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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

On 1/14 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Twelve Keys to Successful Living by Terry Felber is an inspiring book that navigates the difficult waters of a holy calling to business. The book is short, easy to ready, and contains one of the best study guides I’ve ever seen. I read the entire book from cover ... The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant (A Book Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The MoneySmart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System

On 12/12 Jonathan Hill wrote: The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age by Steve and Annette Economides truly lives up to its name. This is a fast paced and practical book on how to train your children to be wise stewards with their money. The book is full of useful information and references ... A Practical Guide for Parents on Teaching Money Management

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4 Stars

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If We Survive

If We Survive

On 11/16 Jonathan Hill wrote: If We Survive (Homelanders) by Andrew Klavan is an exciting fast paced adventure book that follows high school student Will Peterson and friends on a journey through a small South American country. Will and the gang end up in South America to help rebuild a school when they find themselves in the middle ... If We Survive (A Review of Andrew Klavan’s New Book)

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Voice Bible

The Voice Bible

On 11/15 Jonathan Hill wrote: It has taken me a while to figure out what I think of this new translation of the Bible. It is unique to say the least. The Voice Bible is a balanced translation that emphasizes both the scholarly work of translation and the artistic nuances of the English vernacular. It is a collaborative project between ... You’ve Never Seen A Bible Like This! An Enthusiastic Review of The Voice Bible

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 8/23 Jonathan Hill wrote: A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists is an excellent resource for believers who are antagonized by the abrasive form of the new atheism. Truthfully the new atheism is full of holes and this book helps show you where they are. The book is written on a popular ... Review: A Shot of Faith to the Head

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Crazy Dangerous

Crazy Dangerous

On 4/19 Jonathan Hill wrote: I picked this book up late one evening to read thinking that I’d read it during the evenings all week this week and ended up reading it before work the next day. I just couldn’t put it down. Crazy Dangerous is one of the most engaging, adventure paced Young Adult novels I have ever read. The main ... The Best in Christian Fiction that I have ever read

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Our Favorite Sins

Our Favorite Sins

On 4/4 Jonathan Hill wrote: Have you ever wrestled with a sin issue? You knew that you had to change, but change seemed impossible. Or maybe you've been attending a bible study or even church service and while you feel educated at the end of the event you know somehow that transformation doesn't just come with education. Something ... Our Favorite Sins By Todd Hunter (A Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 2/2 Jonathan Hill wrote: You have to love a story where the main character runs off to grad school a staunch feminist agnostic only to return home years later as a born-again evangelical Christian. You might guess that such a transformation would take place in an environment saturated with evangelical Christians, but could you ... Surprised by Oxford (A Review)

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4 Stars

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The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 1/7 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook by Jeff Kinley is one of the first books I have had the pleasure of reading as an e-book! That aside, here is the review: The format of the book is somewhat intriguing. Kinley weaves an engaging story around zombies for about half of the book. The other half he ... The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook (A Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

3 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 12/5 Jonathan Hill wrote: Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow is a compelling book about the gender gap that is growing in congregations world-wide. Women outnumber men in some congregations with the differential ratios as high as 63 to a measly 37 percent. In his newly revised ground breaking book Murrow attempts ... Is Church Designed for Sissies?

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 11/3 Jonathan Hill wrote: Check out The Voice Bible! A new bible format from Thomas Nelson Publishers and the Ecclesia Bible Society. The Voice seeks to retell the scriptures in a contemporary way to a new generation. I was expecting just another cheesy paraphrase, but when I read the voice I was pleasantly surprised to find ... the voice (A review)

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 10/26 Jonathan Hill wrote: To be sure, Be the People by Carol M. Swain is a political book. Ms. Swain writes from a solidly conservative and solidly Christian view point. My interest was piqued when I learned a bit about Ms. Swain's background from her website. She has experienced childhood poverty, being a high school drop-out, ... a Unique Perspective on Political Issues from a Conservative Woman with Christian Values

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/6 Jonathan Hill wrote: A while back i posted a comment on another blog about science and religion. I took a few minutes to make three solid and well reasoned points as well as to call into question the legitimacy of some of the points made by others who commented (I made no attempt to identify myself with a religion in general ... Is the New Atheism Empty?

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 6/24 Jonathan Hill wrote: Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions by Max Lucado is exactly like it sounds. Max answers questions that have been posed to him throughout the years. Max on Life was a very boring book in my estimation, Max provides a middle of the road pastoral response to most of the ... would have been better as a blog than a book

Jonathan's Rating:

2 Stars

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Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent

On 5/7 Jonathan Hill wrote: "Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results" by John Maxwell is a great book about maximizing potential. Of all the Maxwell books I've read, I like this one the best. The book is full of wisdom and insights that are intended to challenge the reader to maximize their potential. I found ... the best John Maxwell book I have ever read

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Jolt!

Jolt!

On 4/19 Jonathan Hill wrote: Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing by Phil Cooke is an exciting read. The book is basically a list of 25 “jolts” or things that a person needs to do in order to be successful in the Western business world and in life (of course this all largely depends on your definition ... "Jolt" by Phil Cooke (A Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/13 Jonathan Hill wrote: "The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity" by Andy Andrews was rather difficult for me to want to read. The book appears to be headed one direction at the beginning and then takes a total different course. Throughout the book it is clear that the author is stabbing ... What's Up Andy? You can't use Spiritual themes for self-help purposes. Your going to tick a lot of people off

Jonathan's Rating:

2 Stars

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In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer

On 3/28 Jonathan Hill wrote: In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson was a huge disappointment. He took 150 pages to say what he could have said in 15. Though I appreciate his heartwarming and endearing writing style it seemed a bit misplaced in this particular book in this particular series. At the end of the day, In Constant Prayer ... review: In Coantant Prayer

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2 Stars

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Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy

On 2/18 Jonathan Hill wrote: Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte is something like a biography of G. K. Chesterton. Though, it is like a biography, it is not a biography, it is more like a source book with lots of little paragraphs that bring the larger block quotes together. In essence, ... very poorly written

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2 Stars

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Fasting

Fasting

On 1/5 Jonathan Hill wrote: Last night I was greatly blessed to read the book Fasting: The Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series) by Scot McKnight. McKnight does a fantastic job of leading the reader to understand the Biblical discipline of fasting (a discipline that has largely been ignored or forgotten in many modern ... A great introduction to fasting

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 12/13 Jonathan Hill wrote: Then Sings My Soul Special Edition by Robert J. Morgan is a great book with background on 150 most loved hymns. The collection of hymns centers on the holidays with the first sections being devoted to Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. The assortment then moves on to patriotic hymns as well as classical ... Review: Then sings my sould (special edition)

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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On This Day in Christian History

On This Day in Christian History

On 11/5 Jonathan Hill wrote: I like history. I really like Christian History. Just take one glance around my office and you will notice that most of the books on my shelves were written by dead guys (actually they wrote the books and then they died). You might also notice a long shelve filled with biographies and still another shelf ... A Great gift for History Nerds (Like Myself)

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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I Lift Up My Soul

I Lift Up My Soul

On 10/27 Jonathan Hill wrote: I Lift Up My Soul: Devotions to Start Your Day with God by Charles Stanley is a short devotional book. The format is basic with a Scripture passage to read, a verse, a few paragraphs of inspiration and a sentence prayer. Each devotion fills a single page and can be read from start to finish in less ... "I Lift Up My Soul" By Charles Stanley (REVIEW)

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Really Woolly Bible Stories

Really Woolly Bible Stories

On 10/16 Jonathan Hill wrote: Really Woolly Bible Stories is a collection of 16 Bible stories, illustrated for young children and told in a few short stanzas of rhyme. Really Woolly Bible Stories is a great introduction to important bible stories for infants and toddlers. I appreciate the padded hardback nature of the book ensuring ... A great book for infants and toddlers

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Transforming Church in Rural America

Transforming Church in Rural America

On 10/11 Jonathan Hill wrote: Transforming Church in Rural America by Shannon O’Dell is a must read for any young pastor leading a congregation in rural America! I was deeply blessed by almost every page in this book and even a little humbled. Having grown up in rural churches and having many friends who are pastoring rural ... The Book Every Young Pastor in a Small Church Needs to Read

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 10/6 Jonathan Hill wrote: Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference Max Lucado is a really great inspirational book. I’m generally not a Lucado fan, but I was blown away by this book. The book is well written, well paced, well packaged, and worth a read (even if you aren’t a Lucado fan). Max Lucado does a great ... I'm not a lucado fan and I loved the book!

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Treasure of God's Word

The Treasure of God's Word

On 10/5 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Treasure of God’s Word: Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible by Jack Countryman is more or less a coffee table book. It is an attractively bound hardcover book with a soft leathery feel. The pages have golden edge and the books general appearance is one of quality and value. Unfortunately ... "The Treausre of God's Word" by Jack Countryman (A Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

3 Stars

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Seeds of Turmoil

Seeds of Turmoil

On 9/27 Jonathan Hill wrote: Seeds of Turmoil: The Biblical Roots of the Inevitable Crisis in the Middle East is a great book to help you figure out the history behind the middle eastern conflict. I was excited to get my copy in the mail and read it over the weekend in my down time between events. It was an easy read (perhaps ... a great introduction to Middle Eastern Conflict

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 9/7 Jonathan Hill wrote: The author Amie Streater writes in a straight forward, compelling, and conversational manner. She shares gripping stories or heart ache and heart-break due financial ignorance and petty greed. The thing I liked most about each chapter is the way that she was able to unveil each “myth” and its root ... Overcoming Money Myths that Christians Believe

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews is an inspirational book about how every life and every person makes a difference in generations to come. The book is a small hardback that is perfect for laying out on the coffee table or end table as a discussion piece. The story only takes ... A great book for the coffee Table

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a large hardback children’s book based on the inspirational gift book The Butterfly Effect. The Boy Who Changed the World is about how every life and every person make a difference in lives of others. The book is well written and the graphics certainly ... A very Inspiring Chirldren's book

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Lead Like Ike

Lead Like Ike

On 8/9 Jonathan Hill wrote: To be honest, when I first saw this book I thought it would be corny. I really enjoy history and like reading about World War II. I also enjoy reading about leadership and business. I was just a little uncertain on how well it would all blend in one book. I was glad that I got passed my initial ... "Lead Like Ike," by Geoff Loftus (Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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NCV Dad's Bible

NCV Dad's Bible

On 5/20 Jonathan Hill wrote: Dad’s Bible: The Father’s Plan (affiliate link) is a NCV Bible with special notes written by Robert Wolgemuth geared towards fathers.  There is also a NCV Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers (affiliate link) written by Bobbie Wolgemuth geared for mothers.  I really enjoyed ... Review: Dad’s Bible (NCV)

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 5/5 Jonathan Hill wrote: I was blown away when I read The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances.  Author Andy Andrews claims this is his best book to date, I can say it is indeed one of the best books that I have ever read. When I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down and ended ... Review: The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/5 Jonathan Hill wrote: I am praying for Pete Wilson and his church today as they face the clean up efforts around their city of Nashville.  Pete commented on his blog (www.withoutwax.tv) that it was quite ironic that his book, Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? would come ... Review: Plan B by Pete Wilson

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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How Should a Christian Live?

How Should a Christian Live?

On 4/13 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament Devotional: How Should a Christian Live? (The Word of Promise: Next Generation Devotional & Journal) is an awesome resource.  I was blown away at the thought that went into developing this book.  I’m a student pastor and always looking to ... How Should a Christian Live (Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub

On 3/30 Jonathan Hill wrote: Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub is a hilarious book about all things food.  From diets and restaurants to mixed meats and less than contextual quotes from the Bible, Rick and Bubba share their insights, pet peeves, and self-declared days of food celebration.  They certainly had me laughing all along the way. This is ... Rick and Bubba’s Big Honkin’ Book of Grub (A Review)

Jonathan's Rating:

3 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 3/16 Jonathan Hill wrote: I was excited when I first got this book in the mail.  I have been reading up on making connections with people and have How to Win Friends and Influence People back in my reading rotation.  I was hoping that Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently would be similar ... “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” By John C. Maxwell

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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John Bunyan

John Bunyan

On 3/1 Jonathan Hill wrote: John Bunyan (Christian Encounters Series) is a great introduction to the life and times of John Bunyan the famous author of Pilgrims Progress.  The book is quite brief, but serves as a great background study on a man who lived through an incredible time in history.  As an avid Bunyan fan I am always looking ... John Bunyan (Christian Encounter Series) – Book Review

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Revolve 2010

Revolve 2010

On 2/18 Jonathan Hill wrote: Revolve 2010 (Biblezines) Published by Thomas Nelson is a Bible ( the NCV New Testament) geared to look like a teen girls magazine.  To be honest, I had a difficult time even embracing the idea that a publisher would take what many consider to be sacred writings and reduce them to the lowest level of ... The Bible in Magazine Form for Teen Girls?

Jonathan's Rating:

2 Stars

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Nelson's Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

Nelson's Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition

On 2/9 Jonathan Hill wrote: Nelson’s Complete Book of BIble Maps and Charts, 3rd Edition is a very simple, helpful, and affordable reference book for the Bible.  I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in gaining visual insights into the Bible.   Bible maps are quite helpful in determining the movement of people (especially in the Old Testament as well ... Nelson’s Compelte Book of Bible Maps and Charts – A Review

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Where is God?

Where is God?

On 1/23 Jonathan Hill wrote: Where is God by Dr. John Townsend is not all that I expected it to be.   Quite frankly there are better books on the topic available in the market.   The author does an excellent job of taking the reader through a series of questions and shares great clinical insight from years of practice.  However the ... Book Review: “Where is God,” By Dr. John Townsend

Jonathan's Rating:

2 Stars

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 1/4 Jonathan Hill wrote: Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men by Kyle Rote, Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew is a great book  for men who are looking to jump-start their devotional life.   Through out this book the authors challenge the reader to be a real man of Christian Character. The authors share keen ... Book Review: “Living Life in the Zone” by Kyle Rote, Jr. & Dr. Joe Pettigrew

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

On 12/8 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Greatest Stories of the Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing is a remarkable book.  It is a well crafted and organized compelation of 250 of the classic stories told in the Bible.  The Bible stories are shared in the New King James Version and scripture references are provided for further study.  Each story fills ... The Greatest Stories of the Bible, published by Thomas Nelson

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 11/24 Jonathan Hill wrote: The White Horse King:  The Life of Alfred the Great by Benjamin Merkle is an amazing book filled with great detail about the awe inspiring life of Alfred the Great.  Alfred was the fifth son of AEthelwulf  king of Wessex (AD 839 – 858) and by all accounts was unlikely to ever assume the throne.  ... Review: “The White Horse King” by Benjamin Merkle

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 11/12 Jonathan Hill wrote: Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain: Uncovering the Hidden Potential in Life’s Most Common Struggles by Dr. Paul Meier and Dr. David L. Henderson is a great book  for readers who are looking to see a greater purpose in the painful moments of life.   Through out this book the authors challenge the reader to not seek ... Review: Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 10/10 Jonathan Hill wrote: Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life by Ralph de la Vega (President & CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets)  is a great book  for leaders who are looking to hear from an experienced leader on overcoming adversity.   De la Vega has seen many adverse situations in his career and turned ... Book Review: Obstacles Welcome

Jonathan's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Well-Behaved Child

The Well-Behaved Child

On 10/3 Jonathan Hill wrote: The Well Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works by John Rosemond is a great resource for parents who are looking for practical advice, tips, and proven strategies for disciplining their children with in the ages of three to thirteen.   The premise of the book, and consequently Rosemond’s ... Review: The Well-Behaved Child

Jonathan's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 9/2 Jonathan Hill wrote: The [Expanded] Bible (a modified version of the NCV) by Thomas Nelson Publishers is a great resource for readers who are looking for a clearer understanding of the biblical text.  The expanded Bible presents the base text of the Bible translation in a bold print and then additional information for each phrase or verse in ... Review: The [expanded] Bible

Jonathan's Rating:

3 Stars

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