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Call of A Coward

Call of A Coward

On 10/25 contrarymary wrote: As many of you know missions is my heartbeat.  I have gone on two trips to South America, and now God is giving me an opportunity to go to Mexico for Christmas this year.  I am so excited.   Every day just shows me more and more how much my desire is to be in South America.  Right ... My heartbeat

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5 Stars

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Grace

Grace

On 10/1 contrarymary wrote: Im back into full book review mode again.  I just love reading all the different books I get the opportunity to review.  I just finished Grace by Max Lucado.  I have a fairly high standard for rating books, so maybe people shouldn't always take my opinion too seriously, but this is another ... A book about Grace

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3 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/20 contrarymary wrote: I just finished reading The River by Michael Neale.  I was really excited to read this book, but in truth, it kind of let me down a bit.  If I was just reviewing this book as fiction, and not "Christian fiction," it would most likely get a better review.  As for the story line itself, ... Just not "Christian"

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3 Stars

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Twelve Unlikely Heroes

Twelve Unlikely Heroes

On 9/9 contrarymary wrote: I enjoy reading pretty much anything by John MacArthur, and Twelve Unlikely Heroes was no exception.  I admit, when I first picked it up, I expected it to be about the disciples, but it actually pulls characters out of what many call the "Hall of Faith," and showcase how they were heroic.  Some ... Twelve Unlikely Heroes

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5 Stars

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More Lost Than Found

More Lost Than Found

On 8/28 contrarymary wrote: More Lost Than Found by Jared Herd.  I picked up this book, not expecting much.  Most people my age are disgruntled with religion.  Even people in my circles don’t embrace their parents’ church or denomination.  We roll our eyes at certain subjects.  That also means there ... First Review in a long time...

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3 Stars

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Our Last Great Hope

Our Last Great Hope

On 9/30 contrarymary wrote: Life has become busy lately...busy and distracting, but more of that in another post. This post is finally a book review. After posting one or two a week for so long, I can't believe it took me this long to post again. It wasn't the book's fault. I accept full blame.I just finished Our Last Great Hope ... Last Great Hope

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3 Stars

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Fresh-Brewed Life

Fresh-Brewed Life

On 8/20 contrarymary wrote: My morning quiet time usually consists of my Bible, journal, whatever I'm reading at the time and a nice hot-ish cup of coffee. I curl up on our "new to us" couches and spend however long I have talking to God, reading his word, writing to Him and then reading whatever book I'm reading through. All the ... Coffee and a good book

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 7/31 contrarymary wrote: Adoption is something that I have always dreamed of doing some day. Since I was a little kid, I have thought about holding a baby that someone else was unable to care for. Part of this was inspired by my aunt who has adopted several kids, but it's also been sparked by seeing families who have brought ... Love You More

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3 Stars

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Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

On 7/20 contrarymary wrote: This week I read Don't Check Your Brains at the Door by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler. This book is geared toward youth, so I tried to put my brain back into those channels. The book is very attractively set up. Which is pretty important for teen readers...If it doesn't look interesting, they aren't ... Good read for teens

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3 Stars

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Rumors of God

Rumors of God

On 7/13 contrarymary wrote: This week, i was privileged to read Rumors of God Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson. These men have been friends since growing up together in Austrailia and are now both working in churches in the states. I will put a slight disclaimer on this book. I don't agree with absolutely everything in this book ... Great Book!

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5 Stars

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Why God Won't Go Away

Why God Won't Go Away

On 7/5 contrarymary wrote: When I first sat down to read this book, I thought, "What am i thinking?!?! This is like one of those books I was forced to read in college, and here I am reading it...by choice." As I continued to read, I found the book well written and very relevant to our generation. The book discusses the weaknesses ... Respectfully Written

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5 Stars

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God's Love Letters to You

God's Love Letters to You

On 6/20 contrarymary wrote: Today I got God's Love Letters To You by Larry Crabb in the mail. Tonight I'm reviewing it. Why such a fast turn around? Because it was THAT amazing. I loved it. This book got five stars. While I was reading I would stop and just make my roommate listen to a paragraph, a passage, or a page that I loved. ... Real Love

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5 Stars

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It's Not About Me

It's Not About Me

On 6/15 contrarymary wrote: I read It's Not About Me by Max Lucado, and I was really excited about it because in a world where its all about "self-esteem" and making yourself feel good, this book got it! Its not about me, its about God. Of course I LOVE Lucado's writing style and ability to say what he means without beating around ... This one got it!

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5 Stars

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 6/8 contrarymary wrote: This book looked perfect. The premise really kind of outlines where I am in life. One of those times when you feel like the universal remote of life has been used to push pause. When you aren't sure where you're going or how to get there, and you're just stuck waiting. When I first read this book, I ... The Waiting Place........hmmmm

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4 Stars

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The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal

On 5/25 contrarymary wrote: The Seraph Seal took me on a journey similar to what I would imagine to be The DaVinci Code, though I have never read it. The general idea is that a predestined group struggles to break the code of an early new testament manuscript before the predestined "evil" group does the same. It is fortunate ... It's ok...for fiction

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3 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/4 contrarymary wrote: COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I read Nick Of Time by Tim Downs. I say read, but I actually mean devoured. It was so great! The story was engaging. The characters were realistic and well developed. Downs took risks with his characters, but he was consistent with them. And the best part........I have never read ... Loved it!!

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5 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 contrarymary wrote: I recently just finished reading Max on Life. I love anything written by Max Lucado, so this book seemed like a no brainer. This book was inspired by all the questions the author receives in his office every day. One thing I liked was that the questions were not rephrased or sugar coated. Neither were ... Max On Life

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5 Stars

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Take Action Bible, NKJV

Take Action Bible, NKJV

On 4/18 contrarymary wrote: This is my first Bible review. I'm kind of a Bible collecter. I have big ones, little ones, leather, hardcover, paperback, ESV, KJV, NKJV. Actually, this is my first NKJV. I sometimes look it up online to compare and study, but now, I simply have to go to my bookshelf. It's not my favorite translation, ... Wonderful Features

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4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 contrarymary wrote: After reading The Final Summit by Andy Andrews, it seemed to me that this book was confused as to whether it was a novel or a nonfiction, Christian, inspirational volume. I did find the history fascinating, with characters like Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, Joan of Arc, and a little known story about ... The final summit...eh

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2 Stars

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Verde

Verde

On 4/9 contrarymary wrote: Soy solo un estudiante de espanol y queria leer este libro para mejorar mi fluencia con la lengua. No es un lectura demasiado facil, pero no es demasiado dificil. Disfruto mi tiempo con este libro. El autor escribe en una manera que pude usar el contexto para entender lo que estaba pasando en el libro. ... Como Un Estudiante

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4 Stars

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 2/25 contrarymary wrote: I recently received and read Curiosities of the Civil War by Webb Garrison. The first thing to draw me to the book was the extremely attractive cover. Even those who don't enjoy reading about history have to admit that this book was designed very well. As I’m someone who has dabbled somewhat in design, ... A great gift for your historian

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4 Stars

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