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The River

The River

On 6/25 Charissa wrote: In his coming-of-age novel, The River, author Michael Neale tells of Gabriel Clarke and his sometimes literally tumultuous relationship with The River. Gabriel has suffered great loss at the hands of The River, yet feels a strange fascination with it. Neale explores love and loss, fear and courage, forgiveness ... Descent Young Adult Book

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3 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 8/22 Charissa wrote: Rarely will you hear a review this glowing from me. In case you missed the memo, I'm a bit of a book snob. I have pretty high standards for what I read and I feel that American publishing, especially "Christian publishing" has set its standards far to low. I'm perfectly happy offering my honest opinion ... Best Read of the Summer

Charissa's Rating:

5 Stars

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Empty Promises

Empty Promises

On 7/9 Charissa wrote: Pete Wilson tells us that "We all long for more of something in our lives. We all treasure something of someone above our everyday experience. . . Simply put, we are a people wired to worship. The question isn't 'Do we worship?' The question is 'What (or who) do we worship?'" This is a convicting look ... Excellent and free of fluff

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5 Stars

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He Chose the Nails

He Chose the Nails

On 5/20 Charissa wrote: Do you ever take time to reflect on what Jesus did for you? Have you stopped to think about what exactly His dying for your sins meant and means? Max Lucado has crafted a beautiful collection of essays on just that. These essays are a perfect length for daily devotional reading or for reading as a small ... Wonderful piece

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5 Stars

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Re-Created for Greatness

Re-Created for Greatness

On 4/1 Charissa wrote: A good editor would serve this book well. There are some good points to be gleaned from it if you can find them in the swamp of grammatical errors and there are also some points to be careful of. To be very honest, I will not be recommending this book to anyone. There are far better books out there ... Not Reccomendable

Charissa's Rating:

2 Stars

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The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook

On 12/21 Charissa wrote: Jeff Kinley, according to his bio page on Amazon, does youth minisitry and his book is based on exactly the sort of catchy hook you need to put together a solid series for youth group. Kids (and heck, many adults-including me) love zombies and when you can tie faith into zombies. . . instant winner ... Geared Toward Youth

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3 Stars

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Fresh-Brewed Life

Fresh-Brewed Life

On 11/8 Charissa wrote: To be totally honest, I just picked up this book to review because it had a coffee cup on the cover. Seriously. My addiction has reached epic proportions. To be even more honest, I kind of expected it to be your standard watery Christian cheerleading book full of "Yay! God made you awesome and you ... Great small group book

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5 Stars

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Peace Be with You

Peace Be with You

On 8/29 Charissa wrote: If you've been following my blog/reviews for any length of time, it probably won't come as much of a surprise that when I saw a book about a peaceful Christian response to 9-11 on the review list, I jumped at the chance. Monks were just the icing on the cake for me. Peace Be with You is the product ... A Peaceful Look at 9-11

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4 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 8/1 Charissa wrote: I have to be completely honest that the first thing I noticed about Why God Won't Go Away by Alister McGrath, when I was browsing through books available for review, was the authors amazingly cool name. Alister McGrath just sounds like the name of someone you should listen to. After reading his book, ... A Good, Chewy Read

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4 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/22 Charissa wrote: I will admit I was really skeptical of this book at first. Not because I don't think that the Amish know what they are talking about when it comes to just about everything lifestyle, but because it sounded like something bordering on "health and wealth" gospel type stuff or good old fashioned American ... Wonderful, Practical Book

Charissa's Rating:

5 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 6/3 Charissa wrote: If you're looking for an action-packed little summer book to take on vacation, this is not the book you are looking for (picture me here waving my hands like a Jedi). If you are a music lover and would like to learn a little bit more about the man who created some of the greatest music ever written, ... Educational

Charissa's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Sacred Journey

The Sacred Journey

On 5/2 Charissa wrote: The Sacred Journey is from the eight book series, "The Ancient Practices." I have been enjoying this entire series quite a bit and looked forward to this installment on the practice of pilgrimage. Foster uses anecdotes from his life and the lives of those around him, as well as examples from the Bible ... Not the Best in the Series

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 4/18 Charissa wrote: This is the third book I've reviewed that comes from the Ancient Practices Series, and like the others, it did not disappoint. This thought provoking book presents Communion as a spiritual practice (or discipline) and outlines how it fits into our spiritual life in deeper ways than we generally give ... A Gentle, Loving Look at Communion

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Charissa wrote: The Final Summit features main character, David Ponder as a time traveling. . . well. . . old businessman. Ponder must save humanity and he has a deadline by which to do so. He is joined by a large gathering of famous figures from history who he has been called to lead in this mission. I think this ... Less Than Thrilling

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2 Stars

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Fasting

Fasting

On 3/16 Charissa wrote: McKnight isn't just talking about the giving up of chocolate or facebook or alcohol that so many folks do at Lent. While he doesn't have a problem with discipline abstinence of certain distractions, he is clear that when the Bible talks about fasting, it means not eating and sometimes it even means ... Wednesday Book Review: Fasting

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4 Stars

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Sabbath

Sabbath

On 1/26 Charissa wrote: I recently joined up with BookSneeze, a book reviewing site for bloggers. I am really excited to have found this site through a friend, as I'm greatly enjoying doing book reviews. The first review I'm doing for them is Sabbath by Dan B. Allender. Sabbath covers the topic of Sabbath- God's command to ... Delighting in Your World

Charissa's Rating:

3 Stars

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