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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Young Adult/Adolescent Book Recommendations

    People ask me for book recommendations for their teenagers all the time (I teach 7th grade English). I'm not sure if I've really posted much about...

    Started by Katelynn Scott, March 26th, 2012 06:19 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Read Before Posting: Welcome to the Book Review Forum

    Welcome to the Book Review Forum. This is a place for us to compile reviews and discuss books. It is a great way for the community to discern...

    Started by Ryan Scott, April 15th, 2010 08:42 AM
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  1. Briscoe, D Stuart - Spirit Life

    Is a chapter by chapter of the "fruits of the Spirit" with chapter headings, Spirit Life, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,...

    Started by Jim Franklin, April 19th, 2017 11:33 AM
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  2. Hessert, Paul - Christ and the End of Meaning, the Theology of Passion

    I'm reading this book and haven't finished it yet, but I'm loving it. Hessert (a late UMC professor) argues that our entire world looks for meaning,...

    Started by Hans Deventer, September 14th, 2016 02:47 AM
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  3. Vail, Eric - Atonement and Salvation

    I would love to hear any thoughts or questions you all have about my new book from NPH. I truly hope this book is a helpful resource for the church.

    Started by Eric Vail, June 6th, 2016 10:39 AM
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  4. Severson, Eric R. - Scandalous Obligation: Rethinking Christian Responsibility

    Admittedly few books capture me to the core of who I am and the deepest parts of what I want to become intellectually and spiritually like this book...

    Started by Matt Zimmer, September 12th, 2011 04:20 PM
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  5. Blackmon, Douglas A. - Slavery by Another Name: the Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

    I read this on the recommendation of someone I respected, and I was not disappointed.. at least in the writing content and becoming more informed....

    Started by Benjamin Hobbs, November 25th, 2016 04:37 PM
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  6. Gibbs, David - One Nation Under God

    Is America still "One Nation Under God?" Our modern courts seem to say, "No" as do the secular media and public schools, But what do the facts of...

    Started by Jim Franklin, August 26th, 2016 12:45 PM
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  7. Walls, Jerry L - Purgatory: the Logic of Total Transformation

    Finished the book this weekend. Walls discusses the history of the idea of purgatory (with lots of reference to Dante's Divine Comedy), the way it...

    Started by Hans Deventer, November 19th, 2012 02:19 AM
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    August 24th, 2016 08:14 AM Go to last post
  8. Sparks, Jonathan - The Power Of Positive, Strengths-Filled Living: A Loving Challenge To Be Christlike People of God

    My first book, The Power Of Positive, Strengths-Filled Living: A Loving Challenge To Be Christlike "People of God," is now available in paperback...

    Started by Jonathan Sparks, August 6th, 2016 11:31 AM
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  9. McHugh, Adam S - Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

    As an introvert in the church, I'm finding this book quite helpful. I've read about 2/3 of it. The author is Adam S.. McHugh. It was published by...

    Started by Jean Johnson, June 8th, 2016 08:08 PM
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  10. Tucker, Ruth A - Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

    Alerted to by my good friend, Dr. Christy Sim Sounds interesting. A new release. Zondervan Academic has picked this up Black and...

    Started by Rosey Morgan, March 24th, 2016 10:23 PM
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  11. Good deal on Scribd

    Last year we got a free membership to Scribd, a huge e-book reader service, because my four devotional books were included in their library. Jackie,...

    Started by G R 'Scott' Cundiff, January 9th, 2016 01:45 PM
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  12. Listening to the Language of the Bible free on Kindle today

    Listening to the Language of the Bible: Hearing It Through Jesus' Ears Kindle Edition by Lois Tverberg (Author), Bruce Okkema (Author) ...

    Started by Cynthia Prentice, December 10th, 2015 02:57 PM
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  13. Boyd, Gregory A. - Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty

    Every now and then a book comes around that has the potential of changing the way you look at the Christian faith. This is one. And in this case, it...

    Started by Hans Deventer, April 26th, 2014 06:02 AM
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  14. Keller, Timothy - Romans 1-7 For You

    Romans 1-7 For You by Timothy Keller Romans 8-16 For You by Timothy Keller I am leading a Navigator's Life Change Bible study on the book of...

    Started by Lorie Hatcliff, September 2nd, 2015 05:17 PM
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  15. Folmsbee, Chris - Gladhearted Disciples: Equipping Your Congregation with Generous and Enduring Faith

    Thinking Christians have understood for generations that evangelism was less about "telling" and more about "showing." In the 21st Century the new...

    Started by Bruce Nuffer, August 24th, 2015 11:21 AM
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  16. Duin, Julia - Quiting Church: Why the faithful are fleeing and what to do about it

    I've only read up to chapter 3 but it was so good that I wanted to write about it now. Ms. Duin is the religion editor for the Washington Times....

    Started by Susan Unger, April 13th, 2015 04:53 PM
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    August 17th, 2015 11:36 AM Go to last post
  17. Lyons, Gabe - The Next Christians: How a new generation is restoring the faith

    I'm not finished with this book so I'm hard-pressed to do a complete review. Why I didn't find it 2010 when it was new, I don't know. I am into...

    Started by John F Martin, July 12th, 2015 06:35 AM
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  18. Lightbulb Karon, Jan - The Mitford Series

    I'm currently listening to the tenth volume in this series -- Somewhere Good with Somebody Safe. The 11th is due out in September. Such a good and...

    Started by Marsha Lynn, June 7th, 2015 09:17 PM
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  19. Lightbulb Meyer, Marissa - Cinder

    A takeoff of the classic fairy tale, Cinder is a 16 yo cyborg living with her stepmother and two stepsisters in New Beijing. As in the fairy tale,...

    Started by Joy McDonald, July 13th, 2013 07:38 PM
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  20. Lightbulb Ross, Ann B - The Miss Julia Series

    I have yet to read the latest entry in this series, which came out in April 2015 -- the 16th! But I've read the first fifteen volumes, the first of...

    Started by Marsha Lynn, June 7th, 2015 09:44 PM
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  21. Crofford, Greg - Dark Side of Destiny

    Some of my fellow NazNetters might be interested in an e-book I wrote a year ago. Today and tomorrow (January 21 and 22), it's available FREE for...

    Started by Greg Crofford, January 21st, 2013 09:37 AM
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  22. Bell, Rob - What We Talk About When We Talk About God

    By Rob Bell Watch this space. I'll be attempting to do a chapter by chapter review of what it seems to be saying, especially within context of his...

    Started by Todd Erickson, March 20th, 2013 06:22 PM
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  23. Bell, Rob - Love Wins

    Well, I downloaded the book and read it fairly quickly. I haven't read all the posts in this thread, so I'm not responding to anyone/anything in...

    Started by Mike McVey, March 15th, 2011 05:39 PM
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  24. Lightbulb Green, John - The Fault in Our Stars

    I read this book a while back on the advice of my wife - but since a movie version is coming out in a month and will probably be a pretty big deal...

    Started by Ryan Scott, May 5th, 2014 05:38 AM
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  25. Lee, Justin - Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

    I've read some on the issue, but this is by far the best I've read so far. Honest, nuanced, totally Christian. If there is any way out of the hatred...

    Started by Hans Deventer, February 11th, 2015 10:38 AM
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  26. Crutcher, Timothy J - John Wesley, His Life and Thoughts

    This little book by SNU professor Tim Crutcher is meant for laity and anyone who'd like a short introduction to John Wesley. Obviously, it doesn't...

    Started by Hans Deventer, February 13th, 2015 02:50 AM
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  27. Campbell, Douglas A - The Quest for Paul's Gospel

    Worked myself through this book. It took some effort but it was worth it. Campbell argues that there are 3 ways to try and describe Paul's gospel...

    Started by Hans Deventer, December 22nd, 2014 03:27 PM
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  28. Bogle, John - The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns

    This book, in essence, contains the viewpoint of John Bogle, founder and retired CEO of the Vanguard Group, regarding investing practices. The...

    Started by Ryan Plott, November 18th, 2014 02:29 PM
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  29. Stanley, Thomas & William Danko - The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

    I just finished reading this book at the recommendation of Dave McClung so I figured I'd post a brief synopsis and review. I've always been...

    Started by Ryan Plott, October 28th, 2014 01:22 PM
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    October 30th, 2014 10:15 AM Go to last post
  30. Bolz-Weber, Nadia - Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

    Pastrix is a semi autobiographical book by Nadia Bolz-Weber who is the pastor at The House of All Sinners and Saints, a missionary congregation for...

    Started by Cam Pence, May 1st, 2014 08:26 AM
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  31. Manning, Brennan - All Is Grace, a Ragamuffin Memoir

    I like Brennan Manning. Reading this book made me like this lying alcoholic even more. What you get here is no embellished memory of a famous...

    Started by Hans Deventer, June 23rd, 2014 12:24 PM
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  32. Wright, NT - Surprised by Hope

    Has anyone reviewed this yet? I thought I'd seen it discussed on here, but now I can't find it. Perhaps it was before the crash? I finished it last...

    Started by Eric Frey, July 8th, 2010 09:50 AM
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  33. Fainaru-Wada, Mark and Steve Fainaru - League of Denial: the NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

    This is reposted from the sports column with additional comments at the end about the book itself. dave t Just last night, I just finished...

    Started by David Troxler, June 3rd, 2014 11:12 AM
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  34. Holt, David - Big League City: Oklahoma City's Rise to the NBA

    WHEN does a city become a City? The moment when a community becomes a City is seldom the result of physical or statistical development. Rather, it is...

    Started by Edith Thurmond, May 20th, 2014 09:13 PM
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  35. Saunders, George - Congratulations By The Way

    I really didn't know whether this should go in the book review forum. Since it's basically about a book, I put it here. Joe and I purchased...

    Started by Diane Likens, May 9th, 2014 05:31 PM
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  36. Fea, John - Why Study History

    Dr. Fea is an evangelical Christian on the faculty of Messiah College who presents the value of evangelical Christians becoming more knowledgeable...

    Started by Jim Franklin, May 5th, 2014 06:27 PM
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  37. Nouwen, Henri - The Wounded Healer

    I just picked up this short book. Has anyone here read it?

    Started by Tim Bourland, May 4th, 2014 03:22 PM
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  38. Murrow, David - Why Men Hate Going to Church

    Interesting read. I read it several years ago and am planning on reading it again. Murrow makes a number of interesting points and I agree with...

    Started by Abram Book, May 1st, 2014 06:41 AM
    • Replies: 4
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  39. Wright, N.T. - Justification

    Just finished the book. Having read some N.T. Wright before, the style is familiar: thorough, sometimes with British humour. The book is a response...

    Started by Hans Deventer, May 26th, 2012 01:38 PM
    • Replies: 3
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  40. Dugard, Martin and Bill O'Reilly - Killing Jesus

    This book by Bill O'Reilly is excellent from an historical perspective. Read it in 3 days and learned a few new things from the great historical...

    Started by Mike Smiley, October 18th, 2013 02:40 PM
    • Replies: 12
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    April 22nd, 2014 06:09 PM Go to last post
  41. Bakker, Jay - Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed - Walking with the unknown God

    It's perhaps interesting food for psychologists, but myself, I'm not so doubtful. Yet I am drawn to people who write about faith and doubt from a...

    Started by Hans Deventer, April 7th, 2014 07:18 AM
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  42. Noble, T.A. - Holy Trinity: Holy People, the theology of Christian perfecting

    Bought this book in Nampa and just finished it yesterday. Dr. Noble covers quite some ground in a relatively small book (224 pages). Atonement...

    Started by Hans Deventer, March 31st, 2014 12:56 AM
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  43. McIntosh, Gary - Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

    This book is a good entry point to both church size dynamics and church life cycle issues. It does not go into great detail about the topic. However,...

    Started by Kevin Rector, March 21st, 2014 01:37 PM
    • Replies: 0
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  44. Lightbulb Ytreeide, Arnold - Jotham's Journey: A Family Story for Advent (Series)

    Last year I posted a review on this series and since the crash, decided it would be good to do again. This is a series of three books that tell...

    Started by Lorie Hatcliff, October 1st, 2010 02:07 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    February 28th, 2014 09:31 AM Go to last post
  45. Bryson, Bill - A Short History Of Nearly Everything

    This is an interesting book. It argues for creation in stead of evolution, and does so heavily based on scientific arguments. I'm no scientist but ...

    Started by Hans Deventer, February 22nd, 2014 02:17 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    February 22nd, 2014 01:21 PM Go to last post
  46. Smith, Wes - Church of the Nazarene: My Memoirs, My Insights, My Suggestions

    This is a book that Naznetter Wes Smith has written to talk about his experiences in the Church of the Nazarene and his ideas on how to rejuvenate...

    Started by Kevin Rector, February 14th, 2014 10:29 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    February 17th, 2014 04:30 PM Go to last post
  47. Aslan, Reza - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    An attempt to recast Jesus as the Jewish radical revolutionary he was - as opposed to the ethereal, savior he's become to so many Christians. I...

    Started by Ryan Scott, December 22nd, 2013 08:22 PM
    • Replies: 14
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    January 17th, 2014 10:42 AM Go to last post
  48. Niequist, Shauna - Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

    Found this book through Rachel Held Evans' blog. Figured I would give it a try. A couple of remarks: 1. This (at least to me) is very much a...

    Started by Hans Deventer, January 14th, 2014 09:20 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    January 15th, 2014 12:18 AM Go to last post
  49. Lewisohn, Mark - Tune In, The Beatles: All These Years, Volume 1

    So, this morning I finished the 808 page (with very small type) volume one of Mark Lewisohn's three volume Beatles history. I was enthralled. There...

    Started by Ryan Scott, January 13th, 2014 08:00 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    January 13th, 2014 12:24 PM Go to last post
  50. Evans, Rachel Held - Evolving in Monkey Town

    Subtitle: How a girl who knew all the answers learned to ask the questions. I can't remember how, but a month or two ago I stumbled upon Rachel's...

    Started by Paul DeBaufer, August 26th, 2011 07:14 PM
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    January 8th, 2014 11:36 AM Go to last post

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