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The Good and Beautiful God

I have been blessed by experiencing The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love With the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith. This is the first book in The Apprentice Series from Renovare. I first heard about this book from my friends Jimmy Taylor and Ben Simpson who are both involved with the Apprentice team in […]

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Simple Life: Time, Relationships, Money, God

Simple Life: Time, Relationships, Money, God by Thom S. and Art Rainer is a follow up to Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples with the focus shifting from church to one’s personal life. Rainer and Rainer suggest moving through action steps of clarity, movement, alignment and focus in the areas of time, […]

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A People’s History of Christianity

I recently read A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story, the latest book from Diana Butler Bass. Bass takes the reader on a jaunt through the history of the church from the first century right up to today dividing the years into: early, medieval, reformation, modern and contemporary Christianity. In each […]

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Right now I am transitioning back to Kansas City after time in Louisiana on a mission trip with the youth from Resurection. Hopefully more about the trip soon… I first read Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges in the summer of 2006. I took the opportunity to read this book again this […]

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Flickering Pixels

I just finished reading Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith by Shane Hipps. After just finishing the book I felt thoughtful, peaceful, powerful, aware and enlightened. This book was an unexpected breath of fresh air into my life. Hipps is a Mennonite pastor in Arizona who formerly worked in advertising. He has a distinct […]

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The Echo Within

I just finished up The Echo Within: Finding Your True Calling by Robert Benson. I admit that I was a bit skeptical of the book when I started. From the front and back cover, I assumed that it would be a bit too lovely for me. I was surprised at what I found. Benson writes […]

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The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster

I picked up the book The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways to Make Life More Efficient as a Christmas present for myself with a gift card that I received in early December. It is right up my alley. The book consists of 100 short chapters on topics that range from selling your […]

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Transformational Architecture: Reshaping Our Lives as Narrative

I found Transformational Architecture: Reshaping Our Lives as Narrative by Ron Martoia to be an excellent book that reaffirms the importance of telling the whole story in scripture when having spiritual conversations with non or nominally religious people. Martoia asserts that a focus on the brokenness of people without telling of the creation of humanity in […]

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Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight

I received Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight, by Karen Saclf Linamen with a slight hesitancy. I thought that this book would be only for women and I would struggle moving through it from beginning to end. I was wrong. Linamen provides solid advice about life change that is written in a light hearted and fun […]

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Me, Myself and I AM

Me, Myself, and I AM: A Unique Question and Answer Book: The Story of You and God by Matthew Peters is a book unlike any other that I have experienced before. Through a series of questions on many topics the author guides the reader through a discernment process. It is designed to be used in any […]

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The Greatest Words Ever Spoken

The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your LIfe, and Everything Else (link to Amazon) is the second book by Steven K. Scott. As described on the back cover, “For the first time ever, all the statements Jesus made in the New Testament have been brought together under more than two hundred […]

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Difficult Conversations

Most if not all difficult conversations have similar patterns from which lessons can be learned to better engage in them. This is the basic assertion of the authors of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. From their website: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most was developed over ten years of work […]