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KCFY Book Review

Risking Crazy:  Deny Self - Follow Jesus
Author: Jason Taylor               

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Randal House
ISBN:  9780892656561
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
We know what Jesus said in the Bible: deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me. Jason Taylor encourages readers to reflect on the message of Jesus and follow up with action. He asks readers to accept the challenge, take the risk, and simply obey by living beyond their fears. Jason Taylor combines practical advice and biblical truth to share powerful encouragement for all who are ready to risk crazy. He offers daily practices that will allow us to show the love of Jesus to people we pass every day. Those who take the risk will accomplish great things for Christ. Jason Taylor provides the reader with a foundation to understand what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The author shares personal stories from his church plant ministry as well as examples of steps of faith taken in his own life. He directs readers to overcome the excuses that invade our lives and stand in the way of meaningful connections with those all around us. Taylor desires to see all believers make an impact for the Kingdom and seeks to live that out in his own life each day

*Risking Crazy is available, here, on Amazon OR locally at the offices of The Vertical Church.


God Made All Of Me
A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
Author: Justin S. Holcomb & Lindsey A. Holcomb

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    New Growth Press
ISBN:  9781942572305
Retail Price:  $9.99
From the Publisher:
t's easy to convey the message to children that their bodies or particular parts of their bodies are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.

God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.

God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.


The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God
What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About FAITH, FAMILY and FORGIVENESS
Author:  Jep & Jessica Robertson (Duck Dynasty) with Susy Flory

Binding Type:  Hardcover    
Publisher:    Thomas Nelson
ISBN:  9780718031480
Retail Price:  $25.99
From the Publisher:
A Moving Story of Redemption and Second Chances

Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Her insecurities spun out of control as she wondered whether she would ever be good enough or pretty enough. This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God.

“We are desperate to let people know that no matter what you’ve done; no matter what you’ve lived through, you can come out of it.  You can be washed clean.  You are redeemed."


Upside Down Joy
An Inverted Look At Sin, Sickness, Struggle and Death Upside Down Living Series
Author: Andrew Mann

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    New Hope Publishers
ISBN:  9781596694408
Retail Price:  $11.99
From the Publisher:
In the provocative, storied style of the “Upside-Down” series, created out of New York City’s Graffiti Community Ministries, pastor and ministry leader Andrew Mann takes us along on his up-and-down journey through life experiences – cancer, sin, broken relationships, injustice and injury, his father’s death – that turned his world and worldview upside down.

Mann shares how the process of pain taught him different perspectives for holding on to joyful living.  His life and others’ stories inspire him to share this inverted way of experiencing suffering with Upside-Down Joy.  Take advantage of his rich, multilayered, multicultural experiences in ministry and insights from life, to think and act in a new way; with unexpected joy in unexpected places.


Pass It On:  Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through
Practical and Memorable Experiences
Author: Jim Burns & Jeremy Lee

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook        
ISBN:  9781434709073
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Parents often experience a “freak out” moment when they realize their children's view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home. Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.

While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family's spiritual legacy ... starting now!


Abolishing Abortion
How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day
Author: Rev. Frank Pavone

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Nelson Books
ISBN:  9781400205721
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
Rev. Frank Pavone, experienced pro-life activist and leader of one of the nation’s largest and most influential pro-life organizations, reveals a plan for making life the law of the land.

The struggle against abortion in our nation has been going on a long time. Sometimes it seems like an evil that will never go away. People want to get involved in the fight, but it feels futile, and increasingly the culture tells Christians to stay out of politics.

Longtime activist Rev. Frank Pavone counters this frustrated mindset with challenge, encouragement, plain facts, and a healthy dose of strategy. He explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in the public square and challenges both churches and individual Christians to full engagement.

Pavone argues convincingly that the battle against abortion not only can be won, but must be won. The soul of our nation depends on it.


God Speaks
Author: Craig A. Evans, PhD

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Worthy Publishing
ISBN:  9781617954818
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Explore and examine the depth of the Bible with evangelical scholar Dr. Craig Evans in God Speaks.

No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with the Bible, God Speaks will bring its timeless truth alive as you view it with fresh eyes and apply its restorative power to your life.

Far from a dusty old book of do's and don'ts, the Bible is a relevant and eternal message of love and reconciliation that holds the power to shape society and transform lives. Dr. Craig Evans, a consultant on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's blockbuster miniseries The Bible, unfolds Scripture with compelling clarity. God Speaks will equip you to provide answers to skeptics' questions about the Bible's true message.


The Great Fire
One Amerian’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide
Author: Lou Ureneck

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN:  9780062259882
Retail Price:  $28.99
From the Publisher:
The harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians—a tale of bravery, morality, and politics, published to coincide with the genocide’s centennial.

The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey’s interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Mustapha Kemal, now known as Ataturk, and his Muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops. Turkish soldiers proceeded to burn the city and rape and kill countless Christian refugees. Unwilling to leave with the other American civilians and determined to get Armenians and Greeks out of the doomed city, Jennings worked tirelessly to feed and transport the thousands of people gathered at the city’s Quay.

With the help of the brilliant naval officer and Kentucky gentleman Halsey Powell, and a handful of others, Jennings commandeered a fleet of unoccupied Greek ships and was able to evacuate a quarter million innocent people—an amazing humanitarian act that has been lost to history, until now. Before the horrible events in Turkey were complete, Jennings had helped rescue a million people.

By turns harrowing and inspiring, The Great Fire uses eyewitness accounts, documents, and survivor narratives to bring this episode—extraordinary for its brutality as well as its heroism—to life.