Category: Christian Book Reviews

Who Will You Listen To – A Review of Crash the Chatterbox

Posted by Randy Mann - December 15, 2016 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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We are drawn to read the Psalms because in them we find connections to our own lives. We can sense the palpable hurt, frustration, anger, sadness, confusion, etc. of the psalmist. We sense it, and we relate – it sounds just too familiar. Such was the case for me in reading Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. […]

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Pulling Back the Shades – A Review

Posted by Randy Mann - April 15, 2014 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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As a pastor, I remember when the book Fifty Shades of Grey came out. While I was not at all surprised about the overall popularity of the book at a cultural level, I was surprised about the reports I was hearing of Christian women reading the book. I was similarly discouraged with the multitude of Facebook posts […]

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Book Review – Uncovered: The Truth about Honesty and Community

Posted by Randy Mann - April 7, 2014 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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When a book strikes a nerve with me, it is usually for one of three reasons: 1. I strongly agree with the author and sense a kindred spirit. 2. The author touches a subject where God is stretching me and I feel the pain of that stretch (usually through conviction). 3. I strongly disagree with […]

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Highway to Hell – Telling the Untold Story

Posted by Randy Mann - March 12, 2014 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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In a way that only a journalist could, Matt Roper, in Highway to Hell – The Road Where Childhoods are Stolen, tells the horrors he and Canadian county music singer Dean Brody discovered as they sought to expose the sex trafficking taking place along Brazilian highway BR-116, a road that traverses over 2800 miles near the eastern coast […]

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What Can You Accomplish in a Half Hour?

Posted by Randy Mann - February 11, 2014 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews, Living the Gospel
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What can you accomplish in a half hour? The answer may well be, “more than you are currently accomplishing in an hour…or more.” In His new book, The Power of a Half Hour: Taking Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time, pastor and author Tommy Barnett seeks to help people become better stewards of their […]

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Review – Clear Winter Nights by Trevin Wax

Posted by Randy Mann - December 26, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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Upon writing this review, of Clear Winter Nights (Multnomah, 2013) by Trevin Wax, there are two disclaimers I should give upfront. First, I don’t like reading fiction. And, second, Trevin is my friend.  The first issue probably shouldn’t have too much impact on this, for, if the book turned out to be really good fiction, then […]

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What has Philippi to do with Philly?

Posted by Randy Mann - December 23, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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Joseph H. Hellerman is concerned that leadership structures in local churches look more like Fortune 500 companies than the servant-leadership model embodied by Jesus and exhorted by Paul. To discover a much-needed corrective, Hellerman researched the Roman honor-system culture that existed as the cultural backdrop when Paul wrote his letter to the Philippian church. What […]

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Good Preachers Are Growing Preachers

Posted by Randy Mann - November 11, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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Whether you are a new preacher or a seasoned veteran, there is always room to grow. And, in order to help us grow as faithful servants and communicators, there are all kinds of resources available – websites, blogs, videos, books, etc. The challenge is often finding the time to put those resources to work. In […]

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Discipleship – No More Excuses

Posted by Randy Mann - November 8, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews, Living the Gospel
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You have heard pastors talk about Jesus’ call to “make disciples.” You have understood your responsibility to obey that command. But, you have thought, “I’m just not sure I can do that.” Or, “I just don’t know how to do it.” Those excuses are no longer valid. I had the privilege of getting an advance […]

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Man Alive – A Review

Posted by Randy Mann - September 13, 2013 - Blog, Christian Book Reviews
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I have read several Christian books dealing with Men’s issues. And, of all the books I’ve read, Man Alive by Patrick Morley is one of them. There were some aspects of the book that resonated with me, and others that did not. There were a couple of things that simply did not sit well with […]

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