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Interesting book that shared authors experience as a probation/parole officer in New Orleans. It was a good combination of personal stories and learned insight about the larger system. It gave a good look into probation and parole in general. Helped me to learn and think deeper about those things and systemic challenges.

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Great book that naturally considers life, death, friendships, family, and more while the author works to make his own coffin with his dad. I really enjoyed reading it and hearing the authors perspective. I‘ve read, and enjoyed, most of his other books too. This was a very thoughtful and meaningful book.

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I listened to the author on “The Holy Post” podcast and was intrigued by her story. This book is a her telling her story and sharing what she learned through it. It is a very helpful book that guided me through considering my own experiences in a new way. I found her perspective to be refreshing and full of wisdom.

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Good thought provoking book about the lies of evil, flesh, and world. Definitely a Christian worldview based upon the Bible but written in a Grace filled simple sort of way. Simple as in clear not easy. I enjoyed the book and it is helping my thinking.

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Wolf Pack | C.J. Box
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Quick couple day read. Another adventure with game warden Joe Pickett. I‘ve read enough of them that I felt this one was a good representation of interesting story, intriguing details, and outlandish excitement. I enjoyed it. Only 3 left in the series until I‘m caught up to present—don‘t really want them to end.

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Timely book for me and many pastors at this particular point in life and ministry. Things changed everywhere that past two or three years—including in the church. The author used his insight and experience paired with statistical data from Barna Research to provide observations. The research was a bit discouraging at times because of what it reveals but the book itself was encouraging. It asked good questions and gave good suggestions.

paulfrankspencer This rung a bell. A podcaster I support on Patreon just interviewed Glenn. https://youtu.be/UU8XR6qgfu4 1mo
CRR @paulfrankspencer I‘m listening now and ordered the other authors (on the podcast) book. Thanks! 1mo
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The Disappeared | C. J. Box
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Another good installation from the Joe Pickett series. I feel like I qualify these every time I review them, but I still continue to enjoy them. They can be a little predictable but they are certainly fun to read and I will keep plugging along.

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Such a powerful book. Chapters were a survey of American history with emphasis on racism and the role of the church. There was a lot of history I have never been taught before. This book has impacted my life and thinking very much and I am grateful.

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This is the second book of an autobiographical series from Maya Angelou. I found it difficult to read because she experiences so many challenges and hardships. It‘s unlike anything I know. I am learning and thinking because of her.

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The Man Who Met God in a Bar | Robert Farrar Capon
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I‘m not sure on this one. It‘s a modern retelling of the life of Jesus. It was interesting but not something I would feel comfortable recommending widely. It was thought provoking and curious. Had much of the authors personality packed in throughout. I enjoyed it but had to remember it was what it is.

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Powerful book. Easy to read because it was so full of Mr. Hinton‘s personality. Hard to read because it‘s so hard to believe. Thankfully it ended well—but it took 30 years. Highly encourage this book to others.

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I have a hard time accepting that there are different ways to read something. I tend to think reading is purposefully devouring every word…I didn‘t do that with this one. I read it and enjoyed it, but there were times I was not entirely present. I appreciated the spirit of the author even though I did not always agree with his conclusions. I appreciated the personal stories the most.

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I struggle with disenchantment in the way I am cynical and world wise. It tends to be a survival technique from a childhood of chaos. I really enjoyed Cosper‘s book about recapturing wonder because it is a great area of lack for me. But I want more wonder because it‘s part of having a healthy Christian faith. The book encouraged me and is causing me to think more deeply.

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I have read all of Jacobs books and enjoyed them all. I think his first (The Know-it-All) is my personal favorite. This book took his love for puzzles and not only explained them but engaged them too. Reading it lead me to doing a couple of crosswords and sudokus. And overall I am enjoying puzzles more after reading this book. It is a good fun read. I enjoy Jacobs personality and find him easily likable.

CogsOfEncouragement I enjoyed Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey. I heard him talk about this puzzler book on a podcast and plan to read it at some point. I enjoy word puzzles myself. 3mo
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I listened to this and thought it was great. Dr Perry brought information and experience. Oprah brought experience and stories. It was difficult to listen to at times because of my own trauma but it was not overwhelming for me. I have quit other books like this but felt this one was a good balance. I will prob just listen again to it a second time right away.

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Lion Country: A Novel | Frederick Buechner
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First of four books written by Frederick Buechner about a strange mail order preacher named Leo Bebb. I have read quite a few of Buechner‘s non fiction books but this was my first fiction. I enjoyed it but it took some getting used to. I am curious to see how things develop as the books go along.

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My first book by Maya Angelou. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I have been greatly benefited by her story and style. This book tells her childhood story. I think she has quite a few more autobiographies. I would like to read them too.

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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This was referenced somewhere along the way in other reading though I can‘t remember where. It was an interesting and quirky story. I knew nothing going in so it was a bit unexpected but enjoyed.

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Good little book about be more in tune with hearing God in everything day to day. There was quite a bit of overlap with his biographies but that was no bother for me as I enjoyed them too. I have only recently become aquatinted with Buechner but am loving all of the books of his I have read so far. I have a couple left and I ordered another one today!

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Good book. I have read and enjoyed Bob‘s other books. They are similar—all are refreshing and encouraging. This one was like the title and called the reader to a life of joyful focus. The skeptic in me is wary of casting off safety and routine in the pursuit of purpose and joy—but the hopeful part really hopes it is possible. Bob is really likable and he feels like a friend after only reading his books.

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Such a good book. It has been really timely for me right now. I was encouraged to think more about emotional growth and maturity as it is paired with my faith and leadership. We often ignore emotional maturity in the church and that is a mistake. This book laid out clear principles that lead through the process of pursuing health and growth.

jessjess I haven't read this one but our study group did EHS (the blue one) and it was eye-opening and thought provoking. 4mo
BookBabe Sounds good! #stacked 🙌🏻 4mo
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Fourth and final autobiography from Frederick Buechner. Each book was unique to itself. This one felt like more of an intentional journey through his life by looking at some of his treasures in his writing office. I liked each book for different reasons. I liked this one for the example he gives of living slowly with eyes to see the beauty of God.

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Telling Secrets | Frederick Buechner
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Third of four biographies from Buechner—this one on the role and impact of secrets in a life and family. I think I am getting used to his writing style but I also liked this book the most so far. I appreciated his thoughts about secrets and his openness in sharing a few of his own.

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Now and Then | Frederick Buechner
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The second of four autobiographies that Buechner wrote. This one was subtitled “a memoir of vocation” and covered much of his work life. Interesting to lear about what he did for work in his life. It definitely got me thinking about my own activities and how to grow and make changes over time.

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The Sacred Journey | Frederick Buechner
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Great little book that introduced me to Buechner. There are three other autobiographical books in this series that I look forward to reading. In this one the author tells of his early days with an eye to see the beauty in the ordinary. It has me thinking of how to see God in my everyday living.

Suet624 Yes! A great goal. 4mo
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An older book recently rereleased—it is the author‘s first book of eighty in total! (80!). I liked the title and I loved the book. It described some of the challenges of having so much and wrongly thinking we are ok on our own. The book laid out a clear description of living for Christ in the imperfect church.

BookBabe This sounds amazing! Definitely a must-read. #stacked! 🙌🏻 4mo
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Vicious Circle | C J Box
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Another good one from CJ Box. Hard to describe each one but they are what they are. I enjoy them and will read through the rest of the series.

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Off the Grid | C. J. Box
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Another good book by CJ Box in the Joe Pickett series. I have been plowing through and may need to take a break and relish the last 6 books of the series. Continue to enjoy the developing storylines and characters. Some aspects are hard to believe but they are overlooked for entertainment purposes.

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Endangered | C. J. Box
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I‘ve had a rough week and needed a pick me up. Joe Pickett was just what I needed. I‘ve noticed that it seems like the books have more than one story line now. They are more complex in some ways and still simple in others. I enjoy them very much. Only 7 left until I‘m caught up in the series.

Texreader I hope things get better! 🤗 5mo
AmyG Yes. Hope things ease up soon. 5mo
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The Mark of the Christian | Francis A. Schaeffer
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Short little book that describes how love must be the true mark of a Christian. I haven‘t read any Schaeffer before but enjoyed this book and thought it very clear and helpful. Plan to look into others he has written.

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Stone Cold | C. J. Box
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What is there to say? Another Joe Pickett story. Yes in some way they get more outrageous. But the characters keep developing and it offers the desired effect of exciting entertainment. I don‘t read them because they are classical fiction—I read them because they are fun. 8 more until I‘m caught up in the 22 book series.

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I appreciated this book and found much of what it shared helpful. In some ways I don‘t fit the nice guy description but in other ways I totally do. Mainly “nice guys” are trying to overcompensate hard childhoods through overcoming problems to have a smooth life. It doing that leads to other problems. The book did a good job describing, offering personal stories, and helpful ideas to make changes.

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Interesting quirky biography. I liked Ben Folds growing up but didn‘t know much about him personally. I thought of him recently and found his book. I enjoyed reading the book—it got a little long toward the end but that could have been a me problem too.

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Wow. An interesting book that dug into and began explaining so many different levels. It shed so much light on so many confusing things that have happened in evangelical circles over the years. And sadly continue to happen. This book is highly criticized in evangelical circles—but it would be helpful for many to read and consider. Tough read in some ways but powerful.

swynn I'm reading this now and agree: this explains. So. Much. 5mo
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Great book that shared a vision for churches that focus on living into the love of God and therefore not getting distracted by other lesser things. I really appreciated this book and have been encouraged in my faith through reading it.

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Before and Laughter | Jimmy Carr
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I was looking forward to reading this but it never got going. It felt like one cheap gag after another, which I know makes sense, but it just got old. I got about a third through and just couldn‘t muster the energy to keep going.

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I really appreciated so much of this book and am thankful for much of the authors perspective. It is a little out of my typical read but I received much from it. I felt that chapters on consciousness, inner child, and ego were the most helpful personally. I would do well to reread them in the near future.

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Breaking Point | C. J. Box
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These are all likable books with good stories and developing characters. I like the main character more each book and enjoy reading the stories. This story was based on true events that happened in Idaho, which makes it more intriguing in some ways. I think there are 21 right now and I think this was number 13. I will keep on reading.

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Force of Nature | C J Box
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This is book 12 in the series. I usually take time in between reading each book but 11 ended with a cliffhanger I had to hear more about. I am still enjoying the series about game warden Joe Pickett and like how the characters keep developing. I believe there are 21 in the series right now—I‘ll keep on reading them.

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Cold Wind | C. J. Box
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More of the same—in the best way! But also new levels of intrigue as the story continues developing. I like how all the characters are developing more and having more intertwined parts of the story. This one left a bit of a cliffhanger for the next one so I will think I will start that one soon.

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Mockingjay | Suzzane Collins
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Each of the books in the series was certainly different than the others. I really enjoyed the series and am sad to see it come to close. I left my physical copy at home while on vacation, so I had to get the Kindle version to finish! Quick and exciting reads! Enjoyable.

Reggie This book left me in a funk for a couple of days. I love the series, though. 6mo
CRR @Reggie yeah I can relate to that. 6mo
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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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The story continues in a way that was unexpected. I didn‘t know anything going into these books. I am enjoying them and the story of Katniss. Weird turn in this one that pushes the third. This was a good book to read on vacation in Florida this week.

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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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I am reading these for the first time. I never knew much of the story or ever saw any of the movies. I guess I assumed the basic storyline. But reading this was so good. I sprinted through it in under 24 hours as I just had to keep reading. I don‘t know anything about what‘s to come but I will keep reading.

paulfrankspencer The books definitely don't get better, though the second is alright. 7mo
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Long 15 hour listen that took me quite a while to get through but a great story that tells the overall arc of opioid addiction in America. Amazing to see how a large pharmaceutical company could lead to pill mills to Mexican black tar heroin.

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Good book. Author essentially argues that faith is not a “what do you know?” question and more about “who do you trust?”. I appreciated this new way of thinking (for me). It is hard for me to think about how it works out in the long run but still I am encouraged. Seeking to know the right things and be the most right is not the center of Christian faith.

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I enjoyed this book and was led to thinking deeply while reading it. In her battling with cancer the author offers much to consider. I found it thoughtful, honest, and encouraging.

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I happened upon an interview of Kal Penn and was intrigued about his recent book. I am not up to date on tv/movies so hadn‘t heard of him before. I‘ve never seen any Harold and Kumar movies! Despite these things I love the book and learning more about him. I especially appreciated the insight into racial challenges he had faced over his career. Also enjoyed hearing more about his time working with President Obama.

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Nowhere to Run | C. J. Box
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Another good one in the Joe Pickett series. The stories are getting more developed as they go along. There are quite a few continuous storylines and characters. In some ways it‘s fun to see those conflicts and relationships develop and in other ways it sorta feels burdensome. Great story.

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Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel | Lee Child, Andrew Child
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Another Jack Reacher story. They are what they are. I enjoy them. I felt like this one was a little different from the originals but still the same too. I have read all of the books in the series and I will continue to do so. It was fun to read something for entertainment.

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An interesting book with good stories about real people. I didn‘t expect to learn so much about the state of Ohio and at first I wondered why I was even reading this book. But I quickly got drawn in by the authors voice and the stories being told.

Suet624 I understand that question of why am I reading this book?? 7mo
Lauram Stacking this and letting my sister know! We both enjoyed one of the author‘s previous books. (edited) 7mo
CRR @Lauram yes that‘s how I found this one. I read “all the way home” and like it. 7mo
CRR @Suet624 thankfully it came together! 7mo
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