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The Adam Quest

The Adam Quest

On 3/31 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Where did we come from? How did it all begin? Was there a “real” Adam and Eve? How can we reconcile science with the Bible? Can we? Many Christian believers have struggled with these questions. Tim Stafford interviewed eleven of them and reports his conversations in this excellent book, The Adam ... Discussions of science and faith often become the "elephant in the room."

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4 Stars

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Futureville

Futureville

On 2/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: If a meaningful life is one spent participating in God’s mission in the world, then our sense of hope and purpose is the product of our vision of the future—hence the title, Futureville. In the first chapter, the author takes us back to the 1939 New York World’s Fair, illustrating how the vision of ... A Vision of the World of Tomorrow

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 1/7 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Does the Bible teach that the sign gifts described in the Book of Acts are for today? (Such as speaking in tongues, miraculous healings, words of wisdom, prophetic utterances, visions, dreams, etc.) Should believers desire these gifts? Or did they cease at the close of the apostolic age? Is the Bible ... This book will prompt questions for evangelical believers.

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The Reason for My Hope

The Reason for My Hope

On 10/31 Carole Ledbetter wrote: If you want to read a book that defines classic Christianity, this is it! At the age of 95, following 70+ years of preaching the Christian message, Graham comes once again to the defense of biblical Christianity. In a world where designer faith, trendy faith, and blended faith are rampant, Billy stands ... Defining Classical Christianity

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5 Stars

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The Beauty of Broken

The Beauty of Broken

On 9/18 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Elisa Morgan is probably best known as the former president of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International, a nonprofit ministry, reaching over a million moms. For twenty-some years she served as a kind of "poster child" for the movement that promoted successful mothering and perfect ... God can heal the broken places in our lives.

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Death By Living

Death By Living

On 8/27 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Death by Living by N. D. Wilson August 27, 2013 - Posted by caroleledbetter This is a book about living fully and freely–about our lives as story, a family’s visit to France, Belgium, Rome, Jerusalem, and London, and places in ... Life was meant to be spent.

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3 Stars

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Homeless at Harvard

Homeless at Harvard

On 8/6 Carole Ledbetter wrote: “If you’re going to be homeless anywhere, Harvard Square is probably the best place to be,” says Chubby John, one of the people the author meets while living on the street at Harvard. Chubby John adds, “. . .there are services for the homeless in Cambridge and there’s no problem raising money. ... Have you ever wondered what it's like to be homeless?

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4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 6/29 Carole Ledbetter wrote: It was the title that caught my attention! The story begins in London in the fifties, during the cold war, where Cron’s father is employed as the managing director of Screen Gems, a television subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, in the United Kingdom and Europe. The children attend the finest private ... It was the title that caught my attention!

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gods at war

gods at war

On 4/29 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Do you think of idols as statues that people in far off countries worship? Do you think there are no idols in your life? You may think differently after reading Kyle Idleman’s latest book, Gods at War. When I finished reading this book, I wanted to buy a copy for everyone I knew. Idleman’s ... So you think you have no idols?

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Accidental Pharisees

Accidental Pharisees

On 3/21 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Book Review: Accidental Pharisees This book asks the question, “Is it possible to be too zealous for God?” In Jesus’ day, being called a Pharisee was a badge of honor. The Pharisees excelled at spirituality–they were zealous, committed to their faith, theologically informed, biblically accurate ... A book that needed to be written . . .

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/23 Carole Ledbetter wrote: I’ve often wondered why there isn’t more emphasis on what it means to be “in Christ.” Pastor Mark Driscoll answers that need in his recent book, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ. This is an excellent exposition on the Book of Ephesians, with an emphasis on who ... Ever wonder who you really are?

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Fire of the Raging Dragon

Fire of the Raging Dragon

On 12/18 Carole Ledbetter wrote: The writer, Don Brown, served five years in the U. S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Corps, which gave him a background for this book and others he has written. For those who enjoy war stories, this one may prove a page-turner. U. S. President Douglas Surber is faced with ... An Exciting

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3 Stars

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Everything

Everything

On 10/13 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Mary DeMuth shares a spiritual memoir of her time in southern France where she and her husband served as missionaries, feeling crushed by the weight of disappointment and stress. Still, Mary says she would not trade the growth she experienced from that time period because becoming like Jesus, for Mary, ... I want to "Be an Am" like Mary . . .

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: A chance encounter between the author, Michael Neale, and a stranger in an airport becomes the basis for a coming-of-age story about a boy named Gabriel Clarke. Gabriel comes from a long line of “river people” – people who love white-water rafting. His initial experience ... A heart warming story . . .

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3 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 7/28 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Upon returning from a mission trip, Marcia’s husband, Bob, believes God is calling them to pack up and move to a Mayan village in Guatemala. Recalling that years earlier they pledged to “follow the Lord wherever He led” Marcia reluctantly acquiesces, although the idea threatens their comfortable, ... This gal's no coward!

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The Truth About Forgiveness

The Truth About Forgiveness

On 5/31 Carole Ledbetter wrote: John MacArthur begins this book with bad news–he says “the power that makes for bad news is sin. . . The common contemporary response to this bad news is to deny it or try to explain it away. Perhaps the most prevalent means of escaping blame is by classifying every human failing as some kind of ... The Bad News Comes First

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 5/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: “Christians have many reasons for rejoicing. The primary one is based on who God is—He is sovereign.” says John MacArthur in the opening paragraph of this book. Those who don’t live in the light of God’s sovereignty will lack peace in their lives and be left to the chaos of troubled hearts. ... Rejoicing in His Sovereignty

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 1/21 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Whether your thoughts go to The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces, or Surprised by Joy, fans of C. S. Lewis will enjoy this book by Terry Lindvall, Ph.D.which explores the various aspects of laughter and how Lewis used them in his writing. I began reading ... Depicting a Joyful God!

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Real Marriage

Real Marriage

On 12/31 Carole Ledbetter wrote: “Marriage is about friendship,” says Pastor Mark Driscoll in this newly published book, co-authored with his wife, Grace. The Driscolls present an open and honest account of the disappointments and struggles ... Marriage is about Friendship

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 12/3 Carole Ledbetter wrote: When I was in my teen years, Billy Graham was hitting his stride on the way to becoming the world’s most-famous evangelist. Now, at 93, in his recent book he looks ahead and shares what it’s like to be “nearing home.” He quotes Psalm 90:12: “Teach us to ... Life, Faith and Finishing Well

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3 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 11/6 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Do men really hate going to church? That was my question as I began reading this book by David Murrow. I know many men who are faithful, enthusiastic churchgoers. After reading Murrow’s book, I have to admit he has made some excellent observations. While ... Do men really hate going to church?

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 10/5 Carole Ledbetter wrote: New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Mansfield describes Oprah Winfrey’s rise to fame, as he recounts her birth as the illegitimate daughter of a part-time maid in 1950s Mississippi, her impoverished childhood, her beloved and godly grandmother who took her to church and taught her right from ... Has Oprah Led Us Astray?

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With

With

On 8/30 Carole Ledbetter wrote: A gospel song from a previous century, “Living for Jesus,” brings nostalgic memories of my teenage resolve to live “FOR Jesus.” After reading Jethani’s book, I questioned whether that emphasis was the right one. It’s where I was then. If you were to define the way you relate to God with ... The goal is not to use God--the goal is God!

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 8/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Carolyn Weber has penned a beautiful memoir of her first year at Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. With wit and humor and beautiful quotes from authors and poets, she describes the adventure of finding God and a very special TDH during her time as a student there. ... Share This Delightful Memoir of Spiritual Discovery

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/25 Carole Ledbetter wrote: By Alister McGrath Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McGrath, a longtime professor at Oxford University, now holds the Chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. In his new book, Why God Won’t Go ... Why God Won't Go Away

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3 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 6/3 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Book Review: how to write a book proposal, by michael Larsen If you are a writer looking to publish your work, you need this book! You may even wonder, as I did, if there is a book in you that you need to write, so that you can follow the clear, understandable process that Larsen outlines. Larsen's ... Writing a successful book proposal is outlined here!

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Pujols

Pujols

On 3/30 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Pujols, More Than a Game By Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth Published by Thomas Nelson, 2011 Albert Pujols may be the greatest player in the history of baseball! Through the age of thirty, he has more homers than Babe Ruth, more hits than Pete Rose, more RBIs than Hank Aaron, and more runs than Rickey ... A sports star my grandson can look up to!

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: The Quotable Chesterton By Kevin Belmonte G. K. Chesterton, who died on June 14, 1936, was described by the Times in his obituary as “a brilliant English essayist,” “a master of paradox,” and “for more than a generation the most exuberant personality in English literature.” A 1916 review ... The Quotable Chesterton

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Carole Ledbetter wrote: BOOK REVIEW: “Transforming church in RURAL AMERICA, breaking all the Rurals” By Shannon O’Dell, published by New Leaf Press In November, 2002, Pastor Shannon O’Dell, his wife and family of four, agreed to leave Oklahoma City and a church of 4,000, where he had served as student pastor for eleven ... transforming church in RURAL AMERICA

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Patton (The Generals)

Patton (The Generals)

On 9/20 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Stephen Mansfield, Series Edition published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. According to the authors of this book, the Oscar-winning movie, Patton that portrayed General George S. Patton, Jr.exaggerated his character flaws and sensationalized his eccentricities. They attribute this to the fact that the Patton’s ... Patton, the Pursuit of Destiny

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Book Review: The Butterfly Effect How Your Life Matters By Andy Andrews, New York Times Bestselling Author Copyright 2009 Simple Truths, LLC “You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world,” says author, Andy Andrews. This delightful ... You have been created to make a difference. .

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4 Stars

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After the Hangover

After the Hangover

On 5/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: If you’ve ever felt confounded by the terms, “liberal,” and “conservative,” as they are currently used in the media, Tyrell’s book will give you lots to think about. The author proves both knowledgeable ... After the Hangover, the Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Carole Ledbetter wrote: If you’ve ever sulked in disappointment over unfulfilled expectations, convinced you missed the best shot at life, this book is for you. Pete Wilson reminds us that Plan B may be God’s best for you after all, and you will learn more following ... Plan B by Pete Wilson

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The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

On 2/15 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Andrew Klavan treats teenage readers to the second in his Homelander series as protagonist, Charlie West, falsely convicted of the murder of his friend, Alex, attempts to find the real killer. Having lost all memory of the time following the crime, his trial, imprisonment, and break from jail, Charlie ... An Action-Packed Adventure for Teenage Boys

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 1/2 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Good Insights Into A Popular TV Series Suppose your plane crashed and you were forced to survive on a desert island with a group of fellow travelers. How would it change you? Fans of the TV series LOST will find similar questions to ponder in Chris Seay’s recent book, The Gospel According to Lost. I ... Good Insights Into A Popular TV Series

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 12/8 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Books on pain and struggle appeal to many people because we all go through difficulties in our lives. This one is especially timely, given the current economic slowdown, middle-east wars, unemployment, and other problems confronting society. While the book doesn’t address these problems directly, ... What Doesn't Kill You Might Make You Strong

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Green

Green

On 10/19 Carole Ledbetter wrote: Ted Dekker employs great metaphors in his Circle Series. In this latest book, Green, his protagonist, Thomas Hunter, returns to the year 2010 from 4036 A.D. According to the Books of History, referred to in Green, everything happening after the year 2010 actually began in the future in 4036 A.D. The ... Great Story but I should have come in at the beginning!

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Carole Ledbetter wrote: When I first decided to review this book, I found the title long, but intriguing. How could this man know what women should do differently? On the other hand, since my world has long been populated with men--father, brothers, husband, sons--I thought the male viewpoint might be worth considering. ... Are Women Less Happy Now?

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4 Stars

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