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The Confession

The Confession

On 10/6 Pastor Patrick wrote: The ConfessionbyRobert WhitlowA ReviewRobert Whitlow is one of my go to authors and The Confession is evidence why.  A legal thriller that will hold the reader’s interest from page one - a car wreck with a dead teen and his friend.  But the story takes place ten years later as the surviving ...

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5 Stars

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NIV First-Century Study Bible

NIV First-Century Study Bible

On 9/18 Pastor Patrick wrote: NIV First-Century Study BibleNotes ByKent DobsonA ReviewThis study Bible would attract me when seen on the shelf, but with a little bit of use, I would be less than satisfied.  Though the title makes it clear that its focus is the “first century”, the sub-title suggests that the book will “explore ... NIV First-Century Study Bible - A Review

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3 Stars

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NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible

On 9/2 Pastor Patrick wrote: Spiritual Renewal Study BibleNotes byStephen Arterburn & David StoopA ReviewEach Bible book begins with a brief synopsis of the book (“The Big Picture”) and review of the key themes found in the book as they relate to Spiritual Renewal. As expected, these prepare the reader to read the whole ... Spiritual Renewal Study Bible - A Review

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5 Stars

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NIV The Journey Bible

NIV The Journey Bible

On 8/4 Pastor Patrick wrote: I find myself regularly reviewing study Bibles and devotional Bibles. The NIV Journey Bible is one of the most helpful devotional Bibles I have seen in the last few years. It is well-rounded enough that it will become useful to the new believer, the growing Christian, or the lifelong follower of Christ ... Great Devotional Bibld

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5 Stars

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NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible

On 7/14 Pastor Patrick wrote: Celebrate Recovery Bible (2014)Devotions and Resources byJohn BakerA ReviewSince 2007, the Celebrate Recovery Bible (CBR) has been a standard resource for those working with those working through various recovery programs within the church.  In 2014, Zondervan created a slightly revised (i.e. very ... Celebrate Recovery Bible (2014) - A Review

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4 Stars

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NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

NIV New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

On 7/2 Pastor Patrick wrote: New Spirit-Filled Life BibleNew International BibleExecutive EditorJack W. HayfordA ReviewOver the last two or three years I have reviewed several Study/Devotional Bibles.  A few I have thought were of significant less value than others.  Others, were okay, but would not  be used regularly. ... The Spirit-Filled Life Bible - A Review

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4 Stars

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NIV Life Journey Bible

NIV Life Journey Bible

On 6/25 Pastor Patrick wrote: The “NIV Life Journey Bible” is neither a study Bible or a devotional Bible. I would rather call it a “Self-Help Bible” - though I have never heard that term used before. Written by the authors of the well-known Boundaries series, it continues to offer help, quotes, and insight to those seeking ... NIV Life Journey Bible

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4 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/2 Pastor Patrick wrote: A Deadly BusinessbyLis WiehlA ReviewMia Quinn’s life was on the line - both literally and figuratively.  The defendant had a violent past and could turn mean at any minute.  And now she needed to decide to try the three teens accused of dropping a shopping cart from three stories onto Tamsin ... A Deadly Business - A Review

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5 Stars

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Companion to the Old Testament

Companion to the Old Testament

On 5/5 Pastor Patrick wrote: Companion to the Old TestamentbyTed LeachA ReviewA handy text to have available as one begins reading the Old Testament.  Written from from a more liberal perspective than I usually prefer, I found the book worthwhile and contributing to my understanding of the text.  The book is not a verse ... Companion to the Old Testament - A Review

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4 Stars

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Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible

On 4/22 Pastor Patrick wrote: Zondervan Essential Atlasof the BiblebyCarl G. RasmussenA ReviewThis atlas is the one that should be in every lay person’s library.  It is the atlas that should be in every church library.  It is the atlas that would be great at the back of every Study Bible - except at 160 pages, it would ... Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible - A Review

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5 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/15 Pastor Patrick wrote: Critical ConditionbyRichard L. Mabry, MDA ReviewDr. Mabry has added another well-written book to my library.  Shannon Frasier is “almost engaged” - she just has not said “yes” yet.  Her suiter appears to be willing to wait, but for how long?  She had through it before - an engagement ... Critical Condition - A Review

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Compass

Compass

On 2/13 Pastor Patrick wrote: CompassThe Study Bible for Navigating Your LifebyEcclesia Bible SocietyA ReviewIs this a good Study Bible? YESAm I glad I have added it to my library? YESIs it the one Study Bible I would want to own? NOOver the past couple of years that I have been familiar with The Voice translation of the NT and later ... Compass Study Bible - A Review

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3 Stars

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The Modern Life Study Bible

The Modern Life Study Bible

On 1/17 Pastor Patrick wrote: Modern LifeStudy BibleA ReviewThe Modern Life Study Bible is a well-designed, colorful Study Bible.  It will quickly draw the reader into its pages with comments and notes on almost every page.  With 1942+ pages, it is complete and helpful.  The notes are scholarly, covering such items ...

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5 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 12/11 Pastor Patrick wrote: NIV EssentialsStudy BiblePublished ByZondervanA ReviewThe NIV Essentials Study Bible is the best Study Bible to be added to my library.  Pulling resources from six classic study and devotional Bibles, this volume contains a vast amount of resources in one book.The six resources are well documented:NIV ... NIV Essentials Study Bible - A Review

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5 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 11/22 Pastor Patrick wrote: NIV Ragamuffin BibleA ReviewThe Ragamuffin Bible is a somewhat disappointing devotional Bible based on the writings and thoughts of Brennan Manning.  Throughout the book are short and very brief quotes from Manning’s previous works.  There are a few longer quotes and devotionals, but not ... NIV Ragamuffin Bible - A Reveiw

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4 Stars

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 9/17 Pastor Patrick wrote: Fatal Tide:The East Salem Triology - Book ThreebyLis WiehlwithPete NelsonA ReviewThe third book of a trilogy that illustrates the war Christians are in with the powers of darkness.  Tommy (an ex-NFL player), Reese (a relatively new believer tossed into the midst of a battle that he is only beginning ...

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5 Stars

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Prison

Prison

On 8/29 Pastor Patrick wrote: PrisonbyToni V. LeeA ReviewThe first two thirds of this book were well-written and provided and interesting story of a police duo that both hated and loved each other.  The last half of the book appeared to be added because the real story was too short.  Delays in planning a wedding, a second ... Prison - A Review

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3 Stars

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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 8/22 Pastor Patrick wrote: College Devotional BibleNew International VersionA ReviewI was hoping for a Bible with some meat worthy of a college student.  I found a devotional Bible that has more devotional than instructional.  Perhaps I had hoped for a College Study Bible - though that is not what is advertised.  Included ... College Devotional Bible - A Review

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4 Stars

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The Living Room

The Living Room

On 8/12 Pastor Patrick wrote: The Living RoombyRobert WhitlowA ReviewRobert Whitlow has become one of my go-to authors.  When The Living Room was offered for review, I could not wait to begin reading his next book.  I was not disappointed.Amy, an ex-legal assistant, is also an up and coming author.  But the costs of ... The Living Room - A Review

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5 Stars

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NIV Leadership Bible

NIV Leadership Bible

On 6/26 Pastor Patrick wrote: The Leadership BiblebyGeneral EditorDr. Sid BuzzellEditorsDr. Kenneth BoaBill PerkinsA ReviewWhen my copy of the book arrived in the mail, I immediately found myself interested.  The Bible text is the newest (2011) version of the New International Version.  Around the Bible text are two types ... The Leadership Bible

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5 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 6/12 Pastor Patrick wrote: A Matter of Trust:A Mia Quinn MysterybyLis WiehlA ReviewFrom the first chapter, A Matter of Trust draws the reader into the life of an experienced prosecutor and widowed mother of two.  Based on events in the author’s life, the book is as exciting as it is interesting.  The story focus on ... A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery

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5 Stars

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/9 Pastor Patrick wrote: Stress TestbyRichard L. Mabry, MDA ReviewDr. Matt Newman told a story that made him a victim.  Detective Virgil Grimes thinks he is guilty of murder.  Add a DA who is committed to his career and a defense lawyer who only only half believes Dr. Newman and we have a medical thriller that cannot ... Stress Test - A Review

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4 Stars

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Just Like Jesus Devotional

Just Like Jesus Devotional

On 3/18 Pastor Patrick wrote: Just Like Jesus        byMax LucadoA Comparative ReviewMax Lucado has two books with this same title.  The first is a typical Max Lucado book - a readable book drawing us to be to be followers of Jesus.  The second takes much of the same material and rewrites it for ... Just Like Jesus - A Review

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5 Stars

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Just Like Jesus

Just Like Jesus

On 3/18 Pastor Patrick wrote: Just Like Jesus        byMax LucadoA Comparative ReviewMax Lucado has two books with this same title.  The first is a typical Max Lucado book - a readable book drawing us to be to be followers of Jesus.  The second takes much of the same material and rewrites it for ... Just Like Jesus - A Review

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 1/1 Pastor Patrick wrote: Grace:More Than We DeserveGreater Than We ImaginebyMax LucadoThe Truth About GracebyJohnMacArthurA Comparative ReviewGrace is a word that is bandied around the church. It was a word that I heard growing up, but somehow I had missed its real meaning. In the years following my conversion, I missed its ... Grace - A Comparative Review of Two Recent Books

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5 Stars

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 1/1 Pastor Patrick wrote: Grace:More Than We DeserveGreater Than We ImaginebyMax LucadoThe Truth About GracebyJohnMacArthurA Comparative ReviewGrace is a word that is bandied around the church. It was a word that I heard growing up, but somehow I had missed its real meaning. In the years following my conversion, I missed its ... Grace - A Comparative Review of Two Recent Books

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5 Stars

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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

On 12/17 Pastor Patrick wrote: The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant byTerry FelberA ReviewNon-fiction books are intended to tell of events or facts that are based in reality.  Fiction books are intended to tell a story, though not based in reality, that, hopefully, will be of interest to the reader.  This book was both.The ... The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant</ br> - A Review

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4 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 11/20 Pastor Patrick wrote: The Reason byWilliam SirlsAReviewThere are some people who touch the lives of others wherever they go. Kenneth was just a construction worker, a carpenter, really. But people changed when he came into their lives. Alex, too, would have an impression on everyone who met this five year old. Charlie, ... The Reason - A Review

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5 Stars

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The River

The River

On 11/19 Pastor Patrick wrote: The River is alive. The River is timeless, and it's moving all over the world. I find myself drawn to the River. -- Gabriel Clarke's Journal The River is the story of a boy who becomes a man. It is the story of misunderstood loneliness, anger, and lose. Yet it is also a story of forgiveness and understanding ... Grace Turns A Boy Into A Man

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5 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 10/24 Pastor Patrick wrote: Jesus: A TheographybyLeonard SweetandFrank ViolaA ReviewJesus: A Theography is one of four books I am reading this fall on the life of Jesus.  Each of them serves as more conservative response to the question of the “historical jesus” raised over the last few years and most often answered by ... Jesus: A Theography - Reveiw

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5 Stars

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25,000 Mornings

25,000 Mornings

On 5/5 Pastor Patrick wrote: 25,000 Mornings:Ancient Wisdom for a Modern LifebyFay RoweA Review25,000 Mornings: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Life is to the typical devotional what Narrative Preaching is to Expositional Preaching.  Each devotional entry is a look into the personal life of the author - and allowing an applicable ...

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4 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 5/4 Pastor Patrick wrote: Billy Graham in QuotesbyBilly GrahamCollected by Franklin Grahamwith Donna Lee ToneyA Review*I grew up with Billy Graham coming into my household.  Year after year each of his quarterly crusades were turned on and listen to over the TV set in our living room.  I finally was able to hear him ... Billy Graham in Quotes - A Review

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5 Stars

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God Loves Broken People

God Loves Broken People

On 4/19 Pastor Patrick wrote: God Loves Broken People(And Those Who Pretend They’re Not)bySheila WalshA ReviewSome books are fun to read.  Some books an encouragement.  Some books serve as a great reference.  Sheila Walsh’s latest book is all three.  As I read, I thought I was reading something that I could ... God Loves Broken People: A Review

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5 Stars

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 1/27 Pastor Patrick wrote: The Encounter:Sometimes God Has To IntervenebySteve Arterburn: A Review As a mathematician, I learned about intersecting lines. As a counselor, I understand that the same is true of lives. Steve Arterburn’s newest book illustrates this truth. Jonathan “Gold” Rush and Ada Rose Guthrie had separated ... The Encounter : A Review

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5 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/12 Pastor Patrick wrote: Robert J. Morgan is one of my favorite authors - not just because of the "Then Sings My Soul" series, but because of other books which he has contributed to my library. The book is a collection of hymn stories - hymns dating from the 1st century AD to the 21st century. The author not only tells the ... Hymn Stories For The Soul

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/3 Pastor Patrick wrote: Nearing HomebyBilly Graham How does a man who has been preaching, in one form or another, for over seventy years, a man who has shared his faith with twelve presidents, a man who is probably more well known than any spiritual leader alive today, still manage to inspire and encourage believers? By writing ...

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/14 Pastor Patrick wrote: Going DeepbyGordon MacDonald(ISBN: 0785226087)I was dubious as I began to read this book. I had not read its predessor (Who Stole My Church), so had no idea what I was about to discover. But when I found that the book was a first-person, fictional, devotional, it seemed on the surface to be a flawed ... Going Deep : A Review

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 9/13 Pastor Patrick wrote:

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God's Love Letters to You

God's Love Letters to You

On 8/22 Pastor Patrick wrote: God's Love Letters To You by Larry Crabb I have long dreamt of putting together a sermon series that would allow me to walk through, albeit, briefly, each book of the bible. When I first saw this title, I thought that it might provide a foundation toward accomplishing that goal. Alas, it does not. ... God's Love Letters To You : A Review

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3 Stars

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