Content tagged with "faith"

Basic Christianity
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April 24, 2022
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“A bit of a mixed bag. I feel like the book is geared towards people who know what Christianity is, but need to be convinced of it? It’s not the introduction of Christianity to the completely unknowing…”

The Bible Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
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November 11, 2020
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“This a lovely, coffee table-ish book about the Bible. It’s a sequential tour through the Bible, story by story. Every story you’ve ever heard from the Bible – they’re all in here. The chapter header…”

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
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June 13, 2021
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“Meticulously-researched biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who became an outspoken resistor of the Nazis, and an eventual plotter in Hitler’s assassination, for which he was…”

A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary
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February 13, 2021
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“I read a longer book of Doyle’s essays, and I’ve become sort of obsessed with him. Doyle has a remarkable ability to notice the spiritual and the most mundane things. This is a book about 100 prayers…”

The Case for Christ
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November 3, 2019
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“Stroebel was a Chicago crime reporter, and he approaches his investigation to the divinity of Jesus with an analytical bent. Each chapter is an examination of one aspect of doubt, and to resolve it,…”

Chair Time
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November 5, 2021
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“A very short book that basically boils down to having some period of God-centered quiet time. Giving it a higher rating because I appreciated that it was short – it had a simple, concise point, and it…”

The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes
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May 5, 2014
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“This is a solid book with a simple message: make sure your Christian organization is serving God rather than more earthly metrics. he basic premise is that you trust in God, and produce qualitative…”

Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others
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November 3, 2019
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“A pleasant book about overcoming negative self-talk through Christian faith. There’s a lot of evangelism in here, and some of it is repetitive. The book is at its best when it offers a few…”

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
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November 24, 2019
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“It’s hard to categorize this one, but I enjoyed reading it. It’s not a book for new believers – more for existing believers who want/need to take the next step. It’s about pushing the sliders to 11. I…”

Destiny: Step into Your Purpose
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September 14, 2016
237

“My wife bought me this at the Global Leadership Summit. It was one of the top three selling books there (which is her criteria for buying me books for my birthday). The book is…awful? I almost don’t…”

Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
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April 30, 2017
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“I love Davis’s ‘don’t know much about’ books. He takes BIG subjects and writes about them in interesting ways. Kind of a frequently-asked-questions mode. He starts nowhere in particular, and meanders…”

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
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April 12, 2018
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“Makes the case that (1) the world is better now on almost every quantifiable dimension than at any other time in its history, and (2) this is because of the decline of religion. Pinker’s main point is…”

Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life
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November 24, 2019
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“A memoir of a broken life. Jack Deere is a world-renowned theologian, but he hasn’t talked much about how his own life often spiraled out of control behind the scenes. His son took his own life, his…”

Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul
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August 18, 2020
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“A good look at the Christian/Biblical teachings behind physical fitness and a health diet. Turns out, sloth and gluttony are the two deadly sins we tend to cast a blind eye to, because they’re…”

Find Your Place: Locating Your Calling Through Your Gifts, Passions, and Story
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May 4, 2022
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“I read this chapter-by-chapter for a men’s Bible study. I don’t quite remember all of it, but the basic idea was to help the reader find some spiritual service position in their church or some other…”

The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon
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May 16, 2017
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“I’ll freely admit that a lot of this went over my head. This is not an approachable book. It’s very academic and more appropriate to seminary students. However, it does make clear the critical point…”

God's Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible
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January 12, 2019
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“What’s interesting about this book is that there’s just very little information about the actual process of creating the King James Bible. Not much of the historical record of the actual translation…”

Heart Not Hype
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June 12, 2014
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“I wasn’t the target market for this book, so my 5-star review is more intended at how I think it would be needed and used by the reader for which it’s intended. This is book meant to be given to new…”

The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? the Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World
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November 10, 2015
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“I don’t know if I actually finished this. I might have, or I might have abandoned it. It’s tough to tell, because the book is just so repetitive. The author makes a central point: as Christians, it…”

Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship
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August 31, 2021
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“A short book that combines evangelism with etymology. The basic premise is that the English word ‘praise’ has seven separate meanings in Hebrew. The Hands of Praise The Fools of Praise The Music of…”

How Jesus Changed the World: An Illustrated Guide to the Undeniable Influence of Christ
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December 2, 2019
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“Wonderful book about the influence of the Christian church in the years since the death of Jesus, up until current times. Covers art, charity, education, politics, etc. Full-color illustrated, and…”

How Now Shall We Live?
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September 9, 2014
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“Much better than I expected. As a Democrat, I read this as a counterpoint to my inherent views and found that I liked it quite a bit. Colson is a very good writer, and the book is engaging. While I…”

How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour
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March 27, 2017
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor: A Practical and Entertaining Exploration of the World's Most Famous Book
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December 25, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

The Humanity of God
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December 11, 2019
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“Read this on the recommendation of a friend … who happens to be a former seminary professor. 99% of this went way, way over my head. It’s dense. The book is actually three essays transcribed from…”

Is God anti-gay?: And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction
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April 18, 2021
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“Let me first say this: my five-star review here is not necessarily an endorsement of Sam Allberry’s views. I’m just saying that this is a well-written book. Allberry is an English pastor who…”

Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian
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September 5, 2017
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“Less of a book and more of a promo for the IJM ministry. Short; read it in 45 minutes. Reminded me of ‘The Hole in the Gospel’ in that he picks an obvious point (there is injustice in the world and…”

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
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December 20, 2019
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“This is a re-read for me. I originally read it 10 years ago, and it’s still amazing. Frances Collins was the head of the genome project. He led the team that mapped the human genome. He is also a…”

Let the World See You: How to Be Real in a World Full of Fakes
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April 30, 2022
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“So, it’s tough not to like this book, because Sam Acho is an engaging writer and seems like a lovely person. But the book is unfocused, and doesn’t seem to go anywhere. The title (and subtitle) hint…”

Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity
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December 8, 2019
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“This is a re-read from 25 years ago. It should probably go down as one of the great ‘new apologetics.’ Greg Boyd was a seminary professor, and his father was agnostic. The book is a series of letters…”

Mere Christianity
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December 1, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
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July 6, 2015
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“A book about the need to devote oneself completely to the Christian faith – to be a ‘follower, not a fan.’ The book is well-written, fun to read, but I don’t know if I was the right audience. The…”

One Year Book of Psalms
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September 17, 2020
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit
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June 24, 2022
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“This book was written 1910. R.A. Torrey was a traveling evangelist. I gather he was one of Dwight Moody’s ministry partners. The book is a treatise on all aspects of the Holy Spirit (defined as the…”

Ploductivity: A Practical Theology of Tools & Wealth
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November 22, 2021
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“This book is an attempt by Douglas Wilson to convey a ‘theology of work,’ and explain how any work is blessed and sacred. The book is promoted as more of a celebration of working slowly – plodding…”

The Problem of War in the Old Testament
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May 5, 2017
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“I think I need to read this again. It’s complicated. The author is attempted to explain why war is so prevalent and violent in the Old Testament, but I – on first reading – it sounds like a very…”

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
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May 18, 2022
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“This is a short book that examines the parable of the prodigal son from Luke 15. I read this chapter-by-chapter for a men’s Bible study group. Unfortunately, I lost the main point of it. I remember it…”

The Pursuit of Holiness
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May 5, 2022
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“I didn’t read this all at once – I read it bit by bit, for a men’s Bible study class. So it’s a bit harder to review than normal. The book is a discussion of ‘holiness,’ and how and why should pursue…”

Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution
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December 24, 2019
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“Wonderful book examining the conflict between evolution and creationism. The author is a professor at a Christian college. To be fair, I am tempted to rate this book lower, primarily because it was…”

The Screwtape Letters
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July 11, 2018
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

A Skeptic's Guide to Faith: What It Takes to Make the Leap
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October 10, 2019
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“A lovely, contemplative book about the idea of a higher power and all the imprints that has left on humans and the human condition. The point is not laser-focused. It doesn’t build to a larger point…”

The Third Conversion
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March 12, 2014
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“A short, excellent book about fundraising for faith-based causes. It presents a new paradigm of fund-raising, more focused on the giver than the gift. It runs the risk of perhaps being too idealized,…”

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
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November 28, 2014
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“This book traces the history of Christianity by defining 12 ‘turning points,’ which are pivotal moments in its development. These range from the Council of Niceo, to the Reformation (the Diet of…”

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
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March 13, 2022
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“I’m not rating this one because I quit about halfway through. What bothers me is that I don’t know why I didn’t like it. I am very interested in the subject matter. This should absolutely be a book I…”

What Christians Believe: The Foundation Series Volume One
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July 12, 2015
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“I quite enjoyed this. It approaches the subject of Christian belief through a deconstruction of the Apostles and Nicene creeds, taking them apart, sentence by sentence, and examining what each part…”

What If Jesus Was Serious?: A Visual Guide to the Teachings of Jesus We Love to Ignore
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February 13, 2021
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“This is a lovely book of short essay chapters which explain teachings of the New Testament that we clearly often forget. Each one starts ‘If Jesus was serious…’ Examples: then we will trust God more…”

What's In The Bible: The Story Of God Through Time And Eternity
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July 26, 2018
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“A summary and commentary on the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.”

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself
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June 3, 2018
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“Excellent book about the inadvertent damage we do when trying to help. It discusses how to help other communities and countries without accidentally making things worse – how to help in such a way…”

Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus
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January 3, 2016
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“A wonderful look at the historic figure of Jesus Christ and his continuing impact on the world. The book is not necessarily evangelical – it’s more historical than anything. It discusses the changes…”

Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son
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December 4, 2019
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“Wonderfully unique book written by a father and son, both of whom were Christian pastors and leaders. The son lost his faith and became a secular humanist and ‘humanist chaplain.’ This book was…”

With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God
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November 24, 2020
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“This book scratched an itch I’ve had for a long time. A friend referred to it as ‘activity over intimacy,’ and Jethani captures this by identifying four ways of relating to God, and why they’re…”