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Pursuing Justice

Pursuing Justice

On 2/18 Tammie Gitt wrote: It’s been difficult to write a review of Pursuing Justice. It’s not that I don’t want to write a review. It’s just that I don’t know where to start. So let’s start with this. There’s a very real chance that this book will turn your idas about justice upside down by setting things right. Ken ... Defining justice, reshaping life

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5 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 1/18 Tammie Gitt wrote: While full of truth about love and service, loss and love, the book simply didn't live up to the description for me. Each chapter settled into a rhythm of a knock at the door, entrance into the old pastor's home, a short conversation and the old pastor inevitably telling a story before the young pastor ... Insightful, not delightful

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2 Stars

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Miraculous Movements

Miraculous Movements

On 7/1 Tammie Gitt wrote: I wanted to love this book. After all, the book description promised stories of changes taking place in Muslim communities where imams, sheikhs and entire mosques are turning to Christ. In that, Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love with Jesus, met with moderate ... Less than anticipated

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2 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 5/1 Tammie Gitt wrote: True confession? Two aspects of my personality have always been at war with each other. One, which gets expressed now and then on the blog, is the free-spirited, neo-hippie girl who would love to ditch the 8-4 and write all day. The other - the one that wins the battle most days - is the one that goes ... On the Bookshelf: Love Does

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5 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 4/3 Tammie Gitt wrote: When a book about grace begins by describing a dinner with Christopher Hitchens, you know you're in for a treat. Larry Alex Taunton's The Grace Effect absolutely does not disappoint. Taunton presents the idea that society needs "Christianity's gentling, inspiring, and culturally transforming power." ... Compelling story, compelling grace

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5 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 2/28 Tammie Gitt wrote: Let’s put aside that reviewing the Bible is a little awkward. Obviously, the point isn’t the Bible itself, but the presentation of the Bible offered by The Voice New Testament. And frankly, that presentation is a mixed bag … at least in the electronic version I used (iBooks). I’m curious about ... On the Bookshelf: The Voice

Tammie's Rating:

3 Stars

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Peace Be with You

Peace Be with You

On 12/28 Tammie Gitt wrote: Years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, David Carlson still felt unsettled, haunted by a vague feeling that the United States had set upon the wrong path - a path of retaliation - from the beginning. Adding to the spiritual tension was a growing concern that the loudest Christian responses to the ... A slow revelation

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3 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 8/11 Tammie Gitt wrote: The world of the Middle Earth is vast and intricate, filled with iconic characters and epic landscapes. This brief biography of the mastermind of the Middle Earth? Not so much. Horne offers an overview of Tolkien’s life, with a fair amount of the focus resting on the author’s formative childhood ... Just an overview ...

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3 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 7/17 Tammie Gitt wrote: It’s been quite some time since I read a book that I couldn’t put down. Then came Ian Morgan Cron’s Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me: A Memoir … of sorts. Each page takes readers deeper into Cron’s relationship with his mysterious, sometimes violent alcoholic father and the chaos his not-so-secret ... On the bookshelf: Jesus, my Father, the CIA and Me

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5 Stars

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 6/21 Tammie Gitt wrote: I love traveling … for any reason. I love driving on two-lane roads as much as I do flying between cities. Anytime I have the chance to go away, I get a break from the routine and, more often than not, discover a little something more about myself along the way. In a sense such voyages of discovery ... On the Bookshelf: The Sacred Journey

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3 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 3/10 Tammie Gitt wrote: I come from a faith tradition that doesn’t emphasize the liturgical year. Of course, special events are held in a decorated church to mark the weeks of Advent leading to Christmas. Similarly, there are various activities that mark the Easter season. And, though it isn’t observed in any special way, ... On the bookshelf: The Liturgical Year

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3 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 12/1 Tammie Gitt wrote: If recent polls are any indication, Christians could use a little refresher course on church history. While it won't take the place of more in-depth texts, Robert Morgan's On This Day in Christian History is a good place to start for those looking for brief stories about, as the subtitle states, “saints, ... On the bookshelf: On This Day in Christian History

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3 Stars

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The Word of Promise The Gift of Psalms

The Word of Promise The Gift of Psalms

On 10/21 Tammie Gitt wrote: It’s almost embarrassing that this book sat on my shelf for so long. Reading it has been like opening a hidden treasure. This beautifully packaged devotional book contains reflections on 50 of the Psalms. Three audio CDs contain 30 devotions — some of which are also found on the book while others ... On the bookshelf: The Gift of Psalms

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4 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 Tammie Gitt wrote: We sing about grace. We talk about grace. We claim victory over circumstances by way of God's grace. We even name our children Grace. But do we really understand grace and the implications of a living a life fully enveloped in the realization that grace is totally undeserved, unearned and often unexpected? In ... On the bookshelf: The Grace of God

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/4 Tammie Gitt wrote: Strange how things work out. On the very day that I planned to post this review of Pete Wilson's Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?, the author is leading his church through a Plan B scenario. Wilson is the pastor of Crosspoint Church in Nashville. If you've ... On the bookshelf: Plan B

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3 Stars

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 9/29 Tammie Gitt wrote: Donald Miller was handed the golden ticket out of a life of indifferent comfort when he was given the opportunity to turn his bestselling memoir, Blue Like Jazz, into a movie. Thanks to his realization, we are granted insight not just into how Don went from clicking through television channels to clicking ... A good story ...

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Tammie Gitt wrote: If we’ve gained anything from the 24-hour news cycle, it’s a greater capacity for fear. We’re afraid of what the stock market might do or what it might not do. We’re afraid of terrorism. We’re afraid of the H1N1 virus. We’re afraid our children are being left behind and we’re afraid of legislation crafted to ... Fear-facing faith …

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4 Stars

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Rex

Rex

On 1/30 Tammie Gitt wrote: Cathleen Lewis’ son, Rex, is a bundle of contradictions. Severely disabled, he is a music prodigy. Blind, yet he can see scores of music yet unwritten. In the telling the story of her son’s — and indeed her own journey —  Lewis guides the reader into a vortex of devastating diagnoses ... Book Review: Rex

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Reflections of God's Holy Land

Reflections of God's Holy Land

On 12/29 Tammie Gitt wrote: Ten years ago this week, my mother and I embarked on a ten-day tour of Israel. Over the course of the trip, we retraced the steps of Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem, waded into the shallow water on the edge of the Sea of Galilee and walked along the hillside where Jesus is believed ... On the Bookshelf: Reflections of God’s Holy Land

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