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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 9/11 Marcus Lynn wrote: I hate to be the naysayer but I read so many books by pastors that look like sermons or sermon series simply made into a book. I’ve been tempted to do the same thing. And why not? Here’s why not? Sermons prepared to be preached don’t always translate well into books made to be read. Having ... Empty Promises by Pete Wilson (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 4/15 Marcus Lynn wrote: Larry Arnn’s The Founder’s Key, though at times difficult to read, is an excellent primer on the historical connection between The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. This is necessary because of attacks on the primacy of the Constitution by those who would wish certain elements ... The Founder’s Key By Larry Arnn (Book Review)

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5 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 2/9 Marcus Lynn wrote: I wouldn't call myself a HUGE Leonard Sweet fan. I haven't read all of his books. I'm not sure why. After reading I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus I was reminded how much I gleamed from his earlier work AquaChurch. I Am a Follower is totally different from that earlier ... Book Review: I Am a Follower (by Leonard Sweet)

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4 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 12/22 Marcus Lynn wrote: Despite the title, this book is primarily a fictional story of a pastor who decides to implement the “great idea” of fully investing in a group of Christians so that they can become people of influence. MacDonald writes compellingly about the move from being a Sr. pastor of the “CEO/Preacher” ... Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence (Book Review) by Gordon MacDonald

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3 Stars

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The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

On 10/18 Marcus Lynn wrote: Andy Stanley is one of four pastors who has most influenced my own walk with Christ. He doesn’t preach “3 point” sermons. He develops ONE BIG IDEA. In “The Grace of God” Stanley edits sermons that he’s preached from several different series and puts them all into the context of ONE REALLY ... “The Grace of God” by Andy Stanley

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5 Stars

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With

With

On 8/26 Marcus Lynn wrote: Skye Jethani’s “With” is not just a good read, it’s a must-read. In my experience as a pastor of an evangelical mainline congregation, Jethani hits the nail on the head in his use of prepositions to describe the various “postures” that describe theists in general, and Christians in particular. ... Book Review: “With:reimagining the way you relate to God” by Skye Jethani

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5 Stars

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Strike It Rich with Pocket Change

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change

On 8/4 Marcus Lynn wrote: There’s been talk for years that our government could save money by eliminating the copper penny altogether and just use our nickel as the smallest coin. That may be true. And maybe that elimination would increase the value of my fledgling penny collection but it would also deprive future generations ... Pay for Your Children's Education...Probably Not

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4 Stars

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Couples Who Pray

Couples Who Pray

On 5/10 Marcus Lynn wrote: I am grateful for husband and wife Squire Rushnell and Louis DuArt compilation book on prayer for couples. ...Having said that, overall “Couples Who Pray” is less than spectacular primarily because of the second half of the book... Book Review: Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell and Louis DuArt

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3 Stars

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Fasting

Fasting

On 2/15 Marcus Lynn wrote: McKnight does an impressive job framing the spiritual discipline of fasting within the deeper tradition of Christianity and Judaism. His insight into its history, purpose, and practice is the most helpful work on the subject I have come across. The only thing I was hoping to find in this work was some ... "Fasting" deep in theology/history; not so much in practice

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4 Stars

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 12/14 Marcus Lynn wrote: I received Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Gameplan for Men by Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew free through Book Sneeze in exchange for my promise to read it and review it honestly on my blog. I highly recommend this devotional book for men. It covers every area of a man’s life from ... Living Life in the Zone

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4 Stars

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 10/11 Marcus Lynn wrote: Over the past 10 years there have been a spate of books in the Christian market on how to handle money, Christian principles for finance, etc. Amie Streater’s Your Money God’s Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke is no different. However, Streater’s niche is in helping ... Book Review: Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater

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4 Stars

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If I Could Ask God Anything

If I Could Ask God Anything

On 6/1 Marcus Lynn wrote: Kathryn Slattery’s “If I Could Ask God Anything” book for children was excellent!  Though I’m sure it didn’t answer every question a child could come up with it did cover over 200 in a way that most kids (ages 6-11) would understand.  How do I know?  Because my boys Micah (8) and Aidan (6) enjoyed ... If I Could Ask God Anything

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/15 Marcus Lynn wrote: Pastor/author Pete Wilson navigates the difficult question “What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought he would?” in his book Plan B.  I was excited to read this after seeing the video below online, which I used to set up a sermon series of my own on a similar topic.  I ... “Plan B” by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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66 Love Letters

66 Love Letters

On 4/1 Marcus Lynn wrote: “66 Love Letters” is an intensely personal and moving book that admirably showed God’s scope of love for His creation, namely us. When I heard that “66 Love Letters” by Larry Crabb covered all 66 books of the Bible, I assumed it was a “survey” of the Bible.  ... 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb

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4 Stars

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Free Book

Free Book

On 2/8 Marcus Lynn wrote: OK I’m not offering a free book to anyone, I’m reviewing the book “Free Book” by Brian Tome, pastor of Crossroads in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It’s titled that because Tome writes an accessible book for anyone about the true FREEDOM we can find in Christ.  No seminary degree ... Free Book

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4 Stars

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