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PTSD

PTSD

On 1/14 William Colburn wrote: This really is a much needed book. For each returning vet suffering from PTSD there are family and friends of that vet who need to better understand what is going on. The author, who is not only the spouse of a vet with PTSD, but also one who suffers with PTSD from her own earlier trauma, presents her ... Military Spouse? Please Reae

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4 Stars

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 12/11 William Colburn wrote: If you have been an avid reader of the books by Tony Campolo and/or Shane Claiborne you will really enjoy this collaborative effort. Together they address many of the key topics among contemporary Christians from their particular reading of what Jesus taught. The 'red letters' refer to the words of ... Red Letter Revolution

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4 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 10/14 William Colburn wrote: This is not ‘just’ another book about Christ. Sweet and Viola are the dynamic duo who presented us with ‘Jesus Manifesto’. If that treatise deepened your walk with Jesus, you’ll be more enriched by this new volume as it digs far deeper into the metaphors and symbols of the One we cherish as ... Jesus - a Theography

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/9 William Colburn wrote: An intriguing and inspiring book that follows a character, Gabriel, from early childhood through young adulthood as he wrestles with an early traumatic loss and discover how to really live. We all carry some baggage from our past – whether knowingly or unwittingly. Our ‘baggage’ – whatever it ... The River, by Michael Neale

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 5/23 William Colburn wrote: I have been a fan of the New Testament Voice for several years. This updated edition deepens my appreciation for the Voice. One of the first things you will notice is its conversational format. This restructuring of the text underscores what is implicit, but often neutralized by common presentation. ... The Voice - updated

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5 Stars

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 1/20 William Colburn wrote: Sweet has appropriately organized his book in four sections, the structure underscoring the message: vece, via, verita, vita. Chock full of delicious quotes and delightful stories, he invites the reader to realign his or her faith under Christ, to move from believing in the church, believing in our beliefs, ... I Am A Follower

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5 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 5/26 William Colburn wrote: An engaging page-turner. This is the story of a family that has experienced success and failure, pomp and painful circumstance. The secret life of a father was both the source of opportunity and adversity, admiration and anger, disequilibrium and spiritual discovery. Ian Cron has an incredible gift ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

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5 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/18 William Colburn wrote: What a great book! Sweet & Wagner wove together an intriguing, thought provoking story. I enjoyed the realistic development of each character, the increasingly inviting pace of the unfolding story, and the mind-challenging complexities of the hauntingly real conspiracy. This book seems designed to rekindle ... The Seraph Seal

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4 Stars

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 5/2 William Colburn wrote: Many people have imagined writing a book. Many have a story that they believe would be a best seller - if they could just write it. Many have even started to write a book, but never got very far with it. Still others have written their hearts out, but haven't been able to get their book published. Maybe ... Story Engineering

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4 Stars

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Galileo

Galileo

On 4/15 William Colburn wrote: Galileo is another wonderful addition to the Thomas Nelson Christian Encounter series. Following the incredible changes in both the arts and humanities, the later renaissance period set the world on edge as it challenged long-held notions in the sciences. Galileo played an instrumental role in this revolution. Stokes ... Galileo

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 12/16 William Colburn wrote: I've been fascinated by the Eucharist since I was a child. Whether Catholic, Episcopal, or practiced variably within a non-denominational setting, this ritual is always full of meaning. I just didn't realize just how much meaning till I read Nora Gallagher's book. Gallagher has a knack for simultaneously ... The Sacred Meal

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 9/20 William Colburn wrote: An important book for new Christians as well as for those who have been ‘in the way’ for sometime, but have not connected with Jesus. Chris helps the reader identify and jettison the plethora of religious obstacles from the spiritual teachings of Jesus. Lo and behold, the reader discovers that the truth is not religious ... The Gospel According to Jesus, by Chris Seay

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 William Colburn wrote: Unless you don't get out much, you probably quite frequently bump into people who don't think their life matters much. That probably applies to all of us at some time or another. If so, here's a story tailor made for you. Andy Andrews has put together a beautiful gift book that eloquently underscores ... The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 8/3 William Colburn wrote: Many have written equally inspirational books about the life of Saint Francis, yet few have written with such natural story-telling ease as has Robert West. The author has an incredible ability, a gift, in being able to weave together countless and complex historical facts into a smooth, engaging, ... Saint Francis, by Robert West

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5 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/7 William Colburn wrote: Who would I recommend this book to? This is a great book for those who are true believers. It will confirm them in their current evangelical worldview. It will introduce, or at least remind, them of the great diversity of issues that make up our reality. If, though, you are looking for something scholarly ... Beyond Opinion – Living the Faith We Defend

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2 Stars

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Venom and Song

Venom and Song

On 6/26 William Colburn wrote: In this second book of the Berinfell Prophecies Wayne Batson and Chris Hopper continue the wild tale that inserts everyday young people into important roles within a completely different world. This book is written for young people who really enjoy fantasy and adventure. Parents, if your teen fits into ... Venom and Song

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3 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 5/31 William Colburn wrote: I’ve read several books written by both authors.  They were good, informative, uplifting even.  Curiously, this collaborative book touched me in ways neither author has in any of their previous works.  This book truly resonated deeply within my soul.  In fact, as I’ve mentioned to several ... Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola

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5 Stars

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Mystically Wired

Mystically Wired

On 5/27 William Colburn wrote: Ken took a rather novel approach to prayer in this book.  He reminds us that prayer is not difficult, it is simply a different way to have a conversation. As such God invites us to be willing to learn how to perceive him in a manner that is not readily familiar to us. On the other ... Mystically Wired, by Ken Wilson

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3 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 5/7 William Colburn wrote: I always am blessed as I interact with the mind of this author. I like the way he ruminates about the things of God. I appreciate his willingness to ponder outside what some may called the orthodox lines. Don has an unassuming way of weaving into fascinating stories some truly synapse-screaming notions. As ... Searching For God Knows What

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3 Stars

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Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer

On 4/11 William Colburn wrote: How do you measure courage? What does it really mean to follow Jesus by faith? Does God still speak to believers in a manner that leads them to stand up to the evils of our day? This is not only a tremendous story of a truly mindful human being, but also a wonderfully told story by an experienced author. ... Bonhoeffer

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5 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 3/15 William Colburn wrote: What do the most effective leaders do differently when they communicate with people? Everyone communicates, yet some folks are able to connect with those they are speaking to - in an almost magical way. Is this a gift divinely endowed and written within the genes of a select few? Is this ability to ... Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

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4 Stars

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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

On 3/3 William Colburn wrote: Saint Patrick has always been known through more obvious myth than fact. The legends about him are endear, yet often a bit strange. Jonathan Rogers presents one of the best pictures of this saint that I've read - sharing the unimaginable while parsing out, as best as possible, the reality. I think ... Saint Patrick, by Jonathan Rogers

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4 Stars

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The Map

The Map

On 2/24 William Colburn wrote: Several years ago, I had a hitch put on the back of my Tahoe. As I left the place of business where the work was done, I noticed on the seat next to me a book, with a note from the business owner. It was a previous publication by David Murrow: ‘Why men hate church”. I read it and was blessed. ... The Map

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

On 1/21 William Colburn wrote: The Voice is a translation of the New Testament, recently published by Thomas Nelson. What I love about this bible is the manner in which it was created. Artists, musicians, editors, writers, alongside biblical scholars have worked to recapture – as best they could – the expressiveness of the ... The Voice NT

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5 Stars

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 12/21 William Colburn wrote: Frankly, I’ve never watched more than a couple of moments of Lost. It never seemed to click with me. So, based on that admission, reading this book was measurably less interesting for me than it would have been to one of the initiated. On the other hand, having read this book, I now want to rent ... The Gospel According to Lost

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year Hardcover

The Liturgical Year Hardcover

On 11/25 William Colburn wrote: I would suggest this book for those who already have a working grasp of liturgical practices. To be honest, this isn’t my church tradition and this book really, on the whole, didn’t help. The author’s passion for liturgy was palpable, but it seemed to outweigh her ability to really make it sensible ... The Liturgical Year

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2 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 9/29 William Colburn wrote: I do not believe that the average Joe would expect a biography about beer to uplift one's spiritual being. Yet a more than ordinary man, Arthur Guinness, was full of surprises - as you will discover in this book. Mansfield takes us, as usual, on a delightful journey. He prepares us with a rather comprehensive, ... The Search for God and Guinness, by Stephen Mansfield

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4 Stars

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Called to Worship

Called to Worship

On 9/5 William Colburn wrote: Worship wars are an all to frequent reality among Christians – despite the fact that this should be an oxymoron. Whaley’s book is an attempt to address the various issues regarding worship by surveying the biblical testimony on the topic from Genesis to Revelation. The reader will discover many ... Called to Worship, by Vernon M. Whaley

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3 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 5/21 William Colburn wrote: The introduction to this book ought to be read by every pastor and church administrator. It is a clearly articulated review of Christianity 101 – which is so easily forgotten as we get diverted by ‘doing’ church. The introduction also sets the stage, as it ought to, for the authors approach in ... Illustrated Guide to Religions

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5 Stars

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 5/6 William Colburn wrote: Concentration camps in Italy during the Second World War? I hadn’t read that in my High School History books – even in the Catholic parochial school I attended. What were these camps like? How many Jews were cruelly forced into incinerators, inhumanely experimented upon, and maliciously treated ... It Happened In Italy, by Elizabeth Bettina

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4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 William Colburn wrote: Some times, seemingly just at the right time, we meet a person who, in a few short words, changes our whole perspective on a life circumstance. In Andy Andrews newest book, The Noticer, there is one such character that looks for, notices, people who just need to see things from a different point of ... The Noticer, by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

On 4/12 William Colburn wrote: The perversity of human nature leads even the most successful, intelligent, and gifted people astray – undermining the good they have already accomplished and often destroying their potential for more. Why? Andy makes it quite clear. When we put ourselves in the seat that should only be inhabited ... The Principle of the path

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4 Stars

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Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

Christianity Today Study Series: Faith & Pop Culture

On 3/17 William Colburn wrote: Christianity Today has published eight books in this study series. This most current study is a timely and very useful study asking the question of how Christianity and culture can best interact. There are eight session dealing with movies, literature, sports, television, whether or not Christians ... Faith & Pop Culture - ChristianityToday Study Series

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4 Stars

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This Is Your Brain On Joy

This Is Your Brain On Joy

On 2/4 William Colburn wrote: Less than joyful today? Dr. Henslin believes that mind and body are intimately related to one another. In this book he explains the research that supports his practice of bringing ‘joy’ back in to the lives of people. Our moods really are influenced by what we eat, the amount of exercise we get ... This Is Your Brain On Joy

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4 Stars

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