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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 10/20 Ivan Mesa wrote: Metaxas has made more accessible his earlier, more expansive work on the German pastor-theologian. One common criticism is that Metaxas’ portrays Bonhoeffer more like an American theological conservative than what he actually. (I think recently this image has been helpfully balanced by Marsh’s account). ... Short, More Accessible Read

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4 Stars

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Redefining Leadership

Redefining Leadership

On 7/15 Ivan Mesa wrote: l like to keep up with books on leadership, not to find out the latest fad or fashion but simply to recalibrate and be reminded of the all-too-often leadership essentials. In every sphere of life, I want to be the best leader I can be. I want to continually grow and be challenged. At first glance, Joe ... Excellent refresher on the basics

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4 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

On 4/20 Ivan Mesa wrote: Even if you try to keep an open mind, this book is ridiculous and fanciful. I'm grateful for the faith of this family and their clear love for Christ, but these sorts of accounts have nothing to do with New Testament Christianity or those "visions" we're told about in the Bible. Even the apostle Paul, ... Waste of time!

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1 Stars

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America: The Last Best Hope (Volume III)

America: The Last Best Hope (Volume III)

On 3/15 Ivan Mesa wrote: Any history buff will enjoy William Bennett's America: The Last Best Hope. It is the third volume in the series and Bennett, having served in various presidential administrations, writes as an insider, as one who trafficked in a lot of the policy decisions and world events he describes. The book at times ... Engaging but dense at points

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3 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 10/23 Ivan Mesa wrote: In a recent op-ed on CNN.com entitled "Why men are in trouble", William Bennett stated the current challenges among young men today. He writes, "Today, 18-to- 34-year-old men spend more time playing video games a day than 12-to- 17-year-old boys. While women are graduating college and finding good jobs, ... It's Time for Men to Man Up

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5 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 10/12 Ivan Mesa wrote: There are countless challenges to the Christian faith. Of course this is nothing new. Since the birth of the church, Christians have been called to not only proclaim the truth but also refute those who contradict (Titus 1:9). To the detriment of the church, we have often been on the defensive if not ... Some Good and Timely Essays

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4 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 10/12 Ivan Mesa wrote: There are some books that present a story and, while good, they the story simply fizzles away into oblivion. And then there are those books that "hook" you, grabbing you by the collar and not allowing you to put it down. Such is this book which tells the story of two polar opposite men, Ron Hall and ... An Unforgettable Story of Unlikely Friends

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5 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

On 6/28 Ivan Mesa wrote: I eagerly welcome any book that proposes to pinpoint blind spots in the church. I know there are many. I also believe that the American church has traded the sufficiency of God’s Word and the clear proclamation of the gospel for a message more appealing to the itching ears of our generation. So when ... Much to applaud, but in the falls short

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3 Stars

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