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The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

On 8/30 Jenn wrote: It was a great day when this book arrived at our door.  My kids love the Berenstain Bears and a combination of five books bound into one is definitely a good thing.  These five books, as stated in the title, carry a caring and sharing theme.  They are not new books to the Berenstain collection ... The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury by Jan and Mike Berenstain

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5 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings

The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings

On 4/5 Jenn wrote: Here is another enjoyable Berenstain Bear book.  Mother’s Day Blessings follows Brother, Sister and Honey bear as they prepare a Mother’s Day surprise for Mama and Gran.  Throughout the day they see examples of other mothers being appreciated on their special day.This newest Berenstain ... The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings

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4 Stars

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Song of the Stars

Song of the Stars

On 12/3 Jenn wrote: I am always on the hunt for children’s Christmas books that tell the true meaning of Christmas.  This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that expresses the excitement that was felt the night that Christ was born.I love this book and so does my three year old.  Since it is a board ... Song of the Stars: a Christmas Story; by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Paintings by Alison Jay

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5 Stars

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Thankful

Thankful

On 9/6 Jenn wrote: There is always something to be thankful for in our everyday lives.  This adorable book follows two children as they go about their daily life playing and pretending, showing how to be thankful in the ordinary day to day.  The illustrations in Thankful are so well done.  It’s a pleasure ... Thankful: by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Archie Preston

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5 Stars

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 8/23 Jenn wrote: I loved reading the book Corduroy to my son.  Don Freeman is a wonderful illustrator.  The Day is Waiting is a collection of Don Freeman’s sketches and paintings that had never before been published.  The words by Linda Zuckerman try to tie them all together by taking the child on a ... The Day is Waiting: illustrated by Don Freeman, words by Linda Zuckerman

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4 Stars

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Undone

Undone

On 5/28 Jenn wrote: I love memoirs, and this book by Michele Cushatt was a wonderful read. Going from a cancer diagnosis to bringing three little ones into her home after becoming an empty-nester, you see that despite her faith she still struggles.Michele is a great writer and very transparent. She has walked through ... Undone: a Memoir by Michele Cushatt

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5 Stars

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

On 2/25 Jenn wrote: I am always on the lookout for good biblical children’s books for my two little ones.  Let There Be Light is a beautifully illustrated board book that retells God’s creation of the world.  I love the illustrations in this book.  You can tell that the illustrator took inspiration from ... Let There Be Light written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Illustrated by Nancy Tillman

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4 Stars

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Legend of St. Nicholas

On 12/6 Jenn wrote: A young boy goes Christmas shopping with his father and learns a lesson in giving from a store Santa.  This is not exactly the traditional Saint Nicholas story about a man that lived 300 years after Christ and gave to the poor and needy.  The story related by the store Santa gives a somewhat ... The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

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4 Stars

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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

On 9/17 Jenn wrote: Conrad has a lot to learn during his summer at cowboy training. He also finds a challenge in the know-it-all cowgirl that lives next door. Conrad endures many mishaps along the way and learns what it means to love those who aren’t always so lovable. I love the illustrations in this book. My ... Cowboy Fun

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5 Stars

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Noah and the Mighty Ark

Noah and the Mighty Ark

On 6/29 Jenn wrote: Noah and the Mighty Ark is a delightful children’s book of the Biblical story of Noah and the ark.  The story begins with God’s command to Noah to build the ark and ends with everyone departing the ark and the rainbow. Nice rhyming in the book.  I also enjoyed the opportunities to ... Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene

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4 Stars

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Goodnight Angels

Goodnight Angels

On 4/1 Jenn wrote: For those that know the children’s book Goodnight Moon, this book will seem familiar.  Goodnight Angels follows a child as he goes through his evening getting ready for bed, saying goodnight to his surroundings as he goes.  I received this board book hoping that it would be one that my ... Goodnight Angels by Melody Carlson, Pictures by Sophie Allsopp

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4 Stars

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Hands Free Mama

Hands Free Mama

On 2/2 Jenn wrote: What’s really more important?  That’s the question that the author is really asking.  It’s all those distractions, technology, and our desire for perfection that keep us from the people and experiences that matter most to us.  Mrs. Stafford brings the case that we should put aside ... Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

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4 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 12/3 Jenn wrote: Anyone who has heard of Dave Ramsey has probably heard of this book.  If you are looking to get your finances in order and start making your money work for you, this is a book you should read.  Dave takes you step by step through paying off your debt, saving, investing, giving, and building ... The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition by Dave Ramsey

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5 Stars

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We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook

We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook

On 8/6 Jenn wrote:  This book was right up my alley. A fun read of a mom and daughter sharing their personal anecdotes regarding their cooking adventures with quite a few recipes thrown in. The daughter tells of what led up to her family deciding to become vegan with the adventure of becoming a new mom thrown in. ... We Laugh We Cry We Cook by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

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4 Stars

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A Dream So Big

A Dream So Big

On 6/17 Jenn wrote: Could you imagine moving your entire family to another country, and not just another country but one stricken with heart-breaking poverty? This family did. After the death of their infant son, this family made the decision to move to Africa and change lives. And it changed their lives in return.I thoroughly ... A Dream So Big by Steve Peifer

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5 Stars

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Rudy

Rudy

On 2/1 Jenn wrote: The story of Rudy Ruettiger is a story for anyone who has had a dream. It is the classic personal story of an underdog who dreamed big, pursued, and succeeded. Rudy is written in four parts and begins his story as a young child growing up in a very large family and finishes with where he is now.        ... Rudy: My Story by Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger

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5 Stars

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Return to Sunday Dinner

Return to Sunday Dinner

On 10/23 Jenn wrote: One good recipe after another is what you will find in this cookbook. Cronkhite breaks each chapter into a menu of five to six recipes and starts each chapter with a short one page story. The concept of the cookbook is based on Sunday dinners and the joy that comes from family gathered around a table ... Return to Sunday Dinner: the Simple Delight of Family, Friends, and Food by Russell Cronkhite

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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 5/22 Jenn wrote: Who doesn’t want a close family that is built on a strong foundation that enjoys spending time together? Author Dave Stone’s book is full of ideas on how to achieve this with your family. He touches on mealtimes, servant hood, creating memories, and knowing your families mission; just to name a few. ... Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter by Dave Stone

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4 Stars

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 3/29 Jenn wrote: Before reading this book, I knew very little about the Jews for Jesus movement, and even less about its founder Moishe Rosen. This book showed me the life of a man growing up in a Jewish home who eventually came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, followed the call to serve Him, and passionately served ... Called to Controversy by Ruth Rosen

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4 Stars

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 2/26 Jenn wrote: I knew that I had to read this book when it became available. I have great respect for C. S. Lewis and his writing. This is a book about the joy and laughter C. S. Lewis found in things and how he expressed these emotions in his writings. It also explores the works other writers who were influential ... Surprised by Laughter: the Comic World of C. S. Lewis by Terry Lindvall

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4 Stars

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This Thing of Ours

This Thing of Ours

On 12/20 Jenn wrote: Author Cammy Franzese was a young woman who grew up with a passion for dancing. This passion not only led her to a small part in a movie, but it also led her into the arms of the movie’s producer, Michael Franzese. Her story chronicles how she met her future mafia husband, their life while he was incarcerated, ... This Thing of Ours: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage by Cammy Franzese

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4 Stars

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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

On 12/6 Jenn wrote: Categorized as a children’s book, this story truly belongs to middle school girls. It follows young April Grace Reilly through the many of adventures of being a pre-teen girl; from cliques at school and an annoying older sister, to worrying about her momma and trying to help a family friend put a Christmas ... Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace by K.D. McCrite

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4 Stars

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Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

Heaven is for Real Deluxe Edition

On 10/27 Jenn wrote: Heaven is for Real is a thought provoking book about a little boy who during the course of an emergency surgery, goes to heaven and comes back. The father is the author and tells of his family and their life before the miraculous event, their struggles during that time, and then after when the story ... Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

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5 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 9/23 Jenn wrote: How does someone come out of a life of serving Satan, to then become a follower of Christ? This author knows from personal experience. In this book you will read how Leehan’s life spiraled downward, what led him to serve Satan, his life in the grip of darkness, and how he turned his life over to Jesus ... Ascent from Darkness by Michael Leehan

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 8/15 Jenn wrote: Love You More is a touching look at the author’s story of adopting a child internationally, while at the same time being a wife and mother. Besides adoption, the author also discusses infertility, miscarriage, and parenting. Grant offers insight into the international adoption process and offers advice ... Love You More by Jennifer Grant

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4 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/25 Jenn wrote: Wow! What an applicable book! The Blessing is about showing unconditional love to the people in our lives. Mainly it is written from the perspective of a parent to a child, but it can be applied with any relationship in our lives. There are five essential elements that the authors touch on: meaningful ... The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley

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5 Stars

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The Story of the Bible

The Story of the Bible

On 6/1 Jenn wrote: I must say that this is a great book! The Story of the Bible is an informative and page-turning history of the Bible. It starts with the beginning (quite literally) and ends in present day. Mr. Stone also covers the many translations that the Bible has come through.This book is well written and to the ... The Story of the Bible by Larry Stone

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5 Stars

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The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year

On 1/15 Jenn wrote: The Liturgical Year is meant to be an informative piece of non-fiction on the liturgical year in the Christian's spiritual life. The first several chapters are devoted to what the liturgical year means to a Christian and how it is played out in their everyday lives. The bulk of the book deals with feast ... The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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3 Stars

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