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A Spectacle of Glory

A Spectacle of Glory

On 1/21 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: We were created to showcase God’s glory. In A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day, Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby, offer insight into how to put God’s glory on display in your life. Eareckson, who has spent more than fifty years living as a quadriplegic with chronic ... A Spectacle of Glory

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Devotions for Christmas

Devotions for Christmas

On 12/7 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: December typically brings with it a lot of demands on our time. There are parties and concerts to attend, gifts to purchase and wrap, and decorations to put up. If we’re not careful, we can let the month slip by with little attention paid to why we’re doing all those things. Of course we know the ... Beautiful Christmas Devotional

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5 Stars

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For Better or for Kids

For Better or for Kids

On 10/3 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Kids change the dynamic of the marriage. There is just no way to get around that fact. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing though. In For Better or for Kids, Patrick and Ruth Schwenk remind us that a healthy, happy family starts with a good, healthy marriage. Once kids come along, it’s easy to let ... For Better or for Kids

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Give Your Child the World

Give Your Child the World

On 7/13 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: We can’t all spend our lives travelling the world but that doesn’t mean we can’t give our kids a global perspective. In Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, Jamie C. Martin provides insight and resources to help you introduce your children to the globe from ... Great Resource

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My Little Bible

My Little Bible

On 5/18 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: It’s never too early to introduce a child to God’s word but it’s hard for toddlers and young preschoolers to understand the Bible as it is written. That’s why Bible stories are such a wonderful way to introduce little ones to the word of God. My Little Bible, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer with ... Sweet first Bible for little ones.

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Strong and Kind

Strong and Kind

On 4/13 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: This is not your typical parenting book. Korie shares how she and here husband Willie Robertson chose the two character traits strong and kind to guide how they parent their children. Developing those two traits in their children drives the decisions they make as they parent. Their parenting is intentional, ... Not your typical parenting book.

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 12/29 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Well-known blogger, author, and entrepreneur Crystal Paine shares her insight into making money from home in her new book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference. I have been reading Crystal’s blog MoneySavingMom.com for years and have watched it grow along with Crystal’s ... Practical and Inspirational Insight

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Diary of a Jackwagon

Diary of a Jackwagon

On 11/5 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Popular Christian comedian Tim Hawkins is now an author with the release of his first book Diary of a Jackwagon. I’ve been a fan of his comedy for years now so I was naturally interested in what he had to share in a book. Hawkins shares his humorous thoughts on everything from parenting and families ... A Fun Book

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You Have a Brain

You Have a Brain

On 8/25 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Our brains hold infinite potential. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, probably understands that better than pretty much anyone. In You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson, MD with Gregg Lewis & Deborah Shaw Lewis, teens are encouraged to tap into the power and potential ... You Have A Brain

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 7/17 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: If you’re a parent you probably know that it is often challenging to get your kids to do what they need to do. I’ve certainly had my fair share of days when I’ve felt like I’m just talking to myself. Needless to say,Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What ... Review of Motivate Your Child

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Living Well, Spending Less

Living Well, Spending Less

On 3/18 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: I think a lot of people would admit that at least at some point in their life they’ve dreamed of being successful and living the good life; but what is the good life? Ruth Soukup challenges society’s definition of the good life and offers practical ways to find the real good life in her new book ... Review of Living Well Spending Less

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Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love

On 1/30 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: If you’re married, then you know it’s nothing like what we see in fairy tales. Real marriages are wonderful, challenging, beautiful, frustrating, amazing, and complicated. Darlene Schacht understands the realities of marriage and shares that in Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life ... Messy Beautiful Love

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It Will be Okay

It Will be Okay

On 1/6 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change and sometimes fear accompanies that change. Lysa TerKeurst helps children understand that they don’t have to be afraid even in the midst of change or difficult circumstances in her new children’s book It Will be Okay: Trusting GOD through fear ... Sweet Story

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The Legend of the Candy Cane

The Legend of the Candy Cane

On 10/16 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: A favorite tradition in our family is reading Christmas stories during the month of December. We have several books that we have been reading for years. We even read a book that I’ve had since my childhood. The books that share the story of Christ in a way that is clear and easy for children to understand ... The Legend of the Candy Cane

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Mary

Mary

On 10/7 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Mary by Nancy I. Sanders is a full-color biography that is part of the Get To Know series from Zondervan/Zonderkidz to help kids better understand the lives of people they learn about in the Bible. The book shows how a young girl growing up in Israel was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus and ... Get To Know Mary

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Smart Money Smart Kids

Smart Money Smart Kids

On 9/23 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: In their new book, Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze give you all the information you need to teach your kids to manage their money well. They authors discuss the importance of teaching our children the value of work, as well as how spend, save, and give ... Review: Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

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Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV

Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV

On 7/3 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: As my children became more confident, independent readers, we gave them an Adventure Bible. It was easy for them to understand and very appealing to them as young readers. The latest version may be my favorite so far. I love this new version of the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV. The special ... Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV

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Along Came You

Along Came You

On 5/6 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Life is never the same after having children. It changes in a million little ways for the better. That message is summed up beautifully in the Along Came You by Karona Drummond, illustrated by Estelle Corke. This board book is perfect for little hands to hold onto as you read your child the story of ... Along Came You

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Restless

Restless

On 5/1 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Have you ever felt restless, like you should be doing more with your life, like maybe you’re just a little too comfortable with the way things are going? Then maybe it’s time to go a little deeper. In her book Restless: Because You Were Made For More, Jennie Allen challenges the reader to take a ... Restless by Jennie Allen - Review

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The Jesus Bible, NIV

The Jesus Bible, NIV

On 4/4 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: I was intrigued by the idea of The Jesus Bible,NIV, which helps kids discover Jesus in every book of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and couldn’t wait to check it out. Once I had a chance to look through it, I loved it! This Bible, which is designed for the 9-12 year old child, has a sturdy hardback ... The Jesus Bible Review

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Let Hope In

Let Hope In

On 1/31 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: We’ve all been hurt. We all need hope. In “Let Hope In: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever”, Pete Wilson shows us how hope changes everything. He tackles the reality that we all are battered with wounds from our past and shows us how break free and move forward in hope. By allowing God’s ... Let Hope In by Pete Wilson

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Hopelifter

Hopelifter

On 11/8 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Have you ever wondered how to help someone going through a challenging time but weren’t sure of the best way to do it? Kathe Wunnenberg addresses that in her book “Hopelifter: Creative Ways To Spread Hope When Life Hurts”. By drawing on her own life experiences as well as those of others, she shows ... Hopelifter by Kathe Wunnenberg

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 8/3 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: I didn’t read this book, I savored it. It is beautifully written with stories that connect with the heart. Shauna shares the raw, the painful, the beautiful, the joyous moments of her life as she reflects on hospitality and community. Shauna invites us to open our homes, not to impress, but to nourish, ... Book Review: Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

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Intentional Parenting

Intentional Parenting

On 5/13 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: As I move from one stage of parenting to the next, I often find myself wondering if I’m doing it right. Because, let’s be real here, parenting is hard. A lot of times you are just figuring it out as you go…and sometimes you don’t really feel like you’ve figured anything out. “Intentional ... Must Have Parenting Resource

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Live Second

Live Second

On 2/4 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: If you are not familiar with the phrase I Am Second, it is from a movement to inspire people to live their lives putting Jesus first. “Live Second:365 Ways To Make Jesus First” by Doug Bender is a daily devotional based on the idea of that movement, to put Jesus first. The devotional is divided ... Live Second by Doug Bender

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Fully Alive

Fully Alive

On 1/8 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: Benjamin Franklin has been credited with saying, “Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.” I’d say that’s true for a lot of people these days, including myself at times. We exist, get through each day but don’t truly live as we were created to live. Ken ... Fully Alive by Ken Davis

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

On 5/10 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: In Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, Luci Swindoll shares 50 ways to make the most of everyday. I saw Luci speak at a Women of Faith event last year and was captivated by her zest for life. She clearly lived a life that she loved. I looked forward to reading what she had to share about life in this book. ... Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

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Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV

Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, NKJV

On 11/16 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible (New King James Version) is a beautiful Bible with over 250 scenarios with devotions by Sarah Young, the author of Jesus Calling and Jesus Lives. I had heard a lot about Jesus Calling so I was very interested in receiving this devotional Bible to review when it was ... Jesus Calling Devotional Bible (NKJV)

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Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace

On 9/13 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: When I first read the title of this book ,"Stumbling into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman", I thought "that sounds like something I can relate to." And relate I did. In this easy to read, diary-like devotional, Lisa Harper shares her own ongoing, often clumsy journey of faith. ... Book Review: Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/6 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: We all need the gift of the blessing - the unconditional love and acceptance of our parents. In this updated version of "The Blessing", John Trent and Gary Smalley offer a fresh perspective and insight to help us give that gift to our children. Using both modern day and Biblical stories mixed with practical ... Book Review: The Blessing by John Trent, PH. D. and Gary Smalley

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/2 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: When I first read the title of the book "Money Secrets of the Amish" by Lorilee Craker, I was intrigued. It was the tagline "Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving" that got me though. I knew this was a book I wanted to read. In "Money Secrets of the Amish", Lorilee Craker, a descendant ... Money Secrets Of The Amish by Lorilee Craker

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In Front of God and Everybody

In Front of God and Everybody

On 5/4 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: In the book "In Front of God and Everybody: Confessions of April Grace" , K D McCrite follows the adventures of April Grace, an eleven year old girl growing up in the Ozarks. She's surrounded by a group of colorful characters including a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma with a new boyfriend, ... In Front of God and Everybody: Confessions of April Grace by KD McCrite

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Eat Your Peas, Daughter

Eat Your Peas, Daughter

On 3/18 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: "Eat Your Peas Daughter" by Cheryl Karpen offers the sentiments of a mother's heart to her daughter. It is a quick read delivering advice, encouragement, love, hope and a promise to those precious girls in our lives. This brightly colored and sweetly illustrated book makes a perfect gift from a mom ... Eat Your Peas Daughter By Cheryl Karpen

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 2/11 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: In "Love & Respect", Dr. Emerson Eggerichs shares his formula for a successful marriage based on Ephesians 5:33. 33) However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (NIV) Eggerichs asserts that a wife's greatest need is to feel loved and ... Book Review: Love & Respect By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

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Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

Then Sings My Soul Special Edition

On 1/6 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: I grew up attending a small church in the country. On the back of each pew you found two different hymnals, one newer than the other but with time each just as worn with use, both holding the words we'd lift up to our Creator each Sunday morning. I sang those words over and over and some songs grew more ... Book Review: Then Sings My Soul (Special Edition) by Rober J. Morgan

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 10/6 Janet @ Frugal & Focused wrote: In "Your Money God's Way: Overcoming The 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke", Amie Streater tackles seven "counterfeit convictions" that keep Christians from being good stewards of their financial blessings. This isn't your typical Christian finance book that just simply gives you the steps to ... Review: Your Money God's Way

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