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Teen Study Bible, NIV

Teen Study Bible, NIV

On 9/13 Ben Simpson wrote: Every time I visit a bookstore, I take a look at the Bibles on sale. Zondervan's NIV Teen Study Bible is widely used by young people. Whenever I have a student ask for recommendations for an age appropriate Bible, I want to be able to point them to helpful resources. This edition is solid. Teenagers ... Book Review: Zondervan's NIV Teen Study Bible

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4 Stars

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What's Best Next

What's Best Next

On 6/28 Ben Simpson wrote: Whether you are an executive or a pastor, a student or a mom, you have projects. You have tasks. You have things to get done. You have papers to keep track of and appointments to keep. You have places to be and goods to deliver. Your life is geared toward productivity--the flourishing of a business, ... Book Review :: What's Best Next by Matt Perman

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4 Stars

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Yawning at Tigers

Yawning at Tigers

On 6/12 Ben Simpson wrote: Next time you sit down for a conversation with a friend, old or new, ask them what they think about God. You'll likely hear that God is loving and forgiving, though you might also hear about God's wrath or anger. Maybe your friend thinks that God is distant and disengaged from our lives, if they believe ... Book Review :: Yawning at Tigers by Drew Dyck

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4 Stars

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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 4/22 Ben Simpson wrote: Living in a time of increased secularization has numerous byproducts, and among them is neglect of the soul. The immaterial or spiritual dimension of the human person has become a mystery, and while soul-language endures, questions such as "How is it with your soul?" are often met with perplexity and ... Book Review :: Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

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4 Stars

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Futureville

Futureville

On 3/5 Ben Simpson wrote: Our approach to eschatology has changed. Or at least it is shifting. In articles, books, sermons, and conference presentations, I have noticed that the collective future of the human race is a common theme. That future is no longer spoken of, at the popular level, with a strong emphasis on the unfolding ... Future Hope, Our Horizons, and Present Holiness :: A Review of Skye Jethani's Futureville

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4 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 11/25 Ben Simpson wrote: If you search for a definition of grace using Google, the Christian meaning comes in fourth place, and in fifth. The Christian meaning is outpaced by elegance, courtesy and politeness. What a scandal. Grace, as a doctrine, stands at the center of any well developed Christian theology. In an oft-quoted ... Short Book Review :: Grace by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 8/27 Ben Simpson wrote: I approach book reviews according to this truism: "Evaluate a book according to what it is, not what it would be if penned by a different author, at a different time, with a different intent." Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing is written for those today ... Short Book Review :: Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 4/1 Ben Simpson wrote: I have a deep love for the Bible.  From time to time, I am asked for my thoughts and opinions on various translations.  I often respond by asking what the reader is looking for.  Accessible language?  Scholarly precision?  Word-for-word translation?  Age specific?  Helpful ... Quick Review :: The Voice New Testament

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4 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 9/9 Ben Simpson wrote: Alister McGrath, in Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?, has provided a short, readable, and beneficial guide to the New Atheist movement, led by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Samuel Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.  These thinkers have grabbed headlines, sold many books, ... Book Review :: Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath

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4 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 2/21 Ben Simpson wrote: Kevin Belmonte has a love for G.K. Chesterton, and by compiling quotations and pithy sayings of this great British Christian author in The Quotable Chesterton: The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton, he has provided a resource wherein others can share his love.  Chesterton was a prolific and brilliant ... Brief Review :: The Quotable Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte

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5 Stars

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 12/28 Ben Simpson wrote: Pilgrimage is a concept seldom reflected upon within modern Christian discourse, particularly for Western, evangelical, Protestant types, which represents myself and countless readers of this weblog.  With all the emphasis on journey as a metaphor for the life of faith, there isn't much of a charge ... Book Review :: Charles Foster's The Sacred Journey (The Ancient Practices Series)

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4 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/9 Ben Simpson wrote: Truth telling.  It is a fundamental of Christian community, if I can call something a fundamental.  We are a community that is called to tell the truth. Anne Jackson, in her book Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace gives us a glimpse of what truth ... Book Review :: Anne Jackson's Permission to Speak Freely

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4 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 8/10 Ben Simpson wrote: I have great appreciation for those in the Christian community who endeavor to provide reasonable arguments for Christianity. Ravi Zacharias has long served as one of those people, and his book Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend is yet another resource Christian people can utilize to better ... Book Review :: Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias (et al.)

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer

On 6/23 Ben Simpson wrote: Of the modern theologians, pastors, and church leaders who have inspired my own life and ministry, Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands tall.  Other than reading Stanley Hauerwas, perhaps no theologian has influenced me more.  The Cost of Discipleship ranks in the top five of most inspiring books I have ... Unparalleled :: Eric Metaxas's Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/5 Ben Simpson wrote: Pete Wilson is a pastor of Cross Point Community Church in Nashville.  I've been told I look like Pete.  I don't see it.  But what I do know is that his latest book, Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? is a helpful, clear, pastoral guide through ... Book Review :: Plan B by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

On 2/24 Ben Simpson wrote: Some of you may have noticed that the frequency with which I'm posting book reviews is on the rise, and this is due to a couple of factors.  First, writing reviews helps me to recall key information from these books and crystallize the important ideas in my thinking.  Second, I'm being more ... Book Review :: Jonathan Rogers - Christian Encounters: Saint Patrick

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5 Stars

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Tithing 2

Tithing 2

On 2/8 Ben Simpson wrote: Belief and practice should fit together like hand and glove, and Thomas Nelson Publishing continues to remind us of this very fact through their Ancient Practices Series.  In Douglas LeBlanc's Tithing: Test Me in This, we have yet another helpful installment chronicling a spiritual exercise in the ... Brief Book Review :: The Ancient Practices Series: Douglas LeBlanc's Tithing: Test Me in This

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3 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 1/24 Ben Simpson wrote: Stephen Mansfield has given us a gift. In The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World, we are told the story behind the world renowned dark stout that changed a city, a nation, and, if the subtitle is indeed true, the world. Beginning with Arthur Guinness, Mansfield ... Book Review :: The Search for God and Guinness

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4 Stars

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