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The Strength You Need

The Strength You Need

On 11/15 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Robert Morgan writes like the pastor he is, taking us into the Word of God on the subject of strength.  This book,, subtitled The Twelve Great Strength Passages of the Bible, provides the reader with Biblical teaching and interesting stories in each chapter.The Chapters are:Strategy 1:  Connect ... The Strength You Need, a review

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Never Look at the Empty Seats

Never Look at the Empty Seats

On 11/9 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Charlie Daniels has a gift with words, not only in the writing of songs but now with this memoir.  This is a book that can only be written by one who has lived a long and interesting life.  It is a book of stories from his earliest days to the most recent of his 80-plus years.I think the average ... Never Look at the Empty Seats, a review

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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 10/31 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Ann Voskamp's, Be the Gift, is a lovely gift book with prose from her blog and her recent book, The Broken Way.  This book is perfect for anyone going through difficult circumstances.  Filled with photographs of Ann's farm and family, each page offers hope to one who reads it.I'll be honest, ... Be the Gift: Let Your Brokenness Be Turned Into Abundance, a review

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Ordering Your Private Life

Ordering Your Private Life

On 10/27 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: If I were to make a list of the ten most important books as far as their influence in my life, Ordering Your Private World would be on that list.  I first read Gordon MacDonald's classic about thirty years ago and it was so packed with wisdom that I've probably reread the original at least five ... Ordering Your Private World: Updated and Revised, a review

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They Came for Freedom

They Came for Freedom

On 10/17 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this new book by Jay Milbrandt is "The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims".  This is a fascinating account of the Pilgrims that answers many questions not taught in history books.  Including why the Pilgrims are associated so much with the founding of the country when ... They Came for Freedom, a review

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Come and Eat

Come and Eat

On 10/5 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Come & Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace around the Everyday Table is an enjoyable read as well as being packed full of useful ideas.  Bri McKoy of the Our Savory Life blog, shares her story of how growing up with the table being an important part of her family life and how she came to realize ... Come & Eat, a review

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Unseen

Unseen

On 8/31 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: If I had a yellow highlighter when reading, I think a good quarter of the book would be yellow.  Sara Hagerty writes on a subject I rarely have read about in today's Christian living books but where I live... what if the place God has you in is unseen and apparently unappreciated by people?Sara ... Unseen, The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed... a review

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NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

On 8/22 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This study Bible would make a good addition to the reference shelf of serious Bible students.  It contains full color photos, articles, and probably the best verse-by-verse notes I've seen in a long time.Features Include:The full text of the NKJVTargeted book introductions for each book of the BibleInsightful ... NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, a review

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4 Stars

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The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

The King James Study Bible, Full-Color Edition

On 8/15 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: From the moment I opened this Bible, I loved it.  The full color photos make it beautiful, the font is larger than normal without being too big, and there are just the right amount of extras to make it a good study Bible.The photos and descriptions of each book of the Bible provides a look into ... King James Study Bible, Full Color, Large Print; a review

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The Mission Walker

The Mission Walker

On 8/9 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: It is rare that I find it hard to put down a nonfiction book but I found myself carrying The Mission Walker with me from room to room as I had a chance to read further.  It is exceptionally good reading that happens to be true.  I loved this book.It begins when Edie Littlefield Sundby is diagnosed ... The Mission Walker, a review

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100 Favorite Bible Verses

100 Favorite Bible Verses

On 8/2 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This compact size hardback book is lovely to look at all the way through.  Containing a devotional on one side of a two-page spread and a beautifully presented Bible verse on the other, it is the perfect gift for someone special.This is the kind of book I like to have on hand to give to those going ... 100 Favorite Bible Verses, a review

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Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit

On 7/20 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Beth Moore's popular hardback book, Get Out of That Pit, is now available in paperback.In the book, Beth shares her own stories and accounts of other people who have been able, with God's help, to get out of the pit they are in.  Whether you find yourself in a pit of your own doing or as a result ... Get Out of That Pit, a review

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My Bible Adventure Through God's Word

My Bible Adventure Through God's Word

On 6/29 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This seems to be my week for reviewing children's books but when I find two excellent options available, I want to share them.  This charming book is subtitled 52 Bible Stories For Kids and can be read by early elementary readers or (what I would also suggest) be used for reading to preschool kids.While ... My Bible Adventure Through God's Word; a review

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ICB Blessed Garden Bible

ICB Blessed Garden Bible

On 6/27 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: If you can tell a Book by its' cover, then children will be absolutely drawn into God's Word with this one.  I wish the photo could show you how pretty this kid's Bible is in person, there is a glitter in the flowers and around the little birds.The color is a beautiful blue/aqua, which causes colors ... The ICB Blessed Garden Bible, a review

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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 6/22 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: In this latest book by Jeff Goins, subtitled "Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age", the author opens with new research that breaks apart a myth.  That being that Michelangelo was not a starving artist.  In fact, the new research shows he became quite wealthy in his work ... Real Artists Don't Starve, a review

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NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior

On 6/13 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Although this study Bible has kids in the title, it could be appreciated by anyone from late elementary age children to their grandparents.  The Bible will provide an excellent addition to a child's resource library or a good start to a collection of resource material.Each page has study notes on ... NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, a review

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The Turquoise Table

The Turquoise Table

On 6/6 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book by Kristin Schell is, "Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard".  This book tells you how the author went from having a picnic table dropped off at her front lawn, painting it turquoise to look inviting, and eventually creating a world wide movement of building ... The Turquoise Table, a review

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The Beloved Hope Chest

The Beloved Hope Chest

On 5/24 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This title is the fourth and final book of Amy Clipston's An Amish Heirloom series which also includes The Courtship Basket, The Cherished Quilt, and The Forgotten Recipe.  Although each book is part of a series, each could easily be read as a stand alone novel.In The Beloved Hope Chest, Mattie ... The Beloved Hope Chest, a review

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An Outlaw and A Lady

An Outlaw and A Lady

On 5/11 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book by Jessi Colter with David Ritz says it all, A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith That Brought Me Home.  Although I am a fan of of the music, especially the Highwaymen years, it was the interest in Colter's spiritual journey that was of interest.How could ... An Outlaw and a Lady, a review

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The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb

On 4/20 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel is Searching For Jesus' Path of Power in a Church That Has Abandoned It.  That peaked my interest so I started reading the book soon after it arrived.  Basically, have church leaders become more like the world, in their quest for large ... The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb, a review

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The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

On 4/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: When I opened the box this Bible comes in, my first response was "Wow"!  The cover is so beautiful.  Then I perused it and found the inside has also been designed to be attractive as one reads through it, like a Spring day.Having said that, what about the content? That is the most important ... NKJV The Woman's Study Bible, a review

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Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table

On 4/11 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I must say that this is a beautiful devotional book.  While none of the devotions are "deep", each is about every day life centered around the kitchen, cooking, and hospitality.I love the photos throughout the book.  Many such books have pretty covers but no images inside the book.  This ... Devotions for the Kitchen Table, a review

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Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness

Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness

On 2/22 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this small gift book by Charles Stanley is How Pain Reveals His Deepest Love.  Now, I am not usually a fan of gift books but this volume, which is an abridged version of Stanley's The Blessings of Brokenness, is a rare exception. I loved it from the moment I opened the cover and ... Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness, a review

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An Amish Home

An Amish Home

On 2/15 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This book continues the series of books which contain four novellas surrounding a subject.  In this book, the subject of a house or home is the thread between the stories.  Although the short nature of each story prevents going into depth on the storyline, it does provide a nice and quick read ... An Amish Home, a review

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 1/26 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Like I expect many people who decide to read this book, it was the title that drew me in.  Chasing Slow sounds very attractive and I was curious to see how Erin Loechner was going to accomplish this task.This book is the story of how the author and her husband followed their dreams to California ... Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path, a review

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The Cherished Quilt

The Cherished Quilt

On 12/21 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This title is the latest in Amy Clipston's An Amish Heirloom series, although each can be read as a stand alone novel.  In The Cherished Quilt, Christopher comes to work at the leather works shop in Bird-in-Hand, which is owned by his Uncle and Emily Fisher's father.In the novel, we come to find ... The Cherished Quilt, a review

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How's Your Soul

How's Your Soul

On 12/16 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Once in awhile, a review book comes across my desk that is just what I needed at the moment.  At first when I saw that Judah Smith is young and the pastor of a large church in Seattle, I admit to wondering just how deep this book could be.  Let me assure you, it is quite possibly the best book ... How's Your Soul?, a review

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NKJV, Journal the Word Bible, Large Print, Hardcover, Blue Floral Cloth, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Journal the Word Bible, Large Print, Hardcover, Blue Floral Cloth, Red Letter Edition

On 11/22 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I must say that this is the most beautiful Bible cover I've ever seen.  It is a hardback Bible with a fabric cover that looks pretty just sitting on the coffee table.  However, it is to be read and not just looked upon.What makes this New King James Version Bible unique is each page has wide ... NKJV Journal the Word Bible, a review

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NKJV: Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible

NKJV: Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible

On 11/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I have a fondness for kid's Bibles that will develop in them a desire to learn more about the Word.  This one is perfect for today's kids who love colorful illustrations and frankly need something exciting to draw them in.  There is so much competition from the super heroes books, games, and ... David Jeremiah Airship Genesis: Kids Study Bible, a review

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A Mile Wide

A Mile Wide

On 11/14 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: It took me awhile to read this book for I agreed to review it before hearing about the Hatmaker's stand on subjects such as same sex marriage.  I wanted to read carefully and give an honest review. Not based on rumors.The subtitle of this book is Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith.  ... A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker, a review

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The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

On 10/28 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I had not read any of Andrew Klavan's well known crime or mystery novels but I can tell you this, he writes one beautiful memoir.  Sometimes a memoir or autobiography can be choppy but this one is so easy to read that it is a delight.The Great Good Thing is about the author's coming to Christ in ... The Great Good Thing; A Secular Jew comes to Faith in Christ, a review

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Falling Free

Falling Free

On 10/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: What would happen if you achieved your dreams and realized this is not what God had in mind for you all along?  This is the story of Shannan Martin (formerly Flower Patch Farmgirl) and her husband and the process of leaving their dream farm and dream job for "the other side of the tracks".It is ... Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted, a review

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True Faith and Allegiance

True Faith and Allegiance

On 10/12 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This book by Alberto R. Gonzales is subtitled:  A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace.  I was interested in it not only as an autobiography but viewing the events of 9/11 through the eyes of the Attorney General at the time.I will first say that the Prologue made me smile as the ... True Faith and Allegiance, a review

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Star Struck

Star Struck

On 10/6 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Star Struck is written by Dr. David Bradstreet, an award-winning professor and astronomer, and award-winning writer Steve Rabey.  First of all, these men can write.  It is not easy to take scientific knowledge and make it so readable and enjoyable that it reads much like the latest mystery ... Star Struck: Seeing the Creator In the Wonders of Our Cosmos, a review

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The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

On 9/22 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I'm a big fan of getting kids in the kitchen at an early age but I'm not always a fan of cookbooks for kids.  Many of them depend a lot on processed foods and unhealthy items.  However, this is a rare cookbook that is colorful, easy to follow, has a photo of each completed recipe, and many ... The Berenstian Bears' Holiday Cookbook, a review

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An Amish Harvest

An Amish Harvest

On 9/1 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This book is another volume of four novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vanetta Chapman.  This time all the stories are centered during the harvest season.The four novellas are: Under the Harvest Moon by Beth WisemanI liked this story because it opens with a subject I've ... An Amish Harvest, a review

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Greater Than Gold

Greater Than Gold

On 8/16 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I've been curious as to what brought David Boudia to follow the Lord after the 2008 Olympics. This is that story and so much more.  It reads like a novel but it is the true story of how his quest to be the best almost ruined him.  It is also the story of redemption.He shares the good, the bad, ... Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption, a review

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The Courtship Basket

The Courtship Basket

On 7/9 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I find that there is something about a well written Amish based novel that helps me relax, especially in summer when I prefer light reading.  I'm pleased to say this novel by Amy Clipston is such a novel.The plot centers around Rachel Fisher.  In the beginning of the book the young man whom ... The Courtship Basket, a review

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Give Your Child the World

Give Your Child the World

On 6/15 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book is Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time.  Which describes what makes this book very special.  Jamie Martin is married to a man from England and along with her birth son, adopted a child from Liberia and a child from India. Her husband is the CEO of ... Give Your Child the World, a review

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NKJV, American Woman's Bible

NKJV, American Woman's Bible

On 6/9 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This Bible would make a very nice gift for the woman in your life who loves reading about American history.  Written in the New King James Version, it contains sections with information about women in various times of history (The Revolution, the Civil War, WWII, etc.) as well as quotes from well ... American Woman's Bible, a review

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4 Stars

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The Daniel Prayer

The Daniel Prayer

On 6/7 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book is: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations.  Now that certainly peeked my interest!  I was interested in reading this book for a few reasons.   First, I highly respect Anne Graham Lotz.   Second, I already know she can write on deep theological ... The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz, a review

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NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

NKJV, The Chronological Study Bible

On 5/11 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The first thing I have to say about this Bible is that it is gorgeous.  I have so enjoyed just perusing it this last week and getting to know what it has to offer.  For one thing, the Books of the Bible are in chronological order in which the events happened, not by author.  So in this ... NKJV Chronological Study Bible, a review

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Visual Theology

Visual Theology

On 4/19 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I was very curious about this book, written by a favorite Blogger, Tim Challies with Josh Byers.  I'm a visual person with notes and such pinned on bulletin boards all over the house so the thought of combining theology with the visual was intriguing.This is a truly unique book!  Full of basic ... Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God, a review

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4 Stars

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London Art Chase

London Art Chase

On 4/5 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This book is the first in a new series of kid's books by Natalie Grant and Naomi Kinsman.  If one follows the career of Natalie Grant, they will recognize the three sisters mirroring her own twin girls and their younger sister.  Not to mention the mother in the story is a well known Christian ... Glimmer Girls London Art Chase, a review

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4 Stars

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NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

NKJV, Apply the Word Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition

On 3/30 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This compact Study Bible in the New King James Version is packed with information.  At the beginning of each Book of the Bible, there is information about that book as well as Key Events.  Throughout the Bible there are very interesting window inserts with information that will add to any study ... Apply the Word Study Bible, a review

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An Amish Market

An Amish Market

On 2/17 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: An Amish Market contains four short stories within one volume.  Each story revolves around a shop, although in different towns.In Love Birds by Amy Clipston, Ellie Lapp is mourning the loss of her brother.  She takes a part-time job at a shop to help buy groceries for her and her widowed mother.  ... An Amish Market, a review

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 2/5 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book by author Alli Worthington gives you an idea of what the book is all about... How To Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy. This book was interesting from the first pages as the author shares a humorous story of when she realized her life was just too crazy busy.  ... Breaking Busy, a review

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Dangerous Love

Dangerous Love

On 1/12 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: The subtitle of this book is what drew me in, A True Story of Tragedy, Faith, and Forgiveness in the Muslim World.  Now this sounded like an interesting story.The author, Ray Norman, was the national director for World Vision's program in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania when 9/11 occurred.  ... Dangerous Love, a review

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Last Act

Last Act

On 12/10 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I admit before writing this review that if one were to ask my opinion of who were the greatest presidents in U.S. History... I would say George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan.Those younger than myself may not remember the turmoil of the 1970s and that feeling in the country that America ... Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, a review

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Frost Bible

Frost Bible

On 11/20 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is a very pretty kid's Bible.  The front sparkles which is the reason it is called "Frost".  Young girls would especially find it attractive and it comes with a matching blue tote to carry it in, very useful for children.It is written in the International Children's Version which is the ... Frost Children's Bible, a review

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Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

On 11/3 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Whitney Miller won MasterChef at the age of twenty-two, which tells us there was culinary inspiration there for a very long time.   In this new cookbook, she shares her family's favorite recipes... some just the same as they always have been and some that have been modernized a bit.Now, I have ... Whitney Miller's New Southern Table, a review

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The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

On 10/23 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Coming from a family of bakers, I love everything about this big and colorful Christmas book.  Reading it made me look forward to that time, which is coming up soon, when the winds will turn cold and my kitchen will hold the aromas of cookies baking for the Holidays.The story is told through Jack, ... The Legend of the Christmas Cookie, a review

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The Story of God's Love for You

The Story of God's Love for You

On 10/6 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: "The Bible is most of all a Story.  It's an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure.  It's a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne - everything - to rescue the one he loves. It's like the most wonderful of fairy ... The Story of God's Love for You, a review

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NIV Bible for Women

NIV Bible for Women

On 9/23 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: At one time, my favorite "secondary" Bible (not the one I studied from and took to church) was the original Women's Devotional Bible.  It was just what a busy mom needed to pick up from time to time and read a devotional from a well respected author... embedded within the very part of Scripture ... NIV Bible for Women, a review

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4 Stars

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Hands Free Life

Hands Free Life

On 9/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Rachel Macy Stafford has once again written a book in which most women can relate to in their own life.  On her blog and in her previous book, Hands Free Mama, she shared how she was on the path to overcoming such struggles as distraction from her children (as in "putting down the smart phone and ... Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better & Loving More... a review

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Seven Women

Seven Women

On 9/9 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I was excited when I first heard about this book.  Not only is Eric Metaxas a favorite author but I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book about "7 Men".  So I opened the covers of this volume with great anticipation.It didn't disappoint at all!  For the biography of each woman provided a ... 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness, a review

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

On 8/26 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is a long anticipated new Study Bible, I've been hearing the buzz about it on various Christian blogs.  So I was excited to be able to review it.  Since I most often use the NIV Bible, this one was of special interest.  If the last Study Bible I reviewed was disappointing, this one ... NIV Zondervan Study Bible, a review

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5 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 8/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I've heard a lot about Jen Hatmaker's blog and former book but I haven't read much of her writing.  All I knew about her was that "she is funny".Well, she certainly has funny sections of this book.  A few caused me to laugh out loud.  She has a way of surrounding Truth with humor and honesty ... For the Love by Jen Hatmaker, a review

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Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

On 8/4 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is the second of the series of YA books called American Revolutionary War Adventures.  I enjoyed the first of the series and I had a pretty good idea already I would like the second. In this book, fifteen-year-old twin brothers are back and once again find themselves in the midst of the ... Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue, A review

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Anything

Anything

On 7/7 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is one of those books I would highly recommend to anyone who feels they need to kick-start their walk with God. If one is feeling lethargic, that their form of Christianity is "same old, same old"... read this book. In it, Jennie Allen (founder of IF: Gathering) shares her story of faith. It ... Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul, a review

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The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher

On 6/16 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I have come to believe that most history geeks, myself included, tend to have a favorite time in history where they like to land for awhile... if not for a lifetime of study.  For me that has been the American Revolution.Until a few years ago when I became interested in what changed in America which ... The Printer and The Preacher, a review

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 6/12 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Murder Freshly Baked is the third book in the Amish Village Mystery series by Vannetta Chapman.  However, it easily reads as a "stand alone" novel.  I haven't read the first two books and the author provided enough background on the characters and their history that I could easily follow the ... Murder Freshly Baked, a review

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The Happy Christian

The Happy Christian

On 4/28 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I was a little put off by the title (for I do not like formula style self help books that promise people they can feel good about themselves in ten easy steps).  But then I saw the author, David Murray, is a professor of Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor of ... The Happy Christian, a review

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

On 4/21 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is the kind of picture book I loved when my children were very young.  It has beautiful, large, brightly colored illustrations and a story with just enough rhyme that it makes for an easy read aloud.Henry Hodges is an only child and has no one to play with in his neighborhood.  He is lonely ... Henry Hodges Needs a Friend, a review

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Whatever the Cost

Whatever the Cost

On 4/17 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I had heard of David and Jason Benham's story already, the two brothers who were in the midst of making a TV show for HGTV when it was cancelled at the last minute.  All due to the influence of the Gay and Lesbian community because of the Benham's religious beliefs.But I admit I would not have agreed ... Whatever the Cost, a review

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Savor

Savor

On 4/8 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I loved Shauna's Niequist's  last three books.  Her Bread & Wine is one of my all time favorite nonfiction books.  So I was anticipating her new devotional called Savor.  So were a lot of other people as it sold out on Amazon when it first was published!If you are expecting a ... Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are; a review

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A Faith of Her Own

A Faith of Her Own

On 3/17 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I stopped reading "Amish" novels for awhile.  The plots seemed to always be similar, there was this sense of deja vu.  What I enjoyed most about this book is that it takes me into the Amish lifestyle in a completely different way than anything I have read before.The Author, Kathleen Fuller, ... A Faith of Her Own, a review

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

On 3/2 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I will say upfront that I fell in love with this book in the first two chapters.  It was the first novel in a long time that I stayed up way past midnight to finish in just two readings!This is a rather simple story of a young woman who has left her NFL star husband to move back to her hometown ... Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, a review

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NIV Proclamation Bible

NIV Proclamation Bible

On 2/24 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This Bible is not what I expected as it does not have indepth Study notes.  So if you are looking for a Bible to help you along in your understanding of specific scriptures or word studies, this one is not for you.It is a good hardback NIV Bible for everyday use.  The font is clear and just ... NIV Proclamation Bible, a review

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3 Stars

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Patriots, Redcoats and Spies

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies

On 2/17 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I love to read about the time period of the American Revolution.  This story by a father and son team, Robert J. Skead and Robert A. Skead, did not let me down at all.It is one of those YA books in which adults will find a good read on a rainy (or snowy) afternoon.  It is good when authors ... Patriots Redcoats & Spies, a review

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5 Stars

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You Have a Brain

You Have a Brain

On 2/6 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I read Ben Carson's book, Gifted Hands, many years ago and was so inspired I gave it to a woman who works with inner city teens.  So I was very interested in this book written specifically for teenagers. At first I thought it a rather odd title but when one begins reading, you find out what ... You Have A Brain: A Teen's Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson, MD, a review

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Bunny's First Spring

Bunny's First Spring

On 2/3 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I had a feeling this would be a deliciously beautiful children's book as soon as I saw it was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  It did not disappoint at all!The book follows a little bunny which has been born in the spring and all that happens in nature where the bunny lives.  We see the spring ... Bunny's First Spring, a review

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Loved Back to Life

Loved Back to Life

On 1/27 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: There has rarely been a book that as I read it, I thought the entire Church should read the same book.  But this is such a story for it will, I am certain, reach many people who are suffering and hide it from those around them... especially Christian friends.I knew a lot of Sheila Walsh's story ... Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free by Sheila Walsh, a review

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A Plague of Unicorns

A Plague of Unicorns

On 1/20 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I'm always on the lookout for good novels I think boys will enjoy.  They can be (in my experience), harder to find than those girls love.So I was very interested in reading A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen.  Especially as we are a family who enjoys a good tale of knights and heroes and animals ... A Plague of Unicorns, a review

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Nature Girl

Nature Girl

On 12/16 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I was intrigued by this little book as I have a granddaughter who shares my love of nature and it is very difficult to find good books about nature, organic food, conservation, recycling, and ecology from a Christian perspective.The authors, Karen Whiting and Rebecca White, have assembled a wonderful ... Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God's creation, a review

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Storm

Storm

On 12/5 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: There is no doubt the Church in America is in free-fall today with numbers declining and our youth bailing out at a rapid rate.  In his book, Storm, Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church shares his take on why the Church is no longer the salt and light in society it once was. Using ... Storm: Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In by Jim Cymbala, a review

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Fierce Convictions

Fierce Convictions

On 11/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I enjoyed this biography very much.  I knew the work was based on a graduate thesis by the author so I wasn't certain how easy it would be to read.  But my concerns were unfounded for while packing the book with a lot of detail and information, it read (to me) like a novel.  As stated ... A Review: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

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Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

On 10/28 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is an amazing reference book. I never thought I'd need to have a Bible dictionary on my reference shelves but after perusing this one, I changed my mind. This dictionary brings the Bible alive!For one thing, it is not like the Webster's dictionary or any other that has one word and a definition. ... Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, a review

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The NKJV Study Bible

The NKJV Study Bible

On 10/21 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I've lived with this Bible for about a week and a half now, going back to it to peruse the resources and to look up various Scripture notes.  So far I have found it to be excellent.I love the full color information at the beginning of each Book of the Bible as well as the archaeological notes within ... NKJV Study Bible Full Color Edition, a review

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5 Stars

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David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

On 9/25 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I looked forward to reading this book from the time I saw it would be available to review.  For I will be quite upfront and honest to say David Wilkerson has been a hero of mine since the Jesus People days of my late teens.The book and the movie, The Cross and the Switchblade, had taken America ... David Wilkerson: The Cross, The Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed, a review

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Framing Faith

Framing Faith

On 8/26 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Framing Faith is a very interesting book, especially for anyone wanting to slow down and really look at life.  For those of us who desire to see God's hand upon our journey.Matt Knisely is a storyteller with words but especially with photos.  He is an award winning photo journalist who has ... Framing Faith by Matt Knisely, a review

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NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

On 7/22 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Shelley Cramm is the editor of the devotions in this Bible and she has caught the love of gardens and gardening so many of us enjoy.   But it goes deeper than this, in the Introduction there are 52 weekly devotionals (called Garden Tours) which guide the reader through a section of the Word ... NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible, a review

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The Red Sea Rules

The Red Sea Rules

On 7/10 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I was curious about The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times by Robert J. Morgan, so I agreed to review it.  I've read many books over the years about trials and such with some helpful and others... not so much.   This little volume proved to be very good.The title ... The Red Sea Rules, a review

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Arms Open Wide

Arms Open Wide

On 6/26 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Arms Open Wide by Sherri Gragg is a very unique devotional book which can be read daily in about a month or one can read it all the way through as I did for this review.The author takes the New Testament accounts of Jesus and sets them from the perspective of the people in each story.   Not ... Arms Open Wide: A call to Linger in the Savior's Presence, a review

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The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

On 6/17 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I only recently talked about potluck cookbooks being rare when a copy of Third Thursday Potluck Cookbook showed up on my front porch.  I knew I had agreed to review a cookbook but some how forgot it was about cooking for potlucks.I have collected cookbooks for a very long time so some have a tendency ... Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook, a review

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4 Stars

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul

On 5/29 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I was happy to read and review this book by Bethany Hamilton for a number of reasons.   First, my family enjoyed the movie based on her experiences called Soul Surfer.   Second, it is just the kind of book I thought the preteen and teenage girls in my life would benefit from reading.  ... Body & Soul by Bethany Hamilton, a review

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Home Behind the Sun

Home Behind the Sun

On 5/14 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I decided to review Home Behind the Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday  by Timothy Willard and Jason Locy after reading a description of the book.  It was described as a book about finding the Beauty of God in the world we live in today.I must admit being frustrated as ... Home Behind the Sun, a review

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/13 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Doug Wilson has written a very interesting book from the perspective of five cities... Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York. Each chapter contains the history of each city and their influence on the world.I should point out that this is not a comprehensive world history book. It obviously ... 5 Cities that Ruled the World, a review

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3 Stars

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Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

On 9/30 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I'm not very fond of watching most "Christian" TV preachers. There are just a few that I enjoy hearing their teaching and David Jeremiah's Turning Point is one of them. So I was delighted to review his latest book which is a stand alone "follow-up" to his book What In the World is Going On?.In the ... Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World, a review

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It Happened In Italy

It Happened In Italy

On 9/9 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I'm a little late reading and reviewing this book, only due to a busy summer. It is the story of a young American woman who comes across a picture taken during WWII in her family's Italian hometown and the unexpected road it leads her down... changing her life and others.Like most people, I had no idea ... It Happened in Italy, a review

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4 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Max Lucado is one of my favorite authors. I have always thought it rather silly that some people think his writing shallow and not very theological only because his writing is quite beautiful and well loved by many people.This book reminds me again of his ability to combine easy-to-read prose with an ... Fearless, a review

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5 Stars

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Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

On 6/6 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I had a feeling I'd like this book as I love to watch Jack Hanna's TV shows and I enjoy reading about animals. A serendipitous timing in the review of this book came about by its' arrival while there were young children staying in the house.We all loved this book. It has colorful pictures of the animals ... Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

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The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

The Principle of the Path (Hardcover)

On 5/27 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: Andy Stanley has written an excellent book about a simple premise. One we should all know deep down inside but so often think we are exempt from... that being where we are now is a result of the path we have taken by the decisions and choices we have made in our life.Reading it is like sitting down ... The Prinicple of the Path, a book review

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3 Stars

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The American Patriot's Bible

The American Patriot's Bible

On 5/6 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I've been using this Bible during my quiet times to see how I like it. My Bible I use the most is a Thinline NIV with no extra notes as I tend to get distracted easily and start reading the notes instead of the Word!However, I do have a nice collection of study Bibles I can go to for in depth study ... The Patriot's Bible, a review

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His Name is Jesus

His Name is Jesus

On 4/20 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is a gorgeous book! I normally am not "into" gift books as I find them often to be... shall we say... less than deep. However, I enjoy Max Lucado's writing so I chose this book to review from Thomas Nelson.As I usually do when a book is delivered, I stop what I'm doing to look through it. Most ... His Name Is Jesus by Max Lucado, a review

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 4/8 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I didn't know what to expect from this book but I accepted it to review as I always enjoyed watching Scott Hamilton skate.It turned out to be a very interesting and motivating story of how Scott has grown as a person and a Christian through the adversity he has had to deal with starting in childhood. ... The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton, a review

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The Unseen

The Unseen

On 1/27 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: I had mixed emotions about this book. I didn't like the first part of it as I found the plot very confusing. I just didn't "get it".However, as I came to the end of the book and saw where the author was taking it, then I thought it a very good story. Kind of like... The Matrix, that's it... where ... The Unseen, a book review

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3 Stars

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Moon Shines Down

Moon Shines Down

On 11/18 Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me wrote: This is the first book I am reviewing for Thomas Nelson and what a book to start with! It arrived just as I was leaving to pick Christopher up from work on Friday and I was able to peruse it while sitting in a warm car with the engine running (as it is still not starting from time to time) and a cold ... The Moon Shines Down, a book review

Benda @ Coffee Tea Books and Me's Rating:

5 Stars

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