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    Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity

    By Dave Henning / May 1, 2019

    Primal (Multnomah, 2009) Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church (Washington, D. C.) wrote Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity in 2009.  Just like prime numbers possess an indivisible quality, certain truths qualify as primal truths.  And chief among these truths is the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30).  It’s Christianity […]

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      When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

      By Dave Henning / August 23, 2018

      When the Game is Over (Zondervan, 2007) John Ortberg, senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, wrote When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box in 2007.  In this book, John’s competitive Monopoly games with his grandmother serve as an analogy to the game of life.  As Pastor Ortberg learned, the […]

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        Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength

        By Dave Henning / July 11, 2018

        Heart Made Whole (Zondervan, 2016) Christa Black Gifford — worldwide speaker, worship leader, and songwriter — penned her second book, Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength, in 2016.  Since pain never goes away on its own, you must feel, embrace, and bring that pain to the Healer.  For as long […]

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          Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You

          By Dave Henning / May 31, 2018

          Rooted (WaterBrook, 2017) Banning Liebscher, lead pastor of Jesus Culture Sacramento, recently penned Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You.  Pastor Liebscher first asserts that every follower of Jesus carries a deep desire for visible, lasting impact on the world.  Yet, that desire originates not in us, but in God.  As a follower of […]

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            Anxious for Nothing

            By Dave Henning / April 9, 2018

            Anxious for Nothing (Thomas Nelson, 2017) Max Lucado titles his latest book, based on Philippians 4:4-8, Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World .  Pastor Lucado opens with this chilling description of anxiety: “It’s a low-grade fear.  An edginess.  A dread.  A cold wind that won’t stop howling.”  In contrast, the apostle Paul […]

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              Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want

              By Dave Henning / January 29, 2018

              Still Waiting (Tyndale, 2017) Author and speaker Ann Swindell titles her first book Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want.  In her book, Ann uncovers what the story of the Bleeding Woman reveals about Christ’s character as well as how He draws near to hurting people.  Since waiting isn’t a […]

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                I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me

                By Dave Henning / January 8, 2018

                I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me (Tyndale, 2017) Pastor and author John Ortberg titles his latest book I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close.  Although we crave intimacy, it remains a scary concept for a lot of people.  Therefore, intimacy cannot be coerced.  […]

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                  Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed

                  By Dave Henning / November 27, 2017

                  Unseen (Zondervan, 2017) Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed is the second book by critically acclaimed author Sara Hagerty.  Sara bases this book on Jesus’ encounter with Mary of Bethany (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8).  As Ms. Hagerty summarizes, “God invites us, through Mary’s forever-retold story, […]

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                    The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together

                    By Dave Henning / October 19, 2017

                    The Imperfect Disciple (Baker Books, 2017) Jared C. Wilson, currently director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently published The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together.  In his Introduction, Pastor Wilson states he wrote the book to demystify discipleship.  Because all of us need tuning up in the […]

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                      The Joseph Calling: 6 Stages to Discover, Navigate, and Fulfill Your Purpose

                      By Dave Henning / September 11, 2017

                      The Joseph Calling (Broad Street Publishing, 2017) Os Hillman, founder and president of Marketplace Leaders, titles his latest book The Joseph Calling: 6 Stages to Discover, Navigate, and Fulfill Your Purpose.  First, Mr. Hillman notes that adversity functions as a key catalyst in how God moves people into their calling.  Thus, more often than not, […]

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