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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Ender’s Game is a dystopian sci-fi fantasy that explores themes of deception and control, and how individuals think of themselves in response. It’s quite dark and pessimistic, with just a glimmer of hope at the very end.

“Sometimes lies were more depe
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Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp
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Paul Tripp hits hard at pastors who are coasting, faking, hiding, or in other ways not living out the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ in their pastoral ministry.

This is a book non-pastors may have a hard time connecting with or understanding, but it
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Practical Steps in Bringing Healing to Your Relationships by Gregg Strawbridge
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Strawbridge looks mainly to Philippians 4:1-9 for direction on reconciliation. In a helpful twist on a beloved passage of Scripture, the author puts rejoicing and being anxious for nothing in the context of the relational difficulty Paul mentions in ...more
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Philippians by James Montgomery Boice
Philippians
by James Montgomery Boice
read in June, 2016
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An excellent series of sermons on Philippians by the late James Boice.

I was a bit surprised at how topical they were, though. He pulls out a theme from a text of only one or two verses, and then would often go to another Scripture that dealt more ful
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King John by William Shakespeare
King John
by William Shakespeare
read in June, 2016
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King John (1595-ish) is a rough and vicious kind of play, showing the belligerent and war-like John (1166-1216) ready to fight and assassinate child contenders to gain and keep his crown. “A scepter snatched with an unruly hand Must be as boisterousl ...more
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The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson
The Legend of Sam Miracle (Outlaws of Time #1)
by N.D. Wilson (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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A rollicking good Western with a few twists.
Sam Miracle is caught up in a story he doesn't remember. A priest can move him through the sands of time, and lays down his life for him, but he needs Glory's help to beat the bad guys.

Wilson messes with ti
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
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Midsummer Night’s Dream review

The sprites can make us do foolish things, especially when it comes to love. There are times we seem to lose ourselves, we become so bewitched with love for others. The potion of Oberon and transformation of Bottom into
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
read in May, 2016
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“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

This famous play has become iconic as a celebration of young lovers who reject their clueless parents and rush head-long into love for each other.

Shakespeare is certainly pointing out the folly of Juliet’s
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Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare
Venus and Adonis
by William Shakespeare
read in May, 2016
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Shakespeare's 1200 line poem, 6 lines per stanza, seems meant to explain why love is so bittersweet.

Venus seduces Adonis but after almost giving in, he resists and wants to go hunting. She is afraid he will be killed by a boar, and he is. In her grie
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
read in May, 2016
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William Golding powerfully depicts the depravity of human nature in this story of a group of boys stranded on a desert island. They form a society with rules and order and a chief, represented by a seashell (conch). But from the beginning they have l ...more
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