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Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

On 3/26 spencer cummins wrote: Doing the Right Thing by Scott B. Raehttp://www.amazon.com/Doing-Right-Thing-Choices-Options/dp/0310513995/ref=tmm_pap_title_0Doing the Right Thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of Options by Scott B. RaeBased upon the film series by Chuch Colson, Doing the Right Thing by Professor of Christian ... Doing the Right Thing: Making Moral Choices in a World Full of Options by Scott B. Rae

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Christian Faith in the Old Testament

Christian Faith in the Old Testament

On 2/22 spencer cummins wrote: Christian Faith in the Old Testament by Gareth Lee Cockerillhttp://www.amazon.com/Christian-Faith-Old-Testament-Apostles/dp/1401677355What happens when a seasoned New Testament scholar puts to paper his study of the Bible for over thirty five years?  In effect, what he creates is a beautiful synthesis ... Christian Faith in the Old Testament

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The Dude's Guide to Manhood

The Dude's Guide to Manhood

On 2/6 spencer cummins wrote: The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits by Darrin Patrickhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Dudes-Guide-Manhood-Counterfeits/dp/1400205476A moustache and a beard on the front cover and I am hooked.  This new book entitled The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Pastor Darrin ... The Dude's Guide to Manhood

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The Modern Life Study Bible

The Modern Life Study Bible

On 1/22 spencer cummins wrote: The Modern Life Study Bible (NKJV)http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/140167514X/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1QNA7MXKQPF970H9DFZR&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846This new study bible entitled The Modern Life Study Bible (NKJV) ... The Modern Life Study Bible (NKJV)

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 12/29 spencer cummins wrote: Strange Fire by John MacArthur http://www.gty.org/products/books/451178Pastor John MacArthur is no stranger to debate, argument, and attacking movements among the church that he deems doctrinally and spiritually destructive.  His latest book, Strange Fire, is a look at the modern Charismatic movement ... Strange Fire

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You'll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

On 11/15 spencer cummins wrote: You’ll get through this: Hope and Help for your Turbulent Times by Max Lucadohttp://www.amazon.com/Youll-Get-Through-This-Turbulent/dp/0849948479I didn’t expect to find so much profound truth in this book until I started reading.  Max’s new book, entitled You’ll Get Through This, is a real ... You'll Get Through This

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Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl

On 9/14 spencer cummins wrote: Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World by N.D. Wilsonhttp://www.amazon.com/Notes-From-The-Tilt-A-Whirl-Wide-Eyed/dp/0849920078Get ready for a dizzying adventure while you take a sip of you Jolt soft drink while reading this book by N.D. Wilson, namely Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl.  ... What do Six Flags and William Paley have to do with each other?

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Death By Living

Death By Living

On 8/4 spencer cummins wrote: Death by Living by N.D. Wilsonhttp://www.thomasnelson.com/death-by-living.htmlTaking a wild ride down the Snake River is an episode in terror for some, but never getting into the raft is a choice altogether different.  N.D. Wilson, poet, writer of adventurous fiction and father to five takes a unique ... Death by Living

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Runaway Emotions

Runaway Emotions

On 7/23 spencer cummins wrote: Runaway Emotions by Jeff Schrevehttp://runawayemotionsbook.com/When I first saw this title available on the BookSneeze site, I was hooked by the title.   Immediately I wanted to review it because emotions play such an integral part in my life, at times they get away from me also.  The ... Runaway Emotions

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Francis

Francis

On 6/25 spencer cummins wrote: Francis: Man of Prayer by Mario EscobarThis new biography of the present Pope, Francis, is a foray into the background, life, ministry and election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.  The author, Mario Escobar has written an insightful and illuminating biography of Francis.  Breaking the book up into ... Pope Francis

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 5/19 spencer cummins wrote: Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan CronCombining the story of St. Francis of Assisi with the mid-church crisis in the life of Chase Falson, Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron is a journey that you don’t want to miss.  Part history, part fiction, Chasing Francis is a tale of wisdom ... Chasing Francis

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Seven Men

Seven Men

On 5/14 spencer cummins wrote: 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric MetaxasMany readers will know of author Eric Metaxas for his award winning book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This new book, 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness is a collection of mini-biographies on great men figures in history who have made a significant ... Seven Men

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gods at war

gods at war

On 4/9 spencer cummins wrote: Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart by Kyle IdlemanMany readers will know of Kyle Idleman, the pastor who wrote Not a Fan a while back.  Kyle is Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, one of the biggest churches in America.  His new book, ... Idol Factory

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When Donkeys Talk

When Donkeys Talk

On 2/23 spencer cummins wrote: When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity by Tyler BlanskiWhen Donkeys Talk is a humorous yet serious take on casting a more complete vision of what it means to be a Christian in the modern world.  Part apologetic, part cultural analysis, but more importantly, ... When Donkeys Talk

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Pursuing Justice

Pursuing Justice

On 2/10 spencer cummins wrote: Pursuing Justice by Eric WytsmaIn the myriad of books on social justice in our day and age, a few writings come to the top for their keen  insights, practical application, and biblical rootedness.  Pursuing Justice by Eric Wytsma is one of those books that strikes right at the heart of what ... Pursuing Justice

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/21 spencer cummins wrote: Who Do You Think You Are? / Finding Your True Identity in Christ by Mark DriscollOutspoken, gruff and even abrasive are a few words that describe Mark Driscoll’s style in teaching and ministering.  Yet, he also brings a healthy dose of biblical faithfulness and theological creativity whenever ... Finding Our Identity in Christ

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 12/31 spencer cummins wrote: The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt by Joseph Loconte Drawing on everything from Rembrandt to Thomas Becket, historian Joseph Loconte retells the Emmaus road story with wit, wisdom and insight. As Loconte focuses in on the elements of the story in Luke 24 he writes, “What follows ... The Searchers

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Live Second

Live Second

On 12/5 spencer cummins wrote: Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First by Doug Bender The real aim of this book is to challenge people to put Jesus first in everything they do, say, and particularly, how they live and engage God’s world. I think at the outset that this is a noble goal. Not having read the first book, I Am Second, ... live second

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 11/28 spencer cummins wrote: Fully Alive by Ken Davis is a pointed look at living life to the fullest, a journey to not succumb to the temptation to give up on life. One of the goals of the book is to recognize the obstacles any person faces in life and to face them head on by examining what these obstacles are and to provide steps ... Back on the Saddle

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

On 11/13 spencer cummins wrote: Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? By Tom Doyle with Greg WebsterPastor Tom Doyle, full time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia has spent over 11 years spreading the good news of Jesus Christ among Muslims.  In his time in ministry, he has witnessed many Muslims ... Muslims and the Good News

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A Year with G. K. Chesterton

A Year with G. K. Chesterton

On 10/28 spencer cummins wrote: Kevin Belmonte, having ploughed through the Chesterton landscape before in book form, has edited A Year with G.K. Chesterton: 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder. The unique thing about this book is that it gives a good snapshot of Chesterton's writings from many different facets. At one point, Belmonte ... The Wisdom of Chesterton

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Lifted by Angels

Lifted by Angels

On 10/3 spencer cummins wrote: A book on angels is an ambitious project much like taking on an accurate report on the Afghanistan conflict. Yet, as Joel J. Miller points out, angels are seen very early in Genesis 3 as 'guards serving the Lord's behest and as deceivers trying to foul humanity' (6). Taking his cue from both the Scriptures ... Our Heavenly Guides

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Rudy

Rudy

On 9/19 spencer cummins wrote: From all view points, Rudy had little chance to succeed in life, but with buckle down determination and hard work many of his dreams came true. This book written by Rudy himself, Daniel Ruettiger follows the life of Rudy from his upbringing, life in school (dyslexia) and his goal of getting to Notre ... An Inspiring Story

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 8/12 spencer cummins wrote: Douglas Wilson, pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho has written a very timely and unique book on the role of fathers. Never one to mince words, Wilson comments on everything from feminism to education, sex to fatherlessness in our culture. There are so many things here in the book that deserve mention ... Father Hunger

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 6/13 spencer cummins wrote: Jonathan Falwell, son of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church has written a book chronicling the 1,000 days of the ministry of Christ on Earth. The book is one that focues on certain themes and events in the teaching ministry of Jesus. More than a close reading of the ... Days of Jesus

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Our Favorite Sins

Our Favorite Sins

On 3/15 spencer cummins wrote: Todd Hunter, Anglican bishop in California has written a challenging yet rewarding book the sins we commit and the way forward from them. To begin with, I think the topic he chose to write on is extremely important for the life of believers and the church at large. Too often, we ignore or accept the ... Battling Sin and Temptation

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 2/22 spencer cummins wrote: The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee is a book which aims to alert the American people to the past founders of this country and their beliefs but a calls people to do something about their present frustration with reigning administration in Washington. Instead of just providing some critical remarks ... A Little Politics, A Lot of Political Rhetoric

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 1/24 spencer cummins wrote: David Teems has penned a very good book on the figure of William Tyndale, which most people know as the translator and editor of the Tyndale Bible. Teems begins with the upbringing of Tyndale and his schooling at Oxford. Early on in the work he writes, "John Foxe used the word addicted when speaking ... Tyndale and the Bible

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A Year with Jesus

A Year with Jesus

On 12/7 spencer cummins wrote: I am not usually a huge fan of devotionals, not because they are not helpful for devotional practice, but usually they offer sentimentalisms that are neither biblical or helpful. Yet, I found this devotional by R.P. Nettlehorst very beneficial on both sides. For one, how can you go wrong with centering ... A Year with Jesus

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On 10/26 spencer cummins wrote: Peter Leithart has written an imminently readable and entertaining biography of one of Russia's greatest fiction writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Written in the form of a dialogue between Dostoevsky and a friend, this book winds through history, Dostoevsky's influnces, family life, and personality. What you ... Dostoevsky in Rare Form

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 9/21 spencer cummins wrote: Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas has written a timely and challenging book to incorporate the Great Commission in the lives of every believer. In some ways, this book was not a new idea at all, but an old idea of following the Great Commission call into every part of life. Yet, ... Our Last Great Hope

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 8/25 spencer cummins wrote: Mark Horne has written a good introduction to the life and thought of J.R.R Tolkien, the acclaimed writer of the Lord of Rings Series. A few of the highlights that I found in the book were Horne's discussion of Tolkien's part in WWI. Not only did Tolkien fight in the Battle of Somme, but he was taken ... A Good Intro to Tolkien

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Be the People

Be the People

On 7/12 spencer cummins wrote: Carol Swain, Political Science and Law Professor at Vanberbilt University has written an alarming and insightful book on the state of America today. Her audience is mostly conservative America (including evangelicals) while trying to allow other groups to look at her finding through her research. Positives ... The Blessing of God?

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 6/1 spencer cummins wrote: Anytime I come acrss a How-To book in the library or at the bookstore I immediately run the opposite direction. Not that How To books don't have their place in the myriad of other categories, but they tend to be about as enjoyable as watching paint dry. Yet, Michael Larsen's ever so popular book How ... Writing a Book Proposal

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 4/20 spencer cummins wrote: Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, CEO of the Roosevelt Group and Professor at Yale University has written a wise and informative book on the success of spiritual enterprise. Just what is spiritual enterprise? In the beginning of the book, Malloch notes that the best way forward for wealth creation "is the ... Spiritual Capital

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 3/10 spencer cummins wrote: I was excited about this new book entitled The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher because the Lord's Supper is such an integral in the service of worship. Having read through the book, I was rather disappointed in the material presented. First, there was an overwhelming amount of writing about how the people ... The Sacred Meal?

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 2/25 spencer cummins wrote: Dan Allender in his recent book entitled Sabbath has written a thought provoking and unique book on the day of rest we commonly call Sabbath. In the opening chapter, Allender notes the obstacles to enjoying the Sabbath as being primarily pride and fear. "We are driven because our work brings us power ... The Wonderful Sabbath

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Pujols

Pujols

On 2/11 spencer cummins wrote: As a lifelong Cardinals fan, I was very excited to see this new book on Albert Pujols written by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth. It is not too much to say that when Albert's baseball career winds up, he will be regarded by many as the greatest player of all-time. Yet, the greatness of talent and dedication ... Faith and Baseball

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 1/30 spencer cummins wrote: Emerson Eggerich's book entitled Love and Respect hits a note with married couples, especially those dealing with issues that every couple face. His basic premise is that men desire respect from their wives and women want love from their spouses. Respect for men is something that is taken very seriously. ... Love and Respect

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 1/9 spencer cummins wrote: Kevin Belmonte is known for his penetrating analysis of figures such as William Wilberforce. In his new book on the life and impact of G.K. Chesterton he brings together the literary genius of Chesterton alongside the spiritual discernment of such a figure. Yet, he does not leave us with a dry, over ... A Man of Many Stripes

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 12/22 spencer cummins wrote: Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index By Thomas Nelson The first thing I want to say about this cyclopedic index is that it is pocket size. No longer are the giant, oversized, small print concordances and word study books manageable to carry or to use. This small, pocket size index is easily accessible ... Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 12/15 spencer cummins wrote: Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life I chose to review this book because being a Protestant I am uninformed about the liturgical year, feast, cycles, etc. Every year I focus in on the Advent Season and Easter but have yet to get into the liturgical cycle. ... liturgical fundamentals

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Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare

On 12/2 spencer cummins wrote: Jungle Warfare: A Basic Field Manual for Christians in Sales by Christopher Cunningham It’s a Jungle Out There Cunningham’s new book about Christians in sales takes a different starting point than most business books. His granddad left a basic field manual for warfare after his death dated in 1941. ... It's a Jungle Out There

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/9 spencer cummins wrote: On This Day in Christian History is Robert J. Morgan's new book about the stories of saints, martyrs, and heroes. The book is set up like a daily bible study resource in that you can read each day of the week about a different person. There is a nice scripture reference that usually goes with the story ... On This Day in Christian History

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 10/27 spencer cummins wrote: In Max Lucado's recent book, Out Live Your Life, he uses the template of the the book of Acts to open up the idea that your life should have meaning beyond the grave. He starts off on the first few pages giving us a snapshot of the kind of people that were called to be disciples in the book of Acts: ... Life to the Fullest

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Illegals

Illegals

On 10/16 spencer cummins wrote: Ankarlo's book dives into the murky waters of the immigration issues surrounding the border between Mexico and the U.S. The first half of the book is about his team going down to the borders interviewing those involved with the getting people across the border and also looking about both the Mexican ... A Look Into the Issue of Immigration

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William F. Buckley

William F. Buckley

On 9/24 spencer cummins wrote: In this recent book on William F. Buckley in the Christian Encounters Series (Thomas Nelson), Jeremy Lott sheds some light on the life, politics, and religion of William Buckley. If your looking for a heroic portrait or a scathing review you will not find it here. Lott introduces us to a man who took ... Review of William F. Buckley by Jeremy Lott

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The Jesus You Can't Ignore

The Jesus You Can't Ignore

On 8/15 spencer cummins wrote: I have just read through a book by John MacArthur entitled The Jesus You Can't Ignore. MacArthur's focus is to look at the way Jesus primarily dealt with the professional scribes, religious people, and "self-righteous religious peddlers of plastic piety" (1). As he gets into the book, MacArthur notes ... The Jesus You Can't Ignore

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