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On Edge

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I have struggled with anxiety since I was a small child (from my earliest memories), so I couldn't wait to read Andrea Petersen's new book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety. The back cover says:

"A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety.

A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied. She agonized over every odd physical sensation. She developed fears of driving on highways, going to movie theaters, even licking envelopes. Although having a name for her condition was an enormous relief, it was only the beginning of a journey to understand and master it—one that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail.

Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look a…

Israel - God's Heart

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I've always wanted to go to Israel but don't know if I'll ever get to, so I jumped on the chance to read a copy of Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel by Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett. It's advertised as a coffee table photography book with narratives and Scriptures complementing the photographs throughout, subtitled "A captivating pictorial of the Holy Land and a scriptural journey through God's redemption story". The back cover says:

"Many of us only dream of traveling to the Holy Land. Very few, like Israel's top aerial photographer, Ron Gafni, soar above the craggy mountain ranges of Masada, the salty Dead Sea, and the iconic locations where Jesus walked. Israel - God's Heart - Landscapes and Legacy, beautifully captures the ancient landscapes of this great nation, as well as presents the legacy of God's Redemption plan for the world.

As you slowly turn the pages, you will find unexpected vantage points, such a…

Swipe Right

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Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance is Levi Lusko's answer to the modern culture's view of sex, relationships, and romance. Playing off of the Tinder app's "swipe right/swipe left" feature, Levi uses modern terminology and illustrations to bring to live God's ancient, but always relevant, plan for sex, romance, dating, and marriage. The back cover says:

"God wants you to have amazing sex

There is nothing more powerful on earth than the forces of love, sex, and romance. In fact, relationships are a matter of life-and-death importance.

So how you can train today for the relationship you want tomorrow? In Swipe Right, Levi Lusko shares with raw honesty from his own life experiences and God’s Word how to regret-proof your marriage bed and your deathbed
resist settling for instant pleasure by discovering what your heart really longs for
learn how to avoid and treat sexual scars by careful living today
turn the clumsy “sex talk” with your…

Driver Confessional

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I was interested in reading David Winters' new book, Driver Confessional, because I really enjoy Christian thrillers and the plot and premise seemed very unique. Driver Confessional is the first book in The Driver Series. The back cover says:

"Driver Confessional tells the story of Antonio, a ride-share driver who winds through the streets of Washington, D.C. in search of his next fare to support his young family and pay law school expenses. His easy manner and Italian good looks lead passengers to disclose a bit more than they intended. On a particularly dark evening, his sedan pulls up in front of a posh Washington restaurant.

On her way to a midnight meeting in a Senate office building, a mysterious woman and her confession plunge Antonio and his police detective brother into international espionage, the Russian mob and corporate excess. Clues add up to danger and car chases pile up on ethical dilemmas."

This book was a real page turner. I stayed up late to finish i…

The Good Book

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I was interested in reading The Good Book by Deron Spoo because I'm always looking for a good teaching devotional resource. The Good Book is almost a discipleship-type resource - it takes you through 40 important chapters of the Bibles and covers the biggest topics and ideas of the Bible. The corresponding chapter of the Bible is included with the chapter expounding it. The chapter of the Bible is provided in the author's favorite translation (Christian Standard Bible), but you can grab your Bible and read it in your own translation if you prefer, which is what I did. The book description says:

"The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas. A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.

Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already l…

Shattered

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I was so excited to read Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes' new book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign. I followed the stunning 2016 election closely, and couldn't believe the daily twists and turns. I couldn't wait to get an inside look at Hillary Clinton's campaign. The media kept telling us she would win and never predicted the upset of the century, and I thought this book might give some more insight into the Clinton campaign and how and why it failed so badly. The back cover says:

"#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders fro…

Invitation

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Invitation: Harbingers Cycle One is an interesting new take on the Christian fiction genre. The book contains four "episodes", each written by a different author - Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky - from a different character's point of view - Brenda, The Professor, Andi, and Tank. Each "episode" is a bite-size piece of the story that can be read in one or two sittings. The back cover says:

"Four Strangers with Gifts They Don't Understand.
A World Falling into Darkness.
This is Harbingers.

You're invited on a journey of suspense and the supernatural as four of your favorite bestselling authors team up for a unique series.

From the minds of Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky, Invitation compiles the first four episodes of Harbingers, each following a different character.

BRENDA--the street-hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future
THE PROFESSOR--the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic
ANDI--…