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Book Reviews: The Disappearance of God, Eyes Wide Open and Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

The Disappearance of God I’ll have to admit that I am a reader of trends. I try to keep up with what direction something is “trending”. For instance, the NBA is trending upward. After Michael Jordan re-retired, the NBA took … Continue reading

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Cindy Woodsmall: ABC Nightline

Amish Love What’s all the hubbub about Amish fiction? Major media outlets like Time and ABC Nightline are covering it, and authors like Cindy Woodsmall are making the New York Times bestseller list regularly. What makes these books so interesting? … Continue reading

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Book Review: Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir

Growing up, my mom was a huge Agatha Christie fan. In fact, she may have nearly every book she ever wrote in one form or another. So from an early age, I’ve been hooked on murder mystery books and, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Clutter-Free Christianity

When did the Christian life become so complicated? Your greatest desire is to please God, but with each passing week, your spiritual to-do list grows longer. As you strive to fulfill a never-ending inventory of requirements for being a godly … Continue reading

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Read These Book Reviews (It Could Save Your Marriage)

I have had the privilege of reviewing books for Multnomah (Random House) for quite some time now, and this set of books has meant the most to me. A marriage, like anything you care about, needs time, love, and care … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Greatest Words Ever Spoken

I just want to start right off the bat by saying this book is fantastic. Whether you are a pastor or just someone who loves digging into God’s word, this book is a must-have reference. If you are anything like … Continue reading

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Book Review: Living Rich for Less by Ellie Kay

You really can be rich in every way, every day. So you want to own the home you love, make memories on wonderful vacations with family or friends, finance college educations, and help others too? You can—starting here and now. … Continue reading

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Book Review: When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall

After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood. Having fled in disgrace two years earlier, she finally has found a satisfying role in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Me, Myself & I AM

From page one, it is a book that will encourage you to think about things you may not have before. So often we take our faith for granted and really aren’t sure why we believe or do certain things. I’ll have to admit, in the section where it was asking me what I believe and why, I was a little unnerved because I wasn’t sure why. I grew up in the “church” so a lot of the beliefs I have were taken for granted. I just believed it, but I didn’t know why.

I found this book to be a blessing because it caused me to think a little more about my faith and why I do or don’t do some things. It also helped me delve into my past and bring to the surface some decisions or choices I was holding on to that I needn’t. (is that really a word?)

I highly recommend me myself & I AM by Matthew Peters and Elisha Stanford for it’s therapeutic qualities; it has to be healthy to take time every now and then to look, contemplatively, at why we are who we are. The Bible is clear that forgiveness is good for the soul, well maybe, so is a little introspective look inside the soul.

me myself & I AM is not a hard book to read but it does take some commitment. It will take time, if you really put thought into it, to go through the book and answer honestly all of the questions. It isn’t a long book, but it is a book that has the potential to be very powerful –if you let it.

Think about it, when was the last time you asked yourself what you would say to an atheist if asked to explain why you believe in God and how you know He is real? How would you explain to a friend the moment in your life when you changed from knowing about God to knowing Him personally and choosing to follow Him? Continue reading

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Book Review: “How Would Jesus Vote?”

I’ll have to admit that this election season is the most frustrating one I’ve been apart of since I’ve been able to vote. I’ve voted in every major election, not all of the local ones (but some), since I turned … Continue reading

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