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Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love

On 10/12 Phronsie Howell wrote: My husband and I have been married for 9 1/2 years. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it. We’re not exceptionally wonderful at it, but when we’re following God’s design for marriage things just go better. That’s the basic premise of Darlene’s newest book Messy Beautiful ... Messy Beautiful Love - Darlene Schacht

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4 Stars

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Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend

Sheerluck Holmes and The Case of the Missing Friend

On 9/18 Phronsie Howell wrote: As soon as I opened the package my kids took the book and I had a hard time getting it back! They insisted that I read it as soon as possible so we sat down to read. Our 5 yr. old asked is she could help me read and of course I said yes. We settled in and opened up the book. The book itself is engaging ... Sheerluck Holmes - Karen Poth

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5 Stars

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Merlin's Nightmare

Merlin's Nightmare

On 7/13 Phronsie Howell wrote: Truly one of the best series that I’ve ever read. There have been many series I’ve read that have started out good and fizzled out by the end, but not this one! If it’s even possible, Merlin’s Nightmare was better than its predecessors Merlin’s Blade and Merlin’s Shadow. Robert Treskillard ... Merlin's Nightmare - Robert Treskillard

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Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow

On 5/9 Phronsie Howell wrote: Summary: The Druid Stone has been destroyed. Merlin and his friends, along with baby Arthur, are running for their lives. Just who are they running from, and where will they end up? Follow Merlin and his band in the epic sequel to Merlin’s Blade, Merlin’s Shadow. Review: I had high hopes for this ... Merlin's Shadow

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 2/22 Phronsie Howell wrote: I absolutely LOVE anything Merlin/King Arthur/Camelot and Merlin’s Blade fit the bill. I’d never thought much about Merlin’s past or even though of him from a Christian perspective (as in, Merlin was a Christian). Vast oversight on my part! At first I was a little skeptical because I’d never ... Merlin's Blade - Robert Treskillard

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5 Stars

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Strange Fire

Strange Fire

On 1/3 Phronsie Howell wrote: I’m going to start by saying that I like a lot of what John MacArthur writes. There is truth in much of his preaching and books. However, there’s also a bit that I don’t agree with. John MacArthur is a cessationist. There’s nothing wrong with that, he does back up his beliefs with Scripture rather ... Strange Fire - John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

On 10/24 Phronsie Howell wrote: In true Mary Engelbreit fashion, "Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection" is wonderfully illustrated. "Peace on Earth" is a compilation of several beautiful writings that capture the reason for the season. My mom has been a HUGE fan of Mary Engelbreit for a number of years. I grew up with Engelbreit ... Peace on Earth - Mary Engelbreit

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5 Stars

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A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed

On 10/10 Phronsie Howell wrote: One of my favorite quotes is from Caleb. He was talking about growing up, both physically and spiritually, and he says that “…to grow up spiritually means to mature in spiritual ways, not to bring human maturity to spirituality.” Seriously, wow. I think that as adults we tend to bring human maturity ... A Man Called Blessed - Ted Dekker & Bill Bright

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5 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 9/28 Phronsie Howell wrote: I love books by Ted Dekker but I’ve never had a favorite, until now. Blessed Child was amazing! I know it’s an older Dekker novel but I hadn’t had a chance to read it until recently. WOW! I cried, I got goosebumps, I even felt convicted at a couple of points in the story. . . . And the quote on ... Blessed Child - Ted Dekker & Bill Bright

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5 Stars

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KJV Homeschool Mom's Bible

KJV Homeschool Mom's Bible

On 9/3 Phronsie Howell wrote: Raise your hand if you’re a homeschool mom. *raises hand* Raise your hand if you could use daily encouragement. *raises hand* If you’re like me, you’re a slightly crazy homeschool mom. Don’t get me wrong, I love homeschooling my children! But there are days where I just need a veteran mom to ... KJV Homeschool Mom's Bible

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5 Stars

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Intentional Walk

Intentional Walk

On 7/9 Phronsie Howell wrote: I’ve always been drawn to the St. Louis Cardinals. They’ve been my favorite team for as long as I can remember. Until recently, I could never figure out just why that was. But now, thinking back on it, it’s been rare to hear of a St. Louis Cardinal who did something negatively newsworthy (note: ... Intentional Walk - Rob Rains

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5 Stars

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The Passionate Mom

The Passionate Mom

On 5/21 Phronsie Howell wrote: As I read through The Passionate Mom I kept thinking to myself, “This could really be called something like The Ten P’s of Parenting.” While the focus is specifically on moms, the ideas presented are important for both moms and dads. (Especially since now days there are a good number of stay-at-home ... The Passionate Mom - Susan Merrill

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby

On 4/12 Phronsie Howell wrote: I’m a mom. Pregnancy is a “been there, done that” thing. I have to say, reading The Christian Mama’s Guide was fun, but it really did show (to me) how every pregnancy is different. There were a few times when the author said, “I’ve never met a pregnant lady who didn’t/did…” and I went ... The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby - Erin MacPherson

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4 Stars

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Persecuted

Persecuted

On 3/25 Phronsie Howell wrote: When I was a teen I read the book by DC Talk about martyrs of the faith. Now, as an adult, reading Persecuted I’ve gotten a more “advanced” understanding of what happens to Eastern Christians. As a born and raised Western Christian, this book has given me a deeper appreciation for what we do have ... Persecuted - Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, Nina Shea

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PTSD

PTSD

On 1/25 Phronsie Howell wrote: Honestly, this wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. . . . I’m the wife of a veteran and I studied psychology (but I’m no professional!), but most of this book didn’t sit well with me. Yes, it’s great to know you’re not alone and yes, you do need to take care of yourself too, but I ... PTSD: A Spouse’s Perspective – Erica David

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1 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 11/11 Phronsie Howell wrote: I’ve read bits and pieces of Pastor MacArthur’s other two books in this series so I was excited to read Twelve Unlikely Heroes. Honestly, I think my favorite quote from the whole book comes from the Introduction when John MacArthur defines what a hero is. He says, “. . . being a hero . . . starts ... Twelve Unlikely Heroes – John MacArthur

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5 Stars

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The Gaither Homecoming Bible

The Gaither Homecoming Bible

On 10/7 Phronsie Howell wrote: Personally, I think it’s a great Bible, especially if you are Gaither fans. The dust cover is beautiful, the font is easy to read, and the general layout is well done. . . . I do have to say, I think this Bible would be better suited to the older generations who know the old hymns, or who know who ... The Gaither Homecoming Bible

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5 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 9/10 Phronsie Howell wrote: I love reading biographies, I know, I’m a nerd. I especially love “{insert number here} people [you] should know” types of books because I always learn something new about the people I thought I was pretty educated about. First off, with this book, I have to say I honestly didn’t expect Jane ... 10 Christians Everyone Should Know

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The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

On 5/5 Phronsie Howell wrote: The Lordship of Christ is one book in The Truth About series. Written by well-known author John MacArthur, The Lordship of Christ details the reasons why God deserves our all and what it means to live fully for Christ. A fairly short read with just six chapters that cover important topics to our lives ... The Lordship of Christ - John MacArthur

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4 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 4/14 Phronsie Howell wrote: 1,000 Days covers, what else, the 1,000 days Christ spent in serious ministry on earth. After all, those 1,000 days must have been pretty important because He could have just cut out the middle-man and gone straight to the cross. So what was so important that Jesus spent the time in ministry? Jonathan ... 1,000 Days - Jonathan Falwell

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4 Stars

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KJV American Patriot's Bible

KJV American Patriot's Bible

On 3/11 Phronsie Howell wrote: As I was sitting down to write my pro-con list, I realized that there were more things going for this particular Bible than there were going against it. At first I had written down that it didn’t include a list of Presidents like it did the list of states, but I was mistaken (it’s in the back, not ... The American Patriot's Bible

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5 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 2/21 Phronsie Howell wrote: In The Coming Revolution Dr. Richard G. Lee talks about our nation’s current state and how we as citizens can get our country back on track. Going back to the nation’s roots he informs readers about what this nation was founded on and why it was founded at all. Chapters cover history all the way ... Back to the Basics

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Surprised by Laughter

Surprised by Laughter

On 1/29 Phronsie Howell wrote: In Surprised By Laughter, the author Terry Lindvall, Ph.D takes readers on a journey through the life of C.S. Lewis. We learn that one of Lewis’ favorite people was G.K. Chesterton and how that greatly influenced his views on Christianity and laughter. For C.S. Lewis, it really was all about perspective. ... Surprised By Laughter - Terry Lindvall, Ph.D

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4 Stars

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The Expanded Bible

The Expanded Bible

On 11/26 Phronsie Howell wrote: The [expanded] Bible is a modified version of the New Century Version (NCV) that is like a commentary, dictionary, and Bible all rolled into one. Words are defined, cross-references are noted, and commentary is made within the text. No more looking in the foot notes, side columns, or a completely different ... The Expanded Bible

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4 Stars

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The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

The Grace of God (Trade Paper)

On 10/23 Phronsie Howell wrote: Pastor Andy Stanley paints a picture of God’s grace for mankind in his book The Grace of God. Using stories from the Bible, he shows how the grace of God has been extended to those who don’t deserve it. Starting at the very beginning with Adam and Eve and moving through to the Great Commission, Mr. ... The Grace of God – Andy Stanley

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4 Stars

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100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

On 8/26 Phronsie Howell wrote: I have to say, I didn’t even get to open the package when we got it in the mail. Our kids knew it was coming and were eager to get their hands on it. They weren’t disappointed, and neither was I. Our oldest was happy that there’s a devotion with Noah’s Ark, our middle child was turning the pages ... 100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

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5 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 8/12 Phronsie Howell wrote: The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley is a book not only for parents but for grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, counselors… The list goes on. Mr. Trent and Mr. Smalley use stories from real people to point out just how powerful words are, and how we can give “The Blessing” to those around ... The Blessing - John Trent & Gary Smalley

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 6/7 Phronsie Howell wrote: The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet reminds me a lot of another book that has symbols and codes in it that the main character has to solve. The two biggest differences between The Seraph Seal and the book that shall remain nameless is that the former is written by a Christian author (who just happens to ... The Seraph Seal - Leonard Sweet

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The Book that Made Your World

The Book that Made Your World

On 5/15 Phronsie Howell wrote: If you’re looking for a book about how the Bible influenced the modern world, this is a must read! It is a long book, but it is jam packed with historical information on how the Bible influenced technology, literature, and much more. Vishal Mangalwadi writes from an Eastern perspective about the Western ... The Book that Made Your World

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4 Stars

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How to Be God's Little Princess

How to Be God's Little Princess

On 4/19 Phronsie Howell wrote: I wanted to get “How to Be God’s Little Princess” for our library so that when our girls get older they’ll have a Christian book on manners and etiquette. I’m glad I did because Sheila Walsh does an amazing job of letting girls know how to act and dress like a princess! One of the things I ... On Being a Princess

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A Bug Collection DVD Box Set

A Bug Collection DVD Box Set

On 4/6 Phronsie Howell wrote: Hermie and Friends "A Bug Collection" Volume 3 contains 3 DVDs that each have 1 episode on them. That might seem kind of cheap but the concept is great! It allows for focus on one concept at a time, which I really like. Included in Volume 3 are "Milo the Mantis Who Wouldn't Pray", "Buzby and the Grumble ... Hermie & Friends

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4 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 2/13 Phronsie Howell wrote: This is a great book for any baseball fan, (well, maybe not a Cubs fan… ) who longs to see what a Christian baseball player really looks like. It not only recounts the great moments in his baseball career, it also recounts the important moments in his life that point to God. From his childhood in ... Pujols - More Than The Game

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The Beginning Reader's Bible

The Beginning Reader's Bible

On 1/29 Phronsie Howell wrote: The first person who looked at this when it came in the mail was my 2 yr old daughter. She proceeded to then point out different pictures that caught her eye, such as the animals in Noah’s Ark and Adam and Eve. From a child’s perspective, it seems that this Bible story book is a hit. From a mother’s ... The Beginning Reader's Bible

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The Shelter of God's Promises

The Shelter of God's Promises

On 1/20 Phronsie Howell wrote: Sheila Walsh presents 10 foundational promises of God in her book “The Shelter of God’s Promises”. While the book is a “short” 10 chapters, it is an incredibly deep read. Pulling from Scripture and personal experience, the author gives us not only the promises God has made to His children, ... The Shelter of God's Promises - Sheila Walsh

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