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She's Still There

She's Still There

On 9/13 LaLaLaurie wrote: Sometimes being a mom takes it all out of you. Everything. Including yourself. So that's why I love Chrystal Evans Hurst's book She's Still There. It's about getting yourself back. And not just any you. The girl you used to be. Remember those big dreams you had? Remember what you always said you were ... She's Still There - Book Review

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What Happens After You Die

What Happens After You Die

On 8/9 LaLaLaurie wrote: My mom died back in June. It was very sudden. She was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer on June 3 and then passed away on June 19. Everyone keeps saying that she's in a better place now, and while I really have no doubt because my mom was a church-going Christian, I still felt like I needed to know ... What Happens After You Die - Book Review

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4 Stars

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An Outlaw and A Lady

An Outlaw and A Lady

On 6/22 LaLaLaurie wrote: I feel kind of bad. I am a huge music fan, but I had never heard of Mirriam Johnson or Mirriam Eddy or Jessi Colter. I had heard of her husband Waylon Jennings. I had heard of Waylon's friends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams, Jr. I had heard of her son Shooter Jennings. But I had never ... An Outlaw and a Lady - Book Review

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The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share

On 5/3 LaLaLaurie wrote: In making whiskey, the whiskey that evaporates during the aging process is called "The Angels' Share". Giving some to the angels is supposed to protect the distillery. That's how James Markert's book The Angels' Share got its name. It's a book about whiskey, about family, about Prohibition and the Great ... The Angels' Share - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 12/7 LaLaLaurie wrote: Whether you've got one kid (like me) or eight kids (like the author of the book Raising an Original), you probably want to raise your kids right. Whatever "right" means. And there's the rub. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. Each kid is different and unique and so needs a different ... Raising an Original - Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Candidate

The Candidate

On 11/4 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you think this election season has been crazy, just wait until you read about the one in Lis Wiehl's latest novel (written with Sebastian Stuart) called The Candidate. There are bombs, murder-suicides, and people who aren't what they seem. Erica Sparks is a popular journalist with her own show on ... The Candidate - Book Review

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Me Too

Me Too

On 10/6 LaLaLaurie wrote: Does it ever feel like nobody else understands what you're going through? Well, you might feel that way, but there is someone who always understands. And that someone is God. That's the premise behind preacher Jon Weece's new book Me Too: Experience the God Who Understands. No matter what struggles ... Me Too - Book Review

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2 Stars

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Greater Than Gold

Greater Than Gold

On 9/13 LaLaLaurie wrote: The Rio Olympics are over. Which events did you watch? How about diving? The men's synchro diving competition was one of the few events I did catch on TV, so I got to see diver David Boudia win the silver medal along with his diving partner Steele Johnson. After they won, an NBC reporter quickly interviewed ... Greater Than Gold - Book Review

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3 Stars

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For Better or for Kids

For Better or for Kids

On 8/15 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you're married and you've got kids, then you'll probably want to read this book! Authors Patrick and Ruth Schwenk have written a book that is for all those busy, harried, exhausted, child-centric couples who have forgotten to take time for themselves, who are missing a spark from their marriages, ... For Better or for Kids - Book Review

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4 Stars

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What Christians Ought to Believe

What Christians Ought to Believe

On 7/19 LaLaLaurie wrote: A title like "What Christians Ought to Believe" sort of implies that the things Christians are believing are wrong. And while that may be true to some extent, that's not really what this book is about. Instead, author Michael F. Bird uses the Apostles' Creed to show the basics of what should be part ... What Christians Ought to Believe - Book Review

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

On 6/22 LaLaLaurie wrote: Just as our nun detective Sister Eve finishes up one case, another one falls in her lap. This time it's a murder at the monastery where Sister Eve has been staying. A female professor scheduled to speak at a conference being held at the monastery is poisoned, and the reason why has something to do with ... Sister Eve and the Blue Nun - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Feisty & Feminine

Feisty & Feminine

On 6/6 LaLaLaurie wrote: At least I can say that Penny Young Nance and I agree on one thing: 50 Shades of Grey is nothing but the promotion of physical and mental abuse and NOT a love story. Okay, maybe there is more than one thing that we both agree on. We both want human trafficking to stop. We both want abuse and violence ... Feisty & Feminine - Book Review

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Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

On 4/29 LaLaLaurie wrote: Do you like Jesus but hate the church? Then Ray Johnston's book Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back is the must-read book for you. With the subtitle of "What Christians and the American Church Are Missing", Johnston points out in what ways the American church has failed Christians and in what ways ... Jesus Called: He Wants His Church Back - Book Review

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5 Stars

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This Is Awkward

This Is Awkward

On 3/25 LaLaLaurie wrote: I think it's safe to say that we've all had awkward moments in our lives. And that's okay. It's part of living! But the kind of awkwardness that author Sammy Rhodes writes about in his book This is Awkward goes deeper than two actresses wearing the same dress at the Oscars. The type of awkward moments ... This is Awkward - Book Review

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The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

On 2/16 LaLaLaurie wrote: In The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale, we meet three best friends: Ella Rae, Laine, and Carrigan. They've been friends since elementary school, and even though they are all now 30, they are still just as close. But soon life gets in the way. Carrigan, the main narrator of the story, ... The Secret to Hummingbird Cake - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Churchill's Trial

Churchill's Trial

On 1/5 LaLaLaurie wrote: I don't know much about Winston Churchill, so when I picked up the book Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government by Larry P. Arnn, I expected to learn a little bit more about the man. However, the book wasn't necessarily a full biography. It focused on three aspects of ... Churchill's Trial - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 11/25 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you're a mom, whether a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a single mom, or a mom-to-be, chances are you've thought it would be nice to be bringing in a little extra cash to help support your family. Crystal Paine, founder of the blog Money Saving Mom, wrote her latest book Money Making Mom for just ... The Money-Making Mom - Book Review

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5 Stars

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Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are

Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are

On 10/24 LaLaLaurie wrote: I'm all about empowering girls to be true to themselves and not conform to whatever standards society sets forth, especially when it comes to the oversexualization of girls in magazines, books, TV shows, and movies. It's hard to tell young girls that they don't have to be "sexy" to have worth when that ... Project Inspired - Book Review

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2 Stars

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Never Said

Never Said

On 8/25 LaLaLaurie wrote: Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams follows a few days in the lives of twins Annie and Sarah. Annie is the beautiful one who wins pageants. Or at least she was beautiful and did win pageants. That was before she started gaining weight, chopped off her hair, and got a piercing. Sarah is the quiet one who ... Never Said - YA Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Miracle in the Middle

The Miracle in the Middle

On 7/29 LaLaLaurie wrote: The middle. It's not just a really good Jimmy Eat World song. It's a place that most of us find ourselves in from time to time. Sometimes we just get stuck, like wading through Jell-O, and it's difficult to see how close you are to the end. If you're there right now and seeking support, then you might ... The Miracle in the Middle - Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Case of the Sin City Sister

The Case of the Sin City Sister

On 6/16 LaLaLaurie wrote: A nun. In Las Vegas. Solving mysteries? That's the premise of the novel The Case of the Sin City Sister, the second book in Lynne Hinton's Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery Series. Sister Eve returns in this book, and she's on a sabbatical from the abbey to figure out if she should remain a nun ... The Case of the Sin City Sister - Book Review

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3 Stars

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The Happy Christian

The Happy Christian

On 5/12 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you think being a Christian means life is going to be all sunshine and rainbows, think again. Christians have bad days and bad times and get sad, too. But in David Murray's book The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World, Christians can learn techniques to turn their negativity ... The Happy Christian - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Jesus Swagger

Jesus Swagger

On 3/27 LaLaLaurie wrote: Do you have Jesus Swagger? It's not just calling yourself a Christian. It's not just going to church every Sunday. It's not just placing a Jesus fish on your car. According to author Jarrid Wilson, Jesus Swagger is a lifestyle that follows the teachings of Jesus. It's living a life that reflects Jesus' ... Jesus Swagger - Book Review

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Nourished

Nourished

On 2/11 LaLaLaurie wrote: Nourished, by mother-daughter writing team Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph, would be a good book for a women's Bible study or book club to read together, or for two friends to discuss together, or for a mom and daughter to read and discuss together. I'm not saying you can't read this book and digest ... Nourished - Book Review

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 12/31 LaLaLaurie wrote: The Daniel Plan is all about getting healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually in 40 days. It's not so much about losing weight but about gaining health. Written by pastor Rick Warren and doctors Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman, The Daniel Plan helps readers create their own 40-day health plan modeled ... The Daniel Plan - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Hit

Hit

On 11/28 LaLaLaurie wrote: Mr. Haddings is a 21-year-old student teacher at Sarah's school, and 18-year-old Sarah has a major crush on him. She thinks Mr. Haddings likes her, too, and so she writes him a poem to express her feelings. But on the way to school that rainy morning, Sarah is hit by a car. Haddings' car with Haddings ... Hit - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Move On

Move On

On 10/21 LaLaLaurie wrote: It's okay to not be okay.That's probably something you never thought you'd read or hear from a Christian author, especially with the Christian church trend of smiling and nodding without actually admitting to any problems in your life. Because what good Christian has problems, right?All of them. And ... Move On - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Wasted Prayer

Wasted Prayer

On 9/14 LaLaLaurie wrote: There's an old phrase: God helps those who help themselves. To me, that means that sitting and praying is not enough. At some point you have to act. But how do you know when God wants you to act? That's what Wasted Prayer by Greg Darley aims to help you figure out.It's not that Darley doesn't want ... Wasted Prayer - Non-fiction Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Book of Revelation Made Clear

The Book of Revelation Made Clear

On 8/3 LaLaLaurie wrote: The back cover of The Book of Revelation Made Clear by Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker states that this is "a fun and fascinating way to learn about the book of Revelation". I don't know that I had much fun reading this book, but it does offer a basic understanding of just what the heck John is writing ... The Book of Revelation - Book Review

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3 Stars

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

On 5/20 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you think you've had bad dates and a crazy love life, then maybe you should compare notes with author Mandy Hale. Her new book I've Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has chronicles Mandy's love life and career path ups and downs.Mandy is the voice behind the website The Single Woman, and she's ... I've Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has by Mandy Hale - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Wonder Women

Wonder Women

On 4/17 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you're a woman, you're probably familiar with the idea of "having it all" and "doing it all". How do you find the balance between working, having kids, and taking care of yourself? This is what the book Wonder Women discusses. The book is part of the Barna Frames series of books that offer big ideas ... Wonder Women by Kate Harris - Book Review

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4 Stars

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The People Factor

The People Factor

On 3/29 LaLaLaurie wrote: I'm sure many of you have relationships in your life, whether at work or in your personal lives, that are just bringing you down. But for whatever reason, you keep that relationship going as it is. Well, that doesn't make much sense!The premise of The People Factor by Van Moody (published by Nelson Books) ... The People Factor - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Clout

Clout

On 3/1 LaLaLaurie wrote: Before reading Jenni Catron's book Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence, I had no idea there were so many things I was doing that were holding me back, what Catron calls Clout Killers: fear, comparison, jealousy, scarcity, insecurity, pride, and control. This book definitely makes you ... Clout - Book Review

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5 Stars

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

On 2/13 LaLaLaurie wrote: I have been wanting to read something by Brennan Manning for a long time, but my library doesn't carry any of his books. So when I saw that his Ragamuffin Bible was available for review through BookSneeze, I jumped at the chance to review a free copy.This NIV Bible offers a collection of Manning's grace-filled ... The Ragamuffin Bible - Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Organic God

The Organic God

On 8/10 LaLaLaurie wrote: I have been wanting to read The Organic God for YEARS. But the two library systems I've been part of over the past five years have not carried this book AT ALL. In the meantime, I've read other books by Margaret Feinberg, but this one has definitely stayed in the back of my mind and on my to-read ... The Organic God - Book Review

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5 Stars

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Intentional Walk

Intentional Walk

On 6/22 LaLaLaurie wrote: Okay, so maybe I'm biased, but I really enjoyed this book. There's nothing like something like this book to reinforce what you already know: that the St. Louis Cardinals are one of the greatest baseball organizations.Each chapter of Intentional Walk, by Rob Rains, is an interview with a different Cardinal: ... Intentional Walk - Book Review

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Bread and Wine

Bread and Wine

On 6/1 LaLaLaurie wrote: I don't know if I should put this book in the non-fiction section of my book shelf or in my cookbook basket on top of the fridge. But one thing I know for certain: I'm keeping this book forEVER!I had never heard of Shauna Niequist before reading this book. I didn't know she had a blog or had written ... Bread & Wine - Book Review

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When God Makes Lemonade

When God Makes Lemonade

On 4/21 LaLaLaurie wrote: Have you heard the expression "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? That's kind of what this book is about. It's a collection of real-life stories by people who suffered loss, heartache, etc., but made it through the hard times thanks to God. There seems to be a story for every topic, every thing ... When God Makes Lemonade - Book Review

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Live Second

Live Second

On 3/30 LaLaLaurie wrote: Live Second is a daily devotional with 365 devotions to help you "live second", i.e. put God first. I got to review a free e-copy of the book thanks to BookSneeze. The devotions are divided into chapters, which are divided into weeks. Obviously, the goal is to progress through the book by reading one ... Live Second - Book Review

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Return to Sunday Dinner

Return to Sunday Dinner

On 1/5 LaLaLaurie wrote: Return to Sunday Dinner by Russell Cronkhite is a cookbook that makes me wish I had more money to buy groceries and more time to cook. The recipes in it sound delicious, but "30-Minute Meals" this is not. Many of the recipes require kitchen tools that I don't own (although what better excuse to ... Return to Sunday Dinner - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 11/4 LaLaLaurie wrote: Red Letter Revolution takes a closer look at the words Jesus says in the Bible and challenges Christians to take those words seriously. In some Bibles, the words of Jesus are written in red ink. I've never seen a Bible like that, so I was unfamiliar with the "red letter" concept before reading this book. ... Red Letter Revolution - Book Review

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5 Stars

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 10/5 LaLaLaurie wrote: I received a copy of Wisdom Meets Passion by Dan Miller and Jared Angaza from Booksneeze for my honest review. So here is my honest review. I was excited to read this book because it claims to show readers how to find work that "integrates your skills, personality traits, and passions; provides a sense ... Wisdom Meets Passion - Book Review

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2 Stars

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/28 LaLaLaurie wrote: There are so many ways Fran Grubb's life could have gone. Abused and mistreated by her father, abandoned by her mother, and denied an education, Grubb could have grown up harboring hate and never breaking free from her father's or anyone else's iron grip. But Grubb learned what real love meant and how ... Cruel Harvest - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 8/2 LaLaLaurie wrote: If you've been watching TV leading up to the Olympics, then you probably saw a VISA commercial about an Olympic runner named Lopez Lomong. In the commercial, Morgan Freeman narrates a brief synopsis of Lomong's life: kidnapped as a boy in South Sudan to join a militant army, his escape from the army ... Running for My Life - Book Review

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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 6/21 LaLaLaurie wrote: In A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists, Mitch Stokes attempts to help Christians defend their belief in God and take down atheists' two main arguments against God's existence: 1. Science shows that God doesn't exist and 2. Suffering and evil show that God ... A Shot of Faith to the Head - Book Review

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3 Stars

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It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong

On 12/19 LaLaLaurie wrote: According to Andrew Napolitano, the government is wrong pretty much ALL the time. Over 15 chapters, he details all the ways the U.S. government violates citizens' natural laws and acts contrary to the Constitution. Taxes? Wrong. Making laws about who we can and cannot marry? Wrong.Napolitano gives many ... It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government is Wrong - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 9/1 LaLaLaurie wrote: Jennifer Grant and her husband already had three young biological children. But a tap on the shoulder from God was all it took to realize that they would be adopting a fourth child. Love You More is the true story of the process the Grants went through to finally bring home their new daughter Mia.Written ... Love You More - Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 7/21 LaLaLaurie wrote: We've all been there before - the waiting place. Some of us are still there. Whatever it is you're waiting for, chances are Eileen Button has waited for it, too, and written about it in her book The Waiting Place. As Button puts it in the introduction, this book is for "those who wake up one day and ... The Waiting Place - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Unleashed

Unleashed

On 5/25 LaLaLaurie wrote: I wanted to like this book more than I did. There are a couple reasons why this book just didn't resonate with me the way I wanted it to:a) This book is a reprint of McManus' formerly titled The Barbarian Way. I did not know this going into the book, so when McManus kept referring to "the barbarian way" ... Unleashed - Book Review

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3 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 LaLaLaurie wrote: I've never read a Max Lucado book. I take that back. I think I read He Chose the Nails a long time ago, but I honestly can't remember. So Max on Life is either the second or first Max Lucado book that I've read. And I really enjoyed it.A few weeks ago I reviewed a book that was filled with faith-based ... Max on Life - Book Review

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5 Stars

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A Conversation with God for Women

A Conversation with God for Women

On 3/20 LaLaLaurie wrote: Imagine a real heart-to-heart conversation with God - all your questions for Him, and all His answers for you.This is the premise behind A Conversation with God for Women by Marcia Ford. All the questions that women have for God are answered in this book in a conversational tone, almost as though you, ... A Conversation with God for Women - Book Review

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The Promises She Keeps

The Promises She Keeps

On 2/2 LaLaLaurie wrote: Is it possible to achieve immortality? Could there be someone out there who is immortal but doesn't know it?In The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy, Porta, an art gallery owner, believes that art saves lives. But what she really wants is for something or someone to save her life, to keep her from dying, ... The Promises She Keeps - Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 1/7 LaLaLaurie wrote: The Liturgical Year has been on my to-read list since last year, so I was excited to receive a copy of it from BookSneeze. I must admit, I didn't really know what the liturgical year was before reading this book. I only knew, from the synopsis I'd read about the book, that it had something to do with ... The Liturgical Year - Book Review

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5 Stars

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A Year with God

A Year with God

On 12/4 LaLaLaurie wrote: How would you spend a year with God?     I recently got the chance to read and review the daily devotional book A Year with God, thanks to the website BookSneeze. A Year with God is a 365-day devotional that uses scripture from the Old Testament. (I'm not sure why the book is Old ... Book Review: A Year With God

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3 Stars

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