry. From the Adventure Bible, each ... “Elijah, [G-d’s] Mighty Prophet” by David Miles

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4 Stars

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Game Over

Game Over

On 3/1 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is the third in the MindWar trilogy, bringing Klavan’s thrilling animated adventure to a close. Like Klavan’s other works, the epic tale is engaging and entertaining, whisking the reader away from the comfort of their home and into the MindWar Realm, a fascinating, yet warped, fabrication ... “Game Over” by Andrew Klavan

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5 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 2/14 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Whitlow is a well-known fiction writer in the Christian literary verse, and for good reason. His books regularly receive top-notch reviews and is likened to the secular popular legal thriller writers of the era. As his dramatic works unfold for millions of readers, so too did I witness the stage set ... "A House Divided" by Robert Whitlow

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3 Stars

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Adventure Bible for Little Ones

Adventure Bible for Little Ones

On 11/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This Bible is designed for the rough play that a little one provides, that much is for sure. With a padded cover and soft rounded corners, the “pages” are reinforced thicker cardboard style with rounded corners and a design meant to minimize the risk of cuts. While I doubt that it would stand up ... “Adventure Bible for Little Ones” by Catherine DeVries

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5 Stars

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All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

On 9/30 Jonathan Esterman wrote: In this book, Kevin Harvey, the author, explores pop culture, from movies to music, hits and flops, television and more. The point? Perhaps partly to entertain himself, and partly to look for similarities, Harvey came across basic lessons in his experiences that pointed back to the Creator. Even though ... “All You Want to Know about the Bible in Pop Culture” by Kevin Harvey

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4 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 7/10 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Jeff Goins is an amazing author that I came across when doing review work for eChristian. His work in Wrecked was simply astounding and inspirational. Since then, I have been following his writing on his blog and social media streams, and he has only grown in his craft and calling, excelling at the written ... “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins

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5 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 5/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Donald Miller is well known for his book, Blue Like Jazz, and for good reason: it was a New York Times bestseller. With that book, some could argue, Miller launched himself into popularity. But what happened after the fact? That is where this book fills in the gaps. Miller presents an intriguing idea: ... "Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy" by Donald Miller

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4 Stars

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The Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook

On 5/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: People love lists. Lists tell us all sorts of fanciful things about the world, and when it comes to books (and therefore blogs), lists do a great job at sorting information to be shared in a logical format that gets the readers engaged, or at its worst, lets them skip to the numbers they care about most. Lists, ... “The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs” by John C. Maxwell

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The Grand Paradox

The Grand Paradox

On 1/19 Jonathan Esterman wrote: I hail from Bend, Oregon and have had the opportunity to work with Ken in a mutual project involving apologetics and reaching the youth in Central Oregon in the past. When this title became available for me to review, I selected it because of my knowledge of Ken's prior work. Little did I know how relevant ... "The Grand Paradox" by Ken Wytsma

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3 Stars

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Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

On 1/17 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Parenting with grace can be quite the challenge. Trust me on this - I'm a parent of two boys and a theologian. Sometimes, it can seem that our ability to practice our faith and parent are at opposite ends, with all the challenges that a busy home provides. It doesn't have to be this way, however, and ... "Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional" by Dan Seaborn

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4 Stars

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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

On 1/17 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The Daniel Fast...a church diet that sweeps across the nation at the turn of the new year, designed to help those adhering to it not only feel healthier, but closer to G-d. Heralding its Catholic tradition of Lent, yet with a Protestant twist of twenty-one days of partial abstinence from particular foods, ... "The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast" by Kristen Feola

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How to Be Rich book with DVD

How to Be Rich book with DVD

On 11/13 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Andy Stanley seeks to educate all participants of this study of what “richness” means, being not “rich,” but having more than another person. That’s right, this is a DVD study with companion book – a one month study that introduces the topic, discusses side effects, dollar cost living, and ... “How To Be Rich” DVD Study by Andy Stanley

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4 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

On 11/4 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Woah Nelly! Now this is an amazing study help. New and enhanced, this Bible dictionary has over seven thousand updated entries, over five hundred photos and maps, and is easy to use. Covering teaching outlines for every book of the Bible, as well as a biblical history and visual survey, this compendium ... Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

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5 Stars

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Moses Leads the People

Moses Leads the People

On 10/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Telling the tale of Moses and Aaron leading the people out of Egypt, starting at the Burning Bush and ending with the Egyptians dying in the Red Sea, this short reader briefly covers the main points of this historical adventure that is a critical element of Jewish and Christian faith. Published by Zondervan, ... “Moses Leads the People” by David Miles

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5 Stars

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The Good Dad

The Good Dad

On 10/6 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The impact of having a father in one’s life is drastic. Jim Daly, CEO of Focus on the Family, has the statistics and research to prove it. Having three absentee fathers in his own life, and being a father himself, Jim felt that the issue of fatherhood needed to be addressed. More specifically, the ... Great content, but not engaging

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4 Stars

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The Chronological Study Bible NIV

The Chronological Study Bible NIV

On 5/13 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The hardback has the basic cover leaf. When removed, the hardback cover is revealed to be an older style, reminiscent of hotel rooms, thus most likely where the Signature Series feature is found. When the book is flipped open, however, it is definitely not a traditional Bible inside. At the top of the ... Book Review: “The NIV Chronological Study Bible”

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4 Stars

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Bad Dads of the Bible

Bad Dads of the Bible

On 4/2 Jonathan Esterman wrote: So, when I came across this title, I was more than curious to see what others thought. Warren looks at eight biblical dads and what their mistakes were in fatherhood. There were some that I had expected to see on the list: David, Jacob, Saul, and Eli. However, there were also some surprise fathers: Laban, ... Book Review: "Bad Dads of the Bible" by Roland C. Warren

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4 Stars

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Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

On 12/24 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This is the self-proclaimed utterly invigorating guide to being your most masculine self. But is it? The contents opens with a classic picture of an old-fashioned Sherlock-style pipe. If that doesn’t bring forth older images of manliness, other than the enlarged mustache on the cover, I am not sure ... Book Review: “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men” by Stephen Mansfield

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5 Stars

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Co-Parenting Works!

Co-Parenting Works!

On 12/24 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Divorce destroys families. There is no doubt about this. Yet it happens nonetheless. Personally, I have had several run-ins with divorce. As a child, my parents divorced and it tore my life apart. There are still parts of my personality today that were forged by such a tragedy. Even in my own life, one ... Book Review: “Co-Parenting Works!” by Tammy Daughtry

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5 Stars

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NIV Integrated Study Bible

NIV Integrated Study Bible

On 11/5 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Taking a look through the Study Bible, I like the format a lot. It is simplified for easy reading. There is no commentary on the pages, but the top of the page gives a brief statement on where we are in the timeline of the Bible, and the bottom of the page shows the approximate year we are in, as well ... Book Review: "NIV Integrated Study Bible" by John R. Kohlenberger

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4 Stars

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The God Whom Moses Knew

The God Whom Moses Knew

On 9/4 Jonathan Esterman wrote: What if you had the chance to experience a more intimate form of the tale of Moses? What if you could figuratively walk alongside this revered forefather of the Bible? Would you take hold of the opportunity? I don’t know if there’s a single individual that wouldn’t. Whether it be to learn the ... A fictional chance to live history

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3 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

The Christian Mama's Guide to the Grade School Years

On 8/15 Jonathan Esterman wrote: In The Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years, Erin Macpherson gives useful and relevant insight on how to raise successful children. She explains that our goal as Christian Mama’s is not to raise our children with the focus on worldly success, rather to raise them with a focus on Godly ... A review by a Christian Mama

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4 Stars

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The Judgment Stone

The Judgment Stone

On 5/15 Jonathan Esterman wrote: So, the question now is this: is the Publisher’s description accurate and true? Does Liparulo deliver once again, as he did in the first tale of Jagger Baird? After reviewing the work, I have to admit that the beginning, while fast-paced and designed to capture the reader’s attention, feels more ... a rough beginning, but quickly sucks the reader in

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

On 4/24 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This review is a guest review, in its unedited entirety, by my number one fan and amazing wife, Tosha Esterman. She spent a serious amount of time, and laughs, reading this book and implementing it to give you the best feedback she can, and it sounds like this book is a winner for every mom out there... Book Review: "The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler" by Erin MacPherson

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5 Stars

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Live Second

Live Second

On 3/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: I like the way that daily devotionals are going with embracing technology. This devotional is on that path. Once you open to the first page, there is a QR code to load up a video that accompanies the reading for the day. Followed with discussion questions for a group chat or individual reflection, the ... Great idea, limited audience.

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3 Stars

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A Hero's Throne

A Hero's Throne

On 3/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book, as the second book in the trilogy, really should be read after the first book. It's designed that way. That said, Ross Lawhead delivers once again with an enchanting prose to complement his tale, luring readers in from the very first page. So be sure you have read the first book before starting ... Book Review: "A Hero's Throne" by Ross Lawhead

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4 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/29 Jonathan Esterman wrote: There are plenty of self-help books about discovering who you are. Identity crisis would seem to be at an all-time high if one correlated the number of books being published every day on the issue to the matter. However, this book is not a self-help book. It is not about establishing your personality, ... An appropriate book for this day and age...

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4 Stars

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Asylum

Asylum

On 12/31 Jonathan Esterman wrote: A science fiction novel of futuristic events, Ashley Bazer brings a fresh and unique voice to interspace travel and adventure. Straight from the publisher, Westbow would describe Bazer's work with a twist of suspense: When Chase’s wife, Trista, goes missing, he follows a trail that leads to imprisonment ... A fresh novel of scifi space adventures

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4 Stars

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The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life

On 11/24 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Have you ever wondered about your purpose in life? Ever felt lost in the hum drum of it all? Or perhaps, you had a plan and it went afoul. Christian or not, this book is designed to help you discover your purpose in life by examining the Bible and what it says about discovering purpose in life. This ... Book Review: “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren

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5 Stars

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If We Survive

If We Survive

On 11/17 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Overall, Klavan did a fair job, one that I would rate as 4 out of 5, or 9 out of 10 if I went off that scale. His imagery is superb, and the narration of a high schooler felt authentic, but it just felt like it was missing the extra push to hit the mark of perfection instead of excellence. But then again, ... another great work of Christian fiction by Klavan

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4 Stars

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 10/31 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Moishe Rosen, in my opinion, is a hero. I have not had the pleasure of working closely with Jews for Jesus, the missionary organization that Rosen founded. In fact, I have not had the pleasure of experiencing the rich culture that my heritage provides. You see, on my father’s side, he was the first ... Book Review: “Called to Controversy” by Ruth Rosen

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4 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 10/10 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is not written to convince atheists about Christ. Rather, this book is a help to Christians to defend the Christian faith, also known as the study of apologetics. This book includes top-notch references from different apologists and philosophers in a manner that is designed to be easy for the ... excellent discussion on apologetics

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5 Stars

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Crazy Dangerous

Crazy Dangerous

On 7/16 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This story is about a boy and a girl. Simple, right? That’s how it seems, but only at first. We get to see inside the life of Jennifer up front, and it is poetically spooky with a splash of childlike humor. But then we are transported into the mind of Sam Hopkins, and he is our guide for the main adventure. ... thrilling beyond this world's capacity

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 4/25 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Liparulo’s style of writing permits both skilled and casual readers to experience the tales of the Tribe and their opponents. Hearing the thoughts, seeing the action, and knowing the intent for all the characters, Liparulo displays his effort, and why so many authors give such high praise of his work. ... excellent fiction

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 3/15 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Sweet starts the book with an older church tradition of viewing the Trinity as a “cosmic” dance of sorts, calling Y’shua the “Lord of the Dance,” and encouraging believers to initially view the Christian life as a new sort of dance. This dance is different and challenging – requiring one ... overworked at best

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2 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 2/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is for anyone. If this is your first relationship, if you are dating, married, in sin, divorced, or not in a relationship at all. If it's for your kids or grandkids, perhaps parents, or those you counsel. Driscoll has written this book with the intention of reaching to you. If you are reading ... Doing a weekly study on this book

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With

With

On 12/6 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Life under G-d. Life over G-d. LIfe from G-d. Life for G-d. Life With G-d. Jethani discusses how practically every Christian lives life either under, over, for, or from G-d. We don’t live life with G-d. This causes us to lose hope and tenacity – we lack the illumination that used to inspire us. ... @BookSneeze Review: “With” by Skye Jethani

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 8/31 Jonathan Esterman wrote: There must be something about the Lawhead family, releasing book after book in the Christian fiction genre. While Stephen’s writing is overly complex and difficult for the average reader, Ross manages to hit the nail just right in his new fantasy Ancient Earth series. Based heavily on British lore, ... Great Fictional Tale

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 8/19 Jonathan Esterman wrote: complex and unenjoyable

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It Couldn't Just Happen

It Couldn't Just Happen

On 8/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: It Couldn't Just Happen, by Lawrence Richards, examines the natural wonders of our world and universe that point to an ultimate truth: it was created by G-d. The book is a basic introduction to apologetics for young Christians, presenting basic arguments for the existence of G-d by utilizing the evidences ... Great intro to apologetics

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The Final Hour

The Final Hour

On 7/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Charlie West returns in the Homelanders series. In prison and facing death around every corner, Charlie finds himself wishing that the events that have passed since that fateful night he went to sleep as a kid and woke up wanted by the police never came. Missing family and friends, he knows that the ... @booksneeze Review: “The Final Hour” by Andrew Klavan

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/16 Jonathan Esterman wrote: John Trent presents a revision of his joint effort with Gary Smalley with the republication of “The Blessing.” Containing new commentary and tales, Trent explains what the Blessing is, and the responsibility of every Christian and every parent in regards to it. As he provides Scripture to support ... @booksneeze Review: “The Blessing” by John Trent

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4 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/13 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Craker shares her tales of researching the Amish secrets to money-making in an effort to recover from her loss of funds, share anecdotes that cause laughter for the readers, and discover if there’s a deeper truth to their simpler means. Through journalistic-style writing that is quite similar to editorials ... Amish, yet lacking...

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3 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 6/5 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is a work of fiction, and this must be clearly understood. This is not an accurate portrayal of End Times theology. For recognition of the work of fiction, there will be no spoilers. Much like Da Vinci Code, this artistic endeavor takes off with incorrect theology for the purpose of the thrill ... Interesting read, but not well-writ

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2 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Nick Polchak, Forensic Entomologist, returns in this gripping Christian thriller. A week before his marriage, Nick is summoned to meet with an old friend. He leaves, and after not hearing from him, his fiancée, Alena, decides her and her dogs need to go hunting for him – hopefully alive. Taking a ... Great read, but not necessarily "Christian"

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 4/23 Jonathan Esterman wrote: As should be obvious with the title, McLaren’s book is about the ancient practices (that of the early church), and his discussion about the return on them. In every denomination, different rituals exist. But McLaren believes that we’ve lost our way (suggesting we once had it), and embarks on a journey ... Book of Meaning, Yet Lacks Meaning

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2 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Max Lucado belts out yet another theology book of simplicity, managing to spin quite a length on what seems short in thought. He collected questions from various mediums throughout the years, some served as prior inspirations for books, and finally presents them all in this writing, in hopes to answer ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Andrews writes the sequel to the popular fictional tale of David Ponder (The Traveler's Gift), from where David learned the seven decisions. In this adventure, we journey with David to the Final Summit - where humanity's survival is dependent on a council of Travelers attempting to answer the ultimate ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 1/5 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Boy is rushed to hospital. Boy has emergency operation involving anesthesia. During the time boy is unconscious, boy goes to heaven. . Boy meets Jesus. Boy comes back to life. Years later, boy tells the tale to his parents. Shock. And. Awe. Welcome to the true story of a boy who experienced what so many ... Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

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3 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 10/14 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Traditionally, I have done book reviews for Thomas Nelson / Booksneeze, but recently, the opportunity to review a DVD product came up. "The Least Among You" is based on a true story following the 1965 Watts riot. Following the accounts of Richard Kelly, serving probation at an all-white seminary, we ... The Least Among You (DVD)

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4 Stars

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A Leader's Heart

A Leader's Heart

On 9/9 Jonathan Esterman wrote: A Leader's Heart, by John C. Maxwell, is a year-long devotional for those called to leadership. It also doubles as a gift book, to give to a leader or mentor in your life, as well as a personal journal. The book has a nice appeal to it, as an older style reflective upon church leadership and pastoral ... Leader's Heart by John Maxwell

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 9/8 Jonathan Esterman wrote: "The Heavens Proclaim His Glory" is amazing! This book if filled with spiritual quotes, G-d's Word, and pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope. It certainly is a large collection of beautiful images of His Creation, with fitting and appropriate references to G-d throughout. I opted to review this book ... Wonderful!

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5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/8 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The Boy Who Changed the World is an excellent children's book of the butterfly effect. For children who are older, around ages seven to ten, this book features full-paged colors and a catchy tale to show the importance of everyone. Covering Norman, the man who extended the survivability of vegetables, ... The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/8 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The Butterfly Effect is well known due to short stories, movies, and the like. Whether it's "Heroes," or "Butterfly Effect," or "Sound of Thunder," the media outlet is consumed by the simple concept that every move you make matters. Scientifically, it is considered a law, known as The Law of Sensitive ... Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

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Storm Warning

Storm Warning

On 8/18 Jonathan Esterman wrote: Billy Graham, well-known for the tent revivals and being a man of G-d in America, revised and re-released his book, Storm Warning. In it, he takes the concept of a storm: the warning signs and the impending disaster, and relates it to our current situation with our economic crisis. We are experiencing ... Storm Warning by Billy Graham

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 Jonathan Esterman wrote: “Christians have made the gospel about so many things – things other than Christ. But Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives it meaning. Without Him, all things lose their value. They are but detached pieces floating around in space. That includes your life.” ... Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola

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NCV Dad's Bible

NCV Dad's Bible

On 5/20 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book review centers on the New Century Version, but more particularly: the Dad’s Bible. This is the counterpart to the Mom’s Bible. The binding is a reminder of one of those old man’s-man books that had the layers of dust and contained fairy tales for bedtime stories. A clear-type font, traditional ... Dad’s Bible: The Father’s Plan, NCV

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3 Stars

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Captivating (Revised and Expanded)

Captivating (Revised and Expanded)

On 5/6 Jonathan Esterman wrote: John and Stasi are at it again. Updating and revising a bestseller, this is the woman's equivalent of "Wild at Heart." While every boy and man out there wants to know if they have what it takes (the knight in shining armor), every girl and woman need to know a simple thing: are they captivating? Are ... Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

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4 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Jonathan Esterman wrote: "Plan B" by Pete Wilson excellently addresses the focus of the book: "what do you do when G-d doesn't show p the way you thought he would"? He starts by simply addressing, as a matter of fact, that we often tend to put G-d in a box. But what happens when we have our Plan A for life and it goes to the ... Plan B by Pete Wilson

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 4/12 Jonathan Esterman wrote: “Living Life in the Zone” is a 40-Day Journey through different areas of life that every man will face at some time. Designed for men with families, this devotional will take you deeper with Christ in a sports-themed fashion. Taking the style of so many other devotional books, you are asked to commit ... Living Life in the Zone by Kyle Rote and Joe Pettigrew

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3 Stars

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 1/21 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book covers how to overcome pain in life and seek G-d’s purpose to fulfill every empty need and desire. Meier and Henderson cover seven different categories that seem to be the core relations of pain and struggle in our lives: injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure, and death. ... Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain by Meier & Henderson

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What Difference Do It Make?

What Difference Do It Make?

On 11/8 Jonathan Esterman wrote: In essence, What Difference Do It Make is a retelling of the first text, with expansions and additions of “stories of hope and healing.” I don’t want to give too much away, but this guides us through the lives and pain of Ron and Denver, seeing part of their original text, with much more information ... What Difference Do It Make by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/9 Jonathan Esterman wrote: This book is simply about what the title suggests: living a life without fear. Max goes through the ministry of Jesus, from start to finish, and his constant advice: "be not afraid." He starts with the pure statistics about the world we currently live in: "ordinary children today are more fearful than ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 9/7 Jonathan Esterman wrote: "The Noticer," by Andy Andrews, is a simple fictional story about a man named Jones. Not Mr. Jones, just Jones. He calls himself a Noticer, someone gifted in noticing things in life – very much so from a different perspective than those in the situation. He travels through several individual's lives ... The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 9/1 Jonathan Esterman wrote: The Expanded Bible, by Thomas Nelson, is an interesting take on biblical translation. With contributing scholars Tremper Longman III, Mark L. Strauss, and Daniel Taylor, Thomas Nelson Publishing has released their very own version of the scriptures. The New Testament only, Expanded Bible does not have ... The [Expanded] Bible

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4 Stars

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