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Jesus

Jesus

On 11/7 johnumland wrote: Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have collaborated on a new book to help clueless Christians like myself, that Jesus was not lying when he said all the scriptures testify about him, John 5:39. I'm very grateful for their efforts. As I've engaged with the violent and genocidal passages of the Old Testament, ... something every evangelical should read

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The Open Bible (NKJV)

The Open Bible (NKJV)

On 9/16 johnumland wrote: he Open Bible's subtitle on its book jacket says "Read and discover the Bible for yourself." I think this mission statement for the study bible committee is fulfilled in this type of study bible. I have and have had many study bibles. I have the kind with more notes and commentary on each page than scripture. ... a well stocked tool box for the Bible student

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Miraculous Movements

Miraculous Movements

On 4/9 johnumland wrote: I've been greatly encouraged by this complementary Kindle review copy from Booksneeze of Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love with Jesus by Jerry Trousdale. It was even more profound for me as I read it over this past Easter weekend. This book is a report on ... growing the kingdom of God simply

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December 1941

December 1941

On 12/6 johnumland wrote: Some people turn to fiction for a light literary snack, but my weakness is war history. and this book was just right for my sweet tooth. But this book is distinct from most of the other histories I read. Author Craig Shirley gives his readers the milieu of an historical event, in this book, the bombing ... a cultural milieu from the newspapers big and small

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 11/16 johnumland wrote: Larry Taunton's book, The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief (2011), sets in contrast his friendly conversations with New Atheist Christopher Hitchens about evil with his experience of evil as he tries to adopt a Ukrainian orphan with HIV. In a post-debate ... a Christian in an atheist country

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4 Stars

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

On 7/24 johnumland wrote: John Perry has contributed to Thomas Nelson's Christian Encounters series with a new biography on George Washington Carver. Carver's life is fascinating. Born at the beginning of the Civil War in Missouri into slavery, orphaned when he and his mother were kidnapped by slavers, raised by the childless ... a great man whose culture did not deserve him

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/18 johnumland wrote: I have always enjoyed these short biographies in the Christian Encounters Series from Thomas Nelson and this one on J.R.R. Tolkien is no exception. I prefer biographies, but I don't always have the patience for 700 page tomes, nor will brief internet posts or encyclopedia entries suffice either. However, ... like a tasty appetizer

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4 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/4 johnumland wrote: If dog ears and underlines per page mean anything, then by my physical interaction with this book, this book means plenty. More than that, it is such a pleasure to read a well-written book. Perhaps I should expect it from the chair holder of theology, ministry, and education at King's College London ... every other page marked or dog eared

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 4/26 johnumland wrote: Finishing this book was like eating a supreme pizza but in the personal size, oh so good, but not enough. At almost 200 pages, Rick Marschall, has introduced me to a world I'm woefully clueless about and put an intense desire in me to indulge in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach until my ears bleed. ... like eating a supreme pizza but in the personal size

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 2/10 johnumland wrote: Foster is writing for a more demanding audience. When he isn't writing apologetic books in defense of Christianity, he is a barrister, a lawyer in American english. He understands debate. He understands the best arguments come from the best understanding of the counter arguments. So he immersed himself ... get ready for some heavy thinking

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4 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/17 johnumland wrote: If you are like me, and know little to nothing about Chesterton, then don't do what I did and start in the middle of the book. However, if you are a fan then go right ahead. I was lost trying to bumble my way through an alphabetical list of topics, until I read the first of 10 essays spread throughout ... a fun introduction to Chesterton

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Fasting

Fasting

On 12/28 johnumland wrote: have read another book in The Ancient Practices Series edited by Phyllis Tickle, The Liturgical Year, which I liked but had frustrations with. Scot McKnight's contribution to this series on fasting did the same thing to me. No matter what complaint I have with this book, it did re-awaken my interest ... an Anabaptist's attempt at explaining the Christian fast

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3 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 8/10 johnumland wrote: As a Booksneeze book reviewer, I was so excited to receive a Ravi Zacharias book, Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith we Defend, for review. He is on our local Christian radio station, WCSE, and those 15 minute shows are usually so compelling, we’ll sit in the car to hear the end of the show. The recorded ... For those about to think...we salute you

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Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer

On 4/22 johnumland wrote: Not every book I review for Booksneeze is a winner, even though the books come gratis. But this is the best book I have reviewed yet. Like the author, Eric Metaxas, I came to this man's life with little knowledge. I haven't read any of his famous books, such as the Cost of Discipleship or Life Together ... an admirable man

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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

On 3/17 johnumland wrote: Author Jonathan Rogers opens the book with some of the amusing and fantastic anecdotes about Patrick. The problem for the biographer of Patrick is that he only left two documents, but his admirers have enlarged this humble man's accounts to something greater than Jesus Christ. Rogers tries to work from ... In his own words and Patrick's

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 1/28 johnumland wrote: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life is Donald Miller's latest exploration of the soul and a life well-lived. Miller sticks close to the writer's maxim, "write what you know." He knows nothing better than himself, so he writes about his inner struggles, insecurities, ... an early mid-life crisis

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The Liturgical Year Hardcover

The Liturgical Year Hardcover

On 12/21 johnumland wrote: I received for review from Thomas Nelson publishers the first book in a new series called the Ancient Practices Series called The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life by Joan Chittister. I expected a book that was more encyclopaedic and almanac. However, this book is a liturgical ... something different for a low church Protestant

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3 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/12 johnumland wrote: He enjoys sharing vignettes from the histories of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York, and, with the exception of New York, how Christianity affected and was affected by the cultures of those cities. The New York outlier makes this book read more like a collection of essays than a coherent ... 5 essays, not 1 book

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 10/22 johnumland wrote: I read a good book, recently sent to me for review by Thomas Nelson, called The Search for God and Guinness: A biography of the beer that changed the world by Stephen Mansfield. His purpose for writing the book is best summed up at the end in the bibliography. Mansfield writes, ...my purpose has been ... book report: The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 9/21 johnumland wrote: As my kids get bigger and my house feels smaller, collections get squeezed out. At least I can keep bikes in the garage. But I do have a weakness for Bibles, translations and study Bibles. For the past year, I have been reading my Greek New Testament almost every morning then I re-read the chapter in ... book report: The Expanded Bible

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 7/28 johnumland wrote: Notes from the Tilt-a-whirl by N.D. Wilson read like the carnival ride to me. It started off slow and bumpy then picked up speed and I lost myself in it then it bumpily delivered me to the end, longing for the enjoyable middle part. Wilson uses the imagery of the earth circling the sun and the changing ... book report: Notes from the Tilt-a-whirl by N.D. Wilson

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 6/19 johnumland wrote: James Beverly has put together an 800 page reference for Evangelical Christians titled, Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions, A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World. Beverly is Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. He's published other ... book report - Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions by Beverly

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Dred Scott's Revenge

Dred Scott's Revenge

On 5/7 johnumland wrote: This book, Dred Scott's Revenge, might have been interesting if Napolitano did not stray from facts and history and try to argue for state's rights and secession in the Civil War. I thought I was reading a debate book by two authors talking past each other, but it was only one who would defeat himself ... book report: Dred Scott's Revenge (2009) by Andrew Napolitano

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2 Stars

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Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century

On 4/4 johnumland wrote: I think Hannegraf’s latest book, Christianity in Crisis, 21st Century, could have been half the length and twice as good. As he mentions in the preface, Twenty years ago, I began working on a book…., titled Christianity in Crisis, [that] unmasked the fatal flaws of a movement that threatens ... book report: Christianity in Crisis, 21st century by Hannegraf

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 1/19 johnumland wrote: I'm a history fanatic. However, my readings of US history, especially in regards to its relations with native Americans, left my feelings of patriotism greatly diminished. We, as a country, have done so much wrong. Yet, The American Patriot's Almanac Daily Readings on America edited by Bill Bennett and ... book report: The American Patriot's Almanac Daily Readings on America

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Boomtown

Boomtown

On 12/8 johnumland wrote: I thought I'd give another children's book from Thomas Nelson another chance, even though I didn't enjoy my previous choice. This new book is for older children. It's full title is Boomtown: Chang's Famous Fireworks, by Nowen N. Particular a.k.a Marty Longé. If you want the short review, don't bother. ... book report: Boomtown by Nowen N. Particular

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Moon Shines Down

Moon Shines Down

On 11/20 johnumland wrote: Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of my favorite books to read to small children, especially at bedtime. My youngest just turned nine so those days are long gone in my household. Sigh. I enjoyed so much the rhythm, cadence, and meter of that book. It just rolled off the tongue. I recently ... book report: The Moon Shines Down

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