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A Beautiful Defeat

A Beautiful Defeat

On 10/11 Steven Martins wrote: Kevin Malarkey writes in A Beautiful Defeat that the principle goal of our lives is to live surrendered lives unto God. He discusses the nature of our sin nature, the grace and mercy of God, and the need to die to ourselves. However, the read is better suited for a new believer as there is no real depth, ... Review: "A Beautiful Defeat" by Kevin Malarkey

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3 Stars

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God’s Great Creation

God’s Great Creation

On 9/16 Steven Martins wrote: Having worked with children in the past, and having taught the book of Genesis as a young-earth apologist, I thought it would be great to see what resources are available for children in their early years of reading. That’s why I picked up God’s Great Creation. I was happy to see the traditional ... Book Review: “God’s Great Creation” by ZonderKids

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3 Stars

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The Case for Christ Student Edition

The Case for Christ Student Edition

On 7/30 Steven Martins wrote: Lee Strobel, he's a famous atheist who turned Christian when working for the Chicago Tribune. He sought to disprove God and discredit Christianity, and yet his journey brought him to faith. He published The Case for a Creator, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and even released DVD documentaries ... Tailored-Fit for the Student Mind

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5 Stars

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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping

On 6/5 Steven Martins wrote: Have you ever read a book, and tossed it aside after awhile because there’s no real meaningful content? Well John Ortberg did not write one of those books. On the contrary, his book Soul Keeping had me flipping through pages praying, reflecting and repenting. He likens our soul to that of a stream, ... Book Review: "Soul Keeping" by John Ortberg

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5 Stars

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All You Want to Know About Hell

All You Want to Know About Hell

On 4/9 Steven Martins wrote: If you haven’t heard it yet, not every Christian agrees with the concept of hell. Who needs reminding of the Rob Bell incident which sparked controversy regarding his questioning of hell? But the truth is, there are three predominant views on hell, and they’re presented by Bible teacher Steve Gregg ... Book Review: "All You Want to Know About Hell" by Steve Gregg

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4 Stars

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 1/10 Steven Martins wrote: John MacArthur was a riveting influence in my early teenage years, introducing me to the Bible’s many deep stories and its relevance to the 21st Century. I would buy his books to pour into them my time, effort and study, from Twelve Ordinary Men to Twelve Extraordinary Women, he inspired me to pursue ... Book Review: "Strange Fire" by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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Messiah: Origin

Messiah: Origin

On 11/12 Steven Martins wrote: A graphic novel translated from the original Greek manuscripts, Messiah: Origins captures the real imagery of the early portions of the Gospels. The blending of all four Gospel accounts into one fluid story, recounting the early years of Jesus Christ, provides a breath-taking experience for all readers. ... Book Review: Messiah Origin

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4 Stars

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Clean

Clean

On 7/20 Steven Martins wrote: I have written book reviews for books that I have loved and books that well... aren't quite loved at all. However, Clean: A Proven Plan for Men Committed to Sexual Integrity is a book that has absolutely changed my life. Douglas Weiss, PhD, provides the statistics of how sexuality gone wrong has affected ... "Clean" by Douglas Weiss

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5 Stars

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gods at war

gods at war

On 4/4 Steven Martins wrote: The author who brought you Not a Fan has now hit bookstores running with his new release Gods at War. It grips the heart, pulls the reader in, and doesn’t let go of your attention until you’re convicted to tears. This wonderful masterpiece unveils the human condition in a depth not often seen by ... Book Review: "Gods at War" by Kyle Idleman

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5 Stars

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Live Second

Live Second

On 2/21 Steven Martins wrote: Have you seen the "I Am Second" videos? Have you at least read the book? It's actually quite breath-taking, seeing all the glimpses of God's grace in the lives of broken people. But now, they've taken it a step further. They have now brought you "Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First", a beautiful ... Book Review: Live Second

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5 Stars

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Jesus

Jesus

On 12/25 Steven Martins wrote: Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have written a masterpiece in Jesus: A Theography, combining both theology and history, we see the story of Jesus like never before. Most Christians are accustomed to reading bits and pieces of Jesus’ life and ministry, whether it’s Old Testament references, or the different ... Book Review - LOVED IT!

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5 Stars

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Lifted by Angels

Lifted by Angels

On 10/13 Steven Martins wrote: I know of very few books that focus particularly on angelic beings, their roles within the kingdom of God and our understanding of them in our physical reality. Joel J. Millar attempts to address these areas lacking in knowledge and resources by introducing angelic beings to the contemporary Christian ... Book Review: “Lifted by Angels” by Joel Millar

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3 Stars

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Miraculous

Miraculous

On 9/28 Steven Martins wrote: If you’re interested in a fascinating history of signs, wonders and miracles, consider reading Belmonte’s “Miraculous”. As you can imagine, given the countless miracles and wonders that have taken place unto today, it is impossible to document and survey every single event in history and compile ... Book Review: "Miraculous" by Kevin Belmonte

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3 Stars

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 9/13 Steven Martins wrote: When you take a look at both generations, the older and the younger, you realize there is a vast difference between the two. The older generation, passing us the baton, relied heavily on wisdom, while the younger generation relied solely on passion. Personally I’ve witnessed this to be true, so I came ... Book Review: “Wisdom Meets Passion” by D. Miller & J. Angaza

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1 Stars

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

On 8/31 Steven Martins wrote: Personally speaking, I have both read and heard that Islam is a peaceful religion. However, I have always been skeptical about its peacefulness considering the events of 9/11. Those who have argued that they were the actions of a few handful of extremists may have a point. However, the stories streaming ... Book Review: Dreams And Visions by Tom Doyle

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4 Stars

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 8/13 Steven Martins wrote: If you enjoy philosophy, literary critiques, and insightful readings of overcoming doubt, then you may enjoy Joseph Loconte’s recent book “The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt”. I say “may enjoy” because it was a book that I “half-enjoyed”, mainly because I found the ... “The Searchers” by Joseph Loconte – Book Review

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2 Stars

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 7/17 Steven Martins wrote: Ever wondered what you were born to do? Phil Cooke doesn't claim to know the answer, but he does know what it involves. Phil Cooke is an international filmmaker, media producer and speaker, but most importantly, he's a Bible-believing Christian. He knows that only God can answer the question of purpose ... “One Big Thing” by Phil Cooke – Book Review

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3 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 6/14 Steven Martins wrote: When you're working in the ministry, you're likely to find yourself in some pretty difficult places. Whether it's exhaustion, depression, confusion, or other things, there's always something that comes up. In the book 'Mondays with My Old Pastor', Jose Navajo brings readers through his journey of discovery ... Mondays with My Old Pastor' by Jose Luis Navajo ' Book Review

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4 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 5/8 Steven Martins wrote: Mitch Stokes has given a one-two punch to the New Age Atheists through his book 'A Shot of Faith to the Head'. The PhD in Philosophy has really shown its colours in his colourful and artistic defense of the Christian faith and his exposure of overwhelming flaws in the atheistic framework. Covering the ... “A Shot of Faith to the Head” by Mitch Stokes – Book Review

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5 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 3/20 Steven Martins wrote: Have you ever received a book with scepticism and intrigue? I was originally excited to receive Jonathan Falwell’s book “The Ministry of Christ – 1000 Days” however I discovered the read to be dull and incredibly lethargic. Although I cannot question the orthodox view of the author, I do question ... “The Ministry of Christ - 1000 Days” by Falwell - Book Review

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2 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 1/23 Steven Martins wrote: How many of you have already watched the “I Am Second” video series on Youtube? I’ve watched a few, and I’ve been impacted by what I’ve watched, but I never would have thought that a book bearing the same name would have been released with some grueling life changing stories. Doug Bender & ... Book Review – “I Am Second” by Doug Bender & Dave Sterrett

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5 Stars

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Tyndale

Tyndale

On 1/3 Steven Martins wrote: I fell in love with this book the moment I started reading the Introduction, it's written in a very eloquent perspective, incorporating a lot of history of not only Tyndale but of others around him as well. It must however be understood that not many sources survive in order to retell the story of Tyndale's ... 'Tyndale - The Man Who Gave God an English Voice' by David Teems

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5 Stars

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No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

On 12/12 Steven Martins wrote: I haven’t always been a fan of Max Lucado’s books, yet No Wonder They Call Him Savior seemed to have captivated my heart the very moment I read it. Normally I’m not gripped by Lucado’s writing style, it’s very easy for me to lose focus when reading his books, but this book was written in a ... Book Review – “No Wonder They Call Him Savior” by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

On 11/29 Steven Martins wrote: There comes a time when reading a few good books that you come across a bad apple, despite the expectations of a good read. Just as eagerly as I am to recommend a book, so I am in discouraging readers from a book. Greg Paul, the author of Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, uses a variety of family experiences ... Book Review - 'Close Enough to Hear God Breathe' by Greg Paul

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1 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/27 Steven Martins wrote: Look back into the history of Christianity, you’ll find one of the heroes of the Christian faith still living today. He once sought to be a professional baseball player, to hit a home-run and run the bases, yet God had different plans for him. Nearing Home is a memoir and a monument of Billy Graham ... Nearing Home - Life, Faith, and Finishing Well

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4 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 11/3 Steven Martins wrote: We live in a society dominated by a vast array of media influences. Over time it has eroded godly principles and values that once existed within our culture and robbed both men and women alike of their true identities. Thanks to the power of worldly entertainment we've seen the compromise of Christian ... Book of Man - Surpassing Expectations

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4 Stars

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