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Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

On 8/27 alisa wrote: This is a sweet story of one of five Princesses named Charity. In getting this book, I was thinking it would show more for little children what Charity means, but this didn’t quite do that. The activities are perfect for the age group of 4-8ish, and there are some reusable stickers that will be fun ... Overall cute but lacking depth

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3 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 6/9 alisa wrote: Overall, I felt this book was a good approach to helping children do things that are challenging. One of my favorite ideas, which we implement in our house, is having a “family type gospel time” where parents discuss Bible/scripture stories with their children and the principles we can learn from ... Overall great parenting read

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4 Stars

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The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book

On 4/2 alisa wrote: I often am looking for Christian “fun” books for my children to look at on Sundays. I found this one a good blend of telling the story along with fun activities. I found the story to follow along with the Bible very well. I liked that the stickers are reusable and there were even a couple of pages ... overall

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4 Stars

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Forever Mom

Forever Mom

On 2/12 alisa wrote: Overall, I didn’t seem to realize in requesting this book it was designated for “adoptive” moms and parents. Yet, I still found it to be very encouraging for moms of all kinds in the challenges and issues you face. I especially liked how the author addressed the challenges of after you bring your ... Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze review Forever Mom

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4 Stars

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Love Without End

Love Without End

On 1/2 alisa wrote: This story sounded promising and it was sweet, but something lacked in the character development and overall feeling for me. I am a romantic at heart, so I knew that the two main characters would be able to overcome the challenges of getting together, but when they did, I didn’t feel much. I’m not ... Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze Review Love Without End

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3 Stars

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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 11/12 alisa wrote: I found this story not quite as moving as I was originally thinking it was going to be. I really enjoyed different “quotes” from the Journal and I especially loved the different aspects of The River playing into different characters’ lives.  I liked how the author used the River as an analogy ... Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze Review Into the Canyon

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3 Stars

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 9/1 alisa wrote: Both my kids have always loved the story of Jonah and the big fish, which is why I chose this book. They were already familiar with the story, but this book was a fun read for them. I’m not sure all the pictures fit in with what we believe or what they imagine, but we especially loved the rhyming of ... Book review Jonah and the Great Big Fish-Booksneeze

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4 Stars

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The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

On 8/13 alisa wrote: I really enjoy reading cookbooks. Normally I base a review of a cookbook on how many recipes I would like to make or make and they taste awesome. This book is based on two ladies who start a Third Thursday potluck cooking group with people from all walks of life. Having participating in a monthly cooking ... Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson Review Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

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4 Stars

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Outcasts

Outcasts

On 5/29 alisa wrote: I was intrigued by the premise of the book Outcasts. I admit science-fiction/futuristic books are not really my choice of books, but this one showed some promise. I guess in requesting it, I didn’t realize it was a series, so I hadn’t read the first one. This posed somewhat problematic for the first ... Book Review Outcasts Thomas Nelson review/Booksneeze

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2 Stars

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Pups of the Spirit

Pups of the Spirit

On 3/10 alisa wrote: I am always on the lookout for cute, tender stories to read to my two little boys. They love anything with animals and this book didn’t disappoint. The rhyming and structure is perfect for little ones’ ears. The illustrations are fun and exciting, which is a must for little boys. I, as a mother, ... Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson Review Pups of the Spirit

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4 Stars

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The Sinners' Garden

The Sinners' Garden

On 2/17 alisa wrote: The title of this book intrigued me alone. I am always excited to see how titles “play” into books and this book was no different. That being said, this book wasn’t quite as good as I was expecting. I appreciated so much the power that God can have in our personal lives and the evidence that was ... overall good, but disjointed connections

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3 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 12/6 alisa wrote: I haven’t read much of Jane Austen, and I have tried to read Pride and Prejudice numerous times, but can’t get through it. This book, Dear. Mr. Knightley, is a play on Pride and Prejudice, and though I’m sure it can’t compare to the original, was very enjoyable. Call me a prude, but what I liked ... Overall good, but has a few flaws

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4 Stars

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The Christian Parenting Handbook

The Christian Parenting Handbook

On 11/5 alisa wrote: Overall, I felt this book was a little nugget of great ideas. Each little idea is just a few pages, which helped in reading it. If you just wanted to find one little nugget, you read a few pages. I was impressed at the all-reaching topics the author came up with. I found myself thinking, “yes, I need ... Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze Review The Christian Parenting Handbook

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4 Stars

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

The Christian Mama's Guide to Parenting a Toddler

On 4/23 alisa wrote: This was a fun book for getting fun ideas in how to deal with toddler-dom. I have a current two-year-old, and though he has an older sibling, this was helpful to me. Macpherson is humorous and “real” in her stories and situations, which I definitely appreciate. I especially liked the different lists ... Booksneeze Review The Christian Mama's Guide to parenting a toddler

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5 Stars

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The Great House of God

The Great House of God

On 3/20 alisa wrote: I really, really enjoyed this book. Comparing our relationship with God to a house that He has was a very concrete visual for me. I have always enjoyed Max Lucado books because in many ways he reminds me of C.S. Lewis. I appreciated many of his examples of how our Father loves us no matter what in His ... Thomas Nelson review-The Great House of God

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4 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 1/3 alisa wrote: I really enjoyed this book. I had not heard of Bryan Clay before this book but I admire how many times (and this may be true with many athletes) in not quitting during competition. I especially liked the times when he was in the very hardest parts of his competition and he “turned it over to God” ... Thomas Nelson review Redemption

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4 Stars

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The Encounter

The Encounter

On 5/8 alisa wrote: I was pleasantly surprised in reading The Encounter. I found it touching that Jonathan, the main character, is able to eventually understand and forgive his mother for having left him behind when he was four years old. I especially liked the ending of this book in that the author mentioned he wrote this ... Thomas Nelson Review, The Encounter

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4 Stars

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Love You More

Love You More

On 11/7 alisa wrote: I thoroughly enjoyed the book Love You More by Jennifer Grant. I have often wondered about families with adopted children in them. The first third of the book I enjoyed the most, especially when Grant shares her spiritual feelings and experiences about having children. I also especiallyappreciated that ... Love You More Thomas Nelson review

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4 Stars

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Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

On 8/1 alisa wrote: It took me a little while to get into this book, but overall I very much enjoyed it. The book starts with the premise of pain not being an enemy, but a help in our growth. I appreciated the specific "pains" divided into the chapters of injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure and death. ... Thomas Nelson Review-Finding Purpose Beyond our Pain

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3 Stars

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Obstacles Welcome

Obstacles Welcome

On 11/22 alisa wrote: I enjoyed this book. I was very impressed with how the author had come from such an interesting background, but had not let his “obstacles” stop him on the pathway to success.While reading this book, I automatically thought about my boss ironically, and any of the leaders in my life and what it takes ... Thomas Nelson review-Obstacles Welcome

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3 Stars

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Fearless

Fearless

On 9/8 alisa wrote: I have read several of Max Lucado’s books, mostly children’s, but I enjoyed this book. Today especially I needed to review how to be “Fearless” in my life. Lucado talks about so many fears we can have in our every day lives, fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of death, fear of disappointing ... Thomas Nelson Review-Fearless

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4 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 8/27 alisa wrote: I have to admit, I chose to read this book simply for its title. I have not read any books by Paula Rinehart before. Overall, interesting book, but I was disappointed in some aspects. I did like how she put “categories” of men, (fighter, protector, adventurer, builder, nurturer, reflective, and scientist) ... Thomas Nelson Review-What's He Really Thinking

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2 Stars

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I Believe Bunny

I Believe Bunny

On 7/14 alisa wrote: This is the first book I have chosen to review through my association with the Thomas Nelson blogger reviewers. I read it outloud to 11 month old Collin, and I think I enjoyed it more than he did. It is such a sweet story of how a little bunny can save the day. I appreciated the little bunny's "hard" ... Thomas Nelson review The I Believe Bunny

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5 Stars

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His Name is Jesus

His Name is Jesus

On 6/23 alisa wrote: I have read several “little kid” books by Max Lucado, and really enjoyed his parallels to real life situations along with Christian themes. I especially liked how in this book not only did he share different stories from the life of Jesus Christ, but also included beautiful photography and fonts ... Thomas Nelson review-His Name is Jesus

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4 Stars

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The Noticer

The Noticer

On 4/28 alisa wrote: I have never read any of Andy Andrews’ books before. I LOVED this book! I read quite a few books, but this book was simple and hit me right to the core.Jones introduces himself saying he is a noticer. He says, “I notice things that people overlook. And you know, most of them are in plain sight.” ... Thomas Nelson review-The Noticer

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5 Stars

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The Great Eight

The Great Eight

On 3/22 alisa wrote: About a month ago, I signed up to be a Thomas Nelson book reviewer. I read a ton of books, but I thought this was so cool that they would be willing to send you a free book to review on your blog.... so here is my review...I recently read The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton. I really enjoyed this book. ... Thomas Nelson publisher book review

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4 Stars

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