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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 8/19 Phillip Woeckener wrote: Larry Osborne hits upon a topic in Christian circles that will probably be debated and discussed until Christ returns.  How do we reconcile the grace of Christ with the law.  How do we balance doing what Christ teaches and being obedient to the Gospel, with knowing that our salvation is secure ... Accidental Pharisees Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith by Larry Osborne

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2 Stars

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Altar Ego

Altar Ego

On 5/25 Phillip Woeckener wrote: Having followed Lifechurch.tv online, and having viewed their church "services" quite a few times, I was curious to read what their Senior Pastor, Craig Groeschel, had to say in his latest book.  Groeschel uses his own personal stories and testimony interwoven throughout this book to make certain ... Altar Ego Becoming Who God Says You Are By Craig Groeschel

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3 Stars

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 5/5 Phillip Woeckener wrote: I've had the priviledge of reviewing a book previously by Eric Metaxas that he wrote on Deitrich Bonhoeffer; so I was delighted to see that he had issued a follow up work to his book on Bonhoeffer with this book.I was not disappointed with what I read here, as Metaxas has an incredibly humble attitude ... Seven Men And the Secret of Their Greatness By Eric Metaxas

Phillip's Rating:

5 Stars

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 4/24 Phillip Woeckener wrote: The Lord has placed a special burden on my heart for Christians around the world who are currently suffering for their faith, some to the point of death.  This book is a sobering portrait of the reality of millions of Christians worldwide, who live their lives in fear on a daily basis, simply for ... Persecuted The Global Assault on Christians By Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea

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5 Stars

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Stumbling on Open Ground

Stumbling on Open Ground

On 2/20 Phillip Woeckener wrote: I guess I didn't dig deep enough, when I requested this book to review, to even know who Ken Mansfield is.  I assumed that this book was about something totally different then it actually was.In short, this is a story about Ken Mansfield's battle against two forms of cancer over a decade in his ... Stumbling on Open Ground, by Ken Mansfield

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2 Stars

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Fake Christianity

Fake Christianity

On 1/19 Phillip Woeckener wrote: My reasoning for wanting to review this book was actually piqued by another reviewer of this book, who opted to trash this book prior to even reading no more than half of the book.  I mean, how can you  in good conscience review a book without even having read the entire work?  This is ... Fake Christianity by C.B. Matthews

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2 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 1/1 Phillip Woeckener wrote: As a fan of history, and of the Christian faith, I decided to read this compilation of the lives of past Christians to see what I would find.Frankly, I think the subtitle is a bit misleading, as there is no emphasis whatsoever on what these 10 historical figures should mean to me.  These are staid ... 10 Christians Everyone Should Know Lives of the Faithful and What They Mean to You

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2 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 11/29 Phillip Woeckener wrote: This is one of those books that grips you from the beginning, and you don't want to put it down.  So after roughly 48 hours I completed this book.  Michael Leehan's story is beyond fascinating.  Simply put, I've never heard of anything even similar to it.  His story seems as authentic ... Ascent from Darkness by Michael Leehan

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5 Stars

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When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

On 11/25 Phillip Woeckener wrote: Having dealt with the loss of my father-in-law a few years ago, as well as watching my parents head into the twilight of their lives, I felt this book might serve a purpose in helping me prepare for the inevitable.Ken Abraham does what very few adult children seem to want to do; discuss the long-term ... When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 11/23 Phillip Woeckener wrote: I'm a big fan of Max Lucado, and an even bigger fan of God's grace for my life.  This book combines the best of both worlds, for the American Christian who is struggling to cope with too much "stuff" in their lives.There is a big part of me that was thankful for the opportunity to read this book, ... Grace by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Miraculous Movements

Miraculous Movements

On 9/22 Phillip Woeckener wrote: This is the story you will never read in the Mainstream Media in America.  This is the story that non-Christians won't believe.  And this is the story that every American Christian should read.  This is encouragement for a believer in America who admittedly wonders what happened to the ... Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale

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5 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 7/22 Phillip Woeckener wrote: Tough Guys and Drama Queens is the kind of book that would be beneficial for any parent of a teenager, or pre-teenager.  Mark Gregston uses many years of experience in dealing with all sorts of unique and troubled teenagers as a launching point to dive into the many hidden issues that most parents ... Tough Guys and Drama Queens, By Mark Gregston

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4 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 5/28 Phillip Woeckener wrote: Not one to shy away from a chance at spiritual growth, I was intrigued by Pete Wilson's latest book, entitled, "Empty Promises". Wilson tackles a dozen topics that lead us astray from God, such as money, sex, beauty, work, power, approval, and (gasp) religion/church. By itself, none of these things ... The Mature Christian has probably "Been There and Done That"

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3 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 12/31 Phillip Woeckener wrote: The Seraph Seal was a challenge to read for me, as it was different than any other book I had read before.  I've spent the past several years focusing more on non-fiction works, so to jump back into a work of fiction was a more daunting task then it turned out to be.I really didn't have any ... The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner

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1 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 5/31 Phillip Woeckener wrote: I was intrigued by this book, because ultimately the author chooses to speak about a topic that I think has long been ignored in the public specter, especially amongst political elites.The book itself is structured in a way that it won't leave you guessing as to which political ideology the author belongs ... The Fight of Our Lives, by William Bennett

Phillip's Rating:

4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Phillip Woeckener wrote: This book reads more like a Q&A session then it does a book. There are 172 questions that Max Lucado has received over the course of his ministry, and he has compiled the most popular ones, and the ones that are most relevant to our lives, as they pertain to Christianity. Questions about family, death, ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 3/3 Phillip Woeckener wrote: John MacArthur peels back a few layers of the most popular English translations of scripture to reveal a profound truth; that we should not refer to ourselves as "servants of Christ", but rather, as "slaves of Christ". He does explain that perhaps societies' extreme distaste for the institution of slavery ... Slave, by John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 11/7 Phillip Woeckener wrote: Bryant Wright takes us on a journey through the book of Genesis to try to help Christians understand the roots of all the violence and strife in the Middle East. The book is thoroughly researched, and well documented. However, most of his references can be found in the book of Genesis. Towards the ... Seeds of Turmoil - Bryant Wright

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Phillip Woeckener wrote: This is a must read for every Christian! The truths in this book are powerful, and Lucado puts things in a perspective that even a simple minded fool like me can understand. This book is highly motivating and inspiring, and any Christian who is serious about their faith will pause to reflect on how they ... Outlive Your Life

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5 Stars

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What In The World Is Going On? (Trade Paper)

What In The World Is Going On? (Trade Paper)

On 8/21 Phillip Woeckener wrote: David Jeremiah is today's foremost source on biblical prophecy. This book gives countless details into where we are as a people, and where we are going with regards to God's plan. Believe in God or not, this is worth reading from a prophecy standpoint. If you don't pay attention to world events, and ... What in the World is Going On?

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4 Stars

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Lead Like Ike

Lead Like Ike

On 6/24 Phillip Woeckener wrote: I'm too young to have experienced WWII first hand, so I was intrigued to learn a little more about the insides of the operation that defeated Hitler and his evil Nazi regime. Geoff Loftus does a good job of balancing the historical narrative with business strategies that anyone can use as advice in ... Lead Like Ike

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer

On 5/29 Phillip Woeckener wrote: This is a fascinating story of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The story is different in that we see the life of a prominent German Aristocrat Theologian from inside Nazi Germany during the time and trials of Hitler and his evil regime.It is an honor to learn of the life of Bonhoeffer, as he stays ... Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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The Map

The Map

On 3/13 Phillip Woeckener wrote: This book paints an intriguing picture, in two parts. The first part is a fictional journey of the author traveling around the world in search of an elusive "map" that is supposed to change the course of Christianity. The second part is an explanation of this "map" and how men should tie it into their ... The Map, The Way of All Great Men

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

On 2/18 Phillip Woeckener wrote: I received "The Voice New Testament" recently from Thomas Nelson Publishers, and these are my thoughts on this latest version of "The Bible". Several things stick out to me from a positive perspective. I like the way they identify the author of each book. They tell you who the author is and how he ... The Voice, New Testament

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1 Stars

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From Peanuts to the Pressbox

From Peanuts to the Pressbox

On 1/15 Phillip Woeckener wrote: "Peanuts from the Pressbox" reads like a quirky narrative, with short, pithy stories about Eli Gold's lifelong adventure as a sports broadcaster. Mr. Gold starts with his experiences as a child, taking trains and subways any way he can to attend sporting events in the New York City area. We soon venture ... Eli Gold, "From Peanuts to the Pressbox"

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3 Stars

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