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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 6/6 Jessica Barahona wrote: Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta ChapmanMy rating: 4 of 5 starsAnother fun, simple, clean mystery. I enjoy this series more than other Amish books I have read. The main character is Amber, who runs the tourist town, and her friends including Tate, her husband, Pam her assistant, and  her Amish coworker ... Book review: Murder Freshly Baked

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4 Stars

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Samantha Sanderson Off the Record

Samantha Sanderson Off the Record

On 5/21 Jessica Barahona wrote: Samantha Sanderson Off the Record is another addition to the Faithgirlz series. This is the third book in the Samantha Sanderson books about a middle school girl who wants to be an investigative journalist. This is an entertaining mystery for young readers as Samantha tries to find out who installed ... Book Review: Samantha Sanderson, Off the Record

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4 Stars

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Case for Grace for Kids

Case for Grace for Kids

On 5/11 Jessica Barahona wrote: Case for Grace for Kids by Lee StrobelMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis was an excellent book for all ages. Lee Strobel, author of the well known Case for Christ, etc books writes this book aimed at kids. The author explores different aspects of grace through interview with several different people. He first ... Book Review: Case for Grace for Kids!

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5 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 3/30 Jessica Barahona wrote: I recieved a review copy of Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. To be completely honest, I haven't had a chance to read the book yet.  But from flipping through it, this looks like one I'm going to read next! In one of the first chapters, the authors, who write the ... Book Review: Motivate Your Child

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5 Stars

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I Can Learn The Bible

I Can Learn The Bible

On 1/28 Jessica Barahona wrote: I got to review this cute book from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  This is a great little hard backed book, an excellent devotional to work through with your kids!  Each devotional centers around a verse, explaining its meaning and encouraging memorization. It is intended for each devotional to ... Book Review: I Can Learn the Bible

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5 Stars

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The First Christmas Ever

The First Christmas Ever

On 12/15 Jessica Barahona wrote: You can never have too many books about the real reason of Christmas! This book, The First Christmas Ever, written and illustrated by Dennis Jones, is an excellent addition to our library.  The illustrations are quirky and unique and inject a bit of humor into the story. The story is true to the ... Book Review: The First Christmas Ever

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5 Stars

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Playing Saint

Playing Saint

On 10/22 Jessica Barahona wrote: Playing Saint by Zachary BartelsThis book  was a really enjoyable Christian mystery. The main character, Parker Saint, is the Pastor of a mega church with his own tv show to boot. He preaches a feel good message which doesn't help him much when he is forced to assist the local police detectives ... Book REview: Playing Saint

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4 Stars

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Moses Leads the People

Moses Leads the People

On 9/21 Jessica Barahona wrote: I snagged a review copy of an I Can Read book from Zonderkidz. It's the Adventure Bible Series called Moses Leads the People. My oldest, who is in first grade this year, but a very advanced reader, said she loved this story. I'm excited to have another good reader for teacher my younger children when ... Book Review: Adventure Bible, Moses Leads the People

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5 Stars

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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

On 9/12 Jessica Barahona wrote: It's always fun to review kids books!  And my kids and I loved this book from Zonderkidz.  Its a fun cowboy story about Conrad, a well prepared boy (with a gigantic first aid kit he knows how to use!) who goes to learn how to be a cowboy on his Uncle Clint's ranch.  When he arrives, he ... Book Review: Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

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5 Stars

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NIV Essentials Study Bible

NIV Essentials Study Bible

On 8/26 Jessica Barahona wrote: I was able to snag an ebook review copy of this study bible, the NIV Essentials Study Bible. As an ebook, this has a really nice layout.  There are many menus in the front, including lists of links to the different kinds of helps and devotionals. The books of the Bible are linked as well as each ... Book ReviewL NIV Essentials Study Bible

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5 Stars

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 7/17 Jessica Barahona wrote: This book by LeAnn Rice was a nice cookbook. I recieved it as an ebook, and it is easy to navigate as the index contains links to the pages, and you can navigate by chapter as well.  The recipes are good basic recipes with normal every day ingredients.  The recipes aren't new and inventive ... book review: the Loving Kitchen

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4 Stars

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Samantha Sanderson On the Scene

Samantha Sanderson On the Scene

On 6/24 Jessica Barahona wrote: Samantha Sanderson On The Scene by Robin CarrollThis is the second book in the Samantha Sanderson series that follow middle schooler Samantha in her investigations as a reporter for her school's paper. This installment deals with the subject of bullying, as Samantha finds out that an acquaintance, the ... Book Review: Samantha Sanderson on the Scene

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5 Stars

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Samantha Sanderson At the Movies

Samantha Sanderson At the Movies

On 6/9 Jessica Barahona wrote: Samantha Sanderson at the Movies by Robin CarollMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis is book aimed at younger readers, I'd say middle school age (the main character is in 7th grade).  I think it's a great new series for girls to read about a strong, smart girl who loves God and has good goals for her future. ... Book Review: Samantha Sanderson at the Movies

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5 Stars

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Life Behind the Wall

Life Behind the Wall

On 5/29 Jessica Barahona wrote: Life Behind the Wall: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure by Robert ElmerMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis is a collection of three short youth books about the Berlin wall. Aimed at youth, they follow a family as the city is first divided, then in the middle of the years of conflict, and ... Book Review: Life Behind the Wall

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5 Stars

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

On 5/13 Jessica Barahona wrote: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel QureshiMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis was an excellent book. It is a autobiographical account of the author's movement from the Muslim faith to faith in Christ. I thought this book was very well done. It was so easy to read, ... Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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5 Stars

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 3/30 Jessica Barahona wrote: Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen CobleMy rating: 2 of 5 starsI'm always disappointed to read a book and realize that it is a novella. i wish publishers would be more specific in their description that is not only a novella but part of series. the series dorsnt bither me so much, especially in books and series ... Book Review: Bluebonnet Bride

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2 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/21 Jessica Barahona wrote: Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta ChapmanMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI don't usually choose to read Amish fiction but this one is different from the traditional Amish novel. It is a mystery novel set in an Amish tourists village run by Amber, a middle aged, never married woman. one of Amber's employees is ... Book Review: Murder Simply Brewed

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4 Stars

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 3/10 Jessica Barahona wrote: Storming the Black Ice by Don     BrownMy rating: 3 of 5 starsOnce again, I feel like I'm in the minority because I didn't love this book.  To sum up, the book is based around the idea that the British have found a huge oil deposit in Antarctica and have a base set up researching and protecting ... Book Review: Storming the Black Ice

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3 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/4 Jessica Barahona wrote: Distortion by Terri BlackstockMy rating: 2 of 5 starsThis review has a couple spoilers so if you really want to read this book, don't read the part in light grey towards the end! This book was a fast read for me, it's a mystery novel mainly concentrating on four siblings, 3 of whom dabble in working ... Book Review: Distortion

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2 Stars

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Notes from a Blue Bike

Notes from a Blue Bike

On 2/28 Jessica Barahona wrote: Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh OxenreiderMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI really enjoyed this book.  It's kind of a memoir, including snippets from the author's expat life and travels, but is mostly an encouragement to live a simple intentional life, contrary ... Book Review: Notes from a Blue Bike

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Bible, NIV

The Jesus Bible, NIV

On 2/13 Jessica Barahona wrote: We recieved a copy of the Jesus Bible to review this week.  This is an excellent Bible aimed at younger readers. There are so many great tools in it. First of all, its a sturdy hardbacked book and it uses the New International Version (NIV). This is not a simplified children's Bible, this is the ... Book Review: The Jesus Bible

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5 Stars

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

On 1/31 Jessica Barahona wrote: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal PaineMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis book is authored by the author of the popular blog Moneysaving Mom. I've loosely followed her blog for a while, and I will say that a lot of the ... Book Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

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5 Stars

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Love & Respect in the Family

Love & Respect in the Family

On 1/21 Jessica Barahona wrote: Love & Respect in the Family: The Transforming Power of Love and Respect Between Parent and Child by Emerson EggerichsMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis book is a spin off of the Love and Respect in marriage book. The premise as applied to the family is that kids need love and parents need respect.  The ... Book Review: Love and Respect In the Family

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4 Stars

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A Sound Like Fire

A Sound Like Fire

On 1/8 Jessica Barahona wrote: A Sound Like Fire by K. D. VeronMy rating: 1 of 5 starsI wanted to like this book, a novel about the great tribulation when God takes His church from this earth. the book follows Dax, a U.S. senator, who is living a worldly, luxurious life, devoted to his work and mistress and leaving his wife and 2 ... Book Review: A Sound Like Fire

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1 Stars

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 7/21 Jessica Barahona wrote: The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World by Susan MerrillMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Passionate Mom is a great book that challenges you to be passionate about your kids. The author studied the story of Nehemiah and relates that to a mother's work of raising her children. I enjoyed the details ... Book reviews: The Quilted Heart series, and Bathsheba Bathed in Grace

Jessica's Rating:

4 Stars

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BATHSHEBA Bathed in Grace

BATHSHEBA Bathed in Grace

On 6/20 Jessica Barahona wrote: Bathsheba Bathed in Grace: How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World by Carol CookMy rating: 2 of 5 starsBathsheba Bathed in Grace is a fictionalized account of 8 women in the Bible.  I was excited to read this but ended up a bit disappointed.  Granted, the author tells each story in one chapter ... Book review: Bathsheba Bathed in Grace

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2 Stars

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 5/30 Jessica Barahona wrote: Simply Delicious Amish Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida by Sherry GoreMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis looks like an excellent cookbook!  i can't wait to try homemade root beer!! I have wanted to make it ever since reading an Amish fiction novel where the family made and ... Book Reviews: Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

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5 Stars

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So Shines the Night

So Shines the Night

On 5/30 Jessica Barahona wrote: So Shines the Night by Tracy HigleyMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI enjoyed this book a lot. It is historical fiction set in Biblical times, though the main characters are completely fictional.  I appreciate that the author lets us experience what things may have been like in these times without taking ... Book reviews: So Shines the Night & Intentional Parenting

Jessica's Rating:

4 Stars

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Intentional Parenting

Intentional Parenting

On 5/13 Jessica Barahona wrote: Intentional Parenting: Autopilot Is for Planes by Sissy GoffMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI loved this book. It was a great reminder that you can just float through your children's lives and parenting experience or you can be intentional and be a parent with a purpose. The authors gave lots of examples from ... Book review: Intentional Parenting

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5 Stars

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 1/30 Jessica Barahona wrote: The Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband by Nina RoesnerMy rating: 4 of 5 starsWhile I haven't worked through the book as intended, I read through most of it in order to give my review. I am excited to use this book as a daily exercise as the author intended. I am a ... Book Review: The Respect Dare

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4 Stars

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Desperate

Desperate

On 1/16 Jessica Barahona wrote: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah MaeMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThis book was such an excellent book and just what I needed to read right now!  The book is authored by Sarah Mae, a blogger and speaker with young children, and Sally Clarkson, speaker, author, co-founder of Whole ... MUST Read Book!: "Desperate" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

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5 Stars

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 12/13 Jessica Barahona wrote: I really enjoyed this book, The Scarlet Cord. It is a fictional account of the life of Rahab, the "Harlot" from the Old Testament. While one has to remember that it is a novel and not inspired Scripture, it is an interesting peek into what the story behind Rahab's life and choice to help the Israelite ... Excellent biblical fiction

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4 Stars

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If We Survive

If We Survive

On 11/23 Jessica Barahona wrote: This book was a fast adventure read. I enjoyed the story of the small short-term missionary group caught in a country just as a rebel group overthrows the government. It is written for a young adult audience and for that audience, is an excellent book, though there is violence, and the main character ... Great young adult adventure

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4 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 10/22 Jessica Barahona wrote: Twelve Unlikely Heroes was an interesting read about people God used in the bible. I liked that the people chosen were not always the typical ones you would have expected. While several were well know and "obvious" others were ones that I definitely had not expected. The author does a nice job of giving ... Book Review: Twelve Unlikely Heroes

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3 Stars

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Crater

Crater

On 9/3 Jessica Barahona wrote: "Crater" was an enjoyable adventure/sci-fi book. The story takes place on the moon where settlements have been established as people on earth ("earthians") need the Helium-3 found in the crust for an alternative energy source. Crater is a miner who is chosen due to his honesty and mold-ability for a ... Book Review: Crater

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4 Stars

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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 8/11 Jessica Barahona wrote: The book Call of a Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife by Marcia Moston was an excellent book. I read it in an evening because I enjoyed it so much! The book details Marcia, her husband Bob, and their daughter Lily's call to serve the people of a small village in Guatemala. It begins ... humorous and touching missionary memoir

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5 Stars

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Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter

Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter

On 8/3 Jessica Barahona wrote: Your Heart's Desire by Sheri Rose Shepherd was an excellent book for Women at any point in their relationship. She discusses different themes of marriage and married life including a chapter on raising your son to be a man of God. Each chapter includes a related bible verse, a love letter "from our groom", ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

On 5/22 Jessica Barahona wrote: I Loved this book! There is honestly not much in it that is new and earth shattering, but it is one of those books I think I will keep and reread regularly to make sure I'm on the right path in our parenting journey! The main points of the book are so simple with regards to raising your children to ... Amazing Book!

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5 Stars

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Crazy Dangerous

Crazy Dangerous

On 5/8 Jessica Barahona wrote: This was a fairly fast moving teen level book that I enjoyed as an adult. It follows teen Sam Hopkins' journey through several bad choices and there consequences which then lead him to save the girl and the day! The first part of the book seemed a bit unrealistic to me, as the "bad" gang at school quickly ... Book review crazy dangerous

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4 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 4/23 Jessica Barahona wrote: I haven't worked through the whole book yet, but have actually to start over and follow through ever day! But I have done enough i feel for a review. I really appreciate this book due to some circumstances in our family life, and the idea of deliberately focusing on an issue in prayer daily is exciting! ... Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer

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3 Stars

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Babylon’s Falling

Babylon’s Falling

On 2/1 Jessica Barahona wrote: Babylon's Falling: The Story of Belteshazzar, also known as Daniyyel by William G. CollinsMy rating: 2 of 5 starsI was excited to read this book, however it fell short of my expectations.  This is a novel based on the story of Daniel and his three friends from the Bible. Just that made me excited ... Book Review: Babylon's Falling

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2 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 11/16 Jessica Barahona wrote: This was an excellent book! It details the family's ordeal as their son becomes gravely ill. They show faith throughout and later find out from their son that he spent time in heaven! His simple childlike faith is an amazing example of what our faith should be like. He gives a neat glimpse into what ... Amazing peek at heaven

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4 Stars

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Three Cups

Three Cups

On 10/31 Jessica Barahona wrote: This is a simple story parents can use to teach children the basics of managing money. The illustrations are sweet and may help younger children understand the book better, though the story is simple enough for school age children. The authors include a short guide for parents at the end with 10 simple ... Great simple intro to money management for children

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5 Stars

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Going Deep

Going Deep

On 10/30 Jessica Barahona wrote: I liked this book quite a bit. It describes an example of a process by which churches can help to cultivate "deep" people, future leaders in the church and community. The neat thing is the way the author presents it, as a story, a fictionalized account of one church's journey through the process. It ... easy read on developing discipleship

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4 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

Thank You, God, For Blessing Me

On 10/3 Jessica Barahona wrote: This is a sweet little story, perfectly appropriate for any child who can sit and follow through a book! Through the prayer of Little Hermie, it presents a model to teach children how to pray being thankful for what God has given us! I like that it focuses on God's blessings for us: food, shelter, friends ... Sweet and Simple thanks

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5 Stars

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Gabby, God's Little Angel

Gabby, God's Little Angel

On 10/3 Jessica Barahona wrote: Gabby, God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh is one of several books I recieved recently for review. It is a cute story for children about a little angel always having her own little accidents who is assigned to be the guardian angel for a little girl with similar tendencies! Its such a cute way for kids ... Sweet children's story about God's care for us

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4 Stars

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 9/18 Jessica Barahona wrote: I enjoyed the reading of this book but was left very dissatisfied at the end. It tells the adventures of the two main characters, both in the present and in the past when they were taken into a secret underground world and asked to search for, and kill, an evil man whose aim is (of course) to take over ... Book Review: The Realms Thereunder

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3 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 8/29 Jessica Barahona wrote: I had high expectations for this book, as I was expecting a Da Vinci Code type thriller and it really wasn't. The premise seemed great; the world is falling apart and the main character recieves clues through letters and historical artifacts towards some climactic final. However, the writing felt a ... Book Review: the Seraph Seal

Jessica's Rating:

2 Stars

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Verde

Verde

On 6/2 Jessica Barahona wrote: Finally finished this one! (Not that it's boring, I read it in spanish and that takes a little longer...). Love this series, but I have to say i was confused really by the end of this book. I was hoping for a final that left you satisfied, but this wasn't it. I guess that's what you get when it says ... A true Circle

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/20 Jessica Barahona wrote: This book had a very interesting premise- That there are travelers sent through time to learn the Seven Decisions for Success. This is actually a sequel (I'm under the impression that the first book dealt with the main character David Ponder's travels). In this book, Ponder is chosen to head up a meeting ... Book Review of The Last Summit

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3 Stars

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Voices of the Faithful - Book 2

Voices of the Faithful - Book 2

On 2/28 Jessica Barahona wrote: The intro to this book is great as the author shares the purpose for the book. I was drawn to the book because I have been involved in missions, but loved that she stresses that one of the goals is to connect Christians everywhere and "ditch the 'us and them' mentality." another goal is to motivate others ... Great Devotional for those with interest in missions

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5 Stars

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Precious Moments Storybook Bible

Precious Moments Storybook Bible

On 12/29 Jessica Barahona wrote: We received the Precious Moments Story Book Bible by Sam Butcher to review. I love Bible books for our children, and this one is "Precious!" It almost feels like a "real" Bible, with pages in the front for family tree and special church events like special ceremonies, churches attended, vacation bible ... Excellent Bible for children

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4 Stars

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Love and Respect for a Lifetime

Love and Respect for a Lifetime

On 10/19 Jessica Barahona wrote: This is a small book that expounds on the title theme: that men need respect and women need Love. The author includes a chapter on each love and respect, and also a chapter on communicating with love and respect. It is a simple theme that the author backs up with scripture. I really appreciated this ... small and mighty

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4 Stars

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