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Altar Ego

Altar Ego

On 4/11 Daniel Butcher wrote: In Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are author Craig Groeschel challenges his readers to be the person God means them to be. Groeschel breaks Altar Ego into three main sections: “Sacrificing Your False Self for Your Sacred Identity in Christ”, “ Sacrificing Cultural Relativity for Eternal Values”, ... Altar Ego

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3 Stars

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Draw the Circle

Draw the Circle

On 3/12 Daniel Butcher wrote: Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson builds upon his earlier work in The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. Batterson provides readers with a 40 day devotional to help focus his readers on a greater prayer life. Each entry is 5 to 6 ... Draw the Circle

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3 Stars

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

On 1/16 Daniel Butcher wrote: Mark Driscoll in Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ confronts his readers with a simple truth. They are experiencing an identity crisis. He notes that many Christians place negative labels on themselves instead of realizing that their salvation has made them image bearers ... Who Do You Think You Are?

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4 Stars

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The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life

On 11/23 Daniel Butcher wrote: I cheated.  Author Rick Warren requests you take 40 days to read The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? so you can reflect on each chapter.  Instead, I read through it in 8 days.  So, it is possible, okay I know, I missed out on the full impact of the book. In The Purpose ... The Purpose Driven Life, Expanded Edition

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 11/1 Daniel Butcher wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and what He Wants to Do with You by John MacArthur outlines the lives of 12 figures from the Bible who proved to be heroic though they may have seemed ordinary.  Those profiled are drawn from the Old Testament, such as Joseph ... Twelve Unlikely Heroes

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3 Stars

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Heaven Changes Everything

Heaven Changes Everything

On 10/5 Daniel Butcher wrote: Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day with Eternity in Mind by Todd and Sonia Burpo is a devotional that builds on the story of Todd Burpos’s bestseller Heaven is for Real, which details the Burpos’ son Colton’s experiences during a near death experience.  There are 42 entries which ... Heaven Change Everything

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3 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 9/18 Daniel Butcher wrote: Grace!  It is a powerful and often misunderstood concept.  And it is foundational to our faith.  Max Lucado in Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine attempts to wrap his readers’ minds around this complicated and important word by showing examples of grace in action in ... Grace by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Rudy

Rudy

On 9/6 Daniel Butcher wrote: Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger with the help of Mark Dagostino tells us for the first time a story many of us thought we know in Rudy: My Story.  Rudy: My Story retells the familiar story of Rudy Ruettiger’s efforts to play for his beloved Notre Dame football team.  Ruettiger tells the story ... Rudy: My Story by Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger and Mark Dagostino

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3 Stars

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Love Does

Love Does

On 4/24 Daniel Butcher wrote: Bob Goff in Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World shares practical lessons learned from a life lived on faith and how they link to the teachings of Jesus.  Goff writes relatively short chapters centered on poignant and often humorous stories from his own life and those ... Love Does: Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

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4 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 4/3 Daniel Butcher wrote: Pete Wilson in Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing addresses head on the issue of idols in our lives.  Wilson notes that "idolatry is when I look to something that does not have God's power to give me what only God has the power and authority to give ... Empty Promises by Pete Wilson

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5 Stars

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Great Day Every Day

Great Day Every Day

On 3/9 Daniel Butcher wrote: Max Lucado in Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life’s Challenges with Promise and Purpose inspires his reader to make the most out of day the Lord has made.  The book is broken into three key sections, “Saturate Your Day in His Grace”, “Entrust Your Day to His Oversight”, and “Accept ... Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 2/3 Daniel Butcher wrote: Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis by Terry Lindvall examines the use of humor in the writing of author C.S. Lewis.  Lindvall breaks humor into joy, fun, the joke proper, and satire and flippancy.  The author then explores in depth Lewis’ each use of humor in his writings ... Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis

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2 Stars

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 10/26 Daniel Butcher wrote: David Murrow has updated Why Men Hate Going to Church, his renowned book with new information and text previously published by him in other books. Murrow in this text uncovers the gender gap in churches, asking the question where are the men? Murrow shows his readers that today’s churches are dominated ... Why Men Hate Going to Church Completely Revised & Updated

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4 Stars

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 9/12 Daniel Butcher wrote: Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas surveys the life of 20th century German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Born in 1906, Bonhoeffer was raised in a family of German intellectuals where success was assumed.  Dietrich chose the nonintellectual ... Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas

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5 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 6/29 Daniel Butcher wrote: John Trent and Gary Smalley in The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance present the principle and practical details of providing blessing especially for our children.  The authors note the need of all humans to be accepted and the power of blessing in giving this gift of ... The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance Revised & Updated by John Trent and Gary Smalley

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5 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 6/6 Daniel Butcher wrote: Ian Morgan Cron in Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me recounts key moments in his life and his growing relationship with God. Cron was born to affluent parents, including a father who was an executive for Screen Gems working in the United Kingdom. His parents socialized with the rich and famous in London, ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me by Ian Morgan Cron

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4 Stars

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Daddy Dates

Daddy Dates

On 4/21 Daniel Butcher wrote: Greg Wright has been asked by lots of other dads, how did you get such a good relationship with your daughters? Wright explains his journey to better relating to his four daughters in Daddy Dates. As a father of four girls, Wright came to the realization that he was struggling as a dad. In reflecting, ... Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts by Greg Wright

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Daniel Butcher wrote: Max Lucado in Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions answers the tough questions that many seeking and those who have found God struggle with. Lucado answers 172 questions in one to two page responses in seven thematic sections that include, “Hope”, “Hurt” and “Hereafter.” ... Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Daniel Butcher wrote: Andy Andrews in The Final Summit continues the story of Traveler David Ponder from The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success. Ponder has used the wisdom he gathered as a Traveler well. He has built a successful business, loved well and is loved by those who work for him. ... The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle that Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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The Story of the Bible

The Story of the Bible

On 3/15 Daniel Butcher wrote: Larry Stone in The Story of the Bible provides the history of the Bible’s writing, canon, printing and translations. Stone provides his readers with detail on the ancient civilizations and languages in which the Bible was written and the discovery of manuscripts containing portions of the Bible. He ... The Story of the Bible: The Fascinating History of Its Writing, Translation & Effect on Civilization by Larry Stone

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3 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 2/23 Daniel Butcher wrote: Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth in Pujols: More Than the Game chronicles the life and spiritual walk of St. Louis Cardinals slugger and Major League Baseball MVP Albert Pujols. They chart his life from the poverty of the Dominican Republic, immigration to the United States and settling in the Kansas City ... Pujols: More Than the Game by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth

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3 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 2/11 Daniel Butcher wrote: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ in Love and Respect shares what he believes to be the Biblical formula to a successfully marriage. He found this foundational principle in Ephesians 5:33, which calls for men to love their wives and men to respect their husbands. He shows this command is for men to provide their ... Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

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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 12/22 Daniel Butcher wrote: The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible features the New King James Version translation and study helps developed and adapted by Max Lucado. The key study helps are “Life Lessons” which elaborate on passages of scripture providing a context to the section, the main point of the section, a associated ... The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible

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4 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/19 Daniel Butcher wrote: (Template) Andy Stanley in The Grace of God walks readers through the Old and New Testament to gather attributes of God’s grace. Stanley shows how God’s grace was established at creation and is a thread that runs throughout the entire Bible. God’s grace is a gift, freely given and not earned. ... The Grace of God by Andy Stanley

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4 Stars

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The Gospel According to Jesus

The Gospel According to Jesus

On 9/24 Daniel Butcher wrote: Chris Seay in The Gospel According to Jesus explores the meaning of righteousness among American churchgoers and attempts to provide a proper perspective on the theology of righteousness. Seay commissioned a Barna research study that finds that most churchgoers have definitional issues around the word ... The Gospel According to Jesus by Chris Seay

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4 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Daniel Butcher wrote: Max Lucado in Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference provides advice on leaving a lasting impression on this world with the resources God has given you. Lucado walks through key verses in the Book of Acts, using stories to bring the point of the verses out to his readers. He describes ... Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference 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 Daniel Butcher wrote: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews Andy Andrews provides a version of his new book The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters in The Boy Who Changed the World. Andrews tells the story of the development of special corn seeds by Norman, a boy who dreamed of feeding the poor, as the boy who ... The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Daniel Butcher wrote: Andy Andrews in The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters asks the question, “Do I really matter?” Andrews answers the question by telling two stories. The first tale details the heroic efforts of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Chamberlain, a man ... The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 7/22 Daniel Butcher wrote: Ravi Zacharias guided the collection of essays by his Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) staff in Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend which covers topics as diverse as challenges from non-Christian world religions, evil in the world, spiritual transformation and living a Christ centered ... Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend Edited by Ravi Zacharias

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3 Stars

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You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be

On 6/24 Daniel Butcher wrote: You can Be Everything God Wants You to Be by Max Lucado is a repackaging of selections found in Lucado’s earlier book Cure for the Common Life. The text includes short chapters or selections that highlight Lucado’s ability to write theological concepts in an engaging manner. Lucado reinforces to ... You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be by Max Lucado

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2 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 6/4 Daniel Butcher wrote: The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews presents two compelling and engaging stories. The first story, which consists of parts 1 and 3 of the book, tells the story of Andrews’ discovery of World War II German U-Boat artifacts in his Gulf Coast yard and his own personal journey to uncover the origins of how ... The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Daniel Butcher wrote: Pete Wilson in Plan B takes his readers through various stages of what happens when one’s plans fall apart, or as Wilson says what happens when God doesn’t show up the way you planned. As a pastor, Wilson lives and works among those experiencing personal tragedies and triumphs. Wilson sprinkles ... Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up in the Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson

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4 Stars

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Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

On 4/21 Daniel Butcher wrote: John Eldredge in Wild at Heart argues that a desire for adventure has been knitted into the heart of everyman. He believes that everyman wishes to be the warrior, the adventurer, the knight, and the hero and that American culture, including the church, has attempted to suppress these God written desires ... Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul (Revised) by John Eldredge

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4 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 3/14 Daniel Butcher wrote: John C. Maxwell in Everyone Communicates Few Connect provides guidance to help leaders move from talking and sharing information to connecting to audiences, ranging from one on one to large audiences. Maxwell breaks his work into two parts; principles the theory of connection, and practices, how to ... Everyone Communicates Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell

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4 Stars

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Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

On 1/20 Daniel Butcher wrote: Antonio is the man, or army ant to be exact. He protects the garden, excels in sports and has the respect of all the bugs in the garden. But despite all this Antonio has a problem, his new neighbors Angus and the red ants. Angus with his bagpipes, dress (it’s a kilt), and selfish ways is just plain ... Hermie: Antonio Meets His Match (DVD)

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5 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 10/26 Daniel Butcher wrote: In the town of Stiltsville the community is divided into two groups. Once group places themselves above the other standing on stilts. Ollie is a boy who sees himself as not special and desires to be valued by receiving the gift of stilts. When Ollie receives his stilts, his raised position above those ... The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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The Search for God and Guinness

The Search for God and Guinness

On 10/12 Daniel Butcher wrote: Stephen Mansfield in The Search for God and Guinness combines two topics that many may find opposed, beer and God. Mansfield provides an overview of the long holy history of beer and its importance from ancient to early modern society. He overturns the myth of the establishment of the Guinness brewery ... The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World by Stephen Mansfield.

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5 Stars

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