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The Devil Walks in Mattingly

The Devil Walks in Mattingly

On 3/31 Denise Talen wrote: The past can certainly haunt people. Guilt and shame can drastically change how a person acts in a certain situation and what he or she thinks reality is. In The Devil Walks in Mattingly the characters are forced to face their past, learn the truth and move on to be able to grasp the fullness life can ... The Devil Walks in Mattingly

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4 Stars

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 3/4 Denise Talen wrote: What if the largest untapped reserve of oil was found underneath Antarctica? Would that discovery set the foundation for the largest military war in the history of the world? Storming the Black Ice fictionalizes what that reality could be like. In Storming the Black Ice, Austin Rivers is on assignment ... I Got a Bit Lost in this Storm

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3 Stars

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Aquifer

Aquifer

On 2/10 Denise Talen wrote: Growing up, Luca knew he was different than everyone else his age. But the reality of what those differences mean comes together shortly after his sixteenth birthday. In Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen, Luca lives in a world where emotion is not allowed and the truth of the past has been buried. Policed ... Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

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4 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 1/24 Denise Talen wrote: One person can make all of the difference in someone’s life. Sam Moore knows that full well. But will she give up more of herself to her benefactor than she should? In Dear Mr. Knightley, Sam has spent much of her life hiding. Growing up in an abusive home and then working her way through the foster ... Dear Mr. Knightley

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4 Stars

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The Painted Table

The Painted Table

On 1/2 Denise Talen wrote: How much do your past, your parents and even your grandparents influence who you are in the present? That is a question that Saffee wrestles with throughout The Painted Table by Suzanne Field. Saffee’s mother Joann, was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants. Throughout her childhood on the North Dakota ... The Painted Table by Suzanne Field

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4 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 11/25 Denise Talen wrote: Faith. Jesus said that if we have faith as small as mustard seed, we can move mountains. What would the world be like if we really believed that? That is the question that is explored in Blessed Child. In Ted Dekkers’s latest novel Blessed Child we meet a boy named Caleb who has been raised by a priest ... A Book that Challenged the Soul

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4 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 7/11 Denise Talen wrote: What if a person could really see God? Hear Him? And know what He wants that person to do? These questions are ones the characters in When Mockingbirds Sing have to answer. Will they believe? Leah is a 9 year-old loner. She stutters and this disability has left her outside the circle of her peers. An ... When Mockingbirds Sing

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4 Stars

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Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis

On 5/30 Denise Talen wrote: When Pastor Chase Falson has a public crisis of faith from the pulpit, he knows it is time for a break. He decides to visit his uncle, who is a Franciscan priest in Italy. Uncle Kenny takes Chase on a tour of all of the places in Italy that were important to St. Francis of Assisi. This journey turns ... Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron

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4 Stars

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Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken

On 5/2 Denise Talen wrote: We all go through difficult times. And what most people learn is that through those trials is when they grow the most. This is very true of Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada, who share their story in Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story. Many people know of Joni Eareckson Tada. Paralyzed in a diving accident ... Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

On 4/9 Denise Talen wrote: Parenting. Every parent want to know if they are doing it right. But, every parent and every child is different. The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler is not just another parenting book. It is a book that recognizes and understands there are no fix-all solutions for parenting, but through ... The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler by Erin MacPherson

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4 Stars

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The Sky Beneath My Feet

The Sky Beneath My Feet

On 3/20 Denise Talen wrote: What is the best thing to do when there are so many choices to make, so many options to chose from, that you can’t made a choice at all? Sometimes the best thing to do is just get away from it all. Then we might have the clarity to make a choice after all. Beth is a mom of two married to a minister ... The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson

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5 Stars

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Neighbors and Wise Men

Neighbors and Wise Men

On 1/21 Denise Talen wrote: Where can you encounter God? So many people think the only place you can encounter God is at church or with other Christians. Tony Kriz, in his book, Neighbors and Wise Men, challenges this notion to the core. Kriz grew up in what many would consider an ideal setting. A happy Christian home, able to ... Neighbors and Wise Men by Tony Kriz

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4 Stars

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The Respect Dare

The Respect Dare

On 12/17 Denise Talen wrote: The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner was an interesting in challenging book. It is broken up into 40 “dares” and it is intended that the reader will do one dare per day until finished. Each dare has a verse, often a little story as an example and then a set of questions that lead to the dare for the ... The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner

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5 Stars

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Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate

On 11/16 Denise Talen wrote: What if we could physically see the spiritual warfare around us? And in us? What if you were able to help others battle for their freedom in Christ? The characters in Soul's Gate by James L. Rubart can do just that. Following a prophecy from long ago, Reece has come out of the shadows and formed a team ... Soul's Gate by James L. Rubart

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4 Stars

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Rudy

Rudy

On 10/19 Denise Talen wrote: The movie is famous. And now the main character is telling the “real” story. The story of Rudy. Most people are familiar with the movie Rudy based on Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s life. And in Rudy, My Story, Ruettiger tells the true story. Ruettiger grew up in a large Catholic family in Joliet, ... Rudy by Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/17 Denise Talen wrote: “You were made for the River.” That is what everyone tells Gabriel Clark as he is growing up. But after witnessing a terrible event on the river as a child, Gabriel finds it hard to take the plunge. Will he be able to take the step of faith and find what he was created to be? The River by Michael ... The River by Michael Neal

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3 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 9/5 Denise Talen wrote: As a Christian, it is a great comfort to know that all things happen for a reason and that God has a plan through it all. This lesson is very clean in The Reason by William Sirls. The Reason is full of a mish-mash of characters whose lives become interconnected through the book. A blind pastor and his ... The Reason by William Sirls

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2 Stars

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/13 Denise Talen wrote: Abuse is a terrible thing. For those looking from the outside in, it can be hard to comprehend how such terrible things can happen. But it does and by the grace of God, people can break free and find grace and forgiveness. Cruel Harvest is a story of abuse and grace. Fran Elizabeth Grubb had a horrible ... Cruel Harvest by Fran Elizabeth Grubb

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4 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 7/20 Denise Talen wrote: With the Olympic fever in the air, much of the world attention is focused on the athletes and their accomplishments. Running for My Life is a the story of one of those athletes before he found himself a part of the Olympic games.Lopez Lomong is a US Olympic Athlete competing in long distance track events. ... Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong

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5 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 6/16 Denise Talen wrote: Redemption is the key to a Christian's life. It is also the key to Bryan Clay's life. Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, Clay clearly shows how it was only through the redemptive power of God in his life that he has risen to be known as the World's Greatest Athlete. Clay was born into a fairly loving ... Redemption by Bryan Clay

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4 Stars

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 5/18 Denise Talen wrote: I am a fan of reality TV. Especially competition shows like American Idol and The Voice. So when I was given the chance to read By Faith, Not by Sight, by Scott MacIntyre, a contestant on American Idol, I jumped at the opportunity. I was hoping for a nice story that would tell me a little bit about ... By Faith, Not by Sight by Scott MacIntyre

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5 Stars

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Stand By Me

Stand By Me

On 3/24 Denise Talen wrote: Avis is a hard working principal at an elementary school. Kat is a student at a local Christian University. When they first meet at Souled Out Church, they have no idea how much then need each other. In Stand By Me, Avis has a lot going on in her life. She is a busy educator, a wife, a mother, and a ... Stand By Me by Neta Jackson

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4 Stars

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Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek

On 1/27 Denise Talen wrote: Ally Green has traveled the world as a flight attendant, but the death of her father call her back home and she thinks she might stay. On the other side of the world a young woman in India, armed with a mysterious sketch book, is looking for the truth about her life and where she came from. Both of these ... Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz

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5 Stars

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Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

Softly and Tenderly (tpc)

On 11/8 Denise Talen wrote: Wanting a child more than anything, Jade Benson’s life is turned on its head when she learns her husband has a child with another woman.  As her world crumbles around her, Jade questions everything she has ever believed. Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck follow Jade on a journey ... Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 6/16 Denise Talen wrote: The fate of humanity lies in David Ponder’s hand. Can he find the one principle that will save man kind?The Final Summit is Andy Andrews latest book and the second book that has David Ponder as the main character. David has been summoned to find the one principle that will save humanity from destruction. ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrew

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3 Stars

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 5/7 Denise Talen wrote: A criminal is on the loose, one who is very good at making sure no one knows she is behind everything.  She will let nothing stand in her way, even people who consider her their friend.Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl is a fast paced crime novel and part of the Triple Threat series. Allison, Nicole and ... Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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Love & Respect

Love & Respect

On 2/7 Denise Talen wrote: Your marriage is one of the most important relationships of your life. And everyone strives to make his or her marriage better and better. The book Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a widely known book that teaches the Biblically based concepts of love and respect in marriage. Eggerichs says ... Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

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5 Stars

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