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Subject: Christian Non-Fiction....read any lately?
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 3:47 PM ET
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I was wondering if anyone has read any good Christian non-fiction books lately?  If so will you share the title, author & a little bit about it with us?  I'm always looking for more. 

I've read 2 non-fiction books lately.  Neither of these were greatly profound but I did enjoy them & they both got me to think about how I live my life. 

1.  The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley.....this is a great little "nugget" of a book.  Like I said it wasn't necessarily profound but I really liked it.  I'm not going to ruin it & reveal to you what the best question ever is, but I will tell you this made me think about my decision making.  I let a friend of mine borrow it & she used it with her Sunday School class (adults) for a few weeks discussion.  It is a great book for young adults too---get them thinking about decision making before they get out on their own. 

2.  Inside My Heart by Robin McGraw....this is a book that is about Robin's life & how she is the "heart" of her home.  This book made me take a look at my relationship w/ my husband & kids and how I could definitely improve as a wife & mother. 

Next up I plan to read Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 4:17 PM ET
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You know the old saying?  Truth is stranger than fiction?  It's true, I love to read about the stories that actually happened and learn from them.  Recently, I have read 2 history non-fiction and 2 spiritual warfare non-fiction. 

Left for Dead by Pete Nelson-True story about the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by the Japanese. It showed how the Lord used an 11 year old boy to set the record straight and help to clear a mans name.

Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattilo Beals--True story about integration in North Little Rock Arkansas  High School back in the late 50's.  Heart breaking what hatred human beings are capable of. But also of God's loving protection of this young girl that went through it. 

He Came To Set The Captives Free by Rebecca Brown-True story of the spirit realm and of a woman breaking free from the enemy.

Prepare for War by Rebecca Brown-Sequel to the above and gives more true accounts of the spiritual conflict that is involved in staying free from the enemy and how to help others.

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 5:44 PM ET
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I am currently reading Who Stole My Church? by Gordon MacDonald. It is one of the BEST books I have ever read about church change, and it describes exactly what my church is going through at the moment, and I'm caught in the middle. Highly recommended for everyone.

I'm getting ready to read Mistaken Identity, about those two girls who were in an accident, one lived, one died, and they were mistaken for each other.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 9:15 PM ET
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Melissa,

I have Mistaken Identity on my WL, but I'm like #44 in line so it will be a while before I read it....let me know how you like it once you are finished. 

Shayla

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 8:56 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/6/2008 1:58 AM ET
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I recently read, "Into the deep" by Robert Rogers. This is an amazing story of  how a husband/father overcomes an awful tragedy. I loved the book. I was impacted in so many ways.

Subject: robin mcgraw
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:43 PM ET
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    Hi Sheila.

I have heard that "INSIDE MY HEART " by Robin Mcgraw was a good book ,I havent read it yet but plan too

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 2:08 AM ET
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I heard about Mistaken Idenity on KLOVE.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 2:28 PM ET
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I just found out today that the publisher is sending me a copy of Mistaken Identity for review. So I'll post my other copy when I get the new one! At least I'll take the wish list down a little.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 5:14 PM ET
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My favorite Christian non-fiction authors are Adrian Rogers, Chip Ingram, Beth Moore, and Liz Curtis Higgs.

Has anyone read Amy Grant's memoir yet? I have it on my TBR pile but it's not that *high* on the pile...

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 9:36 PM ET
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I just finished Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee.  I've had this little book on my shelves for YEARS, and finally took it down and read it.  It's only 64 pages long and was written in the '50's  It's chock full of good spiritual advice for learning to "sit" (rest in the Lord), "walk" (living every day for Jesus) and "stand" (stand against the enemy).  It's a book I plan to read more than once.

 

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 11:31 PM ET
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Has anyone read Amy Grant's memoir yet?

I haven't read Amy Grant's memoir, but I've seen little bits of it here and there, which made me put it on my wishlist here.  I'm quite a ways down, though, so I don't think I'll be having an opinion on it anytime soon. :)

I really liked It's Not About Me by Max Lucado.  It was pretty short, to the point, and also awesome.



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Date Posted: 4/8/2008 11:47 PM ET
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"Inside my heart" was an excellent book. Simple to read, but filled with such honest and practical advice. I read it in just a few hours.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 8:07 AM ET
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For those of you that liked Inside My Heart by Robin McGraw....she does have another book (it's on my WL) called From My Heart to Yours

Just an fyi.

Subject: divine nobodies
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 10:07 AM ET
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This book is by Jim Palmer, I am only half  way through it and all I can say is awesome!!!!! I have laughed out loud more than once and cried more than once.  I am planning on getting another copy to lend to my friends. Mine will stay on my keeper shelf. Only because more than once I have gotten  books back with coffee or something spilled all over them. This book is about the everyday people like you and me that God uses to show his love to the lost and broken of the world. A book about his great love for all his children. A love that most of us can't comprehend. Jim Palmer has a masters of Divinity and had a mega church until divorce cost him his position. It was the every day people who helped Jim really find Jesus and help him to understand the "easy yoke and the light burden" Matt 11:30

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 11:42 AM ET
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Donna, I really enjoyed Divine Nobodies by Palmer. He is certainly an interesting writer. I read his second book, Wide Open Spaces, and I had a much harder time with that one. I think after reading Revolution by Barna and thinking more I would be more open to it. I just have a hard time with someone saying, "Oh, I stopped reading my Bible so I could hear from God" and also talking about not meeting with believers regularly.

Here are my bookloons.com reviews if you're interested:

Divine Nobodies

Wide Open Spaces

 

Subject: divine nobodies
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 1:15 PM ET
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Hi Jessie,

 I left organized religion over 5 years ago and I know that every time a scripture runs through my head it's God speaking to me. I read my bible faithfully and then looked around and saw nothing that even sightly resembled  what I was reading. I guess that is one reason this book spoke to me. As far as meeting with other belivers . I have many friends in and out of organized religion who love Jesus and the office I work in is 90 percent Christian. We have Baptists, Catholic, Luthern, and I'm the lone Pentecostal. It makes for some interesting discussion.  I want to know Jesus as well as he knows me and I trust and believe he can do it even outside the church building.

                                                                                                                                          Many Blessings

                                                                                                                                               Donna

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Donna, I really like going to church. It makes me a better person. I need to go for myself. I mean I NEED to go. It reminds me to be nice, I can get so grouchy. I also went to a Messianic Jewish New moon Service. I really enjoyed it very much. I plan to go each 1st Saturday of the month.

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Date Posted: 4/10/2008 8:06 PM ET
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I need to go to church too.  It's not the spiritual education so much as the fellowship.  Being around other believers helps to bolster my own faith.  (And it keeps my attitude right too...lol...i understand the "grouchy" part)

 

God WANTS us to fellowship with other believers...the bible clearly says that this is important for our spiritual growth.  I can understand your past frustration with a wrong-viewed church...finding the right church for you can be hard.  Pray about it and God will lead you to where He knows you need to be.

Good luck and God Bless!

LaDonna

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 9:10 AM ET
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Hello Ladies,

 If you need to go to church thats fine with me. But I must ask what would happen to your faith if suddenly for some reason there was no church to go to? I'm pentecostal in my belief and experience and I'm very aware of the place of emotion in worship. After leaving the church (I tried more than one believe me) I had to rethink church and the way it was done. If you spent the entire service asking the Lord to forgive the way you were feeling about it all how long would you stay? It's very hard to put into a paragraph over 20 years of church and the things that brought me to the place I now find myself. What I miss most is corporate worship but truthfully some of the very best church for me has been just me & Jesus in my livingroom. One book I could recommend is " The Shofar Blew" by Francine Rivers. That book pretty much describes my church experience.

    P.S. I am not now nor have I

ever been a pastor or married to one.                                                                                           Many blessings Donna

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 11:16 AM ET
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I'm currently reading "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller (for the second time!  :-) ).  I find it very thought provoking. I'd like to read some of his other books.



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Date Posted: 4/11/2008 12:30 PM ET
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Tara,

I read Blue Like Jazz about 2 yrs ago now.  I really liked it.  It's very different but nothing like I had read before!   I haven't read anything else by him, let me know if you do & what you think. 

 

Subject: Mistaken Identities
Date Posted: 4/11/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I just read Mistaken Identities about the 2 girls from Taylor Universties that got swapped or misidentified.

One family buried their daughter while one family kept vigil at the hospital only to find out the opposite...it was really good!

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 2:12 PM ET
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Well, I just mailed my 2nd copy of Mistaken Identity out to someone today, I hope it continues to get passed around! I personally haven't read it yet, but plan to soon.

Melissa

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 9:58 PM ET
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OH I am SO excited....I just got Mistaken Identity from a dear friend for my birthday tonight.  I cannot WAIT to read it! 

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