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Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3

On 3/11 Paul Gardner wrote: A compilation of sermon outlines, it includes outlines for funerals, wedding and major holiday. It accesses many different sources and the lists of these alone are gold for any preacher researching for an upcoming sermon. As always, you need to be careful not to slavishly follow another person's outline ... The Nelson’s Annual Preacher Sourcebook does what it says on the label

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4 Stars

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December 1941

December 1941

On 1/28 Paul Gardner wrote: This book covers the 31 days of December 1941 revolving around the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and resultant entry of the USA into the second world war. The author quotes headlines from newspapers and relates trivial detail such as classified advertisements to give a feel of life in America just ... It Surprised Me

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3 Stars

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The Grace Effect

The Grace Effect

On 3/19 Paul Gardner wrote: In this book Larry Taunton explores the the connection between Judeo/Christian based society and those that are based on an atheistic world view. His premise is that without the common grace of God, societies fall into a corrupt, me first culture, especially amongst the eople who hold the power. Taunton's ... The Grace Effect

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 12/11 Paul Gardner wrote: This book is presented as Max answering “Today’s Questions” with Biblical and inspiring answers. Max is an entertaining writer with a gift for explaining complex theological truths in simple stories. I was hopeful that his answers to people’s questions would tap into this special talent. Unfortunately, ... Max Lucado on Life

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2 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 12/9 Paul Gardner wrote: This book does a great job in covering the Albert Pujols story. From the very complete statistics that need to be present in any baseball story right through to the stories about his private life. From the massive numbers he regularly puts up to the massive heart he has for those who need help. From ... Albert Pujols Book is Disconcerting

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4 Stars

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Where Hearts Are Free

Where Hearts Are Free

On 12/7 Paul Gardner wrote: This book review comes to you from my bride of almost 30 years, Raewyn Gardner. When I saw that this book was the third in a series, I wondered whether my not having read the other two would mean that I’d feel as if there was something missing … unsaid things that had been explained ... Book Review: Where Hearts are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/15 Paul Gardner wrote: Max Lucado takes us through the the first twelve chapters of the book of Acts and forces us to address issues around poverty and social justice. The very issues we find it so easy to tune out to and put on the back burner. Using carefully crafted stories Lucado highlights where each of us can help. ... Best Lucado Book for Sometime

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5 Stars

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The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory

On 9/14 Paul Gardner wrote: The Heavens Proclaim His Glory is a hard covered coffee table book that incorporates amazing pictures of space (from the NASA Hubble Telescope) with scripture and quotes from many well known people. The effect is incredible. There are passages in Psalms that should invoke a combination of a realization ... The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A Spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the NASA Hubble Telescope

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5 Stars

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Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

On 8/18 Paul Gardner wrote: This is a book that’s likely to come in for a bit of flak. The first reason is that it’s not original material as it’s mostly other writings from Max Lucado put together in a combined format. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but it would have been good if it were more obvious up front. The ... Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Map

The Map

On 6/18 Paul Gardner wrote: Summary David Murrow claims to have found something written in code withing the Biblical book of Matthew. A map if you like. Something designed to show men the journey they should walk. The book begins in the style of a Dan Brown thriller with the writer as the primary character. Life threatening situations abound but ... The Map: The Way of All Great Men by David Murrow

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4 Stars

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The Sweet By and By

The Sweet By and By

On 2/15 Paul Gardner wrote: It's been a long time since I picked up a book and got so engrossed that I couldn't put it down. Most books I read follow the same format, I read a couple of chapters until I get a handle on the main characters and then I flick to the back to see how it finishes. I tried to do the same thing with this ... The Sweet By and By: Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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Derailed

Derailed

On 2/11 Paul Gardner wrote: I was genuinely excited when I saw "Derailed" on the list of books I could get from BookSneeze to read, review and blog about. Unfortunately it's a book that produces high expectations but ultimately fails to deliver. The concept of this book is sound. Look at the derailment of some very high profile ... Derailed Is Strangely Unfulfilling

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2 Stars

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Let Go

Let Go

On 10/24 Paul Gardner wrote: I think everybody gets a few bumps and bruises in their journey through life … and they’re the lucky ones! Sheila Walsh’s “Let Go” … live free of the burdens all women know … goes to the heart of what holds us back. Whilst this book is aimed at women I don’t see it as being relevant ... Let Go and Live Free

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Paul Gardner wrote: Yesterday I spent some time with a guy who had gone through the experience of being abducted at gunpoint, and, although afraid for his life, remained calm and was able to praise God during a 17 day ordeal. In this day and age many of us have concerns that terrorism in one of its many guises may have ... Fearless by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Collapse of Distinction

Collapse of Distinction

On 7/17 Paul Gardner wrote: Here we go again Yet another book telling me how to do things differently. Yet another tome offering a silver bullet to all the woes that afflict an organisation. At least that’s what I thought I was in for as I, with some trepidation, opened this book for the first time. I was wrong, dead wrong. An ... Collapse of Distinction

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5 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Paul Gardner wrote: I cannot say this loudly enough... "Buy this book. Read it, no, devour it. Buy one for each of your children and for anyone else who you love. But most importantly, put what you learn into action." Andy Andrews has an amazing gift, that of story-telling. When I got my advanced copy, knowing I had 5 ... Get One For Everyone You Love

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5 Stars

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Put Your Dream To The Test (Hardcover)

Put Your Dream To The Test (Hardcover)

On 4/26 Paul Gardner wrote: This is one of Maxwell’s most challenging books. But at the same time as challenging you with questions about your dreams, it's encouraging about your potential to have and achieve that dream. In terms of challenge, Maxwell asks some very pointed questions early on in the book. Questions that make ... Challenging But Encouraging

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4 Stars

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Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament MP3 Set

On 3/27 Paul Gardner wrote: Its exciting that this publication (3 MP3 CDs and a “Behind the Scenes” DVD) has come out for a number of reasons: 1. The use of MP3s over an audio-book style allows the owner to load up his or her iPod with the parts of the scripture they want to listen to; 2. Its youth oriented, and very ... Word of Promise Next Generation - New Testament: Dramatized Audio Bible (Audio CD)

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5 Stars

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The Truth About You

The Truth About You

On 2/27 Paul Gardner wrote: Having been given the opportunity to review this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing Company I was most excited. I had seen Marcus Buckingham present to a conference, albeit on video, and felt that a book about playing to my strengths would be something I shouldn’t miss. The reality of the book however is that it ... Review: The Truth About You by Marcus Buckingham

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The Chronological Study Bible

The Chronological Study Bible

On 11/16 Paul Gardner wrote: Publisher: Thomas Nelson In a recent book Scot McKnight says that there are five common ways of reading the Bible that are inherently flawed.  Extremely briefly (and in my words) they are: It’s a book of rules (though I suspect most who read this way are selective about the rules they quote); It’s a book of blessings (they ... Review: Chronological Study Bible (NKJV)

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Through the Storm

Through the Storm

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