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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 4/15 Amanda Gibson wrote: While I haven’t read the Unglued book, its “accompanying” devotional Unglued is a wonderfully uplifting book itself. It is something that I could read straight through, not waiting for each day’s installment. Lysa Terkeurst becomes a trusted friend, one you know can honestly commiserate with ... Unglued

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Lifted by Angels

Lifted by Angels

On 2/11 Amanda Gibson wrote: Have you ever had that tug-of-war feeling of an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other? Many if not most of us would acknowledge an invisible spiritual realm, even the existence of angels. However, most of us also only have Hallmark Valentine’s cards to inform our conceptions of those angels. ... Lifted By Angels

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5 Stars

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The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy

On 12/8 Amanda Gibson wrote: This book was available just in time. I had been besieged with offers to read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, even by women I know in the church. My resolve to avoid it was beginning to crumble. I knew that I would be opening a door to temptation I would be hard pressed to shut, but I was thinking ... The Fantasy Fallacy

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5 Stars

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The River

The River

On 11/17 Amanda Gibson wrote: The River was by no means a difficult read. The hard copy’s pages had a worn edge reminiscent of an old journal, mimicking how it would be to read about the main character’s life. Part inspirational seminar, part quasi-memoir, and part small group fiction (yes, there’s even a workbook in the back), ... The River

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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Globequake

Globequake

On 8/26 Amanda Gibson wrote: While I have to admit that there is very little NEW material presented in Wallace Henley’s Globequake, despite his frequent referral to present news-happenings, I do appreciate how he is able to blend his vast experience with Biblical principles to make for a very readable overview of how the different ... Globequake

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 5/28 Amanda Gibson wrote: If you think you are beyond idolatry, you likely suffer from it worse. Pete Wilson presents a crystal clear mirror into your soul in his book Empty Promises. Wilson is able both to convict and inspire, to call you out and lift you up. He is able to open our eyes to our own idolatry without hiding his ... Empty Promises

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Heaven in her Arms

Heaven in her Arms

On 5/5 Amanda Gibson wrote: I was somewhat skeptical when I found out the author of Heaven In Her Arms, Catherine Hickem, was a psychotherapist, what with all the compromises that profession seems to make to the world. However, I was pleasantly surprised that she spoke the truth in love for all women while paying particular attention ... Heaven In Her Arms

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 3/11 Amanda Gibson wrote: Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace have distilled the advice from numerous different relationship experts, as well as decades of their own married experience, and presented them in a down-to-earth format for anyone entering a marriage or already within one. Their frank discussion addresses many ... Real Marriage

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5 Stars

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Heroes and Villains of the Bible

Heroes and Villains of the Bible

On 11/14 Amanda Gibson wrote: Oftentimes, compilations of Bible stories for children seem designed more to put them to sleep at bedtime than to inspire them to think about their faith. Not so with Heroes and Villains of the Bible, compiled from the International Children’s Bible by Tama Fortner! Divided into Old and New Testament ... Heroes and Villains of the Bible

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5 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 11/13 Amanda Gibson wrote: In The Grace Effect, author Larry Taunton shares his and his family’s journey to Ukraine to adopt their daughter, Sasha. He exposes the exploitation of children and corruption of government of a society that has made atheism the state religion, if unofficially. Against this backdrop and interspersed ... The Grace Effect

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5 Stars

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The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 10/5 Amanda Gibson wrote: I have to admit that I was somewhat wary about the premise of the Jeff Kinley’s book. After all, how far would the analogy of unsaved souls as the living dead really go? Nevertheless, I was thinking it would at least be a good conversation piece to turn mundane topics toward the spiritual side of things. ... The Christian Zombie Killer's Handbook

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5 Stars

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Surviving Your Serengeti

Surviving Your Serengeti

On 9/20 Amanda Gibson wrote: Stefan Swanepoel’s parable of the seven survival skills of the Seregenti showcases different animal characteristics and attempts to apply them to our own personal and business lives in an attempt to get ahead while facing today’s difficult circumstances. A unique personality test of sorts (one can ... Surviving Your Seregeti

Amanda's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/31 Amanda Gibson wrote: Most of us would agree that children are a gift from God. We can become more like Him, if we let what we learn from them affect us. May we give our own children a priceless gift in return: The Blessing. Dr. John Trent and Gary Smalley have put together a remarkable guide based on Scriptural precedent ... The Blessing

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5 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 6/7 Amanda Gibson wrote: The tag team of Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner have created their own version of end time events based on Sweet’s extensive knowledge of historical symbolic traditions. The pace is urgent and the mystery is intriguing. There are several thoughtful insights into the role technology and the sciences ... The Seraph Seal

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2 Stars

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The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives

On 5/9 Amanda Gibson wrote: Moral clarity. Intellectual honesty. These seem like oxymorons in today’s relativistic culture, but the authors of The Fight Of Our Lives show us what those terms should look like, and their importance in the battle we face as a nation. Calling the enemy what he is, indeed what he calls himself, is ... The Fight Of Our Lives

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5 Stars

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The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends

The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends

On 4/7 Amanda Gibson wrote: I admit I was skeptical preparing to read someone’s dating advice to modern teenagers, what with all the other compromises professing Christians seem to be making these days. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found in Chad Eastham’s “Truth About Dating and Love…..” He speaks from experience ... The Truth About Dating And Love

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5 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 1/12 Amanda Gibson wrote: John M acArthur has made Biblical scholarship accessible to the laymen in his wonderful book, Slave. I understood I was a child of God, and supposed to be a self-sacrificing servant. But a slave? The thought didn’t seem to coincide with the picture I had of a freedom-giving, all-forgiving, loving Father. ... Slave

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5 Stars

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/1 Amanda Gibson wrote: I was excited to receive this book about “making His thoughts my thoughts.” I even preferred that the focus is the Old Testament. Set up as a daily devotional, I set about to read it “straight through” so I could provide a review. Truthfully, I was unable to finish this book by continuously ... A Year With God

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1 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 10/2 Amanda Gibson wrote: Bryant Wright has simplified many of the complexities surrounding the volatile situation in today’s Mideast environment in his book, Seeds of Turmoil. Most Christians are at least vaguely aware of the origins of this conflict….something about Abraham and Isaac and Ishmael. Wright reviews the pertinent ... Seeds of Turmoil

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/15 Amanda Gibson wrote: “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews is a wonderful little book which drives home a powerful, and often forgotten, point: your life matters. Just as a butterfly can flap its wings and potentially cause a storm half-way around the world, so too do your actions produce consequences that may not be ... The Butterfly Effect

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5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/15 Amanda Gibson wrote: Andy Andrews has written a gem of a children’s book in The Boy Who Changed The World. Interesting for adults, too, it is the story of the ripple effect created when one invests time in the life of another, using the connections among a handful of historical figures to weave the story of common threads ... The Boy Who Changed The World

Amanda's Rating:

5 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World (Trade Paper)

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World (Trade Paper)

On 9/5 Amanda Gibson wrote: Dr. David Jeremiah’s follow-up, Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World, is even more timely than his previous bestseller, What In The World Is Going On? Again, he does a superb job of drawing on others’ writings to illustrate his concepts, but his current book has even more thought-provoking tidbits ... Living With Confidence

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5 Stars

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What In The World Is Going On? (Trade Paper)

What In The World Is Going On? (Trade Paper)

On 7/30 Amanda Gibson wrote: What In The World Is Going On? Dr. David Jeremiah provides a succinct overview of end-time propechcies and their relation to current events in his best-seller, What In The World Is Going On? While there are few new insights in this book for one accustomed to eschatological studies, he does an excellent ... What In The World Is Going On?

Amanda's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

On 7/21 Amanda Gibson wrote: A Time to Dance Once I began the first page of Karen Kingsbury’s A Time to Dance, I couldn’t put it down. In one day, I spent a lifetime with the Reynolds family, not merely reading about their journey, but walking beside them. Ms. Kingsbury has created characters you want to pray for, cry with, ... A Time to Dance

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5 Stars

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