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Shadows Reel | C.J. Box
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Most recent in the 22 book series (another one coming out end of February) telling about Game Warden Joe Pickett. This one was (like I say every time) unique to itself and yet familiar in the way I like. I enjoy the series. Been reading them slower lately to drag it out more, but needed a couple this week for my mental health.

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Dark Sky | C. J. Box
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Another good one from CJ Box in the Joe Pickett series. I‘m used to reading them but I thought this one was a good story with familiar pieces and yet it‘s own plot. It had all the things I expect to find and a few new twists that kept it interesting. I have one more book available until I‘ll start waiting for a new one to be released next month. Then sadly all caught up in the series!

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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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Oh man I am trying to get into this but struggling. I‘m on like page 150 of over 1,000. Hard for me to see many connections—more so feel like I‘m always trying to catch up. Thankful to be reading on Kindle so I can be reminded of who some of the characters are and also get definitions for some of the obscure words. I‘ve had this book referenced by others quite often and want to persevere!

Graywacke Have you reached the footnotes within the footnotes yet? 1w
CRR @Graywacke I dont think I have yet! Something to look forward to! 😂 1w
paulfrankspencer I tried this one last year. Got maybe 300 pages in. Just wasn't worth it for me. Obscurity/complexity =/= brilliance/anything remotely entertaining 1w
CRR @paulfrankspencer I agree completely. I am fizzling out on this one. 6d
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Good short book from Henri Nouwen on some of the practices of the desert fathers and the impact of solitude and silence especially when paired with prayer. Convicting in an encouraging way. Thoughtful and helpful as it pondered deeply and still had daily applications too.

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I heard this referenced in a podcast I listen to and it proved to be very interesting. It took a look at small scale and individual deep fakes all the way to the ways different countries are engaging and tampering in different ways. It included a historic look at the development of deep fake technology and a little forecasting to where we might be heading. Interesting and important topic in the world we love in today.

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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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I enjoyed this meandering life story of Mr Crow—barber and gravedigger. It was a slow moving book, though it was on purpose. Wendell Berry writes slow reading stories on purpose. It differs from much of what‘s out there (and much of what I typically read) but the slow pace of reading was enjoyable. Sometimes I get too caught in finishing a book that I forget to enjoy it along the way.

vivastory This is one of my cousin's favorite books & I never saw it in print until a couple of years ago and I always misheard the title as Jaybird Crow lol 2w
CRR @vivastory His name is actually Jonah but people called him Mr. Crow and then actually Jaybird which slowly evolved into Jayber! So you‘re right! 2w
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I read about Georgi Vins in another book about Christian missions and was intrigued so I got his book. Amazing to read about life in Russia back then and being arrested for preaching about Jesus. He spent 8 years in prison for his faith before being kicked out of the country. Amazing and inspiring life of faithfulness.

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Book | Book McBook
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Small publisher for a short book about overcoming addition to alcohol through Deciding, Documenting, and Declaring. Tough guy approach essentially saying “Man up and quit like it did”. Small parts of it could be slightly helpful. Overall dangerous concept that lacks personal application.

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Well written. Interesting. Authors reflections of life and nature. To be honest it didn‘t personally resonate with me. I felt like the author was a good writer and gifted in many ways…but it just wasn‘t for me. I want to give it a good rating because it was a good book (my wife loved it) but I couldn‘t connect with the author.

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Disturbing look into the origin, motivations, and activities of a violent political extremist group known as the proud boys. Book covered their beginnings well. Detailed some of their exploits over the years. Examined their role in January 6th activities. And overall painted a terrifying picture of what could happen. Disturbing but fascinating and well researched/written.

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I watched the new documentary “Stutz” on Netflix by Jonah Hill and was intrigued to learn more about Phil Stutz and his tools. I enjoyed the book and thought the tools were helpful practices. I have been thinking of them and other parts of the book throughout my days. As a Christian, also in recovery, I was able to augment the tools a little with my faith (something the book suggested). Overall enjoyable content.

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The Reason for Tears: A Memoir | Andy Straka, Tony Weedor
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Powerful story of how the author grew up in Liberia. From a small rural village to the capital city of Monrovia. He grew up Muslim but converted to faith in Jesus Christ. Eventually after hardship and civil war he went to America for more schooling. The book tells his story from birth while also telling a more current story of returning to Liberia to reconnect with his mother. Great book.

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Interesting story of a group of vandwellers and the movement overall. Book is five years old (and now a major motion picture) so I assume the movement is even more developed now as it is a changing culture. I enjoy learning about different ways of life and unique and interesting people.

Suet624 I thought the book was so powerful. The movie seemed to dilute much of the facts that I found so interesting. 2mo
CRR @Suet624 I plan to see the movie sometime but the trailer doesn‘t seem as good as the book. Thank you. 2mo
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Unique story for sure. I didn‘t really love it but it was surely interesting. I personally thought it was a little overboard in some ways but it fit with the overall story. Man lives in the forest for 7 years with his friends the Roe Deer. I started wearing out toward the end.

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Good easy read that good of the authors journey through losing his hearing. He not only told about the process of getting two cochlear ear implants but also how it felt to lose his hearing. It was helpful for me to learn about his experiences and how it felt. I am thankful to learn through his book.

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Finished up the series tonight. Everything wrapped up for the most part. Good series overall—lotta pages but good stories and likable characters. Guess there is another coming out next year too.

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Book 4 of 5. Another good installment of the series. I felt like this one started concluding some of the major themes though the final themes obviously remain. Feels like a lot to keep going straight through but I still plan to move quickly to the last book. (Though I see the author plans another book in this series to be released fall 2023.

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3 of 5 in the series. The story continues with more development. It is surely the middle where things are still ramping up and I hope the conclude in the next couple of books. I will more than likely keep pressing on without much delay.

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Great story. Quick read as I couldn‘t put it down. As this is the 2nd book of 5 in the series it is fun that the storyline is developing. I look forward to reading the other stories. I plan to keep reading without much delay.

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Good book and interesting story. I bought this series and Percy Jackson in 2020 out of interest and a growing, young reader in my house. I mistakenly read this one—and then realized I should read the other series first! So I did and now I am coming back around for the Heroes of Olympus series. Enjoyable and easy reading.

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Wonderful and honest book about the reality of life and a good God at work in the midst of it all. I appreciated Scott‘s willingness to share personally and go places many would rather avoid. I found the book refreshing, helpful, and hopeful. I bought more to hand out to my friends.

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No Plan B | Lee Child, Andrew Child
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Good book with a good story. I‘ve read all the Reacher stories. This one is similar but also unique. I felt like it had enough of the regular things while still feeling fresh. I enjoyed it.

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Short book that thought more about leading in a church so that people are equipped and encouraged to live faithfully all week long. Sometimes there is a divide between church and life but there doesn‘t need to be. Practical book full of stories that people are actively doing.

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I really enjoyed reading this book and got drawn in rather quickly. It was pretty long but covered a lot of different events. I liked the middle more but followed the story to the end. Interesting to think about the timeline and overall character development of the larger series.

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Great book that considered some of the incorrect and unhelpful ways we think about ministry and church. Skye Jethani offers such a fresh perspective that truly gets to the heart of things. He doesn‘t take party stances but really looks and thinks deeply from a biblical and Christian perspective.

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Interesting and quirky book from the author about his childhood experiences leaving Iran for Oklahoma. There were many layers to the book—I enjoyed them all. It was eye opening to read his experience and how he was treated. He was so confident and yet so unsure at the same time. Really enjoyable and recommended.

paulfrankspencer My fiance recommends this highly. I'm going to have to read it myself. 3mo
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Good but different book as it is a collection of “brief reflections” from Peterson. Things he wrote in newsletters and notebooks that were never published widely. There were great insights for sure but the chapters were mostly super short and generally disconnected (which was the nature of the book).

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Good content to the book but I just didn‘t get drawn in. I guess I personally found it a bit simple and a tad boring. I don‘t think it was a bad book, just not for me.

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Kindle deal—impulse buy. I don‘t know a whole lot about NYC and this was an interesting collection of quirky stories. Stories of people jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, a disastrous ferry fire where over a thousand people died, and rum runners during prohibition were the ones I remember most right now. Fun quick read.

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A shorter book but thick content as Newbigin covered many of the historical developments in critical thinking. While it was difficult to understand I still found it encouraging as ultimately he navigated through the pitfalls of both extremes and landed in a place of authentic faith in the God that speaks.

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Good book about prayer, confession, and study as those things work against the selfish desire to be relevant, popular, and powerful. Second time I have read this short book and I will have to read it again someday as I still have much to learn.

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I really liked this and have really enjoyed other books by the author. This one talked about the horizontal self we create to fit in and look like our culture. But how we need to define ourselves vertically through how God sees us. And then what it looks like to live into a vertical self.

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Interesting story about Bob Pierce who started World Vision and Samaritans Purse. I had heard his name but didn‘t know how story. He preached all around the world to many and served many poor and needy. But his family really suffered from his passion. Thankful for the reconciliation they experienced but sad for the hardship they went through. Good reminders and a powerful warning.

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Good book that told of the authors life and work in village of Hauna Papua New Guinea. She worked very hard 23 for years to create and alphabet, learn a language, and translate the Bible. Amazing story. Personal details and people throughout.

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Amazing story of David Sitton who went to Papua New Guinea as a young man to share his faith in Jesus Christ. His stories are full of faithfulness and bold preaching for Christ. Later in life he stated a training school in Texas and continued to reach out to people in need of the Gospel. Encouraging and convicting story.

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I really enjoyed this book. It taught me so much about the changing nature of the world over the past several years and how that connects to Christian faith. I was personally encouraged throughout this book to keep growing in renewal and leadership.

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Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia | Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
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Biography of Christian missionary Samuel Zwemer who served in the Arabian Peninsula for many years, then in Cairo, and later at Princeton University. Zwemer was often quoted in a recent book I read and I didn‘t know anything about him. This was a good resource that told his story and helped me start to know more.

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Wonderful book that follows the travels of Christian missionary Tim Keesee as he visits friends around the world. He shares many personal stories of how the love of Christ is being shown to many people in the same Spirit of other faithful believers that have come before. I so enjoy Tim: his writing, love for coffee, and video series sharing his travels called “Dispatches from the Front”.

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It had its good parts and helpful encouragements. But overall it felt like a 175 page graduation speech about overcoming adversity and shooting for the stars. So and so from history faced hardship and they overcame through hard work—you can too. Which isn‘t all bad, but toward the end I was over it.

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Very interesting story about the author‘s life growing up and eventually working in the gun industry. His first hand experience leads his message about the radicalization of America through gun lobbyists and organizations. I appreciated his message and integrity throughout the book.

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Long Range | C. J. Box
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Another good Joe Pickett novel. As this is like #20 of 21 (as of now) I feel like a good reading requires some background. The book could be read alone but it wouldn‘t be as enjoyable as being the 20th book read. The characters have developed over time and storylines have gotten more connected. I will likely read number 21 soon and then wait for more to be written!

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Amazing book that told the story of the authors personal experience of the Cambodian killing fields which occurred when the country fell to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. He experienced so many horrible things. His entire family was killed and he wandered the jungles alone. Eventually he moved out of the country and found Christian faith. And much later returned to Cambodia to teach and plant a church.

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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 7mo
CRR @paulfrankspencer I‘m listening now and ordered the other authors (on the podcast) book. Thanks! 7mo
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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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