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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 8/27 Joy Ives wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur gives a short biography of 12 biblical characters: Enoch, Joseph, Miriam (Moses' sister), Gideon and Samson, Jonathan (Saul's son and David's best friend), Jonah, Esther, John the Baptist, James the brother of Jesus, and Mark and Onesimus. Each account take the ... SKIP IT: Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur

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3 Stars

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/9 Joy Ives wrote: This was a very unpleasant true story about a teenage girl who was raped along with her sister by their father. The girls and their mother were brutally beaten to the point of near death again and again. I was shocked at how horrible a life these women had to live under the hands of a mad man. I couldn't ... SKIP IT: Cruel Harvest by Fran Grubb

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2 Stars

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 7/26 Joy Ives wrote: I found this book very boring and painfully difficult to get through. Everything has been said before dozens of times in other books and Wilson drifts off topic over and over again. I found myself reading sections and going "What did that have to do with anything?" over and over again. The book did not ... SKIP IT: Father Hunger by Douglas Wilson

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2 Stars

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The Truth About Forgiveness

The Truth About Forgiveness

On 6/16 Joy Ives wrote: We humans think that we are given a bad card in life. We blame our problems on genes and addictions that are beyond our control. We fail to realize that our greatest problem is the result of sin and that there is a solution - salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. This book is about bringing ... READ IT: The Truth About Forgiveness by John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 5/9 Joy Ives wrote: Grace is a gift. MacArthur rightly differentiates between common grace given to unbelievers and special saving grace given to believers. Both are undeserved and free gifts of God. Saving grace frees us from the penalty and power of sin. This is a beautiful book about the sovereign grace of God. MacArthur ... READ IT: The Truth About Grace by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 4/20 Joy Ives wrote: I highly recommend The Truth About The Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur to all Christian readers. This book will appeal to anyone who loves God and Jesus Christ and holds a Christian worldview. The author focuses on Christian living, sanctification, submission to God's will, confession, repentance, ... READ IT: The Truth About The Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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I Love You to God and Back

I Love You to God and Back

On 4/5 Joy Ives wrote: It was hard for me to decide whether I Love You To God And Back by Amanda Lamb should be a Read It or Skip It recommendation. The book itself was fun, sweet and very feel-good. But in the end, would this be a book that readers would keep in their libraries or get rid of? Would it be remembered? Would ... SKIP IT: I Love You To God And Back

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3 Stars

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God Loves Broken People

God Loves Broken People

On 3/22 Joy Ives wrote: I heard so many bad things about this book and was told to skip this latest one. But I'm glad I gave it a try, because I really enjoyed God Loves Broken People by Sheila Walsh. I think this book is an honest look at how women deal with a life of trials and suffering. Sheila first acknowledges that ... READ IT: God Loves Broken People by Sheila Walsh

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4 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 3/10 Joy Ives wrote: 1000 Days: The Ministry of Christ by Jonathan Falwell is a book about encouraging readers to live our the example of life that Jesus left us. Falwell points out that if life was just about salvation and getting our tickets to heaven, Jesus could have been born and died on the cross. But the mere fact ... READ IT: 1000 Days: The Ministry of Christ by Jonathan Falwell

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4 Stars

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From Blah to Awe

From Blah to Awe

On 2/25 Joy Ives wrote: I actually enjoyed this book by Jenna Lucado Bishop more than any book from her famous father, Max Lucado. Even though this book is not really deep and it's super girlie and written for girls, it is honest, open and real. It shows Christians where their shortcomings are and doesn't pretend we are all ... READ IT: From Blah to Awe by Jenna Lucado Bishop

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4 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 1/12 Joy Ives wrote: This is the amazingly heart-touching story of how the Christian Bible became translated from Greek to English. It's the story of the Catholic Church's corruption, power and control over the Bible and the unstoppable Reformation movement to correct these corruptions. Most of all, it is the incredibly ... MUST READ Story of One of The Greatest Men In Christianity Ever

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5 Stars

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Heaven Is For Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit

Heaven Is For Real DVD-Based Conversation Kit

On 11/21 Joy Ives wrote: This book is about a supposed boy's near death experience to heaven, not a biblical analysis of heaven. Keep in mind, Burpo's account contradicts 10+ other (mostly near death experience) "heaven" books currently on the market from a woman's, boy's, pilots etc views: Heaven Is So Real by ... SKIP IT: Heaven is for Real (DVD kit) by Todd Burpo

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1 Stars

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The Love & Respect Experience

The Love & Respect Experience

On 11/9 Joy Ives wrote: The Love & Respect Experience is a beautiful fake leather bound book in a devotional format and designed to appeal to men and women. Bible verses from many different translations, including paraphrases, are used to supply a number of verses. The majority of the verses are from the book of Proverbs. ... READ IT: The Love & Respect Experience by Eggerichs

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3 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 10/26 Joy Ives wrote: This book is supposed to be about finding men for our sons to look up to as heroes. As Christians, even the idea of suggesting our sons have heroes might make us balk - we aren't really into encouraging our sons to idolize sinful men. But let's just say, you were going to pick 5 or 20 or 50 men ... SKIP IT: The Book of Man by William J. Bennett

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1 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/14 Joy Ives wrote: Going Deep is a FICTIONAL BOOK about some characters that go about wanting to create deep people within the church. In a growing Christian community of deep seekers, thinkers and the rise of New Calvinists like John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul and John Piper, the idea of this book is great ... SKIP IT: Going Deep by Gordon MacDonald

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2 Stars

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The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

On 9/23 Joy Ives wrote: This is a book that re-tells Old Testament bible stories and then interprets God's grace into the way God interacted with the humans in the stories. Each chapter takes a different bible story or multiple stories and then says "God dealt gracefully with humans" because they didn't deserve such merciful ... PASS: The God of Grace by Andy Stanley

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3 Stars

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 9/6 Joy Ives wrote: 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 1 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK?Well-read Christians will not like this book because it provides no solid answers but mostly assertations without sources to back them up. This book is highly slanderous of other authors and doesn't ... SKIP IT: Has God Spoken? by Hank Haneraaff

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1 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 8/12 Joy Ives wrote: 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 2 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK?People who love Christian fiction or Oxford might enjoy this book. Anyone who is annoyed by "preachy Christianity" or "unrealistic salvation stories" will not like this book.BOOK REVIEW:This book was boring ... SKIP IT: Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber

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2 Stars

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 8/9 Joy Ives wrote: 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 1 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK?Any thinking Christian will not like this book. It is illogical and silly. Certainly too foolish for adults and too complex and confusing for children.BOOK REVIEW:I hated this book - its brains certainly ... SKIP IT: Don't Check Your Brains At The Door by Josh McDowell

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1 Stars

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 7/17 Joy Ives wrote: 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 5 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? READ ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK?Anyone who doesn't enjoy fiction will want to pass on this book, otherwise, just about everyone will enjoy this book. A fiction story that demonstrates a beautiful story of human love for one another after ... READ IT: A Place Called Blessing by John Trent

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5 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 6/23 Joy Ives wrote: 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 2 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK? I don't expect many people will like this book. Especially if you want to come away learning something, you will probably be disappointed. Even those looking for a "feel good" book will probably be ... SKIP IT: The Blessing by John Trent

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2 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 6/13 Joy Ives wrote: Great read for all young and old who are intersted in politics, christianity and philosophy. I think a consistent worldview is very important and very underrated. this book doesn't just tell us how we may want to live our lives right now but it also gives a background on how our country was founded and ... READ IT: Christian view of political world

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/6 Joy Ives wrote: 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 2 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK? I don't expect many people will like this book. Perhaps historians who enjoy reading about the fictional thoughts of old dead presidents, Anne Frank, and Joan of Arc.BOOK REVIEW:I wasn't expecting ... Skip It: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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1 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/30 Joy Ives wrote: Disclaimer: Received this book free from the publisher but giving honest review.This is a fun Christian end times book. It is a fun read if you like end times and fiction and have the spare time. But most people won't enjoy this book. It gets really cheesy, preachy, fake and phoney... just like you would ... Skip It: The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner

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2 Stars

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 5/11 Joy Ives wrote: I hated this book. I hated it so much! It was a complete let down and so so painful and boring to read! The Intro was so boring! Then the first chapter was death! It starts off talking about the importance of having a spiritual life. The idea is that if you don't have a spiritual life, your life will ... The Book That Made Your World (SKIP IT)

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1 Stars

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No He Can't

No He Can't

On 5/9 Joy Ives wrote: Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Book Sneeze but I promise to review it honestly and critically.5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 2 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK? I think anyone who LOVES politics and HATES Obama will enjoy this book. Anyone who isn't ... Book: No He Can't: How Barack Obama Is Dismantling Hope And Change (SKIP IT)

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2 Stars

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Live Loved

Live Loved

On 5/1 Joy Ives wrote: Product DetailsHardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 3, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1404190066 ISBN-13: 978-1404190061 Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches 5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 2.5 Stars READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP ITWHO MIGHT LIKE THIS BOOK? Christians who want ... Book: Lived Loved by Max Lucado (SKIP)

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2 Stars

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