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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/24 Mary Rain wrote: A review of 20,000 Days...And Counting, a short book by Robert Smith. This book was designed to be read in under an hour, and as promised that is indeed how long it took me to read it. Perhaps you have noticed, as I have, that oftentimes in books that present helpful new ideas, everything the author ... Very Good!

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4 Stars

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 12/21 Mary Rain wrote: Darkness Rising By Lis Wiehl This was an interesting story, combining the surprising mysteries of demon possession, medical terrorism, psychotic medication, boarding school children, boarding school teachers, unexpected protectors, generations of secret holders and powerful motorcycles. All wrapped ... well written

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4 Stars

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The River

The River

On 9/17 Mary Rain wrote: This book was a wonderful surprise. I chose to read it first because of the cover. Yes, unfortunately I often do judge a book by a cover – or at least I choose a book based on the cover. This cover feels like an old leather journal, which is fantastically planned, because an old leather journal becomes ... Wow!

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5 Stars

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 8/22 Mary Rain wrote: Mondays with my old pastor: Sometimes all we need is a reminder from someone who has walked before us. By Jose Navajo This book is a comfort. It is beautifully written and it reminds the reader of what you probably already know and forgot. The story follows a burned out pastor who begins meeting with ... Very Good

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5 Stars

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House of Mercy

House of Mercy

On 8/2 Mary Rain wrote: OH MY GOODNESS!!! This book was SO GOOD! And yes, I am yelling some of the words in that previous sentence. The last few books I have reviewed were a little less excellent and I had begun to believe that perhaps books just weren’t all that good anymore. But then I was given a digital copy of this ... An Excellent Book

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5 Stars

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Behemoth

Behemoth

On 7/22 Mary Rain wrote: I was given a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest book review. I was attracted to this particular book because, well, because I judged the book by the cover. I love the artwork on the cover, and it seemed to promise me a high-action adventure. As I read the book, I was pleasantly surprised ... A pleasant tale

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3 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 6/11 Mary Rain wrote: Arms of Love, by Kelly Long This is a novel about love. Love in an Amish community during the war in pioneer times. It is a sweet tale and it contains many appealing layers of a well told tale. The characters are loveable folks who you end up feeling like you know. Even the man who causes a lot ... A nice story

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3 Stars

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

On 5/8 Mary Rain wrote: This novel reminds me a little bit of Twilight and a little bit of Frank Peretti…a blend of the two in a way. Except that those two story lines are easier to read than this one is. This is a novel written for teens, in a teen voice. Perhaps it is because the language of teen has changed over the ... It's alright

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1 Stars

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Swipe

Swipe

On 5/1 Mary Rain wrote: Swipe, by Evan Angler As soon as my daughter saw the name of the author of this book she said, "Is this a Christian novel?" I said, "Yeah, how'd you know?" She said, "Evangler." Hmm, clever, interesting, I thought. I wasn't sure if a clever name like that would be able to write a novel I would enjoy ... I recommend it

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5 Stars

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The 13th Tribe

The 13th Tribe

On 3/24 Mary Rain wrote: I’m not sure what I thought about this story. It was fast paced, certainly not boring or draggy, but it was quite violent. The hero was a nice strong, smart, sad man who had a wife and son. The wife is beautiful and a successful writer, the pair have a nice relationship. The son is a sweet child who ... Not Bad

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3 Stars

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The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

The Voice New Testament: Revised & Updated

On 3/7 Mary Rain wrote: I really enjoyed reading this book for review. Because it is a bible, it took a while to read, but also it is such a delight to read, complete like that. During my review process, my father died and I had to fly to his home to make arrangements for his memorial service etc, so I spent a lot of time ... Book Review: The Voice

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5 Stars

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 1/29 Mary Rain wrote: The EncounterBy Steve ArterburnThis novel is just the right length that I could read it even though I didn’t feel I had a lot of time available. I downloaded it last night around midnight, stayed up a few hours reading it and then finished it this morning before getting up to get ready for church. ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Healing Is a Choice

Healing Is a Choice

On 1/25 Mary Rain wrote: Healing Is a Choice10 Decisions that will transform your life and 10 lies that can prevent you from making them.By Steve ArterburnThis is a very good book that took me a long time to finish. The question is, “Do you WANT to be healed?” Because, believe it or not, some people do not really want ... Book Review:

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4 Stars

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The Book of Man

The Book of Man

On 10/22 Mary Rain wrote: Edited by William J. Bennett Very American, very male. This book could be very valuable for a home-schooled, adolescent, American boy. It is very thick: 546 pages of high quality paper in a well bound, 2 pound book. The pages are bound in that jagged style that tempts ones fingers to turn five pages ... Book Review: The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood.

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1 Stars

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 9/29 Mary Rain wrote: By Michael LeehanThis book was amazing. It is a recollection of the true story of the life of Michael Leehan. As a young adult, feeling abandoned by God and people, he turned to Satan for power and fulfillment. As his dedication to Satan intensified, he was given assignments to infiltrate the Christian ... Ascent From Darkness - Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Bone House

The Bone House

On 9/7 Mary Rain wrote: The Bone HouseBy Stephen LawheadThis is a well written story. It is book two of a series and if you want to read this book, I strongly suggest that you first read book one, which is called The Skin Map. The reason is, there is just so much that is carefully introduced to the reader in book one that ...

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4 Stars

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Water's Edge

Water's Edge

On 7/25 Mary Rain wrote: Wow, this was a novel I seriously could not put down. What first drew me to it was the beautiful, calm artwork on the cover, which prompted me to ask Booksneeze to send me a free copy of it to review. When the book arrived in the mail earlier this week, I could not wait to open it up. I read the first ... Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 7/3 Mary Rain wrote: Edited and with a Forward by Matt LewisI received a free copy of this book from Thomas Neilson Publishers in exchange for a promise from me to read the whole book and then write an honest review of it.Sarah Palin was in the 2008 US Presidential race as a candidate for vice-president. As a Canadian, ... The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words

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3 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/1 Mary Rain wrote: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee CrakerI received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. Lorilee writes with a friendly, unintimidating tone while she interviews the Amish to find out what their money secrets are. She has such ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 5/23 Mary Rain wrote: by Andy AndrewsI received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love books written by Andy Andrews. He is an uplifting kind of author. The last time I reviewed a book written by him it was too short and didn’t give enough…but this book was wonderful. It was just long enough, ... The Final Summit

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5 Stars

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Knitting Knee-Highs

Knitting Knee-Highs

On 5/6 Mary Rain wrote: Knitting Knee-Highs by Barb BrownI was given a free copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review and posting that review on my blog and on a web book store. I chose this book because I do like to knit and I also like to wear knee high socks. I have never attempted before to knit socks, ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Principle of the Path

The Principle of the Path

On 5/5 Mary Rain wrote: The Principle of the Path by Andy StanleyI received a free copy this book in exchange for writing an honest review that would be published on my blog and at the webpage of an online book retailer. This book is written by a pastor who has, in his work, repeatedly seen what can happen to a life if you ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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Same Life, New Story

Same Life, New Story

On 5/3 Mary Rain wrote: Same Life, New Story – by Jan SilviousIn exchange for a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers, I have been invited to write and submit a review for it. I received this book late last week and spent the weekend and yesterday reading it. I look forward to a time in the not-so-distant ... Book Review: Same Life, New Story

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5 Stars

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Heaven is for Real

Heaven is for Real

On 11/30 Mary Rain wrote: Heaven is For RealBy Todd Burpo with Lynn VincentFor a long time I looked forward to the arrival of this book to my home. I love modern stories from people who have experienced the next world in one way or another. It took a very long time for the book to arrive, but finally last week I had it in my ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids

On 10/11 Mary Rain wrote: Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for kidsBy Sarah YoungNo sooner did I receive this book in the mail than my 18 year old daughter eagerly grabbed it and began reading it. She wondered if the devotions would be useful to her in her volunteer work with children. To our pleasant surprise, we discovered a ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way

On 9/19 Mary Rain wrote: Your Money God’s WayOvercoming the 7 money myths that keep Christians BrokeBy Amie StreaterBy her own admission, the author writes with a “kick-in-the-pants” kind of style, freely admitting her own struggles regarding the handling of money. I find her tone extremely pleasant and easy to read. ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Mary Rain wrote: The Butterfly Effect How Your Life MattersBy Andy AndrewsIn this case, it feels to me as though my two hundred word book review might end up containing more words than the actual book I am reviewing.I was happy to review another book by Andy Andrews, happy to read more of his inspirational and uplifting ... Book Review

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2 Stars

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Saint Francis

Saint Francis

On 8/24 Mary Rain wrote: Saint Francis Christian Encounters SeriesBy Robert WestSupported by a long bibliography of background books which were written over the past eight hundred years, this new biography of St. Francis is both inspirational and informational. Mr. West has woven a well-written, engaging history lesson together ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go

On 7/22 Mary Rain wrote: Never Let You GoErin HealyThis book was a very good read. The author writes with a gentleness and awareness that is rare. She carefully reveals the secrets of the story bit by bit, at just the right time. What originally drew me to this particular story was the cover; I found the cover art intriguing. ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime

On 6/6 Mary Rain wrote: I found the book to be easy and enjoyable to read. The characters were simple and endearing, the storyline was pleasant and enjoyable and the writing style was engaging. It was a story I could not put down and I enjoyed reading it in all my spare time this weekend. It was a romantic story of love, ... A Sweet Story

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3 Stars

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Embracing Your Second Calling

Embracing Your Second Calling

On 5/20 Mary Rain wrote: Embracing Your Second CallingBy Dale Hanson BourkeThis is the kind of book that you want to read slowly and savour. There is a lot to be learned in this book and while I quickly read it for this book review, I kept thinking how nice it would be to study this book with a few other women who are also ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Plan B

Plan B

On 5/3 Mary Rain wrote: Plan BWhat Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?Pete WilsonThis book was a timely and enjoyable read. I appreciated the idea that calm acceptance is the best way to handle the various circumstances of our lives. This book focuses primarily on what we can do when life doesn’t ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Will the World End in 2012?

Will the World End in 2012?

On 4/15 Mary Rain wrote: Will the world end in 2012?by: Raymond C. Hundley, PH.D.I enjoyed this book. I read the whole thing in one long afternoon. A few weeks ago I watched the movie 2012 and enjoyed it, so when I saw this title among the books available for me to review I chose it right away. The author writes an engaging ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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The Gospel According to Lost

The Gospel According to Lost

On 4/5 Mary Rain wrote: The Gospel According to Lost by Chris SeayThis is a book that has taken me months to crack open. Once I received it in the mail I looked closely at it and judged the book by its "cover". The cover was beautiful, but the words written on the cover struck me instinctually as fluff. I felt the book was ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Green

Green

On 11/30 Mary Rain wrote: Greenby Ted DekkerWhile I admire Ted Dekker and his creative story telling skills, there is one detail that I find very distracting about this series: The obvious and overstated marketing. There is a specific pendant designed especially for this series that you can buy and proudly wear the symbol of ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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Find Your Strongest Life

Find Your Strongest Life

On 10/5 Mary Rain wrote: Find Your Strongest Lifeby Marcus BuckinghamThis was a very good book to read, it really helped me to view my life in a much more pro-active way than I had been viewing it before. Marcus Buckingham is a statistical expert, and his love of statistics translates into a worldview that is helpful and aware. ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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What Difference Do It Make?

What Difference Do It Make?

On 10/3 Mary Rain wrote: What difference do it make?By Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn VincentI appreciated this book even though I have not read the book that precedes it. There are homeless people who are homeless by choice, but this book is about homeless people who need a hand up. I really appreciate the part early in ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 Mary Rain wrote: Book ReviewMax LucadoFearless – Imagine Your Life Without FearThe focus of this book is fear…or rather, freedom from fear.With many examples and illustrations, Max Lucado demonstrates for us the inevitability of humans feeling fear and the harm it does a human to feel fear. Max Lucado uses his signature ...

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5 Stars

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Everyday Greatness

Everyday Greatness

On 8/18 Mary Rain wrote: Everyday Greatness, published by Readers Digest, edited by Stephen R Covey.This was a very good book. From beginning to end it was inspiring and liberating. It is a book of many authors and many sections. Each section teaches a different theme of admirable human character. Each section includes two ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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Between Wyomings

Between Wyomings

On 7/13 Mary Rain wrote: Between WyomingsBy Ken MansfieldThis is a very detailed record of a road trip taken by Ken and his wife Connie. They each had an iPod, (his black, hers green like her eyes) loaded with their own favourite music.If you dream about taking a road trip with your van and your life companion and some good ... Book Review

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2 Stars

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Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

On 5/24 Mary Rain wrote: Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to ReligionsJames A. Beverly850 pagesPublished by Thomas Nelson, 2009This book surprised me in a good way. I am interested in the world religions, and perhaps that is why I was able to read this whole book in one week, perhaps being bedridden with a bad cold helped me read ... Book Review

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5 Stars

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I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse

On 5/5 Mary Rain wrote: Title: I'll Make You an Offer You Can't RefuseAuthor: Michael FranzesePublisher: Thomas Nelson, 2009I found this book a little difficult to read. I chose to read it because I was intrigued by the idea of a former mobster giving moral business advice in a book. He is a good writer, and has a friendly, ... Book Review

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3 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/27 Mary Rain wrote: Title: The NoticerAuthor: Andy AndrewsPublisher: Thomas Nelson, 2009There is a theme in this story that fills a person with hope. Hope that our lives might still be salvaged into something beautiful. There is still time, because the most important part of our life has not yet been lived, or we would ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 3/20 Mary Rain wrote: The Great Eight By Scott Hamilton This is a good book. I started out reading it with a cynical eye. I wondered what motivated him to write this book. Do we just want to hear from him because of his fame? He felt a little preachy at times, and I assumed that he was only writing the book because of his ... Book Review

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3 Stars

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