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The Most Encouraging Book On HELL Ever

Thor Ramsey, The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever (CruciformPress, 2014)  The title of this book prevails upon the reader to open it up and see what this is all about. It’s daring. I mean encouraging and hell are in the same sentence! It kind of reminds me of the old fundamentalist preachers my husband […]

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The “A” Word

Mark Jones went and did it. He dropped the “A” word, turned it inside out, and left the contemporary Reformed world a little exposed. Antinomianism. Go ahead and say it, it’s kind of a fun word. But no one wants to be called an antinomian. When you first hear the word you may immediately think, […]

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Hello Ninja

Hello Ninja!, by N.D. Wilson. Illustrated by Forrest Dickison (Canonball, 2013) When I was contacted by Canon Press to see if I would review a bedtime story for toddlers, they had me at Hello Ninja. I mean, hello, this would have been the perfect bedtime book for my kids! Anyway, this book has the combination […]

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The Doctrines of Grace: Student Edition

I had never even heard of the doctrines of grace until I was in my early twenties. I remember reading a sermon by Jonathon Edwards that opened the curtain on these doctrines and let the light in. But at first, along with this strange sense of joy and respect for God’s sovereignty, I was really […]

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Jesus Gonna Be Here*

Stephen J. Nichols, Getting the Blues (Brazos Press, 2008) “My daddy was a guitar pickin’ man.” This is the first line of a country song that my mom wrote about her father, my granddad. The stories that he’s told me about his childhood as a poor boy in the south, discovering music, particularly the guitar, […]

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Suck it Up and Be Thankful

Review & Giveaway: Rachel Jankovic, Fit To Burst (Canon Press, 2013) “Fit to burst” may actually be a description you would give to any mom of six children, right? I know that with three, I feel like every day can be a challenge to my sanity. Tony Reinke gave this book an interesting endorsement. Although […]

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Christians Get Divorced Too

John Greco, Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God (Cruciform Press, 2013). My parents divorced when I was 15. In Malachi 2:16, we are reminded that God hates divorce (NKJV). I can totally resonate with the reasoning given, “For it covers one’s garment with violence.” Tearing apart what God has joined together is a […]

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The Truly Liberated Woman

I wrote a book review of Rachael Held Evans’ book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”, for the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. It will be published in their next journal issue, and it is also on their Book […]

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What’s With the Dudes at the Door?

Kevin Johnson & James White, What’s With the Dudes at the Door (Bethany House, 1998) You can get this book for like a penny now on Amazon. My husband and I used it over ten years ago to teach the youth group at our old church about cults. It’s actually written for teens. Think about […]

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A Very Melodramatic Sort of Moonshine

My last post mentioned how things are not as they seem. That reminded me of one of my favorite stories, so I thought I would repost the review. The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton (First Published 1908; 2011 reprint, Simon & Brown) This book rocked my face off. It’s insane! No, I think it’s […]

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