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God Loves Broken People

God Loves Broken People

On 4/30 joannewater1 wrote: Sheila Walsh, who needs little introduction, begins this engaging book with the statement: "If I could write one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you hold in your hands." The book is not only available, it is written with the best in her. She writes real encouragement ... BOOK REVIEW: God Loves Broken People, (and those who pretend they're not), by Sheila Walsh

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4 Stars

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Daily Gifts of Grace

Daily Gifts of Grace

On 1/29 joannewater1 wrote: This devotional so neatly fit into my morning routine that I procrastinated the publication of this post to enjoy it more. Daily Gifts of Grace - devotions for each day of your year, was compiled by Sue Ann Jones of a wonderful selection of writings of the Women of Faith speakers and authors. Lana ... BOOK REVIEW: Daily Gifts of Grace, Devotions for each day of your year Compiled by Sue Ann Jones, Published by Thomas Nelson

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4 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 12/14 joannewater1 wrote: Despite my misgivings of the title, Healing is a Choice is not a quick-fix manual, in the style of certain tele-evangelists. Stephen Arterburn writes his most current tome in a conversational manner, workbook style. I was pleased to find a wealth of thoughtful material, presented for normal, hurting ... BOOK REVIEW: Healing is a Choice, by Stephen Arterburn

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5 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 10/30 joannewater1 wrote: Into the deep charge of raising men, comes The Book of Man, latest work of William J. Bennett, a man known for his compilations of encouraging literature selections. Whereas his prior books were mainly for families, this speaks to the heart of boys and men everywhere in America, calling forth the highest ... BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Man, Readings on the Path to Manhood, by William J. Bennett

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5 Stars

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Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

Close Enough to Hear God Breathe

On 9/21 joannewater1 wrote: Greg Paul brings to consciousness the closeness of God, as that of Father to son, in his latest book, Close Enough to Hear God Breathe. Illustrating it with personal stories, and those of the community “Sanctuary” where he ministers, he brings into tender and often gritty focus the love of the Saviour. ... BOOK REVIEW: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, by Greg Pau

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2 Stars

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Surprised by Oxford

Surprised by Oxford

On 9/6 joannewater1 wrote: Surprised by Oxford, A Memoir, chronicles the semesters spent in graduate studies at Oxford University for Carolyn Weber’s graduate work in Romantic Literature. Along the journey, as the title hints, she is gently drawn to the same faith as C.S.Lewis. The story reels you in with snippets from the ... BOOK REVIEW: Surprised by Oxford, A Memoir by Carolyn Weber

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5 Stars

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The Little Red Book of Wisdom

The Little Red Book of Wisdom

On 8/11 joannewater1 wrote: Having blended a puritanical tightwad family into a 10-generation practice of entrepreneurs, I have come to love any new source of business literature; thus, as Mark DeMoss writes The Little Red Book of Wisdom, (Revised), I imagine that he wrote it just for me. Each chapter is full of punchy titles, ... Book Review: The Little Red Book of Wisdom: Revised Edition, by Mark DeMoss

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 6/8 joannewater1 wrote: Breaking into sci-fi layers of history, with gripping action and a web of characters, Stephen R. Lawhead‘s first book of the Bright Empires series, The Skin Map, promises a fast read. Young Kit Livingstone is astounded when his great-grandfather appears alive before him, and draws him into a tightening ... Book Review: The Skin Map, A Bright Empires Novel, by Stephen R. Lawhead

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3 Stars

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Put Your Dream to the Test

Put Your Dream to the Test

On 5/3 joannewater1 wrote: In his 52nd book, the tenth of which I now have in my own home, John C. Maxwell brings the esoteric dream into living, breathing color. Coming from the simple perspective that most of us have a dream, yet lack the tools to turn its greyness into the black-and-white of reality, he proposes ten leading ... Book Review: Put Your Dream to the Test, by John C. Maxwell

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4 Stars

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REGGIE

REGGIE

On 4/12 joannewater1 wrote: Reggie, by Reggie Dabbs, was regrettably a disappointment. I say regrettably, as I believe the format of a book is distinctly unsuited to the message Mr. Dabbs longs to tell, and by his admission, tells often, and in-person to very large groups of young people longing for acceptance and certainty. His ... Book Review: Reggie, by Reggie Dabbs with John Driver

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1 Stars

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Regret Free Parenting

Regret Free Parenting

On 3/9 joannewater1 wrote: Catherine Hickem's Regret Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing it Right, is a laudable effort to encourage and inspire mothers in their monumental job of parenting kids. Citing seven principles, her premise is sound: be intentional about the process of parenting to guarantee the outcome. ... Book Review: Regret Free Parenting, by Catherine Hickem

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3 Stars

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Same Life, New Story

Same Life, New Story

On 2/9 joannewater1 wrote: Jan Silvious' Same Life, New Story captivated me. It brought together most of my favorite themes: positive change, encouragement, strength-despite-tragedy, and clear Biblical examples, in order that the reader might actively enjoy their benefits. Citing Naomi, Leah, and the more unusual Jehosheba, ... Book Review: Same Life, New Story: Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life by Jan Silvious

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5 Stars

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Save the Date

Save the Date

On 1/23 joannewater1 wrote: In a drastic switch from my usual type of reading, I chose what I assume to be typical Christian chick-lit: Save the Date, by Jenny B. Jones. It would be easy to make allusions to Harlequin-esque + WWJD for this piece of fluff, but the truth is, if this reaches some desperate housewife, then color me ... WWJD + Cinderella's castle

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2 Stars

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Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional

Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional

On 1/9 joannewater1 wrote: Unto the Hills, by Billy Graham, is written to bring daily focus to your devotional life. Given the international status of the author, I found it a comforting elemental read: a set of verses for the day were explained simply, concepts explained and action for the day encouraged. I imagined Billy ... Book Review: Unto the Hills, by Billy Graham

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3 Stars

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Slave

Slave

On 12/24 joannewater1 wrote: The simple black and white cover of Slave, by John MacArthur, belies its contents. Purporting to be the “Hidden truth about your identity in Christ,” it expounds quite deeply upon the difference one translated word can make to our personal understanding of the Word. I have had the pleasure of hearing ... Book Review: Slave, by John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 11/23 joannewater1 wrote:   What Christian doesn’t want to take his walk to the next level by making “His thoughts your thoughts”?  The title and caption of R.P. Nettelhorst’s A Year With God sounded intriguing, as I find daily devotional books so varied that I can burn a good half-hour in that section of the book store. Had ... Book Review: A Year with God, Daily Readings and Reflections on God’s Own Words; by R. P. Nettelhorst

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3 Stars

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The Grace of God

The Grace of God

On 10/20 joannewater1 wrote: Grace is a tough two-way street:  I want it freely, yet I struggle to give it abundantly, and makes this book required reading.  My empirical knowledge of this subject has recently been tried by characters in my life who require it – often at odd with my desire to bestow it.  Andy Stanley expounds upon this ... Book Review: The Grace of God, by Andy Stanley

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5 Stars

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Good Morning, Lord

Good Morning, Lord

On 9/27 joannewater1 wrote: Having read several of Sheila Walsh’s books, I was not disappointed by her cheery perspective on women’s morning devotional books. Speaking to issues I have had, am having, and potentially will face each day, she redirects my thoughts to the One who began the morning for me. For example, page 72-73 focuses on God as ... Book Review: Good Morning, Lord; by Sheila Walsh

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/17 joannewater1 wrote: Defying the normal message of usefulness from the common-man’s idol: popular media, this book’s focus is on simple men and women and the extraordinary ways that God uses them, in His Gospel, and continues to use us today if we are willing.  I found myself caught, mesmerized, inspired, and taught, much like I imagine those ... Book review of Outlive Your Life, by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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The Falling Away

The Falling Away

On 9/9 joannewater1 wrote: In a rare moment, I was swept away by the thrilling fiction of T. L. Hines, in his latest: The Falling Away.  I believed I had chosen this book to review when confronted by a dearth of other options, when in fact, it may have been chosen for me… or so you might think when you finish the last page, ... A rare surprise

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/8 joannewater1 wrote: In reviewing The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews, it became clear that gift books are not my preferred media.  While the concept of having your life touch many unexpected avenues is intriguing, the follow-thru was simply not there for me.  I was moved to do a little Google research on the topic, ... Book review: The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews

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2 Stars

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The Portable Patriot

The Portable Patriot

On 7/28 joannewater1 wrote: As part of my agreement to work up a review of each book Booksneeze sends me, I enjoyed the reading of The Portable Patriot, by Joel Miller and Kristen Parrish. The premise is simple – a collection of writings that give soul to the patriotic ideal, as evidenced by our forefather’s impassioned ... Booksneeze review of The Portable Patriot

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4 Stars

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The Right to Lead

The Right to Lead

On 5/25 joannewater1 wrote: The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage, by John Maxwell, is a refreshing look back through history at great characters of leadership. I was encouraged to read stories of both the well-known and the rather obtuse heroes who have shown such a trait in either a portion or ... a refreshing look back through history at great characters of leadership

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4 Stars

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Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

On 4/23 joannewater1 wrote: Despite the engaging title of the book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go, by Lucille O'Neal actually proved to be the opposite. I have given it 3 stars for the interesting life-story, an encouraging "can-do" attitude, and constant attempts to redirect attention to God's hand in all things, but it ... A mildly interesting read, hampered by choppy writing, and coated with Scriptural tones

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3 Stars

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