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All In

By Dave Henning / September 26, 2014

All In (Zondervan, 2013) Prior to the September, 2014 publication of The Grave Robber, All In was Pastor Mark Batterson’s most recent book.  From the start, the author boldly asserts that “Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe.  He died to make us dangerous.”  In other words, we cannot live as if the purpose of […]


The Wall Around Your Heart

By Dave Henning / July 11, 2014

The Wall Around Your Heart (Nelson Books, 2013) The framework of Mary Demuth’s latest book, The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You, camps around the eleven phrases of the Lord’s Prayer, prayed in the context of community.  The author comments: “Tucked within this prayer are secrets to understanding conflict, […]


Not a Fan

By Dave Henning / June 5, 2014

Not a Fan (Zondervan, 2011) Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus is the first book by Pastor Kyle Idleman.  His second book, Gods at War, previously was annotated in Crown’s bibliography.  Pastor Idleman begins by observing that whenever Jesus spoke to a large crowd, most often the message He preached would […]



By Dave Henning / May 16, 2014

 Grace (Thomas Nelson, 2012) The full title of this book by Max Lucado is Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine.  Pastor Lucado begins with the assertion that God answers the messes of life with one word: grace.  He then defines grace as “the voice that calls us to change and then gives […]


Wounded by God’s People

By Dave Henning / May 2, 2014

Wounded by God’s People (Zondervan, 2013) Author Anne Graham Lotz speaks from numerous personal experiences when she affirms that the wounds inflicted by God’s people are painful and devastating.  Even so, we can’t allow ourselves to reject the God of those who rejected us.  Basing her book on the Old Testament story of Hagar, Anne […]


The beginning of the end?

By Dave Henning / May 1, 2014

“Don’t look back.  Something might be gaining on you.”- Satchel Paige “Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the other person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”- C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock At the beginning of Chapter 15 (“Don’t Look Back: You Can’t Drive Forward by […]

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