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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 8/31 Mike Kupferer wrote: I Am Second by Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett hits on something everyone struggles with. Every story in the book, and it is full of them, is about someone’s struggle with letting God be first in their life. Every human being wants to know they can be different, that they can be better. This book provides ... Stories of real life change

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3 Stars

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family (Advanced Reading Copy)

On 1/5 Mike Kupferer wrote: "A dollar saved is a dollar gained" is a phrase I have heard before, and in their book the Economides show how to gain a lot of money when it comes to feeding your family. Although not every strategy will work for each reader, there are so many ways to cut costs on your grocery bills that certainly ... In ministry, saving money is always good

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3 Stars

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It Couldn't Just Happen

It Couldn't Just Happen

On 12/22 Mike Kupferer wrote: It Couldn’t Just Happen is not simply a creation v. evolution book for kids. It’s a book that anyone can learn from. Though it is filled with color photos and x-rays, it is not childish in its presentation of scientific facts that shine light on God’s creation. To make it just a little more applicable, ... a book about creation for kids

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3 Stars

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 5/28 Mike Kupferer wrote: In Jolt!, Phil Cooke set out to write a book to help people navigate a constantly changing world. My first question when I saw this book was, “Is it possible to effectively write a book, which takes over a year from start to finish, about changing culture.” This was a question I was curious to answer, ... Give you life a little jolt

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4 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 3/26 Mike Kupferer wrote: When I saw there was a biography about Albert Pujols out, I wanted to read it. I did not want to read it because I’m a Cardinals fan - I’m a lifelong Cubs fan. No, I wanted to read Pujols because I am a baseball fan and was curious to read about his faith. I have heard for years that he was a Christian ... An Inside Look at Albert Pujols

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4 Stars

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 1/27 Mike Kupferer wrote: Thomas Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible. From its simplistic format to its rather extensive amount of information, you will find many positives in this $20 reference book. Unlike some Biblical reference books I have on my shelf, ... Great Biblical Resource

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5 Stars

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Adventures in Booga Booga Land - Volume 1 (DVD)

Adventures in Booga Booga Land - Volume 1 (DVD)

On 12/2 Mike Kupferer wrote: Marty (a monkey) and Gerard (a giraffe) are best friends and live in Booga Booga Land. The adventures they get into are all based on Jesus’ parables, which makes this DVD more appealing to parents who want their kids to be exposed to the truth of the Bible. This particular collection has three episodes, ... high expectations; low delivery

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2 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Mike Kupferer wrote: I have worked in 2 rural churches and anyone who has experienced this unique ministry setting will agree that there are challenges that come with a rural setting. In some ways, working in a rural church can be easier, but Shannon O’Dell would argue that is simply if you do not want to make changes. ... thoughts on "Transforming Church in Rural America"

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3 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 9/8 Mike Kupferer wrote: The Heavens Proclaim His Glory is a picture book. Although this is an accurate statement, it is not the complete truth. Yes, the book is filled with beautiful and amazing pictures - captured through the lens of the Hubble telescope, but it is really so much more. Along with these stunning photographs ... More than a picture book

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5 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/7 Mike Kupferer wrote: Seldom is a book published that conveys the messiness of human life. Permission to Speak Freely is one such rarity. In this book, Jackson openly shares about her messy past and constant struggle to live a balanced life. She shares stories of her struggle to overcome addiction, to tell others of this ... Time to Speak Up

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5 Stars

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Read and Share: The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles

Read and Share: The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles

On 6/7 Mike Kupferer wrote: As I watched the Read and Share Bible: Life and Miracles DVD with my family, one thing stood out to me. As a parent and a youth minister, I really liked the fact that each story flowed with the others. Watching this DVD helps kids get a better understanding of how each story in the Bible goes with the ... Read & Share Bible review

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3 Stars

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 5/2 Mike Kupferer wrote: Difficult times can be hard to define. They come in many seasons of our lives, and what may be a struggle for one is considered normal by another. One quality of difficult times that remains constant is that they are guaranteed to happen. The Bible even speaks this truth. Paul tells us to not be ... A Book For Hard Times

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4 Stars

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Fresh Start

Fresh Start

On 10/6 Mike Kupferer wrote: Have you ever wanted a second chance, but did not feel deserving of one? do you struggle to take life in a new direction because you are afraid of making the same mistakes? In Fresh Start, Doug Fields offers wisdom to help you start over. Fields uses his twenty-plus years of ministry experience to provide ... Getting a "do over" in life

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Mike Kupferer wrote: As a young child fears are easily identified. They lurk under beds, in dark closets, within scary movies. As I have become an adult those fears of my childhood have been mostly dismissed and replaced with new, less defined fears. These fears seem to be found in the uncontrolled, unpredictable, ever-changing ... Necessary Fear

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4 Stars

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Called to Worship

Called to Worship

On 8/29 Mike Kupferer wrote: Called to Worship is not like other books on worship that you have read. Vernon Whaley has taken a look at what worship looks like from Genesis to Revelation. The reader is taken on a journey through the Scriptures exploring the good, bad and ugly sides of worship (of God and anything else). Reading ... Insightful look at Biblical worship

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Book

The Jesus Book

On 8/11 Mike Kupferer wrote: The Jesus Book by Stephen Elkins is a combination Bible concordance, Bible dictionary and theology primer. But when you see all of the colorful, fun illustrations throughout the book, you know it must be a book for kids. There is also a 30 song CD with over an hour of music - all about Jesus. Inside ... A good book about Jesus

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4 Stars

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Read and Share Toddler Bible

Read and Share Toddler Bible

On 7/31 Mike Kupferer wrote: Colorful illustrations, interactive activities and an animated DVD are all a part of the new Read and Share Toddler Bible. This Bible is designed with the toddler in mind. Each Bible story is short and includes three things: an easy-to-understand retelling of the story, colorful illustrations and an ... A good first Bible

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4 Stars

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God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

On 7/1 Mike Kupferer wrote: As my daughter is getting ready to turn one, I am really starting to think about what resources are available to help me as a parent. I think I know what the boys need a lot better than I know what my little girl needs. So, when I saw God's Little Princess Devotional Bible, I was quick to pick it up. ... Book Review: God's Little Princess Devotional Bible by Sheila Walsh

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4 Stars

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Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

On 6/13 Mike Kupferer wrote: I love animals and I love learning new information about them. Jungle Jack's Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World as a bunch of both. Packed with 30 different animals, this book is sure to introduce you to one you do not know about or know very little about. The book is separated into three ... Book Review: Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

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3 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 5/17 Mike Kupferer wrote: As a youth minister, I have used a variety of resources to gather information on different religions. I just found the one book I will go to first, Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions. With over 700 pages, this reference book will cover just about any religious group you will encounter. Nineteen ... a great resource

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5 Stars

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The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

On 5/3 Mike Kupferer wrote: Principles of the Path is the newest book by Andy Stanley. Stanley writes this book from the perspective of a minister who has seen many people go down very different paths in their life. Some people end up at the destination they desire, while others end up in a place they never wanted to be. The purpose ... Help along the path

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5 Stars

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Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

On 3/31 Mike Kupferer wrote: Christianity Today has put together a series of studies designed to be used in a small group setting. I got a chance to look at Faith and Pop Culture, one of eight books in the series. Each book uses various Christianity Today articles to use as springboards to start the discussions. In Faith and Pop ... Pop Culture and the Christian

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3 Stars

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Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure (DVD)

On 3/3 Mike Kupferer wrote: I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the new Hermie & Friends DVD.I was excited to watch the new Hermie video with the kids for our movie night. Having seen a couple of the other Hermie & Friends, I knew Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure was going to be good. And ... Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure: a review

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5 Stars

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The Truth About You

The Truth About You

On 12/16 Mike Kupferer wrote: Marcus Buckingham has put together a toolkit to help readers discover their strengths. The toolkit has three parts; an enhanced DVD, an interactive book, and a ReMemo pad. The goal of this toolkit is to create a more interactive experience for the reader. It also provides a chance for the reader to receive ... The Truth About You Review

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