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Review: Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House, November 2013
Genre: Christian fiction, environmental law, nuclear reactor, courtroom drama
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bethany House and an Open Book in exchange for a review.

Previous book by Todd M. Johnson.
The Deposit Slip

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The Hanford Nuclear Facility is located in Washington State, on land that once belonged to the Yakama. They had hunted and fished in the area, it was their homeland. In the 1940s, the Hanford facility was built, and a dam was built in the 1950s, these encroached on their ability to fish and hunt. A way of life that had existed for generations ended.
Kieran Mullaney, works in the Plutonium production lab at the nuclear facility. Poppy and Lewis are guards at the facility. On a cold night, an explosion rocks the facility, sending a green and orange cloud from the smokestack. Months later, Kieran…

Review: Psalms: A 12-Week Study (Knowing The Bible) by Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Publisher: Crossway, June 15, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Bible Study, Old Testament, Psalms
Format: pdf
Pages: 96
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Crossway in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my own opinion.

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Other studies in the Knowing The Bible series:
Matthew, Philippians, Proverbs, Ruth and Esther, Acts, Genesis, Romans, Isaiah, John, James, and Mark.
All the studies are 12-week in format.
Link for more information: Knowing The Bible

All Scripture references are from the 2001, ESV, Bible by Crossway. References to additional content held in the ESV, Study Bible are referred to often in the Knowing The Bible, Psalms. The additional content is pertaining to word definition and history.
From the series preface:
"Knowing the Bible, as the series title indicates was created to help readers know and understand the meaning, the message, and the God of the Bible." Page 6.  Week 1 is an overview of Psalms.
The 12-w…

Review: Return To Me, The Restoration Chronicles, Book One by Lynn Austin

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House, October 1, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Return to Jerusalem from Babylon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 465
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bethany House and An Open Book program, in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are from my opinions.

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The second book in the series, Keepers of the Covenant. The book will be available October 7, 2014.

In 539 BC, Daniel interpreted the handwriting on the wall for the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, King Belshazzar. The destruction and end is near for the kingdom of Babylon. A new ruler conquered Babylon, his name is Darius the Mede, a Persian king. The Jewish captivity is almost over, the new king has declared all of the people who had been held captive by the previous predecessor may return home. Home for the Jews had been Jerusalem, but the temple is gone, the remains of their beloved homeland is desolate, …

An Interview With Tosca Lee, Plus a Free E-Book

About Tosca Lee
One of the most gifted novelists writing today.”—Steven James, best-selling author. Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of Iscariot; Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times best-seller Ted Dekker (Forbidden, Mortal and Sovereign). Her highly anticipated seventh novel, The Legend of Sheba, releases September 9, 2014. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts with studies at Oxford University. She is a lifelong world adventure traveler and makes her home in the Midwest. To learn more about Tosca, visit
An Interview With Tosca
On The Legend of Sheba: Links for the book: Amazon  Barnes and Noble CBD
You are known for your meticulous research. How did researching Legend of Sheba differ from your other books? After a year and a half of hard research for Iscariot, I thought research for Sheba would be much easie…

Review: The Lucado Inspirational Reader, Hope and Encouragement for Your Everyday Life by Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 2011
Genre: Inspirational, Devotional
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 420
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent
Source: Self-purchase

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Max Lucado has a lengthy list of books he's written over the past twenty-eight years. His writing style is one that is easy to read, understand, apply. He stands out in the Christian non-fiction field by his way of sharing a story all of us can relate to. He is an author that does not adhere or speak to a particular denomination reading group. I have family and friends who are Catholic, Lutheran, Bible, Baptist, and all of them agree Max Lucado is an approachable writer. Max is an author that is easy to refer to as just Max, and not his full proper name.
The best quotes from Max Lucado's books have been compiled for this treasured book. This book is from the bookshelf of my dad's collection. Whenever dad and I would visit a book store, dad always asked the store assoc…

The Apple of Your Eye-Bible Reading Update

Review: I Am A Church Member, Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference by Thom S. Rainer

Publisher: B and H Publisher April 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, Church
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 96
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent
Source: Self-purchase

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For more information about book and through Rainer's blog:
I Am A Church Member.
The original blog post which proceeded the book.

Page 4-5.
"Based on our research of 557 churches from 2004 to 2010, nine out of ten churches in America are declining or growing at a pace that is slower than that of their communities. Simply stated, churches are losing ground in their own backyards. Another way of looking at it is generationally. About two-thirds of the Builder generation, those born before 1946, are Christians. But only 15 percent of the Millennials are Christians. The Millennials are the largest generation in America's history with almost eighty million members. They were born between 1980 and 2000. And we have all but lost that generati…

Review: Autopsy of a Deceased Church, 12 Ways To Keep Yours Alive by Thom S. Rainer

Publisher: B and H Publishing May 2014
Genre: Church, Leadership
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent
Source: Self-purchase

Thom Rainer blog

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What began as a blog post has morphed into the creation of a book, both written by Thom S. Rainer. Rainer is the CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources.
The subject is about "the death of churches." Not a pleasant theme, actually it is a theme/subject most church members ignore. They can express, "I know we have a problem at our church." But, that is as far as it goes, there is no discussion, no reaching out for help; further, many will argue and hurl fiery words at those who verbally express there is a problem. But, whether it is apathy, ignorance, arrogance, or fear, nothing to resuscitate the dying church is performed. Before long, maybe in a year or maybe in a few years, the church is dead, the pro…

The Apple of Your Eye-Bible Reading Update

The last update was posted July 23, 2014.
Since the last posting I've read:
From the Crossway, ESV, The Psalms, chapters 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38. 

From The Transformation Study Bible, New Living Translation:
2 Chronicles chapters 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36. 
Daniel chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. 
Lamentations chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 
Ezekiel chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 
Revelation chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.  

For the 8th time this year I have read 1 Corinthians, this time reading from Edgar J. Goodspeed's, An American Translation, chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. Translation not available at Bible Gateway.
I've begun reading 1 Corinthians, for the 9th time, in The Interlinear Bible Greek/English. I've read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The translation given in…

Review: Recovering Redemption, A Gospel-Saturated Perspective On How To Change by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer

Publisher: B and H Publishing Group May 1, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Gospel, Salvation, Sanctification
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing Group in exchange for a review.

The review was first published at The Christian Manifesto. 

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I'm reminded of a quote: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” Quote by Tim Duncan. Why do we try so hard as a Christian to be “good”? Do we want to score points with God? Do we want to make a positive impression with other people? Is there a point when “good” is “enough”? The “good enough” merry-go-round moves faster, until we're dizzy in the “performance”. Our life should be a reflection of God's Spirit who abides in us and is working in us, not a reflection of our self-achievements and advancements. Matt Chandler, reminds us in chapter one, we are limited by what we ca…