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Launch Your Dream

Launch Your Dream

On 9/9 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Launch Your Dream, by Dale Partridge, bills itself as a 30-day, step-by-step plan for preparing, launching, and growing your own business. And that's what it is... kind of. I had mixed feelings about this book. On the positive side, it was written and organized well. It was easy to read, with nice ... Launch Your Dream, by Dale Partridge

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3 Stars

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Beyond Justice

Beyond Justice

On 6/4 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Hayden McCarthy is a no-holds-barred attorney who lives for her work. When she is given a wrongful death case against the government, she knows that it is going to be a career-making case.  She is determined to follow through and win at all costs, despite blatant signs that someone or someones will ... Beyond Justice, by Cara Putman

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4 Stars

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Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

On 3/26 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Alannah and Liam have a loving, idyllic marriage, and they play together in a successful Celtic band. When Alannah is four months pregnant with their child, Liam is tragically killed when his car unexpectedly explodes as he is driving away with his best friend, Jesse. Jesse survives but is badly injured, ... Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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The I Factor

The I Factor

On 2/4 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The I-Factor, by Van Moody, explains to the reader how learning to have a great relationship with yourself is the key to leading a happy, successful, and fulfilling life.  Using a combination of personal stories, practical advice, and biblical references, Moody outlines the process of finding your ... The I-Factor, by Van Moody

Jennifer's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 12/4 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Mike Ortiz is a charming and charismatic war hero who is favored to win the White House. He, along with his beautiful and seemingly perfect wife, Celeste, is busy campaigning in the final days leading up to the election.Erica Sparks is a brilliant and accomplished journalist who is covering their story.  ... The Candidate, by Lis Wiehl

Jennifer's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

On 10/29 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Jake Palmer is a corporate trainer who coaches professionals to shed their own external labels, see deep within themselves, and live out the life they're meant to be living.  When a catastrophic accident leaves Jake both emotionally and physically scarred, he retreats into a deep depression.  ... The Long Journey To Jake Palmer, by James L Rubart

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 8/21 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The Seven Laws of Love, by Dave Willis, makes a strong case for the importance of love, and walks the reader through the seven principles that will help us get there.  Drawing from biblical references, Willis essentially outlines a blueprint for love that is intended to strengthen all of our relationships.  ... The Seven Laws of Love: Essential Principles For Building Stronger Relationships, by Dave Willis

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5 Stars

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How to Live in Fear

How to Live in Fear

On 5/22 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Part memoir, and part inspirational instruction, How to Live in Fear by Lance Hahn is a refreshingly candid and transparent look at one pastor's struggle with panic and anxiety. With honesty, humility, and humor, Hahn takes the reader deep inside his personal story, sharing his individual journey with ... How to Live in Fear: Mastering the Art of Freaking Out, by Lance Hahn

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5 Stars

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This Is Awkward

This Is Awkward

On 3/23 Jennifer McGrail wrote: In This Is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes talks directly, honestly, and hilariously about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapter like "Parents Are a Gift (You Can't Return Them)" and "D is for Depression," he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated ... This Is Awkward, by Sammy Rhodes

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5 Stars

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Prison

Prison

On 2/5 Jennifer McGrail wrote: I really wanted to like this book.  The plot sounded so interesting:  Sonja Grey and Max Trent are narcotics detectives who are chosen to go undercover to capture a "thug" who is dealing drugs at Sonja's church.  Promising mystery, suspense, and romance, it was indeed the makings of a ... Prison, by Toni V Lee

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1 Stars

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The Mountain Midwife

The Mountain Midwife

On 2/1 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Ashley Tolliver is a third generation midwife living and working in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. She is devoted to her work and to her clients, but is also feeling a pull to leave her small hometown to go to medical school. When a mysterious couple arrives at her door late one night, she ... The Mountain Midwife, by Laurie Alice Eakes

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3 Stars

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Fix by Force

Fix by Force

On 11/18 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Fix by Force, by Jason Warne, tells the story of Spencer, a high school student who is staggering under an enormous weight.  He is relentlessly bullied at school, he is dealing with the death of his father and the illness of his mother, he is wrestling with feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing, ... Fix by Force, by Jason Warne

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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Lifted From Darkness

Lifted From Darkness

On 9/23 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Lifted from Darkness is a true story. It's a memoir. I found I was reminding myself of that fact over and over, because I didn't want to forget. What read like a harrowing but gripping Hollywood blockbuster was in fact a very real woman's very real nightmare. It tells the story of how she met, married, ... Lifted From Darkness, by Alexa Foster

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5 Stars

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All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture

On 6/9 Jennifer McGrail wrote: All You Want To Know About The Bible in Pop Culture combines two of my very favorite things: The Bible, and pop culture.  Kevin Harvey has written a fun, informative, and interesting little book here, with something to appeal to bible scholars and movie aficionados alike. Taking a look at everything ... All You Want To Know About The Bible in Pop Culture, by Kevin Harvey

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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Semi Serious

Semi Serious

On 4/26 Jennifer McGrail wrote:  Semi Serious, by Charlotte Stone, tells the autobiographical story of a woman who, disillusioned and burnt out from her job as a middle school teacher, decides to heed a calling to completely change her course and become a commercial truck driver. Encouraged by her son in law's suggestion, Stone ... Semi Serious, by Charlotte Stone

Jennifer's Rating:

3 Stars

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A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty

On 3/2 Jennifer McGrail wrote: A Thing of Beauty, by Lisa Sampson, tells the story of Fiona Hume, a former childhood actor who has left the Hollywood scene behind and has been largely holed up in a dilapidated old mansion in Baltimore. When the story begins, we find a 32 year old Fiona broke after having squandered all her earnings. ... A Thing of Beauty, by Lisa Sampson

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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MindWar

MindWar

On 12/7 Jennifer McGrail wrote: MindWar, by Andrew Klavan, tells the story of Rick Dial, a high school football hero whose dreams of playing college ball were shattered when a tragic accident left him with painful debilitating leg injuries, necessitating the daily use of crutches. When the story begins, we find Rick in a deep depression. ... MindWar, by Andrew Klavan

Jennifer's Rating:

5 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 8/24 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Critical Condition is a medical thriller that tells the story of Dr Shannon Frasier and her sister Megan as they inadvertently get tangled in what becomes a murder investigation. The story opens with Dr Frasier and guests gathered at her home for a dinner party that is tragically interrupted when a ... Critical Condition, by Richard L Mabry

Jennifer's Rating:

3 Stars

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The People Factor

The People Factor

On 4/18 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The tagline of The People Factor, by Van Moody, reads, "How building great relationships and ending bad ones unlocks your God-given purpose."  This book is a manual in doing just that.  It instructs you in both understanding and evaluating your relationships, so that you can make healthier ... The People Factor, by Van Moody

Jennifer's Rating:

5 Stars

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Last Light

Last Light

On 1/16 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Last Light, by Terri Blackstock, is the first in a series of books called the Restoration Series. It focuses on the Branning family, as their lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil when their city, and all its surrounding areas, suddenly loses all power.   Unlike a regular electric blackout, they ... Last Light, by Terri Blackstock

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes

Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes

On 11/2 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Wow.Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes, by T Neal Tarver is the best book of its kind (sort of a spiritually-themed science fiction) since the Left Behind series.  I ordinarily approach this type of book with a little bit of caution, as I never know quite what to expect, but I couldn't have been more pleasantly ... Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes, by T Neal Tarver

Jennifer's Rating:

5 Stars

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Afloat

Afloat

On 8/10 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Afloat, by Erin Healy, is a fictional story that combines faith, suspense, and the supernatural for what amounts to an overall fascinating book and interesting read.Eagle's Talon is an architectural wonder: A series of beautiful condominiums floating on the Rondeau River. The project is still under ... Afloat, by Erin Healy

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 6/4 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The description of A Matter of Trust painted it as a page-turner, and that's exactly what it was.  I brought it with me on a four-day camping trip, thinking it would last until we headed home.  I ended up devouring it so quickly it barely made it till day two.Mia Quinn is a prosecutor who, ... A Matter of Trust, by Lis Wiehl

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5 Stars

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Dirty God

Dirty God

On 5/15 Jennifer McGrail wrote: "Jesus didn't just send a message to man through yet another prophet.  Instead, he dropped a staircase from heaven so that he can walk with us, touch us, talk to us, feel like we feel, hurt as we hurt, struggle as we struggle, and eventually help us get to where we ought to be - in the presence ... Dirty God, by Johnnie Moore

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5 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 1/14 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The Choice, by Robert Whitlow, is a story that explores both the legal and social aspects of teen pregnancy, abortion, and adoption.  Sandy Lincoln is a happy and well-adjusted teenager whose life is forever altered when she finds herself pregnant.  The first part of her story deals with the ... The Choice, by Robert Whitlow

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

On 11/6 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The Grace of God is a detailed and straightforward examination of God's grace as it is revealed throughout the Bible.  Stanley takes us through both the old and the new testaments, and really shows us how it is a story of God's unwavering grace, as well as what that means for us as believers. ... The Grace of God, by Andy Stanley

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 9/3 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir... of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron is - just as the title suggests - a memoir, mostly. The author tells the story of his upbringing, and his struggle with his faith, his self identity and his self worth as he grows up with an alcoholic and often absent father, ... Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir... of Sorts

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5 Stars

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

On 6/12 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Unsinkable tells the amazing true story of a 16 year old Abby Sunderland, who in January 2010 attempted to become the youngest person ever to sail solo, nonstop, around the world. It is told from three different perspectives: that of Abby herself, a third-party narrator, and eventually a rescue team. ... Unsinkable, by Abby Sunderland & Lynn Vincent

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Time is running out...The Final Summit tells the story of David Ponder, a 74 year old man who at the beginning of the book is questioning is own will to live, and his journey to convene with several other time travelers - everyone from Joan of Arc to Abraham Lincoln to Anne Frank to Winston Churchill. ... The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews

Jennifer's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Power-Based Life

The Power-Based Life

On 3/24 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Mike Flynt is a former college football player. He was kicked out of college after too many fights, and he later returned to play out his senior year at the age of 59 (becoming the oldest person to do so in NCAA history.) He committed his life to Christ, and to helping others realize their own personal ... The Power Based Life, by Mike Flynt

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5 Stars

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A Time to Embrace

A Time to Embrace

On 1/4 Jennifer McGrail wrote: A Time To Embrace is a story about family, faith, and forgiveness. John and Abby are a long-time married couple who have recently reconciled after being on the brink of divorce. Their rekindled relationship is strong, as is their relationship with their three children. John is a high school football ... A Time To Embrace, by Karen Kingsbury

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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Uncle Sam's Plantation

Uncle Sam's Plantation

On 10/26 Jennifer McGrail wrote: This book takes an extremely unflinching look at: poverty in this country, the flaws in the current welfare system, and the steps the author believes we need to take to take the power away from the government, and put it back in the hands of the people in the form of personal responsibility. Having ... Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It, by Star Parker

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2 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 9/7 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Same Kind of Different as Me is a first person account of the true story of a friendship that formed between Denver Moore, a poor sharecropper who grew up as a modern-day slave and eventually became a hardened and angry homeless man;  Ron Hall, a wealthy and privileged international art dealer;  ... Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Jennifer's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Jennifer McGrail wrote: "Every single thing you do matters.  You have been created as one of a kind.  You have been created in order to make a difference.  You have within you the power to change the world."  ~Andy AndrewsThe Butterfly Effect is based on a theory that was first presented back in 1863:  ... The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews

Jennifer's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 6/26 Jennifer McGrail wrote: The Heart Mender's inception was purely an accident. Author Andy Andrews stumbled upon a buried treasure next to his home on the Gulf Coast: an old, metal can containing Nazi artifacts from World War II. In his research and his quest to discover their origins, he ended up unearthing an amazing and ... Book Review: The Heart Mender, by Andy Andrews

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5 Stars

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Lies the Government Told You

Lies the Government Told You

On 5/3 Jennifer McGrail wrote: Lies The Government Told You, by Andrew P. Napolitano"If we fear our own government, if we accept its deceptions, its lies to us, if we take no action to redress them, our freedoms are doomed." - Andrew NapolitanoPart history lesson, part cautionary tale, "Lies the Government Told You," gives an honest ... Book Review - Lies the Government Told You

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4 Stars

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