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Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

On 5/12 Joe_JP wrote: Hi again. BookLook Bloggers provided this volume free in return for a review. This book is written by the mother whose teenage daughter was murdered by the daughter's teenage boyfriend. Nancy French, a co-writer of various conservative leaning books, helped. We hear the voice of the middle aged ... Forgiving My Daughter's Killer

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4 Stars

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Feisty & Feminine

Feisty & Feminine

On 5/3 Joe_JP wrote: Hi again. BookLook Bloggers provided this volume free in return for a review. Let me be honest here. This book is not really a match to my ideological position. But, that is fine -- it's useful to read other points of view. Still, the audience of this book is not me. It basically is for conservative ... Feisty and Feminine : A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women

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3 Stars

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 4/19 Joe_JP wrote: Hi again. BookLook Bloggers provided this volume free in return for a review. So, I received it before the official release date.The book starts with the last moments of Allie's decade long imprisonment for killing someone who we soon know was a in her mind a travesty of justice. She comes back to try ... Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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3 Stars

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Code 13

Code 13

On 4/5 Joe_JP wrote: Hi again. BookLook Bloggers provided this volume (of "The Navy JAG Series") free in return for a review.  As last time, others might be in better stead to review this if they didn't come into this cold. OTOH, there is something to be said to a reader who is coming at this as a stand alone novel.This ... Code 13

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2 Stars

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Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

On 3/26 Joe_JP wrote: Hi again. BookLook Bloggers provided this volume (subtitle: "My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse," I'm using the capitalization found on the cover here) free in return for a review.  They specialized in Christian books, including Zondervan publishing. This book is by an author who ... black and white bible, black and blue white

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4 Stars

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I Said Yes

I Said Yes

On 3/15 Joe_JP wrote: Hi again.  BookLook Bloggers provided this volume free in return for a review. Here you go.I'm not a fan of the Bachelor or Bachelorette ... at least did not watch either show ... but admit to finding the concept somewhat intriguing.  The mindset of someone who would go on such a show and ... I Said Yes

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3 Stars

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The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate

On 3/8 Joe_JP wrote: I have not reviewed something for a while but by chance saw a reference to Book Look and decided to return to the fold.  To move to a new book, I first have to handle this one.  The book was provided to me free and in return am obligated merely to provide my opinion.  It is my own alone.Okay.  ... The Garden Gate

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3 Stars

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Heaven and Hell: Are They Real?

Heaven and Hell: Are They Real?

On 4/4 Joe_JP wrote: Other than a word somewhat more distaste, "hell" is a ready-made curse word with a variety of uses. As noted by this book, perhaps overused. Its use as a generic curse word leads us to lose a full understanding and respect of what we mean by this term. And, it's opposite number -- heaven.The book is ... Heaven and Hell: Are They Real?

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3 Stars

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Firstborn: A Novel

Firstborn: A Novel

On 3/11 Joe_JP wrote: This is an intriguing fantasy that has something to say about gender dynamics. Tiadone, the narrator (in first person present tense -- we are told things as they are happening), is a girl raised as a boy. Why? Well, a first born (thus the title)  girl would have been killed.  This is unfortunately ... First Born

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3 Stars

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No Cape Required: A Devotional

No Cape Required: A Devotional

On 2/14 Joe_JP wrote: The Bible is filled with stories that provide lessons for our daily lives. Jesus particularly saw the value of using stories, parables, to promote a lesson.  It is helpful and often fun way to educate. A primary way this is done are sagas of various "heroes" from Abraham to David and beyond.  ... No Cape Required - A Devotional : 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero

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3 Stars

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Running Lean

Running Lean

On 1/25 Joe_JP wrote: 1) A term referring to a deficiency of fuel in the fuel-to-air ratio of an internal combustion engine. (2) A physical condition where not enough caloric fuel is present for optimal performance of the body. (3) A spiritual condition in which a believer relies on his own strengths.The title of this first ... Running Lean

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3 Stars

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Once-A-Day Country Faith

Once-A-Day Country Faith

On 12/15 Joe_JP wrote: I obtained this book free from Book Sneeze in return for providing a review.Was overall impressed with this book. It is in effect a bible quotation book that does what the title says -- provide reflections from fifty-six leading country music stars on their favorite biblical quote. The basic format: ... Once-a-Day Country Faith Devotional

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4 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 12/5 Joe_JP wrote: Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey noted that a novel is "some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen ... Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel

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3 Stars

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 10/29 Joe_JP wrote: Matt Damon recently starred in a movie called "Promised Land" in which he played someone whose job it is to get people to agree to sell the rights of their land so his firm can use it for fracking (hydraulic fracturing, or a process where highly pressurized water, sand, and chemicals are are injected ... Sweet Olive

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3 Stars

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NIV College Devotional Bible

NIV College Devotional Bible

On 9/9 Joe_JP wrote: I first read the Bible some time ago and it has charm straight. But, the full experience requires commentary, background and contemplation. The reader, Christian or not, is well advised to take each into consideration, if they wish to truly understand and enjoy the benefits of the book -- yes, it is ... NIV College Devotional Bible

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3 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 8/13 Joe_JP wrote: Ian Cron in this memoir shares his experiences growing up with an alcoholic father who is emotionally absent from his family, and physically absent for months at a time because of his work with the CIA.Cron slips back and forth between the present and the past, telling us his both his father’s story ... Book Review: Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts

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3 Stars

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Lead Me Home

Lead Me Home

On 7/28 Joe_JP wrote: I am not familiar with Stacy Hawkins Adams works or the "Winds of Change" series, but the plot of the book looked intriguing, so took a chance.  One thing that made me check it out was the main character's concern that her role as pastor's wife and mom of some boys was not enough for her, particularly ... Lead Me Home

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3 Stars

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When Donkeys Talk

When Donkeys Talk

On 6/17 Joe_JP wrote: Writer and musician Tyler Blanski takes the reader on a journey to discover what Scripture is tells us.  Is Scripture and Christianity just a collection of nice stories we break out on religious holidays or pithy sayings for bumper sticker or a Christian t-shirt with no real thought or care as to ... When Donkeys Talk A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity

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3 Stars

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Raise Him Up

Raise Him Up

On 4/25 Joe_JP wrote: Being a parent is always at least somewhat difficult, but for various reasons, it is often particularly so when you are a single parent. And, there is a special burden when you are not only a single parent, but also single and a black mother. It is therefore that much more remarkable that so many children ... Uplifting

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3 Stars

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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant

On 2/1 Joe_JP wrote: The reference to a parable is appropriate, since this book uses a similar approach: a story of a monk and merchant taking place in the Renaissance is used to provide lessons, the reader informed while being entertained by a good story. The book provides the parable and then a "study guide" that provides ... Entertaining and morally satisfying

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3 Stars

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Sisters in Faith Bible, King James Version

Sisters in Faith Bible, King James Version

On 1/10 Joe_JP wrote: One thing that I look at in getting bibles is the look. I know the content is key here, but it's nice to have a good looking bible, like the big family bible from my childhood. This is an attractive looking copy with a colorful cover, easy to read text and so forth. You can put it on the top of the ... Beautiful Looking and Good Overall

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4 Stars

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Wisdom Meets Passion

Wisdom Meets Passion

On 12/24 Joe_JP wrote: This book is written by a father/son team. Its purpose is to explain the difference between Generation X & Y’s career goals and work ethics and how the wisdom of the older can be partnered with the passion of the younger to create change in the world while earning a profit. It is helpful in that ... Good read

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3 Stars

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Surfing for God

Surfing for God

On 11/28 Joe_JP wrote: Still, either way, it is interesting and helpful to understand what draws a person to this sort of thing, both mildly or in more obsessive levels. This book offers an explaination with personal experiences and a biblical approach to our society's at times obession ot pornography. In effect, it is a cheap ... Bit Much But Interesting

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4 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 10/21 Joe_JP wrote: This book is by someone with decades of experience with dealing with teens, in close contact, and is realistic: the philosophy is that the truth of the matter is not enough. You can be in the right, but if you don't approach and relate to the teens in the right way, you can fail. This is upsetting ... Good Advice For Parents

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3 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 10/8 Joe_JP wrote: The book adds historical and cultural backgrounds, which is helpful, since some biblical accounts (consider Onesimus, the subject of a short Pauline epistle) are relatively brief though we can imagine they are often written down only after oral traditions with much more detail and discussion was provided ... Thought Provoking

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4 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

On 9/17 Joe_JP wrote: This makes it perfectly logical to use it as the basis of a set of "little lessons" and I actually remember my religion teacher once back in the day referencing that he played the movie sometimes for its lessons. The movie has an angel in it and all, but like it isn't overly religious about things, ... Good But Bit Repetitive

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3 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 8/25 Joe_JP wrote: Their importance as Christians are fairly easy to see in many cases, including some like Carver and Buckley -- known for other largely non-religious reasons -- who were guided by their Christian faith. Jane Austen might not be someone you think of as a Christian figure at first blush, but the daughter ... Good Mini-Bios

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3 Stars

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Jackson

Jackson

On 8/8 Joe_JP wrote: This is part of a collection that provides short (around 200 pages) biographies of major U.S. generals. This volume has about twenty pages of notes and three or so pages (of some type) listing source material. I am not an expert in the field, but this sort of thing is reassuring. The book does not ... Enjoyable basic bio

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3 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 7/5 Joe_JP wrote: I chose the book because of an interest in American history and how people interpret its meaning. The book uses an expansive look at the Founding of the U.S. to provide a warning to the problems of today. The problems can be summarized as the lack of religious spirit, the lack of patriotism taught in ... Disappointing except as advocacy

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2 Stars

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All Pro Dad

All Pro Dad

On 5/14 Joe_JP wrote: This book is by a former football player who founded "Family First," which has a mission "to strengthen the family by establishing family as a top priority in people's lives and by promoting principles for building marriages and raising children." [website] The stresses of sports, including for fans, ... Good Advice for Dads

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3 Stars

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1,000 Days

1,000 Days

On 4/30 Joe_JP wrote: The title of this book brings to mind JFK or the second wife of Henry VIII, both who made a special mark for a thousand days and were remembered for quite longer than that. This book is about someone who also shined for a brief moment -- the title refers to the days of his public ministry (a matter ... Average. Nothing special

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3 Stars

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Here's Lily

Here's Lily

On 4/16 Joe_JP wrote: I received this book free pursuant to Book Sneeze in return for a review. This is a pleasant book for young teens, perhaps, regarding the trials and tribulations of six grader Lily. It is part of the "young women of faith" series, though it is not "faith" heavy or anything. Many books, including those ... Pleasant Read For Young Readers

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3 Stars

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A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

On 4/8 Joe_JP wrote: I received this book free from Book Sneeze pursuant to publishing a review. The author has a PH.D in philosophy but also has an engineering background, so the purpose of this book is to argue that believing in God is rational from the point of view of a scientific mind. It tends to be problematic to ... Down to Earth But Not Convincing

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2 Stars

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The Founders' Key

The Founders' Key

On 3/23 Joe_JP wrote: The book interested me because it is advertised as an explanation about how the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are connected but "progressives" today do not realize this fact. This is misguided and threatens our liberty. This not being my understanding -- see, e.g., A New Birth of Freedom ... Conclusion Suspect, Journey Worthwhile

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3 Stars

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Eat Your Peas, Faithfully

Eat Your Peas, Faithfully

On 3/9 Joe_JP wrote: This is a cute little book, the cover will draw you in and the inspirational words and Bible quotes will keep you reading. It wont take long to read, or you can read a page a day to make it last. This would make a great gift for a good friend who is having a hard time. I could see a good friend of mine ... This is a cute little book

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3 Stars

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Finding Our Way Again

Finding Our Way Again

On 3/11 Joe_JP wrote: Some disagree with some of his interpretations. That's not really a reason not to read the book. Challenging beliefs is a good thing. To be honest, the book did not really keep my interest. I will give it "three stars" for a good attempt, but I'm getting the idea that I don't really appreciate the style ... Worthwhile

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3 Stars

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The Sacred Meal

The Sacred Meal

On 2/21 Joe_JP wrote: The book is one by Nora Gallagher and "the sacred meal" is also known as Holy Communion. She is well qualified to write such an account given her training in the ministry (though she never finished the Episcopal ordination process, subject of a separate account), experience as a lay server and general ... Incomplete Account

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2 Stars

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The Jesus Inquest

The Jesus Inquest

On 2/10 Joe_JP wrote: The first book was The Jesus Inquest: The Case For and Against the Resurrection of the Christ by Charles Foster. The book is an attempt to provide both sides of the case though the author himself is a Christian barrister, if not a professional theologian. He is upfront about possible bias but notes that ... Interesting and Very Readable But Bit Too Biased

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3 Stars

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