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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 6/3 Chris Aiken wrote: If there is any one thing that is needed today in our culture, it is a return to traditional, biblical values of manhood. In a culture that is defined more by philosophical musings and a self-imposed standard of “right and wrong,” there are seemingly fewer and fewer examples of men who risk it all ... 7 Great Men and the Secret of their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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Six Hours One Friday

Six Hours One Friday

On 4/7 Chris Aiken wrote: Max Lucado is a master storyteller and that is abundantly clear in this book that is full of encouragement. Building the narrative around three “anchor points”: My life is not futile, my failures are not fatal, and my death is not final, Lucado addresses the reality of the human experience and places ... Book Review: Six Hours One Friday: LIving in the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 2/11 Chris Aiken wrote: Dr. Vickery offers a great addition to this series on “The Generals.” I must say that I thought I had a fairly good idea of who Andrew Jackson was. After reading this incredibly engaging book…I had no clue. The author gives great insight into the man through careful analysis and a balanced presentation. ... Book Review: Jackson: The Iron-willed Commander

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4 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 11/2 Chris Aiken wrote: Pete Wilson is one of the most dynamic pastor/personalities in the contemporary church. In this book, he uses expert pastoral skill, along with humor, engaging stories, and timely observations to unmask the “great lies” of the world. Recognizing man’s “search for significance,” Wilson exposes ... Book Review: Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 5/2 Chris Aiken wrote: Whether you are an expert cook on the grill…or a novice who struggles to cook burgers…this book is for you! Chandler has written a very helpful resource for the grilling aficionado… Here are a couple of the best features: The book opens with “Grilling 101” which serves as a SHORT 10 page ... Book Review: Simply Grilling, by Jennifer Chandler

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4 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 3/21 Chris Aiken wrote: This book is an engaging compilation of personal stories of life change through faith in Christ. Stories of transformation are always endearing to the hearts of people, whether Christian or otherwise; however, these stories are especially so. Each of these stories is told from the first person of the ... I Am Second! A Great Read...

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4 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 12/31 Chris Aiken wrote: One of the indisputable facts about church leadership is the fact that (as a whole) the church is not as successful in reaching men as it is in reaching women. Murrow addresses this matter “head-on” in his book and looks for reasons WHY this is (and subsequently how to address the disparity…if ... Why Men Hate Going to Church, by David Murrow

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4 Stars

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Pershing

Pershing

On 11/16 Chris Aiken wrote: John Perry does an excellent job in bringing this book to the public. It is interesting and is easy to read. Do not think of it as a stuff “history book” like those you were forced to read in school. Perry brings this general to life and allows the reader to experience along with Pershing in the ... Book Review: Pershing: Commander of the Great War, by John Perry

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5 Stars

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No He Can't

No He Can't

On 9/15 Chris Aiken wrote: Kevin McCullough has done our country and discerning readers a great service in writing this book! In an accurate and “no holds barred” manner, the author offers analysis of some of the President’s leadership decisions and then analyzes those decisions to shed light on the President’s worldview. ... Book Review: No He Can’t!…by Kevin McCullough

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4 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 6/24 Chris Aiken wrote: Whatever your thoughts about Bill Bennett, you have to admire his candor, courage and conviction in this book. With direct and unfiltered honesty, the authors address the culture in the West is it relates to political correctness, utopian idealism, and radical Islam. The authors provide insight into ... The Fight of Our Lives by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn

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5 Stars

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The Faith of Ronald Reagan

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

On 2/15 Chris Aiken wrote: One of my most admired heroes is former President Ronald Reagan. I remember him for the dignity and honor he brought to the Office of President and for the hope he brought in declaring that we “are a city on a hill.” He is known for many things and will certainly be remembered as one of our country’s ... Book Review: The Faith of Ronald Reagan, by Mary Beth Brown

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5 Stars

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 10/31 Chris Aiken wrote: William F. Buckley Jr: Christian Encounters, by Jeremy Lott.  (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010). 153 pages. The name “William F. Buckley” is synonymous with political conservatism.  This biography, while sharing many facts about Buckley, seeks to present him as a man of Christian ... Book Review: William F. Buckley Jr. (Christian Encounters Series)

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Chris Aiken wrote: Outlive Your Life was a refreshing and encouraging read for me. It is written in a funny, witty, and conversational style by a man who understands life. At the same time, the book challenges the reader to examine how he can make a difference beyond his short time on earth. With support from Scripture ... Book Review: Outlive your Life, by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 8/31 Chris Aiken wrote: In a world that sees a dichotomy between a person’s spiritual life and his or her “professional” life, this book seeks to shift the opinion and bring about a view that all of life, for a Christian, belongs to God. The format is a 22 day devotional and reflection guide. It contains Scriptures, prayer, ... Book Review: Jungle Warfare: A basic field manual for Christians in Sales, by Christopher Cunningham

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3 Stars

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Lead Like Ike

Lead Like Ike

On 7/16 Chris Aiken wrote: Loftus does a great job of examining the events of D-Day through the lens of business leadership and decision-making. With a keep eye for observation, he draws parallels between the decisions of Eisenhower and those made by other business icons as they relate to leading their organizations. It is a ... Book Review: Lead Like Ike: 10 Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day, by Geoff Loftus

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4 Stars

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Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

On 5/29 Chris Aiken wrote: Some of my favorite writings are short pieces of semi-random observations. They are like nuggets of gold that are mined from the mountains of life. Classic Wisdom is a collection of just this type of nuggets. It contains select quotes from a broad array of figures throughout human history and from all ... Book Review: Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life. edited by Bryan Curtis

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5 Stars

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A Century Turns

A Century Turns

On 4/26 Chris Aiken wrote: Some think that if you live through a particular period of history, you have a clear understanding of that period. Such cannot be further from the truth. This incredible walk through the last twenty years with Bennett provokes one to reminisce about the recent past and offers insights on events that ... Book Review: A Century Turns, by Bill Bennett

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5 Stars

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 2/1 Chris Aiken wrote: Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men, by Dr. Joe Pettigrew and Kyle Rote, Jr. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009). 317 pages. Hand a man a “devotional” and immediately, his eyes glaze over and images of flowers and meadows and birds chirping fill his mind. Hand him this book, and ... Book Review: Living Life in the Zone by Joe Pettigrew and Kyle Rote Jr.

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5 Stars

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 12/30 Chris Aiken wrote: Obstacles Welcome: how to turn adversity to advantage in business and life, by Ralph de la Vega (President and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets) . (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009). 262 pages. Sometimes with life, we encounter challenges and tend to see them as obstacles rather ... Book Review: Obstacles Welcome, by Ralph de la Vega

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4 Stars

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