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Light Book Reviews

  • A Model for How We Can Respond to Abuse

    How much is a girl worth?  This question is both the title of Rachael Denhollander’s book and the lens through which she powerfully recounts the childhood sexual abuse she endured at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar and the road to justice that she and many of her fellow survivors courageously forged.  Her story of

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  • A Praying Life

    On a number of occasions, I’ve picked up a “spiritual disciplines” book, only to put it down in frustration a few chapters in—feeling wholly inadequate and squarely judged. I never felt that way while reading, The Praying Life by Paul E. Miller. Miller provides a humble, practical example of what it means to have a

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  • Adorning the Dark

    Adorning the Dark isn’t a book about just writing, or singing, or any of the things you might associate with Andrew Peterson. It’s a book about creating—something which Peterson says every one of us was created to do. Through a collection of honest stories and personal reflections, this beautifully written memoir will open your eyes

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  • Do We Know What To Do With Our Pain and Grief?

    As the coronavirus pandemic stretched across the globe, no one could ignore the reality of suffering. But recognizing the reality of suffering is not the same as knowing what to do with our pain, fear, and grief.  Mark Vroegop has learned, both from his own life and the lives of those he pastors, that the

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  • Full Circle Parenting

    This is a parenting book grounded in the gospel and authored by a couple that has a great deal of experience when it comes to parenting. Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins are the right people to address this crucial topic, and they do so exceptionally well. This book takes difficult topics, explores them biblically, outlines how

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  • Help Her Be Brave

    When I first met Amy Ford, I was overcome by her fierce passion and love for women facing unplanned pregnancies. As someone who grew up thinking the only way to serve in the pro-life movement was to stand in a picket line or to write a letter to my senator, Ford’s pro-love message caught me

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  • Into the Light

    Into The Light is a seven-week Bible study that addresses trauma and healing by looking at Scripture. Author Mary DeMuth helps the churches not only care for the survivors in their midst, but care for one another in general. This study provides a theological understanding of shepherding, care, the church, sorrow, lament, justice, and repentance.

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  • Is It Abuse?

    You would think abuse would be easy to identify, but because of many dynamics of oppression including coercion, blame-shifting, manipulation, threats, and danger, it often takes patient care over time to identify domestic abuse. Abuse can be disorienting and distressing for victims and for those walking alongside. Because of this, many don’t venture into those

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  • Redeeming Power

    Horrible atrocities have been done in the name of Christ. This should not be. In Redeeming Power by Diane Langberg defines power, addresses the various ways power has been abused in the church, and shows how power can be redeemed. Power rightly used is Christ-like power. Power abused, however, is “power used for the control

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  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

    I first learned of John Mark Comer through his excellent podcast, “This Cultural Moment,” co-hosted with fellow pastor, Mark Sayers, on ministry in post-Christian cities. So, when I saw this bright orange Instagram ad for his book saying “How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world,” I put

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