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Neighbors and Wise Men

Neighbors and Wise Men

On 1/11 Alvi wrote: I'm pretty stingy when it comes to giving five stars to a book - but this one really deserved the high ranking. I've been a fan of Donald Miller's work, so when I saw a book by "Tony the Beat Poet", I figured "why not?" I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised - so much so that ... Neighbors and Wisemen

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 10/23 Alvi wrote: Every time I see a new book by Max Lucado, I snap it up. I love his writing style and the sincerity that rings through each page. Yet... this book was kind of disappointing. And I'm not completely sure why.Perhaps - as another reviewer noted -  it's the sense of flippancy throughout? Points were ... Grace

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3 Stars

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The Searchers

The Searchers

On 8/29 Alvi wrote: This book takes a deep look at a story I had given little thought to previously. It's the story of the two men on the road to Emmaus. They're heartbroken - crushed - because the one thing they had centered all their hopes and dreams on has been snatched away. Jesus had just been crucified. They truly ... The Searchers

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4 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 6/6 Alvi wrote: As a big fan of apologetics - rather, as a fan of good reasoning - I quite enjoyed this work by Mitch Stokes.  Mitch takes an interesting stance in this book. Rather than a defensive tack (i.e. defending the Christian faith), he uses an offensive approach, directly and systematically taking down ... A Shot of Faith to the Head

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4 Stars

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Great Day Every Day

Great Day Every Day

On 3/31 Alvi wrote: Despite all the talent, all the blessings, all the many things that we are given on a daily basis, so many of us are bogged down, focused on the stuff we don't like. Sometimes we're bogged down by something truly serious: a death, an illness, a bankruptcy. Most of the time though, it's the minutiae that ... Great Day Every Day

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5 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 3/3 Alvi wrote: I had just finished reading C.S. Lewis’s autobiographical “Surprised by Joy” when I came across this book. Something noticeable throughout Lewis’s work is his contagious sense of humor and his comedic outlook on life and humanity. The sheer brilliance of his work often overshadows the incredible ... Surprised by Laughter

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3 Stars

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This Thing of Ours

This Thing of Ours

On 12/28 Alvi wrote: Cammy Franzese has an interesting - and potentially powerful - story to tell. The book is meant to be about how faith saved a marriage that was torn apart when Michael Franzese (Cammy's husband) was put in prison for mafia-related crimes. The thing is, I found comparatively little about faith throughout ... This Thing of Ours

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2 Stars

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The 360 Degree Leader

The 360 Degree Leader

On 12/2 Alvi wrote: Yet another helpful leadership book from John Maxwell. As with all his books, I left this one with plenty to put into practice immediately. It's an easy book to read and understand. While I felt that much of the material was recycled from previous work, what I did like about this book was that it really ... The 360 Degree Leader

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4 Stars

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Sherman

Sherman

On 9/21 Alvi wrote: This is one book in a series of six, called "The Generals." It's a series about leaders who stood out in history. What I found interesting is that the author wrote very objectively - painting a complete picture of the good, the bad, and the ugly - while highlighting the traits that made the man a great ... Sherman

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4 Stars

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 9/14 Alvi wrote: Hurrah! Part two!!IMPORTANT: The Bone House is the second book of the Bright Empire series by Stephen Lawhead. It's important to read the first (The Skin Map) before going on to this one. It's a somewhat complex plot and the foundation is laid out in the first book. So if you haven't read The Skin Map, ... The Bone House

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5 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 8/9 Alvi wrote: A candid and beautiful look into the life of an adopting parent. I really enjoyed this book, and it confirmed more than ever my desire to adopt. Jennifer Grant courageously tackles the huge variety of problems, emotions, sorrows and joys that come with adopting a child. She speaks openly of the opposition ... Love You More

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5 Stars

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Water's Edge

Water's Edge

On 7/20 Alvi wrote: I got this book because the author was compared to John Grisham and the book touted as a fast paced legal thriller. Honestly, it was ok, but really slow-paced. It wasn't the kind of book that kept me coming back to read.It tells the story of a young up-and-coming lawyer who loses his father, his job ... Water's Edge

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2 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/6 Alvi wrote: I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book. I got it solely for the subject matter. However, it ended up being absolutely fascinating. I read the whole thing aloud to my husband and we both greatly enjoyed it.Many books that deal with topics such as this end up being extremely heady - often more ... Why God Won't Go Away

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5 Stars

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 6/22 Alvi wrote: While this book had some "Lifetime Movie" moments, the message and story were fantastic. John Trent and Annette Smith have written a beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness that is (sadly) too true to life.For the past several months I have volunteered at a juvenile treatment facility and heard ... A Place Called Blessing

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4 Stars

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 6/15 Alvi wrote: This was a beautiful book. I read it like a devotional - a chapter or two a day - however it reads like a novel and was absolutely enjoyable, uplifting and well-written. It came along at a perfect time in my life, as I'm in the "Waiting Place" in many ways.Eileen Button writes in a charming, personal ... The Waiting Place

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5 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 5/27 Alvi wrote: This book is hands-down one of the best books I've read this year. Ian Cron's style is reminiscent of Frank McCourt's - another favorite of mine. He tells a story so fraught with disappointment and sadness, yet proves God's hand throughout. He has taken his potentially depressing life story and turned ... Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

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5 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/18 Alvi wrote: This book is a fast-paced thriller, based on the Book of Revelation. Lori does a great job of weaving a tale, building credible, enjoyable characters and a plot that keeps the pages turning.The story (if you hadn't already gathered) is apocalyptic, and takes place in the future, presenting a world where ... The Seraph Seal

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4 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/11 Alvi wrote: This book was just plain fun to read. I've done a lot of heavier reading lately, so this was a nice change. It's the story of Nick Polchak, the "Bug Man." Apparently there's a whole series of "Bug Man" books - which I may look into getting after reading this one.Anyway, Nick's a forensic etymologist ... Nick of Time

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4 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 4/18 Alvi wrote: I just finished reading Unleashed by Erwin McManus. The man is a gifted writer and he knows how to drive a point home - the point in this book being "God created you so that your life would count, not so that you could count the days of your life."Don't read this book if you want to stay comfortable. ... Unleashed

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4 Stars

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/4 Alvi wrote: Apparently, Heart of Ice is the third in a series of books by Lis Wiehl (The Triple Threat Novels). I didn't realize this when I ordered the book, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of this one. I always enjoy a good thriller, and this one's definitely a page-turner. Every time I had a free moment, I'd ... Heart of Ice

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4 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 3/8 Alvi wrote: This book by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs puts forth the one major concept that I feel is lacking in many marriages today. It's a conclusion that my husband and I had finally come to - though not in these exact terms - so reading it so clearly put really helped solidify and strengthen things in our marriage.I ... Love & Respect

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5 Stars

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Love on Assignment

Love on Assignment

On 1/7 Alvi wrote: I often enjoy historical romance, and that's what I assumed I was getting with this book. The story is set in 1900 Rhode Island. Charlotte Hale, an aspiring reporter is sent to investigate Daniel Wilmont - a professor, and more importantly, a columnist for a local paper. Daniel's column directly attacks ... Love on Assignment

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2 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful - Book 2

Voices of the Faithful - Book 2

On 12/15 Alvi wrote: After my husband requested the first volume of The Voices of the Faithful, and I found it so inspiring, I decided to get the second one as well. What you're getting here is a daily devotional based on the lives of missionaries around the world. What I found so fascinating about these books is that they're ... Voices of the Faithful, Book 2

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3 Stars

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/4 Alvi wrote: "Heaven is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child." - Book JacketThat is exactly what this book will do for you if you read it with an open heart and mind. It details the story of Colton Burpo, a four-year-old boy who visited ... Heaven is for Real

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3 Stars

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"Big Red" Holy Bible - Contemporary 3-D Art

On 10/13 Alvi wrote: I requested this Bible from Book Sneeze initially because I thought it was a picture Bible for real little kids. The description said that it was a Bible with comic book style art, which i thought was pretty cool.Unfortunately, when it arrived, I found that it was simply a children's translation of the ... "Big Red" Holy Bible

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3 Stars

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The Nativity Collection

The Nativity Collection

On 9/22 Alvi wrote: It has been a tradition in my family for years to spend evenings during the Christmas season reading Christmas stories. We’ve read from Guideposts, from Chicken Soup books, and from magazines. We’ve pretty much exhausted our library of Christmas stories – reading them over and over, year after ... The Nativity Collection

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4 Stars

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The Skin Map

The Skin Map

On 8/24 Alvi wrote: This fast-paced book – the first of a three-part series – is sure to be another hit for Stephen Lawhead. As with the rest of his books, this one is well researched and put together in such a way that you are immediately drawn into the story. From the clever opening lines to the last sentence, this ... The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead

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5 Stars

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

On 8/11 Alvi wrote: I’ve read many of John Maxwell’s books, and once again, he has been a great help to me in both my personal and professional life through his book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.I received this book free of charge from the BookSneeze program by Thomas Nelson Publishers, and asked to post a review. ... Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - by John C. Maxwell

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4 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 6/25 Alvi wrote: I had been eagerly awaiting my free copy of The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews. When the package arrived, I was surprised to find not one, but two copies of the book. In order to spread the word about this fantastic book, Thomas Nelson Publishers graciously sent a copy for me, and a copy to give away. ... The Heart Mender

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3 Stars

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