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Playing Saint

Playing Saint

On 10/22 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Parker Saint is megachurch pastor that is growing in popularity. He is know for his feel-good sermons. When accused of assaulting a woman on a plane, Parker is forced into helping a detective in a serial killer case involving the occult in order to make the charges go away. Parker is the “expert consultant” ... Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels (A Book review)

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5 Stars

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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 9/7 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Gabriel Clarke was made for The River, just like his father and his father’s father. The River took his father’s life right before his eyes when he was a young boy. Gabriel returned to the river. The story of his return is told in The River by Michael Neale. Michael Neale takes us back to The River ... Into the Canyon by Michael Neale

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5 Stars

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What's Best Next

What's Best Next

On 6/14 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: We all want to get things done and accomplish more. But how do we decide what to do? And when we have our “to do list” what do we tackle first? In his new book, What’s Best Next, Matt Perman explores how we get things done and be more productive and effective. Perman takes a different approach ... What's Best Next by Matt Perman

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4 Stars

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Hope Rising

Hope Rising

On 5/4 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: “How Christians can end extreme poverty in this generation.” This is the subtitle of the new book Hope Rising written by Scott Todd, Senior Vice President of Global Advocacy with Compassion International. My initial thought when I saw the subtitle was one of doubt and “Here is someone else who ... Hoe Rising by Scott Todd

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5 Stars

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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

The Devil Walks in Mattingly

On 4/12 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Twenty years have passed since Phillip McBride’s body was found in Happy Hollow. His death, put down in the official records as a suicide, was murder. Three people have carried the guilt for all those years: Jake and Kate Barnett (now married) and Taylor Hathcock. The town of Mattingly was torn apart ... the devil walks in mattingly by Billy Coffey

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5 Stars

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The Prodigal

The Prodigal

On 12/1 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Brennan Manning spent the majority of his life teaching and living out the love and grace of God. Being a man who had experienced much pain and failure in life, Manning understood life as a ragamuffin and knew he was but a beggar at the door of God's mercy. He was a man that was overwhelmed by the grace ... The Prodigal by Brennan Manning (A book Review)

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4 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 10/11 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Do you want to be financially fit or flabby? Do you want to control your money or have it control you? These are questions that each of us face at some point. Each of us must make decisions on how we are going to manage our money because if we don't, then our money will manage us. Dave Ramsey provides ... The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

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5 Stars

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 9/22 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: It's the hardest thing to give awayThe last thing on your mind todayIt always goes to those who don't deserveIt's the opposite of how you feelWhen the pain they caused is just too realTakes everything you have to say the word...ForgivenessThese words by Matthew West from his song Forgiveness ring true. ... Forgiveness by Matthew West

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5 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 6/13 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Leah Norcross and her family are new to the town of Mattingly and are not feeling very welcome, since people from Away are viewed with suspicion. Leah mostly keeps to herself and her stutter just adds to her lonely existence.  When Leah begins painting detailed pictures depicting future events, ... when mockingbirds sing by Billy Coffey (a review)

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5 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 5/3 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Steve and Nancy Peifer experienced tragedy when their son Stephen was born with trisomy 13 and died after only eight days. Overtaken with grief and seeking God to make sense of the pain, Steve sensed God saying to him, "Make your wife's dream come true." Nancy's dream was to be a missionary. Out of tragedy, ... A Dream So Big by Steve Peifer

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5 Stars

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 1/15 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: When asked what is unique about Christianity as compared to other world religions, C.S. Lewis answered without hesitation, “It is grace.” Grace is what I need so desperately and what you need as well. It is the only thing that can give each of us that offend God a chance at peace with Him. It is ... Dirty God by Johnnie Moore (A review)

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4 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 12/12 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: We all want meaning. We all want our lives to count for something, to make a difference that outlives our time here. When I first saw 20,000 days and Counting, a new book by Robert D. Smith, I was curious and skeptical. Curious as to what the 20,000 days represented and skeptical primarily because ... 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/9 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: “The River is magical…The River is wild, free, and untamable…The River is alive. The River is timeless, and it’s moving all over the world.”Gabriel Clarke was at home with the River, as was his father and his father before him. It was safe to say he loved the River. But when Gabriel was only ... You Were Made for The RIver

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5 Stars

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 6/10 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: I don't think anyone who has been breathing for the past 10 years would argue that the rampant presence of sexual imagery and sexual activity has grown to epidemic proportions.  Statistics show that internet pornography use is growing rapidly among men and women. Odds are that you are struggling ... Surfing for God by Michael John Cusick

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5 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 1/13 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Everyone loves a good story, whether it be told on the big screen in visual form, in a book, or in conversation with a friend. We all seem to be moved especially by a story that actually happened. These stories inspire us to be better people and to appreciate life and others at a deeper level. God is ... I am Second

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4 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 9/19 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Michael Leehan served Satan for twenty years. His life consisted of ritualistic cuttings on his arms to draw blood used to invite demons in, depression, jail time, ruined relationships, and doing spiritual battle with his enemies, the followers of Jesus. There was no end to what Leehan would do to serve ... Ascent from Darkness by Michael Leehan

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5 Stars

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100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

On 8/24 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: God created us for praise and worship of Him. He desires for us to sing praises to Him, study His Word, and communicate with Him in prayer. He also has a special place in his heart for children, which we see in Jesus as He continually gathered the children around himself to show what the Kingdom of God ... 100 Read and Sing Devotions

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4 Stars

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Billy Graham in Quotes

Billy Graham in Quotes

On 6/18 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: I remember as a child going to a Billy Graham crusade at the Atlanta Stadium. The sight of hundreds of people walking onto the field toward the platform where Graham was preaching the Gospel amazed me. What was it about this man? Now 40 years later, I realize it wasn't this man, but the Word preached ... Billy Graham in Quotes

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5 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 5/20 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: For years I have talked about writing, both fiction and non fiction. This blog and my previous one, Thin Places, were birthed out of this desire. If it has crossed your mind to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) to create a non-fiction book, then How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen ... How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

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5 Stars

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Knock em Dead 2011

Knock em Dead 2011

On 4/15 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: When I saw the opportunity to review this book, I asked myself if I really wanted to look at another job search guide, especially one that claimed to be the "ultimate" guide. Having worked for years helping welfare recipients find employment and end their dependence on the government, I have read plenty ... Knock 'em Dead:The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011

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5 Stars

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Adventures in Booga Booga Land - Volume 1 (DVD)

Adventures in Booga Booga Land - Volume 1 (DVD)

On 10/17 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: In Adventures in Booga Booga Land, we follow Gerard the Giraffe and Marty the monkey as they go through life in Booga Booga Land, living out the parables of Jesus. The first two segments cover the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) and the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders ... Adventures in Booga Booga Land-Volume 1

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1 Stars

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The Least Among You (DVD)

The Least Among You (DVD)

On 9/23 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: The Least Among You, inspired by a true story, tells the story of Richard Kelly, a young black man, who is sent to serve probation at an all-white seminary after being arrested in the 1965 Watts riots. As Kelly faces racial obstacles to his acceptance at the seminary, he receives guidance from Samual ... The Least Among You-DVD Review

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: In recent months, I have read several books that focus on global human needs (hunger, poverty, etc.) and challenge Christians, especially wealthy western Christians, to take a front-line position in helping to meet these needs. Max Lucado's most recent book, Outlive Your Life, is in keeping with this ... Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/7 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Everything you do matters. This is the truth that Andy Andrews presents in his new children's book, The Boy Who Changed the World.The story is about a boy named Norman that decides to change the world and as an adult does just that. However, the story is also about Henry, George, and Moses. You see, ... The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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66 Love Letters

66 Love Letters

On 5/26 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: In 66 Love Letters, Larry Crabb embarks on a conversational journey through all 66 books of the Bible. In an unusual style, Crabb intertwines his struggles with living the Christian life with responses being communicated from God in the Bible. I don't usually take a long time to read a book, but this ... 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb

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4 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: We all have a picture of what our lives should look like. Call them plans, dreams, expectations or whatever you choose. That is Plan A. What happens when the unexpected breaks in to our existence? It could be a job loss, illness, divorce or betrayal, or death. How are we to cope or respond when we suddenly ... Olan B: What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would?

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5 Stars

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Free Book

Free Book

On 1/25 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: Jesus said if we hold to his teaching, then we are really his disciples. Then we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free (John 8:31-32). We all want to be free. Free from pain. Free from disappointment. Free from addiction. Free to truly live. This deep longing and how to begin the journey ... Free Book by Brian Tome

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5 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/19 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: I have always enjoyed big cities. They offer a large variety of multicultural events and a swarms of people from all over the world. When I heard about 5 Cities that Ruled the World by Douglas Wilson, I was excited about reading and reviewing it. I am not one to jump into reading historical books. I ... 5 Cities That Ruled The World- A Book Review

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3 Stars

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Green

Green

On 10/17 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: I have been a Ted Dekker fan since reading Thr3e in 2003. When he published Book One (Black)of The Circle Trilogy, I gobbled it up in a short time. A few months later, I did the same with Book 2 (Red), and again a few months later with Book 3 (White). When I came to the end of the last installment, I ... Green:The Circle (Book Zero) by Ted Dekker

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4 Stars

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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

On 9/29 Jonathan Gilbert wrote: In A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller works alongside two filmmakers to adapt his life to the screen as they write a screenplay of his life. Miller shares his thoughts on life as a story as he comes to the awareness that if his life were shown on the big screen the way it is, that the ... A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

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5 Stars

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