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Diary of a Jackwagon

Diary of a Jackwagon

On 9/25 Karen Dempsey wrote: We are huge Tim Hawkins fans here at our house. But in case you don’t know, Tim is a comedian who finds the funny in anything from Chick-fil-a to homeschooling. He is a Christian, so much of his content is not only clean but particularly directed at those things familiar to Christians. However his ... Tim hawkins wrote a book?

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Brave Queen Esther

Brave Queen Esther

On 7/10 Karen Dempsey wrote: We have a new reader in our house, so I love finding books that help him gain confidence in reading and teach him Bible stories at the same time. If you have seen the Adventure Bible, then you will be familiar with the kind of beautiful illustrations that you will find in this short rendition of the ... Brave Queen Esther

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Detained

Detained

On 6/26 Karen Dempsey wrote: I enjoy Don Brown’s work, and he has put together some good books over the last few years. In Detained, Brown begins the Navy JAG Series, and it shows some promise. The first book in the series deals with a couple of Lebanese nationals (a father and son) who just happen to be in the wrong place at ... interesting but somewhat unsatisfying read

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4 Stars

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Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies

Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies

On 3/25 Karen Dempsey wrote: Having seen the adorable Really Woolly illustrations before, I was pretty excited to check out this book. The illustrator has truly done a beautiful job and all of the pages of this sturdy board book (with padded cover) are so cute. When you flip through this book you will typically see a verse (verses ... sweet bedtime reading

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The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook

On 3/13 Karen Dempsey wrote: Our two little ones love to help me in the kitchen, and when I saw this book I knew it would be so much fun to try with them. This beautiful hardcover, full-color cookbook contains 40 recipes divided into recipes for breakfast, lunch, main dishes, and dessert. The difficulty of the recipes ranges from ... fun cookbook to share with your cubs

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5 Stars

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A Father's Love

A Father's Love

On 3/5 Karen Dempsey wrote: I am often skeptical of Bible storybooks which feature one story randomly chosen from Bible, but I really was pleasantly surprised to read this particular book. Not only is it a great beginner reader for your child, but I liked the way this well-known parable was presented. As part of the “I Can ... Great Bible Story for Young Readers

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5 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

On 1/29 Karen Dempsey wrote: On the back of the Berenstain Bears Living Lights books it states that these books are intended to “help children learn how God wants them to live every day.” And anyone with little ones knows that bragging can become a difficult issue to explain (especially with the message in many children’s ... the newest Berenstain Bears living lights book

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Jesus, Continued…

Jesus, Continued…

On 12/2 Karen Dempsey wrote: If you aren’t a charismatic/Pentecostal, what does the Holy Spirit mean to you? What does He actually do? And how does He do it? Does He only work through objective means or is there a little subjectivity in there? How do I know if the feeling I have is from the Holy Spirit or Aunt Carrie’s casserole? ... best practical guide on the Holy Spirit that I've read

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Legend of St. Nicholas

On 10/25 Karen Dempsey wrote: If you have young children, you know the many questions that pop up regarding Santa Claus – especially during this time of year (yes, well before Thanksgiving) when they start seeing Santa everywhere it seems. How, as Christian parents, are we supposed to respond? Do we just ignore Santa and forbid ... The story of St. Nick

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Yuletide Ice Cube Fair

Yuletide Ice Cube Fair

On 9/29 Karen Dempsey wrote: I know, it is almost 80 degrees here and we’re talking about Christmas? Yep. We love Christmas around our house and we have developed a few traditions. If it were up to our son, we would celebrate Christmas all year long. . .but that’s a whole different story. Yulet_225_350_Book.1351.coveride Ice ... Christmas already?

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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

On 9/18 Karen Dempsey wrote: I read another book in The Next Door Series and loved the way the author uses humor and fun characters to teach important biblical truths to kids. I was excited to check out this book and I was not disappointed. Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door is about a boy named Conrad who goes to his Uncle Conrad’s ... A lesson in loving your enemies

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5 Stars

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Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend

Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend

On 9/11 Karen Dempsey wrote: I am a big fan of the I Can Read books which are great for early readers, but I have especially been happy with the Zonderkidz I Can Read books. As children transition from listening to picture books, to reading on their own, I love that they can pick up books with familiar characters and read it themselves. ... Veggie Tales Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

On 9/2 Karen Dempsey wrote: The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers by Mike Berenstain is part of the Living Lights series put out by Zonderkidz. And just in case you were wondering, Mike is the son of Stan and Jan Berenstain who originally created the beloved Bear family. The back of the book describes this story as being ... Fun Book to teach children spiritual truths

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My Happy Pumpkin

My Happy Pumpkin

On 8/19 Karen Dempsey wrote: Just in time for the fall season is My Happy Pumpkin board book written by Crystal Bowman and illustrated by Claudine Gevry. This children’s book tells the story of a family growing a pumpkin and then carving it into a Jack-o-lantern. But instead of focusing on a Halloween theme like you would expect ... Book Review: my happy pumpkin

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4 Stars

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 8/6 Karen Dempsey wrote: We have quite a few children’s books that revolve around favorite stories from the Bible, but these are often not the ones that our children want us to read and reread. Why is that? Well, they are usually just not very memorable. Jonah and the Great Big Fish seems to break the mold by exciting illustrations ... Fun Children's Book But What's the Point?

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The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

On 7/29 Karen Dempsey wrote: You have probably seen the artwork of Mary Engelbreit pop up in various places. Her children’s books are well-loved in our house and we have the falling apart and taped back _240_360_Book.1289.covertogether books to prove it. And so I think that is how it will be with her newest book, The Blessings ... friendship beautifully illustrated

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The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way

On 7/23 Karen Dempsey wrote: Recently I was maybe kind of a little bit excited when our 4 year old showed a big interest in my stack of well-loved Berenstain Bear books from when I was a little girl. I was even more excited to see the newer Berenstain Bear books being published by Zonderkidz that have some Christian themes in them. God ... Teaching young children big truths from God’s Word

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/16 Karen Dempsey wrote: As a historical fiction lover, I loved the connection between the history and the contemporary in this quick moving novel. I was initially struck by the beautiful cover of the book, and was rewarded with an equally beautiful story. You will not be disappointed either. Sera James is an art dealer intent ... Great new novel

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Defending the Line

Defending the Line

On 5/29 Karen Dempsey wrote: With World Cup in Brazil just around the corner, how timely this book will be for many 6th through 8th graders (as specified on the back of the book) looking for some fun summer reading. The book follows the life and faith of David Luiz focusing mainly on the years of his professional soccer career. ... Biography of Soccer Player for Young Readers

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Spirit Bridge

Spirit Bridge

On 5/25 Karen Dempsey wrote: Spirit Bridge is the concluding novel in the Well Spring series, written by James L. Rubart. Well within the “spiritual warfare” genre of novels that have been popular for a few decades with Christians. Rubart has a few twists though, that make for good writing, but _225_350_Book.1201.coverleave ... well written, but doctrinally ambiguous

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4 Stars

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My Bedtime Story Bible

My Bedtime Story Bible

On 4/17 Karen Dempsey wrote: We have seen quite a few children’s Bibles here at our house and something we have come to realize is that you just need to know what you are getting. You may be expecting a Bible to contain actual stories for children to have read to them, but that is not the intent of this book. Recent Posts ... Children's Bible Review

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 3/24 Karen Dempsey wrote: Storming the Black Ice is the third in the Pacific Rim Series. When oil is discovered in Antarctica, Chile and Great Britain reach a quiet agreement to share the find. However, there are other nations who get wind of the find, and a situation quickly escalates. A base camp is attacked, hostages are taken, ... Suspense-filled and Fast-moving thrillride

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 12/3 Karen Dempsey wrote: Oftentimes, Evangelicals are afraid to compare popular authors, movements, and trends 205172with the Word of God. Not so with John MacArthur and his newest book, Strange Fire. MacArthur takes on fully the modern Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, with all its offshoots, and deals with them from a Biblical ... A Biblically Sound Critique of the Modern Day Charismatic Movement

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Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition

Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition

On 10/22 Karen Dempsey wrote: Without a doubt, the Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition is adorable with its book and 2 CDs packaged in a cardboard sleeve. But with several other outstanding competitors (e.g. the Jesus Storybook Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible), how does this one compare? Here is my breakdown. the Pros: ... Review: Adventure Storybook Bible Deluxe

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4 Stars

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 10/2 Karen Dempsey wrote: Ted Dekker and Bill Bright collaborated on a novel entitled Blessed Child, in which a young orphan named Caleb rocked the world of those around him with his simple, childlike faith, and love of the Messiah. Now Caleb is back, and he is a grown man. Along with his adoptive parents, Caleb has rebuilt the ... Does the Power of God Rest in a Temple Built With Human Hands?

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 9/19 Karen Dempsey wrote: In 2001, Ted Dekker collaborated with Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright to write a few novels. Blessed Child was the first. Caleb is an orphan rescued from a monastery in Africa. But he is not just any child. He has been sheltered from the influences of the world, and taught about the Kingdom of God ... Is God Limited in How He can speak today?

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KJV Homeschool Mom's Bible

KJV Homeschool Mom's Bible

On 9/5 Karen Dempsey wrote: As you can tell by the picture, the KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible is a cute idea. Though it looks 3D, it is actually a scrapbook type picture on the front of this hardcover KJV Bible (which can also be purchased in the NIV, if that is your preference). The pages are nice (you know the sort of pages ... Review: KJV Homeschool Mom's Bible

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4 Stars

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Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

On 8/7 Karen Dempsey wrote: As I try to do with all my reviews, let me begin this one by giving full disclosure. I love the Washington Redskins. When they drafted RG3 I rejoiced. I read the articles and listened to the debates about how a running quarterback would never win long term in the NFL. I didn’t care. For a fan base ... Robert Griffin III - Like you've seen him before

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4 Stars

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Fight

Fight

On 7/22 Karen Dempsey wrote: This is the first Groeschel book I’ve read, and I could figure out from just the first few pages why he has made a name for himself as an author within popular evangelicalism. If the inside of the cover of Fight is correct, this is Groeschel’s tenth book. Fight has some major strengths. It is short ... good challenge, weak exegesis

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4 Stars

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Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace

On 7/5 Karen Dempsey wrote: Few times do you hear a family’s story as compelling as that of Lynn Wilder’s family. In her book Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church, Lynn shows how the truth of the grace of Jesus, the cross, reached her (and her husband, three boys, and one daughter) even ... http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=331124#customer_reviews

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gods at war

gods at war

On 5/31 Karen Dempsey wrote: Who do you serve? Make no mistake, we all serve someone or something, and who we serve makes all the difference in whether we navigate successfully the challenges of the Christian life. This is at the core of Idleman’s message in gods at War. He deals with a number of gods that compete for our worship ... Who Really Sits on the Throne of Your Life?

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

On 4/28 Karen Dempsey wrote: Search and Rescuefollows Emily, a young girl who has a desire to grow up to work on a search and rescue team like her stepmother. She is saving towards purchasing her own puppy to begin training when a valuable necklace is stolen and she is blamed. The rest of the story fleshes out Emily's attempt to ... Book Review for Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year

The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year

On 4/18 Karen Dempsey wrote: When you pick up a book entitled The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your First Year as a Mom – there are some pretty high expectations.  I’ll give it to this author – this is not a topic that I would want to tackle.  ... Book Review: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Erin MacPherson

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3 Stars

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Organic Outreach for Families

Organic Outreach for Families

On 4/8 Karen Dempsey wrote: Organic Outreach for Families: Turning Your Home Into a Lighthouse shares the simple story of a sweet family that lives out the Great Commission in a very natural (a.k.a. organic) way.  You will be touched and inspired as you read the portions by the mom, dad, and even small sections by each of ... Book Review: Organic Outreach for Families by Kevin G Harney and Sherry Harney

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4 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 2/26 Karen Dempsey wrote: After reading another of Driscoll’s books, Real Marriage, I sort of told myself that I wouldn’t waste my time reading any more of his stuff.  Not that it was a bad read, I just didn’t understand why it was so popular when I feel that there are plenty of other books on the topic that are way ... Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

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3 Stars

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Fire of the Raging Dragon

Fire of the Raging Dragon

On 12/29 Karen Dempsey wrote:             This is the first novel by Don Brown that I've read, and I was pleasantly surprised. Brown mixes action, international intrigue, a small hint of romance, faith, and a few other elements into a very readable book. The story follows several ... Book Review for Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown

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When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

When Your Parent Becomes Your Child

On 11/12 Karen Dempsey wrote:  Having worked as both a nursing assistant and then a registered nurse in a memory support unit of a long term care facility – I was interested to hear the perspective of a dementia patient’s son.  And I was not disappointed by this deeply personal and touching account of the life of a ... Book Review: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham

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Return to Sunday Dinner

Return to Sunday Dinner

On 10/3 Karen Dempsey wrote: Return to Sunday Dinner: The Simple Delight of Family, Friends, and Food by Russell Cronkhite is an inspiring invitation to this wonderful family tradition.  This beautiful hardcover cookbook is sure to leave your mouth watering and give you lots of recipe ideas to try out for your Sunday dinner.In ... Book Review: Return to Sunday Dinner

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 9/13 Karen Dempsey wrote:             Let me begin by stating that I like John MacArthur. I enjoy his preaching, and many of his books have struck a chord with me personally and spiritually (Slaveand Fool's Gold, along with his Pastor's Library Series have made strong impacts). ... Book Review for John MacArthur's Twelve Unlikely Heroes

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3 Stars

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 8/7 Karen Dempsey wrote: Called to Controversy is the story of the founder of Jews for Jesus, Moishe Rosen, told by his daughter Ruth.  She has compiled a very thorough biography of her father complete with a number of pages of photos. Admittedly, I had never heard of Rosen before seeing this title, but I was interested ... Book Review: Called to Controversy by Ruth Rosen

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4 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/28 Karen Dempsey wrote: I did not read Morgan's first two books in this trilogy, but after reading this one I am going to see if I can get my hands on them. The author's love for the "great hymns of the faith" is both obvious and infectious as I too found myself eagerly reading story after story.  Having grown up with ... Book Review: Then Sings My Soul (Book 3) by Robert J. Morgan

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5 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 1/3 Karen Dempsey wrote: Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll could probably be better called "Sex: and a few other thoughts about marriage" since the vast majority of the content is in regard to some aspect of the sexual relationship within marriage. The authors have discovered ... Real Marriage

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Job 38-42

Job 38-42

On 12/8 Karen Dempsey wrote:             Clines concludes his comprehensivework on Job with this volume. While the volume is large (it weighs in atslightly over 500 pages) for a commentary on five chapters of the Bible, thereis much more than just commentary here. The first ... Job 38-42 Word Biblical Commentary by J.A. Clines

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4 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/1 Karen Dempsey wrote: Nearing Home by Billy Graham is a book of tender insights on aging presented by one of America’s most beloved evangelists. Though I certainly did not endorse all of Graham’s ministry practices, I was curious what his last words would sound like. Interestingly he writes that “growing old has been ... Nearing Home

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 10/24 Karen Dempsey wrote: Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain is beautifully illustrated by April Willy. I would tend to think a book intended to teach children about finances would be pretty dull, but this book proved me wrong. This sturdy hardback book with thick glossy pages contains gorgeous pictures which ... Three Cups

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5 Stars

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 10/12 Karen Dempsey wrote: The Bone House is the second in Stephen Lawhead’s Bright Empires Series. The story picks up where The Skin Map left off, tracking a variety of characters through various time periods and dimensions as they all seek to get their hands on the same thing: a map of all the various dimensions that exist, ... Bone House

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3 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/9 Karen Dempsey wrote: “Why God Won’t Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?”Insightful, Persuasive, and Very ReadableThere is a tendency among some who write books debating theological issues to elevate their arguments to a level far above that of the average reader. In his newest work, Alister McGrath bucks ... Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty? by Alister McGrath

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4 Stars

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Rejoice (CD)

Rejoice (CD)

On 6/24 Karen Dempsey wrote: I realize that reviewing a music CD can be kind of interesting because everyone has different taste.  And quite honestly I didn't care for this CD, mostly because it wasn't what I had expected.  I was thinking it would be sort of a female version of the Men's groups I have heard from Promise ... Rejoice: Women of Faith Worship CD

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3 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 2/20 Karen Dempsey wrote: Based on the title, it is not hard to decipher the basic idea of this book on marriage.  But rather than just being another book on marriage, this work only focuses on this principle of love and respect found in Ephesians 5.  Dr. Eggerichs strongly believes that the solution to tension in many ... Love and Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs

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5 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 1/6 Karen Dempsey wrote: John MacArthur’s newest masterpiece, “Slave,” makes a dramatic and vibrant point concerning the Christian’s position in Christ. With this work, he really calls for a “gut check” for all who profess belief in Jesus Christ. MacArthur begins by revealing what he believes has been a mistranslation ... Slave by John MacArthur

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A Time to Embrace

A Time to Embrace

On 12/1 Karen Dempsey wrote: A Time to Embrace by Karen Kingsbury is great reminder of God's working in the lives of believers.  Honestly, I have never read a book by this author (as shocking as that may seem), so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself enjoying it.  It is not a page-turner, but simply a tender ... A Time to Embrace by Karen Kingsbury

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4 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 9/27 Karen Dempsey wrote: Sorry, this movie was just not entertaining.  I'll admit, I had never even heard of the Watts riots before watching this movie, but I always am intrigued by movies "based on a true story."  This one stars a young man named Richard Kelly, who is facing prison time for his alleged part in these ... The Least Among You (DVD)

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2 Stars

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Immanuel's Veins

Immanuel's Veins

On 9/14 Karen Dempsey wrote: Dekker’s newest work carried with it a powerful message, and contained graphic truth about the spiritual battle being waged in this world for the souls of men. His portrayal of the seductive power of evil was moving and intense.  I had a hard time putting the book down while reading; the story ... Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map

The Skin Map

On 9/2 Karen Dempsey wrote: I found the first work in Lawhead’s new trilogy to be exciting and well written, and would highly recommend it to the avid reader. The only noticeable weaknesses were the sometimes snail’s pace of the actual storyline, and the way in which the reader feels “let down” at the end of the story. ... The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

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4 Stars

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100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

On 8/11 Karen Dempsey wrote: 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs by Stephen Elkins is a book great for children and parents to share valuable teaching moments about God.  I am always looking for Christian books to read to our 11-month old, and this one looked like it was worth checking out.  Each of the 100 ... 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

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4 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

On 7/26 Karen Dempsey wrote: I have rarely read a book that evoked such conflicting emotions as Stearns’ work. In 279 pages, the CEO of World Vision brings before the church the needs of the poverty stricken portions of the world in graphic form. He drives home the point that as believers, we have a responsibility, not just an ... The Hole in our Gospel

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4 Stars

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You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

On 4/27 Karen Dempsey wrote: You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be by Max Lucado is made up of excerpts from his other book the Cure for the Common Life and is easily completed in one sitting. The book is a small hardback that I think would be a perfect present for a graduate (just like the sticker on the front cover says). ... You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

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4 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 4/1 Karen Dempsey wrote: Maxwell's latest book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect is a great read. I have never read anything by him before, so I am not sure how it compares to his others. He has taken the time to post the unfinished chapters online to get tons of reader input which he incorporates into the book. This makes ... Everyone Comunicates Few Connect by John Maxwell

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4 Stars

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66 Love Letters

66 Love Letters

On 2/25 Karen Dempsey wrote: I was looking for a fresh look at the Bible to give me some new insight, but was left wanting a bit more after embarking on the journey set forth in Crabb’s book. As you probably guessed by the title, the 66 books he refers to are the books of the Bible which he attempts to weave together in a back-and-forth ... 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb

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3 Stars

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