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Book Review: The Last Petal Falling

The Last Petal Falling By Lori Arnold McFarlane No thoughtful reader of Lori Arnold McFarlane’s memoir, The Last Petal Falling, could disagree when the author writes: “It would not be hyperbole to say that my faith was the very essence of me.” As is true for many children raised in Christian homes, McFarlane believed in … Continue reading

Book Review: Midnight Jesus by Jamie Blaine

Midnight Jesus: Where Struggle, Faith, and Grace Collide By Jamie Blaine Jamie Blaine writes in a semi-organized yet perfect way about people he’s met through one of his various jobs—psych ward worker, crisis hotline guy, church counselor (kind of), and roller rink assistant manager. The awesome thing about Blaine is that whether he meets with … Continue reading

Book Review: Unoffendable By Brant Hansen

Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better By Brant Hansen Brant Hansen says that we have no right to be angry. It’s not our job to “set people straight” or “take a stand.” “God ‘needs’ nothing. Quit trying to parent the whole world. Quit offering advice when exactly zero people asked … Continue reading

Book Review: The Matheny Manifesto

The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life By Mike Matheny and Jerry B. Jenkins In his book, The Matheny Manifesto, Mike Matheny shares his thoughts on coaching baseball. I’ve coached youth softball for a few years, and have a few years to go. From that aspect I found … Continue reading

Book Review: Scary Close by Donald Miller

Scary Close: dropping the act and finding true intimacy By Donald Miller   Donald Miller didn’t get married until his forties: “I spent years isolated and alone, working up words to tell people who I was—or more accurately, who I wanted to be.” Scary Close tells of how Mr. Miller has begun to move from … Continue reading

Review: Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told By Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller   The authors of Motivate Your Child say that, rather than prompting your child to do what’s right by using external motivation (a belt, for example, or maybe … Continue reading

Book Review: Rise, by Trip Lee

In Rise: Get Up and Live in God’s Great Story, Trip Lee encourages readers—particularly young readers—to not waste time or wait for a better opportunity to live for Christ: “There’s no in-between phase where we just exist in a youth, college, or young singles ministry. You’re a real human being, a real follower of Christ, a real … Continue reading

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