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Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

On 1/15 RexyMama wrote: April Grace is back! This is the third installment of April Grace, and the third one I have read and reviewed. As a fully-grown woman, I can't believe what passes for "reading material" for young women today. I have a hard time believing that young women can connect with the vapid characters, sorry plot ... Chocolate-Covered Baloney: Confessions of April Grace

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5 Stars

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Tough Guys and Drama Queens

Tough Guys and Drama Queens

On 11/6 RexyMama wrote: Thank goodness we haven't yet reached the "tough guys" and "drama queens" stage yet. From observation, however, it appears to be affecting kids at younger ages -- and parents I know are struggling. This month I read Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston, to see what strategies I could pick up. The ... Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston

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5 Stars

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The MoneySmart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System

On 9/19 RexyMama wrote: Money is a sensitive subject in a lot of families, particularly as the economy continues to falter. Besides paying bills and managing the budget, it's important to consider what lessons we are passing along to our children about money (and what we *should* be passing along as well). I never received ... The MoneySmart Family System by Steve Economides and Annette Economides

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4 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 7/24 RexyMama wrote: When I am running, my brain usually goes into one of two modes: completely focused on my breathing and cadence *or* processing through the things I haven't had time to think about. Either way, I usually feel pretty good when the run is over. Refreshed, ready to start anew. That's also how I felt ... Mondays with My Old Pastor by José Navajo

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5 Stars

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All Pro Dad

All Pro Dad

On 6/4 RexyMama wrote: Just in time for Father's Day, I've recently read All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill (ISBN 978-1-5955-5507-6). There are a lot of parenting books out there, and this one is targeted at fathers. In our family, we were both raised by single mothers, so proper "fatherhood" has always seemed like a mystery. I've ... All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill

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5 Stars

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

On 5/22 RexyMama wrote: My reading has been relegated to the back burner this days, but not because I've been neglecting my free time. I've been running (a lot) in preparation for my second race of the year, and longest ever (a 10k). But the rain has kept me inside (and allowed me a bit of recovery time), so I am hitting ... The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee

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4 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 1/11 RexyMama wrote: The new year is upon us, and with it comes the requisite resolutions...lose weight, get out of debt, get home in time for dinner? I'm still pondering my resolution for the new year, because I've actually done a decent job following through on my resolutions for the past two years, and I take self-improvement ... Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn

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4 Stars

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Nearing Home

Nearing Home

On 11/27 RexyMama wrote: Billy Graham has been a fixture since before I can remember, and is (as he acknowledges) getting "up there" in years. In his new book Nearing Home, he writes extensively on this subject. I expected the topic to be a bit depressing (most people do not like thinking about end-of-earthly-life issues), ... Nearing Home by Billy Graham

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4 Stars

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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

On 11/22 RexyMama wrote: April Grace is back. It's been a few months since I read the KD McCrite's first book about this loveable heroine, and I was excited to see what April Grace would be up to this time around. She is getting older (entering junior high), dealing with dramatic neighbor Isabel St. James (not my favorite ... Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks by KD McCrite

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5 Stars

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Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

On 11/7 RexyMama wrote: We have spent the past 10 days recovering from the freak pre-Halloween snow (and its aftermath). We were fortunate to only lose power on the day of the storm, but did not get our internet and cable back for 8 days. (Obviously not as big a deal as the people who are *still* without power, but it makes ... Just in Case You Ever Wonder

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3 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Loving Me

Thank You, God, For Loving Me

On 10/4 RexyMama wrote: This is the second children's book by Max Lucado that I have read in recent weeks. Hermie is back in this book, Thank You, God, for Loving Me. This board book will teach young children about all of the ways that God loves them. The book is nice...I always appreciate board books for reading to young ... Thank You, God, for Loving Me by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Night Night Blessings

Night Night Blessings

On 9/27 RexyMama wrote: My favorite part of Night Night Blessings by Amy Parker is certainly the illustration. The pictures appear to be paintings, wonderful images of the young child and pets, toys, and daily life. The book is a board book with an almost-padded cover. It is easy to handle and read aloud to a small child. The ... Night Night Blessings by Amy Parker

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5 Stars

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Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

On 9/13 RexyMama wrote: Amazingly enough, we have not read any of the previous adventures of Hermie and Wormie, though I was aware of the characters from author Max Lucado. In the newest book, Hermie: A Common Caterpillar, the characters are concerned because they are so "common". They come to see that God has a special plan ... Hermie a Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 9/6 RexyMama wrote: One hundred days is a long time to focus on something. I can't imagine doing much of anything for 100 consecutive days. But Your 100 Day Prayer by John Snyder is about exactly what it seems -- 100 days of prayer. Of course, not just any prayer, but focused, intentional prayer. The subtitle of the ... Your 100 Day Prayer by John Snyder

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5 Stars

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Gabby, God's Little Angel

Gabby, God's Little Angel

On 8/30 RexyMama wrote: I really wanted to like this new book by Sheila Walsh, as it is the first in a series of books about guardian angel "Gabby" and seemed perfect for young girls. Gabby is a cute young angel, obviously still in training, a bit clumsy, but seemingly adored by the other angels. The artwork is very beautiful, ... Gabby, God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh

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4 Stars

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100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs

On 8/23 RexyMama wrote: School isn't in session yet here (I can't get used to the fact they don't start til after Labor Day), so I've had plenty of kids around to share this latest book and CD set. 100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs includes 2 CD's. I found this convenient, as one CD instantly went into the car, and the other ... 100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs by Steven Elkins

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5 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 8/16 RexyMama wrote: The word *hope* has been thrown around a lot over the past few years, and it seems to me that it may have lost some of its meaning. When the *hope* that people think they are getting turns to dismay, disappointment, and disillusionment, it may be a wake-up call that the focus is not on the Messiah. Ronnie ... Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission by Ronnie Floyd

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 8/10 RexyMama wrote: As summer wears on (heat! humidity!) I find myself reading a little less. Not that I don't enjoy reading, but there's just too much to do outside. The garden is bursting at the seams (today's bumper harvest of cucumbers and tomatoes has already been divided between our house, a neighbor, and a box ... Love You More by Jennifer Grant

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5 Stars

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 7/19 RexyMama wrote: A lot of what we are exposed to these days seems as if we either *have* or are *expected to* check our brains at the door. The evening "news" broadcasts are filled with un-newsworthy clips, tv shows and movies have been dumbed down, and live's moments (whether earth-shattering or mundane) have been ... Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

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4 Stars

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It Couldn't Just Happen

It Couldn't Just Happen

On 7/13 RexyMama wrote: For anyone who has attended public schools, or visited a natural history museum, and tried to reconcile the things they have seen and heard with what they have been taught at Sunday school and in Bible studies, this book is for you. I remember about 5 years ago taking my devoutly-religious homeschooled ... It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards

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4 Stars

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Be the People

Be the People

On 6/27 RexyMama wrote: Tthe joys of summer are upon us...tending to a thriving veggie garden (and a garter snake who seems to enjoy it as well), tutoring students for finals, and planning our summer vacation. It so happens that a couple of weeks ago I was invited to a high school graduation for a student I have been tutoring ... Be The People by Carol Swain

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5 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 5/24 RexyMama wrote: You have to check out the full title of this book, Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving, to see the "secrets" this book shares. It's tough to imagine anyone in America who wasn't affected by the past few years of economic downturn. The Amish, however, ... Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

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5 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/2 RexyMama wrote: I like watching "Bones" on TV (gross bits and all) and thought this book would be interesting, since the main character is a forensic entomologist. I did not know there were other books about the "Bug Man," but that didn't really detract from the overall experience. Nick the entomologist is getting ... Nick of Time by Tim Downs

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4 Stars

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In Front of God and Everybody

In Front of God and Everybody

On 4/19 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 1400317223April Grace is 11 years old, the year is 1986, and the summer brings a lot of changes to her neck of the woods (aka the Ozarks). As the story follows her through five weeks of the summer, we meet her new neighbors (Californians getting "back to their roots" after losing their home), her ... In Front of God and Everybody (The Confessions of April Grace) by KD McCrite

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 9780849948121Max Lucado is a prolific writer, though I have only read a handful of his books (both his adult's and children's books). While many books focus on one topic, this book is a collection of questions the author has received. The topic is broad--Life.Some of the topics are rather philosophical, ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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4 Stars

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Part-Time Vegan

Part-Time Vegan

On 4/12 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 978-1-4405-1226-1I am most certainly a part-time vegan (mostly for health and taste concerns), and have been working on getting my family to at least "part-time" vegan status for their health (and, importantly, my grocery bill). I often succeed in swapping out meats with beans (love black bean ... The Part-Time Vegan by Cherise Grifoni

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 978-0-7852-3120-2The protagonist, David Ponder, was a Traveler earlier in his life, someone selected to travel to various moments in time, meet famous people, and receive important information known as the Seven Decisions. (This story was told in the author's earlier "The Traveler's Gift", which ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

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4 Stars

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Unsinkable

Unsinkable

On 4/5 RexyMama wrote: by Abby Sunderland and Lynn VincentISBN 9781400203086I remembered the captivating story of teenage Abby Sunderland, who became stranded while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. While I can hardly imagine trying something like that myself (or surviving while any of my loved ones made the same journey), ... Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas

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4 Stars

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Time With God For Mothers

Time With God For Mothers

On 3/27 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 978-1-4041-8951-5Time with God for Mothers by Jack Countryman is a petite hardback devotional.  Measuring about 4x6 inches, the book can easily be held (and snuggled) while reading.Each devotion is on its own page, complete with relevant Bible verse and several complementary sentences.  ... Time with God for Mothers by Jack Countryman

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4 Stars

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Thank You, God, For Mommy

Thank You, God, For Mommy

On 3/15 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 978-1-4003-1707-3 Thank You, God, for Mommy is a cute boardbook with "padded" outer cover, perfect for young hands to hold.  The inner pages are filled with cute prose about all the ways Mommies are God's gift to their young.The cute panda bear Mommy and Baby are seen in different scenes...staying ... Thank You, God, for Mommy

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5 Stars

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/7 RexyMama wrote: We Be Big: The Mostly True Story of How Two Kids from Calhoun County, Alabama, Became Rick and BubbaISBN 1401604005I had never heard of Rick and Bubba or their show, as I don't normally listen to the radio.  I still found this book entertaining and moving.  The book alternates chapters (one ... We Be Big by Rick Burgess & Bill Bussey

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5 Stars

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Regret Free Parenting

Regret Free Parenting

On 2/28 RexyMama wrote: by Catherine Hickem, LCSWISBN 978-1-595505323-2This book is designed for mothers of faith, those who are seeking to raise children, feel confident about how she raises her children, and (hopefully) live without regrets. Motherhood seems like one of those things you get one shot to "get it right," so ... Regret-Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing it Right

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5 Stars

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Pujols

Pujols

On 2/8 RexyMama wrote: ISBN 1595552243"Faith & Baseball (In That Order)"I am a baseball fan for the sake of baseball, not too interested in the big names (or salaries) that so often accompany winning teams. I have attended more baseball games than I can count, and as it turns out, probably watched my brother play baseball ... Pujols: More Than the Game

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4 Stars

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