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Inspired

Inspired

On 6/23 Ian McLaren wrote: Dissecting the Bible is a hot undetaking these days, and Rachel Held Evans is the latest to ask questions like “If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired?” This new book of hers, then, is a quest to better ... Book review: Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

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4 Stars

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The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

On 6/23 Ian McLaren wrote: In early 2015, our third son Henry was born.Shortly after his arrival, our midwife pick up a slight irregularity in his heartbeat, and after taking him to see a pediatrician and a specialist, it was determined that he would need to be admitted to hospital for a procedure to repair the issue.All this ... Book review: The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen by Lisa Gungor

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5 Stars

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How to Survive a Shipwreck

How to Survive a Shipwreck

On 7/4 Ian McLaren wrote: Life is turbulent. On that, we can all agree. Disappointed dreams, broken relationships, identity crises, vocational hang-ups, wounds from the past—there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks.In this deeply personal book, Jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure ... Book review: How to Survive a Shipwreck by Jonathan Martin

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3 Stars

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Vegangelical

Vegangelical

On 5/31 Ian McLaren wrote: In ‘Vegangelical’, Withrow King mixes thoughtful scriptural reflection with only a small sampling of statistic and stories relating to the gross mistreatment of animals within the context of factory farming, circuses and zoos, and even family pet breeding to argue humankind is not living up to God’s ... Book review: Vegangelical by Sarah Withrow King

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5 Stars

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Answering Jihad

Answering Jihad

On 4/20 Ian McLaren wrote: My suggestion is that we engage Muslims proactively with love and friendship while simultaneously acknowledging the truth about Islam. This, argues Nabeel Qureshi at the end of Answering Jihad, is the correct first step and a better way forward in response to acts of terror such as Paris and San Bernadino.Qureshi, ... Book review: Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi

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4 Stars

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Sandcastle Kings

Sandcastle Kings

On 12/29 Ian McLaren wrote: I’ll be honest right off the top: I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book written by the pastor who married Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Rich Wilkerson, Jr. and his wife, DawnCheré, are the founders of the VOUS Church in Miami, and the subjects of a new reality show called ‘Rich In Faith.’ What ... Book review: Sandcastle Kings by Rich Wilkerson

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3 Stars

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The Dude's Guide to Marriage

The Dude's Guide to Marriage

On 11/1 Ian McLaren wrote: The Dude’s Guide to Marriage seeks to give men an outline for creating an atmosphere wherein his wife says, “I am well loved.” This book is for “ for guys who want to grow, who want clear steps to improving their marriage. It’s for men who want a marriage that thrives rather than just survives.” To ... Book review: The Dude's Guide to Marriage by Darrin Patrick and Amie Patrick

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4 Stars

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Man Enough

Man Enough

On 10/5 Ian McLaren wrote: Back in college, the book Wild at Heart tore through our campus like wildfire. In it, the author argued all men long for battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue; this, he believed, was what it mean to recover the masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God In Man ... Book review: Man Enough by Nate Pyle

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4 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 9/4 Ian McLaren wrote: Speaker and best-selling author Jen Hatmaker’s latest offering is titled For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards, and within its pages, she reveals how the grace of is essential to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people.Hatmaker is keenly aware of the reality ... Book Review: For The Love by Jen Hatmaker

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4 Stars

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What Keeps You Up at Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?

On 5/6 Ian McLaren wrote: When I received Pete Wilson’s new book - What Keeps You Up At Night? - in the mail, I quickly realized this is probably a book I would have enjoyed and benefited from 10 years ago.Fresh out of Christian college, months away from getting married, dreaming about what life would look like with a Bachelor ... Book review: ‘What Keeps You Up At Night?’ by Pete Wilson

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3 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 3/3 Ian McLaren wrote: Almost 12 years ago, many of us were introduced to a book called ‘Blue Like Jazz’ by come guy named Donald Miller. I first heard of it at a student leadership retreat, as our Dean of Students read passages from it around the fire. It became an oft-read and much-shared book, and I’ve ... Book Review: Scary Close by Donald Miller

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5 Stars

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Simply Open

Simply Open

On 1/13 Ian McLaren wrote: I don’t think I could have picked a better book to kick of a new year than this ‘Simply Open’ Greg Paul. Pastor and member of the Sanctuary community in Toronto, Paul has written a book that invites the reader to engage in the practice of prayer in practical and tangible ways. While ... Book Review: Simply Open by Greg Paul

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5 Stars

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The Wall Around Your Heart

The Wall Around Your Heart

On 11/3 Ian McLaren wrote: (read / reviewed by Lauren McLaren) In The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary Demuth - author of Everything - invokes the Lord’s Prayer as a means to healing and wholeness in the aftermath of a painful relationship. She offers an openhearted way of relating to others that helps grow God’s Kingdom, ... Book review: The Wall Around Your Heart by Mary Demuth

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4 Stars

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All In

All In

On 8/8 Ian McLaren wrote: Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., believes that many Christians are buying into an inverted gospel - they believe they are following Jesus, when really they just want Jesus to follow them. What Batterson argues in this book is that true disciples are meant ... All In by Mark Batterson

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3 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 7/4 Ian McLaren wrote: (written by Lauren McLaren) If you’re in search for a ‘curl up on the couch with a cup of tea’ kind of read, ‘Bread & Wine’ is an excellent choice. This book reads like a love letter to food, so to speak. Being a person that has a particular fondness for cooking, eating ... Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist Book Review

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4 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 3/18 Ian McLaren wrote: In gods at war: defeating the idols that battle for your heart, Kyle Idleman (a pastor from Kentucky) argues that idolatry isn’t an issue - it is THE issue. Behind all our sin, discouragement and feelings of lack of purpose, there is a false god that is winning the war for our hearts, causing us ... gods at war by Kyle Idleman

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3 Stars

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 12/4 Ian McLaren wrote: Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo is a dialogue between two significant voices in the Church today, covering a variety of topics with a view to being faithful to the very words of Jesus. The premise of the book is ‘what if Jesus really meant what He said?’, and the discussion ... Red Letter Revolution

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5 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/15 Ian McLaren wrote: While the stories range from the every day to the extraordinary, Goff isn’t telling them so as to boast about how great his life is or to suggest that he’s got it all figured out; rather, as the title suggests, he believes that love is not simply about fuzzy thoughts and warm feelings, but something ... love does

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4 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 4/3 Ian McLaren wrote: As the warmer weather picks up & we start to get outside more, Lauren & I thought it would be cool to get our own little grill this year. When the opportunity came up to review a grilling cookbook (ie: a freebie), we snapped it up! Not being any type of food critic and without having had the opportunity ... simply great!

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 12/6 Ian McLaren wrote: The Voice – a product of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Ecclesia Bible Society – is a new scriptural translation project as put together by Pastor Chris Seay who, over the past 15 years or so, has sought to capture and celebrate the Bible as narrative; rather than looking at the Bible as a collection ... hear the voice

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4 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 8/27 Ian McLaren wrote: Surprised by Oxford is a memoir written by Carolyn Weber about her time as a graduate student at Oxford (surprise!) in the mid-90s. In the style of Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner, Weber details the events leading up to and after her conversion to Christianity, juxtaposing her new found faith with various ... surprised by oxford by carolyn weber

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3 Stars

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 3/1 Ian McLaren wrote: Sabbath is not about time off or a break in routine. It is not a mini vacation to give us respite so we are better prepared to go back to work. The Sabbath is far more than a diversion; it is meant to be an encounter with God’s delight. - Dan Allender Sabbath is one of several worthwhile title in ... sabbath by dan allender

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4 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/7 Ian McLaren wrote: A couple of years ago, Anne Jackson posed the following question on her blog, flowerdust.net: what is one thing you feel you can’t say in church? That post, and the overwhelming response thereto, was the genesis of this book, which features essays and art on fear, confession, and grace. The basic ... beautiful juxtaposition of biblical truth and personal reflection

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Journey 2

The Sacred Journey 2

On 4/5 Ian McLaren wrote: The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster is the last [and possibly my favorite] title in the Ancient Practices Series. Phylis Tickle – the series editor – warns the reader in the foreword that this book contains at least one statement that each reader will take issue with, and several others that will raise smaller red ... the sacred journey by charles foster

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4 Stars

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 2/4 Ian McLaren wrote: Where Is God? is the latest book by Dr. John Townsend, one in which he tackles the problem of suffering and God’s role in the midst of troubling times. Townsend believes that this central question takes three distinct forms: 1) We question whether or not God really has the power to help in in the ... Where Is God?

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 11/23 Ian McLaren wrote: The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher is written as part of the Ancient Practices Series. Gallagher approaches this book more so as a spiritual reflection on Communion as opposed to a theological/historical textbook on the Eucharist. For this reason, I was drawn to her personal experience with the sacred meal, as her writing is authentic, ... The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

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3 Stars

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