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Neighbors and Wise Men

Neighbors and Wise Men

On 3/17 David Kludt wrote: I read Neighbors and Wise Men by Tony Kriz a few months ago but it’s been coming back to my mind so I wanted to write a few thoughts about it. First, Neighbors and Wise Men has a vibe similar to that of Blue Like Jazz - partially due to the writing, partially due to the book’s setting and environment, ... Neighbors and Wise Men

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4 Stars

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Job 38-42

Job 38-42

On 11/17 David Kludt wrote: In 1989, the first volume of David Clines' commentary on the Book of Job was published, covering the first twenty chapters. In 2006, the second volume was released, covering the book through Chapter 37. This month, after some delay (on the publisher's part, according to the book's front matter) the third ... Thoughtful, Engaging, and Provocative

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5 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 11/1 David Kludt wrote: Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson is a book driven by stories. Whitehead and Tyson, friends since they were teenagers, are both from Australia and are both pastors, Whitehead at Willow Creek in Illinois and Tyson at Trinity Grace in ... Not game changing, but enjoyable

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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 6/18 David Kludt wrote: Ian Cron‘s second book, Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me is, as he calls it in the subtitle, “a memoir… of sorts.” Early in the book, he explains the “of sorts,” acknowledging the uncertain line that divides fiction, feeling, and reality, particularly for kids who grow up in difficult and ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me (a book review, of sorts)

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5 Stars

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 1/28 David Kludt wrote: Reading Finding Our Way Again reminded me why I have enjoyed McLaren’s work so much over the years (and likely why some find his work so frustrating). His writing incorporates a great deal of honesty and self, in the form of personal reflections and through a poetic prose that acknowledges (and often ... Finding Our Way Again by Brian McLaren (book review)

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4 Stars

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Fasting

Fasting

On 12/16 David Kludt wrote: All in all, this is a helpful book, covering the basic questions many would have about fasting – the history, the precedent, the reasoning, and some practical suggestions. Coming from a non-liturgical tradition, I especially appreciated the chapter on “Fasting as Body Calendar,” discussing regular, ... Great resource on fasting

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 10/6 David Kludt wrote: Chris Seay’s newest book, The Gospel According to Jesus: A Faith that Restores All Things, adds a voice to the call for a deep, clear, and holistic gospel message.  Seay’s work on The Voice translation of the Scriptures led him to one of the foundational premises of the book: American Christians do not understand some of the ... The Gospel According to Jesus (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 8/18 David Kludt wrote: Robert West has written a biography of Saint Francis for publisher Thomas Nelson's Christian Encounters series. In the book, West journeys through the life of Francis of Assisi, guided by earlier biographers of Thomas, historical records of the time period, and the author's attempt to fill in the gaps. ... Saint Francis (book review)

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2 Stars

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 David Kludt wrote: Today, Thomas Nelson released a new book by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola called Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ.  The book is accompanied by a website (and a whole lot of hype).  As the title and subtitle suggest, it is a book about Jesus and about Christology.  The assumption driving ... The Jesus Manifesto (book review)

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3 Stars

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Searching for God Knows What

Searching for God Knows What

On 5/24 David Kludt wrote: Searching for God Knows What is Donald Miller’s third book, originally published in 2004, and has recently been republished in a new expanded edition. Throughout the book, Miller invites the reader to question whether faith is about a system of beliefs or if it is about a relationship with God.  He uses stories from all ... Searching for God Knows What (book review)

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Journey 2

The Sacred Journey 2

On 4/8 David Kludt wrote: As part of the Ancient Practices series edited by Phyllis Tickle, The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster explores the practice of pilgrimage.  While Foster’s words are primarily directed to a Christian audience, his study covers a broad range of faith and cultural understandings of pilgrims and their ... The Sacred Journey (book review)

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4 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 3/17 David Kludt wrote: John Maxwell is well-known for his speaking and writing on leadership. In his latest book – Everybody Communicates, Few Connect (published by Thomas Nelson, who provided a copy of this book through their Book Sneeze review program) – Maxwell addresses connecting with others in the context ... Everybody Communicates, Few Connect (book review)

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4 Stars

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The Vertical Self

The Vertical Self

On 2/15 David Kludt wrote: Mark Sayers, a pastor from Australia, just published a new book entitled “The Vertical Self: How Biblical faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in an Age of Self Obsession” published by Thomas Nelson (who provided a copy of this book through their Book Sneeze review program).  In the book, Sayers contrasts the vertical ... The Vertical Self (book review)

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4 Stars

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Tithing 2

Tithing 2

On 2/3 David Kludt wrote: Douglas Leblanc, a journalist, contributed this volume to the Ancient Practices series edited by Phyllis Tickle exploring the major disciples or practices of the historic Christian faith.  I’ve read one other book in this series (The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher), but each volume in the series ... Tithing (book review)

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2 Stars

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The Selfless Gene

The Selfless Gene

On 1/23 David Kludt wrote: As part of Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program, I received a copy of Charles Foster’s The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin. The exhausted “evolution vs. creation” debate exhausts me, but was interested in seeing if Foster’s approach could offer any insight on a third ... The Selfless Gene (book review)

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 1/4 David Kludt wrote: My latest read/review (provided by the publisher through the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers program) is a book called The Gospel According to LOST by Chris Seay.  One of the reasons I chose to read this book was because I like LOST, but I have also appreciated some of the work that Chris Seay has ... The Gospel According to LOST (book review)

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4 Stars

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The Sacred Meal 2

The Sacred Meal 2

On 12/1 David Kludt wrote: Another book review thanks to the Book Review program of Thomas Nelson Publishers.  Nora Gallagher wrote The Sacred Meal as part of the 8 volume “Ancient Practices” series edited by Phyllis Tickle covering topics like fasting, spiritual disciplines, sabbath, etc.  Gallagher’s volume ... The Sacred Meal (book review)

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4 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/8 David Kludt wrote: I just finished another book I requested from Thomas Nelson’s book review program, Five Cities that Ruled the World: How Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York Shaped Global History by Douglas Wilson.  As the title suggests, the book discusses five different cities and ways they have impacted the world, with a particular eye toward ... Five Cities that Ruled the World (book review)

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2 Stars

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What Difference Do It Make?

What Difference Do It Make?

On 10/14 David Kludt wrote: I finished a book sent to me from Thomas Nelson Publishers called What Difference Do it Make?  Stories of Hope and Healing.  (follow up to the wildly successful book “Same Kind of Difference As Me” by the same authors, which I had never heard of or read). I had low expectations (I have a general disdain ... what difference do it make? (book review)

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3 Stars

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