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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 6/14 Amanda Gubbins wrote: At this stage in my life I am blessed with a lot of really good mentors. Some of them are writers and the other day one of them told me his best advice was that I should write what’s in my heart. Publications are changing and print is struggling, so don’t worry about that, just write what’s in ... Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Twirl

Twirl

On 5/4 Amanda Gubbins wrote: When I chose this book to review, it was half because I liked the cover and half because the synopsis intrigued me. I didn’t know much about Patsy Clairmont, except that she was a Women of Faith speaker. So imagine my surprise when I received the book and her picture on the back cover showed her to ... Twirl by Patsy Clairmont

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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Clout

Clout

On 3/15 Amanda Gubbins wrote: I picked this book without knowing anything about it, or the author. It turned out to be exactly what I needed! Catron’s premise is that God has placed each of us in a context where we have a special influence. Once we are able to recognize and embrace it, we can make a real impact on the people around ... Clout by Jenni Catron

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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How to Be Rich

How to Be Rich

On 2/1 Amanda Gubbins wrote: “We don’t put our hope in riches, but in the God who richly provides.” That’s the main premise of How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley. The first part of the book is focused on helping individuals understand that they are rich – even though they probably don’t feel like it. It was a good reminder ... How to Be Rich

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5 Stars

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This Is Your Captain Speaking

This Is Your Captain Speaking

On 12/13 Amanda Gubbins wrote: I love a good story, and Gavin MacLeod has a good story. Murray Slaughter is my favorite character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I sometimes think I’m more like him than any of the others. And maybe the reason Murray is so lovable is because MacLeod put his heart and soul into playing him. I wasn’t ... This Is Your Captain Speaking

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Mercy Prayer

The Mercy Prayer

On 10/11 Amanda Gubbins wrote: What exactly is mercy? Have you ever stopped to think about it? It’s an attribute that we use to describe God, but I don’t think many of us truly grasp the full meaning. After all, it’s a bit of an abstract concept. It’s not like we often use the word outside of a church context. In this book, ... The Mercy Prayer

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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Victim of Grace

Victim of Grace

On 8/3 Amanda Gubbins wrote: It was the title of this book that first drew me to it. I know I still have so much to learn about grace. But once I got into the book, I realized that Jones Gunn wrote some of my favorite novels from my middle school and high school days. I never did read the Christy books, but I grew up with Sierra ... Review: Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 6/30 Amanda Gubbins wrote: I really enjoyed this book. Really, really. The sum of it for me was in this particular quote: “Food is one of the ways we love each other and the table is one of the most sacred places we gather.” How true that is. In this book, Shauna Niequist shares about her life, but she does it through the ... Bread and Wine

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 5/26 Amanda Gubbins wrote: One of these days I’ll write a blog that’s not a book review. I’m really enjoying having my evenings and weekends free to read. I have a good one for you this time. When I saw the precious smiles of the Kenyan children on the front of this book, I knew I had to read it. I grew up on missionary ... A Dream So Big

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5 Stars

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What's Your Mark

What's Your Mark

On 5/13 Amanda Gubbins wrote: What’s Your Mark? is a different kind of book than I usually review. This one combines photography, design, scripture and stories in a thought-provoking little read. It shares the stories of individuals who are using their gifts in their own way to share the love of Christ. There are stories from individuals ... What's Your Mark by Jeremy Cowart

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 4/22 Amanda Gubbins wrote: From the moment I saw the cover of Wisdom Meets Passion, I knew I needed to explore it. The creativity didn’t stop at the cover, either. Inside the typeface was black and orange, laid out pleasantly and interspersed with quotations from a variety of individuals. The content of the book was familiar: ... Wisdom Meets Passion

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 12/17 Amanda Gubbins wrote: I have always been a lover of missionary stories, so I couldn't wait to read Marcia Moston's book Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife. Marcia, her husband and their daughter made a move from New Jersey to Guatemala and this book is a memoir of their adventures. It follows ... Call of a Coward By Marcia Moston

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3 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 11/23 Amanda Gubbins wrote: Today I get to share with you about one of my favorite books that I’ve had the opportunity to review. Grace, by Max Lucado released earlier this year. Lucado is one of my favorite Christian authors, and once again he has outdone himself. Grace is a concept that we refer to constantly in the Christian ... Grace by Max Lucado

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 10/14 Amanda Gubbins wrote: Everything is by grace. That is the message of Mondays With My Old Pastor, and one that we all need to be reminded of on a regular basis. The book reads in narrative form, and is the story of the author’s journey through a discouraging time. He began to meet weekly with his pastor friend. The book ... Mondays With My Old Pastor

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 8/1 Amanda Gubbins wrote: It was perfect timing for my next Booksneeze book to arrive on Monday with the Olympics in full swing (and it also happened to be my birthday, so it gave me something to do!) This time I had requested Lopez Lomong’s story: Running for My Life, but I had no idea what an incredible story I was about ... Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 7/23 Amanda Gubbins wrote: I’ve now read all three of Phil Cooke’s books and the core message of each one is very similar. Phil is great at helping individuals or business leaders figure out what exactly it is that they want to do, and how to do it well. While Branding Faith and Jolt focused mainly on how organizations can ... One Big Thing by Phil Cooke

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3 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 6/25 Amanda Gubbins wrote: At first I was a little skeptical to read Empty Promises, mostly because I feared it would just heap guilt on me for my spiritual shortcomings. Of course, this was a silly fear, (probably an indication of which idols I struggle with) and I quite enjoyed the book. Don’t get me wrong, it is incredibly ... Pete Wilson's Empty Promises

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/30 Amanda Gubbins wrote: This book is just a couple hundred pages long and is written in short essays, describing lessons that Goff (who has never been one to take the conventional road to anything) has learned in life, always illustrated with stories. The theme tying the stories together is (surprise!) love. Goff says that ... Love Does by Bob Goff

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5 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 4/1 Amanda Gubbins wrote: For quite some time I have felt like we were missing something in our leadership-obsessed culture. From the time our children are young, we begin to preach to them the importance of being a leader in school, church, and the community. In my current situation in college, there is an enormous emphasis ... I Am A Follower—Leonard Sweet

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 12/22 Amanda Gubbins wrote: Phil Cooke’s latest book Jolt is about change. All of us have something that we want to change, whether it be something about ourselves, like our weight or our career, or an injustice in the world. Jolt encourages individuals to identify what it is that they are passionate about changing, and then ... Review: Jolt by Phil Cooke

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 5/14 Amanda Gubbins wrote: This volume contains quotes from G. K. Chesterton on every imaginable subject. Belmonte did an excellent job of selecting quotations from many genres of Chesterton’s work. There are both long passages from his fiction, and short quips about life from other works. The quotations are arranged alphabetically ... The Quotable Chesterton, edited by Kevin Belmonte

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/24 Amanda Gubbins wrote: This new book from Max Lucado shares wisdom in a question and answer format. Lucado has been a pastor and author for many years, and as such has had many opportunities to answer questions. In this book he takes 172 of the most important questions he has been asked about all aspects of life and does ... Max on Life - Max Lucado

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 12/24 Amanda Gubbins wrote: The Heavens Proclaim His Glory by Lisa Stillwell is a gift book full of beautiful photographs of outer space. The photos are placed with scriptures and quotes that point to the wonder of God and the splendor of his creation. This book would make a great gift for anyone who appreciates good photography ... The Heavens Proclaim His Glory by Lisa Stillwell

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Amanda Gubbins wrote: “I want to do something big for God.” “I want my life to matter.” “I want to make a difference in the world.” “I want to leave a legacy.” If you have felt any of these things, then you should read Outlive Your Life. The message of the book is that you were made to make a difference ... Outlive Your Life – Max Lucado

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Amanda Gubbins wrote: The Butterfly Effect is a gift book about the power of actions and how each person can make a difference in the world. The book begins by recounting a chain of events that helped the Union win the Civil War. Next, the book narrates about individuals who helped to prevent a famine. The overarching ... The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Amanda Gubbins wrote: This delightful children’s book tells the remarkable, true story of a boy who changed the world. Norman Borlaug developed super seeds to help feed people all over the world. The book tells about many of the people whose actions led to this important invention by Norman, and encourages children that ... The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews, Illustrated by Philip Hurst

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 8/17 Amanda Gubbins wrote: In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell helps readers move from simply talking with others to connecting on a deeper level. The first half of the book lays out communication principles, while the second half helps the reader to put those principles into action. Maxwell emphasizes throughout ... Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - John Maxwell

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 7/8 Amanda Gubbins wrote: Jesus Manifesto is a call to Christians to stop picking and choosing parts of the gospel to practice and preach, but to allow their lives to be changed by the complete message. This book paints a picture of the essence of Jesus, the whole being rather than focusing and distorting one facet of his personality. ... Jesus Manifesto - Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

On 5/18 Amanda Gubbins wrote: “The Hole in Our Gospel,” by Richard Stearns contains Stearns’ biography, a challenge to American believers and many stories of how God is already at work around the globe, all seamlessly woven together. The main question Stearns asks readers to face is, “What does God expect of us?” Stearns ... The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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