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The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

On 7/18 upstatealicat wrote: I've loved the Robertson family (and "Duck Dynasty") since they first hit the scene. For a time, I lived in the town they live in. So I was eager to read Jep and Jessica Robertson's story. Jep calls it their love letter to us, as fans and followers of their lives. Without giving too much of the book ... Love Letter

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Mama Maggie

Mama Maggie

On 5/10 upstatealicat wrote: Mama Maggie is Maggie Gobran; founder of Stephen’s Children and the Egyptian Mother Teresa. Maggie was born into a wealthy family. From a young age, she had a heart for the ‘zabaleen’ (the ‘garbage people’). The zabaleen were the inhabitants of the garbage villages outside of Cairo. Maggie ... A Story of Selflessness

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Loved Back to Life

Loved Back to Life

On 3/18 upstatealicat wrote: As a young teenager, I suffered from depression. I didn't tell anyone or get treatment/medication for a long time because it was not an issue that the Church (as a whole) really wants to deal with. Many feel that the way we present ourselves to others is supposed to be nothing less than joy. For many ... For All Christians To Read

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Never Ever Give Up

Never Ever Give Up

On 2/8 upstatealicat wrote: The cover says it all: "the inspiring story of Jessie and her JoyJars". At age 11, Jessie Rees was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor that was also incurable. The cancer is called DIPG; diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Jessie was an active child. After being diagnosed and preparing to undergo radiation, ... Never Ever Give Up

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 1/9 upstatealicat wrote: Dietrich Bonhoffer is a name that my Pastor has mentioned often, using his words to coincide with his sermon topics. As a result, I was curious about the man that my Pastor has so much respect for. Dietrich Bonhoffer was an incredible man. He was part of a large, Christian family. From a young age, ... A Story Worth Reading

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Thrive Student Edition

Thrive Student Edition

On 10/7 upstatealicat wrote: I love "Casting Crowns", so I figured I would love the book. THRIVE is written by Mark Hall, the lead male vocalist of "Casting Crowns." This book is about digging deep and reaching out; two of the sides of faith. THRIVE is split into two parts. The first half contains chapters on how we dig deeper ... THRIVE: STUDENT EDITION

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Plain Faith

Plain Faith

On 9/6 upstatealicat wrote: This book is very insightful. As a teenager, my family took yearly trips to the Amish country in Lancaster, PA. We learned all about their culture, their religion, and their way of life. Deeply religious, the Amish generally believe that works are what get one into Heaven. In this book, the story follows ... Amazing story!

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Framing Faith

Framing Faith

On 8/11 upstatealicat wrote: I love anything having to do with pictures; taking them, editing them, looking at the work of others who have captured a picture from behind a lens.  When I saw this book, I wanted to review it simply for the fact that it’s a book written by an amazing photojournalist. I was NOT disappointed.  The ... Framing Faith: From Camera to Pen, An Award-Winning Photojournalist Captures God in a Hurried World” by Matt Knisely

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The Case for Faith Student Edition

The Case for Faith Student Edition

On 6/25 upstatealicat wrote: I wasn't entirely sure what this book would be about, other than it being about faith. While this book is only 100 pages or so, the messages in the book are clear cut and to the point. Lee Strobel, a former athiest, became a Christian after his wife accepted Christ. He divided this book into six "objections"; ... The Case for Faith: Student Edition

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Fly a Little Higher

Fly a Little Higher

On 6/13 upstatealicat wrote: I imagine that if I mentioned the name “Zach Sobiech”, many of you wouldn’t recognize the name. But I’ll dare to bet that if I mentioned the song “Clouds”, many of you would know the song. This book was written by Laura Sobiech, mother of “Clouds” author/singer Zach. “Clouds” hit ... FIVE STARS

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No More Dragons

No More Dragons

On 5/22 upstatealicat wrote: I received this book through BookSneeze, to read and write a blog. I enjoyed this book. Jim Burgen is the lead pastor of Flatirons Community Church in Colorado. In “No More Dragons”, Pastor Burgen talks about how we become monsters. Dragons. “Becoming a dragon is a dangerous, subtle process. It ... No More Dragons

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Twirl

Twirl

On 4/19 upstatealicat wrote: When you were a child, did you love to twirl around in a circle with your hands stretched out, until you got dizzy? Did you fall to the ground in laughter? Do you miss those care-free days? As adults, we live lives of chaos and we have full schedules all the time. We tend to try to fit God in where there ... Twirl: A Fresh Look At Life

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The Storm Inside

The Storm Inside

On 3/29 upstatealicat wrote: I requested this book primarily because I've never read anything by Sheila Walsh, and because the title intrigued me. This book is geared towards women, as Sheila Walsh has been a featured speaker with 'Women of Faith". This book deals with issues that women face on a daily basis, and each chapter is ... Chaos For Truth

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The Reason for My Hope

The Reason for My Hope

On 3/12 upstatealicat wrote: I have never read anything that Billy Graham has written, before reading this book. I had watched his television special before starting this book, as well. Rev. Graham's book covers an array of topics. The chapters in this book include: -Rescued for Something *We are rescued from something, but also ... The Reason for My Hope

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4 Stars

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

On 10/16 upstatealicat wrote: "I think that I God forgives us, we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him." -C.S. Lewis I chose to read this book, written by Christian singer Matthew West, because forgiveness is something I still struggle with, at times. There are times ... Forgiveness

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You'll Get Through This

You'll Get Through This

On 9/21 upstatealicat wrote: Once again, I chose to read a Max Lucado book. Is ANYONE surprised? I love the way Max Lucado combines Biblical references with modern day stories, and his writing style always grabs my attention. I just can't help but gravitate towards his books... In this book, Max Lucado's subject of reference is ... Max Lucado does it again!

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Undaunted

Undaunted

On 8/14 upstatealicat wrote: "Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do" by Christine Caine has been my favorite Christine Caine book yet. I have been a fan of Christine Caine's writings and teaching for a number of years. This book proved not to be a disappointment. With a forward by another favorite author (Max Lucado) ... Loved this book!

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North of Hope

North of Hope

On 6/6 upstatealicat wrote: I was looking forward to reading Miss Polson’s book, primarily because the Alaskan wilderness fascinates me, and the book covers the author’s travel of the wilderness while trying to heal from loss. However, I did not enjoy this book. While the subject matter is grim, at best, Miss Polson’s writing ... "North of Hope" disappoints...

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2 Stars

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When God Makes Lemonade

When God Makes Lemonade

On 4/19 upstatealicat wrote: Stories of loss. Stories of overcoming astounding odds. Stories when it seemed God just wasn't there, but He showed up just in time. These stories ran me through a gamut of emotions; I laughed, I rejoiced, I cried. And I had to keep reading. I spent many nights reading into the early morning hours. "When ... Very Good Read

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Heaven's Lessons

Heaven's Lessons

On 3/5 upstatealicat wrote: "I had minimized God," says Steve Sjogren, a Pastor. "Somehow, over time, he had become fairly predictable - like he could be outlined, fully grasped, and contained in a neat set of mere ideas. Now I saw that he apparently wasn't all that impressed with my cool little notebooks." I started reading this ... Easy read, Not my favorite book...

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Just Like Jesus

Just Like Jesus

On 2/12 upstatealicat wrote: The first thing I read before I even opened the book was pertaining to how Jesus lived, and how God wants us to live: Jesus felt no guilt. God wants us to feel no guilt. Jesus had no bad habits and God wants us to be free of ours. Jesus feared nothing. God wants us to fear nothing. Jesus had no ... Yet another Max Lucado keeper

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Everything

Everything

On 1/1 upstatealicat wrote: Our head, our heart, our hands. Things we must give of to become more like Jesus. Mary DeMuth divides this book into these three sections and explains her struggles in how she tried to give her everything to Jesus in these three important areas. As Christians, we all struggle in giving our all to ... Everything...

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More Than a Bucket List

More Than a Bucket List

On 12/7 upstatealicat wrote: I absolutely LOVED this book. I've always wanted to make a bucket list, but when I sit down to make one, I feel overwhelmed by the task. The things I want to put on my list seem either too insignificant, or too grand and unattainable. This book, published by Thomas Nelson, is filled with the grand things ... Much More Than A Bucket List

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Dear Deb

Dear Deb

On 10/31 upstatealicat wrote: This book starts out with the author explaining how the letters started; a group of woman from her church met to pray. Margaret and Deb had known each other for a number of years, but had never met outside of church. Deb, who had cancer in both her brain and lungs, didn't want help around her house. ... Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Become Their Miracle

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Grace

Grace

On 9/29 upstatealicat wrote: This book is INCREDIBLE! I finished it in several hours, unable to put it down. I would definitely recommend this book for everyone; whether you're a new Christian trying to understand God's sin-covering grace, or the "seasoned" Christian who could use a reminder of just how powerful God's grace is. Max ... Amazing Grace

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Men of Sunday

Men of Sunday

On 9/16 upstatealicat wrote: When one thinks of the NFL and its players, there's not usually much thought about their faith. Most think of the money, stats, and their favorite player. This book focused on the faith of many NFL players, including Tim Tebow, L.T. Tomlinson, Mark Brunell, Justin Tuck and others. This book also gave ... Faith in Football

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Cruel Harvest

Cruel Harvest

On 8/13 upstatealicat wrote: 13 Aug. '12 BOOK REVIEW - “Cruel Harvest” by Fran Grubb I knew, when I started reading this book, that it wasn’t going to be an easy read. The description I got before I chose to read “Cruel Harvest” (from BookSneeze) was an excerpt from the book. Physical abuse, sexual abuse. At the hands ... Raw and Powerful

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Mondays with My Old Pastor

Mondays with My Old Pastor

On 7/31 upstatealicat wrote: When I started reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down. The book moves quickly and it's an easy read. When we meet Jose, he's a burned out Pastor, ready to give up on the ministry. He's ready to give all of it up, and take the calling God has placed on his life and walk away from it. He ... Mondays With My Old Pastor

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By Faith, Not By Sight

By Faith, Not By Sight

On 6/17 upstatealicat wrote: I really wanted to read this book, after seeing Scott MacIntyre on “American Idol” and hearing parts of his story. I am not a huge fan of “American Idol”, but after hearing Scott MacIntyre’s story, I started watching “Idol”, just to watch him. Scott MacIntyre’s life has been full of ... By Faith, Not By Sight

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Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy

On 4/23 upstatealicat wrote: I was given the opportunity to review this book by Booksneeze, in exchange for my honest review. This book was written by Moishe (Martin) Rosen’s daughter, Ruth. Well-written and very descriptive, I felt as if I were a part of the story. Ruth shared intimate details about her family, both the good ... Called to Controversy

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Ascent from Darkness

Ascent from Darkness

On 1/12 upstatealicat wrote: I requested this book from Booksneeze.com, not sure what to expect. This book had my attention from the beginning, and I didn't want to stop reading. Michael Leehan is a smart man. A driven man. He had a rough childhood, and that carried over into his adult life. He felt God had abandoned him in his ... From Death to Life

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One Call Away

One Call Away

On 10/22 upstatealicat wrote: When devastation collides with the Divine hand of God, which way do you turn? Brenda Warner, wife of former NFL player Kurt Warner, has had to make this decision more times in the first half of her life than most of us will have to make in our lifetime. Life has definitely NOT been easy for Brenda Warner: ... One Call Away

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/21 upstatealicat wrote: This is an amazing story of both personal triumph, and triumph amidst the 9/11 terror attack. Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, were on the 78th floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit. This story documents Michael and Roselle's escape from Tower 1, with Michael's ... Thunder Dog - Could NOT put this one down

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A Place Called Blessing

A Place Called Blessing

On 7/12 upstatealicat wrote: Five-year-old Josh learns from the police that his parents died in a tragic car accident. His parents promised Josh and his older brothers that they'd be back. They always came back. He and his older brothers enter the foster care system and bounce from home to home. They finally found a home where they ... Definitely worth the read!

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