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Insourcing

Insourcing

On 6/7 Warren Rachele wrote: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all men.” John 1:4 Discipleship in recent Christian practice has taken an intellectual bent, focused as it is largely on communicating head-knowledge. This is valuable but rarely results in transformation when not paired with an equal measure of heart-knowledge. ... Back to the Beginning

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Bound Together

Bound Together

On 5/3 Warren Rachele wrote: “Our culture idolizes the free-floating, unhindered, and isolated hero cut off from any formal responsibilities. But the Lone Ranger is a lie. Isolated heroes like Jack Reacher do not exist.” Though we may make noises that insist that the culture at large does not affect the Church, this too is a ... Tie the Knot Tighter

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gods at war

gods at war

On 4/10 Warren Rachele wrote: Turning the final pages of ‘gods at war’ prompts the question in your mind, why do I come last? As in, why has Idleman waited until the final few pages to expose the root cause of my ongoing skirmishes with all of the other gods of this world? The answer that he provides brings all of the other enemies ... The god of You

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4 Stars

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The Great House of God

The Great House of God

On 3/15 Warren Rachele wrote: “…I want to come home”, who hasn’t voiced that desire at least once in their life? One of Maslow’s fundamental human needs and a terminal thought, the longing for the security, warmth and familiarity of some place called home is sensed in times good and difficult. For not-yet-God’s-people, ... I Want to Come Home

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One Big Thing

One Big Thing

On 9/23 Warren Rachele wrote: Millions of people spend their lives in the pursuit of nothing, but you have chosen the great adventure. Will that be true of you? Will you come to your final breath confident that you lived in full, that you discovered, nurtured and unleashed on the world the benefits of the one big thing that you ... Clearing the Clutter

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Father Hunger

Father Hunger

On 8/25 Warren Rachele wrote: Coming to the final pages of Father Hunger, I find myself exhausted. Having taken pick and shovel into the pages of Wilson’s book, I find myself looking at my still empty hands. Here there I encountered color in the paragraphs but assembling a coherent whole out of a sentence here or a paragraph here ... Hard Rock Mining

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3 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 6/11 Warren Rachele wrote: If you would just [give,show, serve, pray…] more, then and only then, will you be safe. Christians habitually segregate the sacred and profane, thus explaining the blind spot that prevents us from seeing how even religion can become one of the idols that weave their way into our lives. They masquerade ... If You Would Just...

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3 Stars

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 5/19 Warren Rachele wrote: It is my presumption that I was not the intended audience for this volume in the Truth About trilogy of books. Each page presents a nugget of truth with a single text that is meant to support the idea. For a new Christian, it would serve as an excellent primer. Perhaps for the more mature Christian, ... Like John Harper

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2 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 4/25 Warren Rachele wrote: Dr. Stokes includes the section heading above in the closing chapters of this excellent book, not in a provocative sense or to garner cheap attention, but to emphasize the strength of the logical and philosophical arguments in favor of God and Christianity. While the modern Atheists have descended to ... Atheism is a Form of Cognitive Dysfunction

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The Jesus We Missed

The Jesus We Missed

On 3/2 Warren Rachele wrote: "The folding of the kerchief may have been completely unconscious. I do not find this hard to believe. The universal Christ, the eternal Word in whom all things subsist, was still the same Jesus to whom an act of elementary neatness came naturally." It was in reading these words in the closing paragraphs ... Burial Cloth and Neatness

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Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Then Sings My Soul Book 3

On 1/31 Warren Rachele wrote: Unlike other books of this genre that provide insight into the background of our favorite hymns, Then Sings My Soul inspires. Christians raised on the worship music of today will discover the passion and depth of songs that they had never considered including in a set as they encounter the stories outside ... Teach Me Some Melodious Sonnet

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I Am a Follower

I Am a Follower

On 1/12 Warren Rachele wrote: As readers have come to expect from Dr. Sweet, an upending of long-held paradigms is to be found in the pages of I Am a Follower. Less about mimicking the the ego eimi statements of the Savior and more about challenging modern perceptions of the Mission, Sweet’s book orients around the idea that leadership ... Snipping the Tail of Rupert's Drops

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Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

On 12/21 Warren Rachele wrote: David Murrow’s updated book asks the same question as the first edition with even more vigor, why are our churches predominantly female? The answers that he proposes are, in many cases, self-evident to any churchman that cares to look. Walk through the church building, look at the dominant programs, ... The Big Story

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 11/21 Warren Rachele wrote: Returning to the fictitious church he first introduced in Who Stole My Church?, Gordon MacDonald unfurls the story of a group of Christians returning to discipleship as a priority in their lives. The discipleship is not solely for their own spiritual edification, as the modern interpretation has formed ... Rolling in The Deep

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4 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 10/10 Warren Rachele wrote: A fair percentage of the people sitting in our pews on Sunday morning would claim at least a passing familiarity with the Great Commission. A smaller percentage would be able to correctly locate it at the end of Matthew’s gospel. Fewer still would understand the far-reaching implications of these verses. And ... Therefore God

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Has God Spoken?

Has God Spoken?

On 9/13 Warren Rachele wrote: The Bible Answer Man brings us yet another good addition to our apologetics library to sit aside The Apocalypse Code. Battling against the torrent of semi-gnostic “secret” exposes published by authors such as Bart Ehrman purporting to reveal the falsehoods behind the Scriptures, Hanegraaff offers ... P.R.O.O.F. of Life

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 8/22 Warren Rachele wrote: Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson, the authors of Rumors of God, surveyed the landscape of the American church and pronounce it still alive beneath the surface. Finding niches of active faith in unexpected places, they see life where many say none exists. Many have proclaimed the ‘Church’ in America ... Rumors of Faith

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3 Stars

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 7/14 Warren Rachele wrote: In a compact volume that begs to be reread and handed out to everyone you know, author Mark DeMoss collects twenty-three chapters of proverbial wisdom applicable to anyone with enough discipline to apply it. DeMoss highlights his own experiences but the lessons learned at the side of his father and through ... 23 Nuggets

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 5/1 Warren Rachele wrote: Domesticated Christians are far too willing to abdicate the battle for the soul of the world. Civility focuses our energy on all the wrong places. … In contrast, Jesus calls us to a different way. He tells us this is a battle of kingdoms. McManus Activist pastor and thinker McManus is never shy about ... A Crash of Christians

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 4/6 Warren Rachele wrote: A promising premise—a call for the restoration of the spiritual journey—is fumbled by the author’s frequent foray into the territory of moral equivalence. Why Foster feels the need to make Hindu or Buddhist pilgrimage practice an example for Christians to follow escaped me as I read this volume. ... Journey to Nowhere

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2 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 3/14 Warren Rachele wrote: “It’s Easter Sunday. A group of men are in prison. They are part of the more than ten thousand political prisoners in this country’s jails. They wan to celebrate communion, but they have no wine, no bread, no cup, no priest…”We have no bread, not even water to use as wine,” their leader says ... Binding Himself and All of Us Together

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3 Stars

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The Principle of the Path

The Principle of the Path

On 3/4 Warren Rachele wrote: “Cars have problems that can be fixed. Computers have problems that can be fixed. Lawn mowers have problems that can be fixed. But generally speaking, people have directions that need to be changed.” Prolific author and Pastor Andy Stanley sets out the straight-forward proposition that the path ... Hurtling Headlong in the Wrong Direction

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 3/1 Warren Rachele wrote: As the late Winston McIntosh said, we strive to possess things but often do not want to do the work necessary to attain them. Within in the realm of Christianity, this is visible in people who want a transformed character without doing all of the work necessary to attain it. Modern Evangelical culture ... Practice Makes Perfect

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4 Stars

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In Constant Prayer

In Constant Prayer

On 2/16 Warren Rachele wrote: This entry in Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practice Series centers on the spiritual discipline of praying the Daily Office, a regularly scheduled set of prayers to be recited by members of the Church. Benson introduces the practice, making it accessible to the great swaths of the Evangelical Church that have ... At the Sound of the Bells - Praying the Daily Office

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Uncle Sam's Plantation

Uncle Sam's Plantation

On 12/11 Warren Rachele wrote: When the Emancipation Proclamation effectively put an end to slavery in 1863, few could anticipate that only one hundred years later, the government of the United States would be responsible for enslaving millions of people all over again. Star Parker’s updated edition of Uncle Sam’s Plantation pulls ... Building Fires Rather Than Boats

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Beyond Opinion

Beyond Opinion

On 9/7 Warren Rachele wrote: Zacharias guides this apologetics compendium in a different direction from other, more cerebrally oriented works. Beyond Opinion approaches the defense of Christianity from a personal angle, saying that our lives, and the witness they present, are the strongest apologetic argument that we can make in ... Witnessing from a Transformed Life

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/14 Warren Rachele wrote: Sweet and Viola say this somewhere near the midpoint of their new book, Jesus Manifesto: “Get a fresh glimpse of your incomparable Lord, and you will be emboldened to stop spending your life on yourself. Connect with Him who is life, and you will be empowered to deny yourself, live beyond yourself, ... Do You Love Me?

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4 Stars

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Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

Wild at Heart (Revised and Expanded)

On 5/11 Warren Rachele wrote: Before opening John Eldredge’s updated edition of Wild at Heart I thought about the changes that have occurred in the lives of men since I read the first edition back in 2001. The landscape of the world has changed. We confront enemies that threaten our families in new and devious ways, we stare at ... We Band of Brothers

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The Voice of Psalms

The Voice of Psalms

On 4/7 Warren Rachele wrote: The Voice is an interesting translation project unlike the others currently available. The bible market has been dominated by literal, word for word and paraphrase translations, all produced by scholars working in the ancient languages and seeking to produce a Bible that aligns closely with the original ... The Voice of the Psalms

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 1/21 Warren Rachele wrote: Few people know how often history turns on a single event or rested in the will of a single man. Moderns take for granted the liberties they enjoy or bear the chains that burden them without recognizing the fragility of these states. Humanity is frequently unaware that we are but one battle, uprising, or vote ... The White Horse King

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