Books Read In August

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A surprisingly good novel. A catholic, Chinese bishop has been in jail in China for decades. His life is one of regular torture and solitary confinement. In Rome, the Pope wants the Chinese bishop released covertly. Using a former Naval Seal and other former CIA people an operation is planned to go in and get the chinese bishop out. But the Pope dies before the operation begins. They have only the time it takes for a new Pope to be chosen to complete the operation. A fun, well written novel.

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Another ‘church’ book by Thom Rainer (and co-authored by Ed Stetzer). Very disappointing. Lots of old material in this book. Nothing new. Nothing that has not already been analyzed and published by Mike Riddell, Gerard Kelly and others. My church in London was following these practices in the early 90’s in the UK.

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As a minister, read this book. The hardest part of this book will be the conflict between the freedom you will experience as you read and the realization that you MUST, MUST put it into practice, NOW.

Highly Recommended.

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This was my night-time reading with my 7 year old son. Although just beginning 2nd grade, Sam has a reading level of a 4th grader and we read through this wonderful. short biography of John Newton.

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We must not confuse busyness with spiritual growth. Far from it. Busyness may be preventing us from growing and leading us to a place where our identity is consumed with what we do, not with who we are. Fil Anderson has written a book which should be a warning to ministers not to immerse themselves into their work but to immerse themselves into Christ and prayer. Two many confuse the two with disastrous consequences.

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Another book which my 7 year old and I read together. This is a good book, if not a little biased. I need to do some correction while reading it with Sam. It says it has a reading age of 9 years old. Sam is two or three grades ahead with his reading but even so, I think it was still a little older than that. But an enjoyable read still.

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See my review HERE

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