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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 1/11 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Red Letter Revolution is a unique gift from two of the movement's leading figures, Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne. I liked it for several reasons. First, I so appreciate the honest dialogue about what following Christ actually means. The selective conscious of the American Evangelical is tragic. Kingdom ... red letter revolution

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4 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 10/12 Jonathan Aigner wrote: This is a review of Mondays with My Old Pastor. This book was an interesting read. There were some positive things about this book. It was well-written and not too wordy or lengthy. I also appreciated very much the example that it sets for us. In a culture and time where all things must be current, ... Mondays with My Old Pastor

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3 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 5/19 Jonathan Aigner wrote: This book is useless. Let me get that out of the way at the beginning. It's completely not worth reading.Before I explain what's wrong with this book, you have to know what's wrong with this author. Richard G. Lee is a particular kind of conservative Christian; he believes that the United States of ... The Coming Revolution

Jonathan's Rating:

1 Stars

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 5/11 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Though my rating is 1-star, there is something I like about this premise. Families do need their fathers. The epidemic of abandonment by fathers, those who leave completely or are withdrawn, is killing our children, sons and daughters. It's causing women to be over-taxed, over-burdened, and over-functioning.Unfortunately, ... father hunger: a review

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1 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 5/5 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Redemption is a good read, especially if you are one who likes to read biographies of athletes or who enjoys a good story of redemption.First, there is lots of insight into what it takes to train for these sorts of things. The day-in-day-out work and character that is required for athletic training is ... redemption

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4 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 4/15 Jonathan Aigner wrote: I always fine Leonard Sweet to be a refreshing read. This book does not disappoint. Sweet writes in a way that is crisp, fresh and largely free from meaningless cliche and trite sentimentality.One of the most frustrating things about contemporary Christian culture is its emphasis on leadership that takes ... i am a follower - leonard sweet

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4 Stars

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The Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience

On 9/17 Jonathan Aigner wrote: This is not a good book.  It’s actually a very poor work full of problematic interpretation and shoddy reasoning.The main premise of the Love and Respect theory is flawed.  His exegesis and interpretation of the Ephesians 5 text is presumptuous, to say the least.  The assumption is that ... horrible book on marriage

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1 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 9/14 Jonathan Aigner wrote: This was a very good read, primarily because Johann Sebastian Bach is an irresistible subject. His was a life devoted to creating beauty through music, both sacred and secular. Though he was quite prolific during his lifetime, he fell into and remained in relative obscurity until the 19th century, ...

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4 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 4/27 Jonathan Aigner wrote: A Book on Selling Books So this is a book on getting your book published. For aspiring (and starving) writers, this book might give them some clues as how to get the “in” they need in order for their career to take off. The book starts you at the beginning, walks you through the conceptual stage, ... how to get people to hear you

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3 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 4/26 Jonathan Aigner wrote: As with most volumes like this, the strength of the different chapters are varied and mixed. On the whole, this is a very interesting treatment of apologetics that is pretty easy reading and doesn't take a huge amount of time. It's readable enough for most Christians with some grounding in faith and ... Beyond Opinion

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3 Stars

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A Guy's Guide to Life

A Guy's Guide to Life

On 6/19 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Herein lies my review of A Guy's Guide to Life: How to Become a Man in 224 Pages or Less by this guy...forget his name...Jason Boyett. This book isn't bad, for what it is. In fact, it gives a bunch of really good advice and pointers for younger (or immature) guys that other books, which are way too ... music to shave by

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4 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 Jonathan Aigner wrote: This book is fantastic. Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Let's face it, Christianity in the U.S. is pathetic right now. It's pathetic because the real Christ is nowhere to be found. Church is depressing. We ... Jesus Manifesto

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5 Stars

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Mystically Wired

Mystically Wired

On 5/22 Jonathan Aigner wrote: I'll say up front that I rate this one 4 out of 5.Ken Wilson's new work, Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer is one of those works that is needed most by the people who feel they need it least. Growing up in a mainstream conservative evangelical SBC situation, I was taught, at least by ... are you catholic or something?

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4 Stars

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Embracing Your Second Calling

Embracing Your Second Calling

On 5/9 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Just need to let you know one thing. I'm a guy. But I care about issues that face all of humanity and I appreciate gaining from the perspective of a female voice speaking to these issues. This is a good book for women (or really anyone) who has reached a place in their lives when they need to reassess ... embracing last night's late show

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3 Stars

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Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

On 4/23 Jonathan Aigner wrote: He got a 32 gun in his pocket for fun,He got a razor in his shoe.- the incomparable Jim CroceNormally, I review books on my other blog, but this one has a place in Ponder Anew.Let me introduce myself to you. My name is jaigner. I am a man. Okay, check. I'm a Christian. An evangelical. I'm a teacher. ... bad, bad Leroy Brown

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1 Stars

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After the Hangover

After the Hangover

On 4/6 Jonathan Aigner wrote: After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell is, at least, an interesting book.Politically, I think this book has some insights into the recent blows dealt the conservatives', a term which Tyrrell largely uses to mean Republicans. The writing is gripping, lucid prose ... Falwell is dead

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Journey 2

The Sacred Journey 2

On 3/24 Jonathan Aigner wrote: I'm not saying that I agree with everything Charles Foster says in The Sacred Journey, but that's not important.This work, like the others in "The Ancient Practices Series," is extremely important for us today. It's important because the Church in our country has turned into a bastion of pragmatism, ... journey, not beliefs

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

On 3/17 Jonathan Aigner wrote: I appreciate this book very much and I think many with negative reviews miss the point. The point is not to contribute a standard, classic translation of Scripture. Pairing the conversational text with commentary helps the reader to understand the Bible as being God's story; a narrative of God's work ... The Voice

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4 Stars

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 1/14 Jonathan Aigner wrote: I am not a history buff, but I do enjoy reading biographies from time to time. I don't know where to begin with this one.It is entirely readable, but completely forgettable. It was an easy read, but at the same time, I couldn't make myself pick it up. Alfred is a completely legitimate figure to study, ... White Bore King

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1 Stars

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 11/29 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Our culture longs for community. It is more disconnected than ever, both emotionally and relationally. Churches don't often help the matter. That's a sad truth, because that means they're not performing one of their chief purposes. Fortunately, I think we are slowly moving away from the civic institution ... The Sacred Meal

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year Hardcover

The Liturgical Year Hardcover

On 11/8 Jonathan Aigner wrote: My newest review in the Thomas Nelson Blogger Book Review program is by a Benedictine nun, Joan Chittister. It is called The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life and it is from "The Ancient Practices Series" which encourages Christians to draw upon theIt is not that I agree ... ancient practices: yes, please

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5 Stars

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 11/1 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Finding Purpose Behind Our Pain: Uncover the Hidden Potential in Life's Most Common Struggles by Drs. Paul Meyer and David Henderson is intended to be a motivational work. Its purpose is to encourage those experiencing pain or struggling with past hurt to turn their struggles around into something positive.The ... Finding Purpose Behind Our Pain

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3 Stars

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From Peanuts to the Pressbox

From Peanuts to the Pressbox

On 10/10 Jonathan Aigner wrote: My latest review is Eli Gold's autobiography...memoir...I'm not sure what to call it. Anyways, From Peanuts to the Pressbox: Insider Sports Stories from a Life Behind the Mic (Thomas Nelson, 2009 is about what you could expect from a C-list sports announcer. I wasn't very familiar with the guy before ... eli gold? was he in the Bible?

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3 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 10/4 Jonathan Aigner wrote: Recently heard in a sermon: You might be surprised if you knew some of the sinful things I had in my past. I was mean. I closed many a bar down. I have not recently heard this in a sermon: Beer is good. There, I said it. I can hear my Southern Baptist heritage crying out with pain at that statement. ... the gospel according to beer

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4 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 9/27 Jonathan Aigner wrote: This book is a follow-up to his last work, What in the World Is Going On, in which he interprets many current and recent events in an eschatological light. His latest book attempts to offer practical and Biblical principles for living in a turbulent and unsettling time. I can find one major positive ... book review: riddled with bullet points

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2 Stars

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