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Whispers in the Reading Room

Whispers in the Reading Room

On 1/30 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Whispers in the Reading Room (The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series) By Shelley Shepard Gray is another historical piece. I am on a roll lately with these historical pieces ;) that's two in one day! So, what drew me in to force myself to get through another historical fiction piece of work? Well, ... Enjoyed this book a great deal!

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5 Stars

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The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

On 1/30 Chrystal Mahan wrote: The Girl From the Train By Irma Joubert was a delight to read and I am not normally one who picks to read historical fiction. What lured me in was the fact that I am obsessed with reading anything which has to do with the Holocaust; both in fiction form and non. While this book doesn't really dive into ... Quite the page-turner!

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5 Stars

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 10/2 Chrystal Mahan wrote: "Murdered Freshly Baked" is the third book in the "An Amish Village Mystery" series by Vannetta Chapman. Having read book one, "Murder Simply Brewed," but missing book two, "Murder Tightly Knit," one might feel that "Murder Freshly Baked" would be hard to pick up and read without having a feeling like ... 'Murder Freshly Baked Series: An Amish Village Mystery' By Vannetta Chapman

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5 Stars

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NIV Faithgirlz Bible

NIV Faithgirlz Bible

On 9/29 Chrystal Mahan wrote: It's a sad day. Kiddo has outgrown the bible we purchased and dedicated to her when she was about 4 or 5. With its thick padded color, vibrant illustrations and big words, we knew it was time to find her a new one. She's 10 and will be 11 in a few months. Most of the books I was looking at were either ... KID BOOK REVIEW: NIV FAITHGIRLZ BIBLE BY GENERAL EDITOR NANCY N. RUE

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5 Stars

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The Bones Will Speak

The Bones Will Speak

On 8/27 Chrystal Mahan wrote: "The Bones Will Speak," published August 11, 2015, is the second book in the Gwen Marcey series. If you're a fan of forensic mysteries, you're sure to fall in love with the quirky sleuth, Gwen Marcey. Gwen Marcey, forensic facial reconstruction artist, has returned to her sleuthing ways after the divorce ... Written like I was there!

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5 Stars

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The Big House on Adams Street

The Big House on Adams Street

On 8/22 Chrystal Mahan wrote: his is my first reading experience with author, Alberta Sparks, and her book, "The Big House on Adams Street," despite being published in 2012. Sparks, no relation to popular fiction author Nicholas Sparks, is a pastor's wife who previously wrote Sunday school curricula. Alberta was also an associate ... 'The Big House on Adams Street' by Alberta Sparks

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2 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 7/4 Chrystal Mahan wrote: uthor Billy Coffey has the trademark of ambiguity throughout his novels; which works well for him. “When Mockingbird Sings,” Coffey’s latest release follows the same theme. Leah is a child from Away who has an invisible friend named Rainbow Man. Sadly; Leah has been isolated from friends, family ... Mockingbirds Sing

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4 Stars

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A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty

On 1/20 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I was so happy that I found a book that I was really enjoying and when it ended I felt a little sad. Then I remembered I had "A Thing of Beauty." This story attracted my attention because as I was reading the description I became intrigued by the story of a former child star who left the movie business ... Beautiful Tale of Healing

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5 Stars

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Lizzy & Jane

Lizzy & Jane

On 12/28 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I'm loving "Lizzy & Jane" by Katherine Reay. Apparently I've been missing out on this author as she's the writer behind the critically acclaimed novel, "Dear Mr. Knightley." I have since put that book on my "To Read" list on Good Reads. Elizabeth 'Lizzy' is a "once vibrant and flawless" NYC chef who ... Lizzy & Jane: Sisters who really make us think

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5 Stars

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Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon

On 12/22 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I loved part one. I read each page and let it all absorb. I was thrilled to read a story with a twist on the Scottish musical "Brigadoon." I am drawn to all things Celtic due to my Irish background. The book is a bit strange and two authors write the book. Each other writes the point of view from the ... Destined for Doon By Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

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3 Stars

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Hit

Hit

On 10/19 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I snuggled up with a fresh cup of coffee and a warm blanket Sunday morning. This book was a quick read. I started some time after 8am and was done by 10. I won't push it as a gripping page-turner but it did have just enough page turning factor to keep me going. I've read a lot of teen fiction / young ... Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

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4 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 7/5 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I am not doing good when it comes to reading enjoyment. I was not happy with Critical Condition and now I am sad to say I wasn't thrilled with Murder Simply Brewed either. I LOVE Amish stories. I love reading about their simple ways and traditions. Most Amish writing authors have done extensive research ... Slow moving for me

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2 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 7/5 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Critical Condition is a story about Dr. Shannon Frasier who gets tangled in a web, along with her sister. Frasier hosts a simple dinner party only to have it end with a gunshot victim fighting for her life in her front lawn. The girl, her sister, her sisters awful boyfriend are all connected, but how? ... Not the greatest read

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2 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/19 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Distortion is an alright read. It's not overly suspenseful or riveting like some of the more well known suspense writers, but it does have enough of a plot and story to keep you turning the page, if only to find out who did what and why. Julie Cole watches her husband get murdered in front of her very ... Some twists and turns hidden inside

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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 3/19 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of reading time spent with "I've Never Been to Vegas: but My Luggage Has" by Mandy Hale. Prior to reading this book I had no idea who Mandy Hale was. But I am certainly glad she has walked into my life because her story is very inspiring to a writer like myself. Mandy ... Just enjoyed the open and realness

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5 Stars

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Notes from a Blue Bike

Notes from a Blue Bike

On 2/27 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Who wouldn't want to use their creativity to reduce the chaos in their life? I unplugged and snuggled in for my read. I enjoyed the fact that the author, Tsh Oxenreider, is actually a blogger. She blogs over at the website The Art of Simple (formally Simple Mom.) The Art of Simple is a pretty amazing ... It flip-flops a lot

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3 Stars

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Doon

Doon

On 2/26 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I'm sure everyone's mother told them not to judge a book by its cover, but when it came to "Doon" I couldn't help it. Of course, it did not help that the book was about two high school girls traveling to Scotland. I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with Scotland or Ireland. I blame my Irish background. "Doon" ... What a wonderful tale!

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5 Stars

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The Passion Principles

The Passion Principles

On 1/31 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Working from home has many challenges, one of them being relationships. In my case, a marriage. Working from home can be tough because a person ends up staring at the same four walls day in and day out. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between work hours and life hours. While I never ... The Passion Principles: Ignite the Passion at Home

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5 Stars

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Lean Body, Fat Wallet

Lean Body, Fat Wallet

On 1/16 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I had such high hopes for this book. I really thought these two authors had put something together that would really bring the healthy mind and body connection together. I mean, you stop buying crappy food you not only save money, but you lose weight. Right? Ellie Kay is the best-selling author of “Shop, ... Lean Body Fat Wallet by Ellie Kay & Danna Demetre

Chrystal Mahan's Rating:

2 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 11/25 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I was excited to review "The Daniel Plan" by pastor Rick Warren and Mark Hyman along with Daniel Amen. I had heard about pastor Warrens church and his weight loss group through various circles. When it came up for review I was waving my hand like a child in school to let people know I would be happy ... The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman

Chrystal Mahan's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 10/3 Chrystal Mahan wrote: "If you will live like no one else,later you can live like no one else." ~ Dave Ramsey I have been a fan of Dave Ramsey for quite some time. I have watched many bloggers and vloggers follow his path and use their earnings to create freedom and pay down their debts. I have watched my church use the Financial ... The Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey

Chrystal Mahan's Rating:

5 Stars

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Downside Up

Downside Up

On 9/13 Chrystal Mahan wrote: While I do attend church I enjoy Christian reading, I am not overly fond of books which push and push the message of God. I know there are people out there who may need it or others who may enjoy it. I am just not one of them. It’s the luck of the draw when picking Christian titles because you are ... Downside UP by Tracy Mitchell

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3 Stars

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The Soul Reader

The Soul Reader

On 12/7 Chrystal Mahan wrote: The Soul Read is the sequel to In-Sight. In the book In-Sight we are introduced to Ward McNulty, man who has it all. Ward writes his own syndicated column, has the love of a gorgeous woman, and powerful friends in very high places. Of those friends is Chet Garner. The story follows through the tale of ... Going backwards to move forwards

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4 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 9/28 Chrystal Mahan wrote: When I was looking through the books to review, I have to admit my heart stopped a minute when I read the description of this book. There in front of me was a story that I actually knew a little bit about. What caught my attention was the quote from Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv in ... From Darkess to Light

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5 Stars

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 9/9 Chrystal Mahan wrote: The Ideals of Sarah Palin : In Her Own Words I am not a political person. I tend to be in the middle of either side. There are things about one side I don’t like, but do whether it be democrat or republican. It makes things rather difficult in my head. But, we are not going to get into a political ... The Quotable Rogue

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2 Stars

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No Place Like Holmes

No Place Like Holmes

On 6/29 Chrystal Mahan wrote: As a young adult I remember rummaging through the hall closet which contained my mother’s treasured hard back novels. Every time I opened that closet the smell of book pages and bindings would hit me like a great flood coming in from the sea. To this day, it is a smell I treasure. I spent my younger ... Fun for all ages!

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5 Stars

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The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

The Skin Map (Trade Paper)

On 5/25 Chrystal Mahan wrote: When I first read the story line for this book I was extremely excited. I am a huge fan of Dan Brown novels and movies such as National Treasure. There is something about a good puzzle that really tunes me in to a good story. That is what I expected when I read the synopsis of this particular novel. ... The Skin Map

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3 Stars

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

On 5/11 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Just like so many others out there it has always been a dream of mine to become a published author. I wanted to take English as my major in college but everyone told me there was no money in that, the only job I would get is teaching (no thank you) and that the real money was being published and that ... How to Write a Book Proposal

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5 Stars

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 4/28 Chrystal Mahan wrote: This book could not have come at a better time for me. I have not always wanted to write for a living, but I have always loved writing. I started writing my first journal around the age of nine, poetry too. I think it was a way for me to escape some of the things that were going on around me. It wasn't ... Should be #1 on ALL writers bookshelves

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5 Stars

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The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball

On 4/22 Chrystal Mahan wrote: What initially drew me to this novel was the beautiful cover. My mother always said the same old line we have always heard, “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” Although I am not really one to turn a book away just because it has an ugly cover or one that simply doesn’t catch my attention, I am ... Suspenseful despite being historical

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Chrystal Mahan wrote: We've all been there, faced with those questions that we just can't seem to find the answer to. Or, we are faced with questions that we don't even know where to begin looking for the answer. Enter, Max Lucado. Most people will recognize the name instantly. Others, it might take a moment for it to click. ... Resource for Life

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Chrystal Mahan wrote: The final summit is a story about a man, on a quest to help save humanity. Are we in a time and place where humanity needs saving? It is to my understanding this book is the sequel to The Traveler’s Gift. It was also to my understanding that if one did not read the first book, this book would still ... The Final Summit

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3 Stars

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/14 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Until this book I had no idea who “Rick and Bubba” were. I grew up in the South, I would have thought at some point or another I would have heard of them. My point of view might be a little different than those who may have been more familiar with them. Everyone says “God works in mysterious ... Gotta Love Rick and Bubba!

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5 Stars

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Couples Who Pray

Couples Who Pray

On 2/25 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Oh no! Not another prayer book. There has got to be more to the Christianity book world than another prayer book. Doesn’t the Bible give us EVERYTHING we need? If you are like me you often wonder, why do we need another prayer book? There are so many of them out there what else could their possibly ... Book Review: Couples Who Pray by Squire Rushnell & Louise Duart

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2 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 2/9 Chrystal Mahan wrote: Want to know the cutest thing about this book? There is a little secret buried within its pages that I had no clue about until I was midway through this story. I don't know why it did not click sooner, but all three of these stories take place within the same community. I thought that was a really neat ... An Amish Love

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5 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 1/6 Chrystal Mahan wrote: I just got this book yesterday and was anxious to get started on it. Textbooks are about to take over my life so my books review time is going to slow down just a little bit. I picked up this little gem through a blog reading review program. I picked it myself; they did not ... Book Review: The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher & Phyllis Tickle

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3 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 1/4 Chrystal Mahan wrote: (NOTE: If you think I have excessive posts the last couple of days, you are right. This is due in part to a few things. The first being the move from Blogger to my own host. I did not write for a couple days and needed to make that up. The other thing is I ... Book Review:The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ by Charles Foster

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3 Stars

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