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Everything

Everything

On 1/17 Tory wrote: Everything by Mary DeMuth is a good, challenging book! It is broken up into 3 sections. Part 1 is Head - What We Think. Part 2 is Heart - Who We Are and Part 3 is Hands - How We Live. Basically, these three components add up to 'everything'. Jesus wants our everything - Head, Heart and Hands. At the ... Everything

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4 Stars

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The Southern Foodie

The Southern Foodie

On 9/5 Tory wrote: The Southern Foodie is a cookbook that highlights famous restaurants in the South and includes recipes for the chef to try at home. Because I don't live anywhere near the south, and I don't know a lot of famous restaurants, it didn't interest me as much as it might some. I haven't yet tried the recipes; ... Thoughts on The Southern Foodie

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4 Stars

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The Truth About Grace

The Truth About Grace

On 8/22 Tory wrote: The Truth about Grace is a short volume by John MacArthur, but is is rather meaty! And it needs to be; grace is not easy to define nor understand. MacArthur does a wonderful job explaining what Grace is and the theology of grace. You might not agree with all his views but it is a very solid book and ... Thoughts on The Truth About Grace

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5 Stars

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You Be Sweet

You Be Sweet

On 8/17 Tory wrote: You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time is a tantalizing cookbook! First, let me say that this is the first cookbook I've ever downloaded to my Apple iPad and I now LOVE having cookbooks in an ebook format!The recipes look amazingly delicious. I'm not a huge dessert baker but ... Book thoughts on You Be Sweet

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5 Stars

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 8/17 Tory wrote: Father Hunger by Douglas Wilson is a book that is worth reading. There's a lot of controversy these days about what "masculinity" is and who should lead in a household. There are too many households that have an absent father or one that doesn't take their role seriously. In fact, there are many today ... Thoughts on Father Hunger

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4 Stars

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Real Marriage DVD-Based Study Kit

Real Marriage DVD-Based Study Kit

On 4/20 Tory wrote: There's been so much controversy about Mark Driscoll and his book and book tour of "Real Marriage." I will admit, I wasn't looking forward to this DVD series and so I gave it to a friend who is doing the group study in her small young marrieds community group. She's actually going to give me a better, ... Great group Study

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5 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 12/6 Tory wrote: The book of Man by William Bennett is a wonderful book for anyone. This is a compilation of stories, poems, and essays that highlight what it means to be a man. I read an article where Mr. Bennett was interviewed and said that the plight of our society today is that there's very little direction of what ... The Book of Man

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5 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 11/3 Tory wrote: The Grace Effect is a book that surprised me. I thought it would be dry and it is refreshing instead. It is a great story and brings up a lot of questions about society as well as the injustices in society and especially in the realm of adoption. This is the story of Sasha, a Ukranian girl who is adopted ... compelling

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4 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 10/20 Tory wrote: A few years ago I happened upon a small book called The Voice Revealed by Chris Seay. It was a small book that was pretty much the same selection as ini this Bible, except this is the entire New Testament as well as some other features. This book highlights images and the story of Scripture. The word ... The Voice New Testament

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3 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 10/12 Tory wrote: I'm a skeptic and not sure why I agreed to read Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, but since it is a bestseller that all my friends are raving about, I did and have to admit, that it is a sweet story. Do I take it as a "true" story? Not sure..... it's hard to believe a four year old would talk in the ... Heaven is for Real

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3 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/5 Tory wrote: Going Deep by Gordan Macdonald is an interesting look at church and people but instead of a "textbook" approach, he tells the story through a fictional church and it in many ways comes to life. The characters are fictional; the issues are very real in the church today. I've read numerous books that talk ... Going Deep

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4 Stars

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 9/27 Tory wrote: I will admit, I've never been a "follower' of Oprah. Sure I'd watch a show here and there, and I think i did read one of her book club selections once but I never really "got into" Oprah, so imagine my surprise by how much I enjoyed this book, Where Has Oprah Taken Us by Stephen Mansfield. This is a ... Where Has Oprah Taken Us? - Review

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5 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 9/14 Tory wrote: I was fortunate enough to review Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd. Everyone knows the Great Commission, and this author is passionate about evangelism. This book is a call to living al life worthy of our calling and to become missionaries to our community and world. But not out of legalism or a set ... Our Last Great Hope

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4 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 9/8 Tory wrote: What is the church supposed to look like? What does it mean to be "unleashed"? Is that a good thing, to be "barbaric"? While I enjoyed some of this book's call to leave complacency and be bold, I am not sure I followed all that he was saying. I simply couldn't get into this book. I did hear that it was ... Unleashed

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3 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 9/8 Tory wrote: What is the church supposed to look like? What does it mean to be "unleashed"? Is that a good thing, to be "barbaric"? While I enjoyed some of this book's call to leave complacency and be bold, I am not sure I followed all that he was saying. I simply couldn't get into this book. I did hear that it was ... Unleashed

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3 Stars

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Permission to Speak Freely

Permission to Speak Freely

On 9/8 Tory wrote: Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson is a rare book that combines honesty with beauty. Her honesty is beautiful and rare as she recounts her story. She grew up as a pastor's kid yet deeply broken. It is hard not to read this and weep at the brokenness yet it is done in such a way that you feel ... Permission to Speak Freely

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4 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 9/8 Tory wrote: The Grace of God by Andy Stanley is simply a gift to read. In it, Mr. Stanley explores grace shown in the Old and New Testaments. In this book he looks at grace by explaining the story of Grace: being chosen by Grace, Surprised by Grace, Redeemed by Grace, Ruled by Grace, Rescued by Grace, Sustained ... The Grace of God

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 9/7 Tory wrote: Max on Life by Max Lucado is almost more of a reference book and certain sections seemed very similar to some of his prior material. Basically, this book is broken into sections by topic, making it easy to use as a reference. It is written as a question or letter that Mr. Lucado then spends a page or ... Max On Life

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 9/7 Tory wrote: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is a well-written story, but one that didn't altogether capture my attention. This might be because I don't read much fiction. Still, it is about David Ponder who is visited by an angel where he meets many famous people from history . This is a hard book to review because ... The Final Summit

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3 Stars

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The Band that Played On

The Band that Played On

On 4/6 Tory wrote: I don't know much about the Titanic; my son definitely knows more than I do, so I enjoyed learning a bit more about history though the story of these heroic eight musicians. Basically, these men chose to continue playing to soothe other passengers, knowing that they would not be saved and would die. ... The Band that Played On

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4 Stars

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Sequin Bible - Pink

Sequin Bible - Pink

On 2/22 Tory wrote: I have a girl. A very girly-girl. Before I even took this Bible out of the box my young daughter was excited. First, it's pink, sparkly and has little sequined appliques of hearts and flowers on the cover with the words "Holy Bible." Inside, the pages are a good consistency and the translation is the ... Sequin Bible

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 2/6 Tory wrote: I read The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spirit, by Joan Chittister. I was looking forward to it because I wanted to know more about that. When I attended a Presbyterian church they observed certain parts of the liturgical year and I enjoyed participating in Ash Wednesday, Lent and ... The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life

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3 Stars

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 1/21 Tory wrote: I so enjoy G.K Chesterton's writings, so I was thrilled to see this biography, Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life and Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte. It was a solid, good biography, but left me wanting more. I felt I was enticed and had a good general foundation of Mr. Chesterton, and I enjoyed ... Book Thoughts -- Defiant Joy

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4 Stars

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The Quotable Chesterton

The Quotable Chesterton

On 1/2 Tory wrote: G.K. Chesterton is a thought-provoking writer that is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis with his book The Everlasting Man. I have several Chesterton books on my shelf and his works are quite varied but equally magnificent. His Father Brown mysteries are the most accessible of his works, but he is also ... Thoughts on The Quotable Chesterton

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5 Stars

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Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index

On 12/21 Tory wrote: I've always enjoyed Bible aids and helps. When I was in high school I'd save my money to buy concordances and other things to aid in my Bible study, so when I saw this book, Nelson's Biblical Cyclopedic Index, I thought I'd enjoy it. I did enjoy this book. It is about 500 pages and contains a lot of ... Nelson's Biblical Cycopedic Index

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4 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful

On 12/16 Tory wrote: Voices of the Faithful is a compilation of stories and accounts from missionaries all over the world, arranged throughout the year by subjects. For instance, January is God's Character, February is God's Word, and March is Prayer. I liked having the cohesiveness of a theme for the entire month. It is ... Thoughts on Voices of the Faithful

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4 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 12/14 Tory wrote: I recently received The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible: Inspirational Applications for Living Your Faith from the Booksneeze program at Thomas Nelson. The cover is tastefully done in muted tones and a scenic sepia photo. The translation is the NKJV, an updated version of the King James but much more ... Thoughts on The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible

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5 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 12/6 Tory wrote: Slave by John MacArthur is a book that everyone should read. I think this is going to at first be a controversial book, just based on the title. When I think of "slave" I immediately think offensively, but if you read the whole book, you will have a new appreciation for what the meaning of "slave" ... Slave by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/27 Tory wrote: On This Day In Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories About Saints, Martyrs, and Heroes by Robert Morgan, is a hard book to review; as it is more of a daily devotional style book, with each day reading one page or so, and there is little flow to it, as it skips around, drawing from special ... Book Thoughts- On This Day In Christian History

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4 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 11/6 Tory wrote: Do you love hymns? Do you know someone that does? Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan, is a terrific book for someone that enjoys hymns, and even those that don't! This book is labeled "special edition." Perhaps it is labeled as such because the book is a tad bit nicer than your typical paperback, ... Then Sings My Soul - Book Thoughts

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5 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 10/27 Tory wrote: The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett is a wonderful slice of history presented in a very unique way, almost in a "devotional" style. An excerpt of reading and learning every day. As my friend was looking it over, she mused that this would be a great book to read with children, to give ... The American Patriot's Almanac: Daily Readings on America

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I Lift Up My Soul

I Lift Up My Soul

On 10/27 Tory wrote: I Lift Up My Soul: Devotions to Start Your Day With God by Charles Stanley is a nice devotional book with excerpts taken from his other books. If you've read most of his other writings, then much of this will be review for you; if you are new to Charles Stanley, then you will absolutely be overjoyed ... I Lift Up My Soul - Book Thoughts

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The Treasure of God's Word

The Treasure of God's Word

On 10/14 Tory wrote: This is a beautiful book that screams "gift" to me, especially since it contains excerpts from the King James Version Bible as well as some history about this translation. It never gets too in depth yet I can see how it would be popular as a gift item. It is a beautiful book, rather thin at only 176 ... The Treasure of God's Word- book thoughts

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3 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/14 Tory wrote: A friend of mine wrote such a good review, I have little desire to post mine here! Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O'Dell is an engaging, thought provoking book. Although he focuses on rural churches, the takeaway and principles he speaks of are pertinent to all churches. Change is never ... Transforming Church in Rural America

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4 Stars

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"Big Red" Holy Bible - Contemporary 3-D Art

On 10/6 Tory wrote: This is a bright bold Bible that my kids instantly wanted to look at. There are many pictures in this Bible, which made it lots of fun for even my youngest child who can't read yet, to look through. The translation it uses is not y favorite, as I prefer the ESV but my kids seemed to understand it well ... Holy Bible for Children - book thoughts

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/21 Tory wrote: For some reason, I did not expect this book to resonate so much with me! It is a book that calls us to compassion and action in such a way you put it down and you can't wait to open your home and invite a friend to dinner, or even a stranger. He challenged me to really "see" people, to see the similarities ... Outlive Your Life - Book Thoughts

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 9/21 Tory wrote: This is a rather tough one to review. On one hand, I really like what he has to say, but there are times when I got a bit confused. In the front cover, the author, Chris Seay, writes this: "The reason we are not living in the light of life that real Christianity ignites is that we have ignored, distorted, ... The Gospel According To Jesus

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3 Stars

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The Nativity Collection

The Nativity Collection

On 9/13 Tory wrote: I love Christmastime and can't ever get enough Christmas books, so when I saw The Nativity Collection by Robert J. Morgan, I knew I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed. It is a wonderful collection of Christmas stories, beautifully written that really draws the reader in. I couldn't help but ... The Nativity Collection - Thoughts.

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5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Tory wrote: Some children's books inspire and inform not only the child, but also the adult reading it to them. This book by Andy Andrews, The Boy Who Changed the World is one of those rare books that accomplish both. I knew who George Washington Carver was and what he did, but I had never known "the butterfly ... Thoughts on The Boy Who Changed the World

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4 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 8/29 Tory wrote: As soon as I saw this book, The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A Spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the Hubble Telescope, offered on Thomas Nelsons' booksneeze site I knew I wanted it. With authors like Francis Chan, John MacArthur, Stephen Young, Max Lucado, I had high expectations. What ... The Heavens Proclaim His Glory - Book Thoughts

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5 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 8/11 Tory wrote: Once again, I really like the size, feel, and length of this series by Thomas Nelson. This one is by Robert West and the title is Saint Francis, because it is on the life of St. Francis. I had not known too much about St. Francis. I have heard that the oft-used quote "Preach the gospel often. If necessary, ... Saint Francis -Book Thoughts

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3 Stars

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100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

On 7/31 Tory wrote: I'm a part of a program that will send me free books for a fair and honest review. The program is called Booksneeze and it is available to any blogger. I've been really enjoying their offerings lately. From time to time, they put up kids books and DVDs for review. They are possibly the books that are ... 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

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5 Stars

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Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet

On 7/26 Tory wrote: I have a feeling that this series, Christian Encounters, is going to be very popular. This a an attractive book, nicely sized and a perfect amount of pages. This volume in under 200 pages and yet I finished knowing so much more about Anne Bradstreet. I was given the opportunity to read Anne Bradstreet ... Review- Anne Bradstreet

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4 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 7/19 Tory wrote: Same Kind of Different as Me by surprised me. I was not prepared to be so touched by a book, but I was, partly because it brought up things in my own life. This book touches on the reality that we're more the same than different; though we come from various backgrounds we're all made by God and ... Same Kind of Different as Me

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5 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/11 Tory wrote: I had no idea that this book by Ravi Zacharias was a collection of essays and as such was written by other people as well as Mr.Zacharias on apologetics and the challenging questions that often come up. This book is written in 3 parts: The first addresses various difficult questions, such as postmodernism, ... Beyond Opinion Review

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4 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 6/29 Tory wrote: I've never read any of John Maxwell's books and generally I'm not all that interested in leadership books, but this book was good on many levels, not just for business or leadership, but the principles are good for interacting in the everyday. I think that everyone desire to connect and communicate effectively. ... Review: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

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4 Stars

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You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

On 6/25 Tory wrote: You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be is a wonderful, affirming warmly written book by Max Lucado. I enjoyed this book, but do think with it is perfectly suited as a gift book. It is just a bit over 100 pages and really does help others see their strengths and abilities as God-given to be embraced ... You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

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4 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 Tory wrote: I had the opportunity to read Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola's newest book, Jesus Manifesto. I have read two other Len Sweet books and find him to be quite provocative in thought. He is a master storyteller and his prose oftentimes nearly become poetic. Some may love this, but for me, in the past I have ... Jesus Manifesto

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3 Stars

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Read and Share: The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles

Read and Share: The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles

On 5/20 Tory wrote: I just received this in the mail as part of my involvement with Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. I handed it to my five year old daughter who was instantly delighted! Within five minutes the DVD was playing. My little girl loved this DVD, as she enjoys all Jesus stories. It is simple animation and ... The Jesus Series: Life and Miracles: Read and Share DVD Bible

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4 Stars

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Change Your Church for Good, Revised

Change Your Church for Good, Revised

On 5/8 Tory wrote: Change Your Church For Good is written by Brad Powell, senior pastor of NorthRidge Church. It is primarily about the insight he has gained through successfully transitioning his church from culturally irrelevant to a dynamic, culture-engaging church that exists to draw others to Christ, with the primary ... Change Your Church For Good

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4 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/4 Tory wrote: Plan B by Pete Wilson attempts to tackle the question of pain, suffering and disappointment when things in our lives don't go as planned. This is such a tough subject and I've read several books on pain, suffering and God. On one level, this book disappoints because it did not delve as far into the issue ... Plan B by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

The Hole in Our Gospel (Trade Paperback)

On 4/27 Tory wrote: The Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns will perhaps be a controversial book, as some will say it's very social justice oriented, yet much of the Bible is about how we should interact and care for the poor, widowed and orphans. This is what I got out of the book: A challenge to really examine what ... The Hole in the Gospel

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4 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 4/6 Tory wrote: I generally enjoy books that are about real people or events, and this book, The Search for God and Guinness written by Stephen Mansfield, was no exception. Although the subtitle is "A Biography of The Beer That Changed The World, it is actually more about the extraordinary efforts and ethics of the ... The Search for God and Guinness

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4 Stars

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Called to Worship

Called to Worship

On 9/23 Tory wrote: I recently finished a good sized book titled Called to Worship by Vernon M. Whaley. It's subtitle is "The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call" I found this book to be quite thorough, as it addressed the meaning of worship, different style of worship, and if our response to worship truly ... Called To Worship -Book Review

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5 Stars

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